All our phenomenal woman ambassadors have been on their own personal development journey. They're breaking down barriers, smashing their goals and being the best that they can be, for themselves and those around them! They're phenomenal 365 days a year, despite some of life's challenges.
#IAmPhenomenal365 because I am a mother, a black woman & a survivor...
I’m Naomi, 24 years of age. I have a one year old son who is the most amazing person in my life. Brings me joy that I never thought I could experience in life. I was previously studying Health & Wellbeing at Wolverhampton Uni but after recently losing my best friend I've decided to pursue what my heart truly desires & that's to help other individuals that aren't able to do so for themselves. I want to be able to show people that despite your background & past you can achieve in life. I've struggled with depression from a young age but I've also overcome a lot of traumatic experiences that have helped me become the person I am today. I hope that in sharing my life experiences & future hopes it can encourage another young person out there.
Female empowerment to me is ensuring that no matter what, your fellow sisters are pushed & encouraged to achieve the best of their ability. It means the the younger generation of females are shown the right path to success, so that in the future they are able to guide the generation below them.
Connect with Naomi:
Instagram : @CocktailMinds
#IAmPhenomenal365 because I am worthy even in my imperfections...
I am a mother of two children. I have been working for many years in the health service and this has been extensively within diverse communities where people face challenging life issues. I have a passion for the rights of women and girls and as such I am a Trustee for a community-organisation International women’s Day (IWD) Derby.
This charity aims to improve the quality and equality of life for girls and women. It also aims to inspire local women and girls and raise awareness of issues affecting women and girls locally and worldwide. I am an active volunteer and have supported different projects of this organisation through organised events to fund raise for the charity.
I feel that it is so important for my children to be aware and involved in local issues and they have played an active part in this charity.
Connect with Carolyn:
I challenge unfair statistics and override negative stereotypes of how I ‘should’ be. Instead, I create new statistics and adhere to my own idea of who I want to be...
I’m a 23 year old Psychology graduate passionate about human welfare, social justice and equality. I love getting involved with anything that promotes humanitarian values and supports the overall well-being of those around me. I’ve worked with a number of national organisations to develop services for the community, encourage personal and social development and lead conversations with local MPs and directors.
My passion has progressed into an online platform – ‘Social Gusto’. I use this to inform millennials about the ways in which they can get involved with community development, stand up for what they believe in and actively promote their humanitarian beliefs. My ultimate goal is to make the world a better place, slowly but surely. If I can encourage and support more people to do the same, I’ll be happy!
For me, female empowerment means lots of things; a big part of it involves young girls and women realising their potential and supporting each other to achieve it. Women coming together to do amazing things, I’ve seen it happen time and time again and it can be world changing! We can achieve it through skills sharing, learning from each other, effective partnerships and building strong relationships. When this happens, anything is possible.
Connect with Christina:
Website : www.socialgusto.wixsite.com/gusto
IAmPhenomenal365 because I break down barriers against women everyday...
Being a Young woman in a male dominated industry from the age of 15 prepared me for wide world; not just in Engineering but also in my day to day life.
I became a STEM ambassador from the age of 16 and have been committed to inspiring young women and teaching them about the industry and why it's not all overalls and a pair of boots. My passion for this is real but I am yet to fulfil my potential. I would love to open up my own academy and sponsor young women to be the best engineers they can be because it is TOUGH! But being on this journey I'm learning a lot about myself and even more so becoming an ambassador for the Imani a Academy is preparing me to be the phenomenal woman I'm yearning to be.
Female empowerment to me means knowing who you are, your worth and standing against all the rules in this world which tell you 'you cant'. I want to be the one who tells you 'you can' all whilst inspiring the younger generation. I want to be the one who inspires someone to never give up on their dreams.
Connect with Dionne:
Facebook: Dee Samuels
Tichelle Norman AKA Tea
#Iamphenomenal365 because I am creatively being….
My name is Tichelle Born in Camden and bread in Tottenham, (also known as Tea) I am the Founder of ThreeHousegallery C.I.C. an online art gallery.
My experience has involved working at established international and emerging galleries such as Frieze Fair and Up Projects to name a few. My sound knowledge and expertise lies heavily within the arts and culture community. I work with clients seeking art for their homes and businesses, schools helping to inspire their creative students, and many charitable causes.
ThreeHouseGallerys seeks artist’s artworks to stock and sell and blogs information about art education and wellbeing advice.
Female empowermet to me is being genuine to those you are helping.
Enjoying getting to know women and already knowing, they have what it takes. Seeing them flourish, it’s a sisterhood the beauty is in the journey.
Connect with Tichelle:
Instagram @threehg @tichthree
UpRising Leadership Graduate
#IAmPhenomenal365 because I believe in a better world for others. I know that tapping into my own strength allows me to help others to see the strength in themselves. I know when a community of strong, determined individuals come together for a common goal, great things happen...
Maya Angelou, my inspiration, once said“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.”
As I’ve developed myself and become more self aware, I’ve realised the messages I have been telling myself about my self-worth and my abilities. A lot of these messages have been fed to me by society about what/who I should be. As a result I have experienced and overcome anxiety and depression.
I continue to make a change to my internal dialogue. I believe we can be whomever we want to be if we have the courage to choose individuality, to embrace our whole selves and to nurture self-love. I know many women are fed the same messages, feeling like they need to fit into an uncomfortable box that’s not quite the right shape. Losing themselves in the world because they’ve listened for too long that who they are is not good enough.
Through social action I have found my power. By working towards a common goal and putting all efforts into helping others I have witnessed that positive change is possible and I can make it happen. I am an UpRising 2016 Graduate, conducting a campaign to empower young women, connect them to opportunities and unlock their leadership potential. I have worked towards empowering and enabling vulnerable young people as an Ambition Coach. I am now working within local government with Refugees and Asylum Seekers who are escaping persecution to support them with starting a new life in the UK.
Connect with Pooja:
Facebook: Pooja Ahluwalia