WCAN Interview – Mariam Jimoh
Founded by Mariam Jimoh in 2013, WCAN is a social enterprise dedicated to the personal and professional development of black women. WCAN specialises in working with black female students and young professionals in the initiation and progression of their careers, and has become a household name for diversity platforms across the UK. WCAN hosts tailored events, specific to the requests of their 3500+ members, resulting in a mix of female leadership and personal development events alongside career and networking events.
Positioned as a platform for black women from as young as school girls to those well into their corporate careers, the ultimate aim of WCAN is to create a network of ambitious women and offer encouragement, development, and empowerment to all of their members. With support from a number of corporate sponsors (including Goldman Sachs, White & Case, Slaughter and May, KPMG, Google and more), the organisation is able to create a unique marketplace. On one hand they offer diverse talent for firms and on the other, a service for their members including mentorship, CV / Cover Letter / Interview training and support, networking, workshops, conferences, fast-tracking with their sponsors, personal development sessions and more…
As a non-profit, WCAN relies on support from corporates to help increase their offerings and further their agenda to create the next set of black female leaders. With the development of a media platform (blog and podcast), technology and Diversity & Inclusion consulting to support their aims, WCAN has become a hub for black women across the UK.