Black History Month 2022: “Action not Words” - Unlocking the Power of Allyship in the Workplace

Event date: 12 October 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 BST
BHM event

Following the huge success of the first Black History Month event last Friday, you are cordially invited to the second event which is a webinar on the topic: ‘Unlocking the Power of Allyship in the Workplace'.

The main objective of Black History Month is to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people to British Society and the world, and to educate the public and build awareness of Black history.

This webinar/facilitated discussion will tackle the stigma around what it means to be an ally and how to integrate allyship into the workplace. Our keynote speaker will explore the definition of allyship, the importance of allyship, and how allyship can be a catalyst for overcoming unconscious biases and unlocking opportunities for people of colour in the workplace. An open session will follow where participants can share their thoughts and views on the topic.

The event will be held virtually on Wednesday 12 October 2022, from 3:00PM – 4:30PM BST.


Welcome and Opening remarks

Delia Cox, EDI Working Group, The Commonwealth Secretariat (moderator)

15:00 - 15:10

Special Rendition: Poem on Allyship

Lucie Shigikile, Finance Officer,
Finance & Management Information Section

15:10 - 15:20

Intro of Keynote Speaker

Delia Cox, EDI Working Group, The Commonwealth Secretariat (Moderator)

15:20 - 15:25


Speaker: Melanie Jacob (she/her/hers), Inclusive Media Specialist, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant, Melanie Jacob Consulting

15:25 - 15:55

Open discussions/ Questions and Comments Final thoughts and Closing Remarks

Moderator Speaker

15:55 - 16:25

Final thoughts and Closing Remarks


16:25 - 16:30

About The Speaker

Melanie Jacob is a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Consultant, who is passionate about creating more diverse and inclusive work environments, not only in France but around the world.

She loves giving back to the community and has volunteered at a number of charitable organisations, including The International Red Cross and Habitat et Humanisme - Rhône.

A St Lucian living in France, she speaks English, French and Spanish and is available for speaking engagements and panel discussions on race, intersectional feminism and inclusive media representation.

For more information, please visit Melanie Jacob's website or get in touch via E-mail.