Ronke Lawal honours Dr Maya Angelou.


If you listened to my podcast chat with Ronke earlier this year you will know that I am a total Ronke fan #Ronke4President (please can we get this trending?)


Ronke highlights Dr Angelou’s capacity to be whole, her ability to allow the essence of who she is to permeate through her multifaceted life rather than conform into the narrow society boxes society creates to confine us. Ronke speaks powerfully to Dr Angelou’s ability to be multifaceted and excellent whilst reflecting that we all have the ability to live this way. Ronke honours Dr Angelou for being a role model for powerful listening, acknowledging and apologising for making mistakes, embracing her wholeness knowing that mistakes are not defining factors. They make us human.


About Ronke Lawal:

Ariatu PR Founder, Ronke Lawal, was born in Hackney, East London.  Having graduated with honours from Lancaster University and the University of Richmond Virginia (USA) with a degree in International Business (Economics), she started her own PR and Communications business in 2004. Ariatu PR specialises in PR and Communications for clients in a range of B2C industries; including lifestyle and luxury FMCG, travel, food and the creative sector.

In January 2010, Ronke became the Chief Executive of the Islington Chamber of Commerce where she remained until the end of 2012 and became a non-executive director of The Hoxton Apprentice in 2011. She joined the board of Trustees of Voluntary Action Islington in 2012 and was on The Employers Panel for the National Employment Savings Trust from 2011-18.  In 2018 she became a director on the board of directors at the Charted Institute of Public Relations. She is a Mentor for The Cherie Blair Foundation, The “Success Looks Like You” Initiative and The BME PR Pros initiative as well as a mentor to entrepreneurs and creatives outside of structured initiatives. In 2010 Ronke was named as one of the Top 400 women of the year in the UK for her work with the Islington Chamber of Commerce. In 2011 Ronke was honoured to receive a Precious Award for Inspirational Leadership. In 2019 Ronke received an alumni award from Lancaster University for making a substantial contribution to her field of work and developed an outstanding reputation among her peers.


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