Dr Mena Fombo is a global speaker, diversity and inclusion facilitator, coach and consultant. She is the co founder of Blak Wave Productions, an indie TV/Film company where she recently directed short doc Home Carnival Queen for the BBC. She is the founder and director of Black Girl Convention, the South West's largest event for women and girls of African and Caribbean Heritage and she also the co founder of a new Black Arts Venue boat to be located on the Bristol Harbour. She has over 15 years experience working within the voluntary sector, community organisations and educational establishments across Europe, the USA, Africa and South Asia and is currently an International Ambassador for the city of Bristol.
In 2017 she became a TEDxBristol speaker with thought proving No. You Cannot Touch My Hair campaign and talk of the same name. She was later awarded from UWE an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration for services to Gender and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic equalities work. Dr Mena is featured on the BME powerlist 2018, was a nominee for the West Women's Award and her enterprise was on the shortlist for a Techspark Sparkies award both in 2019. Later the year she was voted woman of the year by Bristol247.
She has completed certified training programmes with the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching. She is also a MOE Foundation Alumni.
Dr Mena is strong woman, who has overcome a lifetime of adversity. She is an activist, tirelessly campaigning for equality and places a large focus of her work on supporting young people, young adults and disadvantaged communities to confidently embrace their journey in life.
Image Bobbi O'Gilvie
“Coaching has had a profound impact on my own life. There was a time when I lost my self confidence, lost my job, lost my home, my closest family members had emigrated and I relocated to a new city. I’d hit rock bottom, and the dreams I once held for myself seemed a long way off. I’d always been ambitious, and motivated to live my best life. I wanted my life to change, I just didn’t quite know how. I managed to find a job with a fantastic leadership charity, where I was first introduced to coaching. From my first workshop, I was hooked. I used coaching sessions with colleagues to clarify my thinking, set myself goals, and begin working towards them. This was back in 2008, spring forward to now, I feel privileged to be able to guide, motivate and support others to reach their potential and fulfil their aspirations. I believe anyone with passion or a will to do something can benefit from coaching.”
Dr Mena Fombo