Vanessa Sanyauke is the Founder and CEO of Girls Talk London and a speaker, presenter and writer based in London. Vanessa has over a decade of experience helping FTSE 100 businesses with corporate social responsibility, gender and youth consulting. Vanessa has worked with clients such as The Bank of England, Societié Generalé, O2, Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, State Street, Igate, Salesforce, Vodafone, BT, Ericsson, Allen and Overy, Lloyds Bank, Bauer Media, UBS, RBS Legal, Rabobank, Reed Smith and CMS Cameron McKenna delivering and managing award winning corporate social responsibility , gender & diversity programmes.
In 2018 Vanessa was listed on the 2018 EMpower 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times at number 22 (and one of only two entrepreneurs listed)
She is a sought after Presenter and Speaker on business, women’s issues and popular culture recently hosting Penguin Living and Virgin Books ‘Live.Life. Better’ Podcast for their International women’s day special. (March 2017) She regularly Chairs discussions at The Southbank Centre and was one of the keynote speakers at The Glitz Africa She Summit in Ghana. (May 2016) Vanessa has also spoken at UN Women UK, Cosmopolitan Self Made Summit, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Google UK, City Hall, Institute of Directors and Women in Research UK. Vanessa was a London speaker for the 2012 WIE Network event alongside Vivienne Westwood and Rosario Dawson.
Vanessa has written and featured in publications such as The Guardian, Stylist, The Telegraph, LOOK Magazine,virgin.com, Confederation of British Industry and Entrepreneur Country. The 16th April 2017 Edition of The Style Magazine Sunday Times Supplement listed Vanessa as one of 10 people changing the workplace for women in the UK. Vanessa has met with the former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and advisers at No 10 Downing Street on numerous occasions to advise them on issues that affect young people in the UK.
Vanessa is the Host and Creator of Girls Talk, an online panel talk show for millennial women that provides inspiration and tips from leading experts on fashion, beauty, careers, business, health and well-being alongside conversation on trending news. The show to date has been watched by over 380,000 people worldwide and in July 2016 won a competition with the Royal Television Society Futures for short form.
The 9th March 2015 issue of Look Magazine featured Vanessa as one of the most inspiring women in the UK and in June 2015 She was named as one of 67 Changemakers in the UK at The Southbank Centre as part of their annual Festival of Love. During the same month she was also invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In December 2015, Vanessa was nominated for a Digital-IS award for Best Online Presenter.
Brittany L. Blackwell joined Girls Talk London in January 2017, and is currently our Head of Programme: Step into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) where she also serves as the programme’s Brand Ambassador. In this role, Blackwell is responsible for heading the mentoring programme, industry insight experience and professional development initiative geared towards Year 12 and first-year college female students studying S.T.E.M. subjects, who are paired with senior-level mentors on the scheme, which is funded and supported by some of the UK’s leading technology companies (BT, Ericsson, O2 and Vodafone). The programme’s primary aim is to work towards closing the gap in gender equality by increasing young girls’ exposure to careers in S.T.E.M. where women only represent 17% across all jobs in the S.T.E.M. sector.
Collectively, Blackwell has nearly 15 years of corporate experience across the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) industries where her expertise in working with Global 500, Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies lies within diversity and inclusion strategy, brand marketing, corporate and community relations, and strategic business management.
EDUCATION: PhD candidate in Psychology, University of West London; MA (Distinction), University of West London; BBA, Temple University.