Speaker / Host
Dr. Leanne Levers
Dr Leanne Levers is an advocacy, policy, and communications specialist, focusing on gender equality, human rights, and justice reform. She is the co-founder of Dope Black Women, an award-winning platform that provides safe spaces for Black women. Leanne broadens representation of Black Women and empowers through the curation of global events, the hosting of a successful podcast, and speaking engagements.
About Leanne Levers
Dr. Leanne Levers holds a PhD in Politics, and her career has supported women and other marginalised groups across the UK, U.S., and Caribbean and led to legislative reform on sexual violence, children’s rights, and the death penalty. Leanne has publications on topics ranging from gender-based violence to Jamaican surfing culture. Her first book, “Decolonising Restorative Justice” will be published in early 2023.
Dr. Leanne Levers is a strategic advocacy, communications, policy, and relationship-building consultant with in-depth knowledge of justice reform, global health, gender equality, and racial justice. Armed with a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, she has dedicated her career to protecting and supporting women and other marginalised groups across the UK, U.S., and the Caribbean. She has developed and implemented successful campaigns, which have increased awareness and resulted in legislative reform around gender-based violence, children’s rights, maternal health, and the death penalty.
Leanne has both academic and non-academic publications on topics ranging from gender-based violence to surfing culture in Jamaica. Her first book, “Decolonising Restorative Justice: A Case for Policy Reform” is set to be published in early 2023.
Born and raised in Jamaica by a Cuban father and Sri Lankan mother, Dr. Leanne Levers moved to the UK, after having completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology in New York, to complete her Masters in Human Rights and her PhD in Politics and International Studies. She now works as a strategic advocacy, communications, policy, and relationship-building consultant with an in-depth knowledge of justice reform, global health, gender equality, and racial justice. She has developed and implemented successful campaigns, which have increased awareness and resulted in legislative reform around gender-based violence, children’s rights, maternal health, and the death penalty across the UK, U.S, and the Caribbean.
In 2019, Leanne co-founded Dope Black Women to fulfil her own desire to support & network with other Black women. DBW recognises that many Black women feel that they do not have the support needed to navigate their personal and professional lives, oftentimes feeling that they have to conform to patriarchal ideals about how they should look, think and behave. Dope Black Women prides themselves on embracing the multi-faceted nature of Black Women and Leanne is particularly passionate about connecting Black women from across the diaspora to share stories and experiences, thereby broadening representation.
The award-winning platform continues to grow from strength to strength, with over 30,000 followers worldwide and a successful weekly podcast, which Leanne co-hosts. The podcast was recognised by Spotify as their ‘Pick of the Month’ and ‘Pick of the Year’ in 2019, where Leanne has interviewed a number of guests, including Kiese Laymon, Weruche Opia, Lianne La Havas, and Toni Tone.
Dope Black Women has partnered with brands such as Nandos, John Lewis, Waitrose, AirBnB, Wray & Nephew and Grace Foods. The ultimate vision of Dope Black Women, is to create a safe space for Black women to express their authentic selves.
Leanne has built up a reputation for being passionate about gender equality, racial equity, organ donation, and feminism.
- Gender Equality
- Gender-based Violence
- Womanism/ Feminism
- Global Health
- Women in Leadership
- Solo Travel
- Human Rights
- Justice Reform
- Black history and Culture
- Organ Donation
- Adult Caregiving
- Feminist Organising
- Racial Justice/ Equity
"It’s both my pleasure and honour to witness Leanne in action. The rigour and care that she brings to the table of any conversation is commendable. In her conversation with artist Yomi Sode she was able to uncover more than the audience expected but was so grateful for. Similarly in her conversation with Activist Tenicka Boyd she was able to beautifully uncover a whole different and interesting side of Black women, Justice and the fabulous in-betweens. She is undeniably exceptional."
Julene Robinson, Actress
"Dr Leanne Levers, was a pleasure to work with on my show. She was insightful, knowledgeable and contributed hugely to the discussion. I’ll be inviting her back on and I recommend working with her to anyone. Polite and respectful but happy to challenge anything she doesn’t agree with. Good fun too."
Jordan Jarrett Bryan, Channel 4 Journalist
"I loved the workshop. It was clear to see the work that went into it. As a white male, I learned a lot from comparing campaigns and learning the perspectives of Black people. Also thought Leanne came across as genuine in her experiences and dedicated to her goals."