I’mPOSSIBLE and Deutsche Bank team up to give young ladies work experience

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I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC a social enterprise which empowers women and girls of colour globally has teamed up with leading global banking and financial services provider Deutsche Bank to offer a limited amount of work experience opportunities to young women within their IT department based in the City.

 

This is a great way for budding professionals to get experience within a corporate environment where they can pick up valuable skills and knowledge in the heart of London.  They will rotate around the various teams in the department including administration, Audio Visual and IT helping to get them a full understanding of the office.

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Born to Be, Deutsche Bank’s youth engagement programme, is committed to helping young people to fulfill their potential, through a range of programmes that develop aspirations, skills and access to opportunities. IT offers many opportunities for future careers, but women are under-represented across the industry.

 

The work experience programme is for one week during August to December 2014.
There are 6 places available.
Travel and lunch expenses are not covered.

 

How to apply:

Get a POSSIBLE young lady to send a copy of their CV with the dates they are available for one week’s work experience to:

youth@i-am-possible.com

no later than 5pm, Friday August 1.  

 

Help someone recognise their POSSIBILITIES!

I’mPOSSIBLE founder appears on BBC2 Newsnight!

In Simone’s capacity as contributor for the Voice Newspaper, the social commentator, global PR expert and founder of I’mPOSSIBLE gave comment on BBC2s highly respected Newsnight show.  The topic was BBC 1xtra’s Powerlist and folk singer Ed Sheeran getting the number one position!
Take a look:

#JadaPose Reminds Us There’s Joy In The Violation Of Women

Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE, Simone Bresi-Ando felt moved to write on the topic of #JadaPose for the UK Voice Newspaper:

 

#JadaPose

 

Read more here.

Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE is a double nominee at this year’s National Diversity Awards!

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Exciting news!

Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE has been nominated twice in this year’s National Diversity Awards sponsored by Microsoft and the Guardian!
Her work has been recognised in the categories of Entrepreneur of Excellence and Positive Role Model.Voting closes this Friday (July 18) and we need your help!  Please take a minute to vote for Simone and the work she does here.
The more recognition I’mPOSSIBLE gets, the more we can affect change!
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Milestone reached! Three years of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation

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Three years strong.

Putting women of colour at the centre of changing women’s lives, inspiring others and being positive role models for everyone.  The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation is changing the way women of colour (and everyone else who comes into contact with it) sees themselves, sees the world and how they define success on their own terms.

On June 10, we celebrated our third anniversary with a stellar #ImPconvo event powered by Mizani UK and held at Pearson plc. For the first time in London this year, the panel line up shone: Tameka Empson – Eastenders, Melanie Eusebe – Black British Business Awards, Ijeoma Hunter – Dentons, Charlotte Mensah – 2013 Afro hairstylist of the year and Arieta Mujay – Creative Consultant. And fans of TV series’ ‘The Wire’ and ’24′ were treated when the actor Gbenga Akinnagbe (pictured below) dropped in to wish us well.

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There is a a divine energy when women gather with a positive purpose to leave that space taller, more inspired and closer to realising their dreams. The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation embodies a movement of women, particularly women of colour owning every part of their success, the lows and the highs and sharing that journey to inspire.

See what our guests had to say:

Here’s to many more years of inspiring change in women’s lives.

I’mPOSSIBLE founder joins Dotun Adebayo on Sunday show on BBC London on June 1, 2014 show

Dotun Adebayo on Sunday BBC London radio June 1, 2014

 

Last Sunday, the founder of I’mPOSSIBLE joined Dotun Adebayo on his show to discuss a new report on attitudes to race in the UK.  She was joined by esteemed guests such as Professor Gus Johnson, Adam Elliott-Cooper and Ehwunah.

 

Take a listen:

http://dw4.convertfiles.com/files/0100054001402260132/dotun%20adebayo%20on%20sunday%20june%201%202014.mp3

 

The summer edition of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation returns on June 10, 2014

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It’s back!  For the first time in London this year, the trailblazing event series; the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation returns on June 10 with a sizzling panel line-up!

The only event to solely focus on the life stories of women of colour globally, returns to it’s birthplace London after the blazing first international edition in New York in March.  Celebrating its third anniversary, June 10 is set to be a memorable one.

Tickets are on sale now for £25 (refreshments included) and concessions for groups of three or more at £18 each.  This is one not to miss, take a look at the line up:

Tameka Empson

Tameka Empson

Tameka is a writer, actress and voiceover artist.  She was first brought to our widespread consciousness with the popular BBC1 show; ‘3 Non-Blondes‘; a hidden camera comedy programme, in 2003, they were listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest British comedy acts. Also a theatre actress, Tameka was nominated for an Olivier Award for ‘The Big Life’ in which she wrote and played the role of a 60 year old Jamaican woman.

Tameka has also lent her voice to the world of audio books and animation. You can hear her as ‘Mrs Higgler’ in the BBC radio dramatization of Neil Gaiman’s book ‘Anansi Boys’, as ‘Tick Bird’ in the children’s CBeebies cartoon ‘Tinga Tinga Tales’ and currently on the Nick Junior channel in ‘Driftwood Bay’ in which she voice ‘Hatsie the Hen’.

As a writer, she created her one-woman play; ‘Marcia Brown – The Unsung Diva’, a Motown inspired cabaret style show which transferred from The Trafalgar Studios in London to The Edinburgh Festival to rave reviews. She also wrote a web series for the affectionately adored character she plays in Eastenders ‘Kim Fox’. You can see the spoof documentary ‘The B&B Kim’s Palace’ on the Eastenders website.  Tameka will be returning to Eastenders later this year.

Melanie Eusebe

Melanie Eusebe

Melanie is a management consultant with over 17 years international commercial business experience, specialising in strategic transformation initiatives for leading global brands.  While working at IBM and Ernst & Young, Melanie specialised in designing and delivering business transformation programmes and has demonstrated success in identifying strategic priorities for revenue generation and delivery of products and services for profitable growth.

Passionate about uncovering role models and inspiring a new generation of exceptional black business leaders, Eusebe founded the Black British Business Awards in 2013 to reflect the outstanding achievements and contributions of black business people to the British economy. These awards will challenge outdated stereotypes and most importantly, be a vehicle for economic empowerment and partnership.

After graduating from University of Toronto, Melanie gained a Masters in Philosophy (Ethics) from Birkbeck College at the University of London.  She is a regular speaker, lecturer and broadcaster who is respected for her contribution to promoting business leadership skills, harnessing entrepreneurial talent and economic empowerment. She has delivered and participated in sessions for organisations such as Sky, BT, GE, IBM, EY, Inseec, Hult, UCL, The Guardian, Better Bankside Women in Business, Trade School Westminster and works with various schools as a mentor. She is a member of everywomanClub for senior women of influence, a business radio show host, and the Director of The Fresh Ideas Company, a business services consultancy.​

Ijeoma Hunter

Ijeoma Hunter

Ijeoma Hunter leads the marketing and business development for Africa at Dentons, one of the world’s largest law firms.  She is responsible for coordinating the marketing of the Africa practice across 70-plus offices and works closely with each of the firm’s 20 associate offices on the continent – the largest such network of any international law firm.

Her role involves advising the Managing Partners of some of Africa’s leading law firms on their marketing strategy and on the investment required to take advantage of the international opportunities before them. She has recently returned from visits to Uganda and Rwanda.

Ijeoma studied law at Nottingham Law School and started her professional services career as a Marketing Administrator at Norton Rose. Since then she has worked in a variety of business development and marketing roles at leading firms including CMS Cameron McKenna, Hewitt, Salans and Travelers.

Ijeoma has always been passionate about the similarities shared by different cultures and one of her proudest moments was when she was chosen to go on secondment to Moscow, Russia. Prior to that she had spent a year living in Okayama, Japan. Whilst there she taught English and took the opportunity to travel across the country exploring Japanese traditions.

Ijeoma lives in London with her husband and young son. She enjoys cooking, travelling and visiting contemporary art exhibitions.

Charlotte_Mensah_2Charlotte Mensah

Charlotte Mensah is the owner of Hair Lounge, London and Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2013.  Mensah is at the forefront of creative Afro styling in the UK, famed for her flair of embracing natural hair textures, this internationally renowned celebrity hairdresser is a stylist very much in demand. If she’s not in Africa training young hairdressers in the art of hairdressing, then you’ll find her working with some of the most famous names in the world of entertainment, high finance and business including celebrity chef and former model, Lorraine Pascale.

 As well as scooping a number of the biggest accolades in British Afro Hairdressing and being the owner of the multi award-winning salon, Hair Lounge on Portobello Road, Charlotte’s work is regularly featured in a number of leading hair publications which has brought her recognition on a global scale.

Having served her apprenticeship in one of London’s leading Afro salons in the late 1980s, under the tutelage of legendary Winston Isaacs, Mensah has over 28 years experience under her belt in the highly competitive hair industry.  Charlotte has proven that she is a survivor and one of the biggest talents in Afro styling.

 

Having received numerous accolades for her contribution to the world of hair and business, 2013 saw her scoop a string of titles for her work, that included Afro Salon of the Year at the 2013 Hair Awards, Weave Stylist of the Year 2013 and Styling Team of the Year 2013 at the Black Beauty/Sensationnel Hair Awards. Charlotte’s success didn’t stop there, as she claimed her third award in one week when she was crowned ‘Afro Hairdresser of the Year 2013’ at the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards 2013. Her winning ‘Texture’ collection was the result of a partnership with photographer John Rawson and the magical fusion of their talents created a ground-breaking and stunning shoot. She was also handpicked by L’Oréal’s luxury Afro haircare brand ‘MIZANI’ to create the spectacular campaign shots for their celebrity ambassadors, pop singer Shingai Shoniwa and more recently,Queen of UK Soul, Beverley Knight. This led to her being invited onto the prestigious judging panel for the L’Oréal Colour Trophy MIZANI Afro Catwalk Look Award held in May 2013 at the Grosvenor Hotel.

 

Ideally placed and with a wealth of practical and technical experience, it seemed the next natural step for Charlotte was to embark into the educational field of the hair industry. Since making this transition, she has designed and developed a number of workshop programs which has seen her travel to countries that include Eastern Europe, USA and Africa and is currently in the early development stages of setting up The Charlotte Mensah Academy which will offer less fortunate young Ghanaians an opportunity to learn a vocational skill that will enhance their lives and the lives of their families.  In addition to concentrating on her career, her family life is very precious to her and as a dedicated mum of two, it’s this part of her life along with her faith, that keeps her grounded. Her own charity, L.O.V.E (Ladies of Visionary Empowerment) was set-up in honour of her late Mother; this benevolent fund is aimed at furthering the education and empowerment of young women in Africa.  Recently she was engaged by the Princes Trust as specialist business mentor, mentoring young entrepreneurs who are trying to start or expand their business within the field of the hair and beauty industry.

Arieta Mujay

Arieta Mujay

Arieta Mujay is  a 35 year old fashion creative that has been working in fashion at various capacities for 15 years across the UK and Africa.  Mujay is currently the creative director and owner of African Creative Collective, a UK Based consultancy created with the sole aim of nurturing and promoting African fashion and design talent. Clients include, Chichia, Orange Culture, Kenema and UK Trade and Investment and start up beauty brand, MDM FLOW.

Starting out as a window dresser for GAP in Brighton, Mujay started to get involved in styling.  She assisted veteran stylists like Didi Danso, Karen Klarkson and PR Guru, Sarah Walter on a weekly basis working on fashion stories for the UK’s Daily Mirror and Glamour Magazine. She also gained work experience from RED, Just 17, Sneak and Smash Hits where she met Henry Holland, the renowned fashion designer.  She then moved into fashion PR and worked as press officer for New Look while still styling part time, she rose to the position of PR Manager before leaving the company for River Island. While there, alongside her PR role, she was also the Fashion Editor of the River Island In store Magazine as well as shoot director and stylist for all the online content.  Arieta was selected to go on the 777 Tour with pop star, Rihanna and as such, became an integral part of the team working closely with Rihanna to design her ‘Rihanna for River Island’ collection, the London fashion week show and all the subsequent noise on the launch. As head of PR  for the brand, Arieta worked on all the other subsequent collections in this collaboration.  Mujay has been head of PR for three major brands across the UK high street.

A Veteran stylist of the Arise Shows since 2008, Arieta styled over 75 collections at the ARISE  SHOW In Lagos to date. Arieta has styled shows for the best and most sought after designers across Africa including, Maki Oh, Christie Brown, Duaba Serwa, Amine Benidourich, Okunore Twins etc.  In August 2012, Arieta embarked on a solo trip across Africa to understand the business of fashion, visiting nine countries over four weeks. The outcome of this trip is currently being documented in a book soon to be released.  Currently heralded by the international fashion press as one of Africa’s six stylists/creatives to know, Arieta lives and breathes all facets of fashion with a massive passion for promoting all things African Culture and style.

Hannah Pool

Hannah Pool (host)

Hannah Pool writes regularly in the national and international media. She has written features, interviews and comment for the Guardian for over a decade. Her work also appears in: The Times; The Independent; Grazia and others.

Hannah is curator of talks and debates at Africa Utopia and Women of the World (WOW) festivals at the Southbank centre, London. Hannah’s memoir ‘My Fathers’ Daughter: A story of family and belonging’ (Penguin2005) was described by the Washington Post as “a significant and moving book.”

Hannah appears regularly on BBC Radio 4, has spoken at TedXEuston, Africa Gathering and Africa Writes. She is chair of UKFeminista and former associate editor of ARISE magazine and was the subject of CNN’s African Voices.

 

The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation summer edition (and third anniversary)
Tuesday, June 10
6:30pm
£25 (including refreshments)
Concessions available

Pearson plc.
80 Strand
London WC2R 0RL

The I’mPOSSIBLE girl summit launches in partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Trust

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On May 7, I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC in partnership Stephen Lawrence Trust held the first I’mPOSSIBLE girl summit.  A day full of dynamic workshops was put on for local schoolgirls to help them visualise, envisage, empower and protect their POSSIBLE.

Following on from the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation youth edition, held last year April at the House of Commons in partnership with Diane Abbott MP. The I’mPOSSIBLE girl summit was an extension of this event, it helped the girls put into practice, ideas around what being POSSIBLE means to them, realising their dreams, being able to read media wisely as well as engaging in other empowering activities like the difference between sex and love.

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Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE, Simone Bresi-Ando said:

“It is the core of what I’mPOSSIBLE was set up to do – to help women and especially young girls achieve their potential by defining success on their own terms. I’m delighted that we partnered with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to make this day happen. To all those who gave their time to speak to the girls, Sarah-Jane Crawford from BBC 1Xtra, our New York based friends, the Young Women of Colour Health Advocacy Coalition, I’mPOSSIBLE conversation alumni, barrister Sheryl Nwosu, co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, Melanie Eusebe and Harriet Minter, Guardian Women’s leadership editor – a big thank you for believing in the strength of these young girls possibilities and leading by example.”

Rachel Wicks, Programme Officer at the Stephen Lawrence Trust commented:

“We are very pleased to be working in partnership with I’m POSSIBLE to put on this event at the Stephen Lawrence Centre. There is a lot of synergy between I’m POSSIBLE and the work of the Trust in seeking to empower young people and open up opportunities that disadvantaged young people may not have access to.”

At a time where in some parts of the world, educating girls can bring harm, I’mPOSSIBLE is ensuring that all forms of education is a priority and young girls understand their worth, value their ideas and dreams and put a viable plan in place to make them happen.

This work is important, now more than ever as more than a third of girls aged 7 to 21 have felt patronised or been made to feel stupid because of their gender (36%), rising sharply to 60% of 16- to 21-year-olds (Girls Attitudes Survey 2013).

Being POSSIBLE is not the preserve of the few…it’s for everyone to indulge, dream and realise.

INSPIRATION SHARED.

The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation debuts in NY for International Women’s Day 2014

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We did it! We took the POSSIBLE global! On March 6 in aid of 2014 International Women’s Day, I’mPOSSIBLE took the conversation to New York to celebrate the various life journeys of women of colour. Whitney-Gayle Benta SVP, REVOLT TV, Corynne Corbett of Beauty Biz Camp, Grammy award winner Estelle, founder of the Global Language Project Angela Jackson and PR maven Gilda Squire illuminated the house with their stories of success, pearls of wisdom with the honesty and openess of your favourite girlfriends.

 

Panellists speaking to a packed floor with standing room only to an audienced which was attentively listening, note taking and questioning from the heart gave a unique and impactful interaction that was felt on multiple levels.  The POSSIBLE was seeing themselves in all their various glory, it was a beautiful, inspiring connection and it changed lives.

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Speaking of the event, founder of I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC commented:

“To put an idea into action, one that was focussed on celebrating women of colour. Planting the seed in people’s minds to always be POSSIBLE to always want what they’ve been told they can’t have so they start living in a world that’s on their own terms gives me a type of joy that propels my own POSSIBILITIES into another strata.

New York has been a souce of inspiration for I’mPOSSIBLE and I have always gotten so much love from this city. It was right that the first international edition took place here and gave back the inspiration and love I always get. We made ‘her-story’ on March 6 and the global journey is just beginning. I’m excited at what we can do for women of colour worldwide. I’m humbled by the support and the universe opening up to me in ways to make this happen for so many.”

The event set social media on fire:

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Pic 5 the I'mPOSSIBLE conversation NY edition March 6, 2014 l-r Simone Bresi-Ando, founder I'mPOSSIBLE Global CIC and Melka Davis, AVP marketing, Mizani L'Oreal

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I’mPOSSIBLE founder goes on Arise 360 to talk about the New York edition of #ImPconvo

I’mPOSSIBLE founder was excited to visit the Arise 360 team in their New York studios to talk about the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation New York edition taking place tomorrow and the wonderful things it’s bringing to the city.  Have a look…

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