Facing Difficult Conversations

In this week's podcast Leyla speaks to Jimi Okubanjo about facing difficult conversations. As well as her new film Arise Firebird, which looks at the challenges Black women face at work. Continue Reading Facing Difficult Conversations

Welcome to the 217th episode of the award-winning Diverse Minds podcast.  It’s Black History Month, a momentous occasion to recognise and celebrate the invaluable contributions of Black people to British society. To join me on the show today is Jimi Okubanjo, to talk about facing difficult conversations. As well as her film Arise Firebird.

Black people have always been at the forefront of social justice movements, fighting against oppression and paving the way for change. However, despite their countless contributions to society, the achievements of Black women, in particular, have too often been overlooked or forgotten. That is why, this year, we will be celebrating the exceptional achievements of Black women.

To join me on the show today is Jimi Okubanjo.

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About my guest

Jimi has successfully led operational transformations across multiple industries and has generated over $250 million in performance improvements. She’s worked in energy, mining, infrastructure, and financial services.

Jimi’s extensive experience equips her with a deep understanding of leading successful transformations in various industries.

Jimi’s corporate background influenced her transition to capturing stories that impact leaders’ perspectives profoundly, leading to the mission of collaborating with executives and their teams.

Her film Arising Firebird Tells the stories of seasoned professional women of Color who left the workplace due to toxic sexism and racism, and how they are rebuilding their lives/careers on their own terms.

She’s on a mission to get the message of Arise Firebird to 1 million women of Color (plus any allies) to help us overcome toxic work, and build their careers and lives on their own terms.

In today’s show on Facing Difficult Conversations

  • About Jimi and what she’s working on at the moment. [02:40]
  • Her career journey as an engineer. [04:37]
  • Why she decided to make the film, Arise Firebird. [15:30]
  • The biggest challenge UK Black women face getting support for workplace bullying. [21:53]
  • Her top three mental health tips [35:02]

Quotes on Facing Difficult Conversations

  • One of the great things about being a filmmaker is that there will always be stories to be told.
  • Making a film was hard, I like doing hard things, but it was harder than I imagined.
  • Humans are emotional and it’s not a bad thing to say what it is.
  • Having a space helped me remember I am good at doing a lot of things.
  • Leaders set the culture and leaders set the tone.

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