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Empowering Women Founders Event: Meet Our Panellists

by | Feb 28, 2024

On 8th March 2024, International Women’s Day, we’re opening our doors to creators, entrepreneurs and small business owners for a Panel Talk & Pitch Slam, where we’ll discuss how founders can grow, scale and sustain their business.

We’ll be joined by leading women entrepreneurs who will discuss the challenges faced by founders, share their experience of smashing the glass ceiling, give advice to entrepreneurs on how to grow their business, and answer questions from our audience.

And in celebration of International Women’s Day, four women entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to pitch their business to our expert panel for constructive feedback and helpful advice! At the end of the evening, one lucky winner will receive free hotdesking for six months at our coworking space in the heart of Brixton Village, one year of free Virtual Office for their business, a free bottle of Market Row Rum. But don’t worry – this isn’t The Apprentice. Impact Brixton is a diverse and welcoming space, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs thrive. All feedback will be measured and constructive, with the sole goal of helping our founders build the business of your dreams.

It’s going to be an amazing evening full of brilliant insight from our diverse panel of expert small business owners. Read on to find out more about our panellists, and make sure you’ve got your £5 ticket!

Meet Our Panellists

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Zoe Holland, CEO of Zing Learning Ltd

Zoe is CEO of Zing Learning Ltd – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Learning Experts. With two decades of experience spanning diverse industries such as hospitality, retail, transport, engineering, non-profit, and creative sectors, Zoe brings a wealth of learning and coaching expertise. Zoe has worked with major companies such as Google, ITV, and IMechE to implement strategies and initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organisational cultures. Zoe’s head office is based right here in one of our private offices to hire at Impact Brixton, so she knows our community inside out!

Andry Anastasis McFarlane, Founder of The Learning Moment

Andry is founder of The Learning Moment, a small female-led diverse team that supports people to thrive at work through learning. Andry is an experienced master’s level qualified Executive accredited coach (EMCC). Her team work with organisations and individuals to develop soft skills, teamwork and communication. Their work supporting you to thrive at work, has been featured on BBC Radio, Soho Radio and i.magazine. Andry is also the author of the Really Resilient Guide, a book that supports you to thrive at work. Andry recently featured on our blog, talking about her experience of working at Impact Brixton You can read more about her here!

Rachael Palmer, General Manager of Impact Brixton and CEO of BlackMaven CIC

Alongside her pivotal role as General Manager of Impact Brixton, Rachael is Founder of BlackMaven CIC, which is an organisation that provides Project Management and capacity support primarily for Black and Global Majority Founders, helping them to create positive impact and social change. Rachael also co-host a weekly talk show on Colourful Radio: The Business Mix show, and she has recently co-founded Black Nail Techs UK, which will be the first comprehensive directory of all Black nail artists in the UK, platforming their skills and services. Rachael recently featured on our blog, giving an insight into how she balances her job at Impact Brixton with her many other enterprises!

Ning Ma, Founder of Mamalan and Creator of Tea Joy

Ning moved to the UK at the age of 15. She won a scholarship to study at university before starting her career with PwC, one of the “Big Four” accountancy firms in the world. Not satisfied with her corporate life, after obtaining her ACA qualification Ning’s left the city life behind and started her own restaurant Mamalan in Brixton Village before funding her bubble tea business TeaJoy. TeaJoy is a unique bubble tea brand that makes enables operators to make fresh bubble tea in seconds using only natural, high-quality ingredients. Two years after its launch, TeaJoy is now served in over 500 locations across the UK. Thanks to Ning, Impact Brixton members get 10% off food at Mamalan. In case you were looking for more reasons to join our coworking community!

Samantha Kidjo, Incubator Manager at Startup Discovery School

Samantha is a material science engineering graduate and she started her career in corporate management consulting at Renault in Paris. She has since worked as a business developer and founder associate for various entrepreneurs and worked on her own BeautyTech startup. For the past 3 years, she has been supporting more founders through the Google Digital Garage, OneTech and Hatch Enterprise. At SDS she hopes to empower more founders to build thriving green businesses. She recently also joined the ADA Ventures scout programme looking to empower more diverse founders through access to finance. Samantha has tons of knowledge to share, and we’re so glad to be partnering with her!

Get Your Tickets

There are still some tickets left, if you’d like to come and join the conversation! And although it’s International Women’s Day and our panel talk will be delivered from the perspective of our brilliant women entrepreneurs, everyone is very welcome to attend our event regardless of gender. This is an opportunity for founders to meet, share and collaborate. And we’d love to welcome you!

We also just want to give you a little heads up that there is a fairly steep flight of 20 steps to access Impact Brixton. Unfortunately our lift is currently broken! We apologise for any inconvenience and hope that our lift will be fixed soon. If you have any specific access needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by sending an email to

You can find out more about what’s happening when and get your tickets to our event here.

More Impact Brixton Events

As well as a welcoming coworking space, London private office provider and affordable virtual office service for entrepreneurs, Impact Brixton is also a vibrant hub for events aimed at empowering and inspiring entrepreneurs with knowledge and opportunities. From high-powered workshops like Finance for Freelancers: How To Invest In Your Future to chilled-out networking events featuring board games and rum punch, there are plenty of opportunities to meet and collaborate in our space. Make sure you scroll down to subscribe to our newsletter so that you’re first to hear about our upcoming events, and get in touch if you’re looking for an event space! We love finding new partners to work with on our shared mission of helping freelancers, creators and entrepreneurs to thrive.

Can’t Make It To Our Space?

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About Impact Brixton

Impact Brixton is a creative workspace in the heart of Brixton that houses a community of hundreds of creators, entrepreneurs and social changemakers. We provide affordable virtual office services, fully serviced private offices, creative coworking space and educational workshops to support and empower entrepreneurs to thrive.