YMCA Community Breakfast for Peace
Thursday, November 22, 2018
From passion to action
Keynote Speaker: Melody Hossaini
In 2015, the European Parliament awarded Melody Hossaini as ‘New European’s Most Influential Woman’. As a world-leading expert in people development and social enterprise, she created InspirEngage Bootcamps to maximize human potential. She is the multi-award winning Founder & CEO of InspirEngage International – based in the UK with a portfolio in 100 countries, having reached 1 million people. Her vision is that change comes from developing human potential for social impact. She also became a co-founder of UK Youth Parliament (one of the world’s most successful democratic youth organizations) at the age of 13 and is a Government advisor on enterprise and skills.
Melody has worked on peace implementation strategies with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, has been trained by Vice-President Al Gore on climate change at Cambridge University and has made history being the first social entrepreneur to appear on BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’.
As a champion of women’s advancement, Melody has also trained hundreds of women to launch their own social enterprise, and is a member of the prestigious CEO Champion’s Group of FTSE 100 companies helping women to prosper. Melody has written for the Guardian, Forbes and Huffington Post, appeared on SKY, CNBC and is currently on her international speaking tour (including having spoken at TEDx in Malaysia) as well as coaching individuals 1-2-1 on a program called ‘Invest in Yourself’. Starting as a war-refugee, she has lived in 4 countries and speaks 5 languages, holding a 2:1 LLB Honours Law degree from Oxford Brookes University.
Thank you to the following sponsors who have generously supported our Community Breakfast for Peace
The Oakville Beaver
The Carpino Family
Chris Giles/The Faktori/MAD (Make a Difference)
Hubbard Insurance Group
Ian Hallford, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd.
In every community there are people who make a difference and who are committed to bringing peace and prosperity to the world they live in, often in the face of great conflict and injustice. The YMCA Peace Medal is a way to recognize and celebrate members of our community who inspire us to join them in creating a more peaceful world.
Nominations for 2018 Peace Medals are now closed. Thanks to everyone who recognized those doing amazing work in our community. Selected recipients will be announced at our Community Breakfast for Peace on November 22.