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Brown Women Talk: Resilience
Brown Women Talk: Resilience

Wed, 19 Aug


Zoom | tickets required

Brown Women Talk: Resilience

In this roundtable event, two special guests will join South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS) and TWO-BROWNGIRLS to discuss the topic of resilience

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Time & Location

19 Aug 2020, 18:30

Zoom | tickets required

About the Event


Tickets are FREE but limited. Click here to book your place.

As South Asian women, we often have to manage many different cultural roles within the context of family, work and the wider community whilst trying to balance our own mental and physical health. This has developed our resilience to adapt and persist in the most challenging of circumstances. With the current COVID-19 pandemic, how do South Asian women continue to show resilience in these times? 

In this roundtable event, special guests Poorna Bell and Leyya Sattar will join SASS and TWO-BROWNGIRLS to discuss the topic of resilience. The audience will have an opportunity to share their experiences and chat with others using the chat function - which will be led by SASS and Two-Brown Girls.

Special Guests

Poorna Bell: Journalist, Public Speaker, Author, Influencer

An award-winning journalist, charismatic public speaker, published author and influencer, Poorna Bell works extensively across several areas including women's journalism, women in business, fitness, body image, wellness, mental health and champions issues affecting the BAME community. The former UK Executive Editor and Global Lifestyle Head for HuffPost, Poorna now works as a freelance journalist and editor for titles including The Guardian, Red magazine, Stylist, Grazia, Women's Health, The Debrief and the Daily Telegraph. She is also the founder of Fix My Life Workshops and Events and a popular public speaker and event facilitator. Poorna also received Stylist magazine's Rising Star Award at their inaugural Remarkable Women Awards 2019.

Leyya Sattar: Co-Founder and Head of Partnerships, The Other Box

Leyya Sattar is the Co-Founder of The Other Box - an award-winning company on a mission to increase diversity and improve inclusion. TOB celebrates and champions people of colour, and people from other underrepresented backgrounds with a growing global community of over 3,500 people and works strategically with companies on D&I, unconscious bias and culture-change through training and courses, and with brands on partnerships, campaigns and custom strategies.

Leyya was recently featured as #Forbes100 women founders and Ad Age 'Women To Watch in Europe', and sits on the BIMA Creative Council. She is also part of the Fawcett Society: Race Disparity Unit exploring pay and progression for women of colour. Leyya is also studying a diploma with the Quest Institute and Regent’s College on Cognitive Hypnotherapy and Neuro-linguistic Programming.

Artists & Partners

The discussion is curated by TWO-BROWNGIRLS and South Asian Sisters Speak.  

TWO-BROWNGIRLS is a unique platform dedicated to the evolving identity of the artistic, intelligent and ever-curious browngirl. Created and curated by Aaminah Patel and Seetal Kaur for over five years, the blog has a dedicated following reaching many corners of the world. Aaminah and Seetal have now established a social initiative called ForwardCulture ( to support South Asian female artists and create personal development programmes for young women of the South Asian diaspora. 

South Asian Sisters Speak (SASS) creates safe spaces for South Asian women in the UK to share their experiences openly. They run events and projects to help educate, empower and bring women together and facilitate constructive conversation about issues within our culture and community. SASS has run sell-out panel events on topics such as mental health, identity and lost histories. They also facilitate the Brown Girls’ Book Club, celebrating South Asian literature, on a regular basis.

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