Started On :: 19/09/2014 - Ended On :: 19/10/2014
The I’mPOSSIBLE Conversation youth edition returns to the House of Commons to inspire 160 London schoolgirls...
BISHOP CHALLONER SCHOOL, TOWER HAMLETS
The second, annual youth edition of the successful, global event series, the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation took place at the House of Commons last week in partnership with Diane Abbott MP MPs ‘Black Women Mean Business’.
DIANE ABBOTT MP
Supported by Ernst & Young’s Black Employee Network, ImP convo alumni February 2012, Margaret Casely- Hayford and Kwabena Ayirebi, 160 London girls from secondary school age upwards, attended the event to be inspired by a panel that were like them. The panel line-up of young and accomplished youths spoke about their journeys to being POSSIBLE
The panel line-up consisted of:
PANELLISTS, FOUNDER and DIANE ABBOTT MP
Hannah Balogun, a 25-year business owner who runs two hair salons, Honey Hand across East and South London.
Patricia Bright, a wildly famous YouTube vlogger with over 400k followers who get to see a slice of her life each week.
Anne-Marie Imafidon, a British computing, mathematics and language child prodigy who is still the youngest person to have gained a Masters at the age of 19 from Oxford University.
Shavani Seth, an actress better known as 'Davina' from E4s 'Youngers' show and is about to star in award-winning US drama, 'Homeland'.
The talk was hosted by Ria Hebden.
Founder of I’mPOSSIBLE. Global CIC, Simone Bresi-Ando said: “Presenting examples to young girls of colour of what success could look like is one of the most powerful pieces of work I’mPOSSIBLE carries out. Essentially, we’re enabling this group to identify themselves with success and achievement while giving them proven roadmaps and misalign themselves with a popular rhetoric around this group that’s not wholly empowering or positive.”
Diane Abbott MP, founder of Black Women Mean Business commented: “It issuch a privilege to bring together these amazing young women with the Impossible Youth Conversation. They are the future, and there is nothing more important than instilling in them the confidence that they will need to make the very best of themselves.”
Al Adedayo, Chair of the Ernst & Young Black Network said: “Truly inspiring and captivating experience! The panel's stories highlighted for me that hard work alone is not enough. Self believe and the ability to pick yourself up after a set back, allowed them to reach and live their ambitions...and it was clear that their ambitions continue to grow.”
TAMEKA EMPSON (ACTRESS)
The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation offers a very important service of uncovering female role models of colour for everyone to see, hear and know they exist. In a recent Ernst & Young study; ‘The Glass Ceiling is an Outdated Concept’, 75% of women said they have few or no female role models within their organisation and a further 8% said that a lack of role models had been detrimental to their careers so far. By presenting these rich stories, it drives positive change as well as balance to the negative rhetoric around this dynamic, illuminating group of women.