The Art of Winning – Inspirational YOU Summer 2012 conference – Birkbeck, University of London

The Art of Winning

Inspirational YOU – Summer 2012 Conference


Inspirational YOU are delighted to announce that they will be holding their summer Inspirational YOU at Birkbeck, University of London

on Saturday 30th June from 12pm-6pm.

The event will provide participants with an opportunity to attend an array of exciting and interactive workshops led by leading professionals.  This is a great opportunity to learn and develop the skills needed to win. This stimulating conference is for individuals seeking to get ahead, learn, network, and enhance their skill base.

This will be an exciting day as we lead up towards the forthcoming London 2012 Olympics.  Those attending will meet a stellar line up of first class speakers who will inspire and motivate YOU.  Many of which are participating, involved and like the participating athletes are striving for the best.

london 2012 paralympics / olympics countdown clock

london 2012 paralympics / olympics countdown clock (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is the perfect opportunity for all individuals, including students, graduates, social entrepreneurs, business leaders, those in law, sport and social media, to meet some of the UK’s most influential professionals and leading entrepreneurs.  Speakers on the day come from leading corporations such as the Institute of Education, Matrix Chambers, Deloitte, BBC TV, and BBC 1Xtra.

Sonia Meggie, Founder of Inspirational YOU, is really looking forward to another inspiring day she said: “I am really excited about our Art of Winning Conference.  London is a hub of excitement and opportunity and we are really looking forward to inspiring everyone on the day, especially with June being such a significant month in the run-up to the Olympics.”

Workshops & seminars include

  1. Inspirational YOUth: I am young and I am winning
  2. Leading ladies: Never give up
  3. Leading men: Breaking the glass ceiling
  4. Winning in the business of sport
  5. Succeeding in law
  6. Social media – The importance and value of collaboration in business and education
  7. The power of Science
  8. Focus on YOUr inner peace


11.30 am – 11.55am       Arrivals, registration and networking

12.00 pm – 12.10 pm       Welcome and intro

12.30 pm – 6.00 pm           Seminars, workshops and networking

6.00 pm – 6.30 pm           Close

Tickets are available online from and range from being free to £10.00.


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Inspirational YOU speaker – Dr Nicola Rollock – Saturday 30th June 2012

Dr Nicola Rollock will be joining our ‘leading ladies: Never give up’ panel as part of our ‘The art of winning’ summer conference at Birkbeck, University of London.


Dr Nicola Rollock has worked as an academic for over 14 years, specialising in examining and challenging the manifestation of race inequities within British society. She is probably best known for her recent research, carried out with colleagues at the Institute of Education University of London The Educational Strategies of the Black middle classes which received widespread coverage in the press, and her seminal report The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 10 Years On the conclusions of which were debated in Parliament.

Previously, Dr Rollock was Head of Education for the highly respected race equality charity The Runnymede Trust where her work included designing classroom resources and training programmes to support teachers in their understanding of race, racism and cultural diversity.

Dr Rollock has been an advisor to a number of government organisations and recently gave evidence in Parliament to the Liberal Democrats Race Equality Taskforce. She has written widely both for academic and mainstream audiences with articles in The Guardian, The Voice Newspaper and The Evening Standard. She is a current member of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust’s Racial Justice Committee and has recently become Vice Chair of Barbados Forward Thinkers, a voluntary organisation.

Inspirational YOU speaker – Camilla Choudhury – Khawaja (Barrister) – Saturday 30th June 2012

Camilla Choudhury – Khawaja is a Barrister/Founder: aCa School of Law and will be joining us on 30th June at Inspirational YOU.

ImageAttorney General Dominic Grieve QC MP

Camilla has been involved in both law and local politics for many years.

Camilla was called to the Bar in 1998 by the Honourable Society of Grays Inn, she then completed her LLM and after pupillage began teaching law, firstly at UCL, then Kingston and now at Westminster University.

Camilla recently set up aCa School of Law offering academic support to International Law students, where she found a particular need for both academic guidance and English for Legal Purposes support, be it with their oral or written legal discourse.  Camilla also offer’s help with careers and insight into the profession, all in the particular view of opening doors for aspiring pupil barristers.

Camilla stood for the Conservative Party in the local elections last year but lost by 200 to the Liberal Democrats.  She  is committed to working within BME communities and have found both the legal and political background to be particularly conducive in doing so.   She is also a committed member of the Society of Conservative Lawyers

Camilla is very proactive within the British Nigerian Lawyers Forum (BNLF).


With regards to her future plans, she hopes to begin studying for a PhD next year in the field of Human Rights – as she believes this will help her further strengthen the support she can offer to women.

Inspirational YOU speaker – Sheryl Nwosu (Barrister) – Saturday 30th June 2012


Sheryl Nwosu – Lawyer – Criminal Barrister joins our ‘succeeding in law’ panel on Saturday 30th June 2012.

Sheryl is a barrister practising from one of the largest specialist criminal sets in the country.

Called to the Bar in 2000 and gaining a tenancy in her first set of Chambers in early 2001 she then built up a busy practice at the Bar both defending and prosecuting in the full catalogue of criminal cases including murder.

Her decision to become an advocate or Barrister was motivated in part by some of the social injustices she observed and perceived whilst growing up on what was described as a “socially and economically deprived” housing estate in North West London; having been told that even if she did pass the “notoriously difficult” Bar entrance exams that the Bar was a difficult profession for a woman she decided that this was the profession for her; she always states that she has never thought of her background, sex or colour as a bar to her ambitions or to what she knew she was going to achieve.

Having been a lawyer for 12 years she cites one of her greatest achievements as being told by young people, who she encounters through her work and other activities such as mentoring, that she is an inspiration to them.

Sheryl now solely defends in criminal cases and remains passionate about being an advocate for those who may find themselves at times without a voice.

TYRCK – Film makers, opera singers, actor meet up in June

TYRCK has now received funding that allows us to lobby and create a series of works and seminars to develop ideas for the future and part of that is to take a short intensive trip to London to meet fellow Black artists, Black theatre organisations, national theatre institutions and funders, see Black theatre and allow a new space to reflect on where we go in the future.

Approx. 10 of us – from theatre producers, film makers, opera singers, actors are coming over on 1st – 4th June 2012. We have organised several strategic meetings. Together with Natasha Graham who has also visited Sweden as part of TYRCK seminars here in Stockholm. I was wondering if you would be interested to meet us – as a small creative representation of Black British artist/practitioners and supporters – an artist round table.

To inspire, challenge and support each-other, and gain new insights and knowledge and new contacts.


1. Who are we and why do we do what we do?
2. What are the challenges of being a Black artists/ practitioners in our respective countries?
3. What are we doing artistically and strategically to deal with these issues.

We are looking to meet between 3pm – 6pm on Saturday June 2nd 2012. Venue will be confirmed- likely to be Young Vic, Waterloo.

Hope you can make it! (Snacks provided)

Please respond to Natasha Graham – on or call 07957163004 by 28th May 2012.

Also let us know if there are other artists/practitioners you think would be worth inviting.


Awards – Apply for the The Lord Mayor’s 25th Anniversary Dragon Award 2012

The Lord Mayor‘s 25th Anniversary Dragon Awards

The Dragon Awards recognise and celebrate businesses, public bodies, and community organisations making a positive impact on local communities in Greater London, inspiring others and providing examples of best practice. Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that display excellence in Corporate Community Involvement are encouraged to apply.

SMEs are judged separately to larger organisations. Shortlisted businesses and winners benefit from wide media coverage, as well as recognition internally by senior management and externally amongst peers, competitors and within the community. A Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award distinguishes your organisation, providing an edge that may lead to gaining new business.

In the words of a winner…

This is an outstanding achievement for eFinancialCareers and congratulations to all involved.  It is a great testament to all the energy and enthusiasm that the team has put into working with local schools and the local community.  I am sure this award will spur us on to do even more in the years to come”.

–  James Bennett, MD EMEA and APAC, commenting on eFinancialCareers winning a 2011 Dragon Award

Entry to the Awards is free of charge, and all applicants are invited to the Lord Mayor’s celebratory Awards Dinner at The Mansion House on 3 October 2012.

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The application deadline is 28 May 2012.

For more information about the Awards, to register for workshops, and to apply, please visit: or call 0207 332 3608.

Apply for the YEGA awards 2012

Applications for the annual Young Entrepreneur Game Award (YEGA) 2012 are now open.


If you are a young person between the ages of 16 and 30 or will be 16 by 27 October 2012, with a project or business idea you want to play around with, this is the game for you. You may also enter the competition as a group. It was a group of three young women who won YEGA 2011. Who knows, it could be you or your team this year!


You do not have to think too much about becoming Richard Branson


or Sir Alan Sugar. All you need is an idea of a business or project of your choice, including a desire to succeed. And if you need help in getting your thoughts together, we will be happy to lend you a helping hand.

Winners will be presented with their award trophies at the BB Awards 2012 taking place on Saturday 27 October 2012, starting from 7pm to 2am, Hilton London Tower Bridge, London SE1 2BY

For more information on the annual Awards 2012, EBN membership, advertising, sponsorships, and early birds tickets offers, please contact their team on  020 7277 7333 or email and/ or visit

Inspirational YOU speaker – Kevin George – Saturday 30th June 2012

Kevin George will be joining our ‘Winning in the business of sport‘ panel on Saturday 30th June 2012. 

He is the founder of The Vivo Team LTD, a school services provider for the arts and sports curriculum, whilst also providing community outreach programmes and initiatives with scholastically and socially led objectives at its core.

Kevin’s business portfolio also features Soccerdemics, an online content hub that generates discussion around topical events and insight led football knowledge, and Next Nivel, a sports profile branding agency.

Having played professional football for teams such as Millwall, MK Dons, Lincoln City, West Ham United, and Charlton Athletic, Kevin is an experienced sports consultant, who provides counsel on career progression on and off the pitch, in addition to advising on the choreography of the sport for TV spots such as Sky One’s Dream Team.

Kevin is also a qualified NLP Practitioner and trainee counsellor.



Inspirational YOU speaker – Dr Eyman Osman – Saturday 30th June 2012

Dr Eyman Osman- Science Education and Research Consultant (Molecular Biology and Genetics Specialist) will be speaking about the power of science.

Dr Eyman Osman has over 15 years experience in the scientific research arena, working alongside research scientists at University College London where she completed her PhD in the novel field of gene therapy, The Heart Institute, British Heart Foundation as well as contributing to the world renowned Human Genome Project.

Not following the traditional career path, Dr Osman recognised that the public image of scientists was not “sexy”. She knows science to be an important, vital and fundamental process of inquiry enabling the discovery and development of all sectors. Eyman means faith and she is also the author of a new exciting blog which aims to stimulate interest in science and examine the social, cultural and ethical impact of science using her passion for the arts.

Eyman believes innovative public engagement and research has the power to increase creativity in the arts as well as improving education, health and quality of life of people worldwide. With this at her core, she also has over a decades experience as a freelance science communicator and education officer for institutes such as the Science Museum London, British Museum, British Film Institute, Local Government Authority, Royal Festival Hall, as well as many inner-city primary/secondary schools.

The Art of Winning :: Poster Design Competition + Exhibition launch 5th July 2012

The Art of Winning :: Poster Design Competition + Exhibition launch 5th July 2012


The art of winning isn’t a board game or a game show. It’s not reality TV. It’s something you have to make a reality.

This summer at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, athletes from around the globe will be competing for medals, but for the rest of us, medals are not the reward. The reward is knowing we’ve got the best out of ourselves through years of hard work, dedication and more hard work. Winning feels good but it doesn’t come easy.

From personal happiness to leaving a genuine personal legacy; life’s potential list of achievements are too many to surmise.

Taking inspiration from The Olympics coming to LDNLBB and Boxpark Shoreditch will be featuring 14 of the best poster designs that showcase what the ‘art of winning’ looks like.

To celebrate the winning entrants there will be exhibition launch night on 5th July 2012, 6 -11pm at the Boxpark, featuring music from art and music label Earnest Endeavours with a live performance from The Insomniax.

For launch party-goers, Boxpark & LBB will give the chance to win 3 signed prints from the exhibition on the night.

For more information and interviews requests – please contact;

Leigh Odimah  ::  ::  07961 332302

Keep posted on all things LBB  @letsbebriefcrew  & @YesUCanHaveMore

Brief: Please visit for the full brief

Competition dates: Opens 21st May – deadline 22nd June 2012

Listings information:


Event name: The Art of Winning / exhibition and  launch party

Date: 5th July 2012

Time:  6pm – 11pm

Music: Earnest Endeavours + The Insomniax

Address: Boxpark Shoreditch, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6G

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