Cindy Rampersaud

Cindy is one of two executive sponsors that initiated the establishment of a new employee group at Pearson called PRIME for BAME colleagues, and mentors a number of people across all levels including BAME staff both within Pearson and externally. Cindy is passionate about the role of education in helping individuals make progress and she made a conscious decision to move into education in 2011 after mentoring a BAME teacher as part of a Teach First programme when she took up the role of Deputy Principal at City & Islington College. In 2016 she was appointed a Deputy Further Education Commissioner by the Department for Education. Currently she is responsible for the development of Pearson’s UK technical and vocational qualifications, supporting over one million learners annually from a diverse cross section of society including both young people and adults from a BAME background.  She has focused on repositioning the BTEC brand to align it clearly to the future of skills and careers. The current marketing campaign, ‘BTEC Works’, focuses on careers in industries covering robotics, creatives and health with individuals  from diverse backgrounds including BAME in marketing videos, social media campaign and telling aspirational, positive stories of personal journeys. Cindy is active in ensuring Pearson engage with high profile BAME BTEC alumni as role models and she also works with HR to identify talent and partners with expertise in reaching BAME talent. Cindy was a member of the Commission on Sustainable Learning and she sits on the board of the Speakers Trust, a charity that helps unlock potential through communication, The Royal College for Psychiatrists and is an honorary lifetime member of The Children’s Society.

Jennifer Williams

Jennifer’s program, The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino, pushes back on simplistic explanations of partisan division and instead supports narratives that tell real stories about real people. As a Seneca Indian, Jennifer prioritises nurturing relationships with people of colour in earlier stages of their careers. She also does a lot of charitable work in the area of disability, and is currently raising and training a service dog. She is passionate about educating the public on how to interact with someone with a disability, and produces a weekly blog about her work with Canine Companions. Externally, Jennifer provides mentorship and guidance to young individuals of colour, including those from the Cattaraugus reservation outside of Buffalo, New York. She is also a member of an Al-Anon and regularly attends to discuss her family’s struggles with alcoholism, which is pervasive in Native American communities. Through this, she connects with and mentors others who struggle with alcoholism in their families, many of whom are from BAME backgrounds.

Edward Enninful

Edward made history in August 2017 when he took over as Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue. Prior to that, Edward was Creative and Fashion Director of the American magazine W since 2011, where he worked with the world’s best fashion photographers to produce ground-breaking, highly admired work. Born in Ghana 45 years ago, Edward was brought to London as a child and grew up in the city’s Ladbroke Grove area. He became interested in fashion as a teenager and at the age of 19 he was named Fashion Director of i-D, the youngest in the industry. In the years between 1998 and 2011, he contributed extensively to American Vogue and Italian Vogue. At British Vogue, Edward strives to create a magazine that reflects the world today to include all race, backgrounds, sexualities, sizes and cultures. He regularly features a diverse selection of people for Vogue editorial and is a strong believer in equal opportunities for everyone. In 2018, Edward was awarded the PPA Chairman’s Award for his work in diversity in British Vogue and the industry, nominated for the British LGBT+ Awards 2018, and he was awarded the Media Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. In 2014, he was named fashion creator of the year by the British Fashion Council and he was honoured with an OBE in 2016.

Marva Smalls

Marva is the Global Head of Inclusion Strategy at Viacom and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs & Chief of Staff at Nickelodeon.  Marva has more than three decades of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, and is widely recognized as one of the most influential leaders in media. As Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Marva reports directly to Viacom’s CEO to drive Diversity & Inclusion worldwide. Her role includes implementing strategic initiatives that support innovation and business results, while creating the next generation of leaders.  She has established Viacom’s Employee Resource Groups globally and has expanded key partnerships in international markets. At Nickelodeon, Marva collaborates closely with the President in managing day-to-day operations, as well as overseeing all corporate responsibility initiatives and relationships with external advocates and regulators. Under her leadership, Viacom has garnered top recognitions by GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP and Working Mother, among others. Marva’s commitment to inclusion and positive social change has been honored by numerous national organizations including NAMIC, The National Action Network, and the T. Howard Foundation among others. She established the Marva Smalls Endowment and has awarded more than $1 million to programs providing opportunities to youth and families, along with an endowment for the University of South Carolina’s Ronald McNair Center which offers scholarship and support to engineering students from the under-represented populations. Smalls is a founding member of the Black Economic Alliance and serves on numerous boards including the American Theatre Wing, the International African American Museum, the James Beard Foundation, and Synovus Bank/South Carolina.

Simon Dowson-Collins

Simon is a director of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, one of the longest-standing members on the company’s Executive Committee and a pension trustee. Simon and his team are responsible for pre and post publication advice, defamation, mergers and acquisitions, the handling of all litigation and advice to HarperCollins’ distribution business. He is jointly responsible for delivery of P&L of the entire business.

Simon is an advocate of the company’s strategy on diversity and inclusion, and is dedicated to establishing a more diverse workplace. As a fierce champion of his team, Simon has promoted internally to fill senior anti-bribery and data protection positions, including a BAME member of his team who Simon mentored from a personal assistant through to the company’s global anti-piracy manager.

Simon was also a founding member of a cross-organisational programme called Venture, which encouraged entrepreneurship and creative ideas from all levels of the company. From this programme grew HarperCollins’ partnership with City Gateway, an apprenticeship charity helping young people to gain employment by improving their interview skills and bolstering their confidence in a corporate environment.

Trisch L Smith

Trisch is currently Executive Vice President and the first Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion within Edelman. As Edelman’s Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Smith works in collaboration with the recently formed Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team to drive diversity and inclusion within the company. She works to build awareness and understanding of diversity & inclusion companywide and to cultivate relationships with external partners, thought leaders, educational institutions and other public and private organizations.
This includes creating and cultivating internal employee networks designed to serve specific groups within the firm including women, Black/African-American employees and LGBT employees, with additional networks to be added in the coming months. In addition, she is leading efforts to revamp Edelman’s D&I training to further educate its employees about the importance of and their role in creating an environment that is inclusive of all employees.
Trisch also serves as a Board Member for ColorComm – an organization for women of colour in the communications industry. Through her active role on the Board, Edelman has served as a sponsor for the organization’s annual conference since its inception. In addition to ColorComm, Trisch led efforts for Edelman to participate in and sponsor the AdColor and 3% Conference, among other things.

Denny Tu

As Head of Strategy & Planning at Sky, Denny sits of the creative leadership team with responsibility for Sky Creative, Europe’s largest broadcaster in-house ad agency. He is also responsible for advertising & marketing strategy for Sky Entertainment channels, Sky Movies & the Sky Sports portfolio for the #1 advertiser in the UK.
Denny supports the development of Sky’s initial BAME representation pledge, covering on-screen portrayal (20% of significant on screen roles), Production (BAME background in at least one senior production role), Writing (BAME targets on writing talent), and commissioning targets. He is regularly selected to deliver Sky’s Senior Leader Welcome, including highlighting Sky’s commitment to diversity to new joiners. He also actively champions a culture within Sky that celebrates openness, inclusiveness, and authenticity as a diversity leader.
Denny continues to be a visible role model and diversity champion through active participation in industry bodies including the Royal Television Society as well as being a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

Tamara Franklin

Tamara oversees SNI’s digital operations, and reports directly to the COO of SNI, an international company with $3 billion in annual revenue. In this capacity she is responsible for nearly 25 products and services across seven consumer brands.
Tamara is the most senior African-American at SNI and therefore make every effort to be a sponsor and/or active participant in all high-profile company initiatives, such as the company’s employee development program, Leading at SNI; the company’s annual internal technology conference, Techtoberfest; and its mentorship program, Mentoring Experience; so that BAME employees can both be inspired to continue contributing at higher levels and can also feel good about having a voice or representation at the senior most levels of the organization.
She serves as a mentor (defined as being available for advice and counselling any time, but meeting regularly at least twice a year) to over a dozen BAME individuals at SNI, the majority of whom I have been mentoring for more than three years.

Jamere Jackson

Jamere is the Chief Financial Officer of Nielsen Holdings and has provided leadership that helped achieve record revenue, earnings and free cash flow in 2015. He is an Executive Champion for multiple Nielsen Employee resource groups focused on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is the Leader of Nielsen’s External Advisory Council focused on diversity and inclusion of minority groups in Market Research.
Jamere is Executive Champion for Nielsen’s Diverse Leadership Network focused on the retention, development and promotion of diverse leaders across the business and the Executive Champion for Nielsen’s Minority Supplier Development initiatives. He is a frequent guest speaker and supporter of minority organizations across the US focused on education, economic empowerment, diversity and inclusion.

Suresh Raj

Suresh sits on the Ogilvy Public Relations Global Board as well as an officer within the Global Executive Committee, the highest level of leadership within the company. In his position, Suresh drives new business growth, whilst crafting and and bringing together the pitch and account servicing teams across all 2,300 employees. As a leader within the Global Board of Ogilvy Public Relations, he drives the company’s global business development efforts across all the major regions.
In and outside of Ogilvy, Suresh is actively involved in a myriad of mentoring programmes. This includes programmes for employees within the group across multiple countries, externally with promising academic students in North America, EMEA and APAC, as well as aspiring business development executives within all these regions. The mentoring programmes includes members in and outside the BAME community.
Suresh is also personal mentor to several students of Black and Latino backgrounds. By creating bespoke Key Performance Indicators (KPI document), which was circulated to the student’s parents as well as teachers within the school, the students moved from being average achievers to becoming Honour Role & highly commended students.