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BAME Professional, business person or leader? Opened to having your thinking challenged? Want to reassess where you are and reignite your passion for your career? Have a desire to learn from someone with more lived experience of succeeding in corporate life?

Then this is for you!!! This breakfast event on Saturday 9th MARCH, 2019 offers:

Live Real Talk interview led by H Michelle Johnson in which Dr Nola Ishmael OBE shares truly stunning insight, bold wisdom and shrewd advice from many years of experience in her dynamic career, followed by a question and answer session with Dr Ishmael. ‘…there are so many stories to tell about the influence Nola has had when she was Diversity lead in the Department of Health on the progression of BME staff in the NHS…Nola was a stalwart who supported BME up and coming staff to achieve their potential, including myself.’ Lynette Philips OBE, Managing Director, Philips Management Consultancy LTD.

Dr Nola Ishmael as seen in the BBC News Documentary, The Voice media and Sky News. Dr Ishmael has been called a Legend, she has received national and international recognition through numerous awards, including Top 50 most influential leaders in the last 100 years.

An opportunity to network with other professionals and leaders

A practical session to help you consolidate what you've heard or learned so that you can apply it in your own life and/or career

A full English breakfast buffet to get the morning off to great start

You will be able to draw on the experience and insight of a highly accomplished and experienced black professional, who rose to the highest levels of influence in her career. Dr Nola Ishmael OBE will be interviewed live by H Michelle Johnson about her breathtaking journey, after arriving as part of the 'Windrush generation' to break the ceilings of gender and race, cluminating in leadership roles at the Department of Health, writing speeches for MInisters.

This event is on SATURDAY 9TH MARCH 2019

Nola Ishmael's bio

Within 18 months of qualifying as a nurse Nola Ishmael was promoted to Unit Sister in the Neurosurgical Unit of the Maudesly Hospital in London. She later qualified as a Health visitor, becoming Community Manager in the then Guy,s Health District. In 1987 she was appointed Assistant Director of Nursing in Greenwich. Shortly after, she was promoted to Director of Nursing, becoming the first black Nursing Director in the NHS in London.

In 1994 Nola was offered a secondment to the Department of Health for six months. This resulted in a10 year tenure, where she worked closely with Ministers and Chief Nursing Officers in different roles including Professional Private Secretary to the Chief Nursing Officer. She later added Nursing Policy responsibilities in Public Health areas and Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) matters to her portfolio.

Conscious of the opportunities she had Nola took a keen interest in NHS staff development and provided opportunities for shadowing, mentoring, coaching and personal development for NHS staff. She led on the establishing of the Mary Seacole Leadership Awards supporting the first ten recipients of this Award. She also lead on the DH publications Getting On Against the Odds and Many Rivers to Cross which chronicled the contribution of staff to the NHS.

Her service was recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2000, an Honorary Doctorate from Birmingham City University, plus a raft of other awards including Nursing Times Diamond Award as one of top 50 Influential Nurses in the last 100 years. Nola was among 15 Health Leaders who had a Portrait displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London. After retiring from the DH in 2003 Nola returned to the NHS as deputy Director in a London Primary Care Trust finally re-retiring in 2012. She remains active as a Mentor and Motivational Speaker.

A full English breakfast buffet will be provided at this event.

Tickets cost £48.50

Early Bird tickets are £43.50. This offer will close on 31st January, 2019, after which, any remaining tickets will be sold at the full price of £48.50.



What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Holiday Inn Wembley is 3 mins walk from Wembley Stadium underground station

Parking is available at the hotel for at a cost of approximately £10 for the morning.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For quieres email intouch@hmichellejohnson.com

What's the refund policy?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds once tickets have been purchased. It is possible to transfer purchased tickets to others who can attend.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Tickets can be transferred to other people if the purchaser is unable to attend.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?


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