Break Through the Bias
Break Through the Bias Mar 05

Break Through the Bias

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International Women's Day conference for Black women (and their allies) in the North of England

Following on from the success of previous year's International Women's Day conference, Black Northern Women are here again for International Women's Day 2022. Come and join us for a day of fun and friendship.

The theme this year is 'Break the Bias' and to quote the International Women's Day website:

'Imagine a gender equal world.

A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

A world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

A world where difference is valued and celebrated.

Together we can forge women's equality.

Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.'

Black Northern Women take that a step further to include a racial equal world as well.

This will be a day of inspiration and information to empower and encourage you to break the bias, and celebrate sisterhood.

There will be panel discussions with Q&As, motivational talks, self-development and more...

Join us and equip yourself to break through the bias that limits you from achieving your full potential and becoming ALL you are meant to be.


09:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-10:15 Introduction then opening by Carol Stewart

10:15-11:15 Panel Discussion - Beating Bias

11:15-11:30 Break

11:30-12:15 Speed Networking

12:15-13:15 Lunch

13:15-13:30 Energiser

13:30-14:30 Panel Discussion - Calling Out Bias

14:30-14:45 Break

14:45-15:15 Keynote: Angie Le Mar

15:15-15:45 An Audience with Angie Le Mar

15:45-16:00 Close

The schedule may be subject to slight change

Please note that COVID19 government guidelines will be followed. If the event is cancelled due to COVID19 government guidelines, monies will be refunded.

SpeakersAngie Le Mar - Keynote Speaker

Angie Le Mar – the multi award winning comedienne, Businesswoman, Speaker, Writer, Director, Producer, Talk Show Host and Brand Ambassador – blends her own style of creativity and fun with out of the box thinking to bring her own brand of entertainment straight to her audience.

As one of Britain’s top comediennes, Angie has successfully harnessed the power of laughter to create inspiring and thought provoking productions. From stage to radio to TV to the written page Angie is a proven hit with a multicultural audience – male, female, young and old alike. She is equally at home with quick-fire comedy, acutely observed character sketches and solid acting performances.

As a sought after keynote speaker Angie has graced the stage locally, nationally and internationally with Schools, Colleges, Business platforms, Churches and an international mix of companies - which includes UNESCO, America, Shell, Barclay Bank, Ernst Young, Merrill Lynch – being inspired by her words, wit and wisdom.

Angie’s wide ranging career achievements, from being the first British performer to storm the legendary Harlem Apollo to making history in London‘s West End with the first ever sell out show by a black comedienne, not only enables her to deliver top quality performance and production values on stage, screen and the airwaves, but also to attract a large and loyal fan base along with greatly increased audiences wherever her work appears.

As an Entrepreneur, Angie’s aim is to inspire others to achieve against the odds and for two and a half years she ran the Angie Le Mar School of expression fuelled by the desire to show young people, not just show business, but the business behind it. It was a great success with a variety of special guests sharing their skills including Jeffrey Daniels from Shalamar who not only gave the children advice but also taught them the famous Michael Jackson moonwalk. Angie hopes to one day re open the school.

A guest appearance on ITV’s Loose Women in 2012 inspired Angie to create an all women panel TV show called Ladies Talk to set a multicultural balance in today’s media. The show had two successful runs, becoming an award winning show on the Vox Africa Network.

Host - Carol Stewart

Carol Stewart is the founder of Abounding Solutions and author of Quietly Visible: Leading With Influence and Impact as an Introverted Woman (listed as one of the 10 best self-development books written by women to read during lockdown by BeYourOwn). She is an Executive, Career and Leadership Coach, specialising in introverted women who are senior leaders. Carol coaches women to lead with confidence, influence, and impact. She also delivers workshops, webinars, and talks on career development, personal development, and leadership development to organisations who want to develop their talent.

She has been the featured expert in Women and Home magazine, Good Housekeeping magazine, the Telegraph, and other media publications. She is a LinkedIn Top Voice UK, 4 years running, and has received awards for her work developing women leaders, including a We Are The City Rising Star Champion Award.

Carol hosts the Quietly Visible podcast, is a semi regular columnist for the Sheffield Telegraph, and a TEDx speaker. She gives her time to causes that support the next generation, and that advocate social justice, and gender and racial equality.

Further details can be found at

Host - Alex Smith

Tarnya Coley - Panel Speaker

Tarnya is an international speaker, trained by Les Brown. She is regarded as a respected and influential speaker. She has over 18 years’ experience speaking on many platforms. She’s distinguished for her down to earth approach to empowering women and living a life of purpose.

Tarnya has her own publishing company, helping many people around the globe to publish their books for impact. She is the author of four books. Her latest bestselling book, Plan it. See it. Anticipate is endorsed by Les Brown.

Tarnya is also a personal development coach. She dispenses keys to success that work which has resulted in transforming hundreds of women's lives globally. Tarnya was awarded a SIMA global award for most influential woman. Tarnya’s tips are practical and easy to execute —the biggest investment is your time. Tarnya says that it is essential to believe in yourself because that is where it all starts.

Pamela Windle - Panel Speaker

Pamela has 20 years of experience in health and wellness as a certified women's health coach, hypnotherapist, and personal trainer. She understands the unique physical and psychological challenges that modern women face throughout their lives.

For five years, she struggled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and she was forced to quit employment and sell her home.

Despite how hopeless the situation felt, she decided to take matters into her own hands and reclaim her health. By adopting a whole new approach to health and wellness, she soon was on the path to recovery.

She is passionate about supporting and empowering women in perimenopause transitioning to menopause and beyond to feel amazing.

She is a speaker and a menopause in the workplace consultant. She uses evidence-based practices and techniques with organisations, and individual needs. So collectively, we change the landscape of menopause for women of today and the future generation.

Jackie Bailey - Panel Speaker

Jackie Bailey, Transformation Empowerment Coach, is the founder of BEE You! Personal Development Ltd. She delivers transformational coaching, workshops, seminars retreats. Supporting individuals, groups, teams organisations with clarity of purpose values, vision building alignment is core to BEE You! service. Rooted in being aligned to soul purpose, on purpose with purpose, this values based, holistic approach to coaching is centred in living BEEing authentic in all aspects of life. Jackie has coached a diverse range of clients, including individuals, networks, teams leaders in the public sector, community, private business private individuals. She is a member of the International Association of Coaches.

An innovative and creative practitioner, Jackie is also a lover of literature and a keen advocate of arts for wellbeing. As a Community Champion for Manchester City of Literature (UNESCO) Jackie coordinated a programme embracing spoken word, music, journaling, poetry and more; all connected to enhancing wellbeing. Jackie is passionate about helping people to improve their wellbeing by using journaling as a personal development and self-care tool and delivers a range of journaling sessions including ‘Journal to BEEing Your Best You!’, ‘Journaling Healing’ and ‘Journaling, Vision Purpose’.

Jackie coordinates hosts a range of retreats (in-person and online), including retreats for all women, black women, staff wellbeing for marginalised young people. Jackie has coached a range of diverse staff networks across the public sector. She also facilitates group coaching sessions including: Positive Communication for Life; Reflect BEE You! Take Action to Manifest your Vision. Jackie created and hosts Accountable Sistas, a personal development and accountability group, with master classes, group coaching and more, targeted for Black women of the African Diaspora who are current, emerging or aspiring business women and/or professional women seeking progression.

Jackie enjoys experiences over things. Her interests include reading, theatre, spoken word, diverse arts, personal development, travel spending quality time with family and friends.

Instagram @beeyoupd

BEE You! PD Facebook

Journal to BEEing Your Best You! Group

In all things, in all ways just BEE You!

Brilliant Excellent Exceptional You!

Lesleye O'Connor

l am Lesleye O’Connor. I am a single mother of two young men and a grandmother my family is the love of my life.

My life was parked stood still not doing anything. I was working my 9-5 job, going on nice holidays, driving my nice car, single women which l am enjoying, but at the time l wanted more not sure what that more was, what it looked like. l started searching by listening to motivation speakers, Mr Les Brown.

Mr Les Brown, changed my whole concept to life “You are never too old to learn, and you are never too young to teach” – Les Brown.

When l heard that affirmation l was astonished, l was on a mission to discover who is Lesleye?

In 2017 l started my journey my path to new beginning’s l didn’t know where it was going to take me all l knew l can do so much more with my life, I found my purpose in life. l found out l am dyslexic, not thick, or stupid. I am a proud dyslexic who absorbs information in a different way, it might take a little longer, to work things out, l am unique. I am not hiding anymore l am a proud dyslexic.

I have a Talk show Real Table Talk where l invite people on the platform to share their stories. I won a Windrush award which I am very proud off. I am reaching for the moon.

Oge Okosieme - Panel Discussion Facilitator

Oge is a highly intuitive guide, mentor, coach and teacher of conscious creation and the author of 10 self-care practices for New Human Living.

Her zone of genius is her ability to hold space for the contemporary visionary to get over their self-doubt, develop their ideas and create a purpose led legacy that they can experience while they are alive.

Her passion is exploring and teaching the art and science of conscious intentional creation and guiding her clients through the nitty-gritty of what it takes to create their audacious vision.

Oge is the creator of the New Human Experience an energy-led way of being and a practical framework for highly creative and visionary people who want meaningful new experiences for themselves.

Ursula Myrie - Panel Speaker

My name is Ursula Myrie

I am the founder and managing director of Adira, a survivor led mental health and well-being service that supports black people with mental health issues.

I am a survivor of historic abuse and I am very passionate about all things mental health related.

Marcia Hylton - Panel Speaker

Marcia Hylton is an APC accredited International Coach specialising in recovery and emotional resilience after narcissistic abuse and other toxic relationships.

As a recovery coach, Marcia draws not only on her specialist coaching skills and over 30 years in the healthcare and education industry, but also on her experience as a survivor. Marcia is all about helping women find their way back to themselves with tools and strategies to guide them towards their own transformation and healing, using a trauma-informed lens.


APC accredited practitioner of Life Coaching, NLP and Timeline Coaching

Certified Women's Transformational Workshop Coach Facilitator

Certificate in Relationship Coaching


Over 30 years in healthcare and education industry:

Keisha Adair Swaby

Keisha Adair Swaby aka Lady K is an Inspirational Speaker and a Presenter on Radio Diamond in Manchester, UK. She has a passion for learning and gave up her job of 12 years in 2016 to continue her education.

Keisha graduated in 2019 with a First Class BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Sport and Exercise Science. She has just completed her Masters Degree in Health Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Keisha has Dyslexia and Dyspraxia and was diagnosed at the age of 41 at University. She is determined to create more awareness of neurodiversity especially in the Black community in order to highlight the strengths of these learning differences.

She is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Jamaica Dyslexia Association. Her lived experience of these conditions has given her several opportunities to share her story on various media platforms.

Her passion for helping others led her to launch Empowering Dyslexics as she wants to coach and speak at events to empower other Dyslexics.

She enjoys working in the media and is excited about starting another Radio show in the future dedicated to Dyslexia and Dyspraxia!

Keisha was mentored by the worlds number 1 motivational speaker Les Brown and she is now one of his certified speaker who is ready and excited to be stepping into her greatness by sharing her story to inspire others!

You don't have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great - The one and only Les Brown!!!

05-Mar-2022 - 09:30 Start date
05-Mar-2022 - 16:00 End date
Norfolk Street, Sheffield City Centre, S1 2JB
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