Hi, I'm Imani. I support organisations and individuals to grow their social impact.
Whether you’re an individual, school, charity or start-up, I can help you work in alignment with your values, connect the dots and encourage you to challenge the status quo!
In recent years I’ve used my skills and experience to drive positive change in education, communities and organisations.
I strongly believe that when individuals, groups and communities feel valued, they become more effective in their outer work in service of people and planet.
What i do and how
Since 2017 I’ve worked with individuals, schools, charities and start-ups to develop ambitious campaigns, initiatives and projects for social change.
Social impact strategy, Coaching and Facilitation support
Educational consulting and Training services
I have 50 hours of coach training, with over 100 hours of coaching mostly in the creative industries not for profit sector and social impact sector. I work with individuals, teams and organisations to enable them to move from hustle to alignment - to achieve social impact. I encourage purpose driven leaders to work in alignment with their values and challenge the status quo.
My clients are often early careerists, social intra/entrepreneurs, community organisers and senior leadership teams. As a Coach I facilitate the coaching conversation to help them to unearth their understanding of how they are going to achieve their growth ambitions and move from hustle to alignment in their social justice work - to avoid burnout.
Before I became a MOE Certified Coach, I worked with a coach myself (and still do) after I experienced a COVID-19 redundancy in 2020, whilst completing my Masters and experiencing lots of change happening in my life. Coaching helped me to engage in a moment of pause, to think about what was working well for me, where I wanted to see improvements in the sector I work in and where I wanted to focus my time and energy. I share resources for coachees and what I’ve learned through my practice in this blog here. and you can learn more about me and past clients here.
I’ve worked in education, social care and the not for profit sector - with a unique focus on character education and social justice - for over ten years.
In 2017, I founded Imani Academy, an independent educational training and development consultancy, with an ambition to reimagine education in classrooms and communities.
I now combine my knowledge and expertise as a frontline practitioner and life long learner, to support clients who are motivated to remove barriers to all forms of education caused by social injustice.
I can work with you and your organisation to ensure that your practices and policies are equitable to all young people, bring children and young people together to create ways to promote belonging, inspire learning, and value identity. I can make the vision of an intersectional approach to belonging in education a reality.
For a full description of my career history and qualifications, please visit my LinkedIn. Below is a sample of my consulting history.
"I can't thank Imani enough for the work she has done with us this year. From facilitating a student voice project exploring belonging, to creating, delivering and evaluating a whole school staff training session on intersectionality and anti-racist practice, Imani has worked with expertise, calmness & professionalism and has helped us considerably."
Rebecca Tigue FRSA, Director of the University Training School, University of Birmingham School
samples of select previous work
Here are a few highlights of my coaching, facilitation and education consulting work.
Character Education Consultant, The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, The practical handbook offers an overview of the value of virtues and character education for mentors in education, going on to present a case study and practical guidance for those looking to introduce a character-led approach to mentoring. In this podcast episode I share more about my work in education.
Youth Participation Consultant, (LEPs, VCSE, UK Fire Cadets and Schools), focusing on why and how organisations can implement youth participation in the projects and programmes they deliver, offering advice and guidance on how to recruit, safeguard and support youth voice.
Host Facilitator, Enrol Yourself, I hosted a 6 month global learning accelerator; a peer-led Learning Marathon called Education for Liberation, specifically for those who wanted to reimagine education for the future of learning. Each participant explored a self-selected learning question. My question was: ‘How can we learn and feel like we belong, at the same time?’
Programme Facilitator, Future Founders Accelerator, Hatch Enterprise, as a facilitator working with female founders over a 6-month programme I will be supporting them to accelerate their business’ success through coaching and facilitation.
Programme Facilitator and Coach, Purpose Driven Leaders Programme, curating and delivering on all all aspects of a 3 month coaching and leadership development programme, for women of colour working on the frontline of community development either as a business leader, founder or member of the senior leadership team in a charity, non profit or for social profit enterprise.
Coach, Sony Music, coaching 5 interns at Sony to support them as early careerists with personal development and work life balance.
Associate Coach, School for Social Entrepreneurs, virtual coaching support for participants of the Creative Leadership Programme to support people working in the arts and cultural sector who want to strengthen their leadership skills; are driven by social impact in their work..
Thank you for sharing such wise wisdom with our participants, I think they particularly valued hearing about how you approach freelance work and how prospective applications can work in their favour. This in particular, I feel, was a huge boost to their confidence and understanding of how to approach their job search as they entered the final days of the Stand Out Programme.
—Meghan Causer, Senior Programmes Delivery Officer UpRising UK
I really do appreciate all our coaching sessions this past year, it’s GREATLY improved my mindset, I’ve been able to improve my working habits – the good and bad – to approach my work in a healthier way. I ask for clarity a lot more now.
I’ll be moving into a new role in January as a Junior Producer. I can happily say my coaching experience contributed to my progression.
—GG, Sony Music Intern - Coachee
I think that before I started working with you, I was quite lost and my life was extremely chaotic. I was someone who probably spent less time thinking about what I was doing or how I actually wanted to do things and more time just going through life worrying/stressing myself out. My confidence grew as I was more comfortable in being vulnerable and honest about what I was going through or how I was feeling. I realised how passionate I actually am about certain subjects and I was shown the multiple realms I can do work in or explore. I was reminded that I am only 17! I have my whole life ahead of me. Journaling helped me a lot and stretching myself to push outside of my comfort zone. I feel more centred and able to evaluate what works for me going forward.
— Olivia, Politics and History Student - Coachee