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SLLY Speaks Careers

SLLY Speaks Careers

By Mwila Mulenshi
Success Looks Like You (SLLY) brings you the best of the UK's black professional talent to talk about all things careers and business.

Mentors and friends from the SLLY tribe share top career gems and spill the tea on navigating a career as a black professional to help you propel yours.

We interview people at different stages of their success stories; from those just starting out their career to seasoned professionals, across all industries. They share how they got started, what they earn and general advice to show you that whatever your career goals, Success Looks Like You.
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Exclusions and the miseducation of black children
In the final episode of season one of the podcast, episode 11, I talk to Ziggy Moore, a Teacher, Consultant, and Managing Director at Moore Education.  We talk about the UK education system and why it's not set up to serve our children. Ziggy shares his journey to becoming an educator; his experience of growing up learning about his culture and history, and how having a strong identity has both served him and presented some challenges. Listen to the full episode to hear more. About episode 11's speaker: Ziggy Moore Ziggy work's part-time in a Pupil Referral Unit in Lambeth Teaching English 11-16, he is also a Consultant, and the Managing Director of Moore Education.  In his role as a Consultant, he works with schools to help reduce exclusions, by ensuring schools are using resources effectively. That could be anywhere from offering parental support or looking at behaviour trends in schools and seeking ways to remedy specific issues.  I also work alongside the most troubled and vulnerable students in a Mentoring capacity. Moore Education is in its 5th year of operation. We offer GCSE revision classes and 1 to 1 tuition in English, Maths, Science Financial intelligence, and World/Afrikan History.
June 28, 2020
A new generation of Black Excellence
In episode ten of the podcast, I talk to Jonas Andrew-Phillip and Emmanuela Onah, two incredible 18-year-olds that are determined to change the narrative on what it looks like to be young, black and British in 2020. Emma and Jonas share how they have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, how it has impacted their work ethic and wellbeing, and the wider impact on the younger generation. Exploring the effect of predicted grades and virtual learning for all students. About episode ten's speakers: Jonas Andrew-Phillip Jonas Andrew-Phillip is a young advisor at Success Looks Like You and currently a Business Administration apprentice. His aspirations are to inspire people to acquire the necessary tangible and intangible expertise that are essential to living a happy, healthy, and successful life through the Let's Talk Facts podcast, talks, workshops, and much more. I began public speaking in April 2019, and since then I have had the privilege to speak in America, which I am extremely grateful for.  My favorite quote is "I will never lose I will win or learn"-Nelson Mandela Emmanuela Onah Emma is a student tech blogger, coder, maker, and electronic engineer, passionate about increasing racial and gender diversity in STEM, as well as finding out how things work. Specifically, she has an interest in finding sustainable solutions to technological problems, especially as they relate to electronics. She will be featuring in a webinar series with Success Looks Like You, where she will talk about how she started, what her interests in tech are, and her newest coding competition.
June 10, 2020
Investing in black business
In episode nine of the podcast, I talk to Emeka Frederick, co-founder of Chuku's Nigerian tapas restaurant and Andy Davis, an angel investor who invests in diverse start-ups. We talk about being a black founder, investing in black business, and what it really takes to make it in business. Andy and Emeka share their wisdom, what keeps them hungry and keeps them running through any walls they have to, and the importance of investing in your personal development in order to make your business better. About episode nine's speakers: Emeka Frederick Emeka is the co-founder of the award-winning world’s first Nigerian tapas restaurant - Chuku’s.  Having left a career as an award-winning Strategy Consultant to grow the brand, he’s since grown as a pioneer in the restaurant industry with Chuku’s listed as “one of the 15 most exciting food and drink brands in the UK”.  He's passionate about rewriting the global narrative around Africa and entrepreneurship. As a self-trained chef, he designed and developed the Chuku's menu recommended by Time Out as "the best of Nigerian London". Andy Davis Andy is an angel Investor investing in black start-ups - ranging from Vitae London a watch brand, Afrocenchix an afro haircare brand, and Trim It the mobile barbers! As a founder of multiple businesses, Andy is passionate about genuinely supporting tenacious black founders to achieve success in their business ventures. He is not afraid to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to investing in black start-ups.
May 29, 2020
The high performance mindset
In episode eight of the podcast, I talk to Coach Obeng about how he got his first career break and internship through a strong mentor. We talk about serial entrepreneurship, finding a good business partner, and having a high performing mindset. Coach shares his journey; from starting out in business straight out of university - losing a treasured family member - to discovering that the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom. About episode eight's speaker: Alfred is a Chartered Project Manager and Mentor with a passion for empowering others. He has supported dozens of aspiring business owners, personal trainers, students, and professionals to break down their personal barriers to achieve their goals. He is a former American Football Athlete and Team Captain. In 2011, he successfully led his team to an undefeated National Championship season prior to completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Marketing.
May 22, 2020
Self-care, rest and boundaries: how important are they when pursuing success
In episode seven of the podcast, I talk to Dr Yvette Ankrah MBE, Renee Davis and Angela Egemba-Ayelowoabout maintaining your boundaries and self-care whilst pursuing personal success. Yvette, Renèe and Angela share their journey; from starting out wanting instant results - to arriving at a place where they are striking the right balance between wellbeing and success. Episode seven Speakers: Renée Davis is an award-winning creative, journalist and founder of Out The Box – a hub for young creative entrepreneurs and black professionals in various fields. Renée has a passion to see young people thrive and through events, workshops and online content, her aim is to inspire and equip this and the next generation of young creatives to execute their dreams and passions. Twitter: @OutTheBoxUk Instagram: OutTheBoxUk Dr Yvette Ankrah MBE is a transformational business coach, consultant and recovering overachiever! She works with high achieving women in business to get the success without the burnout. Yvette is passionate about ensuring women have the optimum environment, tools and skills to thrive in business. She believes that this starts from the inside and working in a way which builds sustainable and profitable businesses without overwhelm, stress and burnout. Website: Angela Egemba-Ayelowoworks as a Transaction Coordinator at J.P. Morgan. Angela is a Wellbeing Advocate & the Founder of Selffully - a wellbeing platform with a focus on self-care. My interest in self-care & wellbeing was borne out of imagining a life I didn’t want after observing the women around me including my mum, i.e. of always having so much going on, stretching themselves thin, being constantly stressed and always worrying about the future. I also minored in psychology so I think that also plays into it from learning in Positive Psychology about what stress does to the body.
May 14, 2020
Balancing Business and Spirituality
In episode six of the podcast Ayo and I talk to Christine and Muhammad, business founders in the education, wellbeing and beauty industries, about using your gift and spirituality to succeed in business.  Christine and Muhammad share with us their multiple attempts at starting businesses and why they think they've got the winning formula with Essenoderm and Ramadan Legacy. "Learn the language of business." Episode six Speakers: Muhammad Malik, Founder of Ramadan Legacy Muhammad Malik is an ex-big 4 startup consultant, mindfulness coach and co-founder of Ramadan Legacy, an award-winning education company whose mission is to empower people to learn, love and live the month of Ramadan. Ramadan Legacy achieves its mission through its interactive app, physical planner, and workshops, which have enriched the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world. Christine Matondo, Founder of Essenoderm Christine is a trained skin specialist who has worked across London with premier cosmeceutical brands such as NeoStrata and Dermalogica. As the founder of Essenoderm, her passion is to educate people on caring for their skin, as well as provide expert facials to treat various skin issues; with a focus on treating women of colour who are very underrepresented in the mainstream beauty sphere. Website:
May 9, 2020
Embracing the Slash Career, Freelancing and Day Rates
In episode five of the podcast, I talk to Pilar, Jaz and Ayo about having a portfolio career; a career where you do lots of different things aka A Slash Career. This includes balancing freelance work, consulting, personal projects and other activities across different industries. You come to work with a different vim when you know you’re getting paid properly! Visit the Success Looks Like You blog for the full show notes: Episode 5 show notes. Episode 5 Speakers: Jaz Broughton, Customer Success Manager in Tech & Life and Work Coach Pilar Nalwimba, Social Media Strategy Lead & BBC Sounds Podcaster Ayo Oyebade, Quantity Surveyor & Script Writer
April 29, 2020
Salary Negotiations: how to get what you're worth
In episode four of the podcast, I talk to Addy, Diana and Ayo about knowing your financial value and they each share practical tips on how to ask for what you're worth from the jump! "Whatever your chosen avenue, go hard, go all out, hard-work dedication, do whatever you have to do. As long as you make it your own and yo go hard, you will blaze a trail." Visit the Success Looks Like You blog for the full show notes: Episode 4 show notes. Episode 4 speakers: Addy Frederick, Reputation Management Diana Apedu, Market Analyst Ayo Oyebade, Quantity Surveyor
April 23, 2020
Rejection after hundreds of interviews and interviewing your future employer
From a role in politics - to manager at an event, community and co-working space in the heart of the Peckham community - Mwila interviews Khloe Bailey, General Manager at Peckham Levels and SLLY Mentors William and I'Nyambae. We talk about the houses we could have bought with student loan and grant money, obtaining that first job after hundreds of interviews and how to interview your future employer. Visit the Success Looks Like You blog for the full show notes: Episode 3 show notes. Episode 3 speakers:  Khloe Bailey, General Manager at Peckham Levels and Founder at PRIM Black William Zhou, Cloud Native Engineer at Fujitsu I'Nyambae Kanu, Fullstack Software Developer at dunnhumby
April 15, 2020
Side Hustles: Balancing the 9 to 5 with the 5 to 9
Maia interviews two black female entrepreneurs who are juggling day jobs in IT whilst building their businesses, hear how sis is doing it all.
March 26, 2020
Black Success: What does it look like?
We interview Financial Expert and Wealth Manager, Emmanuel Asuquo, Founder of Kaleidoscope Beauty, Umutoni Thuku-Benzinge and Success Looks Like You Founder, Mwila Mulenshi.  Discussing black ownership, distrust within the community and why good grades alone isn't enough. Hosted by Maia Kamara.
March 26, 2020