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Whatever your history or track record, what’s important, is how big your future dreams and ambitions are – and how to achieve them. GLOBAL WOMAN CLUB ALICANTE is here to help you become the best version of yourself, so celebrate the diversity and energy we offer, and discover “it’s 100% possible” – with a little help from your new friends. To discuss membership and how you can benefit, please contact me directly. I’ll do my utmost to help, and hope to see you soon.

Join us at our next event in ALICANTE. Here, you’ll get your chance to tell your story and connect with like-minded, aspirational women.

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NICOLE BEISSLER
Regional Director, Amsterdam

Iwasborn and raised in Germany. Coming from a difficult childhood, where the only support I got was from my grandmother,I left home at 18, became pregnant at 20 and survived not only the abusive childhood, but also an abusive marriage.

I had to adapt a lot in my life and faced a lot of challenges, but never gave up. Without knowing, the mantra my grandma passed on tome was “Don’t listen to others, you are very special!” This helped me to build up resilience and get moving forward, despite the odds of not growing up with a golden spoon or having a university degree.

I moved my way up the career ladder and am now working for a FTSE100 company as Head of Continuous Improvement, with some wide experiences in various industries. I am leading an Integration of an €1.9bn acquisition in Iberia and supporting the business going through a Change process.

Change is my passion. We all face challenges on a regular basis and I help my clients to deal with it in a professional way, by helping them to understand the origin of their fear for change and afterwards building up the resilience and courage to deal with it. Sometimes being courageous means, to take a decision that may turn your life or business upside down – this is also part of my work and style of leadership – to turn things upside down and look on it with a different perspective. Therefore, I combine my coaching sessions with Yoga breakouts and meditation.

From working for over thirty years in the corporate world, I know exactly what the business needs. My goal is to bring more humanity into the corporate world and openthe leaders for new ways of leading their business.

I love to support others; hence my volunteering as a Mentor for refugees and young women to help them to get their way first, into the corporate world and then supporting them up the career ladder.

This is how I got involved with Global Woman. I saw an advertisement for a Club opening in Frankfurt, Germany. Without a lot of expectations, I went and got totally inspired by Mirela Sula. The story of Mirela touched me deeply and the vision she is having absolutely matched my own. That issupporting women across the world,giving them a platform where they are safe, supported, and helping them to grow their confidence and watch them developing their self-esteem.

Without really knowing, what Iwas getting into, I signed up for a membership, already with some ideas about an opening in Spain in my mind. When Iattended the Mastermind class with Mirela in London, she placed the idea for the first time.Challenged by Mirela about my WHY I would like to open a club in Spain, my answer that it wasbecause Spain needs it, wasn´t enough. But I never quit on my dreams! My vision has since came true with Alicante opening in December 2019.

I have been living in Spain from 2017 and given my role in Corporate and dealing a lot with Iberia,I know that Spain is longing for such a network. My big goal is to make the Alicante Club the most successful and fastest growing Club in the network. I am convinced, that this is just a start in Spain, and other cities in Spain will follow soon.

My passion isin supporting others, especially women, and my “Can do” attitude is always a guarantee for some valuable take away.  I love going out onmy road bike to explore the beautiful landscape in Spain or practice Yoga. I never takelife too seriously and always enjoy a good read on the newest brain hacks or mindset techniques, which has helped me to create my own mantra, next to my grandma’s: “I am very grateful for the bad things in my past, they made me who I am today”

I guarantee monthly learning atmybreakfast events. I am absolutely delighted to welcome every woman and make them feel special, the way my grandma always made me feel.

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HOW I DID IT – Raise, Fall and Return 

Arjodita Rraboshta HOW I DID IT – Raise, Fall and Return  By Fatima GoreziArjodita has taken on many leadership roles, including CEO and founder of Unit Center Group. A holding company providing high-quality, cost-effective services in real estate, financial and commercial areas. Moreover, it also provides online services as well as telemarketing, customer support services, technical support, accounts management, trainings for HR, marketing, restaurants, etc. For the last 3 years she has been very active with a BPO organisation like ABSA(Albanian Business Services Association), trying to facilitate foreign investment in Albania and promote the BPO as a sector that boosts employment in various cities of the country and offers career opportunities for young people. She shares with us her story, and tells more about women’s situation in Albania, how they are working to change the things for better and becoming role models for all the others.  How did your upbringing define who you are today?I was isolated and withdrawn as a child, and much of the time it felt like I was observing people from a great distance. I could see but not touch; hear but not speak. It took me a long time to get up the nerve to come in from the cold 15 years ago when my best friend died. It was at that time when I started to think that as long as I am alive, I can improve my life and fight for my desires. All of a sudden, I wanted to challenge the mentality, that kills little girls because they are not allowed to live their dreams. I gradually opened up, slowly but surely, knowing and being known by others and becoming increasingly connected with them.  How did you find your path and what influenced you to start your entrepreneurial journey?Entrepreneurs are the ones who change the world. They see the world as they want it to be, not how it is. Mark Twain explained the lure of entrepreneurship best when he wrote, “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”  Building a successful business takes a lot of risk, and I love risks! I live for excitement and adventure. Brainstorming new ideas and gambling my chance of succeeding in my target market gives me goosebumps. I look to manage projects with high stakes because I have enough confidence to execute them: whether these projects become million dollar success stories or complete failures that I will regret. It’s the act of betting on an idea and watching it develop that makes me smile; this is why I started this journey.  As an entrepreneur, what is it that motivates and drives you?I am surrounded by very talented people, and I strongly believe that by supporting them and working together we will leave a legacy behind. We have a vision for the future, and we’re out to achieve it by challenging, taking possibilities, and turning them into inspiring visions for others. You have to have the confidence that you can actually do it, and the stupidity to think you’re right. There’s no shortage of great ideas and no shortage of people willing to give it a go . . . for a while. When the going gets tough, that’s when you need your motivation. You’ve got to keep feeding and building it. Read books about other successful people, see what they did, and think about how you can incorporate their ways of thinking into yours. There are a lot of clever ideas out there: why not put them to work for you? In one word, describe your life as an entrepreneur?Passion! The courage of taking risks usually comes from having faith in something. And, faith usually arises when one has passion towards something. Success of a company is directly proportional to hard work and perseverance of the owner. It is, however, passion of the owner that pushes them to work hard. The energy of passion can take your business all over the world. In addition, it helps in keeping us getting through days when money isn’t coming and work isn’t happening. It is not about the money, but you always want to prove yourself, you’re never quite satisfied – and that might be displayed in being very competitive. You just want to do your own thing and are prepared to take huge risks to do it. Is there anything you wish you had done differently?As I previously said, I feel fulfilled with what I’ve reached so far, but I wish I could start earlier. Starting a business made me realise the importance of relationships, and the best way to build a relationship is to help someone achieve something meaningful. Be thoughtful and make the new person feel appreciated on their first day of work. Be patient and sit down and talk with someone who you can tell is having a bad day. Be kind and tell the people around you they are talented and you sure are glad they are on your side. Our lives are measured by how many people we help.  So keep your head up, and whenever you have the chance to create a special moment for someone, do not hesitate. Who has been the greatest influence on your life?In my personal life, my husband. He has helped me in the constant strive to find balance between home life and work. He´s had a positive influence on me. He taught me about what it means to live up to my worth. He has had a profound impact on how I approach my work. Also my best friends have been a great influence in my life and always by my side and today I am proud to have them as partners. You are very passionate about women’s empowerment. How are you contributing to this?Women empowerment seeks to stimulate the confidence in women by providing to them everything that in their capacity to help them see the skills that they contain and are dormant within them. A proper nurturing, polishing and sharpening of those skills is only made possible through better education, awareness and a space to freely express oneself. Women empowerment is essential today because earlier, women were not allowed to receive higher education, the society was backward and the times were different. But now the times have changed. Women take up the same responsibilities as men and do a wonderful job in showcasing their talents when given an opportunity to. It is necessary that they are given a chance to compete on the same level as men only to be able to benefit the employment and job spheres of our country.  You are a mother of two and a very successful woman at the same time. How do you find the balance?I don`t believe in the idea of “work-life balance” I would prefer. I am trying to live an “integrated life”.  I feel like that whole concept is setting women up to be disappointed in themselves for not spending enough time doing such and such. I take a more fluid approach. I try to spend as much of my life as possible doing what I like with people whose company I enjoy. The only regret I have is that I don`t spent enough time with my children. What would you say are the key elements for starting and running a successful business?Think big, plan small. It’s vital to have a clear vision of where you want to be in the future and set big exciting goals that will have you leaping out of bed each morning and motivated throughout the day, every day, no matter what obstacles come your way. That said, you need to be clear about the details, set lots, and many micro goals along the way so you can see yourself making progress. If you only set big goals, every day you don’t achieve them, you’ll have a sense of failure. So ticking off all the achievements on the road to success is important. Big goals aren’t always there to be achieved, but to motivate you to become the person that is capable of achieving them. During the last years I learned that to be successful in what you do, you need to be focused, to be empathic, to always upgrade your skills and evolve, and most importantly, to dare. What do you hope to see happen in the near future for small businesses and entrepreneurs in Albania?Small businesses, we are told, are the lifeblood of Albania. In reality, they are far more than that. They are vital to the economic survival of billions worldwide.  Our policies need to be able to evolve and keep pace with technological and global developments, but this is simply not how our nations are structured, and it’s not how our legislative bodies operate. If our policies can’t adapt fast enough to keep up with the changes wrought on society (by technological developments and increasing globalisation), perhaps we can train our people to adapt. Globalisation is not a choice. It is a reality. It is not going to disappear. It’s like breathing.  By improving our skills through knowledge, we can make sure to improve these people’s future and make a real impact in their lives. What are the main challenges that women face in Albania?Being a woman in business today, in Albania, is something that in the past was never possible. Even now, this fact constitutes a major difficulty for the business categories they are able to commit, which shouldn’t be the only faced problem in a series of troubles. Business is difficult and allows very little room for mistakes, because as many of them confirm, in Albania it is a matter of mentality. The main obstacle that women may have while entering a business sector is exactly the confidence they have in themselves, which usually seems to take them one step back. The problem is not always the laws or policies of the country towards business, but that women should have the self-confidence to push ahead. On the other side, the knowledge and the skills are an important issue holding a woman from leading innovation. Women have always showed that their characters are full of more than capable in achieving personal milestones. In Albania, the women entrepreneurs started businesses due to the contribution of society and healthier family situations. Women entrepreneurs have to face a hard competition with men entrepreneurs who are easily involved in the development areas, carrying out their products. If we talk about a small country as Albania is, and with an economy in transition, the difficulties rises and the challenges are not anymore this general, but they grow more and more complex. In many surveys made and many statistics analysed, there can be seen that there is a small percentage of hard-working and successful women in enterprises; highly educated, married with children, and very capable in their field of expertise.  Women are strong and their character may handle a lot more than is usually believed. Women may be successful and sometimes more than men are. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?Be a Mentor!You can be the difference in someone’s life; you can be the catalyst for something amazing in another person’s life and change it forever. Every night before you go to bed, you see yourself feeling satisfied with your day’s work; it is this exact feeling why people would want to work for themselves. It is about doing the best that you can for your customers, striving hard for excellence in all the endeavors driving them to start a company. What is your top message for our readers?You have to have a positive mindset and fully believe that you can succeed in whatever it is you’ve chosen to do, even if everyone else is telling you otherwise You’ll be amazed by how much negativity you’ll get from often surprising sources, so you need to have an unshakable belief in yourself. Your value to the marketplace will depend on the skills that you have. It will also depend on how you use them. People that want to improve their value must improve upon their skills. There are skills in all areas of life and understanding how to develop skills and how to use them will help you grow as an individual. Entrepreneurs are skill-hungry, they want to improve the skills they have acquired and they want to learn new skills every day. Work hard and work smart. You need to be willing to do what other people don’t do so that you can have what other people don’t have. What are your tips for women out there who feel like they can’t succeed in their dream career, and don’t have as many chances as men in the same career paths?I find this attitude an excuse for not trying so hard. Not one job is perfect. Not one job comes without doing a few things each day that you do not enjoy doing. Patience is not simply the ability to wait — it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. Get the most qualifications you can and work as hard as you can in your career, because that will help in the future.

Desire Beauty, Embrace Authenticity

Agnesa Vuthaj – Desire Beauty, Embrace Authenticity By Fatima GoreziAgnesa Vuthaj is a beauty queen, model, businesswoman, fashion designer, TV host and producer, as well as occasional actress well-known in Kosovo and beyond. After her successful establishment in the European and International trends and initiatives, she now devotes a great deal of her own time to help develop young models and supporting women entrepreneurs. She has led and organised numerous philanthropic initiatives.  Agnesa has worked and paid attention into developing a global career and has been proactively engaged in various projects and activities in the United States, Europe and Asia. She initially became internationally known after successfully representing Albania in Miss World 2004 in China and Miss Universe 2005 in Thailand.She has produced the globally famous the Miss Kosova Beauty Pageant for more than a decade, on her own and without much support from the outside. Following her decade-long successful international career, in cooperation with the Italian and the US artists and businesspersons, Agnesa launched her own line of fashion accessories with handmade bags, shoes and bracelets. Her elegant and creative approaches have transformed her into one of the most desired new designers in Europe and USA. She aims to extend this initiative and share this experience in the Asian market as well. How would you describe the journey since you were crowned  Miss Albania 2004?My beauty pageant journey has been an incredible one. Representing Albania for Miss World 2004 and Miss Universe 2005 has been a life changing experience for me and for the people around me. The crown opened new doors and opportunities for me and for the people around me.  Is the journey turning out to be what you were expecting?As I started my journey at a very young age, it’s not that I had expectations or that I had a plan of how my life will be in 10 or 15 years; all I did was taking this opportunity as huge blessing and working hard to give my best to make proud the people who have trusted on me and supported me. I did everything step by step, I explored roads not walked before and I am happy and fulfilled now. As I look back, I can proudly say, I made the right choices in life and the hard work was worth it. What does it feel like to be a beauty queen and wear the crown?For me, being a Beauty Queen was a privilege and a huge responsibility. I wanted to be a role model and I have been working very hard, since day one, and I continue every day to present the values of the Albanian girls and women in my country and world wide. Wearing a crown for me is a mission to make a change. How has becoming a beauty queen changed your life?When I started my beauty pageant journey I was only 17 years old, a girl with lot of ambitions, but less opportunities. When I joined Miss Kosovo on 2003 I really didn’t have the idea what I will be doing, it was a new experience for me and for everyone I knew back then. I really didn’t have a plan, all I had was the desire to do something new and different, as at that time, after the war in Kosovo, in a small town where I grow up, there were not many other activities going on at school. Then, everything changed. I became a well known celebrity, featuring in numerous TV shows, photo shootings, charity work… my life made a 360 degree turn overnight.  Is there anyone in particular who encouraged you to join Miss Albania 2004 pageant, who you would credit to have kickstarted your success thus far?Joining Miss Albania, while wearing the Miss Kosovo crown, was a big challenge for me. Everyone was telling me I was doing a mistake, underestimating the Kosovo Crown, but I knew what I wanted: I wanted to participate for Miss World and Miss Universe, which was impossible for a Kosovo Miss at the time. So I took the risk; I joined Miss Albania Pageant and I won. I am the only Albanian Beauty Queen to hold both the Kosovo and Albania crown.  Who has the greatest influencer in your life?-My sister, Sokolesha, she has been my biggest support since day one, and even today I consult with her about all my ideas and actions, professional or personal. She’s one my greatest blessings. You wear many hats: you are beauty queen, model, businesswoman, fashion designer, TV host and producer as well as occasional actress. How can you describe all these aspects of your career?Each of them is beautiful, different, and challenging. During the last decade I have tried myself in different fields, but now I am more focused in business.  Tell us about how you got started in business and where you find your motivation? I believe I have an entrepreneurial spirit, the desire to seek out for change and innovation is my motivation. I enjoy challenges and new experiences.  One of the reasons I started my own fashion brand with handbags and shoes, was because there wasn’t any Albanian accessories brand.  What kind of projects are you involved in right now? Besides my fashion line of accessories, I’m representing a global group which is present in Albania and Kosovo, and we are planning to bring a big change in the economies of both countries.  You seem to have collected knowledge and experience in various fields. With that in mind, what key message would you offer to our audience? – One of the mantras I live by is: Make your life a story worth reading. I believe everyone should discover their mission and organise their life and activities in function of their mission. What are the five things that a female entrepreneur should focus on? Five essential things that I focus on and all female entrepreneurs should keep in mind are: Networking matters now more than ever. Setting emotion-based goals helps me know better what is fulfilling. Set up your space – even if you work from home, create a beautiful office space. Embrace the power of the feminine. Accept that we all make mistakes.                                                              How do you see the role of women in business now and in the future?  Women’s role is very important in business, now and always!  Even though we live in a technology-driven world, it’s still a human world and relationships still matter. This is where women shine. As we look to the future, we’re going to see the number of female business leaders growing even more because we need the balance. We need the creativity. We need men and women working and leading together in business and in government. The number one certainty is that the future is all about relationships. What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind? I want to be remembered as an inspiring woman who brought happiness to everyone I’ve met and beyond. You are Albanian by origin. What can you tell us about Kosovar Albanian women? What are the main challenges that women face in your country? How is the situation for women there? Do women feel safe to do business and be independent?The main challenge as a women in business in Kosovo I believe is being a woman, and if you are a beautiful woman, there are even more challenges. People don’t take you seriously; you have to work very hard to prove that you are worth the work you are doing, while being a man you just do it and everyone applauses you. There are lot of politics and programs to support women in business in Kosovo, but what is more necessary to change is the patriarchal mindset.  You are very passionate about women’s empowerment. How are you contributing to this?I have always been very grateful for the opportunities I got in life, that’s why I have the urge to do everything I can to empower women. I produced the Miss Kosovo Pageant for 10 years and gave lot of opportunities to hundred of girls, donated 10 scholarships every year, helped Kosovo to be represented at Miss Universe and Miss Earth. Now I do business mentoring; I create platforms for women to succeed, I constantly support those less fortunate by creating work possibilities for them. I do contribute continuously, because I feel this is my mission and I love doing it.  What does the future hold for you?I am at a period in my life where I am focused in business more than ever before. I have lot of ideas and projects to implement which are going to make a huge change in my country and globally. 

Supporting women investors to be an integral part of the innovation ecosystem

Lucy Chow  Supporting women investors to be an integral part of the innovation ecosystem By Fatima GoreziLucy is focused on the innovation space, both in terms of supporting founders and as an investor. She is a director of WAIN (Women’s Angel Investor Network) and is an investor with Mindshift Capital. WAIN has won several awards: Arabian Business Startup Awards 2018, Funding Initiative of the Year and FinX 2018 Award for Fintech Investor of The Year. She is also an investor with NextWave Ventures and the Founder Institute, both based outside the US. Recently Lucy was honored to be a Judge for the GEMS Global Innovation Challenge (student entrepreneurs), the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab & Challenge 22 Prize (an innovation award that promotes creativity in the Arab world), Gulf Customer Experience Awards and the Annual SpeakFluence Cup.  During her 12 years in Dubai, Lucy has garnered a strong reputation for arranging business-focused events that target captains of industry, as well as trendsetters in the UAE through her firm, The Elements Group. She is Chair, Steering Committee, Capital Club Dubai, sits on the Advisory Board, Canadian Business Council and is a UAE Senator, WBAF (World Business Angels Investment Forum). Can you tell us more about your early life and your first steps in business?My first job out of undergrad was in telemarketing, selling computer training courses. I had the most amazing boss and she was extremely motivational; a great trainer who understood the personalities of each of her staff. I believe everyone needs to know how to ‘sell’. Whether it is selling yourself, or a product. I feel grateful for that grounding. Then I decided to move to Toronto, and eventually I went back school to complete a program that trained Canadian managers to manage in Asia. One year academic and one year overseas: amazing. That was what launched me on my international career journey. Never did I look back, with the only regret – having not taken the plunge to go international out of undergrad. What motivated you to get involved in being inspirational for change?I have been fortunate to be involved with organizations such as 85Broads (now Elevate), Educate Girls Globally,  the 30% Club, WAIN, Mindshift Capital as an investor and most recently with WBAF (World Business Angel’s Forum). All these organizations have focused on moving the dial for women and their place in companies, or as financial beacons of change. I am a ‘doer’ and truly happy being a part of something that has an all-encompassing ‘big hairy audacious goal’. So I would say it is these organisations that are the inspiration for change. I am just fortunate enough to be part of these communities. What major challenges and problems have you faced? How did you handle them?I worked for a very large global bank for many years. I will always be grateful for the experience. However, I realized that no matter how senior you are in a large company, you are ultimately still a cog in a large organisation. I was paid less than my peers. I faced all the typical challenges that a woman in a male dominated industry faces. I was fortunate to have one boss that advocated for me. However, in hindsight I would have done things very differently. In fact, I don’t think I was savvy enough during my corporate career. I would have actively sought out a mentor and a sponsor. I would have cultivated more ‘key’ relationships in the organisation.  You are passionate about women empowerment. Can you tell us more about Women’s Angel Investor Network?We are the first investor network for women in the Middle East and North Africa. We established WAIN to create an ecosystem of women investors, to support women entrepreneurs. Since 2014, WAIN has screened over 400 women-led companies and made nine investments in eight companies from MENA and the United States. WAIN provides both women investors and founders with opportunities to be an integral part of the innovation ecosystem. Within that system, there’s a chance for them to have real economic and intellectual growth. WAIN provides training in due diligence and investment strategy as part of its goal of building a strong network of knowledgeable women investors. As the smart money investors, we not only give capital, but we open doors—we help develop markets; we mentor; we sit on boards and we advise.  Why is it important for companies to innovate and invest in modern technologies? Customers and consumers want more personalisation in their experiences. Technology, such as AI allows companies to transform the customer journey quickly and effectively for each individual. Rapid iterations is key. Being able to shift through key metrics and prioritising as to what problems need to be solved first will determine which companies innovate and which are followers. Why are companies struggling to innovate effectively?By definition, large companies find it hard to innovate, because of their size and history. A company could have survived decades using the same business model. Innovation also means different things to different people. Does it imply progressive change, or radical change? Companies, and specifically their leaders, need to map out the future.  What advice can you give to companies looking to make the most out of their investments in innovation centers?Corporate innovation centers are able to plug into start ups from the get-go and vice versa. Companies need to ensure they do not apply legacy thinking and models when it comes to the area of innovation. Companies need to go beyond R&D investing. Ensuring a company’s transformation road map aligns with localised expertise and the creation of new products & services will go farthest in bringing new value and opportunities.  Will innovation centers continue to be a growing trend in 2019 and beyond?I am fortunate enough to be one of the senators representing the UAE with the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF). I have colleagues representing well over 70 countries and we are in constant contact. Innovation centers will definitely continue to grow and thrive around the world. Whether they are modeled as accelerators, or whether they are focused on specific sectors, there are so many positive reasons for entrepreneurs to be part of such eco systems.  What is happening on a global scale with women in business and what does the future hold for women?The world is rapidly changing and corporates are struggling to innovate and reach new consumers. Companies need to recognize that input from people with different backgrounds is key. A Board comprised of a female, who perhaps has set up a company under a complex environment and then brought it to an IPO, will bring valuable expertise to the table. I have long been an advocate for placing more women on boards. Furthermore, disparity in compensation between women and men holding the same role is still a challenge. Companies need to work proactively to change this.  I do believe it is easier for women (and men) to become entrepreneurs. If tried and tested corporates do not change rapidly enough, then individuals will find that it may make better sense to become their own boss.

Promoting gender equality and women's rights

Claudia Adler – Promoting gender equality and women’s rights By Fatima GoreziClaudia first began working with community projects when she visited Uganda for the first time in 2015.  It was this experience that made her understand the value of education and its potential to change generations.Her passion for humanitarian issues began when she was at university studying Law. This later led to her embarking on a MSc in International Humanitarian Issues.Claudia has worked with a range of event portfolios across many industries. “Raices” is a social enterprise that strives to create its own footprint on the issues that it brings to the table. Tell us more about your background and early life?I was born in Colombia, Medellin, in the 80’s when violence was at its peak, making it a very dangerous place to live. Our family had a very difficult start; my mother was one of eleven children. She was left by my father and had to take care of me in a poverty-stricken barrio at the hands of an abusive father. Those set of circumstances and her wish to offer me a better start to life was what made her leave Colombia and emigrate to England. I arrived in London when I was 5. Our lives bettered in terms of security and the opportunities which were available to us, but we faced challenges as two females, who were illegal immigrants and didn’t have a support network. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone, but when I look back at that period in my life I know it’s played a very big part in shaping the woman I am today.   In all of that confusion and difficulty, it was my education and the warmth of my primary school teacher that provided the structure and a sense of normality that a child needs in order to thrive.  When I look back at my early life, I can really see the importance in having a mentor, someone that is able to advise and direct you. I believe that for us women, who are in a position where we have overcome some form of difficulty – or we understand a particular culture, religion or system – we should try to connect with those who need support. We should be actively looking to support one another, and expand our network by stepping out of our comfort zone.  How do you think your background has influenced your career?I believe that my background has hugely impacted my career, giving me determination and drive. These traits which are so ingrained in me come from a time in my life when everything was part of a struggle. I wasn’t in a position of privilege where I could take, for example, the language, safety or people to look up to. Even comfort to a certain degree was not for granted. They were all things which we had to master and create for ourselves. The challenges that we all face, equip us with skills that make us leaders. I am grateful to those life lessons. If we embrace where we came from, our understanding of the world and our scope becomes richer. It also makes me want to enable opportunities for others; you can do both without sacrificing success. I love my Latin background, and being able to speak another language. I’m a hybrid, I can fit into a very Latin way of life, whilst at the same time I can be as British as they come.   In a time where there seems to be such a division in politics, be Brexit or Trump’s proposed border wall, it’s refreshing to not have picked sides, but have fluidity in where we feel at home, and be able to agree and disagree with a whole spectrum of views.   ️Could you please share what values you have from your home and your family? When I look at my family now, I get an overwhelming feeling of pride. To understand where we came from and how everyone in their own way has achieved so much, it gives me courage to push for more. Our key value is this unspoken loyalty to one another. We are hard workers, and that is a value which I can see in all of us. How can you describe your career before you created Raices?I flirted with the idea of becoming a lawyer, getting as far as doing my BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). My career path was very hazy until Raices, I knew I was good at sales and creating partnerships, but I had a passion to give back to communities and be a part of creating opportunities for our youth. Before I ventured on my own initiative, I headed up a number of portfolio events. I think those work experiences really matured my sales technique. Looking back on it, the need to have a mentor is imperative to anyone who hasn’t yet found that perfect career. I think events such as Global Woman are key to finding those stories and those pillars which can really provide guidance.  I found that with such structured roles your creativity is stunted. That was one of the biggest changes in my everyday life, and now I benefit from the freedom to work at my best, as I don’t have those restrictions. I really welcome this new era of D&I in the workplace and how it is changing our working world.  Tell us Why did you create Raices and what your vision is? Raices was born from a need to discuss the root issues to diversity and inclusion, and that for us stems from education and its power to transform generations.   Raices is a social enterprise, which looks to empower communities through our membership programme, whilst providing companies with a unique platform to really make an impact and enhance their own D&I initiatives.  Girls and women are still a missing piece of our future workforce. According to UNESCO, there are still 130 million girls between the age of 6 and 17 that are out of school, with 15 million girls of primary school age, half of them in sub-Saharan Africa, that will never enter a classroom.   My vision is to be part of the solution by sponsoring girls who make part of this 130 million statistic, and ensure their talent isn’t wasted. We want to expand our student sponsorship programme and open education hubs. In addition, we want to host our WING Programme on a regional level.   What advice would you give to a woman with children who wants to set up their own company? As a mother of three, I understand all too well the pressures that come with being a career driven woman and bringing up a family in the best way possible. I truly believe that we can have it all. My best advice to a mummy with her eyes set on creating her business is to be a planner, and work with people who are as organised as you are. It’s also important to be able to take time out for yourself. I take my morning cycle drop-offs to their preschool as a time where I can exercise and also clear my mind.  What are your greatest accomplishments so far?I think to this date my greatest achievement has been to venture out on my own and find my niche. The beginning is always the most challenging and I applaud so many others who have also started something from nothing.   I’m really proud of our community work. We are supporting the education of children in Jinja- Uganda with the help of Isaac Muhofa who is our project director. We wanted to create a platform where we could give our members the opportunity to impact our next generation. It’s unique in the sense that we offer 100% of the funds to the beneficiaries.  Mirela Sula, the Founder of global Woman, is a keynote at your SUMMIT in Stockholm in September. Could you please tell us what the event is about? 2019 is extremely exciting time for us, as we have launched our WING Programme which is a summit and awards to be held in Stockholm on the 13th September. This is a unique event which puts on the map education for girls as a key issue to a more diverse workforce. The programme also has an awards ceremony where we want to shine a spotlight on hidden talent. Global Woman is a fantastic platform for female entrepreneurs. I hadn’t come across anything quite like it. Women get an opportunity to take the stage and promote their business whilst also creating a network.  Our media partnership with Global Woman is an exciting opportunity to empower females of all ages. The summit will invite 100 students to attend for free, in a bid to inspire our next generation. Mirela and her team are inspiring thousands of women and our partnership is a great way to reach out to more talent, by introducing true role models through their stories. A key aspect at the summit are to expose some of the barriers which are faced by girls, including child marriage and period poverty. Do you have any role models? If so, who are they, and why are they role models?My most important role model is my mother, her tenacity and integrity is an example I want to follow. My other role model is Bianca Jagger, who is a human rights activist.  I think role models can be anyone that inspires you to want to do more with your life, they ignite a spark in you. Do you believe that success depends more on what you know than on whom you know? I believe success is intertwined with both aspects of who you know and what you know.  It is important to continue developing yourself, and expanding your knowledge and skill-set base, learning is something that will ensure you are one step ahead. Likewise, if you do not have a solid network you can only go so far on your own. My work is a testament to that. I believe it is all about creating partnerships and aligning yourself with the right people who share a similar vision.   There are some great tools to develop your network. I think Linkedin is a great way to connect with potential business partners. Now more than ever, it’s just as important to ask for meetings and get advice from those who are in a position that you admire.  I heard someone once say, that in business you need to ask for help. Your goal should be about creating the biggest impact possible, and that can only be achieved by working with a diverse team. How can women play a role in social change?More than playing a role, I believe women are the missing element for dramatic social change.  We are seeing a bold revival of women leaders who are making waves in social change. I think it’s a great time to be a woman. The more women leaders we have, the greater the spectrum of different leadership models that we can benefit from. Technology is playing a huge part to bridging the gap between opportunity and talent. Hence, our geographical location should not impede our global impact. In order to have more women leading the way for social change we need to ensure that education is at the forefront of our priorities.   I’m excited about how technology is offering ways to include those that are marginalised. With women and girls still being disproportionately affected by conflict and poverty, education is key to ensure that child marriage and other violations are eradicated. Child marriage is an issue which is present all over the world. Europe has experienced a growing surge of child brides which has been a result of our migration crisis over the past years. This violation of a child’s rights deprives a child or reaching their full potential. From a professional perspective, when businesses invest in education initiatives, they are creating an impact investment.   ️How can you describe your experience with Global Woman?Global woman is an invaluable platform for all women regardless of their business, career path age or location. It’s been a game changer for me, It’s very encouraging to know that it’s a platform that is thriving, with its clubs looking to expand in so many other parts of the world. I would recommend it to every woman, regardless of your career age or background, there is a feeling of solidarity which is unique at any business event.

How NLP can influence your Business?

How NLP can influence your Business? By Florencia Serritella Have you ever wondered why other people are succeeding in their businesses and you are still struggling to pay bills? Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) has the answer for you. One of the main principles that NLP stands for is the fact that everyone has the resources they need to achieve everything they want. If someone else is succeeding on doing something and you are not, it is NOT because they are smarter, or cuter, or wealthier, or luckier, or whatever lie you are telling to yourself; it is just because they are doing something than you are not. (….yet!). This powerful tool called Modelling is probably the most important NLP skill. How does this work? By observing and copying the ways others achieve results so that you get a “tested formula” on how to achieve your goals. When I decided to create my two businesses “Flor Real” and “Add Some Latino to your life”, I knew I needed to model the most successful business people in order to achieve my goals. After years of studying their behavior and having now built a successful business, I´ve created the five principles on how to transform your business to a wealthy and a world changing force. Principle #1 Have positive money beliefsIf you are creating a business and you want to make money out of it, the first thing to do is to double-check that you have a good relationship with money. If you have “money issues” everything you do for your business to succeed will be useless because you will manage to self-sabotage your prospects of earning any money. Working on your relationship with money is, then, crucial and so is working on other self-destructive beliefs. Such as “I don’t deserve this business to succeed”, “If I’m a powerful woman I will never get married”, “I’m a loser”, or any other crazy-negative belief that your creative mind can make you believe. Principle #2 Have a strong “Why” When you are creating a business there will be difficult times. Sometimes you will get tired, bored or even fed up of your business, even if you are living your dream career. That’s the importance of having a strong “Why” to keep you going. Now get your journal and write: “Why do I want to create this business?” and give yourself ten minutes to do some free writing about it. Get deep and emotional. The deeper you get, the stronger your motivation will be to keep you going through doubtful times. Principle #3 Get clear Once you have made sure that you have the right beliefs and a powerful “Why” for your business, the next step is to get clear.  Clear about what? – EVERYTHING! : Short, middle and long-term goals for your business.  How much you want to earn.  How much you want to work.  How much you want to rest.  Who your client is.  Where to meet your client.  And every other possible relevant clear information that your business may need to have. This is very important in order to make things happen. Why? Because if YOU don’t know where you want to go, then: HOW ON EARTH DO YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING TO GET THERE!? Principle #4 Be willing to failSuccessful people are not the ones that tried once and everything worked out. They are the ones that tried a million times without succeeding until one time they achieved what they had been trying to for years! Your success is then pending on your relationship with failure. If you see failure as a signpost which is showing you where to go and where not to, then eventually you’ll get where you want to go. But, if you see failure as a way of life telling you how damaged you are, telling you: “You were wrong to think that this project will ever work and that you will never be good enough no matter what”, and every possible negative comment your head may create when you fail, then you better STOP TRYING TO CREATE A BUSINESS RIGHT NOW. You don’t want to suffer this entrepreneurial process, you want to enjoy it. And if you don’t make friends with failure this whole “making a business thing” will be very painful, so painful that eventually you will end up giving in or worse: being miserable your whole life. Being friends with failure is the ONLY WAY to be a happy business person. Principle #5 Be “peacefully driven”At the beginning of creating my business I was too excited about it, that made me really driven, the problem was that I was too driven. I wasn’t balancing my work life with the other areas of my life and that was making me feel quite stressed and anxious. One night, I was chatting with my partner on the sofa and I was telling him: “My business is making me anxious, I want to be driven but I want to be ‘peacefully driven’ ”. That moment was like an epiphany for me, I really understood what I needed in order for my project not to overwhelm me. I needed to align with my centre. I needed to align with myself urgently. How did I do it? Meditation. I started to meditate on each decision I needed to make for my business and I was letting my instincts or some power greater than me (whatever resonates with you) guide me. I meditate on my stress, I meditate on having new business ideas, I meditate on what to say to my clients, I even meditate on what to wear for a business meeting. Not letting go, but delegating my business into a power greater than my own understanding was the key to being an entrepreneur without being miserable. Creating a business is a really fun process if you know the rules of the game. Now it’s your turn. Apply these five principles into your business and “never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.”

Women empowerment as a tool for socio-economic development in the world

Caroline Nijland Women empowerment as a tool for socio-economic development in the world By Fatima Gorezi Ms. Caroline Nijland started in July 2018 her own business, Helios Infinitas, for advisory services/ business development/ project and operational management / training in the field of renewable energies and rural electrification/energy access in Africa. From March 2007 till May 2018 she was General Director of Foundation for Rural Energy Services (FRES) in The Netherlands. Her principal responsibilities were to find funding for the implementation of rural electrification activities in Sub-Saharan Africa (solar home systems and solar/hybrid mini-grids) and to implement rural electrification activities. She is specifically interested in the topic of providing electricity to rural and peri-urban areas using solar energy (Mini-grids and Solar Home Systems). Her main interests are legal, regulatory, financial and operational topics. Could you tell us more about your childhood, and how your upbringing has contributed to the life that you lead now?I was born in The Netherlands. However, soon after I was born my parents moved with my sister, brother and me to Crete, where we lived two years and then we moved to Cameroon where we were supposed to stay 2 years, but we stayed 15 years. My father had a career in development cooperation in the agricultural sector. Later on, he combined it with a business in solar energy. He was the first pioneer in west Africa introducing solar energy to missionaries and churches and lodges in remote areas. We left Cameroon in 1987 and moved to Meaux in France where I finished my high school. I did my University studies in The Netherlands. Who has supported and influenced you on your life journey?My parents, my son and my twin sister are my biggest supporters. I am strongly influenced by their positive mindset, broad thoughts, hardworking, social and adaptative attitude in life and true interest in other people. Because of the long stay in Africa, I was also influenced by the African people with their ability to relativise problems, their positivity, their adaptive capacity and having joy in everyday life. Another person, alongside many others that provided me with valuable strategic and process lessons was my boss at the Dutch foundation where I worked in the past 11 years in the field of rural electrification. She taught me that the devil is in the details. You have made a great career in the field of rural electrification. Can you tell us more about it?As a child I became very aware of the fact that 95% of people in Cameroon had no access to electricity. We had access to electricity in the capital city but with many interruptions (blackouts). So at sixteen-years-old, I left Africa with a strong awareness that there was a great need to support Cameroon and many other African countries with the necessary infrastructure. I have followed in my father’s footsteps. He taught me the basics of solar energy since 1998, at a time when solar energy was not yet widely known and was not taken seriously as an alternative renewable energy source. He strongly believed in the benefits of electrification through solar energy for the social and economic development of the rural and peri-urban areas in Africa. Hence soon after my studies and after a short professional detour in the education field, I quickly found my calling. From the year 1998 I gradually started to work in the field of renewable energy and specifically rural electrification with the aim of supplying as many households, community services, small and medium enterprises as possible in rural areas in Africa with electricity. All this with the help of decentralised, large solar power plants for entire villages and individual systems on household or community roofs. Between 2007 and 2018 I have been the director of Foundation for Rural Energy Services (FRES) in Amsterdam, set up by one of the major energy companies in the Netherlands. During that period, I worked with a lot of passion and hard work (together with committed colleagues) to ensure that tens of thousands of households and businesses across five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are connected to electricity. In addition to attracting funding from the World Bank, the EU, European and African governments and various international funds, I was also responsible for lobbying and negotiating with national governments to set up electricity companies, establishing concessions and partnerships, implementing the organisation’s strategy, following the progress of local operations. I was on the board of the local companies as president / board member. I was also vice president of an umbrella international organisation for rural electrification in Brussels (Alliance for Rural Electrification). How do you help entrepreneurs, companies and professionals to focus on in the field of renewable energies and rural electrification/energy access in Africa?Alongside my own work, I also volunteer in advising and supporting entrepreneurs in Africa to get access to finance, as they do not often have the same opportunities as us in Europe. Especially small and medium businesses do lack network, expertise and experience to access finance to start or scale-up a business.  I coach/supervise a lot of young people in Europe and Africa that are interested in the field of renewable energies/rural electrification, transferring my knowledge and expertise to allow them to develop themselves professionally and make them enthusiastic about the work of rural electrification as there is still so much to undertake in the sector.  It is very rewarding. What is ‘Your Personal Success Code’ and how did you develop it?I always had this deep feeling of a mission in my life: helping vulnerable people to improve their living conditions, alleviate energy-related poverty and stimulate socio-economic development. I have this fire that remains burning in my heart willing to change the world, combatting injustice and inequalities in society. In that sense my long life in Africa and the work of my parents has contributed strongly to this passion. That drives my energy and perseverance forward. My success code is working hard, support other people, stay yourself and open minded for other people’s beliefs, and believe in what you want to achieve. What advice would you give to women who want to have a great career like yourself?I would like to advise women to find and follow their passion. When I started studying after my secondary school and when I finished my studies I still did not know where my heart lies. But by working hard, tackling everything and working in different sectors you will find what is your passion. Just dare to not only follow the beaten track, undertake a little bit more than what is expected from you in work and in your life, and you can achieve much in your life. Be patient as it can take some time before your passion materialises. A perseverance mindset will help. What are your plans for the future? What would you like to achieve for yourself?Since August 2018 I have my own company (Helios Infinitas) working as an independent consultant, business developer and trainer, advising international organisations, European and African governments or companies on implementing renewable energy and rural electrification activities. I advise on how to scale up and advance energy access in the field and how to tackle related environmental, economic and social problems that come along with development of the sector. With my large expertise and experience I would like to provide an answer to the climatic challenges faced by populations in rural Africa. I strongly advocate for sustainable development and more transparent governance.  There are still 600 million people in Sub-Sahara Africa that lack electricity. Still so much to do. Inventing continuously innovative sustainable business models that allows for sustainable inclusion is therefore important. Every household, community or business that we can provide with energy access is a blessing as it is unacceptable that still so many people in the 21rst century on this planet are deprived of basic electricity. Electricity is one of the drivers for economic development of rural areas. People tend to migrate less to cities or other promising countries as soon as they have access to electricity as it allows them to start activities that generate income. I aspire to create within 5 years a pool of female talent in the sustainable business sector and Identify all those who have the profile to invest or accelerate the implementation of sustainable businesses or to manage these businesses in Europe and Africa taking into account social, environmental and economic factors. You work in a field which has been for many years dominated by men. How can we create more equality between men and women in the world, and how do we help women to feel more ’self-worth’?Due to my 20 years of work in Africa I became more and more involved in assignments regarding the topic of reinforcing the social and economic position of women in Africa and equality between women and man, supporting women at facilitating access to finance and to sustainable energy & services, increasing women’s technical and business skills with vocational training, as well as improving the general environment for women’s entrepreneurship via political advocacy and awareness. I am always impressed by the energy, the tenacity, the resilience and the sense of commitment of women in Africa. When I started my endeavour in the renewable energy sector in 1998 – specifically the rural electrification sector – I was practically one of the very few women in the sector. In some boards I was even the only female board member. I had to work harder to be recognised as a professional. I was lucky that I had some network from my father but still it was a long way. But by working hard, listening, willing to learn continuously, being patient, putting a lot of efforts in networking and being present in the field in Africa. I gained very quickly trust and confidence from my male colleagues in the sector. I was very successful in lobbying, networking, implementation of projects and partnerships and attracting finance so that also helped to gain trust. 

Why Women Add Value to Business and Community

Eylem Şakir Why Women Add Value to Business and Community By Fatima Gorezi  Eylem Şakir is an Award Winning International Property Lawyer, established six companies, Mentor and Philanthropist. After working at the European Commission, KPMG and in one of the leading law firms in Cyprus, she eventually decided to establish her first firm, founding Eylem Şakir and Associates Law Firm. As an advocate but also as a woman passionate about women empowerment, her vision is to be a role model to encourage women globally towards financial freedom by educating them on investments especially on real estate investments so women can reach their potential. She believes that knowledge is power and to educate women in global economics will ensure them reaching their full potential. For future generations to come, she claims, we need to empower and add value to each other as women. Eylem believes that economic independence is about expanding the capacity of women to make genuine choices about their lives through full and equal participation in all spheres of life. It is about recognising women’s work, paid and unpaid, as valuable, both socially and economically. Eylem, how did you become such a success story ?Since my childhood, I have always been a very creative, ambitious and disciplined individual. Society often lacks female role models to show what can be achieved as a woman, so I decided to take on that role and to act to improve gender equality in my country and studied law. I always believed the secret to becoming a successful and a happy individual was through independence. In order to obtain this, I needed to take action and create a difference on the island that I was born. Both being ambitious and having an entrepreneurial mindset was the core of chasing my dreams and I took this with both hands. After working at the European Commission located in Brussels, KPMG located in the Republic of Cyprus and one of the most influential law firms located in TRNC, I founded my own law firm Eylem Şakir and Associates Law Firm. As I continued developing my knowledge and network around the globe, I then went on to open the investment company Privileged Investment Ltd. and the development companies Devyap Development and Adda Development. I am now a proud, independent and established Turkish-Cypriot business woman with my own values. I also remain forever thankful to my mentor, who taught me that a success story without values is not a success and you are who you know. What attributes would you say are vital to be a successful property developer?I believe there are a few attributes that are vital for a successful property developer. A business plan is essential for any project and should be the key aspect for any business start-up. Once this is established, the developer needs to research and focus on the main drivers that entice sensible buyers. The main factors successful developers should focus on are location, tailoring projects for buyers needs and rental return. What is the first thing people should do if they want to invest in property?Different types of buyers have different types of needs and costs. These usually fall down to three different types: individual, family or investor. The first thing I would advise is that the buyer creates a budget plan backed by a sustainable financial plan which covers all costs. Once this is in place, buyers will research properties  that comprise both with their needs and their budget along with their initial return of investment. How well does your area suit your strategy?Cyprus, also known as the island of Aphrodite, which is a magical place where people find serenity and happiness  and Cyprus’ location made it, and still makes it, a very attractive place for business people and entrepreneurs, and my huge credibility has led me to work with hundreds of companies, individuals who wanted to invest in Cyprus through buying property, establishing companies, investment funds and providing all kind of sophisticated individualized tax and investment opportunities. Your vision is to be a role model for women globally and to empower them towards financial freedom and to work for gender equality. Why are  you passionate about this? How do you see the future for women in business? My vision is to add as much value as I can to society and create a positive difference and of course also  to be a role model for women globally and to encourage them towards financial freedom, striving towards gender equality for women to reach their potential. I believe in economics and knowledge ruling the world, with women being the core of everything and coming together to empower for better generations. What is your number one tip for any woman contemplating a career in property?I believe that all individuals, regardless of gender, need to focus on these factors; education, experience, consistency on what they are doing, passion and values. The next step is to specialise in a particular area and continuing to develop within that area both through further education, experience and also be able to create and add their own uniqueness to their offers. ‘People with a purpose have a bright and positive outlook on life’ by Kim Kiyosaki is one of my favorite quotes. My offer is to provide you with property investment opportunities; and through these opportunities, leave you feeling happy creating memories for generations to come. Do you believe women have the potential to make better property developers than men?I believe that women add more value to projects through the idea that they are better prepared for hard work and impose their feelings into their ideas more so then men. Naturally, women juggle both family and work better then men and I believe that this is emphasised through the way women multi-task. What words of encouragement would you like to share with women around the world?I would like to encourage women to believe that they can have it all. You can have your career, family and time for yourself. Work hard, be focused and constantly improve yourself. As women, we should connect with and support each other. I believe in karma so the more you give the more you receive so women should support each other. As this quote states “A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for others.” – Lisa Henrekson. Furthermore, you will only achieve greatness when you know your self-worth and don’t forget your values become your destiny. Always follow your own path to achieve independence. Be creative, give back and liberate yourself from mediocrity. Don’t wait for the right time – it always is the right time! It is always good to take action. What is your long-term goal?I have a few ideas that I would like to fulfil within the following years. I would like to provide my community with projects that are both required and will help develop current and future generations. An educational centre that provides the platform for business people and professors from all over the globe to come to Cyprus and provide seminars to the international community are one of the projects currently on my mind. Other future projects such as a care home for older people and a complex by the sea that provides facilities for wellbeing and homes at a low cost are also in the planning. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?I see myself accomplishing my main goal of providing future projects, which will help both the community and encourage investors to continue investing in Cyprus and other parts of the world. I believe my brand, Privileged Investment & Asset Management and myself, will be recognised more and more internationally. I will also continue to give opportunities to woman to enjoy financial freedom through investment in property and stand as the role model of a liberated woman. I believe “Success is doing what you want, when you want, where you want, with whom you want, as much as you want” as Tony Robbins says. In ten years time, I also see myself more focused at my philanthropic events. In business,’ I believe that we need to get into the root of issues. It is essential to resolve conflicts with the love of humanity and understanding.

How automation and technology is impacting the future of business

Chloë Bisson  How automation and technology is impacting the future of business By Viktorija Getneryte Chloe started her career at the age of 18, working with a range of global businesses such as Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Mitsubshi, UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Coutts and more. After flying up the ladder in the corporate world, it didn’t take long for Chloe to realise that she wanted more from her life than swapping her time for money and so she began her new adventure and started her own online consultancy business. From one simple change in strategy Chloë went from overwhelmed to automated and transformed her business into a fully automated income-making machine. Since then she has been hooked on travelling the world, discovering new places, exploring new cultures and learning as much as she can about the world in which we live. Her addiction to travel and her passion for online systems have formed the perfect partnership in Chloë’s life, helping her to have the freedom to do what she loves and the fulfilment of helping people all over the world. Today Chloë runs a global organisation with teams in the UK, Asia and Australia and has helped hundreds of women launch their own successful online businesses. Tell us who Chloë is? I’m a 28-year-old business owner, professional coach and international speaker with a serious addiction to travel. I was born in the small island of Jersey in the Channel Islands and I was taught that you always have to work hard to get what you want and that concept has got me to where I am today! My biggest passion is helping women realise their full potential and build their own businesses doing what they love whilst using online systems to do the hard work for them. You started your career as an entrepreneur relatively early in life. Tell us about your business and do you think this led the way to your success? Absolutely. Coming from Jersey, university was quite an expensive option as, technically being an overseas student, my family couldn’t afford the cost. So I went straight into employment in the finance industry at the age of 18. It was incredibly tough and very long hours but it led me to become a Certified Chartered Accountant by the age of 21 and a director by the age of 24. This incredible exposure in a very fast paced industry absolutely helped me with my entrepreneurial journey, as I learned that potential couldn’t be achieved without hard work and dedication! I left employment at the age of 26 and never looked back! Now I’m known as “The Automation Queen” because of my passion for making things easier with systems. At The Automation Queen & Co, we help individuals to succeed in the online business world by making things easier for them. We run a global online platform, The Automation Queen Academy, where we teach people how to run their own online business and how to use automations, sales funnels and systems to do the hard work for them. We’ve also got trained specialists that step in to do the leg work and build the systems for our clients if they haven’t got the time or interest in doing it themselves! How did you make a decision to leave the corporate world and start your own business?It was a really tough decision to be honest. I hadn’t even considered it until one day I went into work and by 4pm my job no longer existed. They no longer required my role and therefore I finished for the day and never came back. It was at that moment when I suddenly realised that as an employee I would always be working for someone else’s dream. So, there and then I decided to stop working for other people’s dreams and focus on working for my own. I went from having a full time job to having no job in the matter of minutes so it was a sink or swim moment for my business to succeed. Thankfully, the online world was a hugely growing industry and so business boomed! What issues do you usually help people to solve with automations?We help people to make things easier. It sounds too simple, but that’s really what we do. If an individual wants to become a coach or trainer, we help them to design, package and build their own online courses and membership sites. If a business needs to have an easier way of selling to customers, we help them to create online sales funnels to automate their sales and payment processes. If a business needs to build more engagement and interest in their products, we help them to design and structure social media and email campaigns to get their message out there. It really depends on what challenges you’re facing but the main concept is to help you to step back so you can do what you love whilst the systems to do the hard work! What mistakes do people usually make while attempting to automate their businesses?The biggest mistake that many people make when automating their business is that they get very excited when it comes to systems and the potential it brings that they tend to put all their eggs in one basket and stop or slow down their current processes and methods. Whilst it is really exciting knowing that your work is about to get a whole lot easier, automations don’t work overnight and it’s important to balance the old processes and techniques with the new incoming processes and systems. As a general rule, only switch off the previous methods when the new automated methods are meeting or exceeding the previous results! What technologies are the most helpful in automation and what do you think is still missing from the market?Oh this is a tough one! There are quite a few helpful automations so I’d have to say my top 3 as I can’t pick just one! The first has got to be Marketing Automations, having an automated way of getting your business out in front of your potential customers, like social media and email advertising. The second has got to be Sales Automation, making it easier for your customers to buy from you by having an automated way of selling and removing yourself from the process, like an online sales system or sales funnel. Last but not least would be Product Automation, having an automated way of delivering your products or finalising orders that cover all of the boring admin tasks like on-boarding new customers, issuing contracts, invoicing etc. You mentioned that you have an addiction to travel. Let us know where it all started.I admit, it’s a bit of an expensive addiction, but I absolutely love travelling and it’s all down to my business giving me the ability to do so. Coming from such a small island and not going away to university, I craved to see the world and see whether it looked like the movies. It all started when I was 21; I had just qualified as a certified chartered accountant and we had just finished our busy season. My manager took me into a room and told me that I had worked over 70 hours a week for over 3 months and the company policy only allowed me to take paid leave rather than overtime payment. I ended up having over 2 months of paid leave to take and I’d just received my qualification bonus so I started planning my travels. I travelled on my own across Asia and USA and from then I was hooked! Since then I’ve travelled around Asia twice, I spent a year travelling around Australia with my business and there’s still so much I haven’t seen! What would be your top 3 tips for businesses?1) Focus on one thing and do it better than anyone else. We all know you can do more than one thing and you can help everyone but focus on one thing first. Be the best in your industry and become the expert. Once you’ve nailed that one thing and your business is stable, then move onto the next thing. 2) Listen to your customers, not your contacts. I hear of people every day making business decisions based on what their friends and family say. If they’re not your potential customers, their opinion isn’t your priority. 3) Automate before you delegate. We all know that, when you’re really busy, the first thing you think of as a business owner is to recruit a team. That is a brilliant vision and an amazing achievement of any business owner but it’s not necessarily the best decision. A lot of tasks we do every day can be improved and even automated by bringing on new systems before you bring on new people. It’s a win-win for everyone because you’ll be able to manage your costs better and then, when you do bring team members in, everything will be organised and systemised for them, making their lives easier too! Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?I really have no idea! My life has completely transformed in the last 5 years so I can’t even begin to imagine where it will take me in 10 years from now. My dream is to be travelling the world with my family whilst continuing to growing The Automation Queen & Co, recruiting more specialists from new places in the world and helping woman everywhere to build their own successful online businesses with automations. Chloë’s never followed the norm and there is much more to her story than her incredible business achievements as revealed in her new book, Determined and Dangerous. In the book Chloë shares her story of how she went from being a 24 year old property investor and Director of a global organization to battling severe clinical depression, losing her relationship, losing her home and losing her dream job. But it’s more than just her story. Chloë shares the exact strategies that she implemented to deal with the whiplash of life, find her inner strength and build her own successful online business. We’re looking forward to getting our hands on a copy of Determined and Dangerous when it comes out on 2nd July 2019. You can register for your copy here: www.determinedanddangerous.com

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