Oliver Morris – CEO of Fashionaires (Speaker) – Get ahead in fashion masterclass – Tuesday 25th February 2014 – Stephen Lawrence Centre

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Oliver Morris, CEO of Fashionaires will be joining our ‘Get ahead in fashion’ masterclass on Tuesday 25th February 2014 at the Stephen Lawrence Centre.

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Oliver Morris, CEO of Fashionaires, has been at the forefront of the fashion industry for many years directing photoshoots shoot with such as Georgio Armani, D&G, Alexander McQueen, Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino and Rio Ferdinand. He has also been art director to the world’s first supermodel Janice Dickinson and collaborated with supermodel Sophie Anderson. Having interviewed hundreds of models and seeing countless portfolios, Oliver knows what the most elite agents, designers and clients expect. For the first time, you have the opportunity to learn from the priceless experience and knowledge of one of London’s greatest art directors and fashion photographer Oliver Morris.
Mr Fashionaire himself!
Being in and a part of the club/dance scenes since the early 80’s, Mr Fashionaire was first and foremost about fun, building good relationships and expressing himself on the dance floor or on the streets with killer moves. Freedom to express himself and not via routines, he showed the world whom he is as an individual, he expressed this for many years by touring Europe and living in America.  Frustration cultivated over time as people and authorities tried to pigeon-hole him into boxes and stereotypes on how he should be!  Strong-willed he concluded, “If I have to be in your world under your rules I will be dead by the age of 30”! He has broken almost every rule that has been fabricated for him; from how he should talk; think, act and who he should be aligned with. Being teachable and transparent, Mr Fashionaire has learnt different dialects and cultures from around the world such as the Far East, Caribbean to Europe.
Throughout the world people look at things with rainbow colours sometimes even through tinted shades,
Mr Fashionaire doesn’t look at the colours of life in the same way, he can somehow hear what a colour can sound like, Strange but true! Once he had acknowledged these talents, he then put it into practice and built some of the most amazing parties in London, West End. Parallel to the parties he bridge and built friend and business relations with Royal families from around the world, film stars, Politician’s and celebrities of all ilk’s. This is due to his open, humble, friendly, loving and teachable ways. However, being such an individual innovator, there is always a price to pay from others if you take time to care.
I present to you some examples he has experienced over time. And to be a Fashionaire so will you!
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Romero Bryan – Fashion workshop – 20th – 21st February 2014 – Lewisham

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Romero Bryan will be delivering a fashion workshop in Lewisham for local residents who want to gain practical skills and learn about the fashion industry.


It is widely acknowledged that designers from the UK produce some of the world’s most cutting-edge fashion; one of them being Romero Bryan, 29.

Mr Bryan’s talent and innovation have been widely recognised by members of the international fashion press and fashionistas.


From a young age London-born Romero Bryan aspired to become a world-renowned fashion designer and he began to hone his skills for design and creation at just thirteen. Mr. Bryan has fashion in his genes – both his grandfather and uncle were tailors, whilst his grandmother was a seamstress. Mr. Bryan’s designs first caught the media’s attention in 2001, when UK singer Samantha Mumba attended the Brit Awards in a Romero Bryan dress with a plunging neckline.


Mr. Bryan graduated from the London College of Fashion in late 2005 and his career took off soon after. His designs have been worn by ‘A-List’ celebrities across the globe including Alek Wek, Cameron Diaz, Destiny’s Child, The Noisette’s lead lady & Fashion Icon Shingai, Mariah Carey and Usher, to name but a few. Romero Bryan’s garments have also been purchased by Kate Moss, Katy Perry & many more. Over the years, Mr. Bryan’s clientele has broadened and the “boy wonder” (Vogue.com) has matured into a wonderful young man.


Romero Bryan’s talent, hard work, determination and potential have been recognised by Philip Beresford in the predicted ‘Rich List 2020’compiled for the Royal Bank of Scotland. The list appeared in international publications such as Forbes Magazine.

Most recently named on the Lloyds TSB & Thomson Reuters ‘POWERLIST 2013’ as one of ‘BRITAIN’S MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK PEOPLE.’

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Tessy Ojo (Speaker) – CEO – Diana Award – Women at the Top – 27th November 2013 – House of Commons

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Tessy Ojo is the CEO of the Diana Award and will be speaking at our Inspirational YOU ‘Women at The Top’ master class on the 27th November at the House of Commons.


Tessy joined the Diana Award in October 2000. Her current role as CEO involves providing sound leadership to the Organisation, developing and expanding current services and developing new services that involves young people tackling social issues, whilst ensuring its long term sustainability, through effective governance, sound finance and delivery of services.Tessy

Before becoming CEO, Tessy had two previous roles within the Diana Award as Director of Operations and Head of Business and Operations, over the past 13 years.

Prime Minister Honours Syrian Teenager with 40,000TH Diana Award at Downing Street

Prior to joining the Diana Award, Tessy worked in Private Sector firms IBM and Borders Books and Music.  She is also a deputy chair of governors at a local school, trustee of two charities, sits on various education boards across London Local Authorities.


Tessy has a first degree in Biochemistry, an MBA in Third Sector Management, a post grad diploma in management studies and a diploma in Counselling.

Tessy is married to Stephen and has two teenage children.

Book your ticket: www.iywomenatthetop.eventbrite.co.uk

Race For Football National Roadshow – Wednesday 10th July 2013 – Institute of Education

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Race For Football National Roadshow 2013
Wednesday 10th July 6.00pm to 9.30 pm
Institute of Education, Elvin Hall, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL, London
Together let’s make a change
Do you have an opinion on racial discrimination and hate crime; do you work with members of the community of all ages or are you part of the educational system in all forms. Then we want to hear from you.
AFC Wembley in partnership with The ‘Race for Sport’ campaign (the Society of Black Lawyers, Black and Asian Coaches Association and Nirvana FC) would like to announce the third leg of the “Race for Football National Roadshows” that are being held across the country.
This event will discuss topical issues of discrimination, racism and inequality in football. Racism is wrong in all forms regardless of whom it is directed toward.
AFC Wembley and Race For Sport is calling for members of the community, the Police, educational systems, grassroots clubs, professional clubs and those in authority to take this matter seriously and implement a learning process that addresses this horrid decease of racism.
To book on the event please complete this simple online registration: http://raceforfootball3.eventbrite.com
It is important that we make our voices heard!!


Tobi Iyiola – Solicitor (Speaker) – Get ahead in law – Saturday 29th June

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Tobi will be joining our ‘Get ahead in law’ talk on Saturday 21st June at Birkbeck, University of London.


Tobi Olu-Iyiola is a Solicitor Advocate at Mordi & Co specialising in criminal law. She joined Mordi & Co as a paralegal in 2007 whilst studying for a Law degree at the University of Westminster. She completed her Legal Practice Course at The College of Law, Bloomsbury in 2009 and trained at Mordi & Co. Tobi was admitted as a Solicitor in August 2011 and is a member of the court and police station duty panels.  In 2012, Tobi was voted as the Promising Junior Lawyer of the year by the Black Solicitors Network (BSN).


Tobi deals with a broad range of criminal matters from the police station stage to the Crown Court all across the UK. In her relatively short legal career, she has conducted many trials and has successfully defended a number of her clients. Tobi is getting valuable experience in conducting confiscation proceedings and cash forfeitures. She is also developing her civil practice in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law.


As well as her busy legal career, Tobi has been able to make vital contribution to the community by undertaking several pro bono activities.  She is a member and regular speaker of Urban Lawyers, a team of dedicated volunteers who have developed a practical educational programme to engage and stimulate discussion amongst young people about their attitudes towards Criminal Law, policing, and personal responsibility.

Tobi is a mentor for Urban Synergy, a charitable organisation that helps young people between 11-18 years of age, mostly of African-Caribbean and minority ethnic heritage to reach their full potential through innovative benefit-led programmes.

Tobi is a member of the Black Solicitors Network (BSN) Events Committee and the BSN Policy Committee in relation to Legal Aid and Social Mobility. She recently contributed to the BSN’s response to the government’s consultation document Transforming legal aid: delivering a more credible and efficient system and sits on The Law Society Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division steering group committee. She is also a member of the Law Society Junior Lawyers Division and Young Legal Aid Lawyers social mobility sub-committee.

Ticket: http://www.iybeinspired3.eventbrite.co.uk


Inspirational YOU – Be Inspired 3 – Saturday 29th June 2013 – Birkbeck, University of London

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Saturday 29th June 2013

Inspirational YOU – Be Inspired III

Birkbeck, University of London (Torrington House)

12pm – 7pm

Come and be empowered by a day filled with inspirational talks, enterprise seminars and personal development workshops in a lively and positive environment.

Inspirational YOU returns to the prestigious Birkbeck, University of London as part of their Be Inspired series of talks and workshops.

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This is an exciting opportunity to meet some of the UK’s most influential speakers and World Business Leaders.

Workshops and talks include:

  • Leading women – We lead and succeed
  • Social Media for Business
  • Leading men – A winning mindset
  • How to get into Law and succeed
  • Minding YOUr money – A finance workshop
  • Business of Sport
  • Be Inspired Generation – Inspire YOUth
Speakers include:
Symon Sentain MA CIHCM FRSA AoU Chairman at Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust,

Mervyn Lyn Marketing M.D.

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Troy Townsend Mentoring & Leadership project manager at Kick It Out

Darren Allaway Managing Director at UBS

Jane Bradley Publisher & Writer


Emma Thomas Script Supervisor / Board Director at Women in Film and TV (WFTV)

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Samantha Johnson Sports Journalist and radio presenter


Paola Lucktung Entertainment and Influencer (Marketing) at Adidas

Miranda Brawn Barrister and Banker

Miranda Brawn March 2013

Charlotte Ball Youth Enterprise Director and STEM Consultant


Belinda Otas Journalist / Writer / Playwright

Day out with belinda

Each talk is designed to inspire those who want to grow their business, acquire new skills and network.

Birkbeck is noted as a vibrant centre of academic excellence and is London’s only specialist provider of evening and weekend higher education.

 Book to attend up to 3 talks / workshops. 

Schools, colleges and youth clubs can book group tickets.


07545 156 111 | Twitter.com/inspirational_u | #IYBeInspired3

FREE tickets for Birkbeck students (Please email to secure your ticket).

 Tickets: http://iybeinspired3.eventbrite.com

Seminars and talks Speakers
12:00pm Inspire YOUth – Be Inspired Generation (BIG) (120 minutes)

Be Inspired Generation (BIG) is the first of an annual motivational programme for young people aged 16-19 delivering high-energy inspiration and empowerment.



CEO Dancers Britain’s Got Talent 2013 & BBC Radio 1Xtra Xtra Talent

Ernest Kouassi Award winning entrepreneur

Special celebrity guest (To be announced on the day)


Hosted By:

Bernard P Achampong Ideas Genius

Edwina Momoh Break Out The Box & Exousia Consulting


12:45pm: Social media for business and personal branding (1 hour)

  • Tips on the do’s and don’ts of social media
  • Provide pointers on how to use social media for a brand/company
  • Highlight some of the latest social media trends
  • Hear about some of the key social media sites / apps to look out for
  • Provide suggestions on tools to help you monitor your social media activity and responses
  • demystify some of the social media jargon out there – Hastags, content marketing, viral video’s, tags etc
Karen Campbell Managing Director at Shiloh PR and online Editor at KissFM (UK)
Carla Narth Managing Director at re:act
13:45pm: Your are your brand (1 hour) Kubi Springer Brand expert
13:30pm: How to get into law and succeed (1 hour) – Learn from some of the UK’s legal professionals – Hosted by Garry Green (Barrister)

Inspirational You strives to inspire those who wish to pursue and/or improve upon, amongst others, a career in law.

At each law seminar experts in their respective fields of practise, both barristers and solicitors, attend and offer pragmatic advice and tips.

Audience participation is a key feature of Inspirational You and the law seminar.

Attendees are encouraged to interact with the panel so as to enable specific issues to be identified where necessary.  The seminar also offers opportunities for attendees to approach and speak with the panelists directly.  This enables one to one advice and frequently results in contact which extends beyond the day of the seminar.

The seminar is a fantastic insight into developing a career in law, understanding how to overcome the challenges and a great opportunity to network.

More to follow
13:00pm: Minding your money (60 mins) Natasha Bryan Mindfulness Based Trainer and Financial Capability Trainer
14:00pm: The business of sport (90 mins)

Four professionals from the world of sport join our interactive seminar on the sports industry.


  • Getting started and ahead in sports media
  • Getting qualified and experience in the sports industry
  • Building a sport media business
  • Building strategic partnerships
  • The changing face of media reporters, movers and shakers [young, diverse, small groups, bloggers, ex athletes, based any where in the world]
  • How to get involved with the FA, PFA, Kick it Out, Premier League and Football clubs
  • The importance of positive PR to secure endorsements
  • Securing sponsorship and sustaining your career
  • Diversity in sport
Gordon Boateng Ambassador of Kick it Out and Football Manager

Manisha Tailor
Football Coach/Scout and Sport Columnist 

Godfrey Torto
Football Coach/Scout and PR specialist

Otis Roberts
Football Agent/Manager and CEO

Phil Gibbs
Barrister and Sports Writer


15:30pm: Leading women – How we lead and succeed.  Learn how we connect, effect and excel in our jobs, business, family and community Hosted by Samantha JohnsonSports Journalist and radio presenter

Paola Lucktung Entertainment and Influencer (Marketing) at Adidas

Miranda Brawn Barrister and Banker

Charlotte Ball Youth Enterprise Director and STEM Consultant

Belinda Otas Journalist / Writer / Playwright

Jane Bradley Publisher & Writer

Emma Thomas Script Supervisor / Board Director at WFTV

Naomi Richards Children’s Coach and Author

16:30pm: Leading men – Effective leadership, supporting future leaders, the role of emotional intelligence and mindfulness Hosted by Garry Green (Barrister) – Speakers –

Symon Sentain MA CIHCM FRSA AoU Chairman at Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust,

Mervyn Lyn Marketing M.D.

Troy Townsend Mentoring & Leadership project manager at Kick It Out

Darren Allaway Managing Director at UBS

Miranda K. Brawn, Esq.(Barrister and Banker) – Leading Women – Saturday 29th June 2013 – Birkbeck, University of London

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Miranda K. Brawn, Esq. will be joining our ‘Get ahead in law’ and ‘Leading Women’ talks on Saturday 29th June 2013 at Birkbeck, University of London.

Miranda Brawn March 2013

Miranda has been an investment banker and stockbroker since 1998, working for the top tier investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, UBS, HSBC and Deutsche Bank.

She is accomplished in all disciplines of legal, front office sales trading, sales and marketing to the hedgefund and asset management industry.  She was also previously Chairman of the UJIMA Networking Group at JPMorgan Chase where she focused on the promotion and mentoring of black employees within the US Investment Bank while performing the role of Head of ISDA Legal Documentation.

Miranda was a Consultant Legal Advisor at MacLeish Littlestone Cowan in 2012, specialising in high street civil and commercial litigation. She has represented several firms on behalf of this law firm in Courts around Central London where she has successfully helped the law firm to win cases.

Miranda Brawn at Black Solicitors Network Event March 2013

She has degrees in Law and Business where she holds a MBA degree.  She is a qualified Barrister and was Called to the Bar at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Miranda took the unconventional route into the legal world where she completed law school at the College of Law during a part-time weekend BVC course while working as a Hedge Fund Sales Trader and Stockbroker.  Upon being Called to the Bar, she immediately made the move from Banker/Broker to Lawyer where she is now a Banking and Finance lawyer specialising in Derivatives at a top US Investment Bank (Citigroup).

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