10 episodes

The BLACK LADDER podcast is a collection of conversations with interesting Black individuals who not only do amazing work, but are consciously helping the wider community to climb the career ladder too.

To get in touch hit me up on:
theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com

The Black Ladder Podcast The Black Ladder Podcast

    • Careers
    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

The BLACK LADDER podcast is a collection of conversations with interesting Black individuals who not only do amazing work, but are consciously helping the wider community to climb the career ladder too.

To get in touch hit me up on:
theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com

    Episode 8: Head of Procurement

    Episode 8: Head of Procurement

    Today’s guest is Lorraine Copes MCIPS, she is the head of procurement at Corbin & King’s where she is responsible for group procurement, supply chain, quality assurance and the inventory system.
    She is a self certified foodie and is originally from Birmingham.
    Of all the roles Loraine tells us about, we notice that for about half of them, she has been approached or headhunted for the job.
    She explains how important networking and building relationship were in driving these opportunities.
    On this weeks episode; we talk about stakeholder relationships, the burger market in Kuwait, networking, bringing your whole self to work, champagne tastings and being black in the hospitality industry. Guest: Lorraine Copes
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    Episode layout:
    Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire)
    Part 2 - Career ladder
    Part 3 - Being black in their career
    Part 4 - Top tips & Advice
    Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast.
    Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com
    Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black
    Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com
    Music: Epidemic Sound
    Logo: @Asacreativestudio @BameInHospitality

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 7: Tech & Digital Governance Entrepreneur

    Episode 7: Tech & Digital Governance Entrepreneur

    Today’s guest is Dr Nneka Abulokwe - a tech, digital governance and diversity specialist who is passionate about the intelligent use of technology and governance.

    Her corporate career spans over 25 years, culminating in a return to her independent boutique consulting firm MicroMax - which is she is founder and CEO of.

    She is also one of the first Afro-Caribbean professionals in the UK to sit on the board of a top European digital transformation organisation.

    On this weeks episode; we talk about business etiquette, the exec level interview process, dance, being the only black woman in a board room and last but not least the OBE she was awarded in 2019 for services to Business by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    Guest: Dr Nneka Abulokwe

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    Episode layout:

    Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire)

    Part 2 - Career ladder

    Part 3 - Being black in their career

    Part 4 - Top tips & Advice

    Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast.

    Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com

    Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black

    Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com

    Music: Epidemic Sound

    Logo: @Asacreativestudio

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Episode 6: Model

    Episode 6: Model

    Today’s guest is Dr Efosa Uwubamwen. Efosa is currently a full time model who’s career started whilst he was studying for his General Medicine degree In Czech Republic. He was scouted after a friend of his saw him in some nightclub photos on Facebook.

    Efosa is a fashion model and one of the highlights he tells us about is his casting with the one and only Donatella Versace.

    Travel is a big part of his job and he gives us a great insight into what it’s like to travel all of over the world as a Black Model

    On this weeks episode; we talk about agencies, castings, being self employed, handling rejection, health and juggling a full time job whilst studying.

    Guest: Dr Efosa

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    Episode layout:

    Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire)

    Part 2 - Career ladder

    Part 3 - Being black in their career

    Part 4 - Top tips & Advice

    Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast.

    Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com

    Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black

    Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com

    Music: Epidemic Sound

    Logo: @Asacreativestudio

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 5: Digital Brand Manager

    Episode 5: Digital Brand Manager

    Today’s guest is Steven Apampa. Steven is a Digital Brand Manager at Nike where he plays a role in providing consumers with the best digital experiences. He primarily manages Nike’s digital content on Foot Locker’s channels.

    Prior to starting with Nike, Steven completed a Football Industries MBA before having a week to pack up and move to Amsterdam, as the Nike Headquarters are in Holland.

    He loves football and his favourite colour is red so if you put 2 and 2 together, that would make his football team - Manchester United.

    On this weeks episode; we talk about racism in football, doing what interests you, marketing yourself, keeping your passion alive in your career and Lebron James.

    I also learn that I’ve been saying “Nike” wrong for years, so stay tuned to find out what the right way is…



    Guest: Steven Apampa (Linkedin & Instagram)

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    Episode layout:

    Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire)

    Part 2 - Career ladder 

    Part 3 - Being black in their career

    Part 4 - Top tips & Advice

    Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast.

    Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com

    Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black

    Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com

    Music: Epidemic Sound

    Logo: @Asacreativestudio

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 4: Robotics & Intelligent Automations Manager

    Episode 4: Robotics & Intelligent Automations Manager

    Today’s guest is Tola Apampa. Tola is Risk advisory and audit manager at Deloitte. Im sure you heard Deloitte and audit and you’re probably thinking he’s an auditor, but you’re wrong; he’s way too cool for that. Tola manages the large scale Robotics & Intelligent Automations division where he specialise in the Financial Sector working with tier 1 & 2 banks.

    On this weeks episode we talk about doing things at the right time, business chemistry, tech in the banking world, blue prism, converting a contracting role to a permanent one, unconscious bias and my personal favourite, robots!

    Two words that continually come to mind for me on this episode were perseverance and patience.

    Tola starts this episode off by telling us that he never does things the easy way, so stay tuned to find out more about his route to becoming a manager at the age of 27!



    Guest details: Tola Apampa 

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    Episode layout:

    Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire)

    Part 2 - Career ladder + being black in that career

    Part 3 - Top tips

    Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast.

    Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com

    Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black

    Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com

    Music: Epidemic Sound

    Logo: @Asacreativestudio

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Episode 3: Pharmacist

    Episode 3: Pharmacist

    Today’s guest is Nike Fakoya. Nike is a Pharmacist, a Business owner, Wife, Sister, and Mother - specifically my mother. Right now, she’s working with the NHS as a Senior Prescribing Advisor of High cost drugs. Her legacy in life is to build people up.

    On this episode, we talk about her early admission to university, starting and running her own pharmacy in Nigeria where she faced a few issues such as petty theft and greedy landlords but; she also benefitted from the support of her family and professional networks.

    She then takes us to a completely different country and talks to us about starting again with a young family and how previous marks left by other excellent black pharmacists helped her settle into her career within the NHS.

    I know i’m biased because this is my mothers career story, but when we were recording this I was speechless because it was so captivating hearing how she broke down barriers and crossed international waters to make a home for her family and still managed to make leaps and bounds in her personal career.

    I was particularly moved by her story of why she stopped working in the hospital after a tragic family loss. Keep listening because this story has all sorts of twists and turns from marriage, babies, businesses, illness, moving abroad, exams, racist estate agents, NHS and much more.

    Guest details: Nike Fakoya 

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    Episode layout

    Part 1 - Introduction to guest (Quick Fire)

    Part 2 - Career ladder and being black in that career

    Part 3 - Top tips

    Part 4 - Controversial topic

    Please get in contact if you want to share your story or would like to recommend someone noteworthy who you think would be great for The Black Ladder podcast.

    Email: theblackladderpodcast@gmail.com

    Instagram: TheBlackLadderPodcast

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ladder_black

    Editor: Peter from theOrdinaryAmazing.com

    Music: Epidemic Sound

    Logo: @Asacreativestudio

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Kenni Bee ,

Love the Black Ladder Podcast

The Black Ladder Podcast has been super boring pivotal to my growth in this season and with each episode I have learnt so much

StephanieLW ,

Really Interesting Concept

And the host does a great job.

Annette_27 ,

Insightful and engaging

I really enjoy how intentional this podcast is in sharing honest journeys of Black people in their careers.
The diversity of roles that are interviewed make this podcast really interesting and there’s definitely something for everyone to gain out of it. I’ve even recommended to my younger brother who’s going through Uni. This is definitely needed for people across all career stages!

Also the host and production of the podcast is top quality! I highly recommend!

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