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Inspirational YOU – Educate. Connect. Empower.


 Birkbeck College, University of London, Torrington Square,

London, WC1E 7HX             

Inspirational YOU returns on Saturday 31st March, 11am-6pm with another powerful line up of speakers who will inspire, support and give industry tips.

Workshops and seminars

The ART of being black(History of art seminar
  • David Neita (Barrister and Poet)


Seven seconds to make the right impression (Be confidently YOU) 
I am young and I am winning
  • Kanja Sesay (NUS black student’s officer)
  • Anne-Marie Imafidon  (Director at Avisami, Eldest child of Britain’s brainiest family & Business Analyst at international investment iank)
  • Celeste Houlker  (Editor of Live Magazine)
  • Camara Fearon (Singer and Musician)
  • Tobi aka Triple O  (Gospel artist and Mobo award winner)
The benefits of higher education and tips to get a 1st Class degree
  • Annette McCone (Acting Head of Widening Access and Retention at Birkbeck)
  • Ly Ossenyou (Birkbeck 1st class law graduate)
  • Nathan Ghann (Founder of First Class Graduate Network and Analyst at Ariadne Capital and Entrepreneur Country)
Emerging markets – Entrepreneurship and economic development in Africa
  • Julian Bongo, MIF, MSc (Risk &Investment Analyst)
  • Kofi Fosu (head of Business Development at Express Funds Ltd)
  • William Wonga (Founder of Pier Noir, an International soft drink production & distribution company)
YOUr impact in the mediaMeet and hear from media professionals who will give tips and insights into the industry.Learn how to influence and rise to the top.


Succeeding in Law
  • Stephen Akinsanya (Barrister at Old Bailey Chambers),
  • Brendon Christian (Director at Christian. The Law Firm),
  • Jonathan Deverill (Partner at DMH Stallard LLP)
  • Janet Latinwo (Local government Lawyer)
  • Donna Hopkins (Solicitor and US Attorney)
There is a business in everyone
  • Denise Rawls (PR specialist and MD of Strange Fruit Greeting Cards)
  • Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah (Stylist, Designer & Writer)
  • Hakeem Stevens (Marketing Consultant)
The Business of sport
  • Rodney Hinds (Sports & Features Editor at The Voice newspaper),
  • Carina White (Sports Consultant)
  • Christopher De’Haney (Head of Sports Sponsorship at Trinity Mirror Group PLC)
  • Ifeanyi Odogwu (Sports Barrister)
Leading ladies(Senior professionals inspire and share their journey as part of International Women’s Month) 
  • Marielle Legair (Corporate Finance PR Manager at Deloitte)
  • Matilda MacAttram (Director – Black Mental Health UK)
  • Dr Eyman Osman (Science Education and Research Consultant- Molecular biology and Genetics Specialist)
  • Hannah Musisi (Business Development Manager, CNN International, Turner Broadcasting)
Leading men(Successful and senior men give hints and tips on breaking the glass ceiling) 
  • Tyrone Edward (Director at Ernst & Young)
  • Andy Woodfield (Partner, Leadership Coach, Head of International Aid Development Consulting and UK Partner Lead for GLEE @ PwC)
  • Jason Bernard (Award winning Director and Producer of recent documentary on Nic Hamilton, brother of Lewis Hamilton)
The power and influence of Science 
  • Dr Eyman Osman (Science Education and Research Consultant- Molecular biology and Genetics Specialist)

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