Last week I was privileged to attend the 2016 Powerlist Influencers Dinner hosted by Powerful Media at the V&A museum. The event was in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group and Ernst & Young, with Thompson Reuters as the main sponsor.
The Powerlist is a yearly publication which highlights the top 100 most influential Britons of African and Caribbean Heritage. It also highlights individuals who are considered rising stars in their fields and as such are pegged to themselves feature on the list in the near future. The number one individual on the Powerlist this year was none other than Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa. The list also recognised the likes of Sir Lenny Henry (Actor and campaigner), Steve McQueen (Film Director), Lewis Hamilton (Three-time Formula 1 World Champion), Adrian Joseph (MD, Enterprise Analytics Services EMEA, Google) and many more successful people.
Powerful Media also publishes a list of the top 100 Most Outstanding African & Caribbean Students and New Graduates. This ennumerates individuals who have been nominated by their peers or leaders and have subsequently undergone a thorough selection process to be featured on the list. It highlights individuals from different degree courses from Law, Media, Finance to Engineering and Sciences. Find out more here . Another offshoot of the Powerlist is the Powerlist Foundation which is aimed at giving back. It holds an annual Leadership programme which aims to develop leadership ability and empower young Africans and Caribbeans at Undergraduate level between the ages of 18 and 21. More information here
The event was truly inspiring with speeches from some of the individuals on the Powerlist as well as Matthew Barzon, US ambassador to the UK. One of the highlights of the night for me was the enchanting performance from Ballet Black, a professional ballet company that aims to highlight the talent of Black and Asian individuals and therefore bring ballet to a more culturally diverse audience.
I took so much away from this event, it is impossible to fully express. I am filled with so much gratitude and inpiration that there are individuals out there rolling up their sleeves and working extremely hard to break down barriers that often inhibit prosperity and creativity. I am of the opinion that the world and every industry in it has much to gain from cultural diversity and an unlimited amount to lose from a lack of it. I am also convinced that it is up to us all, regardless of ethnicity or heritage to ensure that this work is not in vain and that we all strive for excellence in everything that we do.
Lastly, I have to express how delightfully captivating the V&A museum is. To think that I have never been inside of it with my self-dubbed title of “London Adventurer” is quite scandalous really. Not to worry, it’s on the books.
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Until Next Time,
The Reet Petite