Following on from the brilliant launch of our Trailblazers series with Intelligence Squared, our next event, ‘Letters to My Younger Self’, promises another panel of amazing women of colour trailblazing in their industries.

Our ‘Women Leading the Way’ event back in October, saw Diane Abbott, Bernadine Evaristo, Yomi Adegoke, Mishal Husain and Corinne Bailey Rae come together to share a stage to speak about their incredible career journeys so far. It was a powerful and thought-provoking night, so we can’t wait to recreate the magic of the evening at our next Intelligence Squared event, Letters to My Younger Self on 4 February 2020.  

Joining us this time will be playwright Bonnie Greer, footballer Eni Aluko, author and broadcaster Afua Hirsch and comedian Shappi Khorsandi. Each of them will read a letter they’ve written to their younger selves, before a discussion with our chair for the night, Clara Amfo, on the inspiration behind their advice. 

The panel is inspired by the release of our first book ‘“I Will Not Be Erased”: Our stories about growing up as people of colour’, where gal-dem contributors reflected on our younger years and the lessons we’ve learnt between now and then. The question of what we would tell our younger selves is a timeless topic that unearths forgotten memories and hidden emotions, allowing us to pay tribute to our inner-child, and remind our current-selves just how far we’ve come. 

Within the team, we’ve loved this empowering walk down memory lane, and can’t wait to bring the discussion to the stage in what’s guaranteed to be another excellent night, providing insights into who our guests were before their success, what they had to learn to achieve their goals and how we can learn from their lessons too, so make sure you don’t miss out. 

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