Sade Banks is…

A mother to a tiny human who has taught her how to play.

A leader who thinks with abundance and believes in radical generosity.

A dreamer who believes in collective liberation and dismantling power through kindness.

A coach and mentor to many young leaders, agitators and disruptors.

A compelling communicator who likes to talk and write about race, class, leadership and motherhood.

A rebel who has more questions than answers and sees failure as the opportunity to start again.

Current capacity: Co-Director of The What If Experiment, Coach, Public Speaker and Diversity Advisor to the Freelands Foundation.

Affiliations: Founder & CEO of Sour Lemons (2016-2021). Clore Cultural Fellow (2020) and Founding member of the Leaders with Lived Experience movement. Entrepreneur in residence for Red Bull Amaphiko (2019), UnLtd  (2018) and Livity (2017).  Trustee for Lyric Hammersmith (2018-20) and Chair of Centrepoint Youth Parliament (2011). 

Awards: Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s BHM campaign as a ‘Next Gen Trailblazer for Racial Justice’ (2020), Natwest WISE100 ‘Leading Woman in Social Business’ (2018), AMV BBDO’s ‘Top 50 Diversity Trailblazers’ (2018). In 2015 Sade received an award from Prince William for ‘Turning Her Life Around’.

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“I nominated Sade Banks, as my ‘Next Gen Trailblazer for Racial Justice’ for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s BHM campaign because, well, as our country enters debates around equality & inclusion certainly in my sector there’s only one name that is called over & over again to help us negotiate this moment“

Kwame Kwei-ArmahArtistic Director of Young Vic Theatre

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