This is who I am

#bameed

Who are you?

I am proudly Kenyan. My middle name means ' daughter of a leopard'. I love that because it gives me inner strength when life gets bumpy. Life and events have taught me that I possess greatness within me that I never fully knew existed. I teach in inner London where a large number of students are multi-ethnic but where a lot of leadership and governing teams are largely White British. That bothers me. I speak 4 languages fluently because I grew up among people from many other tribes. That is an advantage of embracing others.

Where are you now?

I am in the growth phase of my leadership journey. I am in the process of self-discovery. I am learning to jump the barriers and barricades that have been set by people (and sometimes by me). I am learning a lot about perceptions and grit.

Where did you come from?

I was born and bred in Kenya. We travelled a lot when I was a child so I went to schools in different towns and made lots of friends. I now live in London. I love the vibe that the city has and it's people. 

How did you overcome any obstacles/barriers?

I realised that the only person with the power to influence how I feel and react to bias is ME. I am daily silencing the inner doubts and fears by affirming myself with words and actions. I have slogans and words of inspiration that resonate with me and I use them A LOT. I celebrate myself by embracing who I am unapologetically.

Surround myself with ‘my tribe’. The people, who celebrate diversity, appreciate differences and uniqueness that we all have. Those who know that everyone is equal and has something to offer. Those who create opportunities for all without bias. Those who guide and support me when I make mistakes. Those who see greatness in me, cheer me on and encourage me to be 10% braver. 

Listening to inspirational music and poems. Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ & ‘Roar’, R. Kelly’s ‘I believe I can fly’ & ‘World’s greatest’ and Maya Angelou’s ‘Still I Rise’ are some of the best soul-lifters I have heard. They keep me moving on.

Very simple yet very effective strategies!

What advice/messages do you have for others in the same position?

Be bold and stand up against bias. Amplify your voice by joining communities such as #BAMEed and @womened‍. Be proactive in challenging lack of diversity. Always remember that you are great despite what life may tell you. 

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Suzie Happy

Suzie Happy

Educator. Courageous leader

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Comments

Hannah Wilson Hannah Wilson @misswilsey 4 months ago
Suzie this post is fab! It has been fab connecting with you this year and watching you grow. See you soon x
Pran  Patel Pran Patel @mrpatel 4 months ago
Asante sana.
Celebrate ourselves unapologetically-why do we find this so hard to do? I love this. Thank you.
Amjad Ali Amjad Ali @astsupportaali 4 months ago
Daughter of a Leopard- What a beautiful name... Must really give you that extra strength when needed! :)
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Anoara Mughal Anoara Mughal @ano 4 months ago
Listening to inspirational lyrics as a great strategy! Love it!
Allana Gay Allana Gay @allanag13 4 months ago
Great post Susan. You have really grown professionally and personally since your period of self reflection. Keep going strong my friend!
Naznin Choudhury Naznin Choudhury @naz08 4 months ago
Wonderful ! Just loved every words of your blog.
Martha Da Costa-Sherwood Martha Da Costa-Sherwood @dacosmeconsult 4 months ago
What a great post Suzie - I can hear and feel the self belief in your words - keep on believing
Farhaan Patel Farhaan Patel @farhaanp79 4 months ago
Thank you, Suzie. I love your drive. Reminds of the Rumi quote 'Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love; it will not lead you astray'
Anshi Singh Anshi Singh @teachanshi 4 months ago
Fab write up!! loved reading it!!
B Yusuf B Yusuf @byusuf 4 months ago
Your middle name suits you to a T, Ms G. Here's to the next step of your journey x
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