Jamala and I first met in my Geography classroom back in 2006 when she walked into the room as a pupil in one of my Year 8 classes. Jamala has overcome the greatest of adversities in her life is working towards reaching the potential all of her teachers, myself included, always knew that she had. I couldn’t be prouder of everything that she is achieving.
Jamala Osman is a 25-year-old social entrepreneur and former Bank Manager at Barclays plc. She was one of the youngest bank managers in the country and was tasked with running her first branch at the age of 21.
Having had a difficult start to life, her dramatic turnaround inspired her to create pathways and programmes for other struggling individuals to help break down barriers. Winner of Great Britain and Irelands Young Citizen Award for 2018 and TEDx London Speaker Jamala is on a mission to help bridge the gap between young talent and organisations.
Jamala’s story covers:
our time together as teacher and student
the barriers she has faced including self-doubt and imposter syndrome
the importance of feeling included in the workplace
how 'fitting in' means so much more than sounding and looking like everyone else
Watch Jamala’s ‘From the block to the bank’ TEDX Talk: