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Review of Get up talks held on Nov 22nd

Talk by: Ronke Lawal

Written by  Dawn Duval-Macsporran
BeVivacious Nutritional Consultancy

I found the I Can workshop very inspiring and motivating. I found most useful hearing about the facilitator’s and other people in the audiences’ life stories. I could relate to their personal situations and how they had persevered in spite of the circumstances in their lives at one point or another that they found themselves in.

I still feel very positive since attending the event. The day after the workshop I made a huge list of all the urgent things I needed to do. I have now nearly achieved them all. The talk gave me exactly the motivation I needed at the time to believe in myself and that I could achieve whatever I wanted.
It was particularly rewarding also helping others in the audience if they felt stuck that there was no way forward. We were all helping each other with examples or contacts we knew to help motivate the other person to break down any barriers. The atmosphere was very supportive, encouraging and effectively managed.
I would recommend the Get Up Talks on a Saturday even though initially it was a struggle for me to get out of bed! Now that I’ve been to one of these talks I wouldn’t hesitate next time. Several of us stayed networking long after the event had closed. I also managed to get a couple of new leads for my own business.

I would like to thank the organisers who did a brilliant job; it was a productive day with enough time in each workshop and with the whole group at the beginning and the end.

Many thanks!

Speed Tea Party


On Saturday, July 26  join the Founder of Women Mentoring Women and other women for an afternoon of fun, speed networking and interesting discussions at the Olympic Park.

You will also get a chance to show off your baking skills or perhaps discover the ‘baker’ in you.

The day ends with a raffle draw.

Entry is free, registration required at Spaces are limited and would be allocated on a first come basis.

We have a few spaces for women who would like to exhibit their services and/or products. Contact us at for further information.

Look forward to enjoying a wonderful afternoon with you!

Inspirational Woman Award Winners 2013

Girl next door: Jeaulina Cato
Winning to me was empowering. It was a door opening to my next chapter. Being a part of an event like this has shown me the strength we have as individuals and the power we create as women, when we come together.

I’m still smiling: Funmi Kotun
The award meant that an organisation was able to recognise what God was doing in my life and in the life of all women who do what I do every day.That felt good.

I’m a survivor: Doris Glover
I was surprised and honoured to have won my award. I found the award ceremony inspiring, refreshing and courageous. I really had a good time and look forward to the next award ceremony.

Living my dream: Sandra Hutchinson
The event inspired me to strive for excellence. Winning the award for ‘Living my Dream’ renewed my desire to encourage and motive single mothers to be victors and not victims.

Get Real

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Live on purpose, follow your passion & value your worth

This session graphically illustrates in a highly amusing way how uncovering your true self by taking off the psychological ‘clothes’ you use to cover it up, is the key to living a truly amazing life in your relationships, business, career, finance and health. 


Join other ladies today for a fun, interactive and insightful talk!


What to expect:

> Afternoon Tea

> Practical tips on how to achieve your goals and passion

> How to approach every area of your life with confidence

> Fitness for women

>Networking for personal, career and business benefit

> Identify what is stopping you from attaining the life you desire

>Ola Agbaimoni (Speaker, business development expert, radio host and fitness enthusiast) on the hot seat to answer your questions on finance, business, career, social media, marketing, fitness and other areas

Event Details

Where: University of London, International Hall, Lansdowne Terrace, London WC1N 1AS (2 minute walk from Russell Square)

When: Saturday, October 5 (1pm – 5.30pm)

Cost: £15

Payment can be made today at the door! Call or text us on 07985 282251 to let us know you are coming.


We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are worth.” ― Iyanla Vanzant

Contact : or 07985 282251 for any queries

Create the career you want (Sat, June 29)

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This event is for:

Women, Students, graduates, mums who desire a life/work balance and men too

Individuals who currently have a job BUT would like to move into their dream careers

Individuals who want to move up the career ladder in their chosen fields

Individuals who want to know how to overcome career obstacles

Individuals who want to find out how to maximise career opportunities

Date: Saturday, June 29

Time: 3 – 5pm

Venue: Conference Hall, Ithaca House, 27 Romford Road, Stratford E15 4LJ

Cost: £10


How to make the most of selection opportunities: CVs, application forms, competencies, assessment centres, your unique selling point

Career Management: getting noticed, climbing the career ladder, leadership development, seizing opportunities, coaching/mentoring

Self created careers:creating opportunities, development plan, knowledge transfer, networking, innovativeness


Pre registration is now closed. Payment can be made at the door. Please arrive latest by 2.45pm to register.

Speakers Profile

Alison Porter

Alison is a Business Psychologist with 23 years experience in coaching, consultancy, HR and executive search. She works primarily with senior management to identify and develop leadership potential and specialises in the design and delivery of assessment and development solutions. Prior to running her own business, she spent several years as an internal HR leader focusing on leadership selection, development and career management. Alison’s approach works across diverse functions and many sectors. Alison has experience of working with clients in the UK, across Europe, in Asia and the U.S. With a broad commercial background that includes experience across both the public and private sectors, she is well placed to understand different client needs and provide tailored solutions. A Certified Master Coach of the Behavioural Coaching Institute, she also holds a Diploma in Management Coaching and Mentoring from the Institute of Leadership & Management and Certificates in Performance Coaching and Stress Management from the Centre for Coaching, International Academy for Professional Development. She qualified as a psychologist by gaining an MSc in Occupational Psychology with Birkbeck, University of London. She also has a BSc in Psychology and a BA in Hispanic Studies. Qualified to use a wide range of psychometric instruments and 360 tools in her work, she has been a member of the British Psychological Society since 1998 and is a founder member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (2004).

Charles Oham

Charles is an experienced lecturer and trainer with over 10 years experience gained in management, consultancy and teaching. A highly engaging trainer with the ability to generate innovative solutions to the training needs of participants. Areas of specialisation are Human Capital Development, Human Resource, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Business Planning and Social Entrepreneurship. He is a motivating communicator and an ardent student of business dynamics in a local and global environmental context. Charles obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of East London. He believes in the philosophy of “Keizan” (continuous improvement). He is highly proactive and known to give innovative solutions to pressing career, management and business challenges. A communicator who takes his audience along in an exciting way, using relevant and real life case studies; which colour his presentations and consultancy remits. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.

Register before June 15 for a chance to win a copy of ‘101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career’ by Michelle and David Riklan.


This career talk will help you turn your career can’ts into cans and your career dreams into plans!

Inspirational woman awards and networking event (pictures and feedback)

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It was such a privilege to be at the event. The event was so inspirational and I was moved beyond words to hear the stories of women who have not let their past or even circumstances stop them. There are heroes living among us and it was a pleasure to be in their midst

It was wonderful, inspiring, motivating and well presented

I really enjoyed coming, I was pleased to know that other women who have lost children still have the courage to move on, and not be bitter in spite of the circumstance. The speeches were really inspirational and has started to get me thinking of moving out of my comfort zone

Just wanted to compliment you on running an excellent event. I left truly motivated to try again and aim for the best

Everyone in that room was a blessing to me

I had a fabulous time. Thanks for the invite, much appreciated

It was great

Well done on your success this morning. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of a truly inspirational organisation

Very inspiring and fantastic event

I have learnt that success comes in all shapes and sizes. The speakers were top class and the audience were eager to stay and network

It was a beautiful day

Listening to Funke speak at the end of today’s brilliant event – a truly inspirational woman

Thank you so much for the event

I had a great time and as did my friend and her cousins. It was well organised and very informative

Thanks for putting on such a good event

Well done for today

I had a really good time at the event. It really was good to step outside the bubble, and focus on others for a change, and see the founder of the club putting other people first

Inspirational Woman Awards and Networking event (March 23)

 The nominations for the inspirational woman awards is now closed. To attend the Inspirational Woman Awards and Networking event with special guests Mavis Amankwah, Siobhan Benita, Anne Wafula Strike and Abbiih Oloyede this Saturday, purchase your ticket from as little as £10 now by clicking on this link: Discounted ticket sale ends 10pm this Friday, March 22. Tickets at the door are considerably higher.

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To celebrate the launch of International Women’s Month, Women Mentoring Women is hosting an event to celebrate extraordinary women who despite personal setbacks and challenges  have turned their ‘limes’ to smiles, are living their dream and achieved what others thought impossible.


You’ll get to hear and meet some amazing women including OH TV presenter and pastor Abbiih Oloyede, PR guru Mavis Amankwah, former Mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita and Paralympic athlete Anne Wafula Strike.

This event is for women who want to: 

* start their own business or currently run one,

* are interested in moving up the career ladder,

* need advice and support in achieving their goals or

* desire to be inspired by the stories of successful women or inspire others

* enjoy an inspiring awards ceremony.

Meet the Speakers

Mavis Amankwah is an award-winning entrepreneur, specialising in marketing, PR, diversity communications and business sustainability. She started her business Rich Visions from scratch. Her company is one of the leading communications agencies worth millions. Rich Visions has created campaigns for over 50 commercial and corporate organisations including Comic Relief, ASDA, HSBC, HMRC and the Metropolitan Police. As a motivational speaker she has shared platforms at various conferences and seminars with high profile dignitaries and celebrities such as Diane Abbott MP, Apprentice winner Tim Campbell, Reggae Reggae sauce business entrepreneur Levi Roots and CEO of the MOBO Awards Kanya King. She has also been a keynote speaker at the prestigious Business 2012 event, alongside Stedman Graham (Oprah’s partner) Lord Alan Sugar and Sir Richard Branson. Always keen to share her knowledge and experience, Mavis debuted as an author in September 2011 with her book “44 Ways to Grow Your Business or Brand: a step-by-step guide to increase profits”. The self-help business book is an indispensable guide for businesses, sole traders, social enterprises and charities. Having been featured in over 120 press titles from the Guardian to PR Week, this serial business woman has recently been named one of ‘the most influential people in PR,’ for the fifth consecutive year by PR Week’s Powerbook (2009-2013). Mavis is a full member of the Chartered Institute of PR (CIPR); she has won six business and community awards. For an opportunity to win Mavis’ book, register for the event.

Inspirational Talk: The business in me
Why she chose to go into business, how she continuously identifies gaps in the market and fills it, tips for building a successful business and surviving in the recession, how women can identify the business (es) they are suited for, how to expand an existing business, what women can do when they feel like giving up in business.

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant until she resigned in January 2012 to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She secured around 250,000 votes which was a remarkable achievement for a previously unknown independent with no party machine. Siobhan devoted a lot of her time in the Civil Service to improving gender equality and in 2010 she founded Tabelle, a network for women working in and with the public sector. Since the election, Siobhan continues to work with many organisations across London. She provides political commentary on the radio and in the printed media and regularly speaks on the need for more women in UK public life. She is also involved with several projects aimed at improving the way parliament works and, in particular, increasing youth engagement with politics. Siobhan was born in Wimbledon, now lives in New Malden and is married with two daughters.

Inspirational Talk: Stepping out of my comfort zone
How she rose to the top of her career in the civil service, why she decided to leave, was it the right choice, what made her decision easy and/ or difficult, tips for women who are thinking of stepping out.

Anne Wafula Strike provides a personal example of courage, commitment and determination that challenges misconceptions about disability. Athlete, author, and sporting ambassador, Anne inspires achievement and excellence across a broad range of life situations through motivational talks and appearances that encourage others to overcome difficulties and maximise potential. Born in Mihu, Kenya, to Nekesa Ruth and Athumani Wafula in 1969, Anne was a fit and healthy child before polio struck when she was two years old. She was given the middle name of Olympia at birth, a title of prophetic significance for the future and prescient of hurdles she would face in forthcoming years. After completing A-levels and graduating from Moi University with a Bachelor of Education degree, Anne taught at Machakos Technical College in 1998, before meeting the man she would marry – which lead her to Britain, motherhood, and wheelchair racing. 2004 marked the beginning of an Olympic career when Anne became the first wheelchair racer from East Africa to compete at the Paralympics in Athens. Following an application for British citizenship in 2006, Anne joined Team GB and in 2007 was officially recognised by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace reception for her work as a disabled athlete and for involvement in charity work for people with disabilities. One lucky woman would take home Anne’s book ‘In my dreams, I dance’ (a powerful autobiographical account of adversity, endurance, and accomplishment).

Inspirational Talk: There’s no stopping me
Her story, the obstacles she faced/ how she dealt with them, tips on dealing with adversity and maintaining a positive attitude no matter the challenges faced.

Pastor Abbiih Oloyede is a prolific speaker, with a unique anointing of connecting with women and encouraging them to reach full potential in their calling and purpose. She has a passion to see the local church transform lives and communities. She pastor’s City Chapel a Multi Cultural Church in East London, alongside her husband Dr Jonathan, Convener Global Day of Prayer London. Abbiih also works cross culturally with Tearfund, ran a bed linen business and was a regular presenter on Revelation TV’s “She Matters”. Presently she hosts Womenz World on OHTV. Jonathan and Abbiih have a vision for wholesome families and are blessed with two gorgeous children.

Inspirational Talk: Building positive relationships
How to build positive relationships both inside and outside your home, communication tips, let’s talk forgiveness, seeing it from the other person’s perspective, knowing when to walk away, loving you.

The debut Poetry book: Through These Eyes

Through These Eyes is a collection of fifty two poems with a message to live more, laugh more and love more.

Meet the Artists

Ruth Smith is a recent psychology graduate and an instrumental teacher. Ruth has been interested in music all her life, starting with learning the recorder at 3 years old, and continuing to learn other instruments. The saxophone is the last instrument Ruth learnt to play, but it has become the most in demand instrument, therefore becoming her main instrument. It was people such as Sarah Agdomar, Benji Andoh and Dan Korasah that helped her in her very early stages of playing the saxophone, and gave her the platform that opened doors. Ruth is a co-founder of Gospel seekers band, and has collaborated with many other artists both within and outside the UK.

Saxophone Performance: Lean on me


Mbali Madi draws her inspiration and encouragement from her relationships and support network which has influenced her creative and song writing. She became increasingly open to the idea of working towards a music/creative career after attending a residential music camp in 2007. She found her passion and vision in singing and song writing. Mbali is also a part of the Premier Gospel Choir and the author of ‘Through These Eyes’ launched this Saturday at the Inspirational woman awards and networking event.

Poetry Performance: To an Inspiration


Maleesha Tabansi’s interest in the performing arts started from an early age and she trained with Bubbles and Secondwave Youth Theatre Groups. Maleesha has been performing in front of large audiences for many years and has toured a production of Rent at Lambeth schools. She appeared in the choruses of Handel’s Messiah and has had leading roles in various productions which have included the Nurse in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliette, Sir Toby  in Twelfth Night at the Birdwell Theatre and Rose in  August Wilson Fences. Maleesha will be performing as Francine/Lena in the Olivier Award Winning Clybourne Park next month at the Geoffrey Whitworth Theatre. Maleesha currently trains with Anna Scher and Graham Fletcher Cook. She plays brass instruments including the Euphonium and Baritone horn and also enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Stage Performance: Ain’t I a woman!


Elodie Unia has been singing and writing songs since her childhood. She has always been very creative and involved in various choirs. She was a member of a female hip hop and RnB band at the age of 18 in France. She is also a member of the Premier Gospel Choir and has worked with various producers. Elodie is currently working on new material and her CDs are currently available in the Caribbean Islands and in France.  

Song Performance: The Climb


The event will be held on Saturday, March 23 at Sarah Bonnell School, Deanery Road, Stratford E15 4LP from 9am – 1pm.

Contact Women Mentoring Women at

  • To exhibit your products and services on the 23rd
  • To sponsor an award
  • For any queries


For the opportunity to inspire and be inspired, it is the last chance to purchase your ticket. Click on link below to purchase your ticket: 



Celebrating you and me

As the year comes to a close, it is time to look back as women and celebrate what we have achieved and consider what we aim to accomplish in the new year.

Join us for an evening of fun, networking, poetry, inspiration and goal setting.

Date: Fri, Dec 7

Time: 7 – 9pm

Venue: Ithaca House, 27 Romford Road, Stratford, London E15 4LJ

Book your free ticket at:

We look forward to see you!