Ije McDougall

Creating “Aha” Moments through the art of storytelling.
FEE : £1k – £3k+
Virtual: £1k-£3k
In-person: £1k-£3k

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Ije McDougall is the Founder of The Kairos Initiative, a Magistrate and a HR/Employment Law Expert.

Her unique perspective and lived experiences as a immigrant woman mixed with her BBC training and HR background have provided much needed insight and engagement to her audiences.

Her talk on Racial Equality was featured on the Black Lives Matter Website.

With her unique storytelling technique, Ije has spoken to a wide array of audiences from schools and colleges to multinational corporate audiences. She has been featured on several international podcasts and publications. Her training as a BBC Radio Producer has served her well in that she has honed excellent communication skills and knows how to identify what her audiences need.

She has the unique perspective of someone who moved from a troubled part of Nigeria to the UK and set up a charity to help some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

While charting her way through life in the UK, she has faced questions of identity and self-realisation. She has battled self-doubt and imposter syndrome continuously and understands how limiting they can be.  Her HR background helps employers engaged with their workforce and gives employees avenues to express themselves effectively.

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She is an Advocate and an Activist who uses her public speaking platforms to raise awareness and to challenge injustice. Out of 64 Thousand Nominees, Ije was among the short list for the 2020 National Diversity Awards as a Positive Role Model.

Having beat the odds herself, Ije is well versed in the challenges that face people of minority in the UK. As a result, she speaks on some of the issues faced by minority groups in the UK.

As a British Nigerian who originates from the North East of Nigeria, Ije has first hand knowledge of the activities and consequences of extremists and extremism. Her charity, The Kairos Initiative, was set up to support victims of insurgency in Nigeria.

Ije is an author. Her first book, born out of life experiences as a Nigerian mother in the UK is called “Surviving 0 to 5 years old #Mumofgirls” is available on Amazon. One of her most popular talks, titled “Who Are You?” is being published as a personal workbook – coming soon.

Most recently, Ije McDougall has been named The Cheshire Woman of the Year.

Featured Topics Include:

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Who Are You? – and other questions we must ask ourselves.

We are seldom provided the opportunity to examine our opinions of ourselves and others and where we have formed them from.

This talk is reflective and causes the audience to purposefully carve out an identity for themselves on an individual basis but also as a collective.

It asks the audience to Face themselves; Know themselves and then Grow themselves on purpose. The audience is encouraged to accept the odds against them – if any and make deliberate decisions about who they choose to be and how they choose to show up.

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The Power of an Idea

If they can get you to believe an absurdity, they can get you to commit an atrocity _Voltaire.

Over Millenia, atrocities have occurred because one person had an idea which was allowed to take root and establish. This talk takes a course through some harmful ideas of the past and the impact they have on us today. It also highlights some current ideas that are taking root and will cause significant harm if allowed to continue.

The talk forces the audiences to reflect on their personal opinions and assess where and how they have formed those opinions.

It is a Racial Equality talk that calls for allyship.

3
I am A Statistic

This is a talk about personal triumph after beating the odds.

Ije talks about her life as an immigrant in the UK and the odds she had to beat: Domestic violence, joblessness, poverty, racism etc

She talks about regaining control of her life and circumstances and climbing out of the mire and flipping the script.

In this talk, you will find inspiration, motivation, and a call to kindness.

1
Who Are You? – and other questions we must ask ourselves.

We are seldom provided the opportunity to examine our opinions of ourselves and others and where we have formed them from.

This talk is reflective and causes the audience to purposefully carve out an identity for themselves on an individual basis but also as a collective.

It asks the audience to Face themselves; Know themselves and then Grow themselves on purpose. The audience is encouraged to accept the odds against them – if any and make deliberate decisions about who they choose to be and how they choose to show up.

2
The Power of an Idea

If they can get you to believe an absurdity, they can get you to commit an atrocity _Voltaire.

Over Millenia, atrocities have occurred because one person had an idea which was allowed to take root and establish. This talk takes a course through some harmful ideas of the past and the impact they have on us today. It also highlights some current ideas that are taking root and will cause significant harm if allowed to continue.

The talk forces the audiences to reflect on their personal opinions and assess where and how they have formed those opinions.

It is a Racial Equality talk that calls for allyship.

3
I am A Statistic

This is a talk about personal triumph after beating the odds.

Ije talks about her life as an immigrant in the UK and the odds she had to beat: Domestic violence, joblessness, poverty, racism etc

She talks about regaining control of her life and circumstances and climbing out of the mire and flipping the script.

In this talk, you will find inspiration, motivation, and a call to kindness.

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I had the absolute privilege of welcoming Ije McDougall (CIPD) JP to HMP Wymott today and hearing her words of wisdom, insight and inspiration. Ije has the ability to expose truths we’d prefer to avoid, and skilfully challenges us to change our behaviour. She is an amazing person with a unique capacity for breaking through solid barriers. Thank you Ije and come to see us again soon.

Graham Beck - Governor at Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)

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On a variety of projects for The Reporters' Academy, Ije has joined us as a guest speaker to provide sessions on confidence, public speaking and speaking your truth with our young people aged 14-25yo, and I couldn't recommend Ije enough for any speaking events.Working with Ije is a joy, extremely effortless, and always incredibly professional. Ije is a huge hit with our young people as she brings out the very best in each of them. Ije is a natural storyteller and has many experiences to share which makes her delivery extremely relatable and inspiring.I would highly recommend Ije for any speaking events - no matter the brief, Ije is always up for the challenge and delivers somethigng that exceeds expectations. I'm really looking forward to working with Ije more in the future. She is a light we all need in our lives!

Hope Gorton - Director at The Reporters' Academy

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