Media personality and champion of diversity in business
June has enjoyed a 20-year career which has already seen her become one of the most recognizable faces of British television, as well as being one of the UK’s most intelligent and dynamic young hosts. June is a media phenomenon and is the only host of her generation that is equally comfortable interviewing politicians, celebrities and members of the public.
June has also taken on the world’s most challenging live audiences, hosting 2005’s major Make Poverty History event in London’s Trafalgar Square and presenting at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 alongside Will Smith she also hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park.
June has worked extensively with HRH Prince Charles for ten years as an ambassador for his charity the Prince’s Trust, she also campaigns for The One and Product (RED). June was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) on the Queens 2007 new year’s honours list for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her along with Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips one of the youngest people to receive an MBE.
June is the Co-Founder of the WIE Network (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise). WIE first launched in NYC in 2010 and then in the UK in 2012. This acclaimed conference Brown, Melinda Gates, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Nancy Pelosi, Iman and many more. WIE supports female excellence and has an alliance of over 200,000 women
Alongside Mark Florman the CEO of the BVCA (British Venture Capital Association) June is the Co-Founder of the DNA Summit (Decide Now Act). The primary aim of DNA is to bring together some of the most innovative minds in the world to generate ideas and initiatives that will effect lasting social change by working together to tackle some of humanity’s most pressing issues. This intimate invite only event has attracted some world leading, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, scientists and game changers. Participants include: Paul Allen, Patrice Motsepe, Sir Tim Berners Lee, Sir Bob Geldof, Mo Ibrahim, Jochen Zietz, Sir Richard Branson, Will-I-AM, Bianca Jagger, Van Jones, David de Rothschild, Jimmy Wales and many more.
After living in America for eight years, June moved back to the UK in 2015, and is now a regular panellist on Sky News’ weekly current affairs discussion show, The Pledge.
June is also an author of two award winning books; ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’ and `The Power of Women’. Diversify is launching across USA and Canada in 2019.
She is currently the Director of Creative Diversity at the BBC, having been appointed in the role in 2019. Acting as the broadcasting giants’ first ever Diversity Director, June will work to increase representation throughout the company and ensure that the BBC’s content reflects the public they serve.
With twenty years broadcasting experience June Sarpong is a superb speaker, her presentations are celebrated for their compelling nature, humour and analytical clarity. Some of her speech topics include:
- Why Diversity is good for Business
- Challenge your ISM’s: How to better connect with the “Other”
- Cost of Discrimination: Why discrimination costs us all
- Why Diversify: How Companies Rise and Fall
- Untapped Potential: How to create a new talent pipeline
- Business as Unusual: The future of business and how to create corporate change
- Women Count: The benefits of empowering women in the workplace
Also, as the political campaigner for Sky News’ ‘The Pledge’, June sits on a panel and discusses political current affairs – so is hugely knowledgeable and comfortable in that space.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
Some reviews of June Sarpong
June Sarpong examines the research behind diversity and discrimination while grounding them in personal narratives, highlighting our common humanity.
I am so glad June Sarpong is working on this matter of diversity. We don’t seem to know how to handle differences. When will we learn that we share one common humanity as Shakespeare’s Shylock declared so eloquently?