Dawn Butler MP – Inspirational YOU – Tuesday 28th February at the House of Commons

Dawn Butler 

MP for Brent Central

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Leadership, progression and success at the top – Raising the bar

House of Commons

Dawn Butler was born to immigrants from Jamaica, and is one of six children. She worked on a market stall and in a bakery in her youth but started her career as a computer programmer/systems analyst. She later became a civil servant, as manager in the employment service and then a trade unionist.  Her desire to enter politics came from a deep rooted commitment to address inequality.

 

Elected as the Member of Parliament for Brent South on 5 May 2005 Dawn’s maiden speech described her constituency as a “shining example of integration at its best”. Dawn became the first elected African-Caribbean woman to become a Government Minister in the UK.

Dawn ran a hugely successful campaign in 2015 and won Brent Central with a majority of nearly 20,000; giving the largest vote swing in Britain.

 

Dawn has always been a passionate campaigner for young people; she is an Honorary Vice President of the British Youth Council, was formerly Chair of the APPG on Youth Affairs, a member of the Children & Families Select Committee and Vice Chair of the Labour Party with responsibility for Youth. Her work on youth led to Dawn being appointed as the Minister for Young Citizens & Youth Engagement at the Cabinet Office by Gordon Brown. This made Dawn the first ever African-Caribbean woman to serve in a British Government.

 

A natural campaigner, since returning to Parliament Dawn has taken on the ‘Big 6’ energy companies over the excessive cost of pre-payment meters. She has held a Westminster Hall debate, launched a national petition and secured a commitment from the Prime Minister to look at this issue.

 

Dawn is the former Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities and was recently voted the People’s Choice Labour Party MP of the Year.

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.@ChichiNwanoku MBE – Inspirational YOU – Tuesday 28th February 2017 – House of Commons

Chi-Chi Nwanoku MBE

Double Bassist, Professor, Presenter and Founder of orchestra

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Leadership, progression and success at the top – Raising the bar

House of Commons

An ex-sprinter and half the size of her double bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku has gained a reputation as one of the finest exponents of her instrument today.

The eldest of 5 children from Nigerian and Irish parents, she was 7 years old when she discovered the piano at a neighbour’s, who taught her to play a 12-bar blues. She returned to their house daily until the neighbour got so fed up they wheeled the piano up the road and gave it to her as a gift! Meanwhile, she was spotted (aged 8) by an athletics coach and trained as a 100- metre sprinter, eventually competing at National level. This career ended abruptly due to a knee injury aged 18, which is when (and why) she took up the double bass and actively pursued a career in music.

 

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She studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Franco Petracchi in Rome, and soon found herself in demand internationally.

Chi-chi is the Founder, Artistic and Executive Director of the Chineke! Foundation, which supports, inspires and encourages Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) classical musicians working in the UK and Europe.

The Chineke! Foundation champions change and celebrates diversity in the classical music industry through its two orchestras, the Chineke! Orchestra and Chineke! Junior Orchestra, as well as its educational and outreach work. Ultimately, the Chineke! Foundation aims to give classical BME musicians a platform on which to excel, and by such methods increase the representation of BME musicians in British and European orchestras. More information about the Chineke! Foundation and its work can be found at www.chineke.org.

Chi-chi is a founder member of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and held the position of Principal double bass there for 30 years. She is Professor of Double Bass Historical Studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was made a Fellow in 1998.

Chi-chi’s range of musical interests have resulted in a broad career performing and recording in a diversity of styles from authentic baroque through to 21st century and new commissions, with many of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras and ensembles. Some of her notable chamber recordings include Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet (recorded three times), and Octet, Beethoven Septet, Hummel Piano quintet and Boccherini Sonatas. Her solo recording of Dittersdorf and Vanhal Concertos with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra; Hyperion CD 67179 received critical acclaim.

In 2012 Barrie Gavin directed a documentary film about Chi-chi’s career, called ‘Tales from the Bass Line’. As a broadcaster, Chi-chi presented BBC Radio 3 Requests for four years, she guests for the TV Proms and was Jury member of BBC 2 TV Classical Star. She presented a two part series for BBC Radio 4 in 2015 which brought to life the stories and music of black composers and musicians from the eighteenth century, whose vivd presence on the classical music scene have slipped through the net!

Chi-chi was also the ‘mentor’ for the 2016 BBC 4 TV series ‘All Together Now, the Great Orchestra Challenge’, showcasing the amazing talent of British amateur orchestras. Chi-chi is a trustee of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Mayor’s Music Fund, Tertis Foundation a Council Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society. She served on the board of the Association of British Orchestras (ABO) from 2008 to 2013. Chi-chi created the ABO/RPS ‘Salomon Prize’ which celebrates the “unsung heroes” working in the ranks of British Orchestras.

Awards and achievements

  • Chi-chi was awarded an MBE for services to Music in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday honours.
  • She was one of the 100 – Happy List in the Independent on Sunday 2011.
  • In July 2016 she was appointed as an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Laban Conservatoire in recognition of her “pioneering contribution to music, in particular the inspiration she provides, the commitment she has shown, and the contribution she has made to addressing inequalities within classical music in the UK, most recently through the Chineke! Foundation.”
  • Chi-chi was awarded the Black British Business Awards, Person of the Year 2016.

Source: Black British Business Awards 2017

Chi-chi is a dedicated advocate of the importance of music in everyone’s lives and is committed to teaching and sharing her love of music.

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Karen Blackett OBE @Blackett_kt – Inspirational YOU – Tuesday 28th February 2017 – House of commons

Karen Blackett OBE

Chair of Mediacom UK and Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Raising the bar – Leadership, progression and success at the top

House of Commons

Karen has been in media for 22 years and is currently Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings over £1 billion. Prior to this Karen was CEO for 5 years.

Karen has been instrumental not only in the success of MediaCom, but in championing diversity throughout the advertising and media industry. In 2012 Karen launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector, where the apprentices qualify for an NVQ in Marketing and Communications.

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In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours and in 2015 Karen was the first business woman to be named Britain’s Most Influential Black person in the Power List.

Image from ITV news – MediaCom CEO Karen Blackett

In 2015 Karen was appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, and as a DIT (Department for International Trade) Business Ambassador for No 10. Karen is also a Non-Exec for Creative England whose focus is to support new and emerging talent in the Creative Industry helping grow the UK Economy and a Council member of the Creative Industries Federation. In March 2016 Karen became the President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presenting the business case for Diversity.

Karen Blackett, was named chancellor of the University or Portsmouth in January 2017, succeeding broadcaster and Women’s Equality Party co-founder Sandi Toksvig.

Source: University of Portsmouth

Blackett will take up the role officially in October to coincide with the beginning of the academic year. She is a graduate of the university herself, having gained a BA in Geography in 1992 as well as an honorary degree in 2015.

Blackett added: “I am honoured to become Chancellor of the University. As an alumna of Portsmouth, I am thrilled to be able to return to the University and use my passion for developing talent and learning, to help create our next set of leaders.”

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Funke Abimbola @DiversityChamp1 – GC and Head of Financial Compliance at Roche – Inspirational YOU – Thursday 2nd March 2017

FUNKE ABIMBOLA FRSA

General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance

Roche

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Women at the top – Letter to my 15 year old self

(Teenage Girls Masterclass)

House of Commons

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Funke is a solicitor and senior leader for Roche, the world’s largest biotech company. Her team provides legal support to Roche’s pharmaceutical operations in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar. In addition, she also leads the financial compliance function for the UK pharmaceutical business.

Outside of her day job, she is a notable diversity campaigner, mainly focusing on campaigning for more gender equality, race diversity and social mobility within the legal profession.

Currently the most senior black lawyer in her field, she is ranked as being a top 20 BAME leader globally (Financial Times), one of the 100 most influential leaders of African/Afro-Caribbean heritage in the UK (The Powerlist) and the most influential black lawyer in the UK (Debretts 500 list for 2017).

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A multi award-winning lawyer and leader, Funke has received both national and international recognition for her legal and diversity work and is an experienced public speaker, speaking about her personal journey to large audiences ranging from school children to senior professionals including regularly speaking in Parliament. She holds a number of board-level voluntary leadership roles across a range of different diversity organisations and is a Committee member of a House of Lords-based diversity recruitment drive. She appears regularly on BBC 1 as a news reviewer.

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Funke is a proud working mother, an expert mentor and sponsor, passionate about the law, diversity, education and healthcare.

She is a regular media commentator, a keen fundraiser for various charities (including Cancer Research UK) and has twice served as school governor and as a board director. She recently founded the Akindolie Medical Scholarship in memory of her father, Dr. Frank Olufemi Akindolie. This is a privately funded bursary and leadership mentoring initiative aimed at supporting future UK doctors from a minority ethnic background.

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In October 2016, Funke was honoured with a ‘Point of Light’ award by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK Cabinet Office, recognising the outstanding positive impact of her voluntary diversity work in improving workplace diversity and in supporting the next generation of future leaders.

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 Pics: @Funke Abimbola

Tom Ilube – CEO – Inspirational YOU – Tuesday 28th February 2017

Tom Ilube

CEO of Crosswords Security 

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Leadership, Progression and Success at the top  – Masterclass

House of Commons

Tom Ilube is a technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist.

He is founder and CEO of cyber security company, Crossword Cybersecurity plc, Previously he was Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity backed UK credit reference agency, sold to Chicago based private equity firm GTCR in 2014. Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011. Earlier, Tom served as Chief Information Officer of Egg plc, the pioneering FTSE 250 UK internet bank. His career has included Goldman Sachs, PwC, Cap Gemini and the London Stock Exchange.

Tom is Chair of Governors of ADA College, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills. He is Chair of the African Gifted Foundation and in 2016 launched the African Science Academy, the first girls science and technology school on the continent.

Pic: @TomIlube twitter

Reflecting on the achievement, Tom Ilube said: “Launching the African Science Academy is the highlight of all my work in education over the past decade. I am convinced that we have brilliant young women in African who have the potential to be tomorrow’s world class scientists and engineers.”

Tom was named as the most influential person of African and Caribbean heritage in the Powerlist 2017.

Pic: @Powerful Media aka The Powerlist 2017

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 Pics: @TomIlube

Leadership at the top – House of Commons – Tuesday 28th February 2017

Inspirational YOU

 supported by Dawn Butler MP 

Leadership, progression and succeeding at the top – masterclass

Raising the bar

House of Commons

Tuesday 28th February 2017 – 6.30pm-8.30pm

Doors 6pm (Please note – prompt start)

Raising the bar: Inspiring Balance is a celebration of empowering leadership and success at the top

The panel will focus on the issues affecting the career paths of those entering competitive professions, maintaining their careers, business, well-being and striking a balance.

The event is open to all: under- and post-graduates, newly qualified and established professionals.  Inspirational YOU provides you with a fantastic opportunity to meet established and respected leaders, to network and gain tips, which may well give you the competitive edge.

Introduced by Dawn Butler MP

Panel

Dawn Butler MP, Labour MP for Brent Central

Peter AkwaboahMD – Morgan Stanley

Sandra Federighi, CFO – Stella McCartney

Tom Ilube, CEO – Crossword Security and No. 1 in the Powerlist 2017

Karen Blackett OBE, Chair and former CEO of Mediacom, NED and listed in the Powerlist 2017

Chi Chi Nwanoku MBE, Double Bassist, Artistic director, Prof. Royal Academy of Music, Broadcaster & Writer

Moderator:

Discussion

  • Are we breaking the glass ceiling?
  • Visibility – the importance of standing up and being counted.
  • How do we get more black and asian professionals into senior positions?
  • Status of women and black professionals in competitive industries?
  • How to balance your career, personal life and well-being?
  • Portfolio careers – joining boards and progressing via external opportunities

Housekeeping:

6.00 – 6.30 Guests seated for discussion

6.30 – Welcome, introduction

6.40 – 8.00  Panel discussion

8.00 – 8.30 Q&A

8.30 – 8.45 Close and depart

  • Access to the House of Commons is via Cromwell Green Visitors Entrance on St.Margaret Street
  • Please allow 30-45 minutes for airport-type security to enter the House of Commons
  • The event will take place in Committee Room 14
  • Please note that no food or drink is allowed in any of the Committee Rooms although delegates may take in bottled water
  • Please let us know of any special requirements, including any assisted access needs to the House of Commons

Contact:

Tickets: https://ukleaders.eventbrite.co.uk

E: info (at) inspirationalyou.co.uk

T: 07545 156 111

T: @inspirational_u

I: #IYHOC17

Pop Up Market and Acoustic showcase – Clapham on 26th February 2017

Pop Up Market and Acoustic evening
 
Sunday 26th February 2017
 
2pm – 8pm
 
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Join independent makers and designers who are selling:
* Fashion * Jewellery * Accessories * Arts & Crafts * Natural beauty products * Homeware * Baby and children clothing * Books * Music * Art * and more!
Enjoy music throughout the day alongside entertainment and activities for your children.
Do you want to:
– Buy unique gifts for your family and friends (or yourself)?
– Purchase exclusive clothing?
– Explore unique gifts?
Our market is an opportunity for you to experience high quality goods from independent brands. We will have a variety of well-known designers and local acts in attendance.
*5pm – 8pm*
In the evening we have live music and acoustic entertainment from popular artists and performers.
Come and hear about The Village CIC and our plans for our new community space.
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More info:
Email: thevillageldn@gmail.com
Call: 07957 570 526 / 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111
Info and bookings

Pop Up Market and Acoustic showcase – Clapham on 18th December 2016

Pop Up Market and Festival
Sunday 18th December 2016
12pm – 9pm
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Join independent makers and designers who are selling:
* Fashion * Jewellery * Accessories * Arts & Crafts * Natural beauty products * Homeware * Baby and children clothing * Books * Music * Art * and more!
Enjoy music throughout the day alongside entertainment and face painting for your children.
Do you want to:
– Buy unique gifts for your family and friends (or yourself)?
– Purchase exclusive clothing during the Holidays?
– Explore last minute gifts?
Our market is an opportunity for you to experience high quality goods from independent brands. We will have a variety of well-known designers and local acts in attendance.
*6pm – 9pm*
In the evening we have live music and acoustic entertainment from popular artists and performers.
Come and hear about The Village CIC and our plans for our new community space.
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More info:
Info and bookings

Rozan Ahmed (Speaker) – Wednesday 17th August 2016 – Viacom International Media Networks

Rozan Ahmed

Inspirational YOU

Wednesday 17th August 2017

Rozan

Rozan Ahmed is an internationally established writer, creative director, advisor, advocate, and popular commentator who plays an influential role in leading new frontiers and shifting attitudes in the worlds of fashion and entertainment.

She is deputy editor of the RWD magazine which she helped to make the United Kingdom’s biggest urban music and lifestyle publication.

Rozan merges the arts with social development and entrepreneurship and champions what she calls ‘cultural ownership’– taking pride in and embracing identity. She is breaking the barriers and connecting people between the diverse markets she works in: the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States.
Rozan currently sits on the MOBO music panel and is an ambassador at the Young and Gifted Foundation, a distinguished member of the Royal African Society, an advocate for the We Want Peace organisation, Dubai’s Fashion Forward, Kenya’s Africa Yoga Project, and Sudan Change Now. She has also mentored for the Unreasonable Institute as part of the Unreasonable at Sea program, sailing from South Africa to Ghana in March 2013 alongside Richard Branson, Prince Fahad Al Saud and Desmond Tutu.

She was recognised by the United Nations, the Government of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan for orchestrating the country’s first celebratory concert for the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

  • Congo Fashion Week’s global ambassador
  • Style.com Arabia’s cultural ambassador
  • Music World Cup’s Goodwill ambassador
  • Nominated 2014’s Women 4 Africa Awards for Inspirational Woman & International African Woman
  • Selected by Cosmopolitan magazine as one of the Middle East’s “Ultimate Women,” 2015

Jill Offman – MD at MTV UK and Comedy Central UK – Inspirational YOU on Wednesday 17th August 2016

Jill Offman

Managing Director of MTV UK and Comedy Central

Inspirational YOU summer masterclass and networking evening

Wednesday 17th August 2016

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Jill Offman is Senior Vice President, Comedy, at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), giving her lead responsibility for the programming and content development of the Comedy Central brand across all international markets outside of the United States.

 

In addition, Offman is Managing Director for both MTV and Comedy Central in the UK.  In this role Offman leads the programming teams for both the MTV and Comedy brands and has ultimate responsibility for all original commissions and acquisitions, as well as research, marketing, communications and creative.

 

Jill Offman began her career as a journalist and film-maker at the CBC in Canada before joining Discovery Canada as Head of Programming where she initiated several co-productions with UK terrestrials including Emmy and RTS nominated shows.  After a stint as MD at Discovery in the UK, Offman joined Paramount Comedy in 2008 where she spearheaded the successful re-launch and transition of Paramount Comedy to Comedy Central in April 2009.

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