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Sophie Williams Keynote Speaker

  • Author of Millennial Black (2021) and Anti-Racist Ally (2020)
  • Founder of @OfficialMillennialBlack Instagram page with 160k+ followers
  • A leading voice on diversity, inclusion and Allyship

Sophie Williams's Biography

Sophie Williams is an author, activist, TED speaker, and expert on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Sophie is the Founder of the successful Instagram page, @OfficialMillennialBlack, where she has built up a large following of 160k + individuals engaged in tackling racial injustice.  On the page, Sophie shares content on how to be anti-racist and an ally, and shares news/commentary on current affairs and events.

Sophie has authored two books, Millennial Black (2021) and Anti-Racist Ally (2020).  She also regularly contributes to media publications such as Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Glamour, Grazia, The Guardian, Marie Claire and Refinery29, among others.

She is widely considered a leading voice on diversity, inclusion and Allyship and works for several businesses in the UK as an Intersectional Equity Consultant.

As a speaker, Sophie shows audiences how to take the first steps on their own journey to activism or allyship.  She encourages people to build on their existing foundations and demonstrates how to truly build equality into both their personal and working lives. Sophie regularly appears on expert panels, delivers talks and works as a consultant for clients from a range of sectors, including Amazon, Apple, Barclays, Cambridge University, Google, Meta, the NHS, The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, Sky, and the UK Civil Service.

Sophie began her career in advertising, and held the positions of COO and CFO.  She was the former Global Manager of Production Planning at Netflix – until she left in Spring 2021 after leading the European employee walkout in protest of transphobic content.

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Sophie Williams's Speaking Topics

  • Race - with a focus on Blackness

  • Gender - with a focus on womanness

  • Allyship / Anti-Racism in day to day life

  • Building anti-racist workplaces

  • The Glass Cliff - what happens when you break through the glass ceiling / why not all leaders are set up for success

  • Intersectionality

  • Building successful, diverse, working environments, based on her experience as a Chief Operating officer and as author of Millennial Black

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Videos of Sophie Williams

TED - The rigged test of leadership
TED - The rigged test of leadership
Inclusive Publishing: part of Virtual Primadonna Festival 2020
Inclusive Publishing: part of Virtual Primadonna Festival 2020
BBC x Open University - Is Race a Myth?
BBC x Open University - Is Race a Myth?

Comments & Testimonials

“By far the best presentation of the day – and indeed the conference. Very thought provoking and educational, in terms of understanding key concepts and indeed definitions.”
Senior NHS Leadership
We really loved having Sophie at the conference, it was a highly relevant and insightful session and was incredibly well received by the audience who told us they found it impactful and thought provoking. We would highly recommend Sophie as a speaker and look forward to working with her in the future.
NHS Confederations Health and Care Women Leaders Network

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