Oliemata O’donoghue

Oliemata sponsors the BAME “Embrace Network” and has worked alongside colleagues to drive a strong agenda around “Attract, Grow and Engage” of BAME and non-BAME colleagues. In this role, she has promoted discussions about race in the workplace, led panel and listening events and career enhancing workshops. She also undertakes reverse mentoring and coaches colleagues to achieve their career aspirations. In her current role as Regional Director and Sponsor for all things inclusivity, Oliemata has supported many BAME colleagues to ensure that there is a strong talent pool of BAME candidates internally and externally for senior leadership appointments. Externally, Oliemata has volunteered as part of a mentoring programme that coaches and supports undergraduates from ethnic minority backgrounds. She also mentors young adults as part of The Prince’s Trust mosaic programme, and hosted over 100 students in the young enterprise challenge finals. She leverages her position and influences by supporting and influencing colleagues to take part in the Business in the Community unemployment circle mentoring programme and was recently invited to the Houses of Parliament alongside her colleagues as a recognition for the success of this programme. She also coaches and supports women of BAME backgrounds who are in middle management and have high potential to reach directorship levels and also Women Entrepreneurs, using her skills and experience she has gathered over the years as a Business Area Manager and experience in supporting women in business. Oliemata has recently completed the Board readiness programme and is looking to use her experience in the capacity of non-executive director in the education and charity sector. She is also very proud that the Embrace network won an award last year in the investing in ethnicity awards 2018, as well as being nominated in the Green Park top 100 BAME Leaders in Business list 2018.

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