June Sarpong – Keynote Speaker

TV Presenter, diversity expert, award- winning author and former Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC

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Specialist Subjects

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Event Host
  • Why Diversity is good for Business?
  • Challenge your ISM’s: How to better connect with the “Other”
  • Cost of Discrimination: Why discrimination costs us all
  • Why Diversify: How Companies Rise and Fall
  • Untapped Potential: How to create a new talent pipeline
  • Business as Unusual: The future of business and how to create corporate change
  • Women Count: The benefits of empowering women in the workplace
  • He for She: How men can help close the gender inequality gap
  • The Power of Privilege
  • Does strength ultimately lie in society’s differences, not in its similarities?


  • English


June Sarpong has enjoyed a 20-year career, in which she has become one of the most recognisable faces of British television. June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland. It was when she started on Channel 4’s T4 that she became a household name. June hosted 2005’s Make Poverty History event and presented at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 she hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park. June has also interviewed and introduced some of the world’s biggest names including HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and George Clooney.

She has worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, whilst campaigning for The One and Produce (RED). June was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her one of the youngest people ever to receive an MBE. June was later awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Years’ Honours List.

June Sarpong is the cofounder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise). This acclaimed conference has featured leading speakers including Sarah Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi and Iman.
After living in America for eight years, June moved back to the UK in 2015, and was a regular panellist on Sky News’ weekly current affairs discussion show, The Pledge.

June is also an author of three award winning books; ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’, ‘The Power of Women’ and ‘The Power of Privilege’.
June has recently launched a new publishing imprint, ‘The HQ Creative Inclusion Lab’ with Harper Collins, giving a voice to those from underrepresented communities, with a focus on those with a disability, those from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds and people from working-class backgrounds.

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