Sonia Brown
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Why do you want to join Black Business Women Online?
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About Me:
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
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 partner in the campaign to get more black women involved in public life 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 Fawcitt Society who actively campaign for equality between women and men in the UK on pay, pensions, poverty, justice and politics.

• 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.

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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The ambitious will always be first in the crowd; he presseth
forward, he looketh not behind him. More anguish is it to his mind to see
one before him, than joy to leave thousands at a distance.

(1375 BC, Egyptian King, Monotheist)

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At 5:58pm on April 5, 2010, Carolyn Grady said…
Greetings Sonia.

Would love to network with you. I am an Event Promoter, Photographer, Graphic Designer and Artist Manager based in Atlanta, GA.

My website is

At 2:21pm on September 23, 2009, la wanda marrero said…
hi sonia my name is la wanda and i would like to say hello and thank you for the welcome. I am presently working on my 2nd book The Brides promise my first book Alice n crackland is available @ if you asre interested and i am also busy trying to get my not profit adnawal foundation off the ground as well it is a community based program designed to be adifference in asttitude and make a difference in action my personal email address is i like speaking and sharing the goodness of the lord and the challenge of facing fear.
At 2:35pm on September 21, 2009, la wanda marrero said…
please forgive me in my dely first of all im not that computer savey and im not onliner very much but you can always contact me brest at and i am more than open to learning new ways to share the word of change god bless.
At 5:24pm on July 29, 2009, Otto Spruill said…
At 2:34pm on May 21, 2009, LaShanda Henry said…

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At 4:06pm on May 15, 2009, The Phenomenal Women Radio Show said…

At 4:35pm on March 10, 2009, Deanne Afflick said…
Sonia, Hoping to network with you and others, to grow, to inspire each other to be the best we are to be.

Have a favour filled week
At 1:28pm on January 7, 2009, Ola Akinsanya said…
Happy New Year, Brothers and Sisters

I’m excited to announce the grand opening of a new website to promote and create awareness for all African business owners and professionals.
African Entrepreneur is a global way of networking and advertising.
Advertising is one of the most important things that you do in business. I hope to attract lots of visitors and prospective African professionals.
Accept this as a personal invitation to visit my site now to learn more about adding your profile to our business directory today. Click the following link.
Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested, to help me spread the word.
If you’re a business owner/ professional who wants to be featured in one of our up coming issues of African Entrepreneur magazine, send an email to

Thanks for your support
Ola Akinsanya
African Entrepreneur
At 5:52pm on November 18, 2008, Tawana Necole said…
It is a pleasure and honor to meet you! You are a woman of excellence and each day I am striving to obtain and attain some of the same goals you have. Thank you so much for adding me as a friend. We must connect some how or some way. Once again nice to meet you!
At 6:14am on November 6, 2008, Nancy said…
Hi Sonia,

From Amsterdam I like to network with you and like to get more information about everything.

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