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The Work/Life Talk Show - Thursday 27th April 2017
Thu 27 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
LightStart presents... The Work/Life Talk Show - as part of Leeds Digital Festival 2017
Behind every great success story...
...are a lot of OTHER stories you don't generally get to hear.. stories of sacrifice, unseen support from family and friends - stories of directions changed and roads abandoned. We're inviting successful individuals to come and tell THOSE stories.
Every life has a work/life balance - we want to hear how those scales swung back and forth!
Our free event is taking place on Thursday 27th of April starting at 6:30pm. It'll lasts a couple of hours, and is taking place in the relaxed, informal setting of Sheaf Street/Duke Studios. There's parking on the street outside, or it's only a few mins walk from the centre of Leeds. Local food legends The Grub and Grog Shop will be providing a buffet, so you can come straight from work and not worry about your stomach rumbling throughout!
Sarah Khan-Bashir MBE
We're very pleased to be able to talk to Sarah Khan-Bashir, who is by ANY measure an extremely busy woman!
Sarah is a partner at Shire Solicitors, the legal practice she established in 2007. She is chairman of the Yorkshire region of Mosaic - a registered charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2007, who's mentoring programmes create opportunities for young people growing up in our most deprived communities. She was awarded the Eleanor Roosevelt Award by Brunel University for her services to Law and in 2014 received an MBE from the Queen for services to charity.
As well as being nominated for a Lloyds TSB Jewel award, and being one of the finalists for the Professional Excellence Award - she was also a Woman in Business finalist in the Bradford Business awards.
As a Director of 2:16, a West Yorkshire based training company which specialises in cultural awareness programmes - Sarah is involved is providing specific training in relation to the Muslim communities in West Yorkshire.
Sarah grew up in humble circumstances in Bradford. Having achieved outstanding business success as a qualified lawyer and founder of Shire Solicitors, she has used her position powerfully to champion, lead and support important charitable causes in Yorkshire and nationally. She even runs her own business – the Atticus Coffee House in Shipley!
In keeping with the Work/Life balance of our talk show, Sarah is married with three children, the youngest of whom is 12! We are greatly looking forward to talking to Sarah about how she manages her time.
We're also very happy to announce our second guest - Achille Traore from Top Screen Media. You may have come across Achille at other events in Leeds - his innovative products pop up all over the country - and the world - even at the new World Trade Centre!
What you might not know is that Achille started life as a pro-footballer, before moving into business - so we're very much looking forward to hearing about the different transitions in his life. He's also recently become a father for the first time, so Work/Life balance will definitely be a hot topic of conversation!
It's been over 25 years since Craig founded his company The Works Recruitment out of a small office in Bradford. His father gave him his life savings (£3,000) to start the business - he never used it, which I'm sure we'll hear about - and eventually he was able to secure a business enterprise grant, unheard of for a service business at the time. In 2017, The Works employs 15 people and has a turnover of around £6.5m.
Across this time Craig has run a large number of different businesses - he describes himself as curious, ambitious 'to a point', and a bit of a 'thoughtful Fred'. He's recently been considering recruitment for an SME in the digital sector, and how the experience differs from that of large corporates.
A few years ago, Craig decided it was time to 'smell the roses' with a move to France... again, I'm sure we'll hear all about it. After stepping away from his business for three years - and then deciding to return - Craig experienced a real culture shock - we look forward to hearing stories of his work/life experiences taking multiple businesses from startup to success!
If you know someone with an amazing story - who you think would be comfortable being open and honest about their private and working lives - drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get in touch with them.
This event is FREE, informal, and lasts about two hours. The venue is Sheaf Street / Duke Studios but will be in or around Leeds centre. It's taking place as part of Leeds Digital Festival 2017!