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Dior Bediako

Founder and Director at Pepper Your Talk/The Junior NetworkLondon, United Kingdom
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Dior Bediako

Founder and Director at Pepper Your Talk/The Junior NetworkLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Having founded a company I wholeheartedly believe in, my personal and professional mission is to build an engaged community of support. Pepper Your Talk is a phy-gital platform for young fashion creatives. Why phy-gital? Because through PYT, I aim to create as many physical experiences offline and in real life, as we do online through your computer screens, tablets and mobile devices. My work with young people in a leadership capacity started at the age of 14, followed by obtaining the fashion course representative role during my time in college, an Art and Design foundation degree and University. At Pepper Your Talk we’re obsessed with people! My entire service is based around delivering critical information needed to navigate the fashion career crossroads. We’re open, honest and genuinely passionate about building futures.
Projects
  • The Junior Network Launch
  • The Junior Network - Launch Event
    The Junior Network is fashion's first members club aimed exclsuively at entry-level talent. NO EGO, NO JUDGEMENT, JUST FIENDLY FASHION CONNECTIONS Starting off as an idea and developing into a physical club just 7 months later, I launched The Junior Network with an event at The Hoxton, Holborn with a panel of 5 industry experts and a room full of young and talented fashion professionals. Since lauching, we have signed up members from companies such as Vogue, Net-a-Porter, Karla Otto, ASOS, Vivi
  • Why I create, Why Pepper Your Talk, Why Fashion?
    In the 9 months it has taken to build, destroy, remodel, destroy again and then finally launch Pepper Your Talk I’ve had a lot to work on! My thoughts have raced onto 3 notepads full of questions and queries. Yet the Olympian of them all, the one that ran the hardest and longest, was:“Who do I want Pepper Your Talk to be?” I’ve been told that the best businesses aren’t businesses at all, because they’re built to behave like real people. Well, Pepper Your Talk is so close to my heart that it only
  • 'I HAVE A DREAM' workshops
    Pepper Your Talk will guide you when navigating the career-cross roads, encouraging you to gain a FUTURE MINDSET.
  • Pepper Your Talk presents 'The Stylists'
    A fun evening of fashion discussions, advice, in-depth insider knowledge, giveaways and networking!
  • A Letter to Linear: The Creative Girl’s Journey to Success
    ‘Who the f*ck is linear and why is everyone speaking about her?’ Between now and last Thursday, I’ve attended 3 fashion/career events in which 3 professionals and widely recognised industry names spoke candidly about their trajectory – the journey that brought them to where they are now. As you can imagine, each individual presented a unique story.Lucy Choi, footwear designer and niece to none other than Jimmy Choo, spoke about her will to forge her own path by rejecting offers to work for the family business. Instead, she ventured into the finance world before slowly progressing into fashion, on her terms and with her own label. Pip Jamieson had a successful and comfortable career working for MTV. Flipping stability on it’s head, Pip found herself starting from scratch, this time, not in the music business but in the creative industries as a whole. ‘The Dots’ was birthed and has grown to become the largest online creative community.And lastly, but certainly most anticipated, last night at Istituto Maranagoni, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue Alexandra Shulman was very clear in stating she never set out to become a journalist, let alone an editor of the largest fashion publication in Europe. What’s more shocking, Alexandra noted never having a particular interest in fashion when starting her career, it was all just a happy accident. When asked about the highs and lows of the journey, each woman detailed very different times. Yet, what struck me, as it has never happened in my history of attending events, is that all three women closed on the same exact point, with that being “Your career will not be linear”. In mathematical terms, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, yet a successfully fulfilling career, from start to finish, will be quite the opposite to straight, short or simple. Take a second to think about all the individuals you count as career role models, their stories veer off a set path and venture into areas of the unknown. Trusting themselves enough to make brave decisions and embracing uncertainty for the positives it may deliver, is the exact reason we know and speak of them today. I challenge you to name a leader that hasn’t taken a risk? Which is the exact spirit we should be filled with on the road to ‘becoming’, especially as a creative and even more so given the changes happening to the fashion system. The journey from confused rookie to confident professional is not one that can be prescribed nor predicted and you’ll enjoy it a hell of a lot more when you stick a fat red line through the word ‘linear’ (No pun intended). As the final step in the ritual of rejecting the constraints on a linear trajectory, I’ve penned an open letter to tell the debilitating word just how we feel about it. Take this as your declaration, read it out loud and then, as one reader commented under an article on Man Repeller, “Take the scenic route to your career”. Dear Linear,I have found it necessary to write you this letter as I refuse to be burdened by the ill-feelings I carry towards you. In all the time I have known you, I truly believed that we were friends. You promised me a future, one that you said nobody else could give me and I trusted you. I’ve finally come to understand the false nature of your promises.I blamed myself to a degree, “How naive of me” I thought. But I no longer hold myself accountable for the weight of your deceit.You won’t be hearing from me again, in fact based on the new journey of freedom and confidence I am set to embark on, you may never even know where to find me. But what you should be very aware of, is that no matter where I end up, I had the most incredible time getting there. Something that you could have never provided! Kind regards, A Career Woman.
Projects credited in
  • Inclusion makes all the difference.
    Bloomberg celebrates Pride 2018. A global celebration of our LGBTQ+ employees and allies. Throughout June, we showed our #PrideInAction in a variety of creative ways.
  • Championing Diversity: This Black History Month 2018, meet 100 creatives inspiring change
    Karen Blackett OBE Chief executive at MediaCom Karen Blackett OBE, is chairwoman of MediaCom and a widely admired leader in ad-land, known for infusing authenticity with success. Karen was the first businesswoman to top the Powerlist 100, champions her uncommon position as a senior black woman in the advertising industry and openly discusses her working-class, second generation immigrant roots when in conversation with press. Karen is a huge inspiration for diversity in the creative industry.
  • June 2018 (applications closed)
    Applications for this event are now closed. Want to be at the top of your game in textiles or fashion? Then make sure you apply to our Portfolio Masterclass at New Designers! Kickstart your career, progress into a promotion or simply come along to gain invaluable tips and advice. There are around 30 spaces available at this event. This event is proudly supported by our friends at Shutterstock and MOO.
  • BBC Interview: Pip Jamieson - Creativity should not be reserved for those who can afford it
    Almost 10% of the UK’s workforce work in the creative industries, and 9% of the UK’s GDP derives from the Creative Economy (This is more than the UK’s car, life sciences, oil, gas and aerospace industries combined) - so the concept of scaling back investment in creative education is madness, right?. Even more so if we look to the future - we all know the robots are coming. There are three very human traits that machines struggle to automate 1) they don’t have common sense, 2) they don’t understa
  • Building + Thriving for Career & Business success - Buy Tickets Here
    In celebration of Women’s Month, join us on Thursday, 29th March from 7-9pm, for our second panel discussion of 2018. Enjoy refreshments at Blooms London with some of London’s smart and successful career women! This discussion is titled “Building + Thriving” What’s it about? Simply put, an honest conversation on how you can build your career/business and thrive despite the challenges/changes females face. There’s so much power in learning lessons through real life stories! Which is why we have
  • Building + Thriving for Career & Business success - Buy Tickets Here
    Join us on Thursday, 29th March 2018 from 7-9pm, for a panel discussion and refreshments at Blooms London with some of London’s smart and successful career women! Discussion on the night: How to get out of the rut of just surviving in your career/business and actually start to love what you do! How to build a solid, successful and thriving career/business. How to tackle difficult challenges/changes women face in the workplace Event tickets can be bought here . Follow us on Instagram | Twit
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Work history
    Founder
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    • Inspiring and educating young fashion creatives through access to events, people and information. • Generated over 41'000 views via the Pepper Your Talk YouTube channel. • Organised and hosted sold out fashion networking events with industry speakers from Wonderland Magazine, Matches Fashion, Harvey Nichols, Spring Studios and more. • Toured Universities around the United Kingdom, introducing the Pepper Your Talk concept to the creative fashion community and next generation of fashion employees. • Worked with companies such as 'The Seen Group' and Depop to deliver workshops to students and fashion professionals.
    Graduate PRBurberry
     - Full Time
    • Independently working on fast paced ad campaign sets to create business-critical product information documents. •Initiating and pitching blogger outreach programmes surrounding LFW/LCM. • Appointed to work with the Corporate PR team in preparation for key brand events, such as the Thomas’ Café launch and the 2015 VIP Festive event. • Formed strong relationships with international PR’s and increasing the sample return rate to 80%. • Gained an in-depth knowledge of speciality computer system, Fashion GPS, and worked with the Fashion GPS team to improve the efficiency of the system. • Developed strong time management skills through communicating with several time zones on a daily basis. •Represented the samples team in departmental meetings and gained strong presentation skills and public speaking skills. • Successfully implemented a new strategy for the APAC regions sample orders and loans. • A strong ability to effectively process new information and gaining a ‘keen yet critical fashion eye’ through memorised key looks and collection details. • Volunteered with the Burberry Foundation on various initiatives with families, young children and at-risk youth.
Skills
  • Content Copywriter
  • Communication Presentation
  • Connecting Creatives
  • Film/video Editing
  • Concepting Ideas
  • Collaboration
  • Public Speaking
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Premier Pro
Education
    BA(Hons) . Fashion PromotionUniversity for the Creative Arts
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    Conducted and edited interview for the University magazine, Geist, with musician Shinghai Shoniwa from The Noisettes . Commissioned to contribute an article on ‘Parody Brands’ in the second issue of Geist magazine. Shortlisted out of 200 candidates as one of five to present my re-branding project to the Director of Marketing for England’s second largest shopping centre. Maintained the course representative position throughout my three years at University.
    Art Foundation CourseUniversity of The Arts London (UAL)
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    Maintained a course representative position throughout the one-year Art and Design Foundation.