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UEL lecturer makes list of top 50 inspirational black women

Dr Jummy Okoya named fourth on list of 50 Most Inspirational Black Women in UK

University of East London lecturer and equality and diversity (E&D) advisor Dr Jummy Okoya has been named number four on a list of the 50 Most Inspirational Black Women in the UK.

Dr Okoya is chair of the Women's Network at the University of East London and is a senior lecturer in organisational behaviour and human resource management, and former MBA Director in the School of Business and Law.

An international consultant and an internationally recognised speaker on organisational development and career development, she has been instrumental in launching an internal staff network for women at the University of East London.

The network at the University offers a support system and a vehicle for developing a female talent pipeline, to encourage more women into leadership positions. Since it was set up in 2016, that network has grown to 350 members in one year.

The list of inspirational black women was compiled by the Pauline Long Show team. The show, which is on Sky TV – BEN TV, is produced and presented by Dr Pauline Long, who has over the years interviewed hundreds of inspiring black women. Dr Okoya said she feels very privileged to be ranked fourth on the list.

She said, “I am humbled and honoured to be named number four on the list of the top 50 most inspirational black women in the UK. This acknowledgment is a credit to the incredible mentors in my life who have inspired and invested in me tirelessly, hence inspiring others. This is my way of paying it back. After all, to whom much is given, much is expected.

“I also consider this a call to action for me to use different platforms to do more for my students, colleagues and community at large. The true secret to lasting happiness is supporting others. Investing in others is super fulfilling. As William James said, ‘Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.’”

The fifty black women who have been named as the Most Inspirational Black Women are all working at grass-roots levels. The dynamic list carries names of women who are mostly not portrayed on mainstream media but their contribution to various black communities in the UK is very visible. It aims to bring to the forefront some of the great work carried out by these women.

Dr Okoya is a highly accomplished coach and leadership and organisation development consultant with more than two decades of experience. She is a highly experienced educator, trainer and researcher within the public and private sectors, with experience of commissioning new and revalidating programmes.

An expert in delivering workplace resilience and wellbeing programmes, she uses positive psychology intervention tools to enable employees to move from functioning to flourishing. She improves her clients’ organisational performance through developing high-performing teams, developing coaching and mentoring initiatives and training institutional career champions.

Dr Okoya is also a branch executive with the Chartered Institute for Personnel Development (CIPD) and a member of HR Leaders network. She is a qualified positive psychology coach who uniquely integrates positive psychology interventions with HR tools to achieve a flourishing organisation and thriving employees.