●Another incredible panel line-up includes:
o Founder of Precious (http://www.preciousonline.co.uk/
o International bestselling author; Dorothy Koomson (http://www.dorothykoomson.co.uk/
o Model and businesswoman;
o Former global head of corporate sales and business development at Quintessentially and CEO of Enright Entertainment;
● Mizani UK (http://www.mizani-
● Previous panellist, Hannah Pool author and journalist returns to host
The uplifting event; the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation returns for its final outing for 2012 on Wednesday, December 12 from 6.15 pm at Pearson plc. UK headquarters. The winter edition will be the fifth in the series of successful, soul stirring event which puts the life stories, successes and achievements of British women of colour on a platform to be celebrated, appreciated and shared. This edition’s panel is made up of founder of Precious, a leading online network for women of colour; Foluke Akinlose MBE, international bestselling author; Dorothy Koomson, model and businesswoman;
At a time when there is immense public debate about the lack of women represented in corridors of power, in business and politics; the I’mPOSSIBLE conversation offers a very important and unique platform for young women to see, hear and know role models exist. In a recent Ernst & Young study; ‘The Glass Ceiling is an Outdated Concept’, 75% of women said they have few or no female role models within their organisation and a further 8% said that a lack of role models had been detrimental to their careers so far. The I’mPOSSIBLE conversation presents tangible role models for all women from various walks of life, with the uniqueness of focusing on British women of colour.
I’mPOSSIBLE is a social enterprise whose activity is largely digitally based using their website, Twitter and Facebook pages to celebrate and highlight the achievements of women of colour in the UK as well as share information, exchange ideas and opinions and provoke thought and topical debate. The social enterprise is rapidly becoming more popular receiving an average of 100k hits a month on the website, and is readily described as the UK’s answer to the Black Girls Rock movement in the United States. As a result it is offering a place discussion for women, and becoming a trusted commentator and distributor of news and opinion from the British woman of colours perspective.
Notes to the editor:
♦ The I’mPOSSIBLE, conversation takes place for the last time on Wednesday, December 12, 6:15pm to 9:00pm at Pearson plc. 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL
♦ Tickets (http://impconvodec2012.eventbrite.co.uk/)
♦ I’mPOSSIBLE was founded in 2009 by global communications and PR expert (http://www.bresi-
♦ Video and photos from previous events are available from here (https://www.dropbox.com/
Foluke Akinlose MBE
Founder of PRECIOUS (http://www.preciousonline.co.uk/)
is the international bestselling author of seven novels which have topped the charts in several countries across the world. Her books are powerful, thought-provoking and compelling reads that reflect real-life dilemmas where familial relationships are pivotal and emotions are raw. Sales of Dorothy’s books exceed 1.5 million copies in the UK and her novels are translated into 30 languages. In 2006, Dorothy’s novel, My Best Friend’s Girl was selected as a Richard & Judy Summer Read and, in 2010 The Ice Cream Girls was shortlisted for a Galaxy British Book Award. Originally from South London, books and reading have always played a pivotal role in Dorothy’s life. Passionate about the importance of reading and literacy, Dorothy is a regular speaker in libraries and at festivals and is developing her own ‘Read Your Heart Out’ community for book lovers.
a face and name synonymous with international fashion campaigns and catwalk shows, Rachel Ritfeld is the embodiment of diversity — professionally and personally. In life as on the stage, Rachel is many things wrapped into one. Her multicultural heritage: Indian, Black Caribbean and Ghanaian and impressive fluency in over six languages and degree in Social Anthropology helps her further understand the complexities of the world and celebrate diversity on a number of levels. Raised in Brussels, Rachel developed a strong working ethic and a crystal clear focus from a young age which has led her businesswoman persona to be fuelled by her compassion towards combating social inequalities worldwide.
founder and CEO of Enright Entertainment (http://enrightentertainment.com/)