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Michelle Said It
Hey BYP Network,
Having recently watched Michelle Obama's Netflix documentary Becoming, there have been some learnings I've been taking from her wise words. One thing that has stood out to me is Michelle's comment on attending the G7 summit. Having attended the biggest meeting in the world, she came to the realisation that those who were holding the most important conversations weren't actually more intelligent than her. She noticed anyone could be there but the main factor in making certain people the most important in the room was actually confidence. The truth is, as a community, we can move into the highest echelons of society and become leaders if we have the mindset to do so. Despite coronavirus exposing the fact that a large percentage of us are in roles the government sees as disposable, we have so much greatness within and this is the time to realise it more than ever.
With the current pandemic and Prime Minister Boris Johnson's recent words on easing the lockdown, thinking about our community has never been more vital. In my eyes, we need to triple think about going out and being in large gatherings, regardless of what Boris Johnson says (or doesn't say). Before we might not have cared about the jobs we held. The focus was on earning, ensuring we had enough to keep our houses running, food in our fridge and our bills paid. However, COVID-19 has shown us what society thinks about the roles we go for. The jobs that a large percentage of our community hold have been described as low-skilled, a view which is unfair considering it is our parents who are risking their lives. It's a reminder of the treatment of the Windrush generation, most of whom did not have their degrees recognised, were subjected to institutional racism and did not have top jobs handed to them. Our focus needs to be on our generation reaching for leadership positions across all industries. We have immense economic and societal power and we need to start using it now.
With lockdown easing, what do we need to start thinking about? With people going back to work over the coming months and life returning to a new normal, what can we do to ensure we don't end up in this same situation again? Michelle Obama did reach those high echelons, in some part helped by her President husband but mainly by becoming an icon in her own right. She went out and did talks, introduced her own seat at the table and despite criticism, kept going. We too can continue to have aspirations on reaching the biggest heights we can set our sights on. This is about more than ourselves, this is about representation and creating space for the next generation. Maybe then, we can truly envision the future we deserve to have and we won't be left behind. Things are not going to get easier, but it's vital that we lean on each other and empower and support our community to rise up.
Thanks to our community, we managed to raise £11,633 and have provided 32 people with the financial support they needed to stay safe and out of risk. Please continue to donate as every £250 goes to a key worker. We're also asking our members to support the Ubele Initiative on calling for the government to launch an independent public inquiry into the BAME death risk - you can sign the petition here. Let's continue to establish strong networks and empower and encourage each other. If you haven't yet downloaded our app, you can do so here and start building your own network.
Stay safe, look out for each other and start planning for the future.
What's Been Happening At BYP?
Wondering what's been going on at BYP over the past week?
Every week, we're sharing our new members, posts, jobs, comms and events for you to check out. To get access to all of these great opportunities, you'll need to log in or sign up as a new user.
Spotlight Members Of The Week
Each week, we're showcasing five new members in our network who you should be connecting with.
Kasope Johnson is a Nigeria-based job seeker. He is also currently looking for a mentor. Do you want to connect and offer your wisdom? Visit his profile here.
Anjolaoluwa Odunsi is a London-based student who is currently looking to be a mentee. Do you have wisdom you're willing to share? Connect with her here.
Yolanda Dixon is a Leicester-based business owner. Director of Rented Property Management, Yolanda was also a finalist in East Midlands Pitchfest 2017 and Making Business Happen Awards 2016. With experience in public speaking, entrepreneurship and business, we recommend you connect with her.
Victory Akam is a London-based student. Studying an Integrated Masters in Engineering at The University of Sheffield, he's also a mentee. Want to connect? Check out his profile here.
Oluwatosin Toba is a London-based aspiring mentee. Are you an aspiring mentor and want to offer guidance? If so, connect with him here. 
New Opportunities 
Afia Nicholas is planning a virtual panel event which will be all about Caribbean Cooperatives. Are you experienced in this area and want to offer your words? If you're willing to speak on the virtual panel, get in touch with Afia here.
Beth Collier is the Founder and Director of Wild in the City, supporting the wellbeing of urban residents through their relationship with nature. WITC is building a picture of the role that parks and open spaces have played in our experience of lockdown, but they need your insights. See here to find out how you can help.
BYP Member Events Of The Week
We have a host of fantastic members events coming up so don't miss out: make sure you check out what's on our platform. Here are our recommended top five webinars and online classes over May.
Seeking knowledge? We've picked out our five top special events, member lectures and panel events on our platform. These are must-watches for the month!
New Roles at PwC, Boots, Accenture and Minister Care Group
We have a host of brand new roles across finance, pharmaceuticals, engineering, marketing, product management and more. Whether you're looking for a volunteer role during the lockdown, seeking a graduate traineeship or want a change of career, our job board has everything you need.
PwC is hiring for a Financial Manager to join its Internal Firm Services. If you have experience in a business decision role as well as building and sustaining strong relationships with senior stakeholders, get applying. 
Boots is the world's leading Pharmacy-led retailer. They're on the lookout for candidates to join their team to offer patients outstanding care each day. Want to join? If you're looking for a Pharmacy Technician or Pharmacist Store Manager role, theses roles are beckoning for your application. Visit our job board for more Boots roles including Pharmacy Advisor, Pharmacist and more.
Accenture is hiring across the whole of the UK for a host of graduate programmes, so if you've recently graduated, make sure you take a look:
Minister Care Group is seeking a Care Assistant on a part-time basis. You must have a satisfactory DBS check, willingness to participate in vocational training programmes, and a driving licence is preferred. If you want to get into the world of caring, this is a great entry-level role.
Lendoe Presents: Going Digital - Taking Your Products and Services Online
Tomorrow, our founder and CEO, Kike Oniwinde, will be talking on Lendoe's 90-minute webinar all about 'going digital'. In this online panel event, Kike will share her advice on taking your small business online.

Alongside entrepreneurs Bejay Mulenga (Supa Talent), Simon Morris (COAL) and William Adoasi (Vitae London), Kike will be offering her expertise. Whether you're an online business seeking to boost sales or you're on the high street but want to move online, this event is a must-attend. The event is free but we ask for a £2.50 donation, with all proceeds of the event will go towards free school meals for vulnerable children.
Sign up here
Online Webinar Catch-Up: Talking Strategy and Innovation with Daniella Genas
Did you watch our Instagram Live with Strategy & Innovation Expert, Daniella Genas back in April? Still seeking knowledge and want to learn more?
Strategy & Innovation is key now to implement both in your career and lifestyle right now.
Daniella Genas has written a great guide on the current climate, why Strategy & Innovation is needed more than ever, and how to go about applying both in your day-to-day. From remaining motivated to understanding why it's vital to be future-focused, this is a must-read for all of us who want to stay informed and ahead.
Read here

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