Open University Black Inclusion Week Event – Leadership and Empowerment Programme @ Online Event
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Open University Black Inclusion Week Event – Leadership and Empowerment Programme @ Online Event

Black Leaders are proud to partner with the Open University to deliver an engaging virtual event highlighting the planned and groundbreaking Black Leaders Empowerment Programme!

Focussing on developing capacity, collaboration and agency, the Black Leaders Empowerment Programme will draw on cutting edge approaches to leadership and development. This informative virtual event will see an array of key representatives from the Open University, explore how the programme will support and inspire individuals to become impactful agents of change, whilst building a learning community that will provide a future resource for development.

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Penna and Black Leaders Present: Black Leaders in HR Webinar for Black Inclusion Week, with Melanie Medley and Tinu Olowe @ Online Event
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Penna and Black Leaders Present:
Black Leaders in HR Webinar for Black Inclusion Week, with Melanie Medley and Tinu Olowe
12:00pm on Thursday 13th May

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We’re delighted to be celebrating Black Inclusion Week at Penna between the 10th and 14th of May, in partnership with Black Leaders.

To mark the occasion, we are holding a webinar to explore the perspectives of two Black leaders in HR – Melanie Medley (Head of HR, interim at Southwark Council and Tinu Olowe (Director of HR and OD at Enfield Council).

Melanie, Tinu and Penna’s Fiyin Fayeye will discuss the glass ceiling that exists for Black talent, how we can encourage the development of more Black leaders in HR and Melanie and Tinu’s own professional journeys

We hope to see you on the webinar.

Thursday 13th May
12:00pm – 13:00pm

Please register via the links below. Diary and dial-in information will be sent through following your sign-up directly from Zoom. Please ensure you check your Junk folder if Zoom isn’t in your safe senders list. If you do not receive your details, please contact

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Introduction to Conscious Inclusion @ Online Workshop
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Research tells us that unconscious bias training is great for raising awareness, but that it is not the silver bullet which people once thought it was.  Henri Bergson once said, ‘The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend’

During this 75 minute introduction to conscious inclusion we will start to work with the idea of Bergson’s principle to explore:

  • The salient identities of the individual and the team to identify invisible barriers and drivers to belonging which can hinder or enhance performance
  • What is needed at an individual, team and organisational level to promote conscious inclusion
  • Required individual and corporate everyday actions, the cumulative effect of which lead to organisational culture change

Places are limited, so early booking is recommended!

This event is for Members Only – to secure your place, please email

About Jiten

Jiten Patel, ACIB. Jiten is a recognised Conscious Inclusion thought leader, an award-winning Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion strategist and practitioner, a published author and blogger about maximising Inclusion through diversity. He has developed specific expertise in the fields of consciously inclusive leadership, race and anti-racism, cognitive biases and microaggressions, stereotype threat, structural privilege, consciously inclusive strategic planning and operational implementation.

Jiten started out in Financial Services where he worked in commercial banking, international trade finance, corporate relationship management, treasury operations, project management and finally in Equality and Diversity. Jiten has undertaken a range of projects including:

  • Conducting benchmark reviews
  • Setting up positive action programmes
  • Developing staff diversity networks
  • Diversity and inclusion Reviews
  • Researching barriers to career progression for underrepresented staff
  • Sourcing diverse talent pipelines
  • Facilitating C-suite strategic planning events
  • Leading strategic interventions, and other Inclusion related research

Jiten is also the author of ‘Demystifying Diversity’, which was described by People Management magazine as, “…a welcome addition to the Inclusivity debate [and] an invaluable introduction to a topic that is often presented in academic terms”.