If I had to choose one word to describe this week it would be – ‘exhausting’. Between exhibiting at Afro Hair & Beauty Live, working towards our fast-approaching deadline for the mag, and attending various events for work, I’ve been counting down to the weekend since Bank Holiday Monday. But if there’s one event that I’m sorry I didn’t make the extra bit of effort to attend it’s the i’mPossible Conversation which took place at the Pearson plc London office.
For those who are unaware of the i’mPossible movement, it is a social enterprise founded and spearheaded by the amazing Simone Bresi-Ando. Simone, a Global Communications and PR Expert, created the digitally driven space to celebrate, highlight and promote the achievements of women of colour in Britain. Every few months i’mPossible hosts an evening inviting a panel of successful, prominent black women to gather in a small, intimate setting and talk to audience members about their journey to success. I attended the inaugural event last summer and heard the remarkable stories of Angie Le Mar, Bonnie Greer, Charlene White and Angela Ferreira, former commissioning editor for daytime TV at Channel 4. It was such a powerful night. We often assume that because a person is on TV or has gained what we deem as ‘success’, that their struggles pale in comparison to the rest of us. But the panel dispelled a lot of myths and a lot of us left the room feeling inspired, fulfilled, and that yes indeed, we are all possible.
At last week’s event the panel included award-winning film-maker Sheila Nortley, journalist/author Hannah Pool, manager of England’s female football team, Hope Powell CBE , Broadcaster/Journalist Brenda Emmanus and scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE. Tickets sold out days before the event and it was standing room only. Founder Simone Bresi-Ando said:
“Looking back over the year the event has been in existence I am in awe of what it has achieved. The way it brings women (and men) from all walks of life, together to hear stories and experiences that generally go unheard. To have created a platform that transcends generations and perceptions to lead the audience to the same point of being inspired, empowered but ultimately, knowing they are POSSIBLE. The power of this event is something you need to experience personally, it’s very moving.”
Don’t miss the next one folks which is scheduled to take place in September. Visit www.i-am-possible.com for updates.