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Black female authors inspire with panel event

Melonie Parker, Diversity Director Google, Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, Jessica Huie MBE, Anais Hayes, head of Executive Briefing Programme, Google EMEA

LEADING BLACK Figures in literature made an appearance at the Google HQ in London to take park in Purpose, Lead & Slay - a panel discussion with leading black female authors in the industry.

At the event, which took place last Thursday, in attendance was Jessica Huie MBE, Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE, Anais Hayes and Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené, as they discussed their experiences and achievements as black women in a heavily white-male dominated industry.

At the panel discussion, Melonie Parker, Diversity director of Google said: "For far too long, we haven't seen adequate representation of women's voices in literature. It's just as important now than it ever was for us to champion strong female points of view and creative minds.

“I'm incredibly proud to see the success of these amazing women's books and that they have chosen to join us here at Google to celebrate that success. I'm confident that this is just the beginning for them; I'm eagerly looking forward to their next projects."

Purpose, Lead, Slay was one of the many Black History Month events hosted by Google at their London office.

Many who attended the event, took to Twitter to share their experience and excitement about the inspiring talk.

On Twitter user wrote: “Great evening at Purpose, Lead and Slay with @JessicaHuieMBE @7Traits @slayinyourlane I was reminded that life is a dance, with different seasons and the need to be present, stop and remember my why. Especially, in our society that validates constantly doing and achieving.”

While another praised the panelists, saying: “hearing nuggets of pure gold from @JessicaHuieMBE 'Something incredible happens when we get present. We learn who we are. We become privy to all sorts of insights that we miss in the day to day activity.' YES. This is the power of purpose.’

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