London College of Fashion hosts Success Talks

1st March 2017 6pm – 8.30pm 


London College of Fashion,

20 John Princes Street


London College of Fashion are proud to continue their partnership with Success Talks to host the third talk in the series.

Putting a fresh spin on traditional panel conversations, ‘London College of Fashion hosts Success Talks’ features industry experts delivering short talks on new and exciting topics.

Topics on the night will include what it is like to compete with siblings to be the best while still wanting them to be the best,the importance of men being allies for women with many challenges being posed on women’s rights and why do top high street brands hire garment technologists and how it leads to a designing career.

In addition to hearing from our guest speakers, the evening will include a question and answer session and our ‘Student Spotlight’ feature which will give selected individuals the opportunity to take to the stage. The evening will end with a networking drinks session in the LCF Cafe space.

We are delighted to announce the following speakers for this very special evening:

Barclay Paul Okari

Barclay Paul is a 24-year-old multi millionaire and serial entrepreneur.

He is the Founder/CEO of Impact Africa, an organization that seeks to create social change through economic impact has been selected as our third millennium African for the month of July, 2014. His company, Impact Africa Industries is credited for manufacturing affordable sanitary pads known as Safi Pads for poor women in informal settlements in Kenya, Uganda, and Southern Sudan.

He is also the founder of Kopa Credit, a mobile lending financial technology company that seeks to disrupt financing for individuals and SMEs that have for a long time not been in the banking fold using data to create that shift.

Before founding Impact Africa Industries and Kopa Credit he helped found two other start-ups, SkypeScience and Marketplace, which had mixed success. He started his first company at 15 years old. Barclay is an author of the book MarketPlace, which gives start-ups advice on how to navigate the early days of running a company.

He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and was an Anzisha Prize winner – the African Oscars for young entrepreneurs – in 2013. He is a Spark Fellow, named one of the social entrepreneurs to watch (Under35CEO), a Remarkable25 Under 25 Young African Entrepreneur, and twice one of Forbes’ 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs under 30 (2014/2015/2016) in Africa, 2014 Top 40 under 40 men in Kenya by The BusinessDaily, 7 inspiring entrepreneurs to watch globally 2015 by the United Nations Foundation and MTV Voices 20 somethings changing the world.

Jeanette Young

Jeanette Young is a designer, stylist and a freelance garment technologist who’s career in the fashion industry spans over 15 years. After graduating from the London College of Fashion with a BA Hons in Product Development, she went on to build a successful career in garment technology with major high street brands such as Karen Millen, Reiss, French Connection, Coast, House of Fraser, River Island and TopShop. Most recently she worked at the UK’s biggest online fashion retailer ASOS. Jeanette uses her expert knowledge of fabrics, trends, fit, and design to bring runway fashion to the high street at the highest standards.

Jeanette has also employed her industry experience to launch into the world of styling. She specialises in bringing together some of the UK’s freshest photographers, make-up artists and hair stylists to give her clients a first class experience. Her styling portfolio has included music artists, TV presenters and runway models, as well as events such as Plus Size Fashion Weekend, and the prestigious BBC Gospel Proms. Her fashion consultancy offers everything from personal shopping and wardrobe analysis to bespoke styling solutions.

Jeanette Young London launched her new womenswear collection on Sunday 12th February. This exciting new line encapsulates refined drama with a romantic edge.

Isata Kanneh-Mason

Isata Kanneh-Mason is twenty years old and is an undergraduate at The Royal Academy of Music, studying piano with Hamish Milne, having been awarded the prestigious Sir Elton John Scholarship. She performed with Elton John in Los Angeles in 2013, having played for him at The Royal Academy.

Isata was in the Piano Category Final of The BBC Young Musician 2014, winning The Walter Todds Bursary for the most promising musician before the Grand Final. She has won The Royal Academy Iris Dyer Piano Prize four times and won the Mrs Claude Beddington Prize for outstanding recital results in her second year as an undergraduate at The Royal Academy.

Isata held the Elsa and Leonard Cross Scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music, Junior Department, studying piano with Patsy Toh. She won two ABRSM Gold Awards at age 10 and 11 for the highest marks in the UK for grades 7 and 8 Piano.

She has performed around the UK with concerto appearances, in chamber ensembles and in solo recitals, including at the Wigmore Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, St Martin-in-the -Fields, The Duke’s Hall (Royal Academy), The Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. She will perform as a soloist in the Grantham Music Club Recital Series, as a chamber musician in The Barbican and in The Elgar Room at The Albert Hall, and with her brother, Sheku in Amsterdam, Canada and in The Cayman Islands in 2017. Isata plays the Schumann Piano Concerto with the Bardi Symphony Orchestra in Leicester in October 2017. Isata also plays viola, and she is a member of Chineke! Orchestra, performing with them at The Royal Festival Hall and at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank.

Isata has performed several times on BBC television and radio, including Radio 3 In Tune, The Proms Extra, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, The One Show, BBC4 documentary: Young, Gifted and Classical, ITV Born To Shine, and BBC Young Musician.

Please note that doors open at 5.40pm and the event will begin at 6pm.

*Exact timings are subject to change

Please note that pictures and video will be taken for promotional/educational use.

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