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JCI Manchester's BODY POSITIVE Panel Event stimulates some interesting Conversation

Posted: September 4, 2017 11:32 by Simon Anderson

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JCI Manchester are always looking at starting conversations around topics we feel our members will find beneficial. That’s why we partnered with sponsors Careaux to present our latest breakfast panel event - Positive Body Image in Young Professionals.

A huge thanks to our chair Ilona Alcock, who also runs our Public Speaking Club, she engaged with our speakers and helped draw out some interesting insights into what and if body image is something that matters, and more importantly if it’s something that employers should be looking at in the age of creating cultures within the workplace. 


Topics that we touched on included how personal image and professional images can clash in some sectors but in others your individuality is applauded, the impact social media has on body image and what people think successful people should look like. The conversation also covered a variety of issues around gender, race, sex, physical illness and mental health.

A question that stuck out during the Q&A session at the end of the event was that someone who works in an accountant firm wondered if it’s relevant to them as how they look doesn’t impact their job. Our panellist implored that actually it does, whether intentionally or not, as the unconscious bias affects how you act around people who look a different way or not in the way you expected.


It’s through having conversations around body image that we can breakdown the social constructs that are hardwired into us through various different channels and help people feel free to be ok with themselves. JCI President Simon who was on the panel said “It’s important for people to focus on creating a personal ability to grow mental strength to deal body image. Ignoring the assumptions of what other people might think of them. We need to help each other think positively about themselves, and be understanding of others and create a community to support that”.

Essentially if you encourage your staff to feel comfortable in an environment where they know they can safely share their body issues without judgement, their self-esteem will improve and so will their successes.

Thank you to all of our panellist CharlieMusa, Liberty and Simon.

If you would like to find out more about communities that are already working to support making Manchester a more body positive place to live, check out Free To Be Ok With Me.

JCI Manchester are planning on creating a series of events to look at all aspects of body image in young professional and helping drive this conversation forward.


About Our Sponsors 

Careaux is an online luxury womenswear brand, co-founded by sisters Rachel and Laura Beattie. Due to launch end of September with a dress the first of its kind, all handmade in Manchester, which adapts to your unique style and shape to celebrate your uniqueness. One of our aims is to challenge putting women into one size bracket and to acknowledge our differences.

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