"His Passion And Energy Is Infectious"
“Cephas’ enthusiasm, passion and energy is infectious. He not only has an exceptional ability to engage an audience and make a room fall silent with his thoughts, feelings and experiences; he knows how to prompt conversation and discussion after he’s left the stage.
We’re incredibly proud that we’ve been able to amplify the inspiring 56 Black Men project and that his raw desire for change is being channelled to help others make vital change too.”
Richard Bon - Managing Director at Clear Channel
"It Feels Like The Beginning of Real Change"
Columbia Threadneedle was proud to exhibit images from 56 Black Men at our London office during Black History Month, with the portraits inspiring much talk among colleagues. Alongside the exhibition we welcomed Cephas Williams for a lunchtime presentation and discussion, which was a clear highlight of the month and quite possibly the year. In telling his story Cephas draws on a powerful combination of hard-hitting facts, examples and personal anecdotes delivered with warmth and humour. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, summed up by a member of our black employee network saying, “We didn’t expect to be having this conversation in the corporate world. It feels like the beginning of a real change.”
Alison Jefferis, Head of Corporate Affairs EMEA & APAC, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
"His Speech Opened Minds"
“Cephas is an eloquent speaker who is able to engage and educate his audience. His speech opened minds and was as thought provoking as I could possibly have wished”.
Sue Millar, Partner at Stephenson Hardwood LLP
"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