The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation turns four!

Panellists, host and sponsors at ImP convo 4th anniversary June 2015

 

We. Are. Here.
Celebrated, elevated, saluted, revered and inspirational!

 

Our successful, international event series, the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation powered by Mizani and supported by Pearson, turned four last week and hosted a stellar panel of trailblazing women of colour who have wholly, defined success on their own terms.

 

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Speaking to a packed room, the panellists shared their deepest insights into their life journeys, lessons learned and what keeps them motivated.  The magic that was manifested with women from all walks of life coming together to hear from this dynamic group of women was ‘on fleek’. Ensuring all who came, walked out a bit taller, more focused and more empowered than when they entered.

 

Jessica Osunsami from Mizani UK commented:

Another inspirational I’mPOSSIBLE conversation – I challenge any woman not to feel empowered when filled with a room of intellectual and charismatic professional women. Mizani were proud to continue powering the conversations for a 4th year, we feel the conversations and the women in attendance perfectly embody our values and spirit.

Abu Bundu-Kamara,Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Pearson for EMEA & APAC from Pearson plc said:

Pearson is incredibly proud to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the I’mPOSSIBLE Conversation and our partnership over the past six years.  The I’mPOSSIBLE Conversation recognises and celebrates the remarkable achievements and talent of women of colour.  Each of these individuals has demonstrated great leadership and the ability to find opportunity in uncertainty.  Their success sets a powerful example of what can be achieved.  On behalf of everyone at Pearson, I’d like to congratulate Simone Bresi-Ando and I’mPOSSIBLE team and I look forward to our continued partnership.

 

Simone Bresi-Ando, founder of I’mPOSSIBLE commented:

I planted this seed four years ago that the life stories and successes of women of colour could be exhalted beyond the constant noise of inaccuracy and stereotyping that this group falls foul of. Step by step, I have built a successful, international event series that uncovers women of colour who are role models, inspires the audience and panellists simultaneously as well as creating a sustainable legacy that cannot be rewritten.

I want to thank everyone, that has supported the events with their time, hardwork and dedication to ensuring this platform remains a beacon for global female excellence.

 

Here’s to many more years, celebrating, upholding and uncovering women of colour who are role models!

 

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The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation event series celebrates it’s fourth anniversary. All photos taken by Benedetto Photgraphy

The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation, fourth anniversary and summer 2015 edition returns!

Four years strong of the only event that focuses on celebrating women of colour being alive!

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The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation – 4th anniversary and summer 2015 edition

The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation returns for it’s summer edition of 2015 and fourth anniversary on Tuesday, June 9.  Powered by Mizani L’Oreal and supported by Pearson plc. the event highlights women of colour from all walks of life who are often our hidden role models and speak on their journey to being POSSIBLE.

The summer edition line up is as follows:

Jessica Horn
Feminist activist, writer and technical advisor on women’s rights

How do we ensure that women live healthy, pleasurable, autonomous lives in their own bodies? Jessica Horn has worked for over 15 years with activists, progressive donors, researchers and the UN to develop a response. Given the historical moment and a focus on Africa, her work has necessarily been framed by responding to HIV/AIDS and the impacts of armed conflict.

Jessica’s research and analysis has been published in professional journals *The Lancet* and *Feminist Africa*, and media platforms Al Jazeera, openDemocracy and The Feminist Wire. She is the author of two monographs on the impact of Christian fundamentalism on women’s rights in Africa, and aresource guide on* Gender and Social Movements*. She is also a published poet.

Jessica is a founding member of the African Feminist Forum, board member of Urgent Action Fund-Africa and the International Grants Committee of Comic Relief. She currently works as Senior Advisor to AIR (African Institute for Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS) at the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Passionate about public debates on women’s rights, Jessica has been a featured speaker at Tedx Euston Salon, Women of the World and Africa Utopia festivals at London’s Southbank Centre, Africa Writes, and international conferences such as the AWID Forum and Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.

Connie Jackson
General Manager, Fashion Fair

Named General Manager – UK & Europe for Fashion Fair Beauty Products Limited, the UK subsidiary of Johnson Publishing Company LLC in November 2012.  Johnson Publishing is the publisher of the iconic Ebony Magazine.  

Connie served as Operating Executive for Stargate Capital Investment Group (SCIG) from July 2010 until May 2013 and was responsible for increasing operating efficiency in the companies in which SCIG’s Trapezia Fund invested – the first women-focused fund backed by institutional investors in the UK.  An accomplished interim executive and business advisor, previous engagements have included the start-up of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and merger implementation for the National Health Service (NHS) in London. She served as Chief Executive of St. Bartholomew’s & The Royal London Charitable Foundation (now Barts & The London Charity) until June 2006, with oversight of the investment, administrative and regulatory functions of the Foundation and its £200 million endowment.

Prior to coming to the UK in 2002, Connie served as President & CEO of TCA Health, Inc., a health and social care organisation in Chicago, Illinois, USA, founded by her mother – a family practice physician. She was instrumental in raising government and philanthropic funding to support capital and operational expansion for TCA.  She joined TCA after several years in raising capital funding for the development of several public/private partnerships, in positions with Credit Suisse First Boston, the cities of Chicago and New York and LaSalle Partners Asset Management (now Jones Lang LaSalle).

She is a magna cum laude graduate of Fisk University (USA) in Economics, where she was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honours society. She has a graduate diploma from the London School of Economics and a MBA from Harvard University.  Connie is actively involved in several civic activities, including serving as Chair of the Soup Kitchen of the American Church in London and as a governor of Goodenough College.

Lynette Nylander
Managing editor, i-D Magazine

Born on the outskirts of London, 25 year-old Lynette Nylander, is the managing editor of i-D magazine and has always been interested in personal style, brands and culture.

Excelling at all things creative, she spent her formative years learning musical instruments, studying for her distinctions from the Guildhall School of Speech and Drama. At 14, she won an AOL writing competition and was published to its global users. At 18, she obtained a place at the revered London College of Fashion studying Fashion Design and Marketing and interning with PR powerhouse Mandi Lennard for events for Alexander Wang, Supreme, Giles Deacon and Mattel. She then started her career in earnest, working for global fashion and entertainment and marketing firm, ‘Independent Talent Brands’. She then embarked on a career in editorial, joining the masthead at INDUSTRIE Magazine where she worked with the likes of photographers Inez and Vinoodh, Alasdair McLellan and Juergen Teller, models Joan Smalls and Cara Delavigne and writing features on Lara Stone and Emily Weiss. After three years, she rose from editorial co-ordinator to Managing Editor.

In 2014, she joined the iconic i-D magazine as Managing Editor for both print and online, which now boasts 5.2 million unique users. She has also interviewed the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Shannon, Nykhor Paul, Christiaan Houtenbos and more at her time for the magazine.

Lynette also contributes to other publications such as HighSnobiety, Humanity Magazine, INDUSTRIE as well as consulting for both upcoming and established brands and publications and lives and works in London.

Remi Olajoyegbe
Entrepreneur

With a CV including titles as diverse as investment banker, pub landlord and business and executive talent coach, Remi Aruna Olajoyegbe is an impressive and entrepreneurial lady. Dynamic, straight talking and goal oriented, she means business.

The younger of two children from an unusual mixed cultural heritage, she is half Assamese and half Nigerian.  Remi grew up and was schooled in London. She holds a masters degree in Social Research and Anthropology from LSE. She was recruited by Goldman Sachs where she rose to lead the Equity Capital Markets Syndicate Group. Capitalising on her mixed race Indian and African background, she then went on to specialise in emerging markets, as a Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Syndicate for Renaissance Capital at the tender age of 33. In her ten plus year career she raised over £200bn for hundreds of companies globally.

In late 2008, she was voted one of the Top 100 influential women in European Finance and named one of Financial News’ 100 rising stars, a survey that chooses men and women under 40 who are on the path to reaching the very top of their professions.

Despite an all-encompassing financial career, Remi still found time to nurture a few of her many passions. Firstly, food and interior design: in 2004 together with two friends she bought and renovated two pubs in South East London. The Palmerston is now a multi award winning gastro pub.

Remi also joined a local charity, Peckham Shed which is an inclusive theatre company, working with children aged 7-17 with mixed learning and physical abilities. She fulfilled duties as a long standing board member and also a workshop mentor to children aged 7-11. This allowed her to combine her on going love for the performing arts, personal development and people in a hands-on and practical way.

In recent years she has devoted more time to her entrepreneurial endeavours and focuses most of her time working as a business, executive and life coach using her wealth of experience to help others set and achieve a variety of goals.

Marverine Cole (host)
Presenter

Has worked for many of Britain’s most watched and listened to broadcasters in the last 20 years of her career in the media. As an Award-winning Journalist, she’s anchored hundreds of hours of live TV news for the BBC, ITV & Sky News. She’s also now a trusted face of Britain’s biggest and most successful shopping channels, QVC. She’s the first-ever, black female presenter in their main line-up in the channel’s 22-year history.

Her Presenter blog get 30,000 unique hits a month. It’s one of the most challenging TV jobs around: working live, and unscripted, without autocue. The channel reaches 26m households every day and Marverine works with big name brands like Apple, Sony and Dyson and she frequently interviews household names like Dame Joan Collins and Lulu.

Marverine’s commitment to the development of talent in the media industry is strong: over the last decade she’s inspired, mentored and taught countless aspiring journalists and media professionals. After a hard day’s work in front of the TV camera, Marverine loves nothing better than a trip down the pub for a few beers. Classed as one of Britain’s leading female experts about beer, she’s a qualified Beer Sommelier!

Be a part of the magic! Buy tickets here.

ImP convo returns to the Southbank Centre’s WoW festival for International Women’s Day 2015!

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WoW (Women of the World) is a festival of talks, debates, music, film and comedy celebrating women which takes place this year from March 1 – 8 at the Southbank Centre.  The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation returns to the festival after it’s successful debut in 2013 with a stellar panel to talk about I’mPOSSIBLE women in the world of work and entrepreneurship.

 

 

Hosted by I’mPOSSIBLE founder, Simone Bresi-Ando, our panel line up glitters with:

 

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Angie Le Mar is a comedian, actor and writer. She has played at New York’s legendary Harlem Apollo Theatre, made history with the first ever sell-out show by a black female comedian at London’s West End and has written several critically acclaimed box office hits, including The Brothers, Funny Black Women on the Edge, and Forty. Her TV work includes roles in Channel 4’sRun and Get Up, Stand Up, BBC’s the Real McCoy and talk show Ladies Talk on Vox Africa. As a radio and TV host she has interviewed notable people, such as activist Maya Angelou, actors Idris Elba and Whoopi Goldberg, and musicians Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Mary J Blige.

 

Sade Salami
Entrepreneur Sade Salami is the founder of events management company Fresh Strawberry. She is committed to championing diversity awareness through events and initiatives. Her recent web series Status London shone a light on eight ambitious black British entrepreneurs, and she has worked in-house at Google to produce the tech giant’s Top Black Talent programme, responsible for providing opportunities to thousands of promising graduates throughout the UK.

 

Michelle Watts
Michelle Watts is currently a senior manager at PwC, where she leads a strategic bid team within the consulting practice. She previously spent six years at Ernst & Young (EY) in the business development team for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, and also chaired the EY Black Network from 2010 to 2013. Michelle has had a diverse, global career path, which includes experiences in the private, public and non-for-profit sectors. She spent three years working in New York for PR agency Hill+Knowlton, and most recently spent a year working for EY in South Africa. In 2011, Michelle took a five month sabbatical from work to travel and published an e-book guide for anyone wishing to design their own career breaks.

 

WoW runs from Sunday 1 to Sunday 8 March but, the main focus takes place over three days (Friday 6 March to Sunday 8 March).  It is made up of many events and performances held at different times throughout the day.

To attend the event, you’ll need to either buy a day pass for the festival or a WoW weekend pass which will both give you access to all the events happening that day or within the weekend.

Really hope to see you.

Come be inspired by women of colour who define success on their own terms.

The I’mPOSSIBLE screening of Selma at the House of Commons with director, Ava DuVernay

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On Thursday, January 29, 2015, I’mPOSSIBLE with Diane Abbott MP and Culture Kinetica hosted a special screening of ‘Selma‘ with a Q&A from director, Ava DuVernay at the House of Commons.

Ava spoke with us about her work, her vision, her process and her passion for making the movies she does.  The audience was made up of film enthusiasts, celebs, fans, the curious and members of the political class.  A few to name were Baroness Lawrence, Auma Obama (Barack Obama’s half-sister), legendary British actress, Dona Croll and the Floacist (Natalie Stewart), one half of Grammy award-winning group Floetry.

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The Golden Globe award winning and Oscar nominated biopic; ‘Selma‘ is the epic story of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans.  Led by Brit actor, David Oyelowo as King supported by Carmen Ejogo (Coretta King), starring Oprah Winfrey (who is also executive producer) and the esteemed, Tim Roth – this film tells the historic journey through refreshing eyes.

Ava urged us to support the film as our opportunities for people of colour to see themselves central to their own narratives on their terms, directed by a woman of colour would not come again if we didn’t financially support the film on opening weekend.  A member of the audience further added that Vue cinema in Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush) is the most important cinema to see any film as that’s where box office takings are counted for the UK.  See the empassioned video below:

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Buy your tickets here for Selma.

Creating Her-Story in the heart of UK government for people of colour globally, was the moment when Ava DuVernay came to the House of Commons to talk about Selma. Salute to all the POSSIBLE women around the world.

Women of colour who rocked 2014!

Women of colour who rocked 2014Top, l-r: Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, Ava DuVernay, Sara Myers, Shonda Rhimes and Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE
Bottom: Azaelia Banks, Bola Agbaje and Destiny Eghara, Melanie Eusebe, Karen Blackett MBE and Margaret Casely-Hayford

 

2014 – the year that was, showed us some brilliant ways that women of colour can protect, change, disrupt and create this world to make it better for all.  Their efforts have helped us all feel more safer, exposed to another narrative alternative to the mainstream and ultimately, they did it on their terms.
Last year also showed us celebrities trying to ‘break the internet’ to maintain their relevance, thousands of people worldwide throwing ice cold water on themselves for charity and on a more moral tip, our collective social conscious, being re-awakened, to demand for imbalances to be levelled.  2014 was a ride and 2015 is looking like it will pose some hard and clear questions to us all on what we want as a society, how we want all communities treated and what we will no longer stand for. It will, at the very least, be interesting.

 

So how did women of colour fare in 2014, lets take a look:

 

In the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics):
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock the most positively infectious and empowering science brain Black female Britain has produced.  Since February 2014 she took over hosting the legendary BBC programme ‘The Sky At Night‘ after Patrick Moore who hosted the show for 56 years!  Dr Maggie really does embody the hashtag #BlackGirlsAreFromTheFuture.

 

In business:
Melanie Eusebe, former Ernst & Young management consultant founded and launched the first Black British Business Awards in October. Highlighting the economic impact and influence Black British people have had on the economy that often gets ignored.  Margaret Casely-Hayford a British legal legend walked away with the Black British Business Person of the Year at the awards a month after she retired from her role as head of legal and company secretary for the John Lewis group.  Margaret is now Chairman of Action Aid UK.  In November, Karen Blackett OBE, CEO of MediaCom topped the Powerlist which details Black British leaders in all parts of society.

 

Health:
Heroic Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, who paid the ultimate price with her life by saving others from Ebola.  Dr Adadevoh was the Nigerian doctor who oversaw the treatment of Liberian, Patrick Sawyer who brought the Ebola virus to Nigeria. She was infected by him and tragically died in August. Without her dedication, expertise and selflessness, Nigeria could not have become ‘Ebola-free’ in the time it did. Her actions and life need to be celebrated and revered.

 

In societal change:
Birmingham based Sara Myers created the petition to get the controversial art work; ‘Exhibit B’ withdrawn from the Barbican. She was able to get just under 23,000 people from all walks of life,to sign the petition for the art work to be withdrawn.  Leading an impassioned campaign, she helped to highlight the missing ownership that people of colour want over their history and imagery she raised important questions around diversity in the arts and who are the decision makers and who gets access.

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Across the pond, Umaara Elliott and Synead Nichols, two young women brought 50,000 people to the streets of New York for the ‘Millions March‘ to protest against police brutality across the US. The struggle continues but it was inspiring to see people, particularly the young, from diverse backgrounds, show their solidarity and desire for equality, for all sections of society.

It’s amazing what these three women have accomplished in 2014 with just the willpower of their gut instinct and sense of what’s right for humanity and passion.

 

In popular culture:
Azaelia Banks. You need a full stop after that name because the point has been made!  This young woman gave an emotional interview to Hot 97 in December, highlighting the very harsh realities of the music industry, how racism, sexism and ignorance alters what we rate the best as music consumers and much more.  Although her delivery is somewhat controversial and can easily offend, I’m yet to find one of her statements about the industry untrue. The truth can often be brutal but at the same time cleansing.  It is easy to vilify it, as it contradicts everything you thought of the world, the people you idolised and ultimately yourself. Seeing a woman of colour be so vulnerable, passionate and articulate about her experience in this world on a public platform was refreshing. More please!

 

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Solange Knowles-Ferguson simply for having the coolest wedding ever (pictured above)!  Solange and Alan showed us the true meaning of an alternative wedding – tastefully done and full of love, friends and family, the right ingredients for the perfect day. We can’t believe its the same girl who was filmed beating Jay-Z in a lift a few months before!  We heart Solange and all her quirky Blackness. We love that she expands exactly what it means and looks like for a woman of colour to understand her place in the world.

 

Film and TV:
Lupita Nyong’o (pictured below), Oscar winner, style icon, bright colour wearer, short afro innovator, classical beauty reinvented.  Oh, and she’s got a brain!  She uses it for good and to boot is a brilliant actress.

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Bola Agbaje and Destiny Eghara – both responsible for turning Agbaje’s Laurence Olivier award-winning first play, into a film that was released nationwide in October – ‘Gone Too Far‘. It was refreshing to see the British African experience on screen, particularly on the streets of Peckham!

 

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Women of colour directors showed us 2014 was warm-up time! Brit Amma Asante with period true story, ‘Belle’, Ava DuVernay with Martin Luther King biopic, ‘Selma’ and Gina Price-Bythewood with ‘Beyond the Lights’.  Getting our stories out there on our terms is the order of the day and it’s here to stay thanks to these talented bunch.

Charlene White, ITV news presenter became the first Black woman to co-host the News At Ten. It took us until 2014, but we did it and Charlene was the one to blaze that trail also a former panellist on the first ImP convo.

Shonda Rhimes – the living embodiment of a trailblazer. Crushing stereotypes, presenting the fullness and vulnerability of Black femalehood and entertaining us, all at the same damn time!  In 2014, US TV network, ABC programmed its entire Thursday primetime lineup with ShondaLand dramas ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Scandal’ and ‘How To Get Away With Murder’, then branded the night as “Thank God It’s Thursday”!  We say: “Thank God for Shonda”!

 

 

We’re a pretty wonderful bunch of women. That’s amazing, roll on 2015!

I’mPOSSIBLE survey closes December 31st!

The first and biggest demographics survey for British women of colour closes on Wednesday, December 31 at 11:45pm.

Entitled ‘The Invisible majority: defining success and debunking the myths’ the survey is set to lift the lid on the lives of a dynamic group of women who often get overlooked, stereotyped or just plain ignored!  We want to change that, we want to give you an authentic voice.

As we’re true to the season’s spirit, from today (December 19) we’re giving away the chance for one lucky winner to get £150 House of Fraser vouchers for completing the survey via the emailed link by 10am December 29.  Winners will be announced between December 29-31, 2014, terms and conditions apply.
*Request the link by emailing: [email protected]* or take the survey here.

 

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Survival tips for the survey:

  • The revolution doesn’t take 10 minutes! The survey takes an hour or so – breathe, it’s an important document because it’s about YOU. Do it in bits, do it at your leisure, but remember to DO IT.
  • There’s a ‘save and exit’ button at the top right hand part of the survey page, remember to click this every few pages so you don’t lose any of your answers if your computer crashes.
  • Filling out the survey via the link emailed to you from I’mPOSSIBLE means you can complete it from multiple devices.  Filling out the survey via this website means you can only fill it out from one device. You can always save your answers no matter what method you choose.
  • If you fill out and complete the survey by 10am, December 29 via the link emailed to you from I’mPOSSIBLE you’ll be automatically entered into the second prize draw to win £150 House of Fraser vouchers (full info above)
  • Lastly, you are creating her-story, be very proud of yourself. You’re changing the game for the better.

 

Eulanda Shead winner of £250 John Lewis vouchers

 

Take a look at how important people think the survey is…

For more information on the survey, please contact us.

Take the survey! ‘The invisible majority: defining success and debunking myths’

Here it is!
The biggest demographics survey on British women of colour – ever!

Entitled ‘The Invisible majority: defining success and debunking the myths’ the survey is set to lift the lid on the lives, aspirations, habits and current economic state of women of colour in Britain.

The survey will take around an hour to complete, so get a glass of wine or cup of tea with some chocolate and start clicking.

The survey will run from 0800 November 5 – 2345 December 31, 2014 with results ready in early 2015.

There is a prize draw for those who complete the survey via a link emailed to them directly from I’mPOSSIBLE.  To request this link and to be entered into the draw once you complete the survey, please email [email protected].  The prize draw runs from November 5 – December 5, 2014 inclusive with prizes ideal for Christmas that include £250 of John Lewis vouchers, a hudl tablet, Fashion Fair and Mizani deluxe gift packs and more.  Winners will be announced by December 10, 2014, terms and conditions apply.

For more information on the survey, please contact us.

I’mPOSSIBLE launches the biggest demographics survey on British women of colour

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This Wednesday (November 5, 2014) I’mPOSSIBLE will launch the biggest online demographics survey on British women of colour. Titled ‘The Invisible majority: defining success and debunking the myths’ the survey is set to lift the lid on the lives, aspirations, habits and current economic state of women of colour in Britain.

 

The online survey will be hosted by the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section and also available on this website and by joining our mailing list.

 

Never have women of colour in Britain been examined in such a way to give a more accurate, balanced and authentic picture of who they are, how they feel, what they want and spend their time and money doing.

 

Here’s ‘her-story’ in the making.

Make sure you take part on Wednesday!

 

I’mPOSSIBLE conversation autumn edition 2014 sparkles

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We turned up and turned out for the 2014 autumn edition of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation at the home of Mizani UK in the L’Oreal HQ, Hammersmith, London on September 10.

Speaking to a packed audience, Rozan Ahmed – culturalist, Anne-Marie Imafidon – child prodigy and founder of STEMettes, award-winning singer songwriter – Laura Mvula and Sharmadean Reid – founder of WAH Nails inspired the audience with their words of wisdom, testimonies and life lessons on how they became POSSIBLE.  Hosted by Sky News anchor, Lukwesa Burak the audience lapped up the intriguing conversation which brought them closer to the people who define success on their own terms.

#InspirationShared: The I’mPOSSIBLE. conversation youth edition returned to the House of Commons for the second time to inspire London schoolgirls

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The second, annual youth edition of the successful, global event series, the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation took place at the House of Commons on September 4 in partnership with Diane Abbott MPs ‘Black Women Mean Business’.  160 London school girls attended the inspirational event to see a young but accomplished panel that were like them talk about their journeys to being POSSIBLE.

 

 

Supported by Ernst & Young Black Network, Margaret Casely-Hayford and Kwabena Ayirebi the panel lineup of Hannah Balogun, a 25-year business owner who runs two hair salons, Honey Hand across East and South London. Patricia Bright, a wildly famous YouTube vlogger with over 400k followers who get to see a slice of her life each week. Anne-Marie Imafidon, a British computing, mathematics and language child prodigy who is still the youngest person to have gained a Masters at the age of 19 from Oxford University and Shavani Seth, an actress better known as ‘Davina’ from E4s ‘Youngers’ show and is about to star in award-winning US drama, ‘Homeland’ all hosted by Ria Hebden.

 

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Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC, Simone Bresi-Ando said: “Presenting examples to young girls of colour of what success could look like is one of the most powerful pieces of work I’mPOSSIBLE carries out. Essentially, we’re enabling this group to identify themselves with success and achievement while giving them proven roadmaps and misalign themselves with a popular rhetoric around this group that’s not wholly empowering or positive.

 

 

Diane Abbott MP, founder of Black Women Mean Business commented: “It is such a privilege to bring together these amazing young women with the Impossible Youth Conversation.  They are the future, and there is nothing more important than instilling in them the confidence that they will need to make the very best of themselves.

 

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Al Adedayo, Chair of the Ernst & Young Black Network said: “Truly inspiring and captivating experience! The panel’s stories highlighted for me that hard work alone is not enough. Self believe and the ability to pick yourself up after a set back, allowed them to reach and live their ambitions…and it was clear that their ambitions continue to grow.

 

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I’mPOSSIBLE is deeply grateful to Ernst & Young, Margaret Casely-Hayford and Kwabena Ayirebi for their support in making this event a reality. Changing the lives of young girls of colour is important, legacy creating and powerful.

 

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