BAME Recruitment CEO Cynthia Davis speaks about her journey as an entrepreneur
"Go ahead and make sure you become the representation you want to see in the world." - Cynthia Davis.
Last week our CEO Cynthia Davis spoke at iwoca's event, Where Business Meets Impact: The Future of Responsible Entrepreneurship and discussed her journey from aspiring business owner at her kitchen table to successful entrepreneur. Cynthia, along with entrepreneurs Ash Ali, Wai Foong Ng and Lara Gilman, were part of a panel discussion open to aspiring entrepreneurs of all ages and backgrounds. If you'd like to learn more about iwoca's events, click on the photo below, or to contact Cynthia for speaking engagements please click here.
Astronaut lands on Earth after record-breaking 328 days in space
Christina Koch has returned to Earth after 328 days on the International Space Station – the longest continuous spaceflight ever undertaken by a female astronaut. Having left Earth on 12 March last year, Koch’s time on the ISS surpassed the previous continuous record for a female astronaut, held by fellow American Peggy Whitson. An electrical engineer from North Carolina, Koch is an expert in space science instrument development and in engineering in remote scientific locations including Antarctica and Alaska. Her research during the mission included growing protein crystals for potential use as treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's disease. When asked about NASA's aim to get more women into the program, she reflected on seeing another female astronaut in her department: “We both drew a lot of inspiration from seeing people who were reflections of ourselves as we were growing up, and developing our dreams to become astronauts.” Koch also said in an interview from space last month: “Diversity is important and it is something worth fighting for.” Click on the photo below to read more about her incredible mission.
New documentary addresses racism in football
Shame in The Game, a new film on BBC Three highlights some of the personal experiences that footballers have experienced in relation to racism in English football. The film looks at players from the Premier League to the lower leagues and also the women’s game. Check out the film on iPlayer below by clicking on the photo.
Trans Model Laith Ashley talks about his experiences of discrimination
Laith Ashley is a 31-year-old trans male model, known for being a member of the pit crew on RuPaul's Drag Race and featuring in Calvin Klein, British GQ and Vogue. Laith talks in depth about the fashion industry being known as heteronormative and feeling like he was betraying women during his transition. Laith identifies as a binary male and notes that after he began 'passing' as male he acquired male privilege. However, he also notes that as his trans identity was revealed, that privilege is stripped away. Laith also says, “Because I’m of colour, I’m perceived as a threat. If I’m on the subway in jeans and a t-shirt, I’m stopped by the police. That didn’t happen prior to my transition.” To hear Laith's fascinating interview, click the video below.