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Oct 26

BYP Network Speaker Series: Level Up

October 26, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

BYP Network Speaker Series: Level Up | Blacknet UK
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Join us on Thursday 26th October for our first ever speaker series event. This is all about developing black young professionals to be the best they can be. Understand where you are today is perfectly fine but with hardwork, focus and determination you can get to the next level. Of course, in true BYP Network fashion, this will be an interactive session with discussions, networking and a panel Q&A. It’s black history month, so it’s important to surround yourself with black excellence as you all strive for greatness. 

Samuel will be reminding us of the importance of remaining present and having inner peace as we pursue our dreams. Marsha will explain her journey to senior lawyer and how you can rise up the ranks in your chosen career despite the work politics. We’ll round it off with Carl, motivating us all to stay committed to our plans regardless of the hurdles.    


6.30pm – 7.30pm: Welcome & Networking

7.30 – 8.30pm: Speakers & Discussions 

9pm – 9.30pm: Panel Q&A

9.30pm – 10.30pm: Music & Networking

Speaker Bio: 

Samuel Tholley is a researcher specialising in eliciting the motivations for human action in both the public and private sector. He studied Sociology at the University of Nottingham where he engaged in a plethora of activities ranging from playing for the University’s Handball team, to representing the University in China during a summer school, to co-leading the African and Caribbean Society as Vice-president. Most recently, Samuel raised funds with his family and friends to rebuild a school building in the village of Bathurst in Sierra Leone to help alleviate the devastating effects of the Ebola crisis.

Marsha Thompson is a senior lawyer at Slater and Gordon based in London and undertakes all types of employment law work. She has particular expertise in complex discrimination claims involving
race, maternity, disability and whistleblowing. Marsha also handles unfair dismissal claims,
redundancy disputes and advises on settlement agreements.
She’s worked on a number of high profile cases as well as successful judicial mediations including a
case involving an employee bringing a pregnancy discrimination and unfair dismissal claim.
She’s also a mentor for the Black Solicitors Network and offers career advice to prospective trainees
searching for training contracts.

Carl Konadu transfers energy. Whether it is one to one, in a workshop or through an audience, Carl uses his energetic style and way with words to motivate and inspire audiences. Carl’s mantra is ‘you can create what you see in your mind’, and he has proved this. After failing his A’ Levels miserably and only scraping his way into university, Carl fought back to achieve a First Class Degree in International Relations and Politics and has taken this work ethic to go on and Co-Found 2-3 Degrees. They aim to inspire and equip people with the power to make positive decisions through talks and workshops and have worked with over 1,300 clients from education, sport and business in their first year.


October 26, 2017
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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London, EC1V 1JT GB
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