I am passionate aboutI am passionate about how leading businesses can use their status to
positively enhance society via corporate responsibility, particularly through
As a professional at a magic circle law firm, our legal work has an impact on
the local and global economy. Therefore, it is also pivotal to ensure we
understand how this influences society, such as the opportunities we create,
as well as the role models we develop to motivate the next generation.
As the world continues to globalise, it is also an interest of mine to be
part of a society that embraces diversity. I feel enthusiastic to embrace
different cultures and religions through further research, whilst offering an
education to others about my own heritage. This is for more than just
recreation, however, but to also help create an environment where everyone
feels open to express their identity without fear of prejudice. In relation,
it is key we discuss key subjects related to diversity, such as the equality
of people regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation. It
is therefore up to leading businesses to set an example for our evolving
world, by not discriminating when looking to recruit, retain and promote the
Diversity does not necessarily just relate to the common attributes of an
individual, though. I have a passion for evolving the term to define for more
than just ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation. I feel
diversity also relates to the socioeconomic background of an individual, and
that where they studied, for example, is not judged inferior because of
stereotypes it may receive.
My own background is from a neighbourhood in London which has often received
negative press in the media. Thankfully, I feel I have fulfilled much of my
potential, and I want everyone in similar scenarios to feel they can do the
same, whatever their ambition may be.
ActionsAside from my day-to-day role in my firm, I have volunteered to support its
corporate responsibility initiatives.
For example, I mentored four students from Clapton Girls’ Academy in
Hackney, East London. They were 14 to 15-years-old, heavily focusing on their
GCSEs. As I grew up in a similar neighbourhood, which was renowned for its
negative media coverage, I felt encouraged to support them throughout a
crucial period of life. We reviewed methods to accommodate studying, such as
time management and building confidence. Furthermore, we discussed what
opportunities in further education and work are available, emphasising that
they should not feel limited because of their socioeconomic background.
Additionally, I mentored two younger students, aged 12, on separate
occasions, to help them settle in Northumberland Park School in Tottenham,
North London, following their move from primary school. The weekly sessions I
prepared for them were mainly tailored to communicate more effectively with
their new teachers and build new friendships. I also set them weekly targets,
which varied from completing homework on time to getting to sleep early.
Elsewhere in my firm, I am also a co-chair of the BAME (Black, Asian and
Minority Ethnic) Network, which aims to help embrace diversity to create a
more inclusive working environment. Additionally, I regard the network to
inspire the firm to recruit, retain and promote the best people regardless of
their ethnic background.