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Economic empowerment event by Black Professionals Network (BPN)

Black Professionals Network
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The Black Professionals Network (BPN) will be hosting a free virtual event where experts will address opportunities and challenges amid the coronavirus crisis in the labour market faced by black and ethnic minority professionals.

The aim of the event, which will take place on Tuesday 28th July, is to address these issues, engage and empower individuals to overcome the discussed problems.

A BPN economic empowerment event designed to help black and minority professionals to navigate the employment market in the COVID crisis.


One of the speakers is Joanna Abeyie MBE, who is the founder and CEO of Blue Moon – an “award-winning inclusive executive search firm and diversity and inclusion consultancy practice”.

Other speakers include Stephen Bashford – Director of Business & Skills at WECA, Rondette Smith – Executive Director at Goldman Sachs (TBC) and Mohammed Saddiq – CEO at Wessex Water (TBC).

A really positive contribution to our city’s commercial and civic life.

Marvin Rees, Bristol Mayor

BPN was founded in 2009 by Poku Osei and Frank Arko-Tharkor, with a clear and powerful vision to enable the black and ethnic minorities to have an influence on the labour and business sector in the South West and beyond.

It’s true that the Covid pandemic has disproportionately impacted on black and ethnic minority people, but the crisis also presents a set of opportunities going forward.

As an organisation set up to inspire excellence and encourage inclusion at the workplace, I believe we have a responsibility to bring to bear the options available to individuals; in terms of career progression, career change and wealth management for the greater good.

Poku Osei, BPN

Register on Eventbrite.

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