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Get up Talks

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Women Mentoring Women invites you to Get up Talks’ on November 22 taking place in East Village from 10.30am – 2.30pm. The talks would help you as a woman challenge your limits,raise your profile, take action and live a life of impact. The talks would inspire and give you practical tips to progress.

Click on link below to sign up for Get up Talks

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Introductory session: i get up

In this session Funke would share how she has turned her lemons into lemonade. She will encourage you on how to deal with whatever life throws at you and how to still keep smiling no matter what.


Session 1 (open to all)

Speaker: Vanessa Vallely

Topic: iConnect

Throughout this interactive and practical session you will hear about the tools and techniques Vanessa has used to rise from project analyst to COO and launch 2 successful businesses in less than 6 years.

Vanessa will also share with you her tips on how to become comfortable with raising your profile plus a myriad of other practical advice. From networking and mentoring, to social media and giving back. Vanessa will advise you on a huge array of profile raising activities that are not only simple but easy to put into practice straight away!

About Vanessa

Regarded as one of the most highly networked women in and out of the city of London.

Vanessa appears on every watch list following top women in the City, such as: Financial News Top 100 Rising Star across Europe, Africa and EMEA; Financial News Top 100 Women in Finance, and The International Alliance for Women’s Top 100 Global Women who are making a notable difference to female empowerment. In 2013, she received accolades such as Brummel’s Top 30 Inspirational Women in the City and was also awarded the Global Leadership Award at Columbia University from US network Womensphere. Vanessa’s latest achievement is being cited as one of 50 Women of Influence by one of the UK’s leading magazines, Good Housekeeping (Nov 2013).

Author ‘Heels of steel’- a chronicle of Vanessa’s career climb as a corporate woman in a man’s world

Vanessa’s experience stems from a 25 year career in Banking and Finance, holding senior positions such as Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Governance and Business Management.

Founder of wearethecity.com, a network helping over 30,000 members helping women connect and grow personally and professionally

Pearly queen of the City of London


Register for Get up talks to find out more and take your next steps towards raising your profile and attracting opportunities that will enable you to progress in your Career or business and above all help others.


Session 2 (choice of one talk below)

i create

Jacqueline, the author of “The Widow’s Jar of Oil” and “Your Talent is Your Wealth” will help you discover your gifts, skills and talents and how to use it to move beyond working in a job where the drudgery of pay cheque to pay cheque is never ending to owning your own business or launching a product.

i count

This is an interactive session that will help you discover the hidden gifts and talents inside you. In this session, you will receive guidance on how to uncover your unique purpose. Pst Bimbo will share the benefits of fulfilling your purpose and stories of women who have made their lives count and how you can too. You will also leave with practical tips on how to have a great work/life balance in order to accomplish your purpose.

i can

Ronke will share her story of how she dared to dream. This is an interactive session that will encourage you to believe you can achieve your dreams/goals. It will help you recognise and overcome self limiting beliefs, consider how to attract the right people to help you achieve your dreams and highlight what it takes to live your dream.



Funke Oham enjoys bringing women together to connect, support and inspire one another. In June 2003, the seed for the Ladies Club was sown. As a result of this project, Funke was a recipient of the Community Champions Award, Exceptional Community Champions Award and UnLtd Social Enterprise Award. She published her first book ‘Always a Mum; How I survived my baby loss to walk alongside other baby loss survivors.  She is a psychology graduate, qualified coach and inspirational speaker.

Vanessa Vallely is a recognised expert in person-to-person business networking, online branding and motivational speaking. She is regarded as one of the most highly networked women in and out of the City of London. Vanessa has delivered keynotes for over 80 companies in Europe, the US, India and the Middle East. Vanessa’s latest achievement is being cited as one of 50 Women of Influence by one of the UK’s leading magazines, Good Housekeeping (Nov 2013). Vanessa has recently released her first book, “Heels of Steel” which tracks her exceptional career climb to the C-suite.

Ronke Lawal is a passionate business woman and runs both RSL Management Services and Simone Williams Fashion Label. She is a recipient of the Precious Award for Inspirational Leadership. Her previous roles include Chief Executive of the Islington Chamber of Commerce, non-executive director of The Hoxton Apprentice, Trustee of Voluntary Action Islington and Director of The Voluntary Action Academy. Ronke is currently on The Employers Panel for the National Employment Savings Trust, a Mentor for The Cherie Blair Foundation and The Elevation Networks Start Ups Initiative.

Bimbo Fola-Alade started professional life as a lawyer. She is currently the family life pastor at Trinity Chapel. A practical and thorough teacher of the word; she is sought after for her down to earth but scriptural approach to life issues. She regularly holds women’s seminars and retreats and conducts comprehensive premarital guidance and marriage enrichment programs. She is also a trained Christian counselor and author of 4 books – ‘ Are you the One for Me’, ‘Real Women, Real Issues, Real Faith’, ‘ Life Makeover’ and ‘Raising Exceptional Children’. An avid reader and writer, she is also editor of ‘Leadership & Lifestyle’ magazine.

Jacqueline Ani is the Founder and Managing Director of Empowered Woman Ltd. She is also the brain child of Empowered Woman Mentoring for Purpose Programme. Her experiences spans from working as a Corporate Recruitment Consultant recruiting for big investment banks in the City; she then went into training and developed her career as a PGCE Literacy Lecture. Jacqueline is also an author, inspirational speaker, professional life coach and prophetic change mentor with many years of international experience. She is the author of “The Widow’s Jar of Oil” and “Your Talent is Your Wealth


The general session and session 1 (open to all)

Session 2 (choice of only 1 session, allocated on event day)

We look forward to having you with us on the 22nd of November. You will leave Get up Talks motivated to take action and achieve your dream.

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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 : wmw_lclub@yahoo.com or 07985 282251 for any queries

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: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/tickets-external?eid=5339693166&ref=etckt&v=2&#8243. 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 wmw_lclub@yahoo.com

  • 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: http://celebratingyouandme.eventbrite.co.uk

We look forward to see you!