Why The Other Box?

We founded The Other Box because we were tired of being invisible. Diversity panels with no women of colour. Creative teams made up entirely of white men. We know there are hard-working people in the industry like us – and, importantly, different to us – who have interesting stories to share. We’re here to show them off and celebrate them!


About Leyya, Co-Founder

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I have always been a creative person and knew that it was this industry I wanted ‘grow up’ and be in (helped by my obsession of being the next Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty). While my mum was always encouraging of this, my Grandad’s response when I chose my A-Levels was: ‘No science? No maths?’. I know I wasn’t alone in that absence of support from my elders.

Fast forward seven years, a graphic design degree under my belt, my dream job in the industry, and this growing need to make a difference...I’ve noticed that ‘diversity’ is talked about a lot, but often only in relation to gender. There’s still something missing on panels – women of colour. We need to work harder to achieve true equality and diversity in the work place, because we all benefit from it.

With an interest in the creative industry, business and equality/diversity in the workplace, I'm a busy bee - proved by my current roles...

Make Your Words Work™ Design Director A design company with no office, unlimited holidays, and a curated network of talent who can work anywhere in the world. We weave work into life and make work the biggest adventure it can be. We are always looking for freelancers to work with from design, web to copywriting - if you’re interested check out below! Visit www.myww.co.uk @MYWWteam 

Make Your Words Work™
Design Director

A design company with no office, unlimited holidays, and a curated network of talent who can work anywhere in the world. We weave work into life and make work the biggest adventure it can be. We are always looking for freelancers to work with from design, web to copywriting - if you’re interested check out below!

Visit www.myww.co.uk @MYWWteam 

Flock UK Director Flock is a curated global network built on collaboration. We run monthly meet-ups, trade missions and retreats. Our vision is to create a global community of entrepreneurs who will change the way the world does business through collaboration. Competition is not the only way to do business. Visit www.flock.global @FlockGlobal 

Flock
UK Director

Flock is a curated global network built on collaboration. We run monthly meet-ups, trade missions and retreats. Our vision is to create a global community of entrepreneurs who will change the way the world does business through collaboration. Competition is not the only way to do business.

Visit www.flock.global @FlockGlobal 

She Says London Events co-ordinator SheSays is an award-winning global organisation for women in the creative industry. From 2017, I will be organising events with my partner in crime, Casey Bird at the exclusive Shoreditch House in London where where we manage everything from the topics to speakers - and making sure everyone has a good time! Visit: www.weareshesays.com @SheSaysUK 

She Says London
Events co-ordinator

SheSays is an award-winning global organisation for women in the creative industry. From 2017, I will be organising events with my partner in crime, Casey Bird at the exclusive Shoreditch House in London where where we manage everything from the topics to speakers - and making sure everyone has a good time!

Visit: www.weareshesays.com @SheSaysUK 


About Roshni, Co-Founder

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As a freelancer, I’ve walked through the doors of countless agencies to discover I’m the only person of colour on the creative team, and sometimes in the entire office. When I started digging deeper, I found that judging panels for big-time industry awards, and line-ups for premium ticketed events were also lacking something. They were all white and all somehow still okay with that.

In a city like London, celebrated for its diversity, creative teams are still excluding people like me, people of colour. This lack of visibility and representation is a self-perpetuating problem. 

It's high time we broke that cycle.

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Freelance Senior Copywriter The right words in the right place help your business be more successful. They give your brand a stronger sense of identity. And they help your people feel really good about what they do. I help companies and individuals figure out what those words are, where those words should go, and how powerful those words could be. Visit www.roshnigoyate.com

Freelance
Senior Copywriter

The right words in the right place help your business be more successful. They give your brand a stronger sense of identity. And they help your people feel really good about what they do. I help companies and individuals figure out what those words are, where those words should go, and how powerful those words could be.

Visit www.roshnigoyate.com

The Three Spoons Podcast Presenter/Big sister Three siblings from Wembley in conversation about the things that interest them, and hopefully you too. In the inaugural episode they covered what it means to play a dame in a panto as a young brown man, how to do Diwali as non-believers, and reflections on going back to uni to study a Masters. Plus entertaining tales from their home. You can listen to the podcast here.

The Three Spoons Podcast
Presenter/Big sister

Three siblings from Wembley in conversation about the things that interest them, and hopefully you too. In the inaugural episode they covered what it means to play a dame in a panto as a young brown man, how to do Diwali as non-believers, and reflections on going back to uni to study a Masters. Plus entertaining tales from their home. You can listen to the podcast here.

MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity Student After eight years out of academia, I decided to go back to university to understand why equality and diversity in the working world are still an issue in the twenty-first century. This multi-disciplinary degree has opened my eyes to the complex systems of racism and prejudice deeply ingrained in society even today. 

MA Culture, Diaspora, Ethnicity
Student

After eight years out of academia, I decided to go back to university to understand why equality and diversity in the working world are still an issue in the twenty-first century. This multi-disciplinary degree has opened my eyes to the complex systems of racism and prejudice deeply ingrained in society even today. 


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