GS Power Series Black History Month 2016

Generation Success always aims to create equal opportunities for the entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow, by providing networking and mentoring opportunities. They’re constantly encouraging the young that they can achieve success, despite whatever backgrounds they come from or adversities they may face. The GS Power Series Black History Month Special was a massive success. Hosted by Pwc at their Embankment offices, prominent BME business leaders were invited to share their professional success stories and the hardships and challenges they encountered.  

Guests were welcomed to a room filled with drinks and friendly conversation before being ushered in to the main event. James Adeleke, our founder, opened the event with an influential speech, outlining what Generation Success stands for and why it’s so important to encourage and support the younger generation.

 

Our five guest speakers, Sheldon Mills, Pars Purewal, David Neita, Miranda Brawn and Jeff Green all delivered excellent and inspiring speeches, outlining their journey of hardship and success. A common theme in each of the speakers’ stories, was that all of them came from unconventional backgrounds, whether that be coming from abroad, unprivileged circumstances, or that they didn’t enter their careers through the “usual” means (i.e. going to university). However, they all were able to overcome these challenges and rather than seeing them as a burden or regretting them, they used their experiences to fuel their ambition and passion, it is what shaped them into their professional and personal success.

After each speaker had delivered their story, the panel was open for questions from the audience, creating several heated discussions. One interesting topic, “how do we broaden the scope without using a broad brush and improve diversity” In other words, are companies now just hiring BME members just to show they do have a diverse workforce? The speakers all agreed that if you do want to be considered for particular roles, then you have to show them you have the skills and hard work to take on that role, and force people to look past the colour of your skin, as that isn’t the only factor that defines you, it’s what you can bring to the team.

Throughout the talks, there was a pleasant, informal relationship between the audience and speakers, what was enjoyable to see was that the audience and speakers where able to laugh together, they were able to not only learn and share experiences with one another, they were able to understand and support one another. What was most rewarding to witness, was how not only where the speakers offering their expertise and assistance to the audience members, but the audience themselves were so eager to offer the speakers their help and generosity.

Generation Success always encourages people to give back and help each other, so what better way to do this than allow our volunteers to have a mentoring session with our wonderful speakers. Our guests eagerly waited for their numbers to be called out in the raffle draw with some our five raffle winners are pictured below. Generation Success would like to give special thanks to PWC for hosting this event.

Pars Purewal, (Partner from Pwc) with GS raffle winner mentee

Jeff Green, (Chairman  All Europe All Asia AEAS) with GS raffle winner mentee


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