This event is for anyone interested in equality and diversity, regardless of seniority, gender identity or racial heritage.
Join us for two days of inspiring and insightful conversation, exploring how we can collectively increase and support diversity in leadership today.
Focusing on actionable change, this symposium brings together voices from across the arts and business to pick apart recent debates around diversity & inclusion, and ask "What next?". With panel talks and roundtable discussions on a range of themes including health & well-being, allyship and creative activism.
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Griselda Togobo is an international corporate consultant. She is also a multi-faceted entrepreneur, engineer and chartered accountant. Her experience as a black woman in the corporate world drives her to help progressive global companies create inclusive workplaces. She works directly with CEOs and business leaders to embed a culture of inclusion at the heart of their talent strategy. She is a respected and impactful speaker and is known for her high energy and engaging style. Griselda offers a fresh perspective and approach to developing leaders. Griselda is passionate about advancing girls into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math sectors and supports female leaders through forwardladies.com.Griselda has an outstanding reputation as a trusted provider of high-quality D&I learning solutions and consulting services through her businesses.
Read more at https://griseldatogobo.com
Sharon Watson is the fourth Principal of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Prior to this she was the longest-standing Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre. During her tenure at Phoenix Dance Theatre, Sharon received a number of awards and accolades: In 2010, she was named as one of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s ‘Women to Watch’, a list of 50 influential women working in arts and culture in the UK. She was awarded The Sue Ryder ‘Yorkshire Women of Achievement in Business Award’ and named ‘Yorkshire Woman of the Year’ in 2016. She recently received the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts’ Companionship Award from Sir Paul McCartney and was recognised as one of ‘100 faces of a vibrant economy 2017’ by Grant Thornton. Acknowledged at the 2017 Northern Power Women Awards as part of the very first ‘Top 50 Power List’, in 2018 Sharon won the First English Woman’s Award for Arts and Culture and in October of the same year she was named the ‘Arts and Media Senior Leader of the Year’ by the Black British Business Awards. In November 2020, Sharon was appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire. In January 2022 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Dance. She appears in the Yorkshire Insider Power 100 list 2022.
Pawlet Brookes MBE is the founder, CEO and artistic director of Serendipity – Institute for Black Arts and Heritage. An experienced and highly respected senior manager and producer, Brookes has been at the forefront of the development of Black arts in the UK since she was appointed Marketing Manager at the Nia Centre (Manchester) in the 90s, then Artistic Director of Peepul Centre (Leicester) and ultimately Chief Executive of Rich Mix (London). She has over 30 years’ experience as a cultural leader with expertise in partnership building, international programming and cultural diversity. She is the trailblazer behind several initiatives with arts and cultural organisations both in the UK and internationally. Brookes has been a speaker at a number of international conferences, including being the UK representative at a UNESCO conference in Stockholm. Brookes was a finalist for the 2009 National Regeneration and Renewals Award for Cultural Leadership and recipient of BME Leader of the year at the East Midlands Women’s Awards 2018 and One Dance UK’s Outstanding Programme Award 2018 for Let’s Dance International Frontiers. Brookes was awarded an MBE for services to the arts and cultural diversity in the 2022 New Year Honours.
Pam Johnson, Head of Culture Programmes, Leeds City Council
Heather Paul, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University
Monique Jonas, Founder & Artistic Director, Jona Dance
Alethia Antonia, Independent Choreographer, Teacher, & Researcher
Amanda Parker, Director of Public Affairs and Communication, The Forward Institute
Callum Holt, Independent Creative Producer
Khadijah Ibrahiim, Artistic Director, Leeds Young Authors, & Independent Poet & Researcher
Heather Nelson, CEO, Black Health Initiative (BHI)
Gina Tavares Manuel & Cara Mia Cruise Brahm, Emerging Artists supported by the Geraldine Connor Foundation.
This symposium is a response to a Position Paper commissioned by Leeds Dance Partnership in September 2021, detailing the challenges and opportunities faced by Black female leaders in the Leeds dance sector.
Download the paper here