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Inspiring careers for young BME women

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Let’s Push Things Forward at an evening of inspirational BME female speakers, sharing their success stories and career highlights in the male dominated worlds of finance, business, social enterprises, government, charities and creative sectors.
Who – BME girls – years 10 to 13 and their female carers
When – 8 February 2018, 5.30 – 7:30pm
Where – USS G.17 – University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1NF
Why – explore non-traditional career pathways and how to make the most of an ever changing job market. 
This free event will inspire your future career choices. 

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0208 223 4537 / 

Guest speakers:

Julia has worked in ABTA's Public Affairs team since September 2016, lobbying the Government, parliamentarians and government officials in the UK and Europe on issues that affect ABTA Members and the travel industry, including Brexit, financial protection, holiday sickness claims taxation and transport infrastructure (aviation). Previously she worked for a Public Affairs agency where she focused on transport, health and financial services policies for a number of clients. 

Naomi currently works in Public Fundraising Development at Unicef UK. After graduating with a Law degree from the University of East Anglia, which included a year abroad study exchange at Sweden’s Uppsala Universitet, Naomi has enjoyed an early career in not-for-profit marketing.

Having worked for some of the UK's best loved charities on many high profile campaigns including Red Nose Day, David Walliams' Sport Relief Thames Swim, BBC Children in Need's Spotacular and Unicef's Soccer Aid - together with a role at a leading global retailer and a career break to travel - Naomi's is enthusiastic about challenging expectations and striving for greater diversity in the sector.

Naomi has a passion for innovation and new product development and outside of the office Naomi enjoys live music, bouldering, pub quizzing and has recently started to learn sign language..!

Oyin Akiniyi created The Good Hair Club, an environmentally friendly hair product company for black woman.

Bola Solanke founded Refined Currency in 2015. After studying Mathematics and Finance at university she realised only a few women were in the conversation when it came to finance. The finance sector is dominated by men and she set out to change that. Each time she attended a networking event, she was surrounded by men. She realised that there needed to be more information available about personal finance and she started Refined Currency. Bola also contributes regularly to Refined Currency.

Gal Dem Representive: Gal-dem is a magazine (online and in print) and creative collective comprised of over 70 women and non-binary people of colour which launched in September 2015.

Aysegul Dirik is a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow working at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development. 

Research interests include family/friends involvement, social networks, inpatient mental health care and using psychosocial approaches. Experienced in facilitating patient and public involvement in research.

Currently researching: "The Involvement of Family and Friends in Inpatient Mental Health Care: What Do Patients Want?”

Thursday, 8 February 2018