Westminster Diversity and Inclusion Festival
Nov
21
5:30 PM17:30

Westminster Diversity and Inclusion Festival

Our co-founder Leyya Sattar will be joining the inaugural Westminster Inclusion & Diversity Festival. This year’s focus is Agents of Change, showcasing individuals and companies that are driving transformative change towards inclusion, retention and representation of all identity, social and cultural intersections in entrepreneurship and the creative, tech, media and digital industries.

The event is FREE, and spaces are available here.


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Oliver Bonas x The Slice x The Other Box: RESILIENCE
Oct
16
6:30 PM18:30

Oliver Bonas x The Slice x The Other Box: RESILIENCE

Join us, The Slice and Oliver Bonas for a live podcast recording, as we discuss the topic of resilience in support of UK Youth

About this Event

Discussing real-life experiences from people who have been resilient and an open conversation about how to build resilience, and whether it’s important or not in today’s opinionated society.

The Slice Podcast

Hosted by Megan Morass and Tara Starlet, a weekly pip-you-up podcast, covering everything from work woes to self-care, getting you motivated every Monday morning!

The Other Box

An award-winning company, celebrating people of colour and people from other underrepresented backgrounds in the creative industries. They work to educate and empower people to work and live more inclusively.

UK Youth

A leading national charity committed to empowering young people to build bright futures. UK Youth are our charity partner for 2019/2020.

G & T on arrival. All ticket proceeds donated to UK Youth and their services.

Tickets are available here

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The Other Box 3rd birthday!
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

The Other Box 3rd birthday!

Join us on Friday 11th October to celebrate our 3rd birthday!

About this Event

It's been one hell of a year...we've grown our community to over 3000+ creatives, delivered our training around the world and made our first official full-time hire! We want to celebrate our achievements from the last three years and thank all of you brilliant people who have championed and supported us along our way.

Full plan

Join us for dancing, music (by DJ Saliah) and network with some of the lovely TOB community and the incredible people we've had the privilege to meet and work with.

  • To get the party started, we don't want to be minding the doors all night so please arrive between 7pm - 7.30pm.

  • Don't worry about coming on your own, we're a friendly bunch and you'll make friends in no time! Look out for the gold balloons on the night for networking spots.

  • Spaces are limited so if you can't make it anymore, please cancel your ticket so it can be made available for the waiting list.

This is invitation only and security will be strict, so make sure you RSVP via the ticket link.

All of our love,

The TOB team x

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TOB x Rachel Ricketts: An autumnal breakfast for gamechangers
Sep
30
8:30 AM08:30

TOB x Rachel Ricketts: An autumnal breakfast for gamechangers

We're honoured to be welcoming Rachel Ricketts a racial justice activist from Canada, who will be sharing an intro to her Spiritual Activism

About this Event

We're very honoured to be welcoming and hosting Rachel Ricketts a racial justice activist, lawyer, healer, speaker and writer visiting from Canada. Rachel will be giving us a taste of her Spiritual Activism, accompanied by an intimate breakfast alongside friends of TOB, all of whom who are on their own paths of inclusivity, collectivity, healing and growth. Meet likeminded people working to shift narratives and empower others. Share in positivity as we approach the final months of 2019.

AGENDA

8.30-9.00: Arrival

9.00 - 9.30 Meditation and an Intro to Spiritual Activism by Rachel Ricketts

9.30-10.00: Q+A facilitated by TOB x Rachel Ricketts

10.00-11.00: Networking

Please bring a pen and something to write on.

Get your tickets here.

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More about Rachel Ricketts

Rachel Ricketts is a global thought leader + outspoken champion for Black and Indigenous womxn. As a racial justice activist, lawyer, healer, speaker + writer, she educates white folx on their role in perpetuating white supremacy, and helps folx of colour heal from internalized oppression. Rachel hosts online and in-person workshops including her renowned Spiritual Activism series which promotes racial justice and offers practical solutions for all hue-mans to dismantle racist heteropatriarchy. She is the co-founder of WOC (Women of Colour) Talks and her work has been featured in global media such as Vox, Mind Body Green, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Elephant Journal, 21Ninety, Black Girl in Om and Thrive.

More about The Other Box

The Other Box is an award-winning company, educating and empowering people to work and live more inclusively. We champion people of colour, and people from other underrepresented backgrounds.

Today we work strategically with global companies on D&I through training and courses, and brands on partnerships, campaigns and custom strategies. The Other Box also supports a global community of nearly 3,000 creatives, connecting them to opportunities across the industries. Leyya and Roshni are regular contributors to panels, radio and TV shows for the likes of BBC, Apple, Facebook and Huffington Post. They also speak at events on issues around diversity, identity, community, culture and more.

@_theotherbox | @IAmRachelRicketts

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Hustle & Kids: juggling a life with kids in it
Sep
27
11:30 AM11:30

Hustle & Kids: juggling a life with kids in it

Parenting or caring for kids of any age comes with its demands. Add to that the many demands of plain old adulting, such as work, friendships, bills, life, and there are quickly many plates to be spinning. The Other Box and The Montessori Studio have partered to put on a panel discussion to share the ups and downs of having a life with kids (whether your own or caring for others') in the 21st Century.

We'll cover topics like community, impact of family and friends (or lack of), availability of childcare (or lack of), the impact of all this on kids today, and ultimately how we can support each other, no matter what our own situations.

The panel features experts for 3 different age-groups: 0-6; 6-11 and pre-teen to teenage. There'll be plenty of time for a Q&A and chance to meet other people on their own journeys of parenthood or caring for kids.

11.30am - 12pm: Guests arrive
12pm - 12.45pm: Panel discussion
12.45 - 1.15pm: Q&A 
1.15 - 2pm: Chat and mingle

All are welcome, and we especially welcome carers, parents of colour, same-sex parents, trans-parents or parents of trans-kids, single parents, parents with disabilities, parents of kids with disabilities, blended families, people trying to conceive, parents-to-be, and anyone who feels their story is left out of the mainstream parenthood narrative.

The venue is family-friendly in case you need or want to bring kids.

Tickets available here.

More about The Montessori Studio

The Montessori Studio was founded by Zainab Shamis-Saleem who started adult life as a designer and in 2011 decided to train to become a Montessori Directoress with MCI. She set up The Montessori Studio to allow Montessori to become more accessible and demystify some of the ‘elitist’ stereotypes of this way of learning, particularly to those for whom looking after young children feels like a whole new world. 8 years and two of her own children later, she has gone from nursery settings to homeschooling to teaching parents and carers how to implement the Montessori approach in their own homes.
@TheMontessoriStudio 
https://www.themontessoristudio.com

More about The Other Box

The Other Box is an award-winning organisation, working on increasing inclusion and diversity at work and in life. They celebrate people of colour and people from other underrepresented backgrounds. They work strategically with global companies on diversity and inclusion through training and workshops, with brands on partnerships and campaigns, and they support a community of nearly 3,000 creatives as well as TOB:Parenthood for parents and carers whose stories are not represented in the mainstream narrative.

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THIIIRD MAGAZINE: NOT ANOTHER DIVERSITY PANEL
Sep
11
7:00 PM19:00

THIIIRD MAGAZINE: NOT ANOTHER DIVERSITY PANEL

Join the THIIIRD team & contributors to their latest issue, for a discussion about strengths and shortcomings of current approaches in diversity initiatives in the arts, publishing, music & education

This special panel discussion brings together a range of voices from the creative industries: Jackie Hagan, Roshni Goyate, Kai Isiah Jamal, and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante.

The discussion will consider experiences of tokenistic approaches and reflections on the policy making work of organisations around diversity. Panellists will also share perspectives on the ways in which companies can ‘make space’ and do better, asking how we can ensure that conversations around identity do not get marketed by brands just to facilitate a trend.

Launched in 2015, THIIIRD magazine has been a home for celebrating identity and diversity. The publication champions the voices of women, BME and LGBTQ+, migrant groups, and marginalised communities with a spirit of allyship.

More information here.

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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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Management Today: Inclusion Matters conference
Jun
25
to Jun 26

Management Today: Inclusion Matters conference

Our co-founder Leyya Sattar will be speaking at the Management Today: Inclusion Matters conference on the following panel:

THE GENERATION GAME

This session will discuss the different ways of working and collaborating across the generations. From Baby boomers to Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z

  • What are the most common ways of working for these generations? Are they vastly different?

  • What can generations learn from each other?

  • How can tools and tech be transformative?

  • A hundred-year life – how do you make sure you are using the knowledge of older workers?

  • In a society that worships youth, older workers are often unfairly overlooked. Is ageism the last taboo?

Leyya Sattar , Co-founder and Head of Partnerships, The Other Box

Madeleine Morris, Founder, The Society of Very Senior Creatives

Patrick Thomson, Senior Programme Manager – Fulfilling Work, Centre for Ageing Better

Bejay Mulenga, CEO, Supa Talent

Guest Chair: Nicola Kemp, Managing Editor, BITE

More information available here.

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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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Know Your Bias - Open workshop
Mar
21
2:00 PM14:00

Know Your Bias - Open workshop

Hands up if you’re ready to learn more about creating a diverse and inclusive workplace? Hurrah! OK, now, hands up if you’re worried that diversity and inclusion training means death by Powerpoint and reams of handouts?! Well, fear not, the Know Your Bias workshop by award-winning organisation, The Other Box, is anything but dry. We’ll help you uncover your unconscious biases and explore real-life experiences in a thought-provoking, interactive workshop where you’ll take away practical tips to apply straightaway at work.

Know Your Bias

Whether or not we like to admit it, we all have unconscious biases. They affect our perceptions, our decision-making processes and our workplace cultures. Becoming aware of an unconscious bias is the first step to changing that; and it can ultimately help us all create a more inclusive and productive working culture.

Who is this workshop for?

From running our flagship workshop internally for organisations, this is your chance to see what Know Your Bias is about! This workshop is for anyone looking to start meaningful conversations around diversity and inclusion in their workplace and have tools they can implement straight away to begin making a real difference.

Who are The Other Box?

Leyya Sattar and Roshni Goyate are two brown, working class women who have carved successful careers in the creative industries. But they were tired of feeling invisible and underrepresented - on high-profile panels, on awards juries, and at leadership level in agencies. So, they founded The Other Box in 2016, to change the way the industry thinks about diversity, to create role models for people of colour, and to provide a platform for underrepresented people doing amazing work in the creative sector.

Don't just take our word for it

The Other Box creates a safe space for diversity and inclusion topics to come alive through shared discussion. Getting people out of their seats, talking about their own experiences and perceptions in a safe space was really powerful and dare I say it, enjoyable. 
Monzo

The Other Box created an open and constructive environment for us to open up and explore some of the biases. The way they spoke about some of the concepts and ways in which biases and removing them can change mindset was so thought-provoking, surprising and practical. We have never been so engaged in a training session before. Many of the cohort said that it was a real eye-opener to things that they had never even considered before as well as making them think about in intersectionality (yes we picked up some lingo) of these biases and how we shouldn’t just be assuming. It has been the most talked about training we have EVER done! We cannot wait to roll this out further and we are in complete awe of The Other Box and the work that they are doing! 
Pan Macmillan

I found the Know Your Bias event really useful and inspiring. The training was facilitated in such an open, accepting way that we felt supported yet free to speak our minds, which led to some really enlightening and refreshingly honest discussions. The pace of the workshop and size of group worked really well, and there was space to network afterwards in a relaxed environment. I will definitely take what I learnt back to my work and personal life, and am advocating for my organisation to book in some sessions too.

Into Film

“It was eye-opening to learn how asking a seemingly innocent question to another person can be interpreted in a demeaning context. The workshop massively raised awareness of how we can push our workplace to be a truly welcoming and inclusive environment for each and every person.”

Blue Zoo Animation Studio

Any other questions?

Get in touch by emailing leyya@theotherbox.org.

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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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Know Your Bias - Open workshop
Aug
1
2:00 PM14:00

Know Your Bias - Open workshop

Hands up if you’re ready to learn more about creating a diverse and inclusive workplace? Hurrah! OK, now, hands up if you’re worried that diversity and inclusion training means death by Powerpoint and reams of handouts?! Well, fear not, the Know Your Bias workshop by award-winning organisation, The Other Box, is anything but dry. We’ll help you uncover your unconscious biases and explore real-life experiences in a thought-provoking, interactive workshop where you’ll take away practical tips to apply straightaway at work.

Know Your Bias

Whether or not we like to admit it, we all have unconscious biases. They affect our perceptions, our decision-making processes and our workplace cultures. Becoming aware of an unconscious bias is the first step to changing that; and it can ultimately help us all create a more inclusive and productive working culture.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is for anyone looking to start meaningful conversations around diversity and inclusion in their workplace and have tools they can implement straight away to begin making a real difference.

Who are The Other Box?

Leyya Sattar and Roshni Goyate are two brown, working class women who have carved successful careers in the creative industries. But they were tired of feeling invisible and underrepresented - on high-profile panels, on awards juries, and at leadership level in agencies. So, they founded The Other Box, to change the way the industry thinks about diversity, to create role models for people of colour, and to provide a platform for underrepresented people doing amazing work in the creative sector.

Don't just take our word for it

I found the Know Your Bias event really useful and inspiring. The training was facilitated in such an open, accepting way that we felt supported yet free to speak our minds, which led to some really enlightening and refreshingly honest discussions. The pace of the workshop and size of group worked really well, and there was space to network afterwards in a relaxed environment. I will definitely take what I learnt back to my work and personal life, and am advocating for my organisation to book in some sessions too.

Into Film

“It was eye-opening to learn how asking a seemingly innocent question to another person can be interpreted in a demeaning context. The workshop massively raised awareness of how we can push our workplace to be a truly welcoming and inclusive environment for each and every person.”

Blue Zoo Animation Studio

When and where is this workshop taking place?

Our Know Your Bias workshop is taking place from 14:00 - 17:30, Wednesday 1st August 2018 at Facebook’s London Office.

How much does it cost?

We're offering a 'try before you buy' with a special discounted price of £99 per person. So grab a ticket whilst you can!

Read more here: https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/know-your-bias-workshop-tickets-299838/

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How to strive outside the hive: Mental Health and Wellbeing panel
Jul
21
1:00 PM13:00

How to strive outside the hive: Mental Health and Wellbeing panel

Hear Leyya from The Other Box, life coach Dr Stacie CC Graham and mental health worker Shalisha talk about their professional experiences as Femmes of Colour and discussing how to look after your wellbeing as an artist.

You will also be given the chance to pose questions to the panel.

No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Panelist biographies

Dr Stacie CC Graham – OYA

Dr Stacie CC Graham is a certified Hatha yoga instructor as well as a certified life coach. In cooperation with the British Wheel of Yoga she is delivering a yoga teacher training course for women of colour. Professionally she works as a management consultant and change coach. Mindfulness forms the foundation of both her professional and personal work. And yoga, in its entirety, signifies for her an art of living.

Leyya – The Other Box

Leyya is a freelance creative and co-founder of The Other Box. An award-winning platform that celebrates and champions people of colour, and people from underrepresented backgrounds in the creative industries. Leyya is a regular speaker at events and on the radio, and has won several awards including Ad Age ‘Women to watch Europe 2018’, Pitch 100 superwomen, The Dots ‘Top 200 women redefining the industry’, Creative Equals x Campaign Magazine ‘Future leaders’, and winner of the WATC Diversity Champion award.

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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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GRL PWR Gang
Jul
4
7:00 PM19:00

GRL PWR Gang

Our co-founder Leyya will be joining GRL PWR GANG for a panel discussion at Shoreditch House on the 4th July! The event is available to members of the Soho House group.

Meet the females changing the future right now, they are speaking out, disrupting, re-educating and redefining not only the way that we think but the way that we treat ourselves, each other and the world

They are artists, activists, authors, models and designers and fully paid up members of the slash slash generation of women that refuse to be put in one box. 

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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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