As the go-to network for excellent Black communicators, our mission is to cultivate a widespread culture shift in the practice of communications, by elevating and empowering our members.
We envision a barrier-free industry where Black communicators can reach their full potential.
Although unspoken, research has shown the result of conscious and unconscious bias; a brick ceiling that has limited the professional rise of many Black communicators.The public relations practice is still considered the “last of the lily-white professions,” with negative narratives against Black professionals propagandizing the ideal communicator as typically White. Until recently, hiring managers who have held these biases have never been challenged, yet they set the tone, agenda and definition of what equity and diversity is in many organizations.
The Ubora Network's Co-Founder and Director of Events and Awareness, Sharlyn is an entrepreneur, strategic communicator and DEI speaker and advocate, and founder of Content Strong Communications with 13+ years experience in public and private sector communications. Sharlyn is developing a strategy around events that showcases The Ubora Network, supports professional development, learning, networking and community support through events. Sharlyn also has a background in event leadership and vendor management.
The Ubora Network's Co-Founder and Director of Mentorship and Education, Kimberly is an award-winning, seasoned communications professional, who has worked in the education and energy sectors with expertise in strategy, marketing, and campaign creation. Kimberly is a Certified Marketing Specialist and has a certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She is proud of her work on various accessibility, equity, diversity, inclusion projects and other volunteer initiatives.
The Ubora Network's Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships, Gail is an award-winning Executive at a Global management consulting firm. Gail is a community advocate for the social determinants of health and recognized the need to tell our stories across all industries. With over 20 years of experience, has provided strategic advice to leadership teams in employee experience across the dimensions of power structures and privilege.
The Ubora Network's Director of Outreach, Safiya is a marketing and communications professional, passionate about creating meaningful impact through inventive campaigns, events, and initiatives. That passion has followed her through her career, where she has lent her expertise to national and international corporations in North America and the Middle East.
The Ubora Network's Assistant Director of Mentorship and Education, Danielle is an award-winning, certified communication professional with 15 years of experience in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Her love of education extends to a globally recognized book club she founded in 2017 and she leverages this responsibility to our outreach and engagement efforts with post-secondary and high school students.