Sonia Brown, MBE
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I am the founder and director of the National Black Women’s Network (NBWN).

In 1999, the National Black Women’s Network (NBWN) was launched to promote networking opportunities on behalf of ethnic minority women within the wider professional and business environment. I have worked with ITN, BBC, Lloyds TSB Bank, Business Links, London and American Express to name a few.

The NBWN has organised a range of events featuring a wide range of speakers from prominent organisations including GlaxoSmithKline Research & Development, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, broadcasters the BBC and ITV, the Inland Revenue, American Express, Lloyds TSB Bank Plc, Business Link for London, HSBC Bank Plc, BERR, Enterprise Insight, Greater London Enterprise / oneLondon, IMAN Cosmetics and the Pacific Institute to name a few.

I have broad experience in business communication and event management as well as developing the business case of more innovative and forward thinking programmes for organisational transformation in diversity issues. I am currently working with a number of private, public and statutory sector organisations to support and develop initiatives, which promote career and business opportunities for black women.

I have over 15 year’s experience of event and project management. I designed, implemented and facilitated a number of very successful meetings under the “Let’s Talk Business” banner on behalf of the National Black Women’s Network since 2002, which has provided the business community with an opportunity to discuss a diverse range of issues on how to successfully run and manage their businesses. I work closely with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (formerly the Department of Trade & Industry with the Small Business Bureau) around women and ethnic minorities in business. I sit on the loan panel for Greater London Enterprise/one London which gives out business loans to the London business community.

‘Let’s Talk Business’ events are designed to increase the number of ethnic minorities and women wishing to grow and start businesses in the UK and is endorsed by government departments and ministers, leading banks and financial institutions including top FTSE companies. In addition, I sit on the GLE/oneLondon Growth Fund Panel where offer loans to grow your business to the value of £40,000.
I have worked with the Women’s Equality Unit (now Department of Communities and Local Government) to deliver the Single Equalities Consultation and the launch of their Diversity & Difference: Minority Ethnic Mothers and Childcare research; and the Department of Culture, Media and Sports around encouraging BAME Women in Public Appointments. I am a strategic partner in the campaign to get more black women to become Councillors, which is a direct priority of the Rt. Hon Harriet Harman MP (Deputy Prime Minister, Chair of the Labour Party, Leader of the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Equalities, Minister for Women and Lord Privy Seal).
I currently sit on the Ministry of Defense’s ‘Diversity Champions Panel’. I am a partner with the Women’s National Council who work at the highest government level to improve the quality of life for all; especially women. I work closely with the Fawcett Society who actively campaign for equality between women and men in the UK on pay, pensions, poverty, justice and politics and a member of the Women’s National Council.

• NLP Practitioner
• BA Business & Communication
• MA Marketing & Communications
• Currently studying for my PhD

I recently launched the social networking forums and in order for business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals can connect, share and showcase their talent.

I am a sought after speaker on women’s issues and enterprise. I write the weekly business page for the New Nation Newspaper – Britain’s leading black newspaper and a regular contributor for features in Engage and Happiness magazines, to name a few.

My mission is that the NBWN acts as a catalyst for women (and men) to communicate and relate with respect and dignity and connect with people to make a difference in their lives.

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At 5:47pm on October 17, 2008, Miranda Jett said…
Hi Sonia,

I will certainly add you as my friend. I really appreciate the comment you left on my page and I am looking forward to checking out your sites. Take care.
At 1:43pm on October 15, 2008, Trisha Martin said…
Thanks for the invite Ms. Sonia. I'll visit your other sites and see what's up.
At 12:22pm on October 15, 2008, Sharlene L said…
Thanks so much for stopping by l look forward to us chatting and brainstorming together, and l'll check things out!
take care for now
At 8:32am on October 15, 2008, Barbara Mack said…
Hi, thanks for stopping by. I am a business lady but I do not sell anything but Jesus. It is free, most of my days are spent traveling to spread the good news and praying for others. I am not traditional neither am I new age. It is just Jesus.
At 11:59pm on October 14, 2008, Wyteria Jacobo said…

Yes, we do need to connect. Thanks for contacting me here. It seems I know you from Black Business Women Online. I'm glad to see you here.

At 8:06pm on October 14, 2008, Sherian said…
Hi Sonia,
Thanks for your comments. Congrats on all your success and I indeed look forward to connecting with you in the real near future. I have tried to add you as a friend but have not seen where to make the request. Add me and I will accept!! Iron sharpens Iron! All the best, Sherian Delete Comment
At 7:41pm on October 14, 2008, Elladine Jackson said…
Hi Sonia,
Thank you for stopping by, I have added you as a friend. i look forward to networking with you because I would love to see my business grow in the UK. Let's get busy and do some networking.

Peace and Blessings,
At 12:46am on October 11, 2008, www.PixelMillionsOnline.Biz said…

At 11:28am on October 3, 2008, Stephanie Annis said…
Hi Sonia,

Thanks for the invite!! I have added you as a friend. Keep in touch!!
At 7:02pm on September 25, 2008, Dawn Martin said…
Hey Sonia,
I would love to bring our Conference-The Diva In Me to the UK. check us out at and hopefully we can collaborate.

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