Do you feel upset when you think of all the distractions, despair & derailers that surround young girls today? Do you feel a sense of hopelessness? The Girls Like Me Conference which took place virtually on the 9th October was an inspirational, celebratory event which tackled the issues young girls face today. Inspiring, influential speakers shared their stories on how they fought through their struggles and rose above them!
Being a girl in the world we live in today can be challenging. We might find ourselves facing hurdles that we shouldn’t have to face. And the pitfalls of our digital generation can begin to weigh us down, causing feelings of hopelessness to fester. At such a time, it’s imperative to remember that you are not alone and you can equip yourself with the skills you need to better navigate your life & reach your full potential. You have it in you, just like countless other women & girls who you look up to, do.
The Girls Like Me Conference is happening this coming Saturday, 9th of October! It’s a one of a kind, inspirational day, organised to enlighten teen girls on the power & the pitfalls of our digital generation. Inviting all girls & their female guardians! Attend in-person at Marsh Farm Futures House or virtually from 1pm -5pm.
Meet Ayo Awotona: Program Facilitator & Keynote Speaker
Ayo Awotona is a renowned international public speaker, author, educator, self-taught Spanish speaker, & content creator.
Ayo’s mission is to raise female leaders up with healthy self-esteem so that they are equipped to discover their identity and purpose in life.
The Girls Like Me Conference is taking place on 9th October, 2021. And this year, our aim is to enlighten girls on the power and pitfalls of our digital generation, equip girls with essential self-defense skills and educate them on significant topics such as online safety.
Meet Aoife McMorrow: Social Media Content Creator!
Aoife McMorrow is a student, who is studying advertising & marketing at the University of Lincoln. She’s also a content creator on TikTok, where she creates funny, light-hearted and lifestyle videos. She has more than 300,000 followers.
Aoife likes to promote the importance of mental health awareness and encourages others to not be embarrassed about sharing their stories.
The Girls Like Me Conference is just around the corner. It’s a one of a kind, inspirational day, organised to enlighten girls on the power & the pitfalls of our digital generation. Inspiring guest speakers will share their journey and experiences at the conference to empower girls so that they can blossom into the best versions of themselves!
Meet Award-Winning Business Owner: Hasina Rahman
Hasina Rahman is an award-winning business owner who specialises in MMA, Muay Thai & Self-Defense. She runs a female-only martials arts club, Pink Diamond Martial Arts, to empower women & girls. She has achieved 3 black belts in 3 different styles of martial arts and has been running her own club for the past 5 years.
Hasina wants to empower women and girls with confidence, self-love and life saving martial arts skills!
The Girls Like Me Conference is happening this coming Saturday, the 9th of October! Inviting all girls & their female guardians! We’ve organised this community event to help equip girls with the tools they need to better navigate their teen years to go on to become optimistic, fulfilled & successful adults! Attend in-person or virtually from 1pm -5pm to embark on a journey of living your life more meaningfully, authentically and confidently.
Meet Sabrina Durant: CEO, Interior Designer and one of our influential speakers at TGLMC
Sabrina Durant witnessed violence & abuse at a very young age which led her to go into a shell. At this point, writing, drawing and creativity became a medium for her to express herself & this is where her passion for Interior Design began.
She realised that though she couldn’t change her past, she was in control of her future. She had the power within herself to become the woman she always wanted to be!
The Annual Girls Like Me Conference is back! And this year’s theme is Digital Generation: The Power & Pitfalls. Inviting girls & their female guardians! We’re inviting teen girls aged 13-17 to attend this community event so they can get the tools they need to better navigate their teen years to go on to become optimistic, fulfilled & successful adults! Save the date: 9th October 2021. Attend in-person or virtually from 1pm -5pm to embark on a journey of living your life more meaningfully, authentically and confidently.
Meet Gehad, our first revealed speaker for The Girls Like Me Conference!
A couple of days ago, on the 10th September, World Suicide Prevention Day was observed. According to the WHO, more than 700 000 people die to suicide every year and there are many more who attempt it. It represents the fact that mental health issues are prevalent & there is a need for us to raise awareness. And what better opportunity than now?
We, at The Like Me CIC, believe that mental well-being is of utmost importance. Therefore, we urge that if you see signs of somebody going through a tough time, do reach out to make sure they’re okay. If it turns out to be a false alarm, even then they’ll know that you care for them & support them.
Going through mental health issues is hard! It can sometimes feel impossible to carry on. To anybody who may feel like this, this is a message for you: You’ve made it this far & you will make it through. Depression plays with your mind, so don’t believe everything you think. You are stronger than you think. And you’re not alone. There are people who feel exactly the way you feel and people who love you & support you.
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” – Gail Sheehy
I. Change is inevitable and the only constant in life. Everything in this universe is constantly changing yet the thought of change makes us feel uncomfortable. It makes us feel like we’ve lost control.
As human beings, we look for routine & we love to build our cocoons of comfort. Change can make us feel anxious as it comes with uncertainty.
II. Looking at change in a different light: Since change is constant, we must realise that most of the time we don’t have control over external factors in our life. What we can do is:
The annual Woman Like Me L&B Conference is taking place this June, Saturday the 26th. This years theme is Rising From The Ashes and our speakers will share stories from the heart about how they have risen from the ashes. Our mission is to reveal hidden stories that make us who we are to empower women. To attend you must register your ticket here. This year you have the power to choose between in person and virtual attendance.
To get the chance to win a FREE ticket to this event feel free to enter your details below to our Prize Draw for the chance to attend completely free of charge!
Runner ups don’t fret as you may also win a discounted ticket of up to 40% off!
Hasina is the owner of a female only martial arts club in Luton, Pink Diamond Martial Arts. She has achieved 3 black belts in 3 different styles of martial arts and has been running her own club for the past 5 years.
She is a public speaker raising awareness for anti-bullying and self-confidence.
Last year she released her first children’s book; Heroes, a guide to anti-bullying. Hasina wants to empower women and girls with confidence, self-love and life saving martial arts skills! She is also a mother of two young wonderful boys, who keep her super busy!
Below are the bios of the fantastic speakers who shared from their heart to encourage, empower and inspire the hearts of those who were present at The Women Like Me Luton & Beds Conference.
Our theme was ‘From Feeling Fear to Feeling Free’ because fear affects each of us, often in different ways. Nevertheless what we have in common is that we have felt fear. Fear may have held us captive but we wanted to be free. So we met on 20th June 2020 at #TWLMLBC to reclaim our freedom.
Check out the fantastic speakers we had and find out a bit about them below.
Meet The Speaker… Debbie Gilbert
Debbie Gilbert is a multi award winning businesswoman who has been in business since 1998. Her passion is supporting start ups to succeed which led her to write the Amazon best selling book ‘The Successful Mumpreneur’.
Aside from owning a successful marketing and events agency she also owns Mums UnLtd. These are support groups for women in 9 areas helping them on the road to business success. Debbie loves to support Mums get the balanced life they crave and enabling them to work for themselves successfully.
Meet The Speaker…Danielle Bridge
Danielle is the founding director of ABC Life Support CIC, a First Aid Training organisation, an associate instructor for MHFA England as well as the Co-chair of Cambridge Mental Health Network. Danielle has a passion for delivering First Aid courses to people in the community as well as organisations. In terms of physical first aid, we delivering impactful mandatory first aid training and in terms of mental health first aid we are delighted to be able to empower organisations to start conversations and begin implementations of systems which support people in the workplace.
Danielle has delivered a number of courses and spoken at a number of events across all sectors and has the ability to adapt her delivery accordingly, making each delivery unique to the client. Feedback from delegates is overwhelmingly positive and Danielle takes pride in making the training as interactive and interesting as possible.
Meet The Speaker… Hasina Rahman
Hasina Rahman Hasina is the owner of a female only martial arts club in Luton, Pink Diamond Martial Arts. She has achieved 3 black belts in 3 different styles of martial arts and has been running her own club for the past 5 years.
She is a public speaker raising awareness for anti-bullying and self-confidence. This year she released her first children’s book; Heroes, a guide to anti-bullying. Hasina wants to empower women and girls with confidence, self-love and life saving martial arts skills! She is also a mother of two young wonderful boys, who keep her super busy!
Meet The Speaker…Daniella Blechner
Daniella Blechner is an Award-Winning entrepreneur, Founder of Conscious Dreams Publishing, Bestselling Author and Book Journey Mentor who is passionate about inspiring and empowering authors to transform their stories, messages and powerful journeys into books of impact and influence.
Daniella assists authors through the publishing process and helps them to create, publish and market professional books of value and significance. Over the last eighteen months, Conscious Dreams Publishing has published over 60 books, 16 of which have become bestsellers. Daniella has also mentored over 180 authors. She is passionate about empowering authors through this process and is always looking for authors with powerful messages and stories to share with the world; ones that educate, inspire and empower. She runs a workshop for aspiring female authors called The Power of Your Story to assist them in gaining clarity and vision for their book as well as get clear on the self-publishing and writing process.
She is passionate about providing a platform for women to have their voices heard and stories shared in a space of empowerment. Her conscious dream is to ensure that our unseen images and unheard voices are portrayed positively on a global scale and that those stories are told by those who experience them.
For many years Katrina struggled with a lack of self worth, self belief and was stuck in a negative cycle of depression and anxiety following a traumatic childhood. From the age of just 6 years old Katrina was sexually abused by a close family friend which lasted until she finally escaped at 17. ‘I spent the first 20 years of adulthood going from one bad decision to another, often self medicating to take away the pain. I honestly believed I was destined for a life of misery.’
Today Katrina runs her own successful business, is happy and loving life. Find out how she turned her life around and to finally let go of the past that was holding her back.
Meet The Speaker…Samara Barnett
Samara is a 23 year old singer/songwriter from Bedfordshire. She is also The Warrior Mama, a single mother to two under 5’s. Samara shares on the challenges faced balancing motherhood with her dream of singing and performing.
She has two singles currently out on all music platforms “Voicemail” and “Inside Out”. She uses music to express herself in a positive way and she aims to be a positive and strong influence to her children and all those who come into contact with her.
Haneefah has over 20 years experience as a Social Worker, mainly with people experiencing complex mental health issues. She plans to return from a career break to join social care and health colleagues during the current health crisis.
Haneefah is also a Soul Empowerment Coach, public speaker and an Author of two books – The A-Z of Stress Solutions’ (2014) offers tips for taking care of our health and wellbeing to manage stress. My Soul Purpose (2019) is a collection of Haneefah’s poems about life, living and learning on the journey to find our true selves.
Haneefah connects with people individually and with groups in an authentic and empowering way. She runs workshops, seminars and presentations and helps people transform their beliefs, thoughts and actions to create more inner connection, freedom and happiness in their lives.
Haneefah has lived in Luton for nearly 20 years and is still discovering the richness and diversity of this historic town. She contributes to the community through the arts performing her poetry and other activities at local events. She is a trustee of Reclaim Life a charity in Bedfordshire that promotes emotional wellbeing. Haneefah also volunteers with the Beds & Luton Recovery College, a mental wellbeing service.
Meet The Speaker…Jasmine Mbye
Jasmine is an accomplished Speaker, Trainer, Coach and the Director of the Like Me CIC. Above all of this she’s a mum. Jasmine was born in Luton but lived most of her life in London, returning to Luton in 2015 and moving to Bedford in 2019. Jasmine has always had a heart for working with women but was reluctant to work with girls although many suggested it. However, after having her first child in 2017, Jasmine was inspired to work with girls as she was blessed with a beautiful baby girl.
Jasmine has overcome many struggles in her life from a dysfunctional and abusive childhood to a toxic and abusive marriage. Yet, she has found her faith and inner work, personal development, has helped her recover from situations that would otherwise have been soul destroying, becoming better and stronger.
It’s this determination that leads Jasmine to make a positive difference to females right here in Luton and Bedfordshire. Jasmine shares her story to empower and encourage others. Jasmine’s authenticity comes from her belief that when she lets her light shine others are encouraged to do the same
So you now a bit about each of the fantastic speakers that we had lined up for June’s The Women Like Me Luton & Beds Conference. What they shared quite frankly was amazing and we know because that’s what the feedback we’ve received tells us.
There were many of you who wanted to be there but for one reason or another were not able to. Well, we’re going to give you an opportunity to experience it. Watch this space.