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23rd Nov, 2015

In only 11 months…
by Celestine Onomo on November 23, 2015 18:08


…and it feels like I have been part of the JCI family forever!

How many times in 11 months have I heard: What’s JCI? What’s in for me? Why should I join JCI? Are you paid to do that? The best way to answer all these questions is simply to take you through my personal JCI Journey.

 I joined JCI in December 2014 and 11 months after joining, I am proud to say that I am not the same person today that I was before joining the organisation.

In only 11 months (not in a specific order):

  • I became Marketing Director of my local organisation
  • I took part in the life of my chamber by attending almost all our Council Meetings, Social Events, Business & Networkings events, Trainings ect..
  • I attended my first JCI UK Academy Public Speaking
  • And because I loved the first one so much I took part in another one LEAP (Leadership Excellence in Action Program). Colours are not a secret for me anymore…
  • I attended JCI UK Summerfest in Cambridge
  • I attended JCI UK 2015 AGM & JCI Sheffield Gala Dinner in Sheffield
  • I was elected by my local chamber to become Deputy President
  • I have been awarded one of the 4 Bursaries to attend JCI UK LEAP
  • I spend a full week in Malta for the “Small Talk Project” among with a delegation form Jordan, UK, Morocco, Malta, Italy, and Estonia.
  • I met Malta President HE Marie-Louise Precca
  • I have been accepted to a program for Young Leaders run by US Ambassador M.Barzun
  • I met 2013 JCI World President Chiara Milani
  • I have become a Students mentor for my local University
  • I started a new job (#Ilovemyjob) with more responsibilities for one of the biggest cruise company in the world!
  • I attended my first JCI UK National Convention!
  • I took part in a Debating Competition
  • I was elected Most Outstanding New Member in the UK! 

I could carry on writing this list forever because every day or week brings on a new opportunity or challenge but one thing is sure, I would never have had done all of this without JCI and the great people I have met throughout the year. Every single action from this list triggered the next one and this is the reason why by expecting nothing when I have joined, I have earned everything.  

In only 11 months, I gained:

More skills: Public speaking is a great example. It has never been an issue for me until I started to do it in another language and then…I heard about JCI Public Speaking Academy. Attending the academy was a great way for me to improve myself to become a better speaker. With public speaking competition organised across the year, you get to practice all the things you have learnt across the year! Another great example is that one time where as a Junior I was offered a Senior role in Marketing & Business development because of the relationships JCI has with local businesses and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

More friends: You obviously pay for the experience and you end up meeting exceptional people, some of them that I could probably call friends soul mates! I have indeed met exceptional people with high ambitions willing to embark you on their journey and make you a better person everyday so you can one day be that person!

More holidays destinations: From sunny Malta to sunny not so sunny UK every person from another city you meet is someone who open your eyes on something different. We have a wide range of international opportunities that everyone should takes part in. (Watch this space for 2017)

More hotels loyalty cards: JCI doesn’t only takes you out of your comfort zone everyday it will also takes you out of your bed…But positive note is you will take advantage of the coolest benefits a loyalty card can offer you!

More opportunities: at Local, Regional, National, European and World level. It’s also a powerful network of Jaycees, Senators, friends always willing to support you! 

I am proud of what I have achieved on a personal level this year and will encourage everyone who wants to grow and add something fun in there life to join JCI.

Here is to 2016, here is to another 11 months of fantastic projects, people, travels, memories, laughs and smiles! 


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5th Sep, 2015

JCI Southampton Quiz
by Kathryn Haines on September 5, 2015 16:01


JCI Southampton hosted their annual quiz on 3rd September at Orange Rooms. This year it was to raise money for our charity of the year: Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity.

This year I offered to read the questions for the evening along with James Lambert, JCI Southampton's Finance Director. We thoroughly enjoyed the evening and had a lot of fun. This was the first time I had hosted a JCI event and everyone was extremely helpful in making sure everything went smoothly.

All particpants did extremely well but it was E3 Consulting who took home first prize! Congratulations!

We also managed to raise over £250 for our charity of the year and would like to thank you everyone who took part and donated!

If you would like to join us for another event to help raise vital funds for Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity, join us for our annual gala on 10th October. Tickets can be booked here.

                             Quiz night                                                                                                                  Winning Team E3 Consulting

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5th Sep, 2015

This talk was hosted by Garry Lane of One Vision Life Coaching, who explained how life coaching can help you in your careers, business and personal life.

He described how he can help with goal setting, developing confidence, improving performance, becoming more assertive, dealing with stress and helping to get your career where you want it to be.

It was fascinating to learn how life coaching works and how it can benefit anyone in any part of your life.

If you would like to find out more about life coaching, please do not hesiatte to contact Garry. His website is 

                                            Garry Lane

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23rd Jun, 2015

Southampton Solent University Mentoring Program by Victoria Odey
by Celestine Onomo on June 23, 2015 20:22


JCI Southampton is actively supporting students and graduates from Southampton Solent University.

Our Deputy President Victoria Odey has been awarded the Mentor of the year for her support and commitment towards the programme.

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The annual Southampton Solent University Mentoring Celebration was an inspiring afternoon for students and graduates. Hosted by the employability and enterprise team, the event thanked and recognised the contribution of businesses, students and recent graduates to the success of this year’s programme.

Individuals and organisations become 'professional friends' to Solent students

Every year a range of individuals and organisations give their time regularly and freely to become a 'professional friend' to their mentee.

This year 85 mentors and 102 mentees participated in the programme, which includes a formal training element. Over the course of six months mentors provided student mentees with work-related personal advice, practical employability skills and industry-specific information.

In addition to the more traditional one-to-one support, some participating organisations such as E3 Consulting, Carnival UK, Old Mutual Wealth, Ordnance Survey, and Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity took a group-mentoring approach, and provided workshops to support employability needs.

Mentor of the year: Victoria Odey, Hampshire Chambers of Commerce

Victoria's mentee said: "Victoria was flexible, making sure we continued to communicate even at the busiest times. She helped me explore different options and opportunities, gave me endless support and advice. Best of all she helped me develop industry contacts and enabled me to secure a social media marketing role."

Mentee of the year: Emily Alcock

Emily’s mentor was from Hampshire Constabulary and said:" “Emily was always willing to address the key issues. She wasn’t intimidated by people or processes and used her previous work experience and focussed on the outcome ahead. She gained a great place on the JP Morgan Graduate Scheme that will see her flying around the world over the next two years."

Outstanding Contribution 2015: Carnival UK

Received by Bob Dixon, General Manager – EMEA Sales, and Frank Somers, Solutions Architect.

Outstanding Contribution: E3 consulting

Received by Zoe Toseland, Marketing Administrator & Ian Barwick, Research Administrator.

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18th Jun, 2015

JCI Southampton #Thirstday Social Networking Event
by Celestine Onomo on June 18, 2015 15:47


2nd Jun, 2015

LEAP (Leadership Excellence in Action Programme) is a weekend leadership academy held annually towards the end of the summer.  Delegates come from chambers across the UK, as well as internationally, to take part in this flagship training programme.

The programme aims to develop your leadership skills so you have the confidence and authority to make a real difference in your business, your community and your personal life.

Here are five reasons why you should attend LEAP 2015:

1. You'll find out more about yourself and others

2. You'll get tips on how to motivate and lead your team

3. You'll learn and develop new skills

4. You'll meet JCI members from across the UK

5. And feedback is pretty good.

This year, LEAP is taking place in Birmingham from 21-23 August 2015.

To find out more about the programme and/or book your place, please visit JCI UK website

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11th May, 2015

Volunteering at the Southampton Half Marathon
by Kathryn Haines on May 11, 2015 17:49


On the 26th April, JCI Southampton's President, Max K-Thompson, and our Fundraising Director, Ruth, ran the Southampton Half Marathon. 

Myself, Celestine our Marketing Director and Sophie our PR and Communications Director volunteered as Mile Makers for the event to support our fellow council members and all the other runners taking part.

Although we were kept busy throughout the day carrying boxes, hanging up marketing materials and handing out thermal blankets, we had plenty of energy for cheering on all the particpants and congratulating them as they passed through the finish line.

It was a great day to support our friends and the city of Southampton, and we hope that next year we will be able to do the running!

Mile Makers

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29th Apr, 2015

April's Training Event was 'Starting your new business and what to consider' with Sandeep Sesodia.

Sandeep is the Relationship Manager within the Corporate Banking Lending Business and Healthcare sectors at RBS and has an active role in the business community and the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. He has over 30 years experience in banking and finance, business development within the sectors and in the wider business community.

He aims to work with customers to develop their business and to achieve strategic and long term goals, originate and structure new businesses to meet client needs and provide appropriate lending solutions and develop new customer relationships by collaborating with colleagues and with key business partners and professionals within the Business and Healthcare sectors.

When people say to think outside the box, he asks "why does it have to be a box?"


At the Training Event, Sandeep explored what is required in a business plan and answered questions about how this should be dealt with. He said the three questions which should be considered when starting a business are: Where are you now? Where do you want to go? and How do you get there?

A business plan should be about 10-12 pages long, with a page for each section, with the last section covering the 'what if' scenarios. This shows the bank manager that you have considered the possibilities of where your business could go and how you would deal with them.

The training was very informative and helpful and had a very successful turnout by current and future members of JCI Southampton. 

Don't forget to keep an eye on our Events page and Facebook page to hear about our future training events!

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17th Apr, 2015

The First #Thirstday Networking Social at The Dancing Man Brewery
by Celestine Onomo on April 17, 2015 12:01


By Christina Noekleby, Social Director

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The first JCI Southampton #Thirstday networking social was held on April 2nd, at the newly opened The Dancing Man Brewery. The historic building is filled with edgy, quirky and endearing decorations, but more importantly an incredible atmosphere!

For this networking social, we had our own private area, with pretzels and nuts to share. Not to mention, the delicious array of ales, wines and other drinks available. It would be rude not to try AT LEAST one!

The turnout for the social was fantastic and there were some new members to speak with and also some familiar faces. The Dancing Man Brewery was the perfect setting, with a relaxing environment for people to meet and network over an ale.

For those that wanted to, a tour of the premises was given and fascinating history presented of the building itself. Previously known as The Wool House, the brewery used to be a prison, and some names could still be seen carved on the beams of the roof!

The plaque on the building reads:

This building was erected in the 14th century for the storage of wool before export to the continent in the galleys and carracks of Venice and Genoa. The wool trade was the basis of Southampton's prosperity in the middle ages. During the Napoleonic wars The Wool House was used to accommodate French prisoners of war, some of whose names may be seen carved on the beams of the roof. This building was restored by the city corporation and opened as a Maritime Museum in June 1966.

The Dancing Man Brewery did not disappoint, and will definitely be on the cards for hosting a future social event. It was great to meet with JCI members in a relaxing environment and have an opportunity to learn more about the history of the building we were in.

JCI Southampton’s monthly networking socials are great for professionals in and around Southampton looking to engage and meet likeminded individuals.  If you’d like to come to our next social, please get in touch with or check our Events page at:

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