“When I lost my seat in parliament, as devastating as it was, I genuinely felt relieved that I got out with my life.” 

We’ve officially reached our final episode of Series 7, but we’re definitely finishing on a high with today’s 40 Minute Mentor – it’s none other than Baroness Oona King

Oona has worn many hats throughout her career – from becoming the second black woman elected into British Parliament, becoming a Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister on Equalities, to ultimately pivoting into tech working within Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Channel 4, YouTube, Google and currently Snap Inc. 

Based on our own commitment to help build more diverse and inclusive companies, we couldn’t think of a better person to finish off this Series of 40 Minute Mentor with. 

In this episode, Oona shares some incredibly candid mentorship and advice, including: 

  • What her path to the House of Commons looked like and how her mum ultimately inspired her to go into politics [07:15] 
  • What it was like for a black woman in British Politics and the lessons she learned from that environment [10:10] 
  • How she lost her seat in front of millions of people watching and why there’s a part of her that’s really glad it happened when it did [16:32] 
  • Why she pivoted into Tech and her advice for anyone else looking to pivot careers [21:54] 
  • What a typical day in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion looks like [27:51] 
  • Oona’s advice for any business leaders looking to improve their DE&I efforts and how you can measure impact [31:55] 
  • What the murder of George Floyd has taught her [36:18] 

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⛳️  Helpful links:

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➡ More about Baroness Oona King – https://www.linkedin.com/in/oona-king-sheher-00ba8414/ 

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