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  • Writer's pictureJames Dornor

REflect 2023 - RS Grassroots


REflect2023 was honoured to be part of the RSGrassroots family celebrating


As a keynote speaker it was important for me to share my life story so far to the youth in attendance, not an area I tend to share openly however if it’s means being relatable role model with similar experience it can be used as powerful tool showcasing what is achievable. With REflect having the simple aim of inspiring hundreds young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds into STEM.


From inspirational REAL models learning about career journeys, the barriers we’ve had to overcome and amazing projects we’re working on now such myself with the Driven By Us Team


Special thanks to the whole RS Grassroots Team for the opportunity, Isabella Mascarenhas, Amy Muncer  Sophie Jeffrey, Wayne (Jono) Hutt FLPI, Elvis Tinago EngTech ARAeS, Kudzai Manduvi

Wonderful catching up with Ella Podmore MBE & McLaren Automotive STEM Team - Adam Littlewood, Caitlin Cronin


An inspiring day in which it was possible to meet change makers across the whole engineering sector in person finally after many zoom calls!


Full speaker line up of pure inspirations - I learnt so much from each individual lighthouse - Mohammad Taher, Krystina Pearson-Rampeearee CEng MRAeS FWES FRSA MIET Biiftuu Aba-Godu Veena Kumari , Ama Frimpong , Hayley Mulenda, Navjot Sawhney


Finally our awesome hosts George Imafidon MBE & Dr Shini Somara BEng (Hons) EngD HonFIED - If you haven’t watched it back these two where flawless and left everyone in awe!


My summary to folks build your community & in person network. Keep adjusting your targets and bring others up with you along the way!



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