Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders

is the catalyst for change in the lives of disadvantaged young people of 
African and Caribbean heritage.

Our Mission

Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders was born out of a desire to see a fundamental increase in career exposure and skill-building opportunities for school-age girls of African and African Caribbean heritage and show them real life possibilities.

We educate, inspire and empower children and young people to unlock their full potential. We believe regardless of their circumstances, those from disadvantaged African and African Caribbean backgrounds, have tremendous potential.

We partner with schools to help develop that potential.

Our Story

Michelle Levy (Founder and CEO): “Over the years I’ve always had a passion for mentoring young people and coaching budding entrepreneurs. Through my previous experience mentoring disadvantaged girls in London, two things became very clear: First, there is a tremendous disparity between state schools and private schools. Second, the students have limited access to mentors of African and African Caribbean heritage.

‘A range of studies show that educational experiences outside of the classroom benefit attainment, and skills crucial to school performance, including motivation, behaviour and self-esteem – factors that have been linked to the gap.  Schools that require parental contributions to fund these experiences restrict access to children from low-income families.

Furthermore, over the last two decades, careers advice and work experience have been significantly reduced in schools, and disadvantaged pupils are currently less likely than their better-off peers to receive careers guidance.’*

For me, it was a question of how to bring my incredible network of high-achieving black women together as a community and attempt to fill that gap for these bright and very abled young black girls. Hence, the concept of Inspiring Tomorrow’s Leaders was born.

*As stated by The Education Policy Institute’s ‘key drivers of the disadvantage gap’ Literature Review (July 2018, Whitney Crenna-Jennings).

Our Team

Michelle Levy

Michelle Levy

CEO and Founder

Michelle, with dual master’s degrees (MBA and MHSA), spent years in the corporate world and is now an angel investor for UK start-ups. For years she has maintained a commitment to support charities focused on young people.

She says: “I wanted young black girls to see themselves in successful black women and I wanted successful black women to see themselves in young promising girls.

Adenike Adenitire

Adenike Adenitire

Education Lead

Adenike is a trained journalist, editor and media professional, who has a history of working on projects that aim to inspire and open doors for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Adenike has a BA in Media and Society and a PGDip in Periodical Journalism.

She says: “I am committed to building relationships with schools, workshop facilitators and pupils, as Education Lead for ITL.

Julie Oyogoa

Julie Oyogoa

Communications and Planning

Julie is an internationally seasoned events planner and manager who has curated professional events within various sectors, royalty and high-networth-individuals. She has a BA in International Studies focus: Development and Economic Policy, MA in Marketing and a PGDip in Events Management.

She says: “From the moment I spoke with Michelle about ITL, I was sold and knew I wanted to get on board.

Michaela Levy

Michaela Levy

ITL Youth Ambassador

Michaela Levy is a sixth form student at Wycombe Abbey School. She formed part of the founding ITL team and suggested holding it on her school campus. Michaela was elected head of her 70 student boarding house, and sits on the Senior Leadership Student Committee. She is also the Global Opportunities Officer for the 600 pupils at her school, charged with expanding the school’s cultural initiatives and furthering diversity.

She says: “I am inspired by all the good we can do to help girls, like me, who yearn for guidance, advice, and examples of excellence.

Strategic Advisors

Kimberley Matalon

Kimberley Matalon

Kim is currently a freelance consultant and executive coach focusing on delivering strategic solutions in the Leadership, Talent and D&I areas disseminating her 15 years experience as the Global Head of Leadership, Learning, Talent and Culture (LLT&C) for various Barclays entities.  Throughout her Barclays career, she developed and led many “Talent” oriented functions driving excellence in and through the people offering by building and/or transforming critical global functions such as Culture assessment and transformation, Global Recruiting, Leadership Development from entry to C-Suite, Talent and Succession planning, Performance Management, and finally Diversity & Inclusion.  Her remit has included both institutional and retail segments and has covered both Front office and Infrastructure clients across the globe.  Passionate about unlocking the potential within individuals and organisations, she focusses on helping clients who want to scale up their impact or their enterprise. 

Born in Jamaica, having lived in Canada and the U.S., Kim is currently based out of London but is always delighted to visit her 3 daughters who are currently studying or living in either the US or Germany. 

Patricia Hamzahee

Patricia Hamzahee

After some 20 years in investment banking and financial communications, Patricia now helps social enterprises attract private capital and advises companies on their responsible investment strategies with her consultancy Integriti Capital.  She is also working to diversify funding for startups and small businesses as co-founder of Extend Ventures. She is an advisor, investor and philanthropist.

Patricia is co-founder and Director of Black Funding Network, a community of individuals and institutions who come together to support Black founded and let non-profit organisations.  She is a Trustee of Ballet Black and Areté Network. She has been a Trustee and chair of the Development Board of Black Cultural Archives.  She is President of Friends of International House New York UK, Associate Director of The Finance Foundation and a member of Women in Social Finance.

Speaking five languages, she has lived or worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States.

Robyn Spens

Robyn Spens

Robyn runs a busy transformational practice. As a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Functional Nutrition Practitioner and Master Coach, she coaches people who struggle with anxiety, self confidence, and stress. Robyn’s expertise is helping clients manage the emotions and thoughts that impact their mental health. She is a coach and mentor for the Amos Bursary.  

Robyn spent 16 years in the corporate arena as an accomplished consultant.

She made a conscious decision to change her life and transform her health.  

After working with Robyn clients report feeling, confident, empowered and motivated to take massive action to manage the thoughts and triggers that stop life from happening.