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Speakers: Panel Two

The theme of our conference this year is "Celebrating the achievements of Women of Colour" over the next 3 weeks we will be shining the spotlight of on our incredible speakers who are excelling in excelling in Sports & Business.

Danusia Francis, International gymnast, 2012 Olympic reserve for GB, NCAA National Beam champion and TV Presenter

Danusia Francis represented Jamaica and GB in gymnastics, reserve for the 2012 Olympics and is the NCAA balance beam champion for UCLA 2016. She also competed for the UCLA Bruins and the Jamaican national team.The UCLA Bruins are the athletic teams that represent the University of California, Los Angeles.

Danusia has put together a unique presentation, which is focused around beam confidence, floor performance and the psychological aspects of competing. As well as a beam and floor workshop for the gymnasts to participate in. Followed up by a Q&A and time for photos and autographs.

Joanna Abeyie, Founder and Managing Director at Hyden, SThree, Broadcast Journalist

Joanna Abeyie, founded the award-winning creative industry diverse talent recruitment business Shine Media in 2009, which recently morphed into Hyden as part of leading global recruiter SThree PLC. Hyden is a champion of diverse senior leadership talent in the creative industries. Joanna has championed, supported and trained more than 3,000 people from diverse backgrounds in permanent and freelance jobs in the creative industries. These people would not have been selected by traditional recruitment methods or practices.

Hyden recruits diverse senior leadership talent in the media and creative industries to allow you to build a more innovative and successful business. They deliver bespoke practices for your company designed to meet your exact talent requirements and enable diversity in your organisation.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Co-founder and Executive Director at UK Black Pride 

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah also known as Lady Phyll, is the co-founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride, the award-winning celebration for Black LGBT communities to take pride in their ethnicity and sexuality. She is also a Stonewall trustee and Rainbow List Judge.

She is also the Head of Political Campaigns & Equality at PCS Union and also sits on the race relations committee of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), works with race equality think tank Runnymede, and is a trustee of LGBT-rights charity Stonewall

She set up the organisation after coming to the realisation there was a lack of space for Black LGBT men, women and trans people to foster a sense of pride in their identities. The organisation was set up to promote unity and co-operation among all Black people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent, as well as their friends and families, who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans.

Amani Eke, Founder of Project Yogi & Kemetic yoga instructor

Amani Eke, is the founder of Project Yogi, a not-for-profit organisation providing yoga, mindfulness and social emotional learning activities to young people and their families. She is an Egyptian/Kemetic yoga instructor. Egyptian yoga originates from Ancient Kemet, now known as Egypt. It is a restorative system which has unique postures and principles. It combines physical movement, deep breathing and meditation to help achieve balance, peace, order and discipline which is known as Maat

Amani  is also a Kemetic yoga instructor at the OYA Retreats. The OYA Retreats delivers an holistic movement and mindfulness practice to women of colour. On exclusive retreats in the UK and abroad, guests are offered room to explore, reflect, release, and renew.

Kelechi, Actress, Personal Trainer and an instructor of Pole dancing as well as Twerk.

Kelechi is an actress, personal trainer and an instructor of Pole dance as well as Twerk. In September 2016, Kelechi opened her own studio as a way of highlighting the faces and bodies that are often erased within mainstream fitness culture. Kelechi uses her classes and the workshops that she facilitates as a vehicle to move women towards an unbreakable relationship between their mind and body.

Some may refer to Kelechi as a "twerk and fitness guru" which she wholeheartedly embraces, but ultimately Kelechi sees herself as a professional Baby Girl and a Benz Punani Womanist. Inextricable descriptions of her insistence on carefree black womanhood.

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