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Personal Reflections on Equal Futures
Hey folx, I'm finally gathering my thoughts after Mission Equality CIC 's recent Equal Futures event. (As an introvert, I needed some recovery time after a full day of being on, plus 5 subsequent days of family and friend activities, lol.)
Before I get to the event itself, a few words about Lea Jovy-Ford 🏳️🌈 who created both the concept (getting as many people as possible committed to equality in one room) and delivery method (themed conversation tables, discussion prompts, action plan guides and more) for Equal Futures.
I've known Lea for about 15 years. She's a truly innovative thinker AND has the implementation know-how to make her ideas reality. I've seen her do it with several businesses. We talk regularly - almost daily - and conversations with her make my brain light up in the best way.
Lea doesn't tend to shout about it, but the vast majority of the magical inspiration that characterises our company starts with her. Equal Futures was no exception, and I think she deserves her flowers, don't you?
The proof of the pudding, so to speak, was in the experience attendees had. Summarising the comments we've had so far, Equal Futures offered a safe space for all, a majority Global Majority discussion space, a chance to forge and solidify connections with others of like mind, and an impetus for action.
One solid plan for improving Black women’s access to finance came out of the event, and the seeds of many more were planted.
Big, big thanks to everyone who came and participated. It was a joy to meet IRL so many people I've chatted to online, and the energy in the room was electric.
We are determined to create space to keep the momentum going, so Mission Equality has created a group for attendees where the connections and ideas made at Equal Futures can be strengthened, and where we can take action on a future that works better for all of us.
I’m excited to see what comes next as the conversations continue!