Women of the African Diaspora™ Leadership Summit - Change the Lead!

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The Essential Event for Aspiring Women Leaders

Who is this Leadership Summit for?

This is for you if you are a woman who is or wants to be a leader in her field and her community. All women are invited to join us.

12 Reasons Why Should You Attend This Leadership Summit You will leave with more:

  1. Inspiration - All our speakers are Visionary Leaders.
  2. Courage to be more effective and to lead powerfully.
  3. Focus; knowing how to sort through any confusion and overwhelm;
  4. Credibility - realise your leadership qualities.
  5. Authenticity – how to bring the real you to the table.
  6. Visibility - we will show you how to become more visible for success;
  7. Clarity to find your true purpose;
  8. Strategic planning to help you become a member of a board, start your own company;
  9. Contacts in a High Quality Network;
  10. Recognition of Your worth and be energised to engage.
  11. Information about how to get on a board and the traits and characteristics you need to become a leader;
  12. Great Tips from the Top women who have made it

What is the African Diaspora does this include me?

Open to All

A Diaspora is a scattered population whose origin lies within a smaller geographic locale. Diaspora can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland.

We are an organisation of women from the whole of the African Diaspora and other women who support our vision of a world where every woman and girl can achieve her full potential and where there is no glass or concrete ceiling and no glass ladder.

Our delegates are entrepreneurs, mothers, wives, partners, leaders, business owners, corporate executives, civil servants, doctors, heads of charities, Olympians, lawyers, managers, activists and action takers. What brings us together? A shared sense that when women find the courage to step up to the level they feel called to, the whole world benefits.

If you know you are a Woman committed to changing your community and the world for the better by stepping into a higher leadership role then come and join us. Together we are stronger.

"May You Live in Interesting Times". This is a famous Chinese curse. And I think you will agree that these are indeed interesting times! Now is the time for good women everywhere to stand together and to change the things we will no longer accept.

Join 200 of the brightest minds and bravest hearts in the UK, as committed and inspiring professional and business women come together for the first Women of the African Diaspora Leadership Summit.

This Summit is a call to existing and aspirational women leaders across key sectors of; business, education,media, law, medicine, executive recruitment, entrepreneurs and many others.

We will bring our audience together, to hear from key influencers, speakers and businesswomen, who are smashing through the Concrete Ceiling.

In celebration of International Women’s Month #BeBoldForChange #ChangeTheLead.

Invest in You: "The Future belongs to those who prepare for it today" MalcolmX

Many of us as women put everyone else before ourselves. We will spend on our children, our husbands or boyfriends, our parents and our friends but won't invest in ourselves. If you don't invest in Yourself, then why would others invest in you?




Speaker 2

Donna Fraser Olympian Former sprinter in four consecutive Olympic Games for Great Britain. Between 2011-2015, Donna held the position of president of the South of England Athletics Association, whilst also taking the role of chair at EDF Energy’s BAME network from 2013- 2015. 2017, sees her new role with UK Athletics as their Equality, Diversity & Engagement Lead and for the organising committee of the 2017 world athletics championships in London.

Speaker 3

Caroline Newman LLM: Solicitor Business Advocate. #1 International Best Selling Author. Visionary. Mentor. Catalyst. Entrepreneur. Trainer. Creator of Sisterminding™. Activist. Mother. Stepmother. Business Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach. Founder and Patron of African Women Lawyers Association™ and founder of Women of the African Diaspora™ Leadership Summit. Caroline is an experienced and highly motivational entrepreneur, public speaker, executive coach, strategic manager and author with focused and targeted goals for achievement.

Speaker 4

Claudine Reid MBE one of Britain’s Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in real business magazine 2008, alongside being Director of the award winning Social Enterprise, PJ’s Community Service, enhancing and transform communities, by providing, Care, Education and Enterprise Support. Trainer, TV & Radio presenter and Trustee at a London based radio station.

Speaker 8
Claudia Webbe MSc, BA (Hons) is a member of the Labour Party's National Executive Committee (NEC). Claudia is also an elected politician; a local Councillor representing Bunhill Ward in the London Borough of Islington. She is a member of Islington Council's Executive Committee responsible for all strategy, policy and big decision making with a specific focus on environment and transport. Claudia was a political and senior advisor to the first Mayor of London.

Speaker 6

AMENTI the Awakener, is an Inspirational Speaker, Soul Coach, and Spiritual Teacher who uses her own life experiences and skills to help awaken others to their true potential and life purpose.

Speaker 5

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

Shola is a dual qualified lawyer with broad corporate and commercial experience in the financial services industry with key focus on corporate investment banking and asset management.
She is the founder and editor of the Women in Leadership publication and driven to inspire personal leadership journeys of women. She uses the publication as a platform for positively driving impact for social change on topical issues that impact women globally. The publication delivers exclusive and tailored content from trailblazing women from around the world. Its content consistently gratifies the requirements and mirrors the behaviours of the highly driven, ambitious and connected woman. It offers leading editorial focused around women’s interests. It inspires, advises and encourages women to succeed in both life and work. She is also a Huffington Post contributor.

speaker 7

Sherry Dixon

As renowned journalist Sherry has edited two magazines – Pride Magazine and SHE Caribbean. She has written for many publications including The Guardian, Sunday Observer, The Times, Guyana Chronicle, Upscale Magazine, The Voice and has done numerous television and radio shows.

A much sought after international Keynote Speaker, Sherry Ann Dixon has on a number of occasions delivered Keynote address at the House of Lords and House of Parliament in London including one on Who’s Holding You Back, Why Mentoring Women is important to Women in our community. In March 2016 Sherry spoke at the UN in New York with the Justina Mutale Foundation UN-CSW60 as part of the UK Civil Society delegation "Activating Women's Leadership as a Key Driver to Achieving Sustainable Development". In April 2016 Sherry was appointed as The Country Committee Chairperson for Motivation in the UK at ALL Ladies League (ALL).

What is the Event About?

The Women of the African Diaspora Leadership Summit is inviting existing and aspiring female leaders from across the African Diaspora to engage and learn from influential female leaders.

Gender balance is imperative for businesses today and although the gap is ‘reportedly’ shrinking, it’s our responsibility, as women (individually and collectively) to reposition ourselves, by developing the right leadership skills, strategic growth and governance knowledge to demand our seat at the Boardroom table.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us." (Marianne Williamson)

The Women of the African Diaspora Summit is also a great opportunity for organisations to:-

1. Support the leadership development of their female workforce.

2. Evidence their commitment to female talent and create gender diverse leadership opportunities by sponsoring their employees to attend the webinar.

3. Empowering managers to gain greater insight in how to lead more inclusively and authentically.


Event Overview

Our event is being held at the prestigious Law Society venue. The programme will provide you with a unique combination of’; Presentations, Interviews, Panel Discussions and master classes from sector leaders. We will also focus on Leadership and Personal Development sessions, leaving you in no doubt of what to do in order to step into your destiny. You will be inspired, challenged, grow and know how to make a difference in your life and in the life of others.

#BeBoldForChange was the Theme for International Women’s Day 2017 and embracing the spirit of a Woman Leader will ensure you follow through on the commitments you make during the event.

"In the future there will be no female leaders. There will be only leaders" (Sheryl Sandberg)

What will Happen at the Leadership Summit?

This will be a vibrant, exciting, inspirational, content rich conference.

It is a one-day gathering of extraordinary speakers, leaders and grassroots change-makers. Lives will be changed forever!

We know that companies with more women on their boards are delivering a 36% higher return on equity.

We know that 80% of the newly self-employed since the “Global Financial Crisis” are women. But how many of them are Black or Asian women?

We know that under a female PM, 30% of the current British cabinet members are women. But how many of these are Black or Asian women. One. We have come a long way and things are improving but we cannot sit back and rest.

We know that FTSE 100 companies are more likely to promote women onto their boards after 5 months of bad performance. Research which is echoed in political spheres, law, public service and education.

It doesn’t take much to recognise that things are tough now. Globally. When leadership is tough- society and business are more likely to call on women than when it’s plain sailing- a phenomenon identified as the “Glass Cliff”. We will observe with interest how Prime Minister Teresa May handles the Brexit challenge.


The Call to Leadership

We face a global crisis- environmental, financial, humanitarian, challenges to the rule of law. It will take us women stepping up in ever-greater numbers to help navigate our way out.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

We women will take on leadership in challenging times. But we can’t do it alone. Even powerful, strong women need support.

This huge opportunity for leadership and impact is greater than it’s ever been.

Yet it’s tarnished. Research of over 1.3 million people shows we women are less happy than we were 40 years ago*. *Source: Huffington Post

Life Balance

How do we balance the call to leadership and entrepreneurialism with the calls in a hundred other different directions?

You may well be launching a vital social enterprise, taking your company global, spearheading the most important project in your organisation’s recent history… but let’s face it:

We still have to run the house and take care of our children and often our elderly relatives.

How does the successful woman making an impact also enjoy her own happy, handled life?

Here at Women of the African Diaspora™, we believe we have cracked the code on this, and we’ll be sharing all at the Women of the African Diaspora Leadership Summit.


We need to surround ourselves with bold, passionate women who are up to things in the world. Their momentum can often be enough to get us out of our rut and help get us in flow.

"It would be futile to attempt to fit women into a masculine pattern of attitudes, skills and abilities and disastrous to force them to suppress their specifically female characteristics and abilities by keeping up the pretence that there are no differences between the sexes." Arianna Huffington

Leaders Needed Now!

We know we’re asking a lot. We’re asking you to spend time away from your family, your busy social life. But time is of the essence. Leaders are needed now!

So if we’re serious about making a stand for Women around the globe, it means doing things that others won't do to get what others won't have. It means not just thinking outside the box but taking massive action and kicking the box. Because as women we know that this is what it sometimes takes.

When was the last time you made a decision that altered the trajectory of your life? Perhaps imperceptibly at the time, but in retrospect… dramatically.

This is that chance.


"Here at Women of the African Diaspora™ everything we do, we do because we believe that if anything is going to be better then we have to make the changes in our families, our churches, our homes, our businesses, our communities and our countries.

When the Dalai Lama declared that the “Western Woman will Save the World” he made a very bold claim. Did he have us African women in mind when he made this bold statement? Maybe not. Because even the Dalai Lama is underestimating the strength and courage of the Women of the African Diaspora.

But we believe we have the drive, the resources and the compassion to partner with our intelligent and resourceful sisters all over the world to really transform this planet.

Our greatest role models in leadership have been women leaders throughout Africa, the Caribbean, America, and Canada. Wherever African women are and however we got there our strength and courage are the backbones of our communities. Our foremothers were farmers, entrepreneurs and advocates of caring for the vulnerable in their communities.

For that reason,30% of the ticket sales to this event will go toward the extraordinary leadership development work of the AfricanWomen Lawyers' Association.

You don’t need to choose between investing in yourself and making a difference. When you invest with us, you do both.

To your Success

Caroline Newman LLM

Founder, Women of the African Diaspora™ Leadership Summit

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