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Tonisha Tagoe

Tonisha Tagoe

The Black Women’s Leaders Conference

Hosts:

Remi Ray and Tonisha Tagoe

Recap:

I was really excited when I was asked to co-host the Black Women Leaders Conference because I love to support people I can identify with, i.e black women in business. As someone who has struggled with dyslexia, it was great to connect with other entrepreneurs with their own challenges, such as Remi who is also dyslexic.

Remi and I met at a Panel I hosted at Barclays HQ a couple of years ago and we have been friends ever since. When she asked me to co-host the Black Women Leaders Conference, I was both honoured and excited to get stuck in.

I had less than 48 hours to prepare for the conference but made it my top priority. As a member of the black female entrepreneur community, I know how important it is to stay connected and unified, and this conference was a great way to do so.

Despite having only two days to prepare, I had an amazing time and was proud to see over 150 attendees consistently across the day. The conference had a range of panels and discussions from the participants where we got to explore key issues surrounding black women in business while identifying new opportunities and ventures.

It will be a pleasure to stay connected with the women I met at the conference and look forward to working with them in the future. Everyone brought something to the table and it was great to hear from the audience as well as the panelists, the former of which told some amazing stories of their own experiences in life and business. 

About Black Women Leaders Conference:

The Black Women Leaders Conference was conceived as a platform for candid but productive conversations about how leadership and entrepreneurship can enable black women to thrive. This one-off virtual summit was a collective effort to share community currency and reinforce our sisterhood; a session of exchanging practical resources and strategies in preparation for the post COVID-19 economy. Our guest speakers offered us their time, truth and energy to inspire and motivate hundreds of us women to keep our heads in the game—even in this unprecedented period of hardship.

Panel 1: Build with Consistency

Moderated by Ashanti Bentil-Dhue

Speakers:
Onyinye Udokporo, Enrich Learning
Khalia Ismain, Jamii, Building Marketplaces For Conscious Buyers
Abiola Ola Founder of Active Budgeter
Mary Agbesanwa Founder the Now Your Talking Network

Takeaways: 

  • Gain diverse income streams
  • Gain multiple revenue streams
  • Have a choice about where your money comes from
  • Understand the power of planning
  • Manage your time strategically
  • Work with all your uni friends who have uncles in high places

Panel 2: Value

Moderated/hosted by Sherryl Blu

Speakers: 

Marcia Brock, Thought Leader and Serial Entrepreneur

Madeline McQueen, Coach, Trainer, Speaker, Host and Entrepreneur

Gayle Edwards Founder of Brand You

Genelle Aldred TV Presenter, Executive Producer and Creative Content Strategist

Takeaways:

  • Entering into business is rarely a short term thing, you’ve got to be here for the long game
  • If you can get really clear about what you want, you can develop your confidence.
  • We are up against the mistrust that comes from inside and outside the community so unity is a must
  • Privilege is a very nuanced thing
  • If you don’t ask, the answer is always ‘no’
  • Take the scraps and make a three-course meal

Panel 3: Progression and Review

Moderated by Tonisha Tagoe, The Enterprise Toolbox
Ashanti Bentil-Dhue, EventMind, Virtual Profit Framework

Speakers:

Jen & Jay of Hustle & Heels
Tokunbo Koiki Founder of Tokunbo Kitchen and London African Food week

Takeaways:

  • Always be prepared
  • Focus on one thing at a time
  • Keep your mind active
  • You can have it all, just not at the same time
  • Never forget your community 
  • Look to your original network
  • Use both casual and effective logic
  • Structure and process is everything

Final impressions:

The Black Women Leaders Conference was an absolute treat. Resilience and wisdom laced the words of every speaker, inspiring me to never bow to my limitations and always strive to increase my potential. My sisters in the black community are passionate and fierce, constantly breaking down barriers and finding new success on their relentless mission for success.

We are all on this epic entrepreneurial journey together, one that shall pave the road for the next generation of business-owners. I eagerly await the next event and count down the days until I can reconnect with the many new friends I met at the Black Women Leaders Conference. 

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