Company secretary and chief legal head of Waitrose and John Lewis; Margaret Casely–Hayford tells I’mPOSSIBLE why she got involved with the conversation while running he legal affairs of one of Britain’s most successful retail businesses.
What interested you to take part in the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation?
It is important to be able to give young people a wider context of possibilities than they might otherwise have had. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to make a success of their career or of their life should help to generate an idea of how that opportunity came about so that others can realise it for themselves too.
What are you most looking forward to about the event?
It will be interesting to see what common themes arise from women of such varying skills, ages and experiences!
What do you hope the audience will take away from the event?
Hopefully, a patchwork quilt of possibilities and ideas on which to base their own pattern for self-growth.
Who on the panel are you most looking forward to meeting/ sharing ideas with?
Because of the varying skills all the ladies intrigue me! It will be interesting to see how anyone whose experience is based in religion manages to maintain their faith in this day and age, though!
The February edition of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation supported by Pearson plc. is part of a series of intimate events staged in central London where a panel of British women of colour, from all walks of life, come together, to share their stories on the theme of ‘how I became POSSIBLE.’ It’s a purely inspirational and empowering event which gives a platform for British women of colour an opportunity to share their journey on how they became POSSIBLE with no interruptions or apologies.
Margaret Casely- Hayford was the first Black female to be made partner of a city law firm in the UK and is an undisputed leader in the UK law sector.