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Parlour MAVEN: Foluke Akinlose Providing Inspiration to Women and Girls Across the UK

Do you have any plans to further grow the brand in new areas?
Yes, absolutely. We have our first PRECIOUS event outside the UK planned for next year, and we are bringing out two more books at the end of 2013. We are looking at expanding the PRECIOUS Girls project too.

When not working, what do you do to relax?
I love reading, mostly contemporary British novels and magazines. Technology and gadgets in general are a huge passion and I love watching TV soaps and football. I was brought up supporting Manchester United. Taking the time to chill out, eat good food enjoy a glass of Merlot with some good friends is also one of my most valuable treasures.

When you began PRECIOUS, did you have any role models or mentors who helped you along the way?
I didn’t have any role models or a mentor, I just talked to my dad and mum who were encouraging. The lack of role models, or really the lack of someone who looked like me who was wasn’t in sport or music but was great at entrepreneurship or business was sadly lacking. I now have a coach who is fantastic and I cannot stress the importance of a mentor. I have seen the benefits close hand through fellow entrepreneurs. I’ve done OK so far, but with the right mentor I could really soar.

*On December 12, the sixth I’mPOSSIBLE Conversation will take place at Pearson headquarters in London, UK. As the exclusive digital media partner, we will be running a series of Parlour MAVEN profiles on each of the speakers in the weeks leading up to the event. For more information on how you can attend, visit i-am-possible.com.

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