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Careers Panels

Ignite your future

Join Impact Dance’s Artistic Director Hakeem Onibudo as he hosts a series of panel discussions featuring experts from a range of sectors including performing arts, fashion, events, and wellbeing.

Impact’s Careers Panels are free and open to all young people age 11 -19

Future dates will be listed here as they are announced.

Our last panel took place in October, it focused on the power of communication and networking; and featured a special guest panel including:

  • Akosua Boakye, Founder and Director of AkomaAsa Performing Art Academy
  • Faith Johnson, Fashion Entrepreneur
  • Kaysha Thomas, Nutritional Therapist
  • Mary Nakpodia, Events Manager

Akosua Boakye

Akosua Boakye Insta

Akosua is the founder and director of AkomaAsa Arts. She works in education, theatre and community sectors. Her roles include Dance Lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and Children’s Casting Coordinator for Disney’s West End musical, The Lion King. Akosua is a recipient of the Association of Dance and the African Diaspora Trailblazer Fellowship and One Dance UK Dance Teaching Mentoring Programme.

Faith Johnson

Faith Johnson Insta

Faith is an Arts, Cultural Leader, cultural consultant, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Caramel Rock and runs School College Fashion Week and Petra Fashion. Her mission is to empower young people and support people into fashion creating a level playing field for all, addressing diversity in the industry, socially and culturally. Previously a dancer and choreograper, in her early career she worked with Olly Murs and Take That.

Kaysha Thomas

Kaysha Thomas Insta

Kaysha is an advocate for mental well-being with a special interest in Black women’s mental health. As a Registered Nutritional Therapist and trauma-informed Pilates Teacher, she combines her expertise to assist individuals on their road to recovery. Kaysha is passionate about addressing specific challenges and promoting wellbeing within Black communities, including eating disorder recovery, body image, and fostering a healthy relationship with food and exercise.

Mary Nakpodia

Mary Nakpodia Insta

Mary is a passionate and experienced Events Manager specialising in in-person, hybrid and virtual events. She has experience running conferences, exhibitions, annual dinners, awards, summits and webinars for a range of sectors, including Tech, Health and for Universities. Mary is also a competitive cheerleading athlete, and got her first break in events management as a workforce operations events coordinator for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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