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The I'mPOSSIBLE conversation - inspiration shared June 6, 2012

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)

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The I'mPOSSIBLE conversation; a ground-breaking event which focusses on the life journeys of women of colour in Britain returns for a Summer edition on Wednesday June 6 with another stellar panel line-up.

Hot on the heels of the success of the last two events which included panelists such as Bonnie Greer OBE, Margaret Casely-Hayford, Angie LeMar, Michelle Gayle, Charlene White are a few to name; the event helps its audience find paths to their definitions of success.  It does this through the host asking the five-strong panel questions around 'how I became POSSIBLE'.

No other event is putting women of colour in Britain's stories and life experiences in the public domain, unabridged, with no interruptions or apologies.  I'mPOSSIBLE is creating history and widening the access to stories that inspire, empower and uplift for everyone to enjoy.

For this edition, we are joined by:

 

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE

 is a space scientist whose passion is presenting science to a general audience and demonstrating that you ‘don’t need a brain the size of a small planet’ to understand, participate in and enjoy science. And her recently broadcast programme; ‘Do We Really Need the Moon? on BBC 2 earned Maggie the Talkback Thames new talent award at the prestigious; Women in Film and TV Awards in December 2011.

Maggie had an unsettled education, attending 13 different schools and then being diagnosed with dyslexia and shunted into a remedial class.  As she says ‘a government statistician would have forecast a pretty bleak future for me’, she was saved by the children’s TV programme the Clangers and the idea of ‘space travel’ entered her young brain.  Her father nurtured her hopes and dreams and coupled with hard work she studied at Imperial College where she obtained her degree in Physics and her PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Since then she has spent her career making novel, bespoke instrumentation in both the industrial and academic environments.  In her words, she was enabled as ‘a black girl with learning difficulties to travel from inner London to outer space!’


 

Brenda Emmanus  Brenda Emmanus

 Brenda’s media career has been long-standing and consistent.  She is currently the BBC’s London News, Art, Culture and Entertainment Correspondent and started as one of few British women of colour presenters in the 1980s on BBC One’s The Clothes Show, which she contributed to for five years.

Previously an arts and features editor for The Voice Newspaper, Brenda has also been a facilitating judge for two anthologies commissioned by Penguin Books and has also had several short stories published.




Sheila Nortley

 Sheila Nortley

 is female film producer and writer who produced her first short film Eddie’s Bar back in 2003. By 2006, whilst studying for her degree in Media she launched a production company with two friends, which specialised in music video production, documentary and short films. This led to her producing the neo-noir short film The Hydra which scooped Best Film at the 2009 BFM awards.

Her latest production, a highly anticipated short film called Zion premiered at The Ritzy, Brixton in December 2011 and received rave reviews.  March 2012 saw the release of ‘Illegal Activity’ – a reading campaign with a difference which played on the discourse of stereotypical urban films to challenge pre-conceptions and engage youth.




Hannah Pool  Hannah Pool

 is a journalist, author and commentator who writes regularly in the national media on gender, race and identity.  A Guardian journalist for over 14 years, now freelance, Hannah’s work appears in The Guardian, The Times, Grazia, Arise magazine amongst others.  Hannah was the Guardian Weekend’s Beauty, editor for five years, during which time she wrote the hugely successful ‘New Black’ column, the first beauty column for women of colour in a mainstream newspaper.

Hannah’s book; ‘My Fathers’ Daughter: A story of family and belonging’ is a memoir of her journey back to Eritrea to find her birth family. Published in the UK, US, France and Holland to critical acclaim and described by the Washington Post as “a significant and moving book.”

Hannah is chair of the board of UK Feminista and features editor of Arise magazine, she is also one of the curators for the forthcoming Africa Utopia festival, at the Southbank centre from July 3-29.



Hope Powell Hope Powell CBE

 was the youngest ever and the first female England coach.  Appointed as the first ever full-time National Coach of the England Women’s team in June 1998.  Hope started out as a footballer with Millwall Lionesses at the age of eleven and eventually won The FA Women’s Cup twice, including the League and Cup double as captain of Croydon in 1996.  In 2003, she became the first woman to achieve the UEFA Pro Licence – the highest coaching award available.

In 2002, Hope was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and was again recognised for her work with the award of a CBE in 2010. Hope works to promote the women’s game and is patron of the ‘Kick It Out’ campaign and the Women’s Sports Foundation.  As well as taking charge of the England senior team, she oversees the whole set-up from U15s to the U23s, a coach mentoring scheme and she works closely with The FA Centres of Excellence to align to the international programme.


 

 

 Eva Simpson (host)

is an award winning journalist who has worked in the newspaper industry for almost 15 years.  After starting out on local newspapers she was recruited by Piers Morgan to launch Daily Mirror's 3am showbiz column.  During her time as the column's editor editor Eva covered countless awards ceremonies including the Academy Awards and interviewed some of the biggest names.  She left Daily Mirror to join The London Paper before moving onto The Times.  After two years as the assistant home news editor, Eva is now a writer on the highly regarded Times2 features section.



No other event is putting women of colour in Britain’s stories and life experiences in the public domain, unabridged, with no interruptions or apologies.  I’mPOSSIBLE is creating history and widening the access to stories that inspire, empower and uplift for everyone to enjoy.  


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Pearson plc.
80 Strand
WC2R 0RL London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 6 June 2012 from 18:00 to 21:00 (BST)


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I'mPOSSIBLE. global CIC

I’mPOSSIBLE. is a UK registered social enterprise whose primary aim is to celebrate, connect, highlight, and promote the achievements of women of colour, globally.

Its secondary aim is to educate and empower this group by showcasing their successes, life stories and testimonies as well as provide tools to success, signposting organisations and information that will help you get there.

Thirdly, I’mPOSSIBLE. will network organisations, events, information and news as well as create conversations within the community on issues that will be of interest or affect women of colour in Britain through its website, social media platforms and specially created events.

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2012-05-22 03:28:32

L’Oreal’s Mizani UK returns as sponsor of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation

The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation event has gone from strength to strength in just a year of its existence.  Having attracted panellists such as Bonnie Greer OBE, Charlene White, Angela Ferreira, Margaret Casely-Hayford, Michelle Gayle, Hope Powell CBE and many many more stellar British women of colour who constantly and unapologetically define success on their own terms.  The ultimate embodiment of I’mPOSSIBLE.

 

 

Because of the uniqueness and effective way the event brings women of colour in Britain together in an empowering, positive, inspirational and nurturing environment it continues to grow and gain support from the likes of Global FTSE 100 brands such as Pearson plc. and the world’s leading beauty company L’Oreal and their premium Afro hair care brand; MIZANI UK.

We caught up with Tumi Soyinka, MIZANI UK’s product manager to see why they continue to power the imagination of I’mPOSSIBLE.

 

 

You supported the very first I’mPOSSIBLE conversation a year ago, what attracted you to continue your sponsorship?

The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation is simply an extraordinary event that places value on empowering women of colour. The execution of the event is premium yet intimate – almost with an exclusive feel. All these elements compliments the MIZANI brand ethos.

 

How do you think I’mPOSSIBLE fits in with the MIZANI brand?

The keyword to answer this question is, ‘ASPIRATIONAL’. MIZANI is an aspirational brand and our core value lies within beauty & innovation in balance.  The formulas of our products are luxurious and are created in our dedicated Institute for Ethnic Hair & Skin Research in Chicago. There is a substantial amount of investment that goes into the research of formulas that work best on our skin tones and hair types. If the formula isn’t right, it doesn’t leave the labs. We seek perfection in our products, in order for women to experience sensational results with their hair.

I’mPOSSIBLE is also an aspirational brand, drawing inspiration from women of colour in high places who have achieved great successes (not without struggle however). These women are clear signifiers that all becomes possible when you dedicate time, effort and perseverance in balance.  Effectively, MIZANI and I’mPOSSIBLE share the same attitude of determination, progress and success.

 

What does MIZANI stand for, and where do you see it heading in the future?

MIZANI stands for several things: professional and premium beauty, innovation and aspiration.

MIZANI actually means ‘BALANCE’ in Swahili and this is based on maintaining the correct equilibrium of protein and moisture in the hair to maintain our hair types.

I see MIZANI growing and reaching a wider audience in the coming years. It will continue to be the haircare brand that women of colour will reach to, for that premium beauty but on a somewhat larger scale. The demand for this brand is huge, which only indicates the potential that we can reach, given time

 

 

 

Why is MIZANI a must have for women of colour?

Because you can be rest assured that the technology and innovation behind our products are specifically formulated for our hair types.

 

What makes MIZANI ‘possible’?

Women of colour and those with excessively curly hair textures are what makes us possible. You are the reason why we are driven to create the best products to care for your hair.

We often hear that Afro hair is ‘unruly’, ‘difficult to manage’, ‘nappy’ and other not-so-complimentary expressions, when actually it is beautiful and full of character – whether it is naturally worn or relaxed. With the right routine and great products like ours, our hair is possible, so let’s be proud and celebrate our individual hair textures.

 

Tumi Soyinka, product manager, MIZANI UK

Tumi Soyinka, product manager, MIZANI UK

 

The next I’mPOSSIBLE conversation is taking place on Wednesday June 6 at 6pm.

 

Tickets are available via eventbrite and cost £25 (concessions available)

The I’mPOSSIBLE. conversation
Wednesday June 6, 2012
6pm – 9pm

Pearson plc
80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL
Tickets: £25 concessions available for group bookings
Enquiries:  events@i-am-possible.com or call 07405 138 000

 

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2012-05-22 03:29:58

Film maker and producer; Sheila Nortley tells us why she’s part of the summer edition of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation

Sheila Nortley, a 26 year old, award-winning film maker and producer caught up with us to share why she’s taking part in the summer edition of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation on June 6.

 

Sheila Nortley, Kingdom Entertainment

Sheila Nortley, Kingdom Entertainment

 

What interested you in taking part in the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation?

I just love the theme, the positivity of the event. There’s a great energy that’s created when black women come together to talk and share. And it’s not all ‘Waiting-to-Exhale’ with us, it’s not always ‘doom and gloom’ *laughs*.  We are a mirror of each other so we want to encourage each other to progress.

 

 

What are you most looking forward to about the event?

The opportunity just to relax and vibe and have a chat with some really interesting and inspirational women, and to contribute the little I can to such a positive event.

 
What do you hope the audience will take away from the event?

I hope each person takes away whatever it is they need in order to realise or to confirm that they are ‘possible’ – I hope everyone takes away something different, something personal for them. I believe God has a way of giving out very personalised messages and blessings for different people.

 

Who on the panel are you most looking forward to meeting/ sharing ideas with?

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone. I really look forward to meeting Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock. She’s a space scientist, which I find fascinating. As a writer, I often focus a lot on the universe and space within my mind. I’m looking forward to meeting an expert in the science of the universe and space outside, and the earth. She sounds like an amazing woman. The whole panel sounds amazing.

 

 

The next I’mPOSSIBLE conversation is taking place on Wednesday June 6 at 6pm.

 

Tickets are available via eventbrite and cost £25 (concessions available)

The I’mPOSSIBLE. conversation
Wednesday June 6, 2012
6pm – 9pm

Pearson plc
80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL
Tickets: £25 concessions available for group bookings
Enquiries:  events@i-am-possible.com or call 07405 138 000

 

Eventbrite - The I'mPOSSIBLE conversation - inspiration shared June 6, 2012

2012-05-22 03:30:32

Hannah Pool tells us why she’s part of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation – June 6

Hannah Pool is a journalist, author and commentator who writes regularly in the national media on gender, race and identity.  A Guardian journalist for over 14 years with stints as the Guardian Weekend’s Beauty editor for five years; during which time she wrote the hugely successful ‘New Black’ column which was the first beauty column for women of colour in a mainstream newspaper.  Hannah penned her debut book; ‘My Fathers’ Daughter: A story of family and belonging’; a memoir of her journey back to Eritrea to find her birth family.

 

Hannah Pool, Journalist and author

Hannah Pool, Journalist and author

 

We caught up with her to see why she was part of the summer edition of the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation:

 

What interested you in taking part in the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation?


The panelists at I’mPOSSIBLE are always full of insight and experience, but what makes it different to any other event is the audience. I’mPOSSIBLE is chance to engage with a room full of talented, creative, inspirational black women, what more could you want?

 

What are you most looking forward to about the event?


I’m looking forward to being inspired by some great women, and to the magic that happens when black women share their knowledge and experience in the spirit of sisterhood.

 

Hannah's first book; 'My Father's Daughter'

Hannah's first book; 'My Father's Daughter'

 

What do you hope the audience will take away from the event?


Contacts, practical advice and a sense of how powerful we are when we come together.  Oh, and it’s always a great place to pick up ideas for your next hairstyle.

 

Who on the panel are you most looking forward to meeting/ sharing ideas with?

 

I’m a huge fan of Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, we shared a table at a dinner for International Women’s day earlier this year, her passion for science is infectious.

 

Tickets are selling fast and are available via eventbrite and cost £25 (concessions available for groups)

The I’mPOSSIBLE. conversation
Wednesday June 6, 2012
6pm – 9pm

Pearson plc
80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL
Tickets: £25 concessions available for group bookings
Enquiries:  events@i-am-possible.com or call 07405 138 000

 

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