Invite your network to a PurpleSpace ‘social’ this month! We combine two of the things we do best: hosting a great party and providing inspirational know-how via great virtual delivery as we hold a unique and exclusive book launch with author James Partridge OBE. As ever, it’s a party with a purpose - to help us think deeply about this month’s theme: career ambition. And specifically, what you can do to support your organisation to help disabled employees manage their career through COVID-19.
At the age of 18, James Partridge’s face and life were changed forever when he was in a car fire that severely burnt his face, upper body, arms and hands. A year later, he went to Oxford University as planned. After graduating he went on to study an MSC in Medical Demography, which led to academic appointments at St. Thomas’ Hospital and at Guy’s Hospital, London.
James wrote his first book 'Changing Faces: the Challenge of Facial Disfigurement' in 1990. Two years later he launched Changing Faces: a charity supporting and representing children and adults with disfigurements. Since then he has launched Face Equality International, an alliance of 35 charities, aiming to put the issues people with disfigurements face on the UN agenda.
In “Face It”, his second book, James shares how he found a way to live happily with his distinctive face in our face-perfect society; how he turned the lessons he learned into practical empowerment for others with facial disfigurements; and launched the global campaign for face equality for everyone, whatever their face looks like.
We'll also be joined by special guest, Sophie Morgan. Sophie is an award-winning disability advocate & social entrepreneur who was paralysed in a car crash when she was 18 years old. As well as being a TV presenter on the Live Para Sport events, Dispatches and Unreported World, Sophie is also leading the charge to better representation for disabled people in retail, travel and design consulting for large retailers such as Target Corporation and John Lewis & Waitrose.
We do hope that you will join us with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and a few nibbles to munch on as we:
- Hear James read moving extracts from his book about his struggle to ‘face it’ - to deal with other people’s reactions and his own sadness, shame and anger.
- Listen to his tops tips for managing your career and how to build inner confidence and resilience.
- Ask questions of James during the live Q&A session.
The event is perfect if you:
- Are looking for some fresh inspiration to help you encourage your members to retain their career ambition during uncertain times.
- Are keen to stimulate better conversations in your workplace about career development opportunities for disabled employees.
- Would like to offer all your network members an inspirational virtual social and perhaps use this as a launch to your network’s very own book club.
Captioning will be provided. The recording will be made available as a member-only resource in the Member Zone.
Interested in hearing more about PurpleSpace and how we change the world? Contact Ed on email@example.com