Leading diversity campaigners were joined by around 100 Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) young people last week at the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Annual Lecture, hosted by ULaw last Saturday (15 October).
Miranda Brawn, a ULaw alumna, qualified barrister and investment banker, set up her eponymous foundation, The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation, to provide the next generation of BAME future leaders with opportunities via scholarships, lectures and mentoring while partnering with the Black Cultural Archives and The Prince’s Trust. Patrons of the Foundation include Dame Jocelyn Barrow and Dame Fiona Woolf.
Her fellow speakers were Dame Fiona Woolf, Chancellor of ULaw and partner at CMS Cameron McKenna; Dame Jocelyn Barrow, founder of the Campaign against Racial Discrimination (CARD); Dawn Hill, Chair of the Black Cultural Archives; Daniel Winterfeldt, partner at Reed Smith and founder of the InterLaw Diversity Forum; and Darren Allaway, Managing Director of UBS Wealth Management.
Each recounted their experience of fighting for diversity across different strands such as gender, race, LGBT, age and disability, emphasising to the young audience that they too needed to take positive action to create a diverse workforce.
Miranda also announced the young winners of this year’s Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership scholarships, one of which was funded by Hogan Lovells. The winners were awarded with cheques, work experience and mentoring sessions with Miranda.
Miranda said: “I am delighted that history has been made today during UK Black History Month 2016 as this is the first diversity lecture to be held in the UK for 14-21 year old young leaders. The young people who attended the event are just so inspiring and committed to their own careers and diversity”.