Imagine a room where all the motivational quotes you see on your phone are brought to life. In a world where - nearly - everything is digital, Missoma, two very inspiring guests and a room of 100-ish women celebrated International Women’s Day together at The Wing’s Soho location.

The Wing’s mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community. A hub of networking, skill sharing, seriously cool interiors, a motivational Instagram and mega merch,  we jumped up and down when we heard they were coming to London and couldn’t wait to share it with you too we soon as they landed in London, to combining our shared love of championing women.

 

Joined by Author and Model Naomi Shimada and Entrepreneur Nicole Crentsil, our Founder Marisa took to the stage for International Women’s Day to - try and - answer some of life’s trickiest questions. How can we be more confident? What is the best way to champion other women? For Marisa, confidence was all a matter of time. “Your twenties are all about figuring out who you are and what you want to do. It’s only with mentorship from those who have had the experiences that you’ll get there easier and quicker. You definitely learn more from your mistakes than what went right!”

Founder of Black Girl Festival and skill-sharing space Big Sis, Nicole is driven by community - and it’s this sense of community that she says is the most important factor in female empowerment. “I especially look to females outside of my circle - whether that’s artists in Rwanda or artists in the US - to see what I can learn from them, and what we can learn from each other.” Collaboration is such a buzzword these days, but if you’re not truly collaborative how can your ideas or message be truly inclusive? “It’s important to question how you can give space for other women to be in the room.” Nicole pressed.

The Wing’s mission is the professional, civic, social, and economic advancement of women through community. A hub of networking, skill sharing, seriously cool interiors, a motivational Instagram and mega merch,  we jumped up and down when we heard they were coming to London and couldn’t wait to share it with you too we soon as they landed in London, to combining our shared love of championing women.

Joined by Author and Model Naomi Shimada and Entrepreneur Nicole Crentsil, our Founder Marisa took to the stage for International Women’s Day to - try and - answer some of life’s trickiest questions. How can be we more confident? What is the best way to champion other women? For Marisa, confidence was all a matter of time. “Your twenties are all about figuring out who you are and what you want to do. And it’s only with mentorship from those who have had the experiences that you’ll get there easier and quicker. You definitely learn more from your mistakes than what went right!”

Founder of Black Girl Festival and skill-sharing space Big Sis, Nicole is driven by community - and it’s this sense of community that she says is the most important factor in female empowerment. “I especially look to females outside of my circle - whether that’s artists in Rwanda or artists in the US - to see what I can learn from them, and what we can learn from each other.” Collaboration is such a buzzword these days, but if you’re not truly collaborative how can your ideas or message be truly inclusive? “It’s important to question how you can give space for other women to be in the room.” Nicole pressed.

I STARTED BIG SIS BECAUSE EVERYONE IS A BIG SIS TO SOMEONE. EVEN OPRAH NEEDS A BIG SIS.

Nicole Crentsil, Entrepreneur

The panel certainly weren’t shy about drawing on their personal experiences. “Activism doesn’t look like one charming leader on a stage; it’s a butterfly effect” Naomi shared, after sharing her fight for a voice in an industry that only recognised a certain body type and race, until fairly recently. When we realise that “someone else’s causes are all of our causes too”, that’s when collaboration is more than just a word.

The answer is probably closer to home than you think however. Fresh from co-writing her book ‘Mixed Feelings’ on social media and our emotions, stressed that the internet is key in creating those communities; but it’s real life and collaborative conversations that will drive real and lasting change. In fact, real change starts from within: “The work starts with us; we can’t help other women when we’re not helping ourselves.” She spoke of “unapologetic” self-joy - which could look like a Sunday night face mask, it could look like marching down Oxford street for a cause you stand by. Allowing yourself to fully embrace the moments that bring you happiness, means you can contribute to your peers better.

The panel certainly weren’t shy about drawing on their personal experiences. “Activism doesn’t look like one charming leader on a stage; it’s a butterfly effect” Naomi shared, after sharing her fight for a voice in an industry that only recognised a certain body type and race, until fairly recently. When we realise that “someone else’s causes are all of our causes too”, that’s when collaboration is more than just a word.

The answer is probably closer to home than you think however. Fresh from co-writing her book ‘Mixed Feelings’ on social media and our emotions, stressed that the internet is key in creating those communities; but it’s real life and collaborative conversations that will drive real and lasting change. In fact, real change starts from within: “The work starts with us; we can’t help other women when we’re not helping ourselves.” She spoke of “unapologetic” self-joy - which could look like a Sunday night face mask, it could look like marching down Oxford street for a cause you stand by. Allowing yourself to fully embrace the moments that bring you happiness, means you can contribute to your peers better.

WE NEED TO HAVE AND GIVE EACH OTHER TANGIBLE TOOLS, FOR REAL TIME EMPOWERMENT THAT LASTS A LIFETIME.

Naomi Shimada, Author & Model

WE NEED TO HAVE AND GIVE EACH OTHER TANGIBLE TOOLS, FOR REAL TIME EMPOWERMENT THAT LASTS A LIFETIME.

Naomi Shimada, Author & Model

Marisa’s final comments on how we can affect tangible change, it’s one that’s still ringing in our ears. “Stand by making a positive effect, in order to create a chain reaction.” As a brand - and because we’re also just another community of humans - we’re all about focussing on starting that positive effect where you can; and where you can make changes, make them. Don’t forget to celebrate all the small things that build up to larger change; as Nicole said, “wonderfulness is plastered all over the place.”

FANCY SOME FEMALE-FOCUSED READING TONIGHT? OUR AUDIENCE LOVED AND SHARED THESE:

- EDUCATED by Tara Westover

- THE COLOUR OF WATER by James McBride

- ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN by Nina Ansary

Our next girl’s night has a lot to live up to. A huge thank you to The Wing, Naomi Shimada, Nicole Crentsil and all our attendees who helped bring all the good vibes.

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