Who even is Sophie Williams?

Oh, hi there!

Short Bio:

Sophie Williams is a TED Speaker, leading anti-racism advocate, activist, and the author of two books – Anti Racist Ally (October 2020) and Millennial Black (April 2021), both from Harper Collins. 

Sophie is a regular panelist, speaker, consultant, and workshop facilitator with a focus on anti-racism, and Diversity and Inclusion. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Guardian, Bustle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Refinery29, Elle, and Grazia.

Sophie regularly hosts presentations, workshops and training sessions for businesses such as Apple, The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, UK Civil Service, Sky, and Cambridge University

Before beginning writing, Sophie had a career in advertising, particularly in social agencies, where she has held the position of COO. In 2019 Sophie left traditional agencies in order to create her own business, working with clients such as Netflix on projects combining her professional advertising experience with active anti-racism work.

Longer stuff:

I’m Sophie Williams, a TED Speaker, an Author, and an anti-racism activist in the UK, who loves thinking and talking about intersectional identities (especially race and gender) and how they shape our experiences of the world. In a previous life I was a Marketing and Operations specialist with a focus on organic social media.

Right now I have one book out, and one on the way. The first – Anti-Racist Ally: An Introduction to Action and Activism is a pocket-sized paperback introduction to allyship at home, work and in your community, published by HQ (Harper Collins) in October 2020.

My upcoming book is Millennial Black. It’s a look at how black women’s intersectional identities (blackness PLUS womanness) shape our experiences of work, the unique challenges we face, and what can be done to make it better. Millennial Black will be as a hardback, ebook and audiobook by HQ (Harper Collins) in April 2021.

My career has been in London’s advertising agencies, starting at M&C Saatchi, where I have worked as a Project Manager, Creative film and photography Producer, Operations Director, and most recently Chief Operating Officer.

In 2019 I left full time employment to set up Blanket Fort – a micro agency providing high quality, bespoke Marketing and Production support to businesses. As Blanket Fort I have worked on marketing campaigns for Sex Education, The End of the F***ing World, and The Crown. You can find some examples of my work here.

I live in London, was born and raised in Birmingham, and lived in Paris for about 3 years. I went to Leeds University, where I studied Theatre and Performance at Bretton Hall.

Would you like to hire me? Would you like me to write something for you? Do you want me to speak on your panel? Or ask me a question I haven’t already answered? Get in touch and I’ll get back to you.

You be good, I love you.