Human Change Architect
THE THING OF WHICH I AM A PART IS GREATER THAN THE PART I PLAY
As Seen On /Spoken At
Dumisani "King Cas"Moyo
"WITHOUT PEOPLE THERE IS NO PURPOSE"
LEAD CONFERENCE - AD ASSOCIATION, London, UK
"Cephas Brought A New And Powerful Perspective"
"Cephas spoke at our LEAD conference – the annual ‘summit’ for the leadership of the advertising industry – and brought a new and powerful perspective on diversity to our industry, through the story of how and why he created 56 Black Men. He’s an inspirational and challenging speaker – one of the LEAD delegates said that Cephas is one of the best 3 speakers he’d seen and he couldn’t remember the other two!’”
Stephen Woodford, CEO of the Advertising Association
Change Makers Conference - US Embassy, London, UK
Fireside / Panel
"He's An Inspiring And Thought Provoking Speaker"
“Cephas is a superb speaker and I’ve seen first hand how he engages his audience, whether it’s an internal team event or on the largest of corporate stages. We’ve known each other for several years through his entrepreneurial endevours prior to his important work with 56 Black Men.
He has now got an important message to convey about breaking down stereotypes, changing the narrative around black men and challenging people to do more than just talk about inclusion.
He’s an inspiring and thought provoking speaker and it is always a pleasure working with him.”
Nick Giles - co-founder, Seven Hills
Round Table Conversation - Drummer Boy Studios,
South London, UK
"Most Importantly He Is Kind"
"Something I find adds to the magnificence of Cephas Williams is his eloquence, the man is every bit "a south London boy" to the core and within that he operates his universe succinctly with acute precision and emboldened yet appropriately measured passion. He has an ability to take an unconventional character by corporate standards into a room filled with the world's best thinkers and culture architects, and mesmerise everyone there with his sharpness and uniquely formed intellect. Cephas is a captivating speaker, a brilliantly bright executor of vision but most importantly he is kind - a trait money simply cannot buy.
Truth be told I couldn't possibly say everything that would nearly encompass my version of the Cephas Williams experience, there wouldn't be enough time for you to read it all and an experience it is indeed so I'll close in saying this... our community, our world and our future can be looked at with much greater and truly genuine optimism because Cephas has his hand in them all and selflessly so. For this I am forever thankful."
Dumisani "King Cas" Moyo - Founder at Symphony Park
Apple - London, UK
Key Note / Workshop
"I felt Motivated When Cephas Spoke"
My first impression of Cephas was someone I could relate to and his message resonated with me. When we had a conversation I felt comfortable reasoning with him as he seemed down to earth.
When he spoke he was passionate, he was very confident and spoke with high energy.
I felt motivated when Cephas spoke, I could relate to him and hearing him encouraged me to keep doing what I do. I think he can also motivate a lot of other young kings as well.
I really enjoyed the experience and learned and gained a lot from his keynote and workshop at Apple UK.
Malik Juma - 11 years old - founder of ‘I Am King’
CANARY WHARF GROUP - London, UK
Key Note / Q&A
"He Brings Out The Best In The People Who Hear Him"
"Cephas speaks with authority as a man who is both an accomplished campaigner and an attentive listener. He glows with energy, curiosity and insightfulness and brings out the best in the people who hear him."
Ben Brabyn - Head of Level39
MY BROTHER IS NOT MY ENEMY
"I Felt Like I Was A Part Of History"
"I first met Cephas Williams when I was 10 at Miss Ghana UK Foundation round table event on youth violence. He had the longest conversation with other panelists normally when someone has a long conversation I fade away half way through but when Cephas spoke I sat up and listened the whole way through.
I met Cephas again in May 2019 at the Clear Channel Billboard launch in Peckham. My aunty and Mum were going and we went with them. I felt proud to be amongst so many inspirational men who are role models. I felt like I was part of history."
Alistair Osei-Bonsu - 10 year old boy who attended the gathering
56 Black Men Billboard Launch - Peckham, London, UK
"He Gave Everyone A Glimpse Into What Is Possible"
“The Peckham Billboard Launch for 56 Black Men was a monumental occasion for all involved. For most, if not all, it was the first time we had seen ourselves on a billboard – even more than that, as a community, we are not used to seeing positive depictions of black men in such a progressive and hard hitting way.
The atmosphere was euphoric and everyone was in high spirits. Then Cephas took to the mic. In just a few minutes, he perfectly captured the sentiment of the occasion and gave everyone a glimpse into what is possible for us as a community if we continued to change the narrative. Giving everyone the sense that this was just the start!”
Mac Alonge - Founder and CEO at The Equal Group
Accenture Global Leadership Conference - Lisbon, Portugal
Key Note / Q&A
"Cephas Captured The Hearts And Minds
Of Everyone In The Room"
“Cephas captured the hearts and minds of everyone in the room, he speaks from the heart and conveys raw experiences that really helped people to think differently and truly develop real empathy and much needed understanding.
Something strange and wonderful also happened. Initially when Cephas started speaking about his experiences as a young black man, I watched my African and Caribbean colleagues listen with trepidation. As he continued, he unlocked a huge sense of pride and openness and they each thanked him for tabling a conversation they felt they couldn’t have. It was truly transformative”
Zahra Bahrololoumi - Senior Managing Director at Accenture
Cannes Lions Festival - Nice, France
Key Note / Fireside
"His Talk And Our Partnership Has Captured The Imagination Of Our Entire Business"
"Cephas has a dynamic speaker presence. He's delivery is thoughtful, positive, insightful and engaging; And allows for his audience to gain a different perspective on the black male experience in the UK and the media's influence on the cultivation of stereotypes.
He spent the time to interact and answer questions from staff with great energy and enthusiasm. His talk and our partnership has captured the imagination of our entire business. You'll not be disappointed when hiring Cephas in to speak to your business."
Caroline Forbes - Specialist Partner at Clear Channel UK
What's Possible 2020 - London, UK
"He Has Stop You In Your Tracks Realness"
"Cephas struck me as hands-down the stand-out speaker at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. He has stop-you-in-your-tracks realness; standing on stage and sharing pivotal life moments that now power his mission to change the social narrative and bring great architecture to the community.
His words inspired me to get my agency involved in supporting the movement he’s creating, and I was proud to host Cephas on stage at The Specialist Works’ annual What’s Possible conference in front of around 350 influential marketers and media owners"
Matthew Pover - Chief Client Officer (CCO) at The Specialist Works
Exec Board Meeting - Central London, UK
"His Message Is Meaningful"
"Cephas delivers with passion. His message is meaningful and stimulates the subject on diversity that goes beyond data and the impact on the bottom line. He makes you feel the problem and leave with an ambition to be involved in the change.
I respect this man enormously and Russam will continue to engage and support Cephas' mission as much as we can."
Cathy Kay - Managing Partner at Russam