Funke Abimbola, awesome role model and Inclusive Networks #Awesome100 awards judge
Funke Abimbola, Senior Lawyer Diversity Leader and friend of Inclusive Networks, has been awarded the 2017 Mary Lou Carrington Award by the Worshipful Company of Educators. Every year, this award recognises an exceptional businesswoman who has made a significant and inspirational contribution to education, positively impacting on the lives of school children. Well done Funke!
Funke has received the award for the impact of her voluntary work with secondary school children through Speakers4Schools, alongside other initiatives she has led to support and empower young people to maximise their potential, positively impacting the lives of over 2,000 school children annually. By regularly providing free inspirational talks, sharing her personal leadership journey, tips for success and providing mentoring with work experience opportunities, Funke’s contributions have effectively bridged the gap between education and the business world.
The late Mary Lou Carrington, for which the award was named, was a businesswoman and a Common Counsellor in the City of London, with a passionate commitment to education. She joined the Educators in its early stages and was instrumental in the development and growth of the professional body, representing the UK’s top educationalists. Her death in 2008 sadly prevented her installation as Master. The award was created in her memory and is given each year to a business woman who has made a significant and inspirational contribution to education.
“I gain so much from visiting school children and speaking to them – speaking to a room full of future leaders, mentoring them and providing them with work experience opportunities inspires me constantly and is something I will continue doing for as long as I can.”
Commenting on receiving the 2017 award, Funke said :
“This is a real honour and a privilege. My mission is to see as many people as possible maximising their potential and this starts with our school children. I admit that I am an idealist and truly believe that nothing should stand in the way of this goal. Never has it been more important to support our school education system in the UK than now given the impact of ongoing cuts to schools funding.”
“This award comes as a huge surprise and is really encouraging. I never had the honour of meeting Mary Lou Carrington in person but am deeply humbled that my voluntary work in supporting young people has been recognised in this way. I gain so much from visiting school children and speaking to them – speaking to a room full of future leaders, mentoring them and providing them with work experience opportunities inspires me constantly and is something I will continue doing for as long as I can”.
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