‘Gems in Comms’ Returns with Further Exploration into the Experiences of Diverse Talent in the UK PR & Comms Sector”

Exciting news! The eagerly awaited second series of the ‘Gems in Comms’ podcast by 9to5workrebels is returning on September 5th 2023. This remarkable series is dedicated to highlighting the talents of Black, Asian, mixed, and Ethnic Minority professionals in the UK’s PR and Communications sector. In an industry where 91% of professionals are white, this podcast offers invaluable insights into the journeys and experiences of individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Hosted by Ebony Gayle, the series delves into the real-life stories of people of color in the field. The discussions cover a range of topics, including career paths, challenges related to racism in the workplace, equity considerations, and the creation of inclusive environments. For those committed to fostering inclusiveness, this series is essential listening, offering unique perspectives and invaluable insights.

Launching on September 5th, 2023, the podcast boasts an impressive line-up of guests, including industry experts such as Barbara Phillips (founder of Brownstone Communications), Ann Marie Blake (co-founder of True), Kevin Leonce (founder of Togethr), Nicola Millington (founder of FP comms), Bemi Idowi (founder of Talking Drum Communications), and many more. These guests will share their experiences and key insights, with subsequent episodes following each Tuesday.

The ‘Gems in Comms’ series breaks down the misconception that people of colour are a homogeneous group by exploring diverse work experiences. It provides an honest and open window into rarely heard conversations, shedding light on the perspectives of underrepresented voices.

This special podcast series aims to:

  1. Explore the experiences of people of colour in the PR & comms industry, including the highs and lows.
  2. Understand how these experiences have influenced their professional journeys.
  3. Uncover valuable insights for employers to foster more inclusive work environments.

The series is spearheaded by Ebony Gayle the host of 9to5workrebels, an independent consultant with over two decades of PR and communications experience. Her expertise enables candid and engaging conversations that break down barriers comfortably.

Ebony’s motivation behind the series is to showcase the contributions of people of colour in the industry. While the lack of diversity in PR and communications is known, this podcast focuses on the accomplishments and experiences of these talented individuals. It seeks to celebrate their success while promoting cultural awareness for better retention and a harmonious work atmosphere.

Save the date for September 5th and tune in to 9to5workrebels for the ‘Gems in Comms’ series, sponsored by the PRCA Race Ethnicity and Equity Board. New episodes will be available weekly on major platforms. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to gain insights and celebrate industry diversity.

Freelancers and independent consultants here’s a new app just for us!

If you work for yourself you’ll know that getting paid in a timely manner is crucial to your survival and success.

Staying on top of your finances and filing your taxes is something that we all have to do but can be a bore and a nightmare at times particularly when you’re busy focused on generating new business. Before you know it, you have a backlog of receipts and expenses to log and file. As an independent consultant myself this is something I can relate to!

Well, Uome is a new app to hit the market that is tailored specifically for small business owners, sole traders, freelancers, and creatives and allows us to run our businesses from our phones! 

With Uome you can:

  • Get paid quicker with Uome’s open banking solution for instant payments. You can also get paid via Google pay, Apple pay, and Stripe which allows for credit and debit cards.
  • Reduce admin – send professional quotes & invoices including duplication for repeat work directly from the app.
  • Offer your customers credit at your discretion – Enable your clients to spread costs with Uome’s buy now pay later option at no cost to your business.
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  • Collaboration – Uome supports collaborative working and allows users to easily invoice each other as well as raise purchase orders for repeat work.
  • aPOS – enabling Uome users to take in-person payments directly from customers via scanning a QR code that links to open banking. Uome is waiving transaction fees for 1 entire year!

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9to5workrebels 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.

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