Woman Stories – EMPOWERING WOMEN IN BUSINESS

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Global Woman Summit 2019 – Success, Empowerment and Happiness

Global Woman Summit 2019 – Success, Empowerment and Happiness By Fatima Gorezi The fourth Global Woman Summit was held in London in mid-July. This year’s venue was the Hilton Tower

ASK CHRISSY/ Does my Pregnancy Put my Career at Risk?

ASK CHRISSY – Does my Pregnancy Put my Career at Risk? Question: Hi Chrissy. I have always wanted to have a successful career and I’ve been doing really well and decided that this year I would leave my job

I Have a Good Problem

I remember when I came to London, less than 7 years ago and tried to find a place for myself where I felt I belong. This is what led me to visit different communities in my area and look for like-minded people.

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  How did your upbringing define who you are today?I was isolated and withdrawn as a child, and much of the time it felt like I was observing people from a great distance.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.

It's other women who are guilty of standing in the way of women

It’s other women who are guilty of standing in the way of women By Julia BarryHundreds of business women and female entrepreneurs have responded to survey carried out by Global Woman, a highly successful support network for female entrepreneurs, to mark its 4th Annual Summit in London. The survey combines a mix of serious revelations about inter-female competitiveness, and fun facts about the most popular clothes and make-up for business success.   Find the details of the results featured in the release.  The full survey results are also available. HEELS SEAL THE DEAL Press release embargoed until 0001 BST The secrets of success are revealed in a unique survey of hundreds of female business bosses Female entrepreneurs say it’s other women who are guilty of standing in their way A shocking 78% say women put up barriers to other women Most think their partners and families don’t give them enough support Achievement is named the top driving force – wealth comes bottom – ranked below family security and self esteem And why heels are de rigour, bright pink lipstick is a no go, and the little black dress comes out on top when its comes to the look most likely to seal the deal A survey of hundreds of female business women and entrepreneurs has thrown up some surprising findings – chief among them that other women are seen as a barrier to success. The questionnaire was distributed to members of Global Woman Club, a support network for female business owners. Three hundred and thirty two women running their own companies took part.  The overwhelming majority (85%) said that all female network support groups like Global Woman are breaking down the barriers to women’s success. Surprisingly, most felt that being a woman hadn’t caused them to miss out on business opportunities. But at the same time a shocking 78% said that it was other women who had stood in the way of their ambitions.  Global Woman CEO Mirela Sula, herself a psychologist commented on the findings: It may be that when women are under-represented in a particular area, they tend to see other females as a threat. Yet we know that for women in the business world, networking and supporting each other is an incredibly positive force. It’s how we will achieve more entrepreneurial women succeeding. And the more successful women we have out there, the more gender balance we attain, and it becomes less likely that women see other women as a threat…  Other key findings of the survey were: Over half of women (54%) reported a lack of support ands understanding from their partners and family in running their business.  Around two thirds (63%) reported feeling guilty about the amount of time they spent working.  66% said they suffered from “imposter syndrome” – doubting their own expertise and abilities.  Women said their single biggest motivation was a sense of achievement (38%) which was ranked significantly higher than wealth (20%).  And as regards dressing for success? Asked what they would wear for a crucial business lunch, respondents chose a conservative approach. A black dress or suit was the overwhelming favourite chosen by just under half (46%), and significantly more popular than red (20%) pastel shades (16%) or white (12%). Women also chose a natural make up look with neutral lipstick (45%) proving far more popular than bright red (31%) While shocking pink was a no-go with all but 3% of respondents.  Finally, heels were deemed to make women feel more powerful and in control with 62% choosing high heels to help them walk tall and seal the deal.  This survey is based on replies of 332 international female entrepreneurs and business owners, gathered between 24th June and 3rd July 2019. A table detailing the results highlighted in this press release is attached separately.  About Mirela SulaGlobal Woman Founder & CEO, Mirela Sula is a true force in the world of female entrepreneurship. With a background in journalism, media, and psychology, Mirela is a coach, trainer and speaker with a proven record of organising great events to promote women in business – including the Global Woman Summit! Mirela is also the organiser of the Migrant Woman Conference, and the author of several bestselling books, including ‘Don’t Let Your Mind Go’ and winner of many international awards. As a trainer, Mirela excels at building confidence, career coaching and improving communication skills. Mirela is passionate about empowering women worldwide and always stands up for inclusion, diversity, gender balance and supporting the next generation.  About Julia BarryJulia’s career at the BBC spanned 30 years, during which time she worked on all the major news bulletins and rolling news channels.  As Deputy Editor of BBC Breakfast her job involved overseeing hundreds of hours of live television, and developing the on-screen skills of scores of correspondents and contributors.  Julia’s company, Media Woman excels in first class communications and media training. Over the last six years it has built an enviable reputation training some of the world’s most senior scientists and academics, business and technology leaders from around the world as well as ambitious entrepreneurs.  

Build the empire of your life

Elena Cardone: Build the empire of your life By Mirela Sula Elena Cardone is an actress, author, businesswoman, personal development coach, and public speaker.The queen of her empire, Elena has designed, constructed and protected a life outside of the ordinary. She has inspired a legion of followers to create their own empires – lives that are truly fulfilling and beyond the average. She counts her current job as her most important one – Chief Family Officer, where she is loving mother, fierce wife and loyal friend. Hosting her podcast series Women in Power, Elena interviews and speaks with other influential women about a variety of topics – social media, business, health, children, education, government, entrepreneurship, travel, beauty, fashion… and yes, sex! Bestselling author of the book Build An Empire and an in-demand speaker, Elena has traveled the globe sharing her insights, wit and experiences building an empire and creating an extraordinary 10X life for herself, husband and family. She is a proven self-development vehicle, providing accelerated success strategies by awakening undiscovered personal power, boundlessly expanding visions and building sky-scraping dreams. Elena, you are wearing too many hats: actress, author, philanthropist, empire-builder, mother, a very successful woman, influencer and inspiration for many out there. What are some of the secrets behind your success?The fact that I am even considered an inspiration to anyone, is amazing; I am honored. I believe we as women can do it all. We are capable of wearing as many hats as we want. To be honest, there is no secret! What I made sure to do is define my purpose. I had to make sure that I was clear about who I am and where I wanted to go. This in turn has helped me keep an eye on the prize which is to reach and help all seven billion people on earth. Seems crazy but this is the real reason I continue to push forward. Knowing my purpose helps keep each hat on my head straight. Something else I learned is that each role requires certain qualities to be successful or effective. How each one of us defines success in a role is entirely up to us. And regardless of how we measure it, one thing remains constant; you must work for it. You must use your purpose to continue pushing through. This is what I do all the time. Even on the days when I don’t feel like taking on the mother role, or the author role, I still do it. And I do it with a smile! Do you believe that you were born an empire builder, or did you have to learn to be one?I think it’s a little of both. As a child, I didn’t censor myself. I always had big ideas and I think for the most part, that’s how we all are as kids. It was when I was told to stop being a dreamer, get my head out of the clouds and come back down to earth – that I started doubting myself. Society constantly wants to put us in a box, and from the moment we start conforming to their standards, to their normality, we stop being empire builders; therefore making it something we have to relearn how to do later in life. One of my greatest gifts is vision and thought. When I have the vision, I figure out what I have to do to make it happen. You have to do: you can’t just have the vision. Empire-building is an art that I am still trying to perfect myself. I think greatness is within us all; but accepting and being willing to share with the world is up to you. Who was the first woman you looked up to, and why?  The first woman I looked up to was my mother. She truly did it all. She worked hard and was the sole financial supporter of my family. We weren’t in the best financial situation when I was growing up, but I had no idea. Her ability to move forward despite all circumstances, is a quality not many have. She allowed us to be kids without placing any worry on us about financial issues. The amount of love and care she showed us as a mother allowed me to grow up in a safe and protected loving home, allowing me to be a child on my own terms. She always supported whatever decision I made; I had freedom to be a child and I am still in awe of her for that. What’s the greatest risk you’ve ever taken?Trading in my acting career in order to trade up to build an empire with my husband was my greatest risk. In 2008 we were, along with the entire country, going through an economic collapse. I knew if I was going to survive this, I had to get behind Grant 100%. I decided I was going to quit acting altogether and we were going to build an empire. It took a lot of courage to make that decision, but I believed there was no other way we were going to win this. I really was scared that this imaginary women’s movement was just going to disown me. I was afraid of the backlash I would get. Then I thought, I’ve been a survivor and even if he left me I would always land on my own two feet because I’m responsible for my own condition in life. So I went all in. Letting go of acting turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. I doubled in power being with a teammate instead of rolling solo. I guess you could say it was worth the risk. You talk about building an empire. This is the subject of your book as well.  How can people build their empire? An empire is an operating system, a way of living that sets your purpose, morals, goals and values at the highest possible level, so that everything else in your life, from your career to the way you raise your kids, to the way you show up in your marriage, follows suit. In order to actually build an empire, there are certain steps you have to take. Define who you are and what you have that could  make a difference and hone in on that. Get obsessed with yourself, your mission and your cause. You can’t expect to reach high levels of success by doing the bare minimum. I say this all the time: You are either building an empire or you are destroying one. This is the most important thing you need to know about empire-building. Every decision you make affects your empire. How do you define yourself as a leader today?I’m extremely transparent, I am authentic and real. I never claim to be perfect. I am just trying to figure it out like everyone else. I hope people can learn from what I do right, and what I do wrong. I think that’s why people consider me as a leader. I push myself to the limit and I let them see exactly where I’m at. I’m not exactly where I want to be but I keep the curtains open so people are able to see the good, the bad and the ugly. I want to help people build their own empires and make a difference on this planet. In the end, you’re either going to watch me succeed or watch me go down in flames but either way I hope it helps you build your empire. How did you meet your husband, Grant Cardone? What do you remember from your first moments together?I met him on a commercial shoot in downtown Los Angeles. To be quite honest, I didn’t really think anything of him. He didn’t even register on my radar. Being the sales guy that he is, he was able to persuade the director into giving him my number (which is a big no no in the industry). After one phone call with the guy, I was certain he wasn’t the man for me. Thirteen months later, having received 2 phone calls a month from him, (that i didn’t return at all),  I finally went out with him as a friend and now here we are, sixteen years and 2 kids later. After we started going out, he was like no man I have ever met. His patience, care and genuine love he had for me, was simply irresistible. He captivated me and I’ve been hooked since. How has life changed since building the business with Grant?Life is different, in the sense that we have a different sacrifice phase now. Back then, we were on a financial sacrifice phase. During 2008 we were working really hard to create what we have now. Now, we have real financial freedom. We can help loved ones, the community, our church, and our philanthropic ventures. Our life has just dramatically changed for the better; we have choices. It’s extremely rewarding and worth all the blood, sweat and tears it took to get to this point. And it’s not just about financial freedom, it’s about what it symbolizes. We’ve had a lot of victories, we have a deeper level of love for each other and we’re very clear about our mission. There is an old saying: ‘Behind every great man there is a great woman’. This seems to be quite true for you and Grant. How do you and Grant make your goals come true together?It can’t be said without saying it in reverse. As much as I would like to take credit, he’s the man behind the woman. I’ve learned so much. We talk about it all. We figure out what our goals are as a couple, not just individually. Our individual goals feed our relationship goals. How do we divide and conquer? How can we do what needs to be done in order to win? We trust each other to run our separate divisions at optimum levels. We are both giving 110% in this relationship, we are not doing 50/50. You are a powerful couple, loved and admired in America and beyond. What is your best advice for couples? How do people create and maintain healthy relationships? You have to get someone who is of equal magnitude to you. If you’re someone who operates with a lot of speed, you can’t have a really slow person. The two of you have to be on the same page and become your best version as a couple. Workout who you are and what you represent as a couple. Your purpose has to be defined. Have weekly or monthly meetings. You should be battling the world, not fighting each other. Have goals so big together, that you forget and don’t even have time for arguments. Do you think that it is hard to be a woman in business? No. I do not. I think the glass ceiling has been shattered. Women can do anything. There’s nothing we can’t do. As long as you’re a professional, you have the statistics behind you, you will be respected. It’s not easy, but yes, it’s achievable. Having it all isn’t exactly a myth, it’s a knotty issue that requires untangling before each of us figures out what it means in our own life. When you speak about ‘having it all”, do you think it is possible? How can women have it all?You can have it all, but it comes with making sacrifices. If you want it all, what are you willing to give up? What is all? You have to define what is that all. I believe everyone should have it all, can have it all and deserves to have it all. Life isn’t a fairytale: somewhere down the line you have to give something up, but it will be worth it. What do you see yourself building next?I see myself building an Empire-Builder’s online course that can go global. Along with my course, I am building online seminars and webinars. Then, in conjunction with all of that, growing and expanding Cardone Capital and turning that into multi-billion dollar empire.

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. 

10 Bursary for women: Apply Now

10 Bursary for women: Apply Now You may be aware about our Global Woman Summit on 13-14 July in London. We have speakers and delegates coming from all over the world and for sure this event is going to change many women’s life. Find More Here  We have received hundreds or emails and messages from women expressing the interest to join the Summit. A lot of them they already have taken actions and will be with us during this weekend, but many of them shared with us that they can’t afford the ticket price. Some women are doing great in their entrepreneurship journey but some of them have just started or are still in the transition of leaving something old to go, in order to allow something new to come. So we understand and empathise with women who are in this process, they need a hand, and we are all about lifting women up. If you know a woman that is at this stage, I have a great news to share. We are offering 10 Free tickets for women who can’t afford to join the Global Woman Summit and invite them to have this amazing experience with us, so they can get inspired and can take actions from what they learn. Please send an email at: London@globalwomanclub.comA panel will read their stories and 10 of them will be selected to join us completely for free at the Global Woman Summit, so their ticket of £297 +VAT will be waved. In arrival they will also receive a goodie bag and each of them will also receive a free coaching session from one of the speakers. Please share your story with us, why you would like to join the Global WomanCan you please share this with women who you like to join the Global Woman Summit, why you can’t afford it and how the summit could help you? Deadline application: 30th June  Find More Here  

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

The business metrics that matter

Mona Tenjo – The business metrics that matter By Fatima Gorezi  Mona Tenjo is a Business Growth Expert who consults businesses all across the world on how to generate sustainable business growth. She gained more than 15 years of hands-on experience as consultant and worked with some of the largest companies in the world. Throughout her career, she successfully trained and coached customers of more than 50 different nationalities in more than 16 countries. Mona designs success strategies for her clients, crafts practicable action plans and helps your team to implement them. Thriving in business for her means being successful in what you do and having enough time to invest in your personal growth, in your family and in your business. However, managing such endeavors requires the ability to delegate, to optimise and to focus constantly. Can you tell us more about your professional background?I have started my professional career at age 18 as an apprentice, learning the profession of an industrial clerk from scratch: reception service, accounting, cash register, order management, client service – everything that needed to get done. I worked there for several years before taking the step to attend university to study International Business. After working about a year in a lobbying department in Brussels and taking a semester abroad in Madrid, I started working as a business consultant for an IT company that produced strategic purchasing software. I worked for 5 years with the largest companies in Germany, implementing projects, creating and selling solutions. I was head-hunted by a DAX30 company to implement purchasing solutions worldwide and train the respective employees. In parallel, I started using my knowledge as consultant to serve my own clients and build my company “RespectStrategy”. What made you choose consulting as a career?After apprenticeship and university studies, I knew that I wanted to work internationally, with different companies, in different projects. Consulting is the perfect field to satisfy this desire. It is a tough training with a very steep learning curve. You need to adapt very fast, serve demanding requests from varying clients parallel and you need to learn to work efficiently and goal-oriented. You get to see the insight of many different companies, see their processes, their problems and how they handle difficult situations. It’s a great on-the-job training that simply can’t be provided through academic studies. What was the biggest challenge you faced as a woman in this predominately male industry?Working as a consultant in an IT company that serves solutions for purchasers, often resulted in being the only woman in the room. However, due to my role as the solution designer, it was often up to me to decide how each solution will look like, if we would be able to provide it and how to find alternative ways to handle it. I’ve also been the one to align with internal experts on how to implement solutions and how to develop the product further so that market demands are met. These points made me the go-to-person. My biggest challenge was to not sell myself short. Women often tend to say: “no problem”, “but that is my job”. Often, clients were really happy working with me and openly thanked me. My biggest challenge was to accept the thanks without turning it down as “normal”. To stand in my power and accept that my expertise was in demand and highly appreciated. To understand that accepting praise and highlighting what your contribution is to your management, is not considered as “showing off” or “being arrogant”. Working with mostly male colleagues made me understand that for male colleagues it is normal to accept a praise and to say clearly what their value is – and my colleagues never saw me as a show-off, even when sometimes I felt like it. What are the top 3 challenges you see for growing a business? I call it “Surprising Growth”: Especially smaller operations are usually not set up to handle sudden growth. They often hope for it and work towards it, but once it happens, the organization is overwhelmed, can’t handle the demand and loses most of the growth immediately, due to missing or weak supporting structures and processes. Lack of Resources: Growth is usually synonym with scaling, but to scale you need to supply the necessary resources and provide the infrastructure. While money usually can be obtained, the human component is way harder to satisfy as training is required and essential for successful growth. That often happens way too late as the necessary time is vastly underestimated. Weak Strategy: Strategy is the guiding path towards your goals. As a business or individual – you won’t reach your goals without a proper strategy. So, without a clear, aligned and understood strategy, reaching your goals is questionable and more of a gamble. You talk about “Grow like bamboo” – what does that mean?“Grow like bamboo” is our analogy of sustainable business growth. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on earth, but when you plant it, you won’t see anything for some time. In this time, the bamboo is growing deep roots that stabilize the plant. Once the roots are solid, the bamboo is growing extremely fast, but very stable. If there is a big storm, bamboo will stand the wind. The same applies for businesses. Most wildly successful businesses have built a solid foundation before they became successful. But those businesses that shoot for very fast growth, usually failed to create the necessary fundament to sustain that growth and remain a success. After enjoying a short-lived success, they often fall back into insignificance or even bankruptcy. What does RespectStrategy stand for?RespectStrategy, to me, is not just a name, but a philosophy. Respect is of uttermost value for me. I grew up practicing Judo, a Japanese form of Marshall Arts, that values respect on every level. Respect your trainer. Respect your mates. Respect your enemy. Even respect the gym! It is omnipresent. I also had to learn to deal with defeats and accept that it is all in your hands. You have to train, improve and work on yourself. If you’ve been better than your competition, you would have won. But if not, then you honor their efforts – and work harder on yourself. Respect is a value I often miss in business. I had clients yelling at colleagues, suppliers breaking their agreements, consultants lying to clients, etc. This is not respectful business behavior to me. The second component, strategy, is the heart of every sustainable business growth. Yes, you can grow without a strategy, but the results won’t be sustainable in the long run. If you don’t plan your business growth strategically and track it regularly, your growth becomes a matter of luck – and luck is not reproducible. A strategy guides your path to achieving your goals and saves time, money and headaches. Can you share some tips on what to look for when choosing a consultant?It is often difficult for clients to choose the right consultant, because consultants are experts in their field, and clients usually aren’t. Therefore, it is difficult for a client to say whether a consultant really knows what (s)he is talking about. However, every good consultant knows how to solve problems. I recommend testing with a smaller problem first. A good consultant will come up with more than one solution and will also recommend the best option for your case. A great consultant will also dig deep to understand the complexity and context of your unique situation. If a consultant doesn’t ask a single question but provides a solution, that’s a no-go signal! As you need be able to work well with a consultant, the personal chemistry is relevant as well. You’ll work closely with a consultant – if you can’t stand another, the collaboration won’t be successful. But watch out for the ones that only just speak after your mouth. They can cause more harm than good. Further, you want to be clear regarding communication style, dispute resolution and how to work together. How are you working differently than other consultants?Due to our extremely broad background, we look at each problem from a holistic point of view. In business, many things are interlinked and can’t be assessed by themselves separately. We look at the entire value chain to identify where the real problem is located. Because often the obvious problem is not the one that causes the issues – it is often just a side effect of another problem. Furthermore, our solutions are 100% customized to your needs. There is no “one-size-fits all” approach and we know that.  Additionally, we follow a hands-on and practical approach – theory is nice, but we believe in implementing measures that are sustainable and work in the real world. Finally, we operate transparent and open with our clients. We speak your language and don’t waste your time with the typical consulting fluff. How do you feel about attending the new experience at ‘Global Woman Summit 2019’?I am very excited being a panel speaker at the Global Woman Summit! It is going to be great to meet people from all over the world and I am really looking forward to this great event!

7 ways to manage your time better

Ask Chrissy/ 7 ways to manage your time better Hi Chrissy. I’m young, ambitious and full of energy. However, I’m a little concerned about my time management as sometimes, I don’t get as much done as I’d like to. I look up to you and other successful women and wonder how you manage to have time to do all the things that you do. Could you let me into your time management secrets? Bianca Hi BiancaGreat question and I wish I had a magic formula to share with you. I have to say that I wasn’t great at managing my time in the past but have learnt so many things over the years that have helped me. I do get it wrong from time to time, especially when unexpected things crop up but generally, I’ve gotten pretty good at maximising my time and learned through trial and error, so here are a few things you can try… Keep your house and office clean, tidy and organisedThis might sound obvious but it really makes a world of difference. I can’t think straight when there is mess or clutter around me. When everything is clean and tidy, I think better, I feel calmer and work faster. Get rid of all clutter including old papers, magazines, empty containers, boxes, etc. in both your home and office. Streamline your wardrobe by throwing out or donating clothes you’re not wearing anymore and organise your wardrobe. E.g. I have my clothes on identical hangers and they are organised by type, so all my trousers are together, skirts and dresses together, jackets and cardigans together and so on, and each type of clothing is organised by colour, so picking outfits is fast and easy. I also use see-through boxes for my shoes and Perspex boxes and drawers for my jewellery. If you can see it, you can get to it faster and save time. I advise that you watch some videos on YouTube or organising and decluttering. There are some great tips out there. Also, something a good friend taught me – keep things in cupboards that you don’t use often. E.g. if you don’t use your blender every day, put it away. The more things you have out on surfaces, mantlepieces, shelves, etc. the more there is to keep clean. Invest in good cleaning products. The saying goes that “you get what you pay for” and I’ve found that this is also the case with cleaning products. You can sometimes halve your cleaning time by investing in good products. Naturally, they are more expensive but you don’t need to use as much and you have a clean and sparkling house. Bulk cookOn top of my TV show, I’m also a speaker at events and do prison ministry work and this means that unexpected and last-minute things can crop up. I believe wholesome home cooked food is the best way to go so I often bulk cook. If for example I am making something like a stew, or Bolognese sauce, I cook double or even triple the amount I need and then fill up a few containers and put in the freezer for those days where I’m going to be super busy or when the unexpected happens. This method is also useful for when you know you have a busy week coming up so you already have a freezer full of homecooked meals that you can take out the night before you need them, and you can dedicate your week to your other tasks. You could even consider spending a few hours one day to cooking 5 different meals just for freezing. You not only save time with cooking but also with the cleaning that comes with it. Consider using a diaryI have a day to page diary that I take with me everywhere and under each day, I write what I need to get done both personally and at work. And if something comes up that I need to do in 2 weeks’ time for example, I put it straight into my diary so that it’s not forgotten about. If for any reason I don’t finish everything in that day, I simply cross it out and move it to another date. This helps me keep my tasks organised and accounted for and my mind stress-free. You can do this on a mobile device of course but I love writing things down and using a nice sparkly pen. Unsubscribe & unfollowThere was a time that I was getting way too many emails that were distracting me and not really helping me with anything. So I started unsubscribing from newsletters that I wasn’t really having the time to read anymore or that weren’t really helping me in any way. I was amazed at just how many things I was subscribed to. More recently, I’ve done the same on social media. Browsing through photos and peoples accounts can take up a huge amount of valuable time without you even realising. Just keep thing things that are helping you in some way. Cut out people from your lifeNow this one might sound a bit radical but you could also consider keeping your distance from people that don’t add anything to your life, e.g. “friends” that are negative or that put you down, people that are selfish or who zap your energy or waste your time, businesses and suppliers who offer less than great service and so on. Don’t feel you have to keep certain people in your life because you’ve known them for a long time but no longer have anything in common with, have worked with them for a long time, because you feel sorry for them or guilty. You’re not doing yourself or them any favours. However, be balanced with this too. I do also believe in helping people and giving without expecting anything in return so help those who are willing to learn. ThinkEvery morning, I wake up in good time to get myself ready but also to have some quality time to myself where I sit at a table with my cup of tea, pray, meditate and think about the things that I would like to achieve that day. Being a busy person, pressure and stress is always around the corner so when I do this, I organise my time better, it clears my mind and gets me geared up and confident for the day ahead. Bianca, I really hope these points help you, but the good thing is that you are eager to learn so that already tells me that you’ll soon be coming up with secrets of your own on how to manage your time better.

Embrace your power

Kiera Chaplin – Embrace your power By Viktorija Getneryte Kiera Chaplin is a British / American actress and model. She is the granddaughter of the filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and the great-granddaughter of the author Eugene O’Neill. Aged sixteen, Chaplin moved to Paris, where she was signed up by the modelling agency NEXT Model Management. In her modelling career, Chaplin has appeared in fashion magazines such as Vogue and Elle as well as the 2002 Pirelli Calendar.She was awarded a “Lifestyle Icon” award by the Vienna Awards for Fashion and Lifestyle in 2010. In addition to modelling she has expressed herself in different fields as a novelist and movie producer. Trendy and non-conformist, Kiera seems to be very passionate about women empowerment. She has done a great work with charities and educational organisations. Her everyday motto is “A day without a laughter is a day wasted.” (by Charlie Chaplin). She like and enjoy being as she is , having the life as she has and she has only a important advice for women and young girl, to be their self and to keep dreaming Tell be about yourself in a single word.Wow that’s hard… adventurous Our readers are very curious – what is it like to be film legends’ Charlie’s Chaplin’s and Oona O’Neill granddaughter? I feel very lucky. They are such an inspiration to me in many ways and they were loved by so many and that love gets sometimes directed towards me for just being their grandchild. In an interview for People magazine, you said: “A lot of people today know the image of him, but they don’t really know the story of the man behind the hat.”. Would you be able to tell Global Woman Magazine readers, what is the story of the man behind the hat? The man behind the hat was a passionate man, a rebel who pushed boundaries and helped create Hollywood. He had a beautiful view of the world and was always fighting for the underdog. He was very ahead of his time. Was coming from a really artistic and famous family beneficial for your career? How did your upbringing help to shape who you are today?It’s beneficial because people are curious to meet you. However, there is no room for error because people will gladly tear you down for it as well. Coming from an artistic family just means that you have a natural incline towards it because you grew up around it. But talent is not contagious, you still have to work hard to prove yourself twice as much that you deserve to be here. I understand, that you always wanted to prove yourself in your own right and started collaborations with different fashion brands as well as getting into production of TV and film. What achievements in your career are you the proudest of?I’m proud of it all, because each project was a step towards me believing in myself more and aiming to do something bigger the next time. Right now I’m very excited about the Chaplin Awards and some of the projects I have in pre-production. I also love my watches. My watches will be available on the Saint Honoré website starting June 25th. I feel like I’ve entered a whole new chapter and it’s really exciting. What is your advice for a young woman, that wants to make it in Hollywood? Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to push for what you want. During the past few years, modelling industry has been shaken by a new wave of embracing different body types, gender fluidity, and natural/not-retouched beauty. As you started your modelling career before this shift, what is your opinion on this topic?Times have changed and that reflects in the fashion world. I love that we as humans are becoming more open minded and accepting. True beauty has always come from the inside and women nowadays are really standing up for themselves; as well as LGTBQ community are now more free to be themselves and that’s such a great thing. You have been a part of the very successful Chaplin Awards. We heard, that you are planning to expand to Bollywood and Russia. What is the reason behind deciding to expand to these markets? Do you think that Russia’s film deserves more spotlight?My grandfather never wanted to talk in his films because he fancied the international appeal and having no language barrier. He was loved all over the world and I think he would be happy to be able to give back on an international level. Also, just because we don’t watch films from those areas on a daily basis doesn’t mean that they are no good. There is incredible talent out there and I want to celebrate it all. We admire your work with charities and educational organisations. As we understand, one of your biggest passions is to empower women. You participated in “The Rally Aicha des Gazelles” – car rally that takes place in the Moroccan desert for 8 days and only features women. Tell us a little more about this car rally. How is it organised and what is the main goal?It’s a rally based on doing the shortest distance and not about being the fastest. You have to drive through dunes and mountains and rocks to fin flags all the while using nothing but a map with barely anything on it and a compass. It’s very hard but so rewarding. 330 women participate every year and it’s the most empowering thing ever. I believe, that you have many wonderful stories to tell from your time with “The Rally Aicha des Gazelles”. Could you share one of them with us? What stuck in your memory? Being in the middle of the desert, seeing nothing for miles, is incredible. So peaceful and beautiful. But the most amazing thing is when you think you are lost and you want to give up, yet you don’t and then finally you see the finish line and you just feel so happy. That’s when you realise that the key is to stay focused and not give up. It’s a lesson that you take back with you in your everyday life and you feel like you can achieve anything after being able to get through the rally. What are your future plans and where do you see yourself in 10 years?I see the Chaplin Award fully expanded, my production projects out, and a few more branding projects as well. Hopefully I will have an amazing man by my side as well and some cute kids.

Full-time study with a full-time career

Full-time study with a full-time career By Dessy Ohanians Managing Director of Corporate and Certificate Programmes, London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) – Executive Education“You must be mad!” exclaimed a friend of mine when I told her that, in addition to my demanding full-time job, leadership and mentoring responsibilities, as well as family commitments to my two young children, I have now decided to also study a full-time online Master’s degree. And the obvious follow-up question was: “Why?” As we kept talking over reasons why I was putting myself through something like a full Master’s degree, it became ever more clear that motivations were multi layered, touching different areas of my life – deeply personal, obviously professional and, to some extent, ego-boosting. But what was pleasantly surprising to me was that, when confronted with the question of “How?”, I had most of the answers already firmly in my head, with a plan and routine all ready to begin. My daily routine was pretty full-on even before taking the decision to add a Master’s degree to my to-do list. Most people struggle to find the right work-life balance, and even fewer manage to balance a work-study-life routine. However, it is possible and, when done well, can be very rewarding in the long-run. So what could be someone’s motivation to do this? As a first step, I recommend you go through the motivations matrix defining motivation as coming from knowledge, reward, expectations and recognition. For me, the intrinsic motivators of knowledge and reward are definitely stronger than the extrinsic ones of expectations and recognition. Curiosity can drive a person to learn new skills and explore new topics. As an example: entrepreneurs starting a venture with very limited budgets might teach themselves skills like management and leadership, bookkeeping, desktop design, database management, web design, marketing strategies, HR policies, and the list goes on. Recently, the topics such as data analytics, data visualisation, artificial intelligence, and machine leaning have become even more important to business leaders. These new areas of technological development are profoundly changing how we run businesses, with business leaders making more and more data-driven decisions, and marketing is changing as a result. That is why I started looking for courses on this topic; eventually leading me to the MSc in Data Analytics and Marketing. These subjects did not exist when I was in education, but luckily higher education is still open to me and I can make the most use of it in my career. The reward element of motivation is felt in the satisfaction one gets from doing their best and fulfilling their potential. Like me, if your character demands you do your best in all things, then this internal drive will definitely carry on through those difficult parts of the journey. Challenging oneself with a new topic outside of your comfort zone will help not just with the self-esteem that comes with accomplishment, but will also help expand your understanding of the world and the ways in which it is changing. Having identified your motivation drivers, you should next identify your learning style. Traditional schools of thought on the subject use the VARK model – Visual, Aural, Read/Write and Kinaesthetic. There are various questionnaires on the web where you can find out your dominant or preferred learning style. We all have an inclination to use one over the others but we do use all combined to a varied degree depending on the situation. Undergoing a new learning style online was a discovery process for me. I started by printing all the materials on paper only to discover that they were peppered with links to further reading that were useless without being connected to an electronic device. The opportunity to study online and via devices brings the course content and opportunities across the internet directly to you, with just a little research. This is far easier than when I would scroll through libraries in search of the correct heavy tome; now I can find the right book on my train commute home. Become super organised – Plan your days down to small increments of 5 or 10 minutes. Being granular with your time will help you use it in the most productive way possible. You will never achieve everything on the plan, unexpected events will regularly throw you off course, but that is not a problem. I love the saying: “Shoot for the stars and you might land on the moon!” Create a plan – Splitting your learning into daily or weekly goals, will make the learning process more manageable and hopefully less stressful. You are, after all, tying to fit two full- time commitments in the same 24 hours. Maximise your commute – Commuting into large cities like London, studying on the train to and from work is the bulk of my reading time. Studying on my mobile screen while standing in a moving train is something I practiced with some short online courses before I committed to the degree to discover if I could do it. Multitask on automatic activities – Some activities can easily be paired together if one requires concentration and the other does not – such as waiting in a queue, exercising, or doing house chores. Sneaking in 5 or 10 minutes to revise various points throughout the day will give you the advantage of repetition of key concepts which is essential for committing to memorise the crucial points of a lesson. Get your employer on board  – Having an understanding employer is key to your success here. There will inevitably be times when work and learning demands will both coincide and your assignment deadline will fall exactly when your boss asks you for a comprehensive report or a project. Explain to them the benefits of your study and they may be eager for you to pursue this; particularly if it aids your work. Look after yourself physically and mentally – This might look like an impossible task when your schedule is so full. Making sure you get enough sleep will guarantee that your brain is working at an optimum speed and capacity. Exercise is proven to benefit mental performance, and eating well will increase energy levels and stamina. These steps will keep fatigue and stress at bay.  All things considered, you will need the time and support to be able to be a true ‘full-timer’; full-time career, full-time student, and (in my case) full-time parent. However, maximising your potential gives you the chance to apply what you are learning in your work for the benefit of your company or your career, as well as improving your understanding of the world around you. Studying whilst working can also help expand your network of like-minded people who are also interested in the same topics as you. Finally, and most importantly, upon completion your studies and receiving your new qualification or enjoying the benefits of your new skills; thrill of the knowledge that you have grown as a person and fulfilled a little more of your potential – it is quite simply a ‘must’.

Change Your Mindset for a Happy And Successful Life

Dovile Svilaite Change Your Mindset for a Happy And Successful Life By Fatima Gorezi  Dove is a Transformational Life Coach and Theta Brain Waves Energy Healer coming from a corporate law environment. Specialised in business, international banking and finance law, Dove worked as a qualified lawyer in the City of London, outsourcing services for in-house legal teams and law firms, global corporations and boutique firms, magic circle law firms and international banks. Her long journey searching the truth has ultimately evolved into Transformational Life Coaching and Energy Healing – using her wisdom, psychic gifts and talents, she devotes herself to empowering, helping, healing and transforming people’s lives to find balance between love, career, health and finances. Dove has discovered that working with energy is the most fascinating and rewarding work she has ever done. She believes that the human brain is the most powerful, yet one of the most complex organs in the human body. What is your background and how would you describe your early life?I am very lucky and blessed to have a loving family, filling me with great memories as a child – big birthday parties, holidays by the sea. Yet since I was little, I have always been ambitious, hard-working, curious and open minded. I loved dancing, arts, sports, learning cultures and languages.  My passion for dancing lasted for 12 years back home in Lithuania. It taught me numerous virtues such as discipline, team work, resilience, patience and reaching for perfection by practice. Whilst travelling the world dancing, my eyes were open to many possibilities. All this, coupled with the constant search for the highest truth, led me to enter law school and become a lawyer. I have always thought the sky is the limit. Therefore, while being a full time law student, I was the Secretary General of the European Law Students’ Association, participated in International Moot Court competitions, exchange programs to study abroad, etc. After my internship in New York and Masters in International Banking and Finance Law in London, I realised my passion for Europe and my desire to stay in London for the international experience. What brought you to the realms of healing, spirituality and coaching?To be honest, I never, even in my wildest dreams, thought I would practice healing or coaching. I had no idea what that was and I was fully focused and consumed by my legal career, pretty much being in my masculine energy. However, I have always questioned everything and searched for deeper answers, obviously relying on alternative sources, by going to retreats, seeing star readers, numerologists, cards readers, psychics, even studying Mandarin Chinese. I remained skeptical and I ended up at the stage of my life when I couldn’t find my answers – my heart was hurting, I felt unfulfilled, I felt stuck, I didn’t know what to do and it seemed that nothing could help.  My path took me to a healing session, followed by a healing course, then the rest is history. Before helping others, one has to experience a self-healing journey first. I would not call it a journey into spirituality though, but I would say this was a journey to knowing myself deeply, honestly, truthfully and stepping into my true potential. What was your secret ‘method’ during your journey to success? Can you share it with us?The secret is – there is no secret. I share what I think – and what has worked for me – with everyone I meet. Everything you think of, you have the power to create. This is your reality and all the answers are within you – you just have to quiet your mind and listen. I have witnessed truly amazing manifestations in my life when there was no logical reason to believe it would happen. I am talking here of making the impossible possible. Right mindset, tools and action can create wonderful things in the most creative and unexpected way. I call it magic, and each of us has the magic stick. However, we humans make it all harder – we create all these obstacles, challenges, difficult partners, financial issues, fears and other energetic blocks to make this game of life a little bit more colourful. This is where Theta healing modality and coaching can help to guide you and break down these challenges. What modalities of healing do you practice and offer to your clients?I practice Theta brain waves energy healing. Theta healing is a highly versatile, non-specific meditation technique and life transforming spiritual philosophy, created by Vianna Stibal in 1995. She perfected the technique on herself during her own personal journey back to health. Theta Healing allows to reprogram our subconscious mind from limiting beliefs and feelings into empowering ones, instantly. It is performed when being in theta brain wave frequency and connecting to the energy which is within us and all around us, the energy of everything – Creator of All That Is, Energy Of All That Is, Universal Energy, Cosmic Consciousness, The Source, The Divine, Universal Love, Unconditional Love, Collective Consciousness, The God. Essentially Theta healing incorporates applying both physics and quantum physics, by relying upon unconditional love of the Creator Of All That Is. Eventually, by accessing the subconscious mind, we are able to reprogram it and witness the change in our conscious mind and our present. Therefore, when we change the way we think and feel, this opens doors to creating an entirely new reality – new feelings, thoughts, actions and life choices. How do you work with people and their situations? How can you help them heal or improve their circumstances?First of all, in order to change there must be a will for that. No one could ever help you if you are not ready and do not take full responsibility for yourself and your life. You and only you create your reality. And that is your power! But we are often not consciously aware of the reasoning for different patterns in our lives, our thoughts and habits, the reasoning behind diseases and why we can’t attract love or abundance. Unfortunately, many people have the belief that change can only happen through pain and suffering and, therefore, try alternative healing or mindset changing ways as the last resort – after getting sick, divorced, bankrupt and unhappy. So on my personal theta healing sessions, I work with people using this modality by performing muscle testing and intuitive body reading, then changing beliefs and feelings into empowering ones (in the subconscious mind). This is achieved by working with the DNA at the quantum energy level, releasing childhood traumas, removing energetic blocks that cause challenges, fears, transforming genetic patterns on the client’s chosen issue. I combine theta healing in my coaching packages for professionals who are going through any kind of change, feel stuck, unfulfilled and look for self-realisation. I believe energy healing and coaching is a great combination. It not only heals deep levels of your being but also creates the pathway to reach your goals. What have been some sources of inspiration along the way?What inspires me, is kind deeds without an expectation for return, making the impossible possible, smiles, strength and positivity during hard times, creativity to make this earth a better place, true love and genuine people. If you look carefully, everyday you can find inspiration all around you. For me, this comes in the form of my powerful but humble spiritual teachers, energised 70 year old pilates instructor, a smiling doorman, people choosing to be happy after losing everything, self-discovery and self-recreation. What are your must-have tools of the trade? I respect myself and take my clients’ time, feelings and personal circumstances seriously. However, before you give you must feel full. It is essential for natural intuitive people, like myself, who work with people to charge themselves. Thus, meditation, exercise and self nurturing are part of my daily routine.  As I mentioned earlier, any kind of transformation is only possible when the person is ready for it. Sometimes just listening to clients can create miracles. In theta healing, the true healer is the Creator and I am the facilitator or channel, using my psychic gift, talent and knowledge. Transparency, compassion, determination and kindness are a must in my work. As Vincent Van Gogh is famous for saying: “What is done in love is done well”. How do you feel about attending the upcoming Global Woman Summit 2019’?There is a great power in a group of alike-thinking people, willing to make good changes in the world. I am truly excited not only to share my story and transformational services I provide, but also meet and learn from inspiring, thriving, empowered women from around the world.

Why It's Okay If Things Aren't Always Perfect

Jehona Sopi – The Gift of Life Why It’s Okay If Things Aren’t Always Perfect By Fatima Gorezi Jehona Sopi is an Albanian-Kosovar singer. She has participated in many festivals and has won many awards. Now as an affirmed singer, Jehona Sopi has managed to conquer the musical scene and the hearts of thousands of fans. She began to sing when she was very young, and at the same time would be presenting in various spectacles of beauty. With the pleasant voice, charm and fascinating scenic appearance, she is not only liked and admired in Kosovo, but also in Albania, North Macedonia and beyond. Jehona, you are a famous singer in Albania and Kosovo. How do you remember the beginning of your career?I was a very young girl when I realised that I wanted to be part of the art world, although my primary wish as a child was to be an actress; but along the journey, my musical talent brought me to singing. I was very lucky because I did what I had dreamed of as a child. You are a well-known singer but with a background in education, psychology and sociology. What more can you tell us about your work in the “Psycho-Social Center Hope – Pristina and the Psycho-Social Center of Drita – Gjilan”?It started quite randomly, since I was a mother and the wellbeing of the children was very important for me. Although I do not work in the profession of psychologist, I have tried, with professionals of different profiles, to offer professional services for children with various psychological difficulties. Currently, we operate in two cities, and we are achieving this prodigiously. How would you describe yourself at this stage of your life? Who is Jehona today?Today I am 38 and a half, and in my personal life I am fulfilled and very happy. With great ambitions in my professional life; some started, some out of the way, some on the way, but never giving up, always fighting to do the best. What would you acknowledge as your greatest achievement in life?The way I’ve survived my life’s challenges is still my biggest achievement. What is Jahona Sop’s greatest ambition?Ooooo, I have many … hahahaha … Albania is a small patriarchal country – how important has your country of origin been to you and how  has it affected your career?Even though I was born in Pristina, I feel that I belong to Albania, and this personal attitude has been and will remain the focus of all my actions, with the great desire to change and contribute to the advancement of the mentality regardless of pragmatism. I have my style of doing this and I love my people. How is your day organized? How do you keep the balance between work and personal life?I am very fond of my family. Now that I’m committed a little professionally I feel slightly confused, yet I want to fight this feeling because it is in the benefit of everyone. The balance is the main thing, but on the other side, we are not robots; we can forgive ourselves if out of tune once in a while, right? Usually they say: “It’s 1% talent and 99% hard work”. How would you describe your success formula?In art you need more than 1% talent; you need absolute ears for music, then work is unquestioned. You need a lot of work to clean a house, imagine how much work you need to entertain others, to live with their emotions. What is your daily motto?It’s okay not to do all the things in perfection; it’s important to work and never stop motivating yourself and improve. You are Albanian by origin, like Mother Theresa. Did you have a woman model in your life and if so, who was she?I’ve been inspired by many women and their stories, but I am happy to be led by my personality. This is fine because I do not have anyone to give credits for my successes and I cannot blame anyone for the failures (Laugh). I am proud for women who left a great contribution for Albania, and happy that nowadays we have so many successful women. The woman I adore is my mother. What are your three tips for women or girls who have given up their dreams?No matter what age you are, you have not so many years to start and live your dreams, so action. Firstly you have to learn how to love yourself because there begins the realization of your dream. Where do you see yourself in the future?In the distant future I see myself as a grandma in peace with myself, with grandchildren and nieces around. You said that the woman you have as role model is your mother. How do you remember your childhood? How was your relationship with your mother? What were your dreams?I adore my mother for the sacrifice, for the kindness, for the work that she has done in any condition as well as keeping the family together in the difficult times we have spent in Kosovo. Such would be the time of Serbian occupation, when all our parents were unemployed. Her sacrifice is equal to the notion of a heroine. I believe many Albanian women to be deserving of this definition as well . I would be in 5th grade of primary school when the violent conflict in Kosovo started. I belong to one of the generations that had to struggle a lot, having been during in the most difficult time that Kosovo has experienced. We experienced the war, but now we are called the generation of freedom. For the past 20 years we have been free from Serbian occupation.  My parents have been among the first to be dismissed from the work  because of national convictions. It has been 20 since I have finished high school. I did not finish all of it in a school building, but in a private house afforded by generous people for the Albanian children. All schools were banned for Albanians at that time, but we still survived. My parents have worked hard, honestly, very hard work. I am the second child of four children, and I can say that I had a good childhood: all thanks of my parents. My dad is a designer of telephone networks (now retired), and my mother a dentist, but in difficult times they have worked as farmers. My father has tried in all the many ways not to allow us to suffer from hunger, until he was fortunate for a few years to work in Russia as well. So it’s not just my mother that I adore. I’m thankful all my life for my parents, who have made me who I am today. Not because I had a great career success, because I haven’t reached the extraordinary, nor because I’m perfect (because I am not), but only because they allowed me to build myself and create my own philosophy of life. What has been your hardest challenge in these years and how did you manage to overcome it?I had tremendous challenges: if I am to write all of them, it would take a book! I have faced everything; from the war, the fame, the admiration, the judgment, the punishment, the mentality, even the power of nature, which I’ve managed to endure. Good or bad, I do not know, but today I’m fine. We all have good health and this value is not comparable with anything else. Global Woman is a platform that is heard and viewed by thousands of women. What is your message for them?Learn Albanian culture, get in touch and network with Albanian women. They are very generous, wised and you will learn a lot from them. What about Albanian women? How can you describe them? What is the status of a woman in your homeland? Are there any problems of gender equality? Old and middle-aged women in Kosovo have an unprecedented flair to visualise each action in a positive way; most of them coming from an uninformed environment and, of course, very pronounced in rural areas. However, this has come from the education and culture that we have in the general. They endure much: though they do all the work, they have not been depressed because they have had no time to think for themselves. Most of the women are “emancipated”, intellectually formed. There are many changes in recent years but we are still far from “being quite equal to men”. As a woman who has achieved many things in life, you are famous and loved by many people. How do you see women’s future? Is there a positive tendency for more rights and free initiative?As far as I have experienced, without a high degree of achievement, I have learned a lot and I am very eager to learn. I can see a mother rejoicing the birth of her 3rd daughter even though she has not a boy. I am against selective abortion. These things are positive and should be changed. Some protests have started, and I believe the future will be better in this respect. I have done everything that I have thought is right for me, without thinking what others would say, and I want to encourage everyone to do what they want without thinking what other people say, regardless of prejudice. Maybe some of the readers will not understand what I’m talking about, but the stories of each culture for women are just the same as someone who had the fate to have the revolutionaries in the earliest time. What  is your social life today? You are the mother of a girl, continue producing music …? On the other hand, you are also involved in social initiatives regarding integration for society. Tell us something more about this.I am a very committed woman. I keep strong relationships with my childhood friends, strong family relationships. I even have extraordinary friendships in the neighborhood where I live. All people are my family and I love them. I have a girl who fulfills my life every day with all those impressive conversations. My most passionate husband is always supporting me in my quest for music retrieval. Although it seemed like I was away for a while, I finally decided to do something again as far as music is concerned. This came from the pressure and impetus from society and my husband, but the truth is that I have missed the music industry a lot. I’m currently working on two musical projects, where I’m still in the selection phase. I will work for fun; I do not have dates when I will publish because it does not have to hurry. I would like to enjoy the the work process to the fullest.

The Life Less Lived – how remote working is helping this woman buy her dream home

The Life Less Lived – how remote working is helping this woman buy her dream home Jane Holmes is a marketing manager for a workplace technology specialist based in London. This is not the stereotypical start of a great adventure – but if you want to find Jane at her desk, you’ll have to head more than 500 miles north, to a car park overlooking the inimitable Scottish Highlands. Jane has lived here in her Volkswagen LT van for more than 18 months with her husband. They’re saving to buy the land they need to build their dream home: a three-bedroom stone house in the Highlands. “We know it is unorthodox,” said Jane. “There was a lot of toing and froing before we decided to go and live in the van while we considered what other people might think, as we knew there would be a stigma around it.” Downsizing to a £2,000 van meant making sacrifices at first. With no access to running gas, water or electricity, Jane and Stephen were unable to turn on the heating on a cold day or to get a drink from the kitchen tap. But now they’ve adapted to their new way of living, Jane now feels that she’s got everything she’s ever needed. The couple visit a local gym whenever they need to shower and use a wood burner to keep warm. “I live in a place with stunning views, I have my health and my loving partner, and the ability to fit my working life around what works for me,” she explained. “We live in a world where everyone is trying to keep up with the Joneses, but we are the makers of our own destiny. What more could you want?” Jane works five days a week for Cloudbooking, which provides workspace management technologies to companies worldwide. Despite their offices being based in London, the company’s ‘practice-what-you-preach’ approach let Jane keep her job despite her change of lifestyle and location. All she needs is a laptop to remain connected to her team, which stretches across the UK and beyond. It’s not the first time that Jane has taken the path less travelled while working for Cloudbooking. She and Stephen went on a four-month road trip across Europe in a Citroen Relay in 2013, with Jane using a portable Wi-Fi router to stay connected to the office as she travelled through Spain, France and Portugal. ‘I handed in my notice to my boss, but to my surprise he turned around and said, “Why do you need to quit? You could just work on the road?” said Jane. “I’m very lucky to have a boss who understands that it doesn’t always make sense for everyone to be based in the same place when it’s just as easy for people to work remotely with all the technologies we have today.” “In the summer we will be going to France for a two-month working holiday, something we’d never have been able to do if we’d been skimping and saving in rented accommodation,” said Jane. “You can’t spend your whole time saving up your money because life is short and it’s there to be enjoyed.”

Success: Based On Knowing The End Game!

Hiroo Chothia –  Success: Based On Knowing The End Game! By Fatima Gorezi Hiroo Chothia is a highly experienced, internationally recognised Strategist, Business & Executive Coach, Speaker and Author, who has helped countless business owners and leaders in over 4 continents over the last two decades, to develop strong businesses. She is fiercely committed to guiding entrepreneurs and independent business owners to double their revenue growth and their free time, whilst they enjoy the journey with the support of a guide who cares about their success, as if it were her own. With over 20 years of experience of working with amazing and talented clients with similar worries and concerns and guiding them to achieve remarkable success, her mission and commitment is to see her clients succeed and grow with joy, ease and speed. How do you remember the beginning of your career? Like a lot of people, I rather fell into my first career, which was in the Civil Service in the UK. Whilst deciding what career choices to follow, I initially took up a temporary contract and before I knew it was taking on other challenges on a more permanent basis. I was very fortunate for two reasons: firstly, because the Civil Service is a very large organisation with many government departments, thereby, offering numerous choices, in terms of posts and lots of developmental opportunities, if you wanted to take them up and grow!! I used these opportunities to move and gain different experiences. I was blessed to have some incredible mentors, who helped me to develop to succeed and take on roles with greater responsibilities. Over the years, I managed large diverse teams and had recognised the value of coaching. Initially, I informally coached colleagues and then formally trained at Ashbridge Business School, as an Executive Coach. A few years later, I realised that I wanted to build on my business knowledge, so I embarked on doing a MBA part-time, whilst holding down a full time role. This was a tough call, as I was in a very demanding job with long hours and travelling, however, this opened up new doors and gave me the opportunity to collaborate and set up own management consultancy and coaching business. What career achievements are you most proud of? There have been quite a number of achievements that I have been proud of, however, the three that stand out most are: firstly, transitioning from my salaried career into co-founding a successful international business consultancy and coaching firm, after gaining a distinction in the MBA. I am proud to be celebrating 24 years in the business, where my primary objective has always been to help my clients achieve their objectives. Secondly, I have used my success to mentor and coach others, to help elevate them and fulfill their potential. I am particular proud to have mentored female global entrepreneurs, from emerging markets, as part of the CB Foundation for Women, to help them succeed. Finally, I was privileged to be commissioned to conduct a review and make recommendations relating to institutional racism, following a high profiled public enquiry by Sir William Macpherson on the unfortunate death of Stephen Lawrence. Do you have a productivity philosophy? My productivity philosophy is based on a couple of issues – the most important one for me is being focused. I find that if I have a mindset of being focused, I can achieve many goals and remain highly productive. I achieve this focus, firstly, by ensuring I create habits. Some time ago, I read about the benefits of creating habits and realised pretty quickly that it is a key factor for so many successful entrepreneurs. Habits don’t have to be cumbersome. I have found that small daily habits can be very beneficial and can have a compound effect. So I have a morning ‘habit’ that consists of meditation and exercise, help me to get me into the ‘right mindset’ and set me up for the day. Once I am in this mindset and ready for work, I review my workload and create priorities for the day. I try to keep really focused on the prioritisation list, ensuring I do not get diverted by the many distractions around. Whilst, social media can be both a helpful tool and fun way to catch up on news etc, personally, I find that it also one of the greatest distractions during a working day. The same is true of emails. So when working, I try to check my social media platforms and emails at set times and limit my time on each – as it is so easy to lose an hour or two, if you are not careful! Who or what do you look to for inspiration and why? There are several people I look to for inspiration, some closer to home than others. First off, would definitely be my mother, who is a really strong character and has been a huge influence in my life. She is very determined and imbues kindness, perseverance, forgiveness and understanding. External people who inspire me are firstly, Nelson Mandela, who was very much a presence when I was growing up, for achieving his ambitions against all odds and adversity and latterly creating a framework for reconciliation and collaboration. Closer to home, I am truly inspired when I see my clients succeed and realise their goals and this inspires me to do more. How do you keep track of your progress during a project? For me tracking and progress of any project is based on a few simple but very effective issues. I always like to know what the end outcomes are going to look like, as this definitely helps me to plan out the process; define distinct goals and determine early on where some possible problems might occur – so that I can have a strategy in advance of how to deal with them. Finally, having a good system to manage the project is vital for me – it does not have to be complicated or expensive, even a simple Gantt chart on a spread-sheet will suffice, maintaining is a system to be able to monitor progress. What do you wish someone had told you at the start of your career? The best advice I received in my career, was ‘know the end game’. I wish I had known this at the start of my career, as I would have achieved things so much more efficiently and effectively. I mentioned this in response to tracking projects but I have found this to be a fabulous tip for everything in life and work, whether it is a key business decision or an everyday task. When you know where you want to get to and what that might look like, the path and ‘course correction’ are so much simpler! Can you share your three top tips for building a company/brand? My top three tips for building a company or brand, would be: Target Market – niche down as much as possible in terms of your target market. This may sound counter-intuitive as you are narrowing down your target market but it can prove to be very profitable, especially in a competitive market. Ideal Customer – be crystal clear about your ideal customer: by gender, occupation, interests etc. – create a really detailed picture, as this will help you target your products to the “right people”. This will make a crucial difference between prospects “looking” versus “ buying” your products and services. Scale Your Business – make sure that you are not merely thinking of growing your business but put in place, ideally from the start, a strategy for scaling your business, so that you are set up to develop your business not just work in it. In your opinion, how has the role of women changed in the workplace over the decades and are we in a better place today? The role of women in the workplace has definitely changed for the better with more women represented in the workplace as well as entering a much wider range of occupations. There are some really inspirational examples, however, a huge glass ceiling still exists, where there is lack of pay parity for the same roles; many are prevented from receiving promotion, especially to higher levels, within their organisations. This is not just for women to resolve – engagement and active buy-in from men is vital and both genders need to engage in the debate jointly for real and lasting change. What does gender equality mean to you? For me, gender equality is so much more than equal representation at a Board table or on the shop floor – it is about respect and not just about quotas – ensuring that women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all areas of society, including pay parity and decision making. Men, clearly have a vital role to play in trying to achieve gender equality but equally important is the role of women, who have made it. Both men and women need to feel empowered, self-confident, and independent in order to achieve real and lasting gender equality. Contact: hiroo@growyourbusinesssuccessfully.net / https://growyourbusinesssuccessfully.net

Are you taking care of yourself?

Be A Global Woman with Style Afternoon Tea & Catwalk Diane Von Furstenberg, Mayfair in London has officially invited Global Woman community for a special afternoon tea on Monday, 27th May 4pm -6.30pmBy Mirela SulaHave you been in that position that as a woman entrepreneur you get so busy with your business and you find yourself running to a meeting but you don’t know what to wear? Sometimes we get used to the reality: no make-up, not dressed up, we just get up and get some work done. Also, many women that we meet tell us that once they start the business, they don’t have time for parties anymore, no time for friends and fun. Well, welcome to the world of entrepreneurs At Global Woman we all have agreed in one principle: The Business should be easy, fun and profitable. This is what we have created in our reality and many women get curious to know: What is Global Woman Club about? How does it work? What is the model and the purpose of the meetings? It is very simple: We meet to connect with each other, to get to know about other women’s stories; how did they succeed and how can we do the same. If we already managed to succeed how can we help others find that direction? So, once we understand this, then we want to make our business work as well, and therefore we start exploring ways of doing business partnerships, joint ventures and collaborations. At the Global Woman Club, it is not only about learning but more about being, doing and taking actions. In order to enjoy this journey, we don’t want to simply to show that we are strong and smart women. We often hear that sometimes people say: “Oh she needs more feminine energy – or she lost the feminine energy”. Do you think that sometimes the best way to connect with that energy is when we look in the mirror and we loudly tell ourself: “You look great, you are beautiful, you are trendy … etc”. Perhaps we can’t do this all the time but if we find reasons to wake up, stand up, make up and show up to some events/meetings that make us feel beautiful but also at the same time we do some business, this can become our lifestyle. Business and Fashion can definitely be connected together. Book your ticket here We may invest a lot in our education, qualifications, trainings, self-development. We become experts, an authority in our fields. But we should never overlook our own resume as part of business. We should never underestimate the power of our own image. The way we dress conveys more confidence within us and also we give a positive message to other people who potentially can become our clients. The right image gives us the sense of security and present us in a professional manner. This can make a huge difference. We always emphasise the importance of the investment from inside and that is the most important one, but if we are in business, people are always going to judge us how we look, how we dress and how we present ourselves to the outside world. I remember a few years ago, when I had just started my business I was food shopping in my local area and a friend of mine called me saying: “Hey guess what, I came at this event and it is really good, it is not far from where you are, why you don’t join us?. It has not started yet, you can make it in time”. “But I am not dressed up for meetings. I just came to do some shopping” I replied. “Come on, she said, don’t worry about that. You always look great”. Book your ticket here I don’t know how she convinced me but I ended up with no make-up and with my trainers. I never remember feeling so embarrassed. People didn’t show that much interest to network with me because they may have been thinking “not important – not interested” and just before I left I saw someone that I knew, and I was so happy. I smiled at her and we started talking. Guess what she asked? “Are you taking care of yourself?”. Oh dear, I had to explain the whole story. Since that day I never went out of the house without make up and dressing up, even if I am going to the supermarket. You never know who you are going to meet there, and perhaps a phone call can change your plans. So here we have a special invitation. If you are a woman entrepreneur, this is your time to connect, have an afternoon tea, some fun and joy, and, show your style with a photoshoot and catwalk. You can also try the latest women’s fashion clothing. Be A Global Woman with Style Afternoon Tea & CatwalkDiane Von Furstenberg Mayfair, London 27th May, 4pm – 6.30pm Book your ticket here

Challenge your status quo and unleash the inner genius

Jennifer Abel  Challenge your status quo and unleash the inner genius By Fatima Gorezi Jennifer Abel is an empowerment specialist and entrepreneur passionate about technology and innovation. With a mind wide open, ready for adventures and driven by curiosity, Jennifer was always eager to follow her heart and make her aspirations a reality from a young age. After figuring out for herself how to bring dreams to life and working together with many ambitious people on making their visionary and passionate projects a reality, she wanted to do more. Therefore she started a business around empowering people to successfully realise thrilling projects and achieve great things in life. She help them develop skills, grow as individuals, become empowered in everything they do and ultimately – to thrive! Tell us about your childhood and upbringing. How did it help you to become who you are today and how would it reflect on your future?During my childhood, we moved around a lot: I grew up in Germany and the US. When I was six years old my parents got divorced. Due to the fact that my surrounding kept on changing very frequently, I got very good at adjusting to new environments rather quickly. This helped me to be very open minded and flexible. As the eldest of three children, I took on responsibility at a very early age. Being a role model, sharing my knowledge and insights was from early on very natural to me. Who has motivated and inspired you towards success?My parents definitely had a strong impact on me, showing us kids the possibilities we have and how to follow our aspirations despite society having its biases. I grew up with the mindset that you have to work hard if you want to get anywhere. Also artists, leaders and changemakers like Marie Forleo, Jason Brubaker, Tony Robbins, Warren Buffett or Tim Ferris, just to name a few, had a strong impact on me. They showed me what else is possible in the world and that there are no limits. Sometimes there are setbacks, but these do not mean that you are not designated to pursuit your journey successfully. They are twists, lessons, tests to check how much you really want it. Especially Marshall Rosenberg and the Dalai Lama taught me how not be too harsh on myself , love myself , take care of myself and then go change the world, break records, be great. What is your mission in this world?I strongly believe our purpose in this world is to be happy and create a lot of great memories. Therefore, my mission is to serve people to get into their flow so that they can create memorable experiences for themselves and their loved ones. I see myself as a catalyst creating space for people to grow personally, emotionally and spiritually. This space is equipped with consulting, coaching, training, communities, creating new solutions with a focus on ambitious women and men in corporate jobs or self-employed, who are longing to discover and realise undertakings and ventures that make their heart truly sing. Too often one is stuck in patterns and structures which are not aligned with one’s value system and aspirations. It keeps you busy, covers the basic needs and it is good. My mission is to transform good into extraordinary for those who are committed to challenge their status quo and unleash their inner genius. You are very passionate about empowerment. Why do you believe that continual personal development is so important for everyone?I see personal development as a subset of empowerment. I believe that each human being on this planet has the birth right of a free will. When there is no personal development and the human capabilities of reflection and learning new things are not used, the risk of being dominated and repressed is exceptionally high. Besides, I’m of the opinion that personal development is a human need and everyone should have access to it to fully cherish being human, living in this world, creating things that matter to them. I like to compare personal development with a muscle. The context decides how much you have to train the muscle and the importance can vary. But no training entails many disadvantages, like feeling heavy, stressed or low on energy. Therefore it would make sense to have a continual muscle workout. In your business, how do you qualify and decide which deals are the most strategic to pursue?I work very value and vision oriented. So I have a clear picture by checking deals against it in order to qualify them. To make sure that I have enough information about the deal, I make some research to create different scenarios. A particularly big source of information is my network. It helps me to mix my perspective with some external insights to get a more holistic view on a certain topic. When that makes sense and my gut screams “Let’s go!”, then I’m 100% in. Looking back at your path & how you got to where you are now, what’s one of the things you are most grateful for?I’m most grateful for the people and challenges I met on the way. Having companions along the way makes the whole journey so much more fun. They support you, challenge your perspectives and approaches or just be there to give you company. Although some challenges I faced in the past were so painful and felt so unnecessary, they definitely shaped me to the woman I am today. For me, challenges have always been a growth catalyst in one way or another. They simply push you out of your comfort zone. What is your experience from working with women – what is your opinion about their talents and skills?I have worked with women as co-workers, supervisors and clients. Some experiences have been great and some have been very horrible. But for the majority of my professional life, I actually have worked with men due to being a consultant and coach in the IT industry.Speaking from my very personal, professional experience what I admire most of women is their social skill and being of service. When a woman is in her true power, no matter what happens, they are ready, driven and creative to find and deliver the best solution. But when fear kicks in and there is a track record of their accomplishments being exploited and devalued, which most often comes by ego-driven colleagues or supervisors, women then tend to turn into a much more rational, cold and bitchy person. In addition to that, they project their negative experience, especially on their female peers. When that happens it is very difficult to break out of this vicious circle. Although this also happens to men, I have the feeling that for women it is harder to find their way back on their track due to the lack of positive role models, which are more congruent to a service-oriented style of working. What are the qualities of an empowered woman? And how can women be empowered while maintaining their femininity?I see an empowered woman as a person who is completely aligned with herself regarding her values, beliefs and aspirations, and also lives them in the outside. She is courageous enough to be herself, no matter the resistance she might experience. The tricky part is to actually figure out who you truly are, what you stand for and to be brave enough to live it fully without being restricted by society’s expectations and rules. Another part is that elements of one’s alignment develop and evolve over time. It is not a static concept. Same is with femininity, which is from my point of view very fluent and very individual. It is not a question of how feminine or masculine someone is. The more interesting question is how much of one’s self is present. To maintain one’s alignment and presence, a very powerful tool is reflection. Taking some time for one’s self to check-in on regular basis. You could do that every other week for maybe 30 minutes and ask yourself what happened the past couple of weeks. What did you feel? What were you grateful for? What would you like to be different? What do you desire? What has to happen so that you can have that in your life?

There has never been a better time for women to make the decision

Anne Goldsmith There has never been a better time for women to make the decision By Fatima Gorezi  Anne Goldsmith is a  Positive Behaviour Consultant and Parenting Coach. Anne supports children and teenagers to break through negative behaviour patterns to empower them to reach their full potential – whatever that means to them.  Her unique programme helps prevent permanent pupil exclusion, increases confidence, raises self-esteem, reduces anxiety and aggressive outbursts. Anne’s unique approach, working directly with children helps to reveal the issues and concerns behind negative behaviour and provides practical tailored solutions for lasting change.  Anne supports parents and educators by delivering parenting workshops and staff training in educational settings. On a personal level, Anne is a black belt 1st Dan in Tang Soo Do, having won silver and bronze medals at the World Championships in 2011 and has been involved with The Oasis Project – a charity based in The Gambia where she visits to train and mentor teachers, teach the students and was involved in the implementation of an environmental project to reduce malaria and water borne diseases on her last visit in November 2018. What were the challenges and experiences in your life that have influenced who and what you are today?I was a confident child, despite being raised by a single parent who came to England from Jamaica in 1960. My mum had a very tough life, holding down different jobs to feed and clothe me and my brothers and sister. Having very little money didn’t matter to me, I had a happy childhood.   My self-confidence changed at secondary school when I was constantly being compared to my brother by my teachers. He was Head Boy, captain of the cricket team, the football team and academically brilliant in every subject. Being compared to him by my teachers made me doubt myself and wonder whether I was good enough for many years to follow. I left school as soon as possible, deciding that university wasn’t for me. After working for 12 years, I finally found the confidence to train as a teacher – something I had wanted to do for some time, but never felt good enough or intelligent enough to embark upon. Remembering that despite some of my teachers, my English, French and RE teachers at secondary school believed in me and my abilities – this inspired me to become a teacher. In 1996 my fiancé encouraged me, saying “…just do it now or you never will!”   So I did.  In 1997 I left a boring office job and began my journey as a mature student on a 4 year Teaching Degree. Graduating feels amazing – confirming the faith my teachers had in me. It re-affirmed my self-belief and self-confidence. Teaching is something I love especially supporting children with behavioural issues and making it my mission for EVERY child to reach their full potential – whatever that means to them. Starting a family is a happy time. It was challenging for us, as we were told to terminate the pregnancy at week 15, because our baby wouldn’t survive. Deciding to remain positive to see what was meant to be and ignoring the advice given, I’m happy to say that almost 17 years later, we have the most incredible and inspirational teenage boy, who came into this world against all odds. He is our miracle! As a parent, struggling with my own children’s negative behaviour throughout 2011-2014 was extremely challenging for me.  Learning to understand their behaviours and help them to identify, understand and express their emotions so that they feel listened to and heard, with those around them understanding, feeling safe and happy, was my sole purpose as their mum. Things are going well until 25th April 2015 – I have a serious accident at home – falling and hitting my head.  As a result of my accident and unable to drive for a year, I am unable to continue with my teaching job. It is this change that prompted me to start my business – something I had wanted to do, yet put off doing through fear of not being good enough and so opting for easier option. As many of us do… These experiences are the main ones that have had a significant impact upon my life and in me finding my passion, my calling – my purpose in life. Helping children, teenagers and families who are going through the same thing I went through as a parent and spending years trying to figure things out. I want to help parents solve their problem sooner than I did, because I know how it feels. Also, through my experiences as a teacher, knowing there is a great need for someone to hear the voice of those with behavioural issues and support them with their behaviour transformation to give them back their future that otherwise they might never have. How do you  help children and teenagers reach their full potential?I support every child/teenager I work with by truly listening to what they are dealing with – what is going on in their head and their heart, which manifests in their behaviours. I support them in understanding their emotions, accepting them and how to express them ‘appropriately.’ Through open and honest dialogue, I guide them through coping strategies and techniques which they can draw on at any time in their life. My approach teaches them how to change their mind set, improve their self-esteem, increase their confidence and believe in themselves – as I believe in them. What parts of your job do you find most challenging?I love my job and in fact I don’t see it as a job. I do what I love and love what I do – which I know might sound like a cliché – but it’s true. I know that I’ve been successful when I see the transformation in the child/teenager and they no longer need me. That inspires me.   Running my own business can be challenging at times, when I’m the only one doing everything and I am my business. It’s also difficult in the early days, having very little financial freedom to do all the things I would like within my business to move it forward.   You seem to be very passionate about women empowerment. What developments on the horizon could affect future opportunities for women?I spoke at the Global Woman Paris event in March and it is wonderful to see female empowerment becoming a global focal point. More women are stepping into leadership roles and positions of status.  The world is taking notice and recognising the value women bring to these roles and that there is a need for more women leaders. There has never been a better time for women to make the decision, take the risk and become someone who leads and inspires.

”The healing was never about me personally, it was about humanity.”

Brandon Bays   ”The Journey is a process that emerged out of my own healing journey, it evolved from healing my body from a basketball sized tumour in my uterus.” By Kicki Pallin  Brandon Bays is an internationally acclaimed transformational leader, a speaker, mind-body-healing expert and the author of the international bestseller The Journey, a book that has sold over one million copies. She has travelled worldwide for 25 years holding seminars, giving lectures and presentations about The Journey. A process best described as a cutting-edge transformation and healing method. Her work has touched and continues to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands. How did your spiritual journey start? When I was just a little child. I remember looking at a tree, seeing it dissolving into light. And very early on I had a thirst to understand ”what is the life behind life”. It put me on a spiritual  journey delving into the fields of psychology, philosophy, and complimentary medicine. I came to realise there is an infinite intelligence pervading existence responsible for the whole of manifestation.  I studied with spiritual teachers and philosophers around the world, sitting with the enlightened master Krishnamurti when I was only 19 years old, and I have been on a spiritual path my whole life. The Journey process is what gave me the possibility and method to get in contact with the infinite intelligence.  Could you tell us more about The Journey? The Journey is a process that emerged out of my own healing journey, it evolved from healing my body from a basketball sized tumour in my uterus. It is a process where we go inside and get to the consciousness stored in our cells – to the cell memories. We go through a deep process of release, letting go, understanding and ultimately, forgiveness. So that when new cells are born, they are born free from that old programming as new healthy cells. We clear the imbalance or the sickness, to bring our body back to wholeness. The book itself is a practical guide to healing your life and setting yourself free. We all need to go through our own healing journey and it is all about coming home to the enlightened awareness that is our own self. Clearing what is holding us back. We are all the same divine love and essence. The healing was never about me personally, it was about humanity. I have never doubted the power of the teaching, since we started over 25 years ago, hundreds of thousands of people have healed by using The Journey.  What have been the pivotal moments in your life, where change was inevitable? Well, there were life changing events that happened during a three to four year period. The first one was in 1992, the tumour I needed to heal from. The year after, our house burnt down in Malibu because of the wildfires. We lost everything and were financially wiped out. In 1994 my husband fell in love with a younger woman and left me for her, and the year after I lost my livelihood. These series of catastrophes transformed me completely. It made me realise what is real and what is not. I am not my body, nor is my life defined by my house or material possessions, I realised I am not defined by my role as a wife, nor am I defined by my job. What I am is infinite love and peace, that is my essence, and it doesn’t come and it doesn’t go. People come, people go. Lifestyles come and lifestyles go. Marriages come and marriages go, even jobs come and jobs go. But this, the I am, does not come or go. It is timeless and eternal. So, I made a vow, to be true to this truth. Because truth had been true to me, when all else had forsaken me. This that we all are is indescribable infinite intelligence that some call God or Divine, and other Timelessness or Eternity.  You have shared that The Journey work has taken a new course over the last years, could you tell us more about it? Yes, The Journey has evolved, the work has expanded and developed. It’s been born from people healing, and it is a living, breathing teaching. It is about coming home to who you really are, to release the judgement of the self and to live honestly as your full potential.  If you look at an infant, you can see that they feel as one with the whole fabric of the universe. Then with the pains and trials we go through as human beings we start to shut down. So, when we do the healing work with The Journey, and start clearing things from inside, the macro will eventually start to reflect the micro cosmos. The awakening goes out from us to our friends and loved ones, to all our life. Like Gandhi said: ”Be the change you want to see in the world”, and The Journey can give you the tools. When you find the peace within you, you can be a living transmission of that.  Where do you see the biggest need for healing in the world now? A lot of The Journey work today is about healing the feminine. The Me Too movement seems to have brought it up to all of our awareness. There was a lot of wounding that came to the surface then. It is no longer accepted to abuse women just because they are women, punishing them for being ”sinners”, or sexual beings. Right now, for example, I’m working with women in the Jewish community in New York and doing The Journey intensive seminars, to heal the history of abuse.  How do you see your mission in life? For me personally, my mission or calling is serving humanity, with awakening and healing. It means I’m often on the road, almost constantly in motion. This year I will spend only 49 days in my home in Wales, I live in an eco home on a cliff by the ocean. A normal month for me could be, like in April, going to Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Prague, before going back home for a few days. I have travelled to 39 countries in the world, teaching about The Journey and every year I spend three months in the southern hemisphere, teaching intensively down there.  You have been doing this work for 25 years now, how do you take care of yourself? Being on the road can take its toll. I learnt over the time to take care of my body. Tiredness and exhaustion is an invitation to change, to create balance. I do yoga on my wobble board every day, I sit in prayer and meditation. I also have massages and salt baths, and I eat clean healthy food and start the day with a green smoothie. It is part of our Dharma, our path, to take care of our bodies. I’m grateful for being vibrantly healthy. I have never missed an event for 25 years. I am also surrounded by a great team, and in Europe I have a van travelling with me, that provides me with all kinds of material support. I even travel with my own mattress topper and pillow! When I’m off I love spending time with my husband, we’ve been married for 22 years now. I enjoy cooking and having an evening by the fireplace, sharing stories with friends. I also spend a lot of my free time in nature. I love horseback riding, skiing, scuba diving and surfing. My element is in the water and on the snow. But it is my passion to serve life and humanity, and I feel grateful for being able to live my passion.  Finally, what is your wish for the future? My prayer is that The Journey work becomes a teaching in all households, that it can be available for anyone who needs it. So that pain can be released and we can come to a place of understanding and ultimately forgiveness, and live from the truth that is within. And the more of us that are standing up for truth, speaking the truth, the more healing and awakening will take place. The Journey is all about oneness, we are all the same one love. “I feel great love in serving humanity, it is my calling”  Photo credit – Sandra Wigren

By respecting  your body, you will empower your mind!

Danna Hoffmann  By respecting  your body, you will empower your mind! By Fatima Gorezi Danna Hoffmann is a passionate health and lifestyle coach, fun loving and a mother of two. She started her entrepreneurship journey with Miso Cute Cooking – offering healthy cooking courses for kids and their parents – over 5 years ago, but has been on a healthy-lifestyle journey since 2010. She is a proud graduate of The Institute For Integrative Nutrition. While she started studying and investigating, she found some amazing experts to follow, and although it took her a good few years, she has managed to find a diet-free, deprivation-free, hunger-free lifestyle! She helps women to reach a healthier lifestyle where they can also enjoy the food they eat, the extra energy they gain and live in a sustainable manner! What was the process like to become a health coach and public speaker? What types of training & massive actions did you take to get there?I consider many events and periods in my life to have lead me to what I do, and what I am today. I have always had a passion for public speaking; as a young girl I wanted to be an actor, and found myself on stage often. That passion grew over the years, as I found more and more I wanted to say and share with the world. Health was always a topic that interested me. My grandmother, the woman I spent most of my childhood with, was always in the kitchen, preparing us what she considered the healthiest. I practically grew up at grandma’s house. During the week and on weekends we would spend every waking hour there. On Friday evening the whole family (somewhere between 20-30 people) would all meet around her dining table. There was hardly any room for the plates, as there was so much food there. Good, hearty, healthy homemade food. There was always delicious smells of something ready or cooking on the gas stove, filling up the house with scents I’ll never forget. In grandma’s world, food was health. She was always up to date with the latest health hypes, and made sure her family only enjoyed what was REALLY healthy. Little did she know that her “schooling” was in fact big food company propaganda. Butter was soon replaced by margarine, avocado was said to have too much fat, and her own arthritis she “treated” by eating heaps of milk products. Grandma battled for 4 years with lymphoma. When I was 5 months pregnant, grandma passed away. The strongest woman I ever knew, could not walk alone to the toilet on her last months on earth. She could not taste the flavor of food from all of the chemo. Losing my grandma was a huge wake up moment for me. I started studying and investigating, following all the top experts in the field. I wanted to know why. Why is it that someone who cared so much about her health, died of a terrible disease, and suffered from many other chronic illnesses. What I know now, after 8 years of dedication, thousands of hours of studying and investigating, is life-changing. It has changed my OWN life, it has changed my FAMILY’S life, and I have managed to help many families out there along the way. Did you have a mentor when you were getting started? How did they help you? If you didn’t, do you wish you’d had one?I consider many people to have contributed in mentoring me. My mother was a big part, mainly motivating me to go ahead and follow my dream no matter what. A dear friend who mentored me ever since I started and has coached me all along the way. Business coaches, who helped and are still helping me develop my business even further. As a coach, I understand how important it is to have someone help you find your path, and keep you accountable to reach the goals which will bring you closer to your dream. What is the best investment you’ve made in yourself or your work?Being an entrepreneur was always a dream of mine. I founded my first company with my husband when I was just 23 years old. After having our two boys, and dabbing in other business ideas, I decided to start a business – Miso Cute Cooking, offering healthy cooking classes for kids and their parents. This was the beginning of a beautiful journey. I brought a lot of valuable information to their parents, while letting the kids experience the joy of cooking from scratch, tasting raw ingredients, and coming up with delicious meals. Their parents asked me to come to their home and work with them one-on-one, a request which kickstarted my coaching career. Since then I’ve graduated IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition) and became a certified health and lifestyle coach. I’m now continuing my education with IIN, and focusing on gut health and the gut-brain connection. I’ve spent a total of 8 years now, educating and developing my passion into the job of my dreams. If you could go back & give advice to your younger self, what would you say?This question is always hard for me to answer. Not because I don’t have that advice, but rather because I think that if I really could get a chance to talk to my younger self, it would change the course I’m on today. Part of success is failing time and time again, and learning from those events in life. Having said that, if I could say just one word to young Danna, it would be: “Patience”. How are the current innovations happening in positive psychology influencing wellness coaching?Positive psychology is a very large part of health coaching. This might sound random, but if you have a rusty old car you really hate, you’re more likely to drive on gasoline fumes, hardly ever check the oil, and simply not take care of that car. If you have a nice car which you love, you’ll make sure to treat it well, and trust it to safely bring you places. Our bodies are our cars. If we don’t love ourselves, our lives, our surrounding, we will not treat ourselves, or our bodies, with the respect and love we deserve. It all starts with gratitude, self love, and surrounding ourselves with positive people. This is the first work I tackle with my clients, even before talking about what they eat. What’s one of your favorite memories of something that happened to you after or because you became a health coach?My favorite story by far would be the one about my dad. My dad suffered from type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol for 36 out of my 39 years on this earth. When dad came for a visit two summers ago, he was in a pretty bad shape. He managed to wound his foot, spend a week in the hospital with back to back antibiotics treatment, and when he finally came out, his foot was still not looking well at all. When you look at the eyes of your aging 60 year old father – who might get his foot amputated, unless we take action immediately – you give it all you got. I finally managed to convince him that changes need to be made, in order to save his foot, and his life. We’ve put together clear guidelines he and my mother could follow, in order to tweak both his diet, and his lifestyle. I brought him into the kitchen with me, and introduced a lot of vegetables which dad was convinced he didn’t like (but which I proved to him was not actually the case). Two months after dad took charge of his life, his blood tests came back with an email from his doctor. The email included only three lines: Dear Mr. Levy,Your bad cholesterol is good. Your sugar-levels are within range.Keep listening to your daughter! Dad started walking a lot, gained more energy, his foot healed completely, he became diabetes-free and a new man! So as you can imagine, out of all of the success stories and best memories I have, this one will forever be my favorite. Looking back at your path & how you got where you are now, what’s one of the things you are most grateful for?I am most grateful for having an amazing and supportive husband, holding my hand through this whole journey. His ongoing support is what lifts me up during the hard times, and helps me move mountains during the good times. He’s my rock. What’s one of your favorite quotes, and how has this quote helped or inspired you?“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose” – Dr. Seuss This is true wether you start your own business, or start on a healthy lifestyle journey. You always have the choice to take the path that’s right for you.

Helping women heal broken heart and move on

Sabrina Rantin Helping women heal broken heart and move on By Fatima Gorezi With over 15 years of experience in the corporate world, Sabrina Rantin has seen first hand what builds a successful team. Today, she is the CEO of Explosive Business, a multimillionaire Business Coaching Company that went from Zero to 5.2 Million USD in 18 months. After becoming one of the leaders of the French coaching industry, Explosive Business decide to expand to the global market beginning by Europe, North America and Australia. As the right hand woman of Eric Behanzin, the founder of Explosive Business, Sabrina became an International Speaker and a leading authority in building teams that will directly result in a profitable business in any industry. Her credo : If you want to have lifetime clients, you must have lifetime employees. On Stage, her fire becomes contagious and her powerful words encourages every entrepreneur to transform any trials in a gift he will use for his teams and clients. Please tell us about your childhood; where did you grow up?
I come from Guadeloupe an overseas region of France in the Caribbean and I was born in the commune of Morne-à-L’Eau. I moved to UK when I was 18. Can you please tell us about your career path—i.e., how did you get to your current position?For 15 years, I’ve been an executive assistant for different multinational corporations, but it was just to pay my bills. I remember that little inner voice that echoed regularly inside me: “Sabrina, what are you doing here? this is not your place!”. Although this decision was very difficult, I left everything to pursue my passion. Since 2009, I had been giving singing lessons during evenings in addition to my job. In 2014, I therefore resigned to work full-time as a singing teacher and choir director in a singing school. I also took care of the administrative and marketing pole. 
In 2014, I joined a MasterMind class and met a coach: that is when my life made a quantum leap. I then understood how important it is to know oneself (my core values, gifts or talents, having a vision etc..) the importance of one’s environment, and know what you really want in life. So, based on my personal story, I created an online program to help women recover from a break-up. In 2016, I became a Coach. In 2017, my friend (for 14 years now) who is a Business Coach called on my services to manage his team and also to support him in the development of his company. After much hesitation, I agreed to take a 3-month trial to see if I could do it. For 2 years, I have held the position of CEO and it is a very challenging and exciting adventure. Please describe the things you do on a typical dayI wake up at 6am, I grab a glass of water, I do my savers (The SAVERS Method developed by Hal Elrod in his book Miracle Morning), I Work out for 30 min, I shower. This routine help me start my day with the attitude of a lion, help me keep my energy high and stay focused during the day.
At 8 am I call the lawyer, the fiduciary firm, accounting etc… to deal with the important matters, and transactions of the 4 companies in Europe. I then have a call with the chairman of the Board to make a report, talk about the vision and the results of the company, implement new ideas and strategies… Delegating to the team. Following up with our clients. I deal with urgent but not important matters at the end of the day or I delegate them. Following my management training and English courses also make up a good part of my day. You have been named as one of the best leaders in the coaching industry in France. How do you keep the balance in your life while maintaining such high productivity?

To be true, it’s not easy because I have the tendency to push myself to give the best to my mission through the company. I won’t tell my life is balanced because we have a great relationship in my company, and my colleagues became my best friends. After all, it’s all about being energised and happy about what you’re doing. When I get out of bed in the morning, I am full of gratitude for the life I have today. When I hear the results of our clients and how their lives have changed because of our coaching, it inspires me to keep doing what I do and to give my very best each day.
 It seems people and businesses must apply your recommendations on their own to be successful; how can they keep themselves motivated?We have a follow-up Facebook group where we answer every single question of our clients. Our clients took the initiative to create a WhatsApp group to inspire each other. We also recently decided to give them live webinars each month to keep them accountable. We are in total immersion with our clients for three days every three months to help them maintain the right mindset, giving them the right strategy to grow and scale their business, and strengthen their relations. Recently one of our clients called me because she was feeling down, and overwhelmed. After listen to her carefully, I made her realize that she already had the solution. All she had to do is to change her own perception and change her strategy. The day after she told me that few minutes after our conversation she closed the deal she thought she lost. What about you? What’s the most challenging moment you’ve experienced?I would say the first time I had to fire someone. I hired a person from the accounting department, few weeks after my gut was telling me that this person wasn’t a good fit for the job, even though everything went well at the Interview. Later on, that person wasn’t productive. I realized that my choice cost money and energy to the company and I was the only one responsible. My biggest challenge was to fire that person fast because my EGO got in the way. But I am glad that experience taught me humility and responsibility.

 How important is having the right motivation to be successful?It’s essential and it’s more than just motivation. In our programs, we literally transform our clients by using their souls and bodies in the process.
To scale their businesses, entrepreneurs have to think, feel and speak differently before acting. This is why we put in place a 6 min protocol based on “Miracle Morning” the book from Hal Elrod. It is called SAVERS. Here is the structure :  S for Silence, Prayer or Meditation, A for Affirmation, V for Visualisation, E for Exercise, R for Reading, S for Scribing I think everyone needs to practice a daily routine to help them become the Super Hero they meant to be in every area of their life. We need to develop a discipline, and habits that help us change our old paradigm. Because we succeed by change, not by chance. You are a great advocate for supporting women as well; Can you tell us more about why you choose to do this, and the importance of this in today’s world?

“Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talents in the world” Hillary Clinton is sooooo right. I think women ought to stop, once and for all, remaining the weak sex. I firmly believe, that as long as they get deep confidence in themselves, women can do it all. They can become whatever they want, with courage and determination. Every morning I say to myself: “I am on a mission”. I ask myself how far my actions and decisions move the company forward and inspire those who have a stronger desire to change their lives but are still afraid to act. That’s one of the reasons I do what I do; TO INSPIRE and to say that if we want things to change WE GOT TO CHANGE.  I didn’t ask for permission: I did what my gut was telling me to do. I think that sometimes we are waiting for somebody else to walk in our shoes and do what we’re supposed to do. It’s time for women to rise and hunt and fight like lionesses . This world needs women with values, who are ready to fight for what is right.  It’s about impacting and changing generations. Our mission, or calling, it’s always bigger than us, but it starts with a simple act of decision.

The Importance of Storytelling in Growing Your Business

Katja Schleicher The Importance of Storytelling in Growing Your Business By Fatima Gorezi Katja Schleicher is a trainer, coach, personal brand builder and keynote speaker specialised in communication, storytelling and intercultural communication.  She trains and consults companies and organisations in finding and telling their corporate stories to emotionalise the public awareness of their brands. Storytelling in business is an integral part of our lives. Stories connect people with other people, businesses, brands, products, and their goals. Katja is passionate about women empowerment as well. She believes that the future of business is female and there is no better time for women to be in business than now. Tell us a little bit about what you do. European by heart – in my work as an expert in all things communication, I train executives and teams in developing their dialogue and narrative skills as much as their abilities when it comes to pitching, presenting and speaking on stage. I do that in German, English and Dutch. So Story-Work, Personal Branding & Rhetoric and intercultural communication are at the heart of impact! Regarding communication, I set up the Pan-European-Trainings-bureau in 2006. I dive into and solve daily communicative and inter-cultural misunderstandings, mostly in business; with mergers & acquisitions, between companies, colleagues, departments, women & men, etc. I built my personal brand around a direct, practical and zero-nonsense approach, which stays always in close empathy to the person(s) I’m working with and never losing focus towards the goal the clients want to achieve. You train & consult companies and organisations in finding and telling their corporate stories, aiming to emotionalise the public awareness of their brands. Would you like to elaborate a little more on what that is like?It’s simply magic to observe when the audience gets the “AHA” moments of their own story and brand. From that moment, nothing, truly nothing, can hold them back to discover, develop and tell their stories. Gone are the things that usually hold them like stage fright, finding excuses or not daring to speak up. The moment they see the tools they can use to reach their goals is making them courageous. When did you begin to have an interest in public speaking? At the time, were you actively seeking something to help you get better, or was it something you kind of stumbled upon?If you’d ask my mum, she’d say that I’ve been doing that forever. Since I’ve been in school I realised that communication and public speaking came easy to me. Knowing that you have to nurture your talents and teach others, I studied communication science, linguistics and psychology. From the first day of my corporate career I was in communication and gathered experience in all departments, from Marketing, PR, Corporate communication and even TV production. Thanks to that broad experience, I was able to step into my second career as trainer, coach and KeyNote Speaker. Did you have a “point of no return” moment around the time that you got into public speaking and coaching, where you had to move forward?No. I simply had no other choice. I was lucky enough that things I do best and love to do most came early and easy to me. So I could quickly focus on teaching others. When did you first realise that public speaking and coaching had a positive impact on your career and self-esteem?Already in school I was the one who could put the most impactful words to the ideas that others had in mind but were struggling to get out properly. That became my professional mission. I strongly believe that talking is gold, while silence the beginning of all trouble. That is always the starting point in the Storytelling, media training or Public Speaking work I do with my clients all over Europe. What drives you to keep pushing forward even when you don’t feel like it?I always feel like it. I can’t remember a moment where it was necessary to keep pushing forward. This vision of resolving communicative issues and diminish misunderstandings gives me more than enough energy. I’m rather the woman who needs to be held back. How have the challenges & setbacks you’ve faced helped you become the person you are today? If you could go back & not have to experience one of your bigger challenges or setbacks, why or why wouldn’t you?I learnt the most about myself in working with others; in the different impacts I do have on others. It’s not easy to accept when you realise that your personality and ways of doing things are polarising. Not being everybody’s darling, having strong opinions and not being afraid of telling sounds nice, but it is a much harder journey and learning curve than I expected.  It simply takes more time and energy to find the clients that are exactly looking for the strengths you have and the skills you provide. But after that, the collaboration with these clients and seeing their public & brand communication blossoming, is pure joy. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were a kid? Does any aspect of that relate to what you do now?I was torn between investigating Goethe’s soul and organising geographical expeditions. Honestly! But it soon became clear that it was the art of teaching I was truly drawn to. And communication has been in my blood all my life anyway. So when it came to choosing subjects when I was 18, the decision was easy: linguistics, psychology, German & English language literature. The world is being shaken up with some momentous changes coming. How do you see the future, the role of women, and is it bright?Cleary, we’re entering Feminess – an age where truly feminine patterns will be seen as the way to a re-definition of success and happiness. Everywhere: from collaboration, communication and doing business. It’s bright but not necessarily easy. The male way of doing things has more role models than the female one, and we still lack 2000 year ruling & leading experience. So simply no better time to be a woman and set the pace.   More about Katja Schleicher/ Speaking & Moderation: https://www.katjaschleicher.com/

Awareness is the key to empower your life forever

Awareness is the key to empower your life forever By Fatima Gorezi Mik Moves is sailor captain, professional coach and counsellor, and water whisperer. Blending her exceptional gifts with gained skills throughout the years, she founded MikMoves® to offer exclusive sailing retreats to change-makers in business and organisations.  With her remarkable capacities and practical insights, she effectively and comfortably takes her clients beyond their comfort zone and help them to reach their full potential. Finding their own truths, her clients can choose to either create an authentic life or manifest innovative projects and business ventures or even end up having both. Mik uses her capacity with water to enhance consciousness on the planet and facilitates the progress of the participants during the sailing retreats.  In addition, she uses her outstanding ability to tune into one’s universe and flawlessly touch on the pain points and teach how to release limiting beliefs in a gentle yet lasting effective way. Living the nomad life, free from the system, she is an inspiration and non-judgmental and non-conclusive visionary, utilising her antennas to pick up on energies creating for the future. In your life, you have gained a lot of respect as a coach and counsellor. Did your career develop in the way you had planned and expected it to be or was it full of unexpected surprises?I believe I have been subconsciously and consciously steering this life and my career to where it is today. Sometimes aware of that push in the back, to go in a certain direction, or being pulled by forces we can’t see. Not like following a track towards a goal in the traditional sense. It’s more like the ease of having no conclusive decisions on how it’s meant to be in any moment. Letting the magic happen. It’s about taking each next step intentionally every time, also with the realisation that it’s just a choice and I can choose again in any next moment. It’s not about making calculated cognitive decisions, it’s more like going with what feels good. “Follow your gut”; people say. I trust this awareness of mine that knows exactly what’s okay for me. And that’s personal; whatever is a contribution to me doesn’t have to be to anyone else. It’s my inner compass, no-one else’s. My career has taken interesting turns and it has all come together over time. I see now, how in essence it’s all about creating. And all my experiences and education that I ever received have gracefully blended into my ‘Release & Create’ programs on the sea aboard elegant catamarans.  So, to say I planned that or expected that… no way! How would you describe your life experience? When did you realise that you have a mission and purpose in this world?I can’t remember it being any different than wanting to change the world my whole life. And I walked a few paths to try out which way I could contribute. I did it the rebellious way, the peaceful way, the artist way, and eventually just by being me, expanding awareness as much as possible and empowering others to do the same. It was when I had a recurring dream where I was looking over the bow of an assailing boat, moving on a bright clear sea, with a sunny sky overhead. It was persistent and I felt something was going to change. By asking inquisitive questions to myself, the whole sailing adventure unfolded rapidly and with ease, as if it was meant to be. I simply started moving in the direction of where I am today by trusting my inner guide.Today I am a sailor captain with water whisperer capacities and I now use that to facilitate my clients during my exclusive sailing retreats. The coaching and counselling has moved onto the water. Having been born on the water it seems life comes full circle when I stepped out of my so-called comfort zone to find that’s when my life started making sense again. My purpose might be to walk my talk and be an example for others to create their own happiness just like that. I am contributing to changing the world with that too. Do you think that you are who you are today because of your genes and your destiny or because you worked hard to make it happen?I believe it’s a combination of a variety of factors. The place in the world I was born, my parents, my upbringing, all have a great deal to do with it. Keeping all options open, maybe I even chose that before I got here on this planet. I believe it is more about being present and aware of yourself. I can work hard as in being committed and invested with all my time and focus, but ‘working hard’ sounds forceful. Being consciously aware in the creation process sounds like way more fun. That’s how I see it and do it. And I have always chosen to do what I was passionate about. How did you find the direction of your journey; who supported you, and what made you become who you are today?I found direction by becoming 100% truthful to myself and trusting myself. Blindly. Call it intuition if you want; it’s what I developed like a muscle strengthened by practising daily. I noticed hunches, instinct, sudden ideas, insights… I followed that with much more wonder and eagerness than going over the pros and cons my thinking mind is programmed to come up with. Instead, I ask questions and I wonder truly what will show up. I am immensely  grateful of where that approach to life has guided me. I have been on the most unbelievable adventures that way. All the people on my way have supported that someway or the other. It’s all the experiences combined, with the people and relationships and the content of the adventures that made me become who I am today. My daughter maybe most of all, because she was the one who set me free to go on worldwide sailing adventures; she fired me from being a mom in the traditional way. What are the best ways to push ourselves out of our comfort zone every day?Don’t push. Just expand your energy. I have wonderful exercises for that. Best advice is: don’t judge, don’t conclude. Be aware when you do and let it go. It might sound strange, but it is really only your judgments, beliefs and points of view that keep you where you are. When you can observe without reacting that’s when your own walls come down. Do you believe that we can turn our weaknesses to strengths? And how can we do this?Well, what if that which is considered a weakness is actually a strength? It’s just a perception, I believe. Again, a place to let go of presumptions, conclusions and judgments, points of view and beliefs about what weakness and strength mean to you. Then start to embrace your capacity by observing how it is contributing to you in real life. Remember always to take care of yourself before others, just like the airplane safety instructions tell you to put on the oxygen mask first before attending to the children. How would you describe your business? How do you empower people?MikMoves stands for creating liberating change. Freeing yourself from whatever holds you back in a way that you don’t need to figure out or relive what is keeping you stuck. Within that freed-up space you can move forward to imagine and shape your own new or revised reality. I empower people by showing them the way to reconnect with their own source of knowing. I am not just telling them to do it, I demonstrate how to do it. What would be your advice for women who also want to be self-employed?Trust your awareness! And if you can’t or don’t know how to, then learn that before you do anything else. You’ll find your authenticity through self-awareness and when you have that, the unfolding and growth of your business will be so much easier. How do you see your business from a global perspective?Global. Haha. As a businesswoman what are the biggest challenges that you currently face?I don’t perceive anything as a ‘challenge’. Instead, I am aware of other people’s points of view and their judgments and conclusions that create their challenges, but I refuse to accept them as mine. I focus on possibilities in opportunities and intentionally choosing my next move. I love creating in that generative way. I don’t fear change, as that is merely suggesting that things are moving. What if I keep asking: “How does it get even better than this?” Then what would that create? What I wish for is that I may inspire others to get to the point of seeing and perceiving anything from different angles than they were used to, and that they have a choice in that. It all comes down to that awareness aspect that with practise keeps expanding. From there on, anything is possible. Find more about Mik https://www.exclusive-sailing.com/

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