Leanna Edwards is the Co-chair and a founding member of Virgin Media’s Empower Network, which represents employees from underrepresented ethnic groups at Virgin Media. Growing up in Birmingham, Leanna graduated from Birmingham City University and has gone on to work in communications and digital roles across various industries, at companies such as Interserve and ITV. Her previous experiences within these roles, gave Leanna a deeper insight into how different industries regard ethnicity and inclusion alongside ‘business as usual’.
Currently Leanna works as a Digital Producer for Virgin Media working on website production for mobile and cable products, championing user experience and accessibility for a diverse range of needs. Alongside her day job, and through her role as Co-chair for the Empower Network, Leanna advocates for sustainable change in behaviour and internal policy, challenging the business to address issues that affect people from underrepresented ethnic groups, educating and engaging people from across the company through her work. Leanna has recently led on the business’ first Black History Month campaign, which focussed on celebrating the achievements of Black figures and communities throughout history and the modern day. Outside of work, Leanna is a budding entrepreneur, who exerts her creative passions through digital design and hairdressing, whilst also championing Black owned businesses through her social media presence.