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Our Founder/President Nominated for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards

18 Apr 2019 08:40 | Anonymous
 

 
Linda Rogers-Nwokobia of Women Leadership and Empowerment Network

(WLEN) has been nominated for the UK’ Largest Diversity Awards

Linda a local role model from Hertfordshire has been nominated for the Positive Role Model (Gender) at The National Diversity Awards 2019.

 

The Breath-taking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to this year’s awards, to be held on 20th September. Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people will come together to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from grass roots communities. 

The prestigious black-tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

 

Linda Rogers-Nwokobia Bio

Linda Rogers-Nwokobia is an engaging speaker, technologist and entrepreneur, she has held various leadership roles in the technology and public sector, drawing from over 15 years’ experience in FTSE 100 companies, public sector and working with various charities , Linda has a unique gift for connecting with people, ensuring they work away with actionable strategies for positive change to whatever they put their mind to.

The ides of Women Leadership and Empowerment Network (WLEN)  was formed when Founder Linda Rogers-Nwokobia was working as a senior manager for a FTSE 100 company, as she watched and mentored various ladies on balancing work with home, how to strive at work, how to break the perceived glass ceilings and not being overwhelmed by the everyday life of being a woman of Afro-Caribbean decent. She recognised there was a need for women to support each other by sharing life experiences, building supportive relationships and educating ourselves on the advancement of women’s rights, gender and cultural diversity globally

So, in September 2018, she registered WLEN as a non-profit and formalised its vision, mission and goals. Linda has mentored, coached over 150 women, held events with attendance by both men and women like the WLEN "Leadership Circle" in London, Birmingham and Cambridge, launched  the NextGen Leaders initiative, has been in  collaboration with Nottingham Trent University and is been hosted by the PostDOC of Cambridge University to mention a few.

“Linda’s message:

“I breathe diversity, I live diversity, I am diversity, gender parity is not a movement, it is a revolution”

“Leadership for women… Female empowerment, Female activists. We must ensure our shoulders are here for the young female to stand on, we are developing giants”

More on The National Diversity Awards 2019.

Leading global brand Johnson & Johnson were 2018 Headline sponsors of the UK’s largest diversity awards, attracting a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper. 

Sir Lenny Henry CBE, previous shortlisted nominee for the Celebrity of the Year gong said;

“Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; its means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”

Actor Warwick Davis and Human Rights activist Abbey Kiwanuka received accolades at last year’s ceremony alongside a host of incredible award winners. 

Kick It Out, the UK’s Leading organisation campaigning for equality in football, beat seven other competitors for the Race, Faith & Religion category, and Rocking2Stomas blogger Rachel Jury was praised for using her impressive following to shine a light on urostomy awareness. 

ADHD Foundation were commended for changing attitudes and improving life chances through tireless campaigning, and Action Breaks Silence were applauded for offering free self-defence training to over 50,000 women and girls at risk of gender-based violence.

Sail NI were praised for supporting over 300 transgender people and their families across the Northern Ireland, and Geoff Holt MBE scooped the Entrepreneur of Excellence Award for founding Wetwheels, taking more than 5,000 disabled people on the water each year.

Radio Reverb, Touchstone and Rachael Pearson were also recognised amongst some of the UK’s most inspiring role models and community organisations. 

The National Diversity Awards receives over 25,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said, “As we enter our 08th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience, and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year”. 


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