Being individual and passionate are key for young professionals looking to progress in their careers, according to a panel of influential guests at a KPMG event last week.
Over 200 guests from the City attended the first in KPMG’s ‘Leaders that Inspire – Life Story of a Leader’ series of events, at the firm’s headquarters in Canary Wharf last week. The event, which was organised by KPMG’s African and Caribbean Network, welcomed Baroness Scotland QC, the UK’s first black female QC and Attorney General, Tim Campbell MBE and poet Sophia Thakur as special guests, who addressed the audience to give their views on the personal characteristics required by young black professionals looking to excel in their chosen professions.
The event also showcased paintings by Jamaican born artist Andre Parchment, who is ex-British Army and an Iraq war veteran.
Addressing the audience Tim Campbell, who was awarded the MBE for Enterprise Culture in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List, and also appointed by the Mayor of London as the London Ambassador for Training & Enterprise, urged those members of the audience starting out on their careers to “set their own benchmarks, and not to be tempted to do what others do.”
Baroness Scotland QC echoed Tim’s thoughts as she told the audience about her experiences as a black female forging her legal career in the 1970s, when very few people believed she could go on to achieve what she has done. The Baroness commented : “There will always be obstacles for professionals to overcome; people have to work hard to get over them, but you need to find your own personal gifts and work with them in order to achieve your full potential“.
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, KPMG's Global Head of Corporate Citizenship added: “Progression in life and in your career is not about your skin colour or the way you look, it’s all about the content of your character; the service you provide and your personality.’’
Richard Iferenta, Indirect Tax and ACN Sponsoring Partner said: “It was a proud day for us to host an event to inspire the African and Caribbean community. In its own way, this event demonstrated some of KPMG’s core values.”
Chris Page, Associate Partner and Moderator for the discussion said: “A hugely inspiring event from start to finish. The African Caribbean Network plays an integral role in helping KPMG build its diversity agenda, a key aim of which is to attract and develop talent from the widest possible pool.”
KPMG’s African and Caribbean Network aim to run further Leaders that Inspire events throughout the year. They are designed to bring together leaders in the community who inspire, motivate and encourage others to aim higher and achieve success.
Emma Murray, KPMG Press Office, 020 7694 6506
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