9to5workrebels in association with Hanson Search launches a new podcast series – Gems in Comms

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new podcast series special ‘Gems in Comms’ spotlighting Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority talent in the UK PR and Communications industry.

The series offers insights into the career trajectory for people of colour working within PR and communications, an industry notoriously known for being overwhelmingly 91% white.

The series special is bought to you by 9to5workrebels and in association with Hanson Search, provides real experiences from established Black, Asian, and Ethnic minority professionals working in the PR and communications industry sharing valuable and impactful insights about their career journeys, racism at work, thoughts on diversity, and what makes a good working environment.

The series launched on Tuesday 13th September with two interviews from Fiona Chow – founder of Goadi consulting, founder & CEO of Ugly babies, and the co-host of ‘Not Another Crypto Show’ podcast, and Sarah Samee – award-winning communicator and former VP of Women in PR UK.

This week’s episode features seasoned Barbadian communicator Katrina Marshall with 20 years of experience in journalism and public relations. The series special features on my 9to5workrebels podcast with new episodes out every Tuesday.

People of colour often get lumped into one category and treated as one voice. The series explores different working experiences and further demonstrates that people of colour are not monolithic. 

Hanson Search has always supported having these open and honest conversations and recognises the importance of listening and learning to help bring about change in the industry and crucially help to ensure equity. The podcast series will be interesting listening for everyone working in the PR and comms industry, including people of colour who work in the industry and those who are looking to enter.

 ‘Gems in Comms’ a 9to5workrebels podcast series special aims to:

  • Explore the highs, lows, and lived experiences of people of colour within the PR & comms industry
  • Understand how their experiences have shaped their journey
  • Uncover what they look for from their employers – useful insights that employers can learn from.

Alice Weightman, CEO and founder of Hanson Search:

“Creating diverse working environments is about equality and equity for all. Having conversations, learning, and actioning is the only way we can make a change. I urge those who value diversity or want to make improvements in diversity when hiring and retaining talent to listen to the series that we have worked on with Ebony.”

Amy Hayer, Partner at Hanson Search

“This podcast shines a light on stories that have not been shared widely enough, Ebony has asked the questions that need addressing and gained valuable insight that we can all learn from – employers and employee alike. Hopefully this series can be a catalyst for change and greater cultural awareness and equity across the industry.”

The new series special is the brainchild of Ebony Gayle the host of the 9to5workrebels podcast and Hanson Search advisor – who herself has worked in PR and communications for over 18 years. Her experience and insights have enabled open, honest, and engaging conversations where layers are peeled back comfortably.

Ebony Gayle, founder of 9to5workrebels, Podcast Host, and Hanson Search Advisor:

“Having worked in the PR and communications industry for over 18 years I was keen to use my platform to create a series special that is all about dialogue with my peers from Black, Asian, and Ethnic minority backgrounds. The lack of diversity in our industry is no secret, but what about the people of colour in the industry doing great things? What is their story, has the industry been welcoming, have they experienced racism at work, what gems are they willing to share?”

The podcast aims to spotlight and celebrate Black, Asian, and Ethnic Minority talent in the industry, while also encouraging more cultural awareness for retention and tips on what a culturally cohesive work environment feels and looks like from their perspective.

Tune in to 9to5workrebels now to listen to the Gems in Comms series special available on all the usual platforms.

Maths teacher creates black doll line to empower her daughter & young girls

I recently launched my podcast 9to5workrebels and for the latest episode, I spoke with the inspiring Charlotte Francis the maths teacher turned entrepreneur who created the black doll line Biankha and friends, after her own daughter fell out of love with her natural hair.

. You can listen to the podcast on spotify, Apple, Google, Anchor etc

Or watch on Youtube

Podcast latest: Cara Sayer – founder of the award-winning Snoozeshade brand

I had a lovely chat on my 9to5work rebels podcast with Cara Sayer inventor of Snoozeshade, you can hear about how she left the 9-5, created a product to solve a problem for her baby daughter that is now an award-winning 7-figure business. You can watch on Youtube or listen to the 9to5workrebels podcast on Spotify etc.

Links below

Is your business pandemic proof?

We are living through some interesting times, the pandemic has changed the way we work and interact. Whether you are a business owner, a consultant, or an employee I always say it’s important to have more than one stream of income, its best to have multiple streams of income so if/when one dries up or slows you can still comfortably survive. Someone who knows a lot about this is Lisa Newton, a serial entrepreneur, author, and course creator who started her first business with £150 and is now an award-winning serial entrepreneur. Lisa share’s her story as well as some tips for entrepreneurs! You can watch it on Youtube or listen to the podcast link below.

Podcast link below

https://anchor.fm/9to5workrebels/episodes/Never-had-a-job–started-her-first-biz-with-150–Lisa-Newton–author–course-creator–award-winning-serial-entrepreneur-epod5k