It’s back! The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation, Autumn edition is the third event of the year and sees another stellar line up of British women of colour tell their stories on how they became POSSIBLE.
is a 2008 Laurence Olivier Award winner for her first play ‘Gone Too Far!’ which premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in 2007 and due to its success was revived at a number of theatres.
Awards include: 2008 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliated Theatre for Gone Too Far! 2010 Woman of the Future Award 2010 Red’s Magazine Hot Woman to Watch, Nokia’s Remarkable Woman in conjunction with Lady Geek. Bola is currently is developing Gone Too Far! into a screenplay with Poisson Rouge Pictures and the BFI and is producing her own play as well as a musical.
joined Sky News as a Presenter in 2006, having previously been a news anchor for BBC East Midlands Today, as well as presenting on various local radio stations. Her broadcasting career started at the BBC Weather Centre before moving into news presentation at the BBC. Since joining Sky, Lukwesa has broken several key international news stories and also covered a number of on-going high profile stories in Africa, most significantly the Darfur crisis.
Lukwesa is the founder of a company called GIDORE, an online website for parents/children and adults offering advice and high-end products for curly hair. Gidore came about following the personal struggle of Lukwesa to find products which suitable for her curly (Mixed-Race) hair but also her daughter’s too.
is charged with project managing and defining the strategic vision of key special projects on the CNN International website. She is an experienced and skilled editor who has a keen interest in social media and how it is used to acquire and share information, particularly in breaking news situations.
Stephanie has worked as a news reporter, entertainment and features writer, court reporter and columnist. She has been published in many of the UK and international media’s most influential outlets, including the BBC and Daily Mirror newspaper. She began her career in the late 1990s at the London-based newspaper New Nation, aimed at the UK’s black and ethnic minority community.
She was recently granted a licence by global conference TED to organise an offshoot of their event and will curate TEDx Brixton next year. Stephanie provides media consultancy services to companies such as filmmakers ROK Motion and the Canary Wharf Film Festival and is an alumna of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
has had a consistent career in PR for a number of global brands including Puma and Adidas. Having studied Journalism at University, she interned at a number of glossies and national newspapers as well as culture defining publications like SleazeNation and JockeySlut. Her first big PR break was gifting Madonna a PUMA tracksuit which she then wore cycling in London the next day and got the brand front-page coverage on all major newspapers. This type of work led her to be headhunted for Adidas and eventually Dolce and Gabbana who she started to work for in 2008.
born in Jamaica and spent her formative years in its idyllic rural countryside. Schooled in Birmingham, she later moved to London as an explorative teenager and was soon thrown in the cacophony of rock ’n’ roll, heavy metal and punk while working as a press officer for EMI records. She has had a varied and diverse work life spanning the music business, media and political campaigning.
Moving on, she became a publicist for a short while, promoting a number of unsigned artists including the jazz-fusion ‘Breakfast Band’ and indie pop artists for legendary Paul Weller’s independent music label. Taking a year off to travel the Caribbean preceded a call to check out a new Black newspaper – The Voice. A brief interview with Val McCalla, the proud owner of the challenging new black paper, started the media phase of Winsome’s career. Winsome stayed with the company for twelve years, editing three different publications within the group and was editor of the Voice newspaper for her last four years there. While at the Voice she took on the role of Artist Manager for a new record label started by the innovative McCalla. Along with the Premises studio owner and the then Voice marketing manager, Viv Broughton, Winsome helped launch the career of the multi-talented Mica Paris. As Voice editor, Winsome was instrumental in launching the paper’s sustained ‘Justice for Stephen Lawrence Campaign’ – the rest of the media was ignoring the teenager’s murder. This was before the Daily Mail took up the cause and forced further investigations.
Winsome’s next stop was multi-ethnic Spectrum Radio where she ran the station for five years. Looking for a change and a worthy cause, Winsome answered a call for volunteers to help community empowerment and political campaign group, Operation Black Vote. The organisation’s director Simon Woolley had just won support and funding from the Ministry of Justice to launch a nationwide campaign to encourage more people from black and other ethnic backgrounds to become magistrates. Without realising it, Winsome had been employed to manage the Magistrates and other political and civic engagement programmes, including the MP scheme, for the organisation. Ten years later, in 2011, Winsome bade farewell to OBV as a result of the Government funding cuts. During her last year with the organisation she was recommended for a Queen’s Honour; Winsome was awarded the MBE for Services to Black and Minority Ethnic communities in London.
was born and raised in Archway, North London to a Jamaican father and a Scottish mother. A double BRIT Award, three time MOBO Awards and Mercury Music Prize winner, she grew up listening to reggae and hip-hop music. Though she wanted to become a schoolteacher or social worker, her biggest aspiration was to be a musician.
After a period as a member of the So Solid Crew, she released her debut album, A Little Deeper in 2002, which won the prestigious Mercury Music Prize she donated the £20,000 prize to the NSPCC.
As you can see there’s no end to the brilliance of women of colour in Britain. The Autumn edition is taking place at the home of Mizani UK (L’Oreal headquarters) and we will certainly show you ‘we’re worth it’!
Don’t miss out on what will be another truly amazing night!
L’Oreal UK headquarters
255 Hammersmith Road
London W6 8SJ