On June 6th the summer edition of the brilliant I’mPossible Conversation took place at Pearson PLC’s London headquarters.
I’mPossible founder Simone Bresi-Ando organised another successful and inspirational event which covered a wide range of topics and uncovered the individual journeys of panelists, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock (Award winning scientist), Hope Powell (England women’s football coach), Hannah Pool (Journalist and author), Brenda Emmanus (BBC London arts correspondent) and Sheila Nortley (Award-winning filmmaker and producer). It was also hosted by Times journalist Eva Simpson.
The panelists were honest about their journeys and each made it crystal clear to the audience that their rise to the top of their chosen professions was not all smooth sailing. However, success was their destiny and they made sure they reached it.
The stereotype of the ‘angry black woman’ was brought up by an audience member asking how the panelists dealt with this. The answers were humorous but mainly centred on turning it on its head, choosing which battles to fight strategically and using any anger you may have, constructively.
When asked about the event’s growing popularity 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.”
Happy Anniversary I’mPossible.