Role Models

Genesis Sun is always looking for people who can inspire the next generation of talent.

Seeing people we admire in positions of authority and influence is incredibly powerful. We’ve had some truly wonderful speakers at our events who have shared their stories, insights, knowledge, successes and failures. Role models are those with stories that can change lives.

Darren Lewis Assistant Editor Daily Mirror/Sky Sports News Jay Williams Entrepreneur, Founder, Hoodrich Natalie Graham Presenter Calvin Gordon Airline Captain Mariyam Harunah Senior Associate Jordan Jarrett-Bryan Sports Journalist, Channel 4 News, TalkSport Mary Adetayo Principal Architect

You may be a scientist, teacher, technologist, engineer, journalist, broadcaster, musician, entrepreneur or a sports star – any profession you can imagine. But, whatever you do, what really matters is that you are relatable, successful and passionate about the future of young people. If this is you, we would love to hear from you.

Meet our amazing role models.

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Cordell Jeffers

Award-winning coach & motivational speaker

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DJ Day Day

DJ Radio1Xtra & Entrepreneur


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Tamieka Gray




Darren Campbell

Head of Global Operations & Adoption

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Musician, winner of The Rap Game (Season 2)

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Sonny Hanley

Director of ITV Academy


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John Paul

Studio Owner, Beatsabar

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Nick Baxter

Ex-professional Rugby player, Entrepreneur


Sandra Samuels OBE

The 163rd Mayor of Wolverhampton


Kadeem Ramsay


Anuli Obienu

Anuli Obienu

Senior Programme Office Manager


Jordan King

Personal trainer, Founder King Fitness


Jasmine Jobson



Smash Entertainz

Comedian, Actor, Host, Content Creator


Sharon Thompson

Deputy Leader, Birmingham City Council

Deborah Cadman OBE

Deborah Cadman OBE

Former CEO, Birmingham City Council

Tobi Rufus

Tobi Rufus

Global Head of Private Bank Governance & Regulatory Affairs

Be inspirational

Do you have what it takes to share your story and motivate others? Do you exhibit positivity, self-awareness, professionalism and empathy?

We love to hear from inspiring diverse individuals who have a vision and a great story to share to inspire and encourage our young community.

Is this you?

We need role models who are going to break the mould.

- Carly Simon