MEET THE SPEAKERS
A Virtual Interactive Summit
OCTOBER IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN THE UK
Friday, October 8, 2021
FREE & OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC WORLDWIDE
4pm BST • 11am EDT • 10am CST • 9am MDT • 8am PDT
One Year Following The Death Of George Floyd in Minneapolis
This Page Includes Our Oct 8, 2021 Speakers
Sara Sewell is a Global Service Line CFO (Chief Financial Officer) for leading global market research agency Ipsos. She is a pragmatic, results-oriented finance professional with diverse international experience in the research, media, and travel industries. Sara also chairs REACH (Race, Equality and Cultural Heritage), a staff network at Ipsos, working to improve the representation of ethnic minority employees across the organisation and making it a better reflection of our society.
Sara was born in London and moved to Barbados at the age of 7, returning to the UK as a young adult to complete her tertiary education (college/university education). Sara has been an active member of the Barbadian diaspora for the past 20 years, whether through managing the Barbados High Commission Cricket Team, directing a carnival band at Notting Hill Carnival, or singing alto in a choir. She is also co-founder of Barbados Heritage UK, a social enterprise organisation with a primary objective to keep Bajan culture alive in the UK. As the mother of a teenage boy on the verge of adulthood, Sara is passionate about race and race equality issues in the UK.
Michael Curry, Esq. is the President and CEO at the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (the "Mass League"), which represents 52 health centers, serving over 1 million patients out of over 314 practice sites throughout the state. His prior positions included Deputy CEO and Senior Vice President of the Government Affairs and Public Policy Division for the Mass League. Prior to joining the League in 2008, Michael had a 16-year career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, most of that time as Senior Policy Advisor in the Corporate Affairs Division, which included government, public, internal, and community affairs. He has served on the health care transition teams for Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, as well as the transition team for Brockton Mayor Linda Balzotti, and was involved in the passage of Massachusetts Health Reform and the Affordable Care Act. He also serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and formerly on the Board of Trustees for Roxbury Community College, as well as in the role of Adjunct Professor for the Suffolk University Moakley Center for Public Management. He has received numerous local and national awards for leadership and advocacy.
Curry was also past President of the Boston Branch of the NAACP (2011-2016) and has over twenty years of dedicated service to the NAACP on the city, state-area conference, and national levels. He was elected nationally to the NAACP's Board of Directors in 2014 and re-elected twice in 2017 and 2020, and now serves as Chair of the National NAACP's Advocacy & Policy Committee and Vice-Chair of the Political Action and Legislation Committee.
Mr. Curry earned a Bachelor's of Arts from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from New England Law Boston and graduated from the inaugural class of the Executive Leadership Council's Pipeline to Leadership Program.
He is a frequent Political Commentator on WBUR's Radio Boston, Morning Edition and Week in Review, Boston Public Radio WGBH with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, WGBH's Greater Boston, and New England Cable News/NBC Boston, as well as frequently requested to provide reactions to breaking news, presidential and mayoral debates, and state of the union/city speeches.
Based on his close to 30 years of experience in health care and insurance, combined with his advocacy on the issues of health equity and racial disparities, Michael is working on various aspects of the COVID- 19 pandemic. He serves on both the City of Boston's COVID-19 Health Inequities Task Force and the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) 's Health Equity Task Force, and coordinating the community health center response to the public health crisis with the state's Attorney General's Office (AGO), Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), various municipalities, and Partners in Health on testing, tracking, contact tracing, and treatment.
Julia Ngadi is a Marketing Executive at Regency Facilities Maintenance. She recently stepped in as the Joint Chair of the Black & Global Majority Student Network (BGMSN).
Julia completed her master’s in Global Crime Justice and Security at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) with Distinction after her Criminology degree at Abertay University. Her main research interest
includes conflicted-related sexual violence, gender-based violence, transnational organised crime, race, racism and policing, and so much more.
Julia is passionate about and devoted to equality and inclusion, justice, and the empowerment of others. During her studies at LJMU, she was elected as the student union’s part-time Bame Officer, where she founded the Bame Student Network, spearheaded various projects and events to help increase Bame student representation and voice their concerns, to empower them and ultimately help improve their university experience. (BAME stands for Black and Asian Minority Ethnics.)
Her passion for women’s rights and violence against women and girls led her to volunteer with Amina’s Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) programme during her undergraduate studies to educate herself on the subject and learn more about it so that she can become a better advocate and provide the right kind of support to women and girls. This is something that is very close to Julia’s heart especially coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Chase Johnston-Lynch is an American filmmaker/producer with many years experience in the making of music videos and independent films. He has been living in the UK (Liverpool) for the past 29 years, teaching media studies while still shooting short films and videos. At present, he is one of 3 Directors at Big Condo Training Academy delivering upskilling and digital enhancement.
Carol Ann Whitehead, FRSA GGA
Carol Ann Whitehead, a Royal Society of Arts Fellow, is an advocate of women's rights, equality, diversity, and inclusion, and a winner of several awards.
She is Managing Director of UK-based publishing and events agency 'The Zebra Partnership', recipient of the Inclusive Companies Certificate of Excellence organising events in the UK and overseas, plus experience of developing and delivering five royal visits since 2004. She is the director of Your Manchester Media WebTV and Podcast network.
She is a founding member of BURN (The Black United Representation Network), an organisation actively tackling persistent racial inequalities in Greater Manchester through economic empowerment of communities and businesses.
Carol Ann is an Action Partner for the annual United Nations Global Festival of Action. She was awarded the Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2019 and the Northern PowerWomen Power List in 2020.
In April 2021, Carol Ann was named SDG Champion in the top 100 Social Media Influencers for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
I have helped many businesses grow sustainably by maximizing the potential of their people and connections. I specialize in helping businesses develop strategies that focus on making a positive impact on people, places, and the planet, across multiple industries.
My company and I help organizations realize the business value of integrating sustainability by developing and implementing strategies to save money, increase brand value, reduce risk and engage their stakeholders and employees. I combine my many years' experience in Business Law, Employment Law & HR, Workplace Diversity & Inclusion, and Corporate Social Responsibility with my practical and successful experience of setting up and scaling up SME businesses to allow them to be profitable and sustainable. Businesses that create impact at scale through what they do and how they do it will generate value for everyone.
Since 2015, I have served as an Ambassador for Liverpool Central Libraries, with responsibility for promoting this famous library nationally and internationally. I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
Oh, before I forget: I speak Hungarian fluently, so that may be helpful if you are looking to do work with Hungary or Hungarians.