587. Funke Abimbola
Funke Abimbola is a leading lawyer from St Albans who wants to see the professions become more diverse.
As the most senior black lawyer in her field, Funke has spoken in Parliament, at the Law Society and at countless conferences about diversity in the legal profession. However, her real passion is inspiring the next generation- she delivers free motivational talks to over 2000 school children and hundreds of university students annually, as well as leadership mentoring & coaching to students and young professionals.
In a personal letter to Funke, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“You have become a role model for thousands of young people, inspiring them to believe that race or gender should not be a barrier to achieving their potential. By speaking so passionately to groups in Parliament, the Law Society and, most importantly, over two thousand school children and university students, you are supporting the professions to become more diverse.”
“The news that I was being honoured as a ‘Point of Light’ came out of the blue on a particularly hectic Monday at work. I feel so humbled by this wonderful recognition highlighting the impact of my voluntary work in improving diversity. Thank you for this encouragement to continue this important work”