Seema Flower, Founder & Managing Director of Blind Ambition has been announced as one of the most influential people with a disability in the UK. Join the online event on Wednesday 21 October where she will officially be announced in the Power 100 and find out if she will become one of the Top 10 finalists!
The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 is an annual publication of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK. More than 300 nominations were received for the 100 places. The Disability Power List 100 is compiled by an independent judging panel, chaired by Baroness Jane Campbell. Baroness Campbell was number one in the 2019 Power 100 and has fought for equal rights for disabled people for as long as she can remember – from challenging special school segregation as a child, to public demonstrating and arrests, and now advocates for disabled people in the House of Lords.
Seema is an energetic, engaging and passionate Disabilities & Visual Awareness expert with the ability to think strategically and act tactically. Founder and Managing Director of Blind Ambition – with the aim to create inclusivity! During Covid-19, she adapted and developed a series of free zoom webinars supporting the disabled community. For over 25 years, Seema has delivered successful training and projects for leading institutions which have yielded desired outcomes. These accomplishments helped her gain relevant experience in training which has been transferred into various settings. For example, she has raised awareness by delivering disability training and visual awareness to various organisations - making businesses disability confident and inclusive, empowering vulnerable youth in prisons to reach their full potential in spite of the constraints of being incarcerated. Seema is an inspirational and experienced professional, advocate and disability rights champion who has enthused many people to achieve their full ambition and potential through telling her own story. Registered blind since 9 years old, Seema and her daughter appeared on Sky News Sunrise promoting her campaign – ‘Stop texting, hang up and put your phone away’, aimed at pedestrians so they stop tripping over her long cane and wheelchair users. She has built a successful chain of businesses and property portfolio, developed resilience and a unique gift for inspiring others through the many challenges she has overcome daily and over the past four decades of living with blindness. In recognition of achievements, she won London 2018 Venus Awards, ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’.
 https://www.bucksfreepress.co.uk/news/17298903.seema-flower-scoops-inspirational-woman-award/ Seema Flower, said: "I am very excited to be in the Power 100 List. I aspire to reach as many groups and individuals as possible with an impactful message that has become our mark with the aim of reducing the inequalities and social isolation that many face within our society. I believe if you solve the problems of the blind, (or wider disabled customers) the sighted or able bodied customers are easy."
The full Shaw Trust Disability Power List 100 can be found after Wednesday 21st October on www.disabilitypower100.com.
Power 100 - virtual event from Shaw Trust
Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2020
Time: 2:30 to 4 pm
'Shaw Trust is delighted to invite you to attend the Disability Power 100 event, celebrating 100 individuals, disabled or living with an impairment, who are working to break the stigma around disability, to create a more accessible and inclusive world. Please sign up to register for the virtual event here.
The annual publication is compiled by an independent judging panel from nominations received by the general public in the categories of:
· Arts, Fashion and Design
· Business, Finance and IT
· Politics and Law
· Education, Public and Third Sector
· Digital, Media and Publishing
During the event, you will hear from Shaw Trust CEO, Chris Luck, on why we produce the Power 100. Sir Ken Olisa, (Shaw Trust Chair) will talk about the value and power of role models and for the first time ever we will be streaming the Top 10 count down direct to the public. The event will conclude with Baroness Jane Campbell (last year’s number one on the Power 100) leading a panel for a live Q&A session on "The Disability Glass Ceiling - How do we achieve better representation in the media and in boardrooms."
See below for the full agenda:
· Open and welcome - Baroness Jane Campbell, Chair of Judges
· Why we produce the Power 100 - Chris Luck
· The value of role models - Sir Ken Olisa
· What it means to be in the Power 100 - Videos from previous Powerlisters (Justin Levine and Suzanne Bull)
· The Top Ten countdown - Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum
· Panel discussion on The Disability Glass Ceiling, how do we achieve better representation in the media and in boardrooms
We are streaming the event publicly and by registering on Eventbrite you will be able to join us for the celebration, as well as having the opportunity to take part in an interactive Poll on how disabled people can have greater opportunity and a voice to inform future policy and submit questions for the panel discussion with Baroness Jane Campbell and others panellists.
You will need to register to attend the event and can do so by clicking on this link, https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/shaw-trust-power-100-2020-launch-tickets-124060114141
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