High-profile female entrepreneurs come together at Women of Colour event for IWD 2020


In recognition of International Women’s Day, Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) is celebrating the achievements of ethnic minority women in business on 4th March.

The Celebrating Women of Colour event will be hosted by Baroness Lorely Burt of Solihull, a Liberal Democrat Peer and spokeswoman for women and equalities.

An impressive panel of five high-profile female entrepreneurs will participate in a lively and inspiring discussion, facilitated by BBC’s Escape to the Country TV presenter Denise Nurse, Vice President of Elevate and Co-founder of Halebury.

The aim of the event is to bring together entrepreneurial businesswomen from MSDUK’s extensive network of Ethnic Minority Businesses (EMBs), global corporations and strategic partners to hear about the successes, challenges and opportunities faced by ethnic minority women in business.

The 5 panellists are from different ethnicities and industry sectors across the UK:

· Farida Gibbs, CEO, Gibbs Hybrid
· Joyeeta Das, Co-founder, Gyana
· Alecia Esson, Co-founder, NXSteps
· Olivia Ahn, Co-founder, Polipop
· Nisha Parmar, Private Chef & Food Consultant / Semi-finalist, MasterChef 2018

The first event of its kind by MSDUK, a market leader in the field of supply chain diversification, Celebrating Women of Colour is part of an ongoing programme of initiatives aimed at challenging the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities within the supply chain of global corporations.

Several leading global companies from the MSDUK network will be present at the event, including Accenture, Agile One, Barclays, CBRE, EY, GSK, Standard Chartered and Sodexo.

Baroness Burt said: “I am honoured to be hosting this important event, which brings together businesswomen of colour from a wide range of industries across the UK. I believe that it’s not only important to share the journeys they have taken to achieve success, but to also discuss common challenges and business issues to help others to progress too. Only by supporting our fellow women will we achieve greater supplier diversity.”

Full details of the event can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/celebrating-women-of-colour-tickets-89575261017 The event will take place on Wednesday 4th March 2020, 18.30 – 21.00 at One Great George Street, London.