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Tue, 31 Oct


NatWest Accelerator Hub

TAG Network Midlands presents In Our Shoes Panel Discussion in association with NatWest

In celebration of Black History Month 2023's theme 'Saluting Sisters'

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TAG Network Midlands presents In Our Shoes Panel Discussion in association with NatWest
TAG Network Midlands presents In Our Shoes Panel Discussion in association with NatWest

Time & Location

31 Oct 2023, 18:00 – 20:30

NatWest Accelerator Hub, 2 St Philip's Pl, Birmingham B3 2RB, UK


About the Event

Celebrating Black History Month 2023, TAG Network Midlands presents In Our Shoes in association with NatWest

Our Networking & Panel Discussion event 'In Our Shoes' chronicles the individual entrepreneurial journeys through the lens of black women as they share their paths to success, their challenges as female founders, their perspectives, their pivotal moments in life/business, the value of acknowledging trailblazing women who achieved greatness and set the standard, as well as the importance of supporting fellow business women. 

The panel discussion will be led by TAG Network Midlands Founder & CEO, Denise Morris and will feature panel guests;

Karen Bailey, Karen is the Principal Solicitor of Bailey Wright & Co. She set the practice up in June 1996. She was the first African-Caribbean woman to set up a practice in Birmingham City Centre. Karen is a member of the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in cases involving social services, such as care proceedings, adoption proceedings and applications for contact with children in care.

In addition, Karen's extraordinary fight for justice on behalf of a whistleblower who took on the might of the UN was immortalised in a best-selling book called 'The Whistleblower' which also inspired a movie starring Rachel Weisz and Vanessa Redgrave.

Tara Attfield-Tomes, PR and events expert with a passion for people and making a difference. As a female entrepreneur with over 16 years’ experience in the industry, working both agency and client side, she leads multi-award-winning EAST VILLAGE., a PR agency with a strong vision for creating a more inclusive landscape for underrepresented founders in the tech sector and helping SMEs to grow.

Tara champions diversity within the creative industries, as well as paving the way for women in business. She sits on the Soho House ‘Cities Without Houses’ Birmingham committee; is part of Ethical Equity’s Angel Group, helping underserved founders become investment-ready; and is a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board for The Agency Collective. She was a founding member of BPFS Black Leaders Network, which brought together Black leaders throughout lockdown, and she’s now part of TAG Network Midlands’ Women in Leadership Committee. Tara is also a mentor for Soho Mentorship, and the Help To Grow scheme.

Namywa Hutchinson, is an international recording artist, performer and songwriter hailing from Birmingham speaking truth to power, with a fearless lyrical approach to subjects that mean a lot to her. Namywa, accompanied by her live band has supported the likes of UB40, Beverley Knight, Paloma Faith, Public Enemy, and more! 

In 2020, Namywa founded GIRL GRIND UK CIC with an unwavering willingness to support girls and gender-expanding youth of diverse heritage between the ages of 12 to 30. Since launching, the organisation has delivered 9 innovative projects and programs that support diverse women, girls and gender expanding people on their personal and professional grind. To date the organisation has reached over 100,000 people as live audiences, positively impacted the lives and livelihoods of 300 participants and now, for the first time, is branching out delivery nationally to address pressing issues faced by our community at large. 

Kishma Bolaji, is a Senior Associate at CL Medilaw (part of Knights plc), specialising in Clinical Negligence. Kishma is also a very proud Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Birmingham Black Lawyers with a passion for supporting law students as well as qualified solicitors to overcome obstacles and progress to senior management positions in their respective firms.

The encouragement and support she has received from the local community within law and the wider professional community empowers her to continue the mission to promote diversity within the legal profession at all levels tops every firm and practice’s agenda.

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