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Guest Speaker Series

Bianca Miller-Cole

Bianca Miller-Cole is an award-winning Entrepreneur and founder of ‘go to’ personal branding company The Be Group. Bianca became known as a public face after an excellent performance on BBC business competition, The Apprentice in 2014 where she initially pitched the idea to redefine nude hosiery via her brand Bianca Miller London and has since taken it from idea to reality, including being awarded ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ status. In 2017 she co-authored the Amazon bestselling book; Self Made: The Definitive Guide to Business Start-up Success, to help others on their personal brand and business journey. Bianca’s second book ‘The Business Survival Kit’ chronicles tips to help every busy professional and entrepreneur not only survive but thrive in business; covering topics like imposter syndrome, anxiety, goal setting, relationships, financials, stakeholder management and stress.

Date: 6 October 2021
Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

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Hosted by one of our future trainees, Wanipa Ndhlovu, Bianca will offer insights from her own professional journey and share her views on intrapreneurship and how to focus on adding value to an organisation by thinking in a solutions orientated manner. 

We will discuss how to survive and thrive, exploring a few core topics from her book including imposter syndrome, stress, anxiety, self-limiting beliefs and how to overcome obstacles during your professional journey. This will be followed by a Q&A session with Bianca. 

Guest Speaker Series

Thriving through uncertainty

Over a year since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the events that sparked the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, we discuss how the black community has been impacted and how our panellists, Yomi AdegokeChelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, remain active in ensuring improvements are made in the workplace and society. 

In partnership with the Clifford Chance REACH network (Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage) this session will explore the themes of resilience, strength, and unity, and how the firm is campaigning for race equality on a global scale.

Date: 21 October 2021
Time: 5-6pm

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Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award winning journalist and columnist at British Vogue, The Guardian and the i paper. In 2018, she co-authored the bestselling book Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible, for which she was named a Marie Claire Future Shaper and was awarded the Groucho Maverick award.
Cambridge graduates, Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi are the co-authors of Taking Up Space: The Black Girl’s Manifesto for Change.


Chelsea is a first-class honours History graduate and former Vice-President of the Cambridge African-Caribbean Society. She is currently studying at the University of Law in preparation for a training contract with a city law firm in London.
Ore Ogunbiyi is a Nigerian-British Politics and International Relations graduate. Whilst at Cambridge she pioneered the Benin Bronze Repatriation campaign, the #BlackMenofCambridgeUniversity campaign and was also President of the African-Caribbean Society.

Guest Speaker Series

Mohsin Zaidi

Mohsin Zaidi is a criminal barrister at one of the top chambers in the country and represents clients in a number of high-profile cases. He has previously worked at a UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague and at the UK's Supreme Court. Mohsin is an advocate for LGBT rights, BAME representation and social mobility. He is on the board of Stonewall, the UK's biggest LGBT rights charity and is a governor of his former secondary school. Mohsin appears as a commentator on Sky News and has previously written for CNN Style, Bustle, Mr Porter and Newsweek. The Financial Times listed him as a top future LGBT leader, The Lawyer Magazine included him on their Hot 100 list, and Attitude magazine has named him a trailblazer changing the world today.

Date: 2 November 2021
Time: 5-6pm

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This will be hosted by Narind Singh, Clifford Chance Partner and Co-Chair of our Inclusion Committee. Mohsin and Narind will be sharing their perspectives to assist you with your development both professionally and personally. During this session you will learn about the use of legal influence in courtrooms and communities around the world to help deliver greater equality for LGBTQ+ people. 


You'll also hear stories of resilience and perseverance through Narind and Mohsin's personal journeys with mental health and coming out. In Mohsin's case, this led him to be the first person from his school to attend The University of Oxford where the new experiences he encountered helped him to discover who he truly wanted to be.

A Chance for Victory

Founded by The Duke of Sussex, the Invictus Games Foundation uses the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. Join us to hear how our future trainees have been helping to advance the strategic aims of the IGF through our award-winning LIFT programme.

The event will be attended by Dominic Reid OBE, Chief Executive of the IGF, and David Wiseman, Director of Grants and Programmes, who will discuss the inception of the Invictus Games and how they capture hearts, challenges minds and changes lives. They will be joined by Jennifer Mbaluto, a TMT partner and Leigh Smith, a senior associate in our IP team, to discuss the firm's relationship with the IGF.

Date: 8 November 2021
Time: 5-6pm

Guest Speaker Series

Dr Grace Lordan

Dr Grace Lordan is the Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative (TII), Director of the MSc in Behavioural Science and an Associate Professor in Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Grace has a PhD in Economics, and an undergraduate degree in computer science. Her research is focused on understanding why some individuals succeed in life and others don't. She is an expert on the effects of bias, discrimination and technology changes. Grace is an expert advisor to the UK government sitting on their skills and productivity board. Her academic writings have been published in top international journals in economics and the broader social sciences. Think Big, Take Small Steps and Build the Future you Want is her first book.

Date: 15 November 2021
Time: 5-6pm

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This session will be hosted by trainees Chloe Lettington and Lewis Barton who both completed the Clifford Chance ACCESS programme before joining the Firm. Chloe and Lewis will discuss themes with Grace including how to build confidence and make the most of opportunities. They will also explore the topic of overcoming bias as well as share their unique stories and personal experiences. 

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Building a sense of belonging

Join us for a discussion on identity, mental health, and the unique pressures of growing up in the black community. Our speakers, Meg Zeenat Wamithi, Derek Owusu and Agnes Mwakatuma, will explore the mental health challenges facing young black people linked to themes including sexuality, family and religion.

The session will be hosted by the lead 'Mental Health Advocates' for the Clifford Chance trainee committee who will also provide insight on what the Firm is doing to end the stigma around mental health and develop an environment where colleagues can speak openly about their personal experiences and wellbeing.

Date: 25 November 2021
Time:  5-6pm

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Meg Zeenat Wamithi is an award-winning mental health campaigner and consultant. Inspired by her own difficult experience, Meg created My Mind Matters Too, a youth-led mental health research and development company to support those suffering from mental health issues. 
Derek Owusu is a writer, poet and podcaster from north London. He discovered his passion for literature at the age of twenty-three while studying exercise science at university. Unable to afford a change of degree, Derek began reading voraciously and sneaking into English Literature lectures.

Agnes Mwakatuma
was born in Tanzania and has lived in the UK for 12 years following her family’s relocation to Torquay, Devon. She studied at the UWE Bristol, graduating with a BA in Business Management with Economics — before going on to work in the charity sector, creating and managing youth-led programmes in East Africa. She is the Founder of Black Minds Matter U.K. 

What others have to say about the series...

"The event was better and more inspirational than I could have ever expected. The speakers were very engaging and it was thought and action provoking to hear there experiences. Having a space for these conversations is so important and I am grateful to Clifford Chance for providing a platform to enable this."

"Can I just take this moment to appreciate the content covered and how candidly the panel spoke - Clifford Chance was not my first option but after this talk, it has definitely enhanced my respect for the firm. Thank you for such a wonderful and honest webinar! I thoroughly enjoyed it."

"This was a really powerful event! Well done Clifford Chance!"

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In case you missed it...

All of our main events from the last season are accessible via our On Demand platform so you can go back and catch-up on events that have passed that contain really valuable content. We will be updating On Demand as we progress through our events this season so you can pause, rewind and re-watch sessions that you have already attended or catch-up on the ones that you were not able to make. 

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