A Nigerian UK-based senior lawyer and diversity Leader, Funke Abimbola has been named a ‘Point of Light’ by Prime Minister Theresa May, making her the 587th winner of the award.
Point of Light award, which is publicly supported by President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama, honours outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others
Funke was recognised for the positive impact of her voluntary work in promoting and campaigning for more workplace diversity in the legal profession and the wider business community, especially as regards to gender, ethnicity and social mobility issues.
In inspiring the next generation, Funke delivers free motivational talks to over 2000 school children and hundreds of university students annually, in addition to providing leadership mentoring and coaching to students and young professionals.
In a personal letter to Funke, Prime Minister Theresa May said: “You have become a role model for thousands of young people, inspiring them to believe that race or gender should not be a barrier to achieving their potential. By speaking so passionately to groups in Parliament, the Law Society and, most importantly, over two thousand school children and university students, you are supporting the professions to become more diverse.”
Funke said, “The news that I was being honoured as a ‘Point of Light’ came out of the blue on a particularly hectic Monday at work. I feel so humbled by this wonderful recognition highlighting the impact of my voluntary work in improving diversity. Thank you for this encouragement to continue this important work”