Coleen is a twenty something year old who grew up in North West London to Nigerian and Ghanaian born parents. A self-professed “straight B” student, Coleen bagged an academic scholarship to study at De Montfort University in Leicester. It was there that she decided she wanted to become a solicitor. Despite not achieving uber high academic results, Coleen received several offers from top law firms (including magic circle and US) and currently works at one of the Big 4.
In the early stages of her legal journey, Coleen decided to vlog the process on popular website LawCareers.Net. Coleen’s videos happily showcases the highs and candidly the lows including dealing with rejection. To date, Coleen’s videos remain the most watched on the Lawcareers.com Youtube channel and she was won the Legal Cheek’ “Best Use of Social Media” award.
There is a whole other side to Coleen, one that when explored, truly unveils creativity. She is a big believer in existing unapologetically and having faith over fear. She feels that “the corporate world benefits from the creative world and vice versa”.
Coleen is a frequent writer for the Guardian and the Telegraph and has been featured in several news outlets.
After living in Hong Kong for one year, Coleen realised that she loves to explore different cultures and open herself to new situations. She channels this through frequently travelling. Countries and Cities that Coleen has visited include: Paris, Copenhagen, Dubai, Melbourne, Mumbai, Perth, Brussels, Barcelona, Wiesbaden, Gran Canaria, Scotland, Faro, Venice, Miami along with many others.
Coleen is a mentor and also gives regular talks at empowerment events on her journey and she is often seen at companies such as BBC, Universal and Unilever talking about social media. In addition to this, Coleen is the Co-Founder of Power Up – an initiative which helps individuals get into their chosen career path and she also frequently works alongside the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Most recently Coleen has been named one of the top 50 future female leaders by the Financial Times!