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The Black Ladder Podcast

The Black Ladder Podcast

By The Black Ladder Podcast
The BLACK LADDER podcast is a collection of conversations with interesting Black individuals who not only do amazing work, but are consciously helping the wider community to climb the career ladder too.

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Episode 9: Senior Legal Counsel
Today’s guest is Kenzo Onumonu, Kenzo is a lawyer who works as a Senior Legal counsel for a venture capitalist. Outside of his 9-5, Kenzo is also the creator of Forty - a provocative card game that’s designed to get people talking and sparks important conversations. It was great to talk about the different external influences that can affect your chances of becoming a lawyer and we came to the conclusion that some of these influencers are already in the play from a very young age. On this weeks episode; Kenzo tells us about the differences between solicitors and barristers, the key stakeholders of a lawyer, working in a creative start up company and why representation is super important. Guest: Kenzo Onumonu (kenzoatfortycards.com) Forty Cards- https://www.fortycards.com Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up! Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com Music: Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio
1:01:23
September 22, 2020
Episode 8: Head of Procurement
Today’s guest is Lorraine Copes MCIPS, she is the head of procurement at Corbin & King’s where she is responsible for group procurement, supply chain, quality assurance and the inventory system.  She is a self certified foodie and is originally from Birmingham. Of all the roles Loraine tells us about, we notice that for about half of them, she has been approached or headhunted for the job. She explains how important networking and building relationship were in driving these opportunities.  On this weeks episode; we talk about stakeholder relationships, the burger market in Kuwait, networking, bringing your whole self to work, champagne tastings and being black in the hospitality industry.  Guest: Lorraine Copes (@BameInHospitality) BAME in hospitality mentorship scheme: https://www.bameinhospitality.co.uk/mentors/ Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up! Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast.  Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com  Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast  Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black  Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com  Music: Epidemic Sound  Logo: @Asacreativestudio
1:16:19
August 3, 2020
Episode 7: Tech & Digital Governance Entrepreneur
Today’s guest is Dr Nneka Abulokwe - a tech, digital governance and diversity specialist who is passionate about the intelligent use of technology and governance. Her corporate career spans over 25 years, culminating in a return to her independent boutique consulting firm MicroMax - which is she is founder and CEO of. She is also one of the first Afro-Caribbean professionals in the UK to sit on the board of a top European digital transformation organisation. On this weeks episode; we talk about business etiquette, the exec level interview process, dance, being the only black woman in a board room and last but not least the OBE she was awarded in 2019 for services to Business by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Guest: Dr Nneka Abulokwe Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up. Episode layout: Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire) Part 2 - Career ladder Part 3 - Being black in their career Part 4 - Top tips & Advice Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com Music: Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio
1:15:01
July 13, 2020
Episode 6: Model
Today’s guest is Dr Efosa Uwubamwen. Efosa is currently a full time model who’s career started whilst he was studying for his General Medicine degree In Czech Republic. He was scouted after a friend of his saw him in some nightclub photos on Facebook. Efosa is a fashion model and one of the highlights he tells us about is his casting with the one and only Donatella Versace. Travel is a big part of his job and he gives us a great insight into what it’s like to travel all of over the world as a Black Model On this weeks episode; we talk about agencies, castings, being self employed, handling rejection, health and juggling a full time job whilst studying. Guest: Dr Efosa Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up. Episode layout: Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire) Part 2 - Career ladder Part 3 - Being black in their career Part 4 - Top tips & Advice Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com Music: Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio
1:04:08
June 9, 2020
Episode 5: Digital Brand Manager
Today’s guest is Steven Apampa. Steven is a Digital Brand Manager at Nike where he plays a role in providing consumers with the best digital experiences. He primarily manages Nike’s digital content on Foot Locker’s channels. Prior to starting with Nike, Steven completed a Football Industries MBA before having a week to pack up and move to Amsterdam, as the Nike Headquarters are in Holland. He loves football and his favourite colour is red so if you put 2 and 2 together, that would make his football team - Manchester United. On this weeks episode; we talk about racism in football, doing what interests you, marketing yourself, keeping your passion alive in your career and Lebron James. I also learn that I’ve been saying “Nike” wrong for years, so stay tuned to find out what the right way is… Guest: Steven Apampa (Linkedin & Instagram) Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up. Episode layout: Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire) Part 2 - Career ladder  Part 3 - Being black in their career Part 4 - Top tips & Advice Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com Music: Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio
1:01:23
May 19, 2020
Episode 4: Robotics & Intelligent Automations Manager
Today’s guest is Tola Apampa. Tola is Risk advisory and audit manager at Deloitte. Im sure you heard Deloitte and audit and you’re probably thinking he’s an auditor, but you’re wrong; he’s way too cool for that. Tola manages the large scale Robotics & Intelligent Automations division where he specialise in the Financial Sector working with tier 1 & 2 banks. On this weeks episode we talk about doing things at the right time, business chemistry, tech in the banking world, blue prism, converting a contracting role to a permanent one, unconscious bias and my personal favourite, robots! Two words that continually come to mind for me on this episode were perseverance and patience. Tola starts this episode off by telling us that he never does things the easy way, so stay tuned to find out more about his route to becoming a manager at the age of 27! Guest details: Tola Apampa  Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up. Episode layout: Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire) Part 2 - Career ladder + being black in that career Part 3 - Top tips Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com Music: Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio
1:07:01
May 12, 2020
Episode 3: Pharmacist
Today’s guest is Nike Fakoya. Nike is a Pharmacist, a Business owner, Wife, Sister, and Mother - specifically my mother. Right now, she’s working with the NHS as a Senior Prescribing Advisor of High cost drugs. Her legacy in life is to build people up. On this episode, we talk about her early admission to university, starting and running her own pharmacy in Nigeria where she faced a few issues such as petty theft and greedy landlords but; she also benefitted from the support of her family and professional networks. She then takes us to a completely different country and talks to us about starting again with a young family and how previous marks left by other excellent black pharmacists helped her settle into her career within the NHS. I know i’m biased because this is my mothers career story, but when we were recording this I was speechless because it was so captivating hearing how she broke down barriers and crossed international waters to make a home for her family and still managed to make leaps and bounds in her personal career. I was particularly moved by her story of why she stopped working in the hospital after a tragic family loss. Keep listening because this story has all sorts of twists and turns from marriage, babies, businesses, illness, moving abroad, exams, racist estate agents, NHS and much more. Guest details: Nike Fakoya  Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up. Episode layout Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire) Part 2 - Career ladder and being black in that career Part 3 - Top tips Part 4 - Controversial topic Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com Music: Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio
1:05:30
May 5, 2020
Episode 2: Lead Engagement Officer
On this weeks episode, i’m chatting with Onyeka Onyekwelu. Onyeka is the Lead Engagement Officer for the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI). She’s responsible for shaping the narrative around how London boroughs collaborate using tech, data and innovation to realise real world outcomes for Londoners. Her awesome story begins with a Law degree, followed by a call to the Bar and 6 months of NGO work in Nigeria. We move on to talk about her role as a Policy and Programme Manager for the Bar Council where she worked on the digital courts agenda, managed social media campaigns and equality and diversity projects. She then branched out to work as an Associate Consultant that helped her take ownership of her work and build her confidence again. This is a great listen if you want to hear more about knowing your worth, networking, volunteering and being the only black female in the room. Guest details: @onyekaonline Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up. Episode layout Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire) Part 2 - Career ladder and being black in that career Part 3 - Top tips Part 4 - Controversial topic Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com Music: Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio                                               Please note that this episode was recorded a week before the Lockdown was implemented - TBLP adheres to the lock down rules and going forward will be recording online.
1:01:19
April 28, 2020
Episode 1: Insight Manager
Hooray, Episode 1 is now out! On this weeks episode, i’m chatting with Tolu Adebekun, an Insight Manager at Sky. Tolu talks us through his many different roles he’s held in the company from Business analyst as a graduate, to Insight Analyst, then branching out to Strategic Insight Consultant before coming back to the more commercial Lead analyst role and finally working his way up to be an Insight manager. Episode layout Part 1 - Introduction to guest Part 2 - Career ladder and being black in that career Part 3 - Top tips Part 4 - Controversial topic Guest details: @tolutalks or @reasontobehold Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up and i'm excited for you to hear it all !! Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com Music: Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio
1:16:27
April 21, 2020
Trailer 2: About Me/Podcast
Trailer 2: A little blurb about me, the host of The Black Ladder Podcast.  Who am I? Behind the name 'The Black LAdder' My Career What I hope the podcast will provide Share & subscribe to the podcast, there lots coming up and i'm excited for you to hear it all !! Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black Music:Epidemic Sound Logo: @Asacreativestudio 
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March 8, 2020
Trailer: The Black Ladder Podcast
Trailer: Welcome to the Black Ladder Podcast. This is a podcast to highlight and put a spotlight on black people in different careers. Each episode will me and my guest, on my sofa, chatting about their career ladder, what they do, how they climbed the ladder and how being black has affected their career choices.  I decided to start this podcast shortly after this years Black history month (BHM). I went to a lot of talks and heard from lots of great black people in amazing careers that I knew nothing about. I felt that it was a shame that I only hear these stories for one month in a year. I mean for me, being black isn’t just in October, its every day and minute of my life. I want to be able to hear about these amazing careers all the time; thus came about this podcast... Stay tuned, we have lots coming up.  Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast. Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com  Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast
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November 25, 2019