Inspirational youth

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

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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.


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

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Rozan Ahmed

Inspirational YOU

Wednesday 17th August 2017


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
  • 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

Tevin Tobun – CEO of GV Group – Wednesday 17th August 2016

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Tevin Tobun

CEO of GV Group

Inspirational YOU summer masterclass and networking evening

Wednesday 17th August 2016


CEO of GV Group (Gate Ventures), a multi sector business ‎with interests in logistics and food distribution. GV is one of one UK’s leading service providers to the Foodservice and Wholesale Industry, with deliveries spanning over 5 million food and food related items yearly.


Outside of running a successful business, Tevin sits on the board of Inspirational YOU, as Chair. Helping to inspire the next generation of leaders and propelling them into their desired careers.

A successful Entrepreneur in his own right, Tevin launched The Tevin Tobun/GV Scholarship in late 2015. This scholarship offered four young people from a disadvantaged background, monetary funding throughout their time at University.

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Donna Herdsman @DMSEnterprise – Technology Executive – Inspirational YOU – Wednesday 17th August 2016

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Donna Herdsman

Technology Executive

Wednesday 17th August 2016

Viacom International Media Network


Donna is a well-respected Management Consultant and Tech Executive.  She has worked with both Public and Private Sector organisations globally. Her specialty lies in helping clients realise the business benefits of transforming the technologies available to their organisation.


Donna has worked for corporations such as PwC, IBM and most recently Hewlett Packard Enterprise where she has acquired strategic, operational and change management expertise.


She has an Advanced Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Said Business School, Oxford, a Business Studies Degree, from South Bank University.  She is a qualified accountant (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy), with a Business Studies degree.


Donna was recently recognised as one of the Upstanding 100 BAME international Executives, supported by the FT. She is passionate about developing people and mentoring others.


Donna recently presented ‘the business case’ for diversity in STEM in Brussels, at Hypathiaprojects, an EU funded forum and was featured in Computer Weekly as part of their Techweek initiative.


She is a mentor for Slaughter and May/Upstanding inaugural mentoring programme and for WOMEN WHO L-EARN, based is based in Hackney.

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Kat Gray – Vice President of learning and development at Viacom – Inspirational YOU – Wednesday 17th August 2016

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Kay Gray

Inspirational YOU summer masterclass & Networking evening

The Art of Winning


Kat started her career in the fashion industry as a sales adviser at the age of 15.

She secured a place on the management fast track program and took her first leading role of managing a 1.5 million turnover store at the age of 19.

Over the last 15 years Kat has a proven track record of implementing successful development programs and processes that have contributed to organisational/business success across the retail and Media industries. Kat co-designs the people strategy for International with the business, focusing on being the First Choice place to work contributing to the retention and development of our talent.

Aside from work, Kat is kept busy with her 8 year-old boy and the trials and tribulations of balancing a busy family life and career.

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Inspirational YOU summer masterclass and networking evening – Wednesday 17th August 2016

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The Art of Winning – Invest in YOU

Inspirational YOU Masterclass and networking evening

supported by Viacom Careers UK

Viacom UK Head Office

Wednesday 17th August 2016


Join Inspirational YOU for their summer masterclass and networking evening at Viacom UK, which is home to MTV UK, BET, Paramount, Comedy Central and Spike.

Come along and meet inspirational industry professionals from MTV, Viacom and senior leaders who have worked with brands such as HP, IBM and Sony Music.  Learn how they manage relationships with high profile celebrities, Senior Politicians and global corporations.

Why attend?

Meet six senior leaders who will discuss

  • Career progression
  • Breaking down barriers
  • Raising your profile
  • Tips on running your own business and how to market your brand
  • Balance and wellbeing in a competitive environment
  • Living and working in another country


Jill Offman – MD at MTV UK & Comedy Central


Kat Gray – VP of International Leadership and Professional Development at Viacom


Donna Herdsman – Technology Executive


Tevin Tobun – CEO of GV Group


Dominic Church – CEO of Westminster Advisors


Rozan Ahmed – Editor, Cultivator and Cultural Ambassador


Host: Garry Green – Barrister and Inspirational YOU Board Advisor


6.00pm – 6.15pm: Doors 

6.15pm – 7.15pm: Discussion

7.15pm – 8.30 Interactive Q&A

8.30 – 9.00 Networking and depart

Tickets £5.00 – £10.00


07545 156 111  | @inspirational_u | #IYWinning

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Nana Evans

Nana Evans

Founder of Love YaaYaa

Passion into profits – Fashion and technology masterclass

Impact Hub, Brixton

Stratford resident Nana Evans is an online marketing genius. The busy mother of 2 young boys launched her store LoveYaaYaa accessories in August 2014, and has amassed over 2,000 sales through social media and word of mouth alone. “The response has been phenomenal, and I have had had sales from America, Australia, Ghana and the UK,” says Nana enthusiastically. Nana comes from a long line of tailors.

Her mother is an excellent seamstress, and her sister and her uncle both sew too. Nana launched her first accessories business in 2007. The business called (insert name) gave her first-hand experience of the business world. At the time, she had two seamstresses working with her, and a workshop in East London. The business done well, and Nana put it on hold shortly before she got married and had her first child in (insert year).

Nana’s second son followed in quick session, and like many parents, Nana and her husband Russell found it hard to live on one salary. It was at that point that Nana decided to go back into business.

LoveYaaYaa differs from anything that Nana has done before because of the unique branding, and the passion behind it. Before her family came along, Nana thought it would be nice if the business worked. This time around, it had to work, and she sometimes works through the night making the handmade accessories in order to make her business work. Being a mother-preneur is not for everyone, but Nana loves the experience. “I believe we have the power to create a life that we truly want.

I am passionate about my business, and I have 3 full days of work, and 2 full days with my boys in the week as well as the weekends. It is a sacrifice, but live-work balance is important to me, as is keeping healthy emotionally, physically and spiritually. My husband is also amazing and supports me in everything I do. It was a risk but I am glad that I took it,” concludes Nana. It seems like the risk has paid off.

With 200 orders coming in a month, and the figure rising month on month, 2 new staff members, and plans to move to a big workshop soon, the LoveYaaYaa brand is proof that you can achieve anything once you put your mind to it.

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