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  • "Rifa is an excellent facilitator, supportive and challenging as a coach and insightful. Our clients respect her opinion and trust her judgment. Her insight and experience in tackling systemic inequalities are helpful for our clients who feel braver about doing the work with Rifa's help. I appreciate becoming more aware of my own unconscious bias and cultural conditioning through our work together. Rifa is a powerful force for positive change."

    Steve Stark
    Steve Stark Then Somehow, Director
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Diversity Champion

Are you ready for the long game?

Changing hearts and minds around diversity and inclusion is not a quick fix. It takes commitment and passion to make a difference in the workplace. And yet, there are ways I can help you to take action and keep you accountable. Learn to keep diversity at the forefront of everything you do and commit to lasting change in your organisation.

What I do

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Diversity and Inclusion

I talk about diversity every chance I get because it’s so important to me. I love working with arts managers, digital workers, entrepreneurs, universities, tech teams, producers, artists, musicians, creative leaders, and business owners.

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Who I Work With

I’ve worked on cultural change at:

• King’s College London Neuroscience

• University of Brighton, School of Media

• King’s College School of Media

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Diversity Toolkit

I created the Wired Sussex Diversity and Inclusion toolkit in 2018. And I’ve spent the last 10 years building networks for women in tech, and championing women and people of colour. Together we are creating a lasting change in the digital and tech sector.

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How I can transform your business

  • Define what diversity and inclusion means for you and your organisation.
  • Advise on your workplace culture and policies.
  • Review your processes and values.
  • Provide you with an actionable framework to create lasting organisation change
  • Sit on your interview panel.
  • Challenge you to take action.

Hire Me As A Diversity Champion

It’s vital to showcase women from all levels, all backgrounds and all ages. I champion people of colour. Being a diversity champion begins with being open about my focus. 

How to Lead a Diverse Team

Watch again – I hosted this Wired Sussex Leadership panel discussion on diversity and inclusion.

What is a Diversity Champion?

A few years ago I decided that I needed a qualification, to help me with my coaching work and to better understand what the work of a diversity champion might involve.

It was a great course. I learnt a lot, getting a much deeper understanding of the protected characteristics and issues around them. The course gave me an in-depth understanding of what is needed by HR people, in terms of diversity and inclusion in the context of the workplace and the law.

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  • "Rifa is authentic and exceptionally effective in her quest in bringing the best out of others particularly women and people of colour pushing ahead in business. She has pretty much faced everything already and dealt with it within the creative industry."

    Bushra Burge
    Bushra Burge BB Studio / Creative Director
  • "Rifa took us all through a number of amazing meditations and exercises that enabled us to positively reflect. It was such a wonderful experience – calm, relaxing, and positive. My team really appreciated the opportunity to work in this unique way. Rifa is brilliant, a highly experienced, effective, and inspirational facilitator."

    Prof. Sarah Atkinson
    Prof. Sarah Atkinson Kings College London / Head of Culture & Media
  • "Rifa is one of those people that you can rely on - when you ask her to take the lead on the project, you know it will get done, and to a very high standard. She has a huge amount of experience, and a network to match, which means she often recognises and solves problems before you've even become aware of them."

    Matt Locke
    Matt Locke Storythings / Director
  • "Finding a mentor in Rifa gave me the guidance I needed to pursue my goals for my production company. Rifa's techniques broke through the noise so I could give myself permission to thrive as an artist and create spaces for others to pursue their dreams too."

    Tarik Elmoutawakil
    Tarik Elmoutawakil Marlborough Productions / Artistic Director
  • "Rifa worked with me to support the development and career enhancement for a group of female creative producers, providing guided meditations to trigger aspirational thinking and self-reflection. I have also had the honour to work with Rifa in the recent delivery of the Talent2018 event in Brighton, she was an outstanding leader of this activity and put together a festival of activity to support the development of talent that was inclusive, inspiring and engaging.”

    Prof. Helen Kennedy
    Prof. Helen Kennedy University of Brighton / Head of School Media
  • "What makes Rifa so remarkable is that she has the skill and the will to follow through and create change with this work. I've taken part in Rifa's workshops and guided meditations several times. She's inclusive, practical, and effective - an approachable, clever facilitator and I'd recommend working with her if you can."

    Antony Mayfield
    Antony Mayfield Brilliant Noise / CEO
  • "The 3-hour blast session with Rifa was truly transformative. I not only feel confident in how to proceed in working towards my goals, I am doing so in an authentic and honest manner. Magic was promised at the start of the session and this began to manifest almost immediately."

    Yassine Senghor
    Yassine Senghor Stonewall / Client Manager
  • "Rifa is a real leading champion in diversity and inclusion. She has opened up so many opportunities for me, I wouldn't be where I am today without her connections and mentoring. Her workshops are a source of my inspiration."

    Mariam Crichton
    Mariam Crichton 4 Earth Intelligence / Managing Director
  • "I’ve attended a few Refigure events, where Rifa does meditation sessions that are very focused on individuals and their goals. These are not only great techniques to rebalance your personal and work life, but I found this really helped me being more focused in my life goals and with my general balance and happiness."

    Bea Maggipinto
    Bea Maggipinto Wavvves / Art Director
  • "Rifa continues to be an inspiring mentor for The Marlborough Theatre, she has spent the time getting under the skin of what we do and ask us those necessary hard questions that has made us reflect and refocus as an organisation (always for the better). She is passionate, thoughtful and super smart and we value her thoughts and opinions highly."

    David Sheppeard
    David Sheppeard Marlborough Productions / Director
  • "After a Blast Session with Rifa, I maxed my income that month and outsourced more work. I also decided to get a cleaner to free up more time for creative output! I've come away with clear actionable steps, and a strong vision for the year, it all feels very positive. I loved the coaching session and I can feel it’s practical magic working every day." 

    Mish Maudsley
    Mish Maudsley Studio Mishfit / Creative Director
  • "Rifa spoke about the ideas behind meditation and mindfulness, and the benefits of bringing these principles to work with us. The short meditation she led was well-judged in style, content and length. The session got great feedback from the team."

    Jo Crease
    Jo Crease Impetus / CEO
  • "The sessions helped me to develop a structured approach to identifying the path to where I wish to be, in a way giving me permission to aim high and to not undersell myself. Rifa made sure the outlook was more holistic – my focus was so strongly on career that perhaps I would overlook personal life and passions to a degree as not the immediate focus, yet key to overall wellbeing."

    Dorota Biniecka
    Dorota Biniecka Southern Water / Innovation Consultant
  • "Thank you for all your help with moving Brighton Digital Festival forward. Your work gave us a structure, a space, and a vibe in which to think and debate, and some key examples and insights for us to consider. We would not have  arrived at a destination at all without you."

    Phil Jones
    Phil Jones Wired Sussex / CEO
  • "Thank you so much for an incredible session on Wednesday evening. It could not have come at a better time for me! You’re a magician!"

    Alli Beddoes
    Alli Beddoes Lighthouse / Artistic Director
  • "I found Rifa to be a warm, engaging and insightful panelist when I hosted an event on Brighton's technology scene."

    James Hurley
    James Hurley The Times / Business Enterprise Editor
  • "Rifa as a dynamic disruptor is the gold standard when it comes to leading the charge for women and expansion of the start-up ecosystem. These achievements signpost that much more of such innovation support work can bring growing diversity and fresh approaches to the start-up scene." 

    Prof. Gillian Youngs
    Prof. Gillian Youngs Innovation Academic
  • "Rifa is such a calm, steady hand to help you through whatever challenge you might be facing. She does this in a practical, valuable way. The way Rifa works isn’t ‘airy-fairy’ or lightweight. It’s about gaining results that will seriously benefit you and your business needs. I can’t recommend her and her approach highly enough."

    Emily Scoggins
    Emily Scoggins Festival Republic / Head of Marketing
  • "A huge thank you to Rifa for her amazing coaching session. I had so many real breakthroughs. This week I'm feeling like I have a huge weight come off my shoulders and I have much more clarity on which direction my business can go in. What a magician!"

    Tanya White
    Tanya White Nuli Coaching / Nutritionist
  • "Rifa makes things happen. Her reserves of drive, energy, and support are limitless and she's consistently able to make you consider a perspective you hadn't previously. It's impossible to collaborate with Rifa and not leave feeling that the world is full of more possibilities than you'd thought. She knows how to empower, encourage and enable."

    Caroline Walmsley
    Caroline Walmsley Hallo Sailor! / Founder
  • "Coming to Rifa's workshop three months ago really unblocked something for me and I’m now in the process of exploding my life quite beyond recognition. I certainly didn’t expect that I’d be returning to my childhood dream to study acting but that is exactly what is happening."

    Tia Dunn
    Tia Dunn Actor and Performer
  • "At the start of May 2020, I had an intensive 3-hour session with Rifa, at the time I had lost 95% of my work. 2 months later I have a new business, working with a fantastic team and great new clients."

    Becky Stephens
    Becky Stephens Hybred Consultancy / Senior Consultant
  • "To create such a loving and supportive feeling on zoom calls was really impressive and such a highlight of my week. The tools Rifa guided us through feel both practical and high vibe and I'm really enjoying using them since the course. Thanks so much for putting together such a beautiful experience."

    Alexandra McCabe
    Alexandra McCabe Entrepreneur
  • "Rifa is an excellent facilitator, supportive and challenging as a coach and insightful. Our clients respect her opinion and trust her judgment. Her insight and experience in tackling systemic inequalities are helpful for our clients who feel braver about doing the work with Rifa's help. I appreciate becoming more aware of my own unconscious bias and cultural conditioning through our work together. Rifa is a powerful force for positive change."

    Steve Stark
    Steve Stark Then Somehow, Director
  • "Rifa’s course was fantastic and especially helpful following all the challenges 2020 has delivered. I came away with a reset attitude toward money and my finances and I gained a better understanding of what I want to achieve in both my personal and professional life. The tools and techniques Rifa provided, are helping motivate me beyond the end of the course and will stay with me for life."

    Grace Baird
    Grace Baird Story Futures / Producer
  • "By doing the session together as a team and sharing our experiences, it helped to bond the company through a shared experience and collegial vibe. I would highly recommend Rifa's Refigure services to any digital business looking to build a positive culture for their teams."

    Natalie Burns
    Natalie Burns UnitedUs / Partner
  • "You helped shift a lot of stuff around that had been stressing me out on different levels... I'm definitely feeling more optimistic already so thank you. I loved the workshop!  You were an excellent teacher and guide."

    Amy Brown
    Amy Brown Cult Milk / Creative Director
  • "Thank you very much for the coaching session today. I have been shown a lot of blind spots that in all those years of working with business mentors I didn’t see. Thanks again."

    Nisanka Wickramarachchi
    Nisanka Wickramarachchi Coach
  • "Rifa really helped me get in the right mindset to feel top of my game for a seminar I led a few months back. I gifted my daughter a coaching session, to help her get new-job ready. I even recommended Rifa to one of my clients. Rifa is empowering, practical and really listened to my needs and barriers. I'm a big fan." 

    Trisha Brandon
    Trisha Brandon Content Consultant
  • "What I love most about collaborating with Rifa is her abundance of passion, energy and drive. You have no choice but to be inspired when you’re speaking to her! I know I can always rely on Rifa to give me excellent advice, as well as stand up for what’s right. Her commitment to fairness, equality and raising the profile of under-represented groups makes her a much needed force for change across the tech sector and beyond. If you get the chance to work with Rifa, go for it."

    Melissa Ezechukwu
    Melissa Ezechukwu Freelance / Digital Strategist
  • "My three hour blast session with Rifa was really fun, intentional and powerful. I emerged with a renewed sense of self-value, clarity about the future I want to create, where to put my energy and what actions to take. Above all I was left with a lovely sense of effortless abundance – an ease and peace about achieving these future goals, with no sense of struggle or suffering to get there. The session switched me from reactive mode (feeling at the mercy of my circumstances) to a new creative mode - a practice of focussing on the good stuff - creating the year / the week / the day. This shift in focus has been really energising and brought new unexpected opportunities already. Thanks Rifa!"

    John Davison
    John Davison Studio Syrup / Creative Director

Do you need a Diversity Champion?

Get ready for lasting change.

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Diversity & Inclusion Day

One Day Workshop

£997

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Progressive Leadership

 

What does leadership look like post-Covid? What’s the true purpose for your organisation, your real mission? How can you be better and do better in the wider context of your community, your world? What do you stand for? Are you ready for the future?

Finding talent to join your company when there’s still a national digital skills gap, is tough. I can help your leadership consider the deeper questions. You get space to challenge accepted norms and disrupt your thinking in a safe space.

What I Can Do For You

Let’s work together for your team
I served on the boards of directors with Lighthouse Arts; The Marlborough Theatre; and Platform B Radio. I’m a digital consultant with 25 years of project management, planning, and research experience for agencies in London and Brighton. I was the Organisational Lead for the Brighton Digital Festival, leading the board of directors through the next phase of their development.

Hire me to:

  • Advise on your current vision, mission, and values.
  •  Review your policies and processes.
  • Develop ways of working with empathy and avoid burnout.
  • Lead workshops to inspire and motivate your leadership.

How to Lead a Post-Covid Team

Watch again – some valuable insights in this Wired Sussex Leadership panel discussion.

The power of meditation in the workplace.

Watch again – some valuable inspiration and insights into how to change your life in this SheSays talk.

  • "Thank you for all your help with moving Brighton Digital Festival forward. Your work gave us a structure, a space, and a vibe in which to think and debate, and some key examples and insights for us to consider. We would not have  arrived at a destination at all without you."

    Phil Jones
    Phil Jones Wired Sussex / CEO

Does your Leadership Team need a boost?

Let’s work together on your goals and objectives and make something great.

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Leadership Strategy Day

One Day Workshop

£997

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Dynamic Team Building

Does your team need a critical friend? Does your team want to bond and connect, find shared values and work better together? Let me motivate your team through down-to-earth tools, proven techniques to take away and facilitate meaningful conversations.

What I can do for your team

I can give your teams the mentoring and cheerleading they need, and be a sounding board. I give inspiring talks and practical workshops for small teams and large businesses. Using simple techniques, and fun exercises, I can help your team find courage, clarity and calm.

Hire me to:

  • Lead your workshops and away days.
  • Regular mentoring and coaching for your team.
  • Speak on wellbeing at work.
  • Open your team to visualisation and meditation techniques.
  • "Rifa took us all through a number of amazing meditations and exercises that enabled us to positively reflect. It was such a wonderful experience – calm, relaxing, and positive. My team really appreciated the opportunity to work in this unique way. Rifa is brilliant, a highly experienced, effective, and inspirational facilitator."

    Prof. Sarah Atkinson
    Prof. Sarah Atkinson Kings College London / Head of Culture & Media

Does your team need a dynamic coach?

I can facilitate your team-building away-days, devise a series of workshops or host your event. I can’t wait to meet your team.

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Company Away Day

One Day Team Building

£997