Final year KCL Philosophy student and founder of King’s Professional BAME Women
From recognising a problem, thinking of a solution and fastforward to hosting a multi-industry panel with panelist speakers such as the Chief Growth Officer of Saatchi & Saatchi and the Head of Litigation of RBS, read all about birth of the KCL society, King’s Professional BAME Women and it’s exciting future.
1. Why King’s Professional BAME Women? Tell us a little bit about this venture. Was there a specific moment that sparked its creation or was the idea always buried within you?
King’s Professional BAME Women inherently grew from personal encounters in which I saw people getting internships because they were well connected. Although I appreciate and advocate the importance of networking, I felt it was unfair that some people weren’t even getting considered for opportunities despite their talent, so I took it upon myself to help young women develop their professional acumen.
2. I can imagine, there are probably times when it gets tough juggling your studies and what you’ve created/trying to grow. How do you keep the vision alive?
Looking at graduate opportunities whilst launching a society was definitely tricky but I think its been my passion to advocate diversity in the workplace that has been a great motivating factor. I would add that networking with successful graduates and listening to their excitement about the society – as well as getting tips for sponsorships and events also helped operations.
So I took it upon myself to help young women develop their professional acumen.
KPBW Social in September 2017
3. What tips would you give to students who are still pondering whether to implement that idea or start that new business?
I would say, talk to someone who would understand your vision (like how I discussed the idea with you) to bounce off some ideas and go for it! I think sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith and commit to what you want to achieve.
NUGGET OF WISDOM: Just go for it and commit to the vision!
Multi-industry panel event ( pictured L to R: Sumangala Manghat, Director a at Coutts & Co, Claudia Liza Armah, presenter at Sky News and Waheeda)
4. What’s next for King’s Professional BAME Women?
With the end of the academic year, we have wrapped up; I’m considering to switch up the brand to set up a professional BAME women network for young women across the UK but this something that I’ll be planning and producing over summer.
Talk to someone who would understand your vision, to bounce off some ideas and go for it!
5. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In 5 years time I would love to have worked/or be working in a major US city and hopefully have the BAME Professional network in full swing. I wish I could add more but I honestly couldn’t predict more just because I like to constantly immerse myself with new challenges and opportunities.
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"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible". - Francis of Assisi