Dr Mena Fombo is a purposeful coach, facilitator, motivational speaker and a consultant. She is the founder and director of Black Girl Convention, the South Wests largest event for women and girls of African and Caribbean Heritage. She has over 15 years experience working within the voluntary sector, community organisations and educational establishments across Europe, the USA, Africa and South Asia.
In addition she is the Head of Young People and Emerging Creatives for Knowle West Media Centre, where she leads the Full Service Creative Agency Eight which if focussed on diversifying the creative industries.
She currently sits on the Board for West of England Combined Authority Creative Scale initiative and also the South West Creative Technology Reference Group. In the Winter of 2019 Dr Mena will travel on British Council enterprise grant to California to build international relationships with a focus in African American Tech business.
She has completed certified training programmes with the International Coach Federation and the Association for Coaching. She is also a MOE Foundation Alumni.
In 2019 she was awarded from UWE an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration for services to Gender and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic equalities work. She also holds a BSc in Youth and Community Work from Bath University, and a BA (hons) in Time-Based Media Production from University of West England.
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 2019.
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.
She is passionate about the development of people, values-based leadership and creating powerful learning experiences.
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