We each are shaped by our personal experience and perceive the world through the lens of our own identity. Every individual who has been part of You Be You brings a different professional, cultural, and generational perspective.
Bilkis Miah, Founder and CEO
Bilkis started out her career at two of the biggest management consulting firms in the city. She has worked in both the private and public sector with clients such as: Department of Work and Pensions, TeachFirst and JP Morgan. Her passion for gender equality comes from a range of professional and personal experiences. It's a cause she has committed her career to, by founding this community. She has a background in strategy, change management and communications. With Bangladeshi immigrant parents she brings a unique perspective to You Be You. She has now pursued a career within the education sector. In her spare time she loves to karaoke, eat food from all over the world and watch musicals!
Janeen Hayat, Co-founder and COO
Janeen grew up in a Pakistani/Irish/Italian-- in other words, American-- home in the suburbs of Florida. After getting dual undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Women's & Gender Studies, she went to law school and started her legal career working on education reform initiatives for the City of New York. A British partner brought her to the UK, and to a corporate law firm. After a few years at the firm, Janeen missed working in education, and re-trained to be a secondary school English teacher. She has spent the last couple of years working for an education charity, and has also produced two mischievous little children. In watching her son and daughter, she grew frustrated with how long we wait to talk to kids about gender stereotypes, and how too often we only talk to girls. She co-founded You Be You to start breaking down the barriers children face as they arise. Janeen loves creative writing, bad television, and refined sugar.
We wouldn’t be able to produce a fun, impactful product without our team of advisors:
Dr. Brenda Todd: Senior Lecturer, City University
Clare Watson-Spence: Achievement Partner, Teach First, and former primary Head teacher
Gemma Resnick: Teacher, Marner Primary School
Phoebe Brownbill: Teacher, St. John’s Primary School
Bethan Pink: Teacher and PSHE lead, St. John’s Primary School
Nisha Mesuria: Teacher and Citizenship lead
Susanna Eriksson-Lee: Evaluation specialist
Working together with…
Stemettes is a social enterprise which encourages girls aged between 5–22 years old to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, or STEM. Stemettes has contributed a lesson focused on women in STEM for our Year 1 curriculum.
We are grateful for the generous funding and support of UnLtd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in and around the UK.
We are proud to support Gender Action, an award programme which promotes and supports a whole-school approach to challenging stereotypes developed by the Institute of Physics (IOP), King’s College London (KCL), UCL Institute of Education (IOE) and University Council of Modern Languages (UCML). https://www.genderaction.co.uk/supporters
We are delighted to announce our membership with the Fair Education Alliance. Their vision: an education system where no child’s educational success is limited by their socio-economic background.
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