PRECIOUS Nights Online | September 2020 edition
PRECIOUS Nights is a monthly event that gives you the opportunity to hear from previous PRECIOUS Award winners . Join us as they share the highs, lows and lessons of their journey and give actionable tips and advice.
The evening is about storytelling, connecting, honesty and community in a unique atmosphere of collaboration and motivation.
It’s a lovely opportunity to build your network with new contacts and friends – even in these times of physical distancing! So join us on Zoom for the August edition of this special event. Book your ticket now
Emily, known as Milly J, has a most unusual back story:
Abandoned on a bus as a baby in Jamaica and adopted by British parents. She was predominantly brought up in Bangladesh. She was an opera singer and actress and attended Europe’s leading arts schools. She also appeared on the TV show ‘The Voice’.
She has made many television appearances, including as a shoe expert on BBC’s The Apprentice and channel 4’s, Four Rooms. She founded her multi award winning business bespoke shoe service, Milly J Shoes in the heart of Norwich, helping to reinvigorate the footwear trade of the county. Not just via her handcrafted special occasion shoes and shoe clips, but within schools, mentoring and new campaigns.
Emily won the PRECIOUS Outstanding Woman in Creatives Industries Award in 2015.
Dr. Funke Abimbola MBE, Chief Executive Officer, The Austen Bronte Consultancy
Funke is a performance driven, C-suite leader and healthcare executive with twenty years’ professional experience. Most notably, she has worked as a senior, C-suite leader for Roche, the world’s largest biotech company.
Funke has successfully leveraged her first career in law as a foundation to develop a second career as a commercial, business leader.
Outside her day job, Funke is a recognised equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)leader with a strong track record in the field. A regular media contributor for the BBC, Funke has been filmed for the First 100 Years Project celebrating 100 years ofmachievements by prominent women in law. She is also a notable alumna of her alma mater, Newcastle University.
In 2017, she was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to diversity and young people. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Hertfordshire in 2019 for contributions to social and corporate diversity.
Funke is currently completing MBA studies with the Wharton Business School.
Alongside this, she is embedding her MBA learning whilst leveraging her experience to date by providing board advisory services through her consultancy, the Austen Bronte Consultancy.
Funke won the Outstanding Woman in Professional Services award at the 2015 Precious Awards.