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GOOD GIRLS EAT DINNER - 4TH BIRTHDAY!
Jul
17
to Jul 18

GOOD GIRLS EAT DINNER - 4TH BIRTHDAY!

It’s been 4 incredible years since Good Girls Eat Dinner first served up kick-ass speakers alongside delicious food and drink. In those four years we’ve put on a whole bunch of events and been inspired by a whole bunch of brilliant women (and some brilliant men). We’ve also had some breathtakingly lovely feedback so it’s time for a party! This event will be a sit down meal with fantastic speakers, as always, between courses. It’s going to take place at Concrete…a party venue if ever there was one. They’ve got an epic sound system and we’re going to use it. Well, a professional DJ’s going to use it - after the meal and speakers. Speakers already confirmed:

Liv Little - Founding editor-in-chief of gal-dem, an online and print magazine written by women of colour and non binary people of colour for all to explore. She has also worked as a digital exec in commissioning at the BBC and as a contributing editor for ELLE UK.  Liv is obsessed with telling people’s stories and this threads throughout all of the work that she does whether in audio, video, art or discussion.

Rachel Cooke - Observer / Guardian writer, New Statesman TV critic and author of Her Brilliant Career - 10 Extraordinary Women of the Fifties. Rachel recently interviewed Jo Wallace, founder of GGED, alongside several other women for a piece in the Observer / Guardian: Sexism in advertising: ‘They talk about diversity, but they don’t want to change.’

Sereena Abbassi - Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion for M&C Saatchi. Sereena is a hugely prolific D&I advocate, with a prior endeavour called All Here, a platform for helping organisations become more conscientious and inclusive. She regularly speaks and writes on the topic.

Leyya Sattar & Roshni Goyate - Founders of The Other Box, an award-winning platform, enlightening and empowering people to work and live more inclusively. TOB celebrates people of colour, and people from other underrepresented backgrounds. Today they work strategically with global companies on diversity and inclusion (D&I) through training and workshops, with brands on partnerships and campaigns, and support a growing community of nearly 3,000 creatives.

DJ Blonde Ambition (AKA Deanne Oliver-Pickard) - Yoga teacher & DJ, Deanne enjoys bringing people together to move their bones & have a jolly good time, whether that’s under a disco ball or on a yoga mat. Mixing only the finest selection of funk, disco & house music, creating an uplifting feel good vibe to every gig she plays. She tours the festival circuit each year, playing at the likes of Lovebox and Festival No 6.

Theme: Changing the narrative

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Sparking Change : A Leadership Conference for Women and Girls (13+)
Jul
13
1:00 PM13:00

Sparking Change : A Leadership Conference for Women and Girls (13+)

The Baytree Centre is proud to present Sparking Change, a leadership conference for women and girls.

Come join us for a fantastically inspiring day celebrating women in existing leadership roles, get an insight into how to achieve success yourself (both professionally and personally) and network with like-minded women.

Our co-founder Leyya will be joining a panel with Otegha Uwagba, the founder of Women Who, a networking organisation for working women, and the author of Sunday Times bestseller ‘The Little Black Book’, and Margot Heller, the trailblazing Director of the South London Gallery since 2001. We will be talking about leadership, success, creativity, and diversity both professionally and personally.

Get your free ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sparking-change-a-leadership-conference-for-women-and-girls-13-tickets-62987198406

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BOOK LAUNCH: You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied
Jun
27
6:00 PM18:00

BOOK LAUNCH: You Must Be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied has joined forces with The Other Box to bring you the launch of her first fiction book for young readers, You Must Be Layla - published Penguin Random House and available exclusively in London at this event! Join us for a night of enriching, soul-filling discussion about the book, plus, of course, a reading by Yassmin herself. There'll be the opportunity to buy the book and get it signed too. We can't wait to see you there!

Plan for the night

6pm - Guest registration
6.30pm - The Other Box intro
6.35pm - A short reading from 'You Must Be Layla' by Yassmin
6.45pm - In conversation with Yassmin Abdel-Magied 
7.30pm - Networking and signing

More about You Must Be Layla

Layla's mind goes a million miles a minute, so does her mouth - unfortunately her better judgement can take a while to catch up! Although she believes she was justified for doing what she did, a suspension certainly isn't the way she would have wished to begin her time at her fancy new high school. Despite the setback, Layla's determined to show everyone that she does deserve her scholarship and sets her sights on winning a big invention competition. But where to begin?

“A story told with warmth, wit and humour.”
Sandy Fussell, Sunday Telegraph

"Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s first foray into children’s writing is brimming with social justice passion, punctuated on every page with millennial slang that will delight internet-savvy kids. Layla’s family speaks in their native tongue throughout and it’s fantastic to see this representation within a middle-grade novel.”
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, Books + Publishing

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More about Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese born author, broadcaster, social advocate and digital influencer with a background in mechanical engineering. Yassmin founded her first organisation, Youth Without Borders, at the age of 16 and published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story, with Penguin Random House at age 24. You Must Be Layla is her first work of fiction. An advocate for the empowerment of women, young people and people of colour, Yassmin is an internationally sought after speaker and writer. Her TED talk, What does my headscarf mean to you, has been viewed over two million times and was chosen as one of TED’s top ten ideas of 2015. Yassmin’s critically acclaimed essays have been published in numerous anthologies, including the Griffith Review, the best-selling It’s Not About The Burqa and The New Daughters of Africa. 

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NUFF SAID - The Mill
May
8
6:30 PM18:30

NUFF SAID - The Mill

Join us for an evening of provocations, talks and discussions, led by creatives who are building platforms where difference thrives.

'Nuff Said' is a student led movement centred on promoting inclusivity within the creative industry. We’re the next generation of creatives and the industry we are about to enter doesn’t look like us. It doesn’t benefit from the culture of inclusivity that powers our originality.

Speakers will include: Roshni Goyate + Leyya Sattar, co-founders of the Other Box, Brendan Mcknight from the Dots and Ibrahim Kamara, co-founder and editor in chief at GUAP mag and hosted by Dines from Studio Blup.

Diversity is our reality, so it’s time to stop talking and start listening.

In the lead up to summer, second year students from the Advertising & Brand Design course at Ravensbourne University, will be curating a series of events around London. These events will bring together industry professionals and students to discuss how inclusion can be made an innate part of creative culture, as well as the benefits of doing so.

Join us at the Mill on the 8th of May for an evening of provocations, talks and discussions, led by creatives who are building platforms where difference thrives.

FREE tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/nuff-said-the-mill-tickets-59952710170?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

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Creative Morning x The Other Box
Apr
26
8:30 AM08:30

Creative Morning x The Other Box

We're super thrilled to have Leyya and Roshni from The Other Box join us Friday for this month's global theme of Inclusive. 

The Other Box is an award-winning platform, dedicated to increasing diversity in the creative industries, celebrating people of colour and people from other underrepresented backgrounds.

It was founded by Leyya and Roshni, two creatives in design and advertising who have been enlightening and empowering people to work and live more inclusively.

As well as running workshops within agencies, they’re regularly invited to sit on panels, radio and TV shows for the likes of BBC, Stylist Magazine, Facebook and The Guardian and also tailor events to discuss issues around diversity, identity, racism and more.

Tickets are now available – get 'em while you can!

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WIN Summit in Switzerland
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

WIN Summit in Switzerland

Following last year's success  , the second edition of the WIN Summit will be held on March 24, 2019 at Kaufleuten Zürich. Internationally renowned speakers from the media industry will talk about their business concepts, ideas, successes and failures.

Whether journalist, photographer, communication manager, graphic artist or blogger - the WIN Summit of the association Medienfrauen Schweiz offers women from the media industry not only interesting and inspiring moments, but also a unique networking platform.

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OMNIWOMEN UK + ALLIES
Mar
8
8:30 AM08:30

OMNIWOMEN UK + ALLIES

OMNIWOMEN UK + ALLIES LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2019

This year’s annual Leadership Summit takes place on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2019 and we are thrilled to be joining the line-up!

The theme this year is ‘Supporting Diverse Paths to Leadership’ and changing the story we see in parts of our industry. The Summit will be celebrating diverse women who have got to the top and helping others get there too, and helping all women understand how they can achieve diverse leadership roles.

Throughout the course of the day, Omnicom UK delegates will enjoy candid talks from some truly inspirational and diverse leaders, who will share their own experiences. These include disability inclusion activist Dr Caroline Casey, Ruth Hunt of Stonewall and Creative Equals’ founder Ali Hanan. Then, in our breakout sessions, they will share experiences and receive specific guidance around a range of topics from mental health first aid, to building confidence, working with neurodiverse talent and bringing creative thinking into business.

Read more here.

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TOB x Apple Regent Street
Mar
6
6:30 PM18:30

TOB x Apple Regent Street

Exclusive: Powering Diversity with The Other Box

We are taking over Apple in celebration of International Women’s Day!

Join our co-founders Leyya and Roshni as we share our creative success stories, as part of our International Women’s Day celebration. You’ll discover how we championed people of colour and get tips on navigating the creative industries. Then you’ll get hands-on with iPad and iPhone to share stories about your own achievements. Bring your own devices or we’ll provide them.

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Friendship Never Ends: Hate Sucks Panel Event
Feb
13
6:30 PM18:30

Friendship Never Ends: Hate Sucks Panel Event

Friendship Never Ends - Hate Sucks Panel Event

13th Feb, 6.30pm, 100 Wardour Street

As our lord and saviours the Spice Girls once sang, 'friendship never ends'... but what happens when it does? What happens if you have toxic friends in your life? What makes a good friend in 2019, and how important is friendship to us?

Hate Sucks by Skinnydip London is exploring the theme of friendship, and we invite you to a panel event exploring friendship in 2019, what it means for us, and how we can all become better friends for the fabulous people we surround ourselves with.

Hosted at the exclusive 100 Wardour Street, Soho, London, W1F 0TL, we'll have drinks, some snacks, and positive conversation on the 13th Feb (which is GALENTINE'S DAY!) at 6.30pm.

Panellists include:

Kate Leaver

Kate is a journalist, author, speaker & branded content specialist. She currently writes for The Guardian, The Independent, Vice, Glamour, The Pool, Vogue, Elle, Stylist and Refinery29. Her first book, The Friendship Cure came out in 2018 and looks at the art and science of friendship, and why we need each other more than ever.

Kate Moyle

Kate Moyle is a Director at The Thought House Partnership on Mortimer Street, a private therapy practice for Psychosexual and Relationship Therapy. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at the University of Leeds and a Masters Degree in Relationship Therapy from The Relate Institute.

Leyya Sattar

Leyya is co-founder of The Other Box, an award winning organisation englightening and empowering people to live and work more inclusively. Co-founded with Roshni Goyate, it works with huge organisations to challenge the lack of diversity within the creative industries.

Nathaniel Cole

Nathaniel Cole is the co-founder of both Swim Dem Crew, an inner city Swimming Club that uses swimming as a tool to enhance peoples lives and Blacxellence, a site that showcases Black activists and creatives. He is also a workshop facilitator with GREAT and Sexplain, two charities that talk to young people about masculinity, mental health and relationships.

Martin Robinson

Martin is the founder of The Book of Man, a revolutionary new online platform dicussing modern masculinity and everything that comes with it. The site discusses mental health, toxic masculinity, body image and more, creating a new and exciting space for men's media.

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/friendship-never-ends-hate-sucks-panel-event-tickets-54969382904

Bring your pals for an evening of fun, friendship and fabulous conversation.

We can't wait to see you there xo

@hatesucks

@skinnydiplondon

#HateSucksxFriendship

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Red Bull UK: The Creative Storytellers
Feb
7
6:30 PM18:30

Red Bull UK: The Creative Storytellers

The Elephant Room have put together their first event of the year with Leyya joining the line-up!

This event is for the open-minded, the talented and the hardworking. Those who are creative and want to help to inspire the next generation or maybe you want to just be inspired.

There will be an amazing line up of guest speakers and a DJ to provide some good vibes for the night.

We want you to come and engage in conversation, hear the stories of how these individuals have gone from idea to reality and contributed to social good whilst being themselves. 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-creative-storytellers-tickets-54929781455?aff=

Email: shannie.mears@theelephantroom.net for ticket code

**Food and Drinks Provided

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V&A Friday Late
Nov
30
6:00 PM18:00

V&A Friday Late

URL / IRL
Hocchauser Auditorium, Level one, Sackler Centre for arts education
19.00
Online spaces allow people to find their own collectives, creating new opportunities for collaboration and connectedness. The internet is enabling and empowering an entire generation to act in ways that are unprecedented in history, building movements and giving people a voice, often for the first time. In this roundtable talk, hear from five individuals on how they harness digital media, from online activists to those revolutionising how we consume culture.

  • Ellen Jones is an activist and creator who focuses on LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, disability and feminism, using digital media to effect change.
    @ellen__jones

  • Ibrahim Kamara is a 24-year-old digital entrepreneur and co-founder of GUAP, the world’s first video magazine and now a leading platform for accessing and profiling creative youth.
    @ibrahimkamara_

  • Elizabeth Farrell is an environmental activist who goes by the alias Glacier Girl, under which she produces visual environmental activism primed for the digital age. 
    @glacier996girl

  • Roshni Goyate is co-founder of The Other Box, a platform for increasing diversity in the creative industries. She is also a member of the poetry collective 4 BROWN GIRLS WHO WRITE.
    @roshnigoyate

  • Kwame Lowe is the founder and director of (In)Space, an online gallery and collective of young Black British male creatives. He is also the co-chair of RUSS, a volunteer-led Community Land Trust.
    @kwame.benjamin.l

PROGRAMME ARTWORK

Cyrus Nderitu | @cyrusonyx | cyrusnderitu.work

FOOD & DRINK
Drinks are available in the Cromwell Road entrance throughout the evening and in The John Madejski Garden (weather permitting).

Food and drinks will be served in the Café and Courtyard Café until 21.00.

More info here: https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

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Facebook: Women In Creative - Community Event
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Facebook: Women In Creative - Community Event

Join us in the Facebook London office for a panel talk hosted by Felicia Williams, Product Design Manager at Facebook as she is joined by some female leaders from the creative industry. 

Felicia will manage a panel discussion giving our audience a platform to explore the theme of "Maneuvering an ever-changing Creative landscape" . We will also learn from the diverse life experiences of our talented panel on the night.

We aim to share, Inspire & bring women in the creative community together to build your industry network & have some exciting conversations with your fellow peers.

More info available here
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BloomFest: Conference
Nov
8
9:30 AM09:30

BloomFest: Conference

BloomFest is a one-day conference and the flagship event for the Bloom network. It embodies their values, and aims to contribute to creating a more diverse and better balanced comms industry. One of the aims of BloomFest is to keep it affordable, and any profit made is given to Women’s Aid, our charity partner. Both women and men are welcome to attend.

Where BloomFest 2017 sought to uncover the industry's Naked Truths, featuring the industry's first confessions booth, this year's theme is Fighting Our Fictions: Challenging myths within the industry. We believe that myths within our industry are barriers to women realising their ambitions. Accepted fictions about power, privilege, pay, parenthood and beyond, become the basis upon which the industry is built and influence how women shape ourselves and our careers. At BloomFest 2018, we will uncover and meet these fictions head on, challenging the narratives woven into the workplace and ourselves in order to drive real change.

Our co-founder Leyya will be joining the following session:

15.20 - THE TINTED LENS - How can intersectionality be a rich source of creativity in the industry?

Victoria Buchanan, Executive Creative Director, Tribal DDB

Dannielle Beechey, Technology Partnerships Planner, Mediacom

Dora Michail, MD Commercial Growth, Telegraph Media Group

Moderated by Adrian Walcott, MD, Brands With Values & Co-founder, BAME 2020

More info is available here: https://www.bloomuk.org/bloomfest

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SheSays: Portrait Night
Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

SheSays: Portrait Night

A picture is worth a thousand words. When it comes to your profile picture, it's worth zillions. But not all of us have a great one that truly shows how awesome we are. It's time to change that. 
 
SheSays London are teaming up with Germaine Walker, home of award winning photographers, to offer you a free professional portrait taken in their studio. We're lucky enough to have two highly acclaimed London-based photographers snapping our portraits on the night: Hannah Maule-ffinch and Charlie Clift, along with our fantastic panel of SheSays ladies Fabiana Xavier, Becky McOwen-Banks, Jo Wallace, Leyya Sattar, Rhiannon Davies, Lauren Ingram, and Emli Bendixen.
 
Join us for a night of personal portraits, self-PR tips, and advice on how to be at ease in front of a camera. 


Tickets will be up for grabs from 2pm on October 24. 

When
Wednesday 7th of November, 6:30pm

Where
Germaine Walker Studio, 4 Union Rd, London SW4 6JF


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D&AD New Blood + Ladies, Wine & Design Portfolio Review
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

D&AD New Blood + Ladies, Wine & Design Portfolio Review

Ladies Wine Design London and D&AD are teaming up to celebrate the launch of their 2019 New Blood Briefs and deliver a free portfolio review event for women* creatives who are currently studying or recently graduated.

Grab a drink and a snack**, meet our mentors, women experts from some of London's most exciting creative organisations and participate in 2x (45 minute) rounds of group portfolio reviews.

Get valuable advice on your portfolio or a piece of work you want to discuss, insight into the realities of the industry and expand your creative network.

THE EVENT:

Date: 18th October

Time: 6.45pm-10pm

Location: D&AD, 64 Cheshire St, London E2 6EH

THE MENTORS:

Amy Taylor & Louise Organ - Mid-Senior conceptual team at VCCP Kin

Donna Payne - Creative Director at Faber & Faber

Claire Burman & Nellie Eden - Founders of Babyface

Rachel Long-Smith - Creative director of Narrate & Taking Up Space

Willa Gebbie - Illustrator for brands such as Chanel, Kate Spade and L’Occitane

Kath Tudball - Creative Director at Superunion

Claire Norowzian - Director at BBC Creative

Margarida Aleixo (Daisy) - Product Design Lead at Novoda

Lauren Pleydell-Pearce - Executive Creative Director, Experience Centre PwC

Leyya Sattar - Creative and Co-founder The Other Box

Lily Scarlett Hurst - Creative at AdamandeveDDB

Lisa Campana - Creative Leader across brands such as Channel 4 and MOO

Mina Patel - Creative Director at BBC Creative

Gabi Mostert - Associate Creative Director at Iris

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The Anti Art Fair
Oct
4
to Oct 7

The Anti Art Fair

We are teaming up with Creative Debuts for The Anti Art Fair!

The Anti Art Fair is a celebration of creativity and a call for greater diversity in the arts.

Putting the creators at centre stage, The Anti Art Fair will be a direct response to the sterilised, exclusive and money driven ‘art world’.

The Fair takes place between Thursday 4th October and Sunday 7th October in Peckham and will be hosted by Creative Debuts, champions of emerging artists and curators behind the recent sell-out Nasty Women Exhibitions in London.

Working with a range of partners to showcase a new wave of thinking, The Anti Art Fair will be a voice for change in the art world.

Expect to see works from international artists and designers who are disillusioned from the status quo, including immersive installations, feminist and LGBT art, and innovative techniques and styles from the stars of tomorrow.

Don't miss out on the most disruptive Art Fair of the year - Book Now.

USE CODE TOB33 for a juicy discount!

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Copy Capital
Sep
19
9:00 AM09:00

Copy Capital

  • 30 Euston Square London, England, NW1 2FB United Kingdom (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Our co-founders Roshni and Leyya will be joining the stellar line-up at this year's Copy Capital!

Are you excited by the power of copywriting to create better products, better experiences, better brands, better lives? Do words really do it for you or your brand?

Join us for insights from some of the most creative, dynamic, left field, experienced, provocative minds in copywriting, marketing, advertising and more.

Grab a seat. And hold on tight. Prepare to celebrate the life linguistic.

This is Copy Capital. Write in the heart of London.

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Our 2nd Birthday party!
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

Our 2nd Birthday party!

Join us on Friday 14th September to celebrate our 2nd birthday!

It's been one hell of a journey...we've grown our community to over 1,500+ creatives from underrepresented backgrounds around the UK, won a few awards, worked with over 20 companies and agencies, gone full-time with The Other Box - oh and had a baby!

We want to celebrate our achievements from the last two years and honour and thank all of you brilliant people who have championed and supported us along our way. 

Join us for some food, music (by DJ Saliah), entertainment provided by Special Guest LDN, and the opportunity to network with the incredible people we've had the privilege to meet and work with.

Full plan

7pm - 7.30pm: Sign-in, DJ, some food
7.30pm - 8.30pm: Special Guest * 
8.30pm - 9pm: Grab some cake and network
9pm- 10pm: LET's PARTY!

* Special Guest is a format where the audience are the speakers. Anyone can take to the stage to share anything for 60 seconds. This could include what The Other Box means to you ;), your grandma's wisdom, pitch a project, eat 23 marshmellows, sing, read poetry - it all goes! To sign up, drop us an email here (tasneem@theotherbox.org) - there will be a few spaces for you to sign up on the night too!

This is invitation only and security will be strict, so make sure you RSVP via the ticket link. Ticket sales are available until Wednesday 12th September so grab yours quick! If you can't make it anymore, please cancel your ticket so it becomes available for someone else.

If you are unable to afford the cost of a ticket, please email us at leyya@theotherbox.org

All of our love,

Leyya, Roshni and the TOB team x


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The Other Box: Family Picnic
Jul
7
1:00 PM13:00

The Other Box: Family Picnic

We've reached over 1000 followers on our Facebook group. Hooray! To celebrate, we'd love for you to join us at a TOB family picnic on 7th July in London. 

Roshni and Leyya will be pitched up from 1pm on the Marble Arch corner of Hyde Park - not far from Speaker's Corner (The map isn't accurate, but we will tweet out more info to our exact location).

Bring a blanket, plus your favourite snacks, people and park games. This is your chance to mingle irl with all of our amazing Facebook group members and growing community of creatives from underrepresented backgrounds. Kids, pets, friends, partners, siblings, bumps all are welcome! It's a proper family picnic. 

To join our Facebook group, click here. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. And let's all pray for beautiful weather! 

 

 

 

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The Collective: Meet The Other Box
Jul
3
6:30 PM18:30

The Collective: Meet The Other Box

We will be speaking at The Collective Old Oak, a vibrant community that uses shared spaces and facilities to create a more fulfilling lifestyle. Home to over 500 people from all walks of life, all our members share a curious mind and a desire to live their life in a more connected way with the people around them.

Here's a sneak peek at what we will be talking about:

The Other Box began in 2016 as a platform for increasing diversity in the creative industries, celebrating people of colour and other minorities. Through their ‘Know Your Bias’ workshops, community events, online content and more, the co-founders Leyya and Roshni are changing the face of an industry where they once felt invisible and underrepresented. And now, two years in, they’ve officially turned this passion project into a full-time job - and been featured in the Guardian, HuffPost, The Pool, and on BBC radio along the way too! Join them for a short, interactive session on why they decided to start The Other Box, what problems the creative industries face when it comes to diversity and representation, and what can be done to tackle it. 
 

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#WOCCopywriting Workshop
Jun
11
6:00 PM18:00

#WOCCopywriting Workshop

Remember when 97% of you said you’d like a women of colour copywriting workshop?

https://twitter.com/_TheOtherBox/status/988404378045419520

Well we’re making it happen! Our co-founder Roshni, who has almost ten years of experience as a professional copywriter, will take you on a whistle-stop tour of what makes good writing, good ideas, plus a few extra tips and tricks on how to navigate this creative career as a woman or non-binary person of colour.

Ideal for anyone just starting out or thinking of getting into copywriting (but you’re also very welcome if you just want to brush-up on your skillz!)

Hosted at Roshni’s first ever workplace, The Writer in London Bridge/Borough.

Most importantly, it’s FREE. The Other Box will bring the nibbles and treats.

Sign up, cos spaces will go fast. And we can’t wait to make it worth your Monday evening.

You’ll need to bring:

  • A notepad
  • Your enthusiasm
  • Your love of language
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Don't sleep on us!
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Don't sleep on us!

Our co-founder will be joining this LIT line-up for the 'Don't Sleep On Us' event at POP Brixton.

Young people make up over half of our world's population, and we have the most power to create change when we come together. Out of the creative industries in the UK, only 13% makes up the BAME representation.

Don't Sleep On Us! is our first free event for folks who get shit done. There will be a panel and exhibition hosting incredible change makers, who have identified a problem in society and created a groundbreaking project to tackle it.

There will also be talks from professionals in the creative industries, so bring something to take notes! Come along to be inspired, bring your uplifters and have a wiggle. ALL are welcome.

This is an accessible venue.

Panelists:

  • Gurls Du Filme - Shelana Azora and Shakira Francis are the creative masterminds behind Gurls Du Filme - a brand new production company supported by University of Bedfordshire. Gurls Du Filme (@gurlsdufilme) aims to promote and showcase women of colour in film. Shelana and Shakira want to challenge the role that women play in the creative industries, and be a testament that BAME women can follow their dreams and be entrepreneurs!
  • Driverse - Renè Germain and Ebisiemen Ajayi founded Driverse(@wearedriverse), the UK’s first workplace review site for underrepresented communities. Driverse provides a safe space for current or former employees who are women, from the LGBTQ community, BAME, and/or disabled to anonymously review their employer. Together, Renè and Ebi combine their skills which span the technology, media, banking and events industries. Driverse will be going live this summer 2018!

Speakers:

Olivia Crooks - Having set up a record label on her year out from uni, a passion for business led Olivia to complete internships at BBH and Google before landing her current Account Manager role at VICE media. She's worked across campaigns for Beats by Dre, Bose, Jacob's and adidas. Olivia now runs Madland Hack, a marketing & advertising community on Facebook to support BAME creatives working in those industries.

Sereena Abbassi - Sereena is the founder of All Here(@allhereorg), an organisation that helps individuals, agencies and brands to think more critically about the world that they live in and the work that they create - with diversity, inclusion & accessibility sitting at its heart. Sereena has worked with The BRIT School, Creative Equals, The Mill, and has featured in as well as has written for, Campaign Live. She has recently joined M&C Saatchi Group as Head of Culture & Inclusion.

Leyya Sattar - Leyya is an award-winning diversity champion who set up The Other Box (@_theotherbox) to celebrate people of colour and other minorities. The Other Box offers workshops, events and creative consultancy, and was recently a finalist for this year's WOW Women in Creative Industries Awards 'Breaking New Ground' award. She is also the Design Manager at design company MYWW, and as of 2018, she's part of the BIMA Creative Council. 

Art:

We Are Here UK - Artists Erin Aniker and Jess Nash came together to create We Are Here UK, after noticing an increase in anti-immigration rhetoric seen since the referendum to leave the EU. We Are Here UK (@wearehereuk) aims to highlight that both identities, British and BME, are often seen as mutually exclusive, and their exhibitions provide a platform for BME artists exploring their dual British identity. Erin and Jess' work will be exhibited on the night, so prepare to be blown away!

DJ:

Teisha Matthews - Teisha (@teishamatthews) is a London-based DJ/Producer, spinning everything from House to Hip Hop and Funk.

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WE RISE
Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

WE RISE

The Other Box is on tour, and speaking at the We're All Here event at Brighton University!

ALL HERE have partnered up with Brighton University to create ‘We Rise’ an event that will leave you touched, moved and inspired.

University can be an emotional rollercoaster, so we’ve created an event that will bring us together— reassuring you that you’re not alone. With a host of talks, panel discussions, and speed mentoring, primarily from individuals from within the creative industry. Sharing with you our journey through university, industry, and how we got to where we are
today. You will be given useful tips to help equip you for the rest of your time at university and beyond; the idea of leaving university can feel like a daunting one — so we want to let you know that you’re not alone; we’re here; we’re your community.

There will be the following sessions happening with leading BAME professionals in the creative industries.

  • 10 talks
  • 5 x speed mentors
  • 2 x panel discussions
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Cut The Bakwaas
Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Cut The Bakwaas

We’re SO excited to be hosting #CUTTHEBAKWAAS presented by The Performance Lab.

IN A NUTSHELL

An ode to being unapologetically Brown and British. Join us to converse in an evening of melanated music, performances, and good vibes to decolonise and unify the masses.

GO ON...

Cut the Bakwaas is an evening fuelled with art, performances and discussion, exploring the social, political and cultural narratives that articulate what it means to be British Asian in 2018. We invite artists from the South Asian diaspora to showcase their work across all disciplines, to celebrate and champion our communities, and to tell our stories in our own tongues.

The timing of Cut The Bakwaas takes advantage of a convergence of significant cultural moments for British Asians. Riz Ahmed represented the diaspora when he became the first Asian man to win an acting Emmy in 2017, Jameela Jamil is making waves in ‘The Good Place’, and January 2018 saw the 20th anniversary of Goodness Gracious Me first airing on the BBC. The show is a cultural milestone for the South Asian community, showing Britain that their Asian neighbours are capable of being funny, intelligent, dynamic, vulgar, awkward, witty, self-deprecating and ultimately, human.

Cut The Bakwaas considers the legacy of the show where we first got to see our own diverse experiences reflected on screen, and proposes a blueprint for a path forward, creating an arena for the South Asian diaspora to thrive in the British cultural space.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The evening will involve performance, visual arts and a panel discussion, showcasing a colourful spectrum of the British Asian experience.

ZERO PREJUDICE POLICY.

We represent a unified space, free from any judgement. All individuals welcome regardless of class, gender representation, or ability.

The Performance Lab is a collective of ambitious creatives with a mission. Co-founded by Divya Satwani and Vikesh Godhwani, it is a platform to develop our craft, connect with likeminded artists and make a change in the industry by diversifying the playing field. Each of us connected because we all had a similar vision- we believe that art is powerful. It can transform spaces, allow us to escape into another world, make people think, heal, empathise and best of all - understand each other regardless of their class, race, gender orientation or ability. We create space for emerging artists to develop and share their work through producing immersive, experimental multidisciplinary events and workshops across London. We are particularly passionate about encouraging work from marginilised communities, particularly WOC, the LGBTQ community, and those with disabilities.

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Self Love with Fashion Plugin + Yemzi Girl
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Self Love with Fashion Plugin + Yemzi Girl

A SELF LOVE GUIDE FOR FEMALE CREATIVES

FPYGT is a collaboration between Fashion Plugin and Yemzi fashion brand. FPYGT started as a vision between the two platforms to bring ambitious women of colour together. Their monthly sessions, aimed at small business owners and freelancers, will focus on how attendees can increase the success of their endeavors and wellbeing.

Our co-founder Roshni Goyate will be joining fellow panellists Jasmin Sehra and Shakaila Forbes-Bell for an interactive discussion and network event to discuss self love.

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-self-love-guide-for-female-creatives-tickets-40115647983

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GENERAL ASSEMBLY: DEBUNKING THE SIDE HUSTLE
Nov
8
6:00 PM18:00

GENERAL ASSEMBLY: DEBUNKING THE SIDE HUSTLE

We've all heard of the term "side hustle", but what does it really mean and how do those who have side hustles find the time?

So many people these days are fixated on becoming entrepreneurs, getting caught up in making passion projects a fully-fledged business. But what happens when your "side hustle" isn't for profit? How do people devote their free time to something other than their day job and not burn out?

In this panel, we gather people whose side hustles are thriving, but it's not about the money. We will delve into how they sustain this lifestyle along with their full time gigs, what tips they have, and how you too can make your passions a reality.

Tickets available here.

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26 x Wonderbly x The Other Box
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

26 x Wonderbly x The Other Box

We are teaming up with 26 and Wonderbly to put on an evening of inspiring talks, delivered by people from minority backgrounds. These are people who once felt invisible, even actively silenced by the mainstream, but who have used their experience and creativity to change the narrative. They’ve written themselves into the story so that all of us can feel inspired and empowered to tell our own stories.

The event itself is free, and Wonderbly is kindly providing pizza and nibbles!

So come along, take a seat, grab some pizza, and learn more about how we can improve diversity in copywriting and beyond.

About Wonderbly
Wonderbly is a marvellously unusual, award winning publishing startup that plays in the intersection of storytelling and technology. They're on a mission to inspire boundless self-belief in children through clever and sophisticated personalisation.

To date, they have made over 2.7 million children in more than 200 countries gasp and giggle.

www.wonderbly.com

About the speakers

Shahnaz Ahmed, Senior Designer at Livity and Director at Knit Aid
Shahnaz Ahmed is Senior Designer at Livity, an award-winning youth-led creative network in London, which helps brands like PlayStation, Dyson, Netflix and Google, earn a place in youth culture. She juggles this with being a mum and a director at Knit Aid, a global social movement she founded to help refugees and brings communities together through knitting. Shahnaz is also a regular speaker at industry events and has won several awards including Creative Equal's ‘Women to Watch’ and Campaign's Future Leader’s award. And she was one of 15 women chosen globally for the Cannes Lions See It Be It programme this year.

Nafisa Bakkar, Co-Founder at Amaliah.com
Nafisa Bakkar is one of the co-founders of Amaliah.com. Amaliah is dedicated to representing Muslim women. With a team of over 100 contributors across fashion and culture, Amaliah creates content for and by Muslim women that aims to shape thought and amplify the voices of muslim women. This year they were named by Forbes as one to watch.

Selma Nicholls, Founder of Looks Like Me
Selma Nicholls founded Looks Like Me, a kids’ talent and casting agency, after her then three-year-old daughter Riley-Ann questioned her own identity (on two occasions) due to the limited visibility of children that looked like her on bill boards, theatre shows, the big screen, magazines, and advertising. Selma’s also one of the co-founders of the SoWhiteProject, an ongoing campaign to end visual bias on the internet and normalise diverse imagery through real photography.

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BIMA Breakfast Briefing: Enough Talk, It's Time For Diversity Action
Oct
31
8:30 AM08:30

BIMA Breakfast Briefing: Enough Talk, It's Time For Diversity Action

Tired of everyone talking about Diversity & Inclusion and yet nothing seems to be changing?

In a session curated by the BIMA Diversity Group, join The Other Box and a panel of awesome speakers for our Diversity & Inclusion breakfast where Diversity leaders who have successfully delivered change will be sharing their strategies for success. You'll leave the event knowing the five things you should do now as well as know how to build and deliver your own Diversity & Inclusion strategy.

Event speakers

Roshni Goyate - Co-Founder of The Other Box

Nancy Rowe - Digital Strategy and Insight Lead at SapientRazorfish

Roxanne Hobbs, Founder of The Hobbs Consultancy

Serhat Ekinci, Director, OMG Ethnic at Omnicom Media Group

Suzy Levy, Managing Director, The Red Plate

Trevor Johnson, Director, Global Agency Partnerships

For more information and to get your ticket, see: https://www.bima.co.uk/Event/2017/09-Sep-2017/BIMA-Breakfast-Briefing--Enough-Talk-Its-Time-For-Diversity-Action

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STROBE: Changing The Narrative
Oct
26
12:00 PM12:00

STROBE: Changing The Narrative

We've teamed up with Stripes, This Ability, People of Creativity and All Here to create an event for the next generation of creatives and future leaders in the field. If you're between the age of 18-24 from a BAME background and interested in how the creative and advertising industry works then this is an event not to be missed. We have a panel of industry experts who will share with you their story and how they have managed to create a successful career in the creative sphere. We will also have a host of industry professionals on hand to give you personal career advice, CV review and much, much more! And here's the kicker it's completely FREE! 

‘Changing The Narrative’ is aimed at young people, undergraduates and recent graduates from a wide variety of studies/backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a career in the creative industry.

Interactive, engaging, and informal, the event demonstrates how to access the creative industries and the value of a career in creative industry for young BAME talent.

How?
The event is broken down into 3 interactive sessions:

Panel Discussion
Our panel will consist of young BAME creative professionals who will introduce themselves, what they do and how they got there. Students can then kick off a Q&A with the panel.

Insights Session
Attendees will be broken out into smaller groups of 8-10 people; each group will be led by a senior creative professional. This will provide detailed insight into core roles within the creative industry. Student groups will circulate around the room in a “speed dating” style rotation to be exposed to lots of different roles and options.

Career Clinic
An opportunity for attendees to have their CV/Portfolio reviewed by an industry professional or simply expand their network within the creative industry.

The professionals on hand will represent various backgrounds such as: Film & Photography, Social Media, Visual (Graphic) Design, Client Services, PR, UI & UX Design, Strategy, Project Management, Creative Technology, Marketing Data and Analytics, Journalism and Copywriting, Art Direction

Benefits
‘Changing The Narrative’ event provides the perfect opportunity to gain access to professionals who will supply them with the answers to all of their related enquiries.

Attendees will be able to get expert advice, insights and coaching from creative professionals to make their dreams a reality.

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This event is brought to you by STROBE: a series of events focusing on celebrating creators, innovators and inventors from BAME community.

‘Changing The Narrative’ not only recognises BAME contribution, but reaches out to young people about to start their careers.

For more information on STROBE, click here.

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IS WORK-LIFE BALANCE A REALITY?
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

IS WORK-LIFE BALANCE A REALITY?

About this event

Our increasingly digital world has made it difficult for us to establish a divide between work and life. With more flexible and remote work opportunities, it's difficult to resist responding to emails at all hours of the day. Needless to say, the lines are blurry.

This discussion will explore work-life balance and the ways our inspiring panelists have adapted to this new paradigm shift. They'll share experiences of how they've managed their own work-life balance, break down the challenges they've faced, and offer tips on how to tackle yours.

The Other Box will be joining this stellar line-up to talk about our experiences in work-life balance - sign-up below and come say hello!

Other Speakers

James Routledge
Founder, Sanctus

Malin Persson
Global Development Manager, Glug HQ

Simon Alexander Ong
Life Coach & Business Strategist

Paulina Sygulska Tenner
Founder of GrantTree, Tedx Speaker

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