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Women On Top is a series of intimate conversations with bright and brilliant women on a mission.

Interviewing startup founders, business leaders, creators, politicians and activists, Women On Top unpacks their successes, failures, ambition and drive. From creating multi-million dollar companies to managing mental health and imposter syndrome, Women On Top explores it all through a feminist lens.

Brought to you by host Frankie Cotton.

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Women On Top is a series of intimate conversations with bright and brilliant women on a mission.

Interviewing startup founders, business leaders, creators, politicians and activists, Women On Top unpacks their successes, failures, ambition and drive. From creating multi-million dollar companies to managing mental health and imposter syndrome, Women On Top explores it all through a feminist lens.

Brought to you by host Frankie Cotton.

    EP50 Upasna Bhadhal on Privilege, Diversity and Inclusive Workplace Culture

    EP50 Upasna Bhadhal on Privilege, Diversity and Inclusive Workplace Culture

    Today’s guest is investment headhunter and diversity and inclusion strategist, Upasna Bhadhal. Upasna has worked with the biggest names in financial services including Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Blackrock, Aviva and Coutts.

    In this episode, Upi tells us that, reassuringly, she has seen an uptick in demand for Diversity and Inclusion Training since the international Black Lives Matter protests in May of this year. She tells us what diverse recruitment really looks like and how to nurture a culture where all people feel valued, represented and respected.

    We discuss why people feel confronted by the term ‘privilege’, if diversity quotas really work and the importance of psychological safety at work, especially in a recession. We also examine conformity bias, where employees conform to leaders’ ideology which in turn creates group think, the question being: “how do you challenge the person or people who control your promotions and salary?”

    This conversation was recorded on 18th August 2020. I hope you enjoy listening!

    Thank you to Tide business current account for sponsoring this episode of Women On Top.

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    Connect with Upasna Bhadhal:

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/upasnabhadhal
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/xupasnax/
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/upasnabhadhal/

    Connect with your host Frankie Cotton:
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    This episode was sound edited by Beth Davison https://www.bethdavison.com/. Women On Top is a Let’s Be Frank production. https://letsbefrank.co

    • 50 min
    EP49 Amone Gbedemah and Maria Purcell on Kickstarter Campaigns, Periods and Leaning In

    EP49 Amone Gbedemah and Maria Purcell on Kickstarter Campaigns, Periods and Leaning In

    Today’s guests are the incredibly talented duo and co-founders of The Hood, Amone Gbedemah and Maria Purcell. Amone and Maria met as colleagues at Facebook, before founding The Hood earlier this year, and are on a mission to ‘redesign the world with women in mind’.

    The first of their ventures has been to create a new pathway for girls to navigate and celebrate their periods. Part journal, part guide, Girlhood invites girls to capture their unique story of growing up while providing information and insights about the changes their bodies go through during puberty.

    In this episode, we talk about how Amone and Maria prepared for and ran a successful kickstarter campaign, despite launching just a week before the UK Covid-19 lockdown. And though Amone is the adrenaline lover of the two, Maria raised the stakes by doubling the kickstarter target just before launch. Was this a crazy idea? Perhaps, but motivated by young girls not having peer support at school, the period journal was more important than ever.

    Amone ends by telling us her perspective on launching a new business or project: “Just say yes and lean in. You never know where an opportunity is going to take you.”

    This conversation was recorded on 5th August 2020. I hope you enjoy listening!

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    Episode Resources:

    https://wearethehood.com/
    We are the Hood Journals - https://wearethehood.com/shop
    We are the Hood Downloadables - https://wearethehood.com/free-period-tracker
    Bloody Good Period - https://www.bloodygoodperiod.com/
    Red Box Project: http://redboxproject.org/
    Connect with Amone Gbedemah:

    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/amonegbedemah/

    Connect with Maria Purcell:

    Twitter - https://twitter.com/mariayesufu?lang=en
    Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mariapurcell/
    LinkedIn - https://uk.linkedin.com/in/mariapurcell

    Connect with your host Frankie Cotton:
    https://frankiecotton.com
    https://twitter.com/FrankieCotton_
    https://www.instagram.com/frankiecotton_/
    This episode was sound edited by Beth Davison https://www.bethdavison.com/. Women On Top is a Let’s Be Frank production. https://letsbefrank.co

    • 45 min
    EP48 Mary Agbesanwa on Standing Out, Intentional Networking and Taking Up Space

    EP48 Mary Agbesanwa on Standing Out, Intentional Networking and Taking Up Space

    Today’s guest is the wonderful and incredibly busy Mary Agbesanwa. How do I describe Mary? Well, she’s a management consultant currently leading the Fintech Scale Programme at PWC. Mary co-leads PwC’s Multicultural Business Network and was recently named EMpower’s Future Leader 2020 and awarded the title of McKinsey Inspire Next Generation Women Leader 2020.

    Mary also writes ‘A Millennial’s Diary’ blog on Medium and founded Now You’re Talking Network, a female millennial community which connects ambitious future leaders to opportunities and resources.

    In this episode, Mary and I discuss what it means to take up space in a professional environment and how to stand out and get exposure for the work that you do. Mary tells us how she fosters self-confidence, puts herself forward for opportunities and protects herself from negative media influences.

    We debate the fine line between personal branding and oversharing, if social media can damage or enhance our professional reputations and the explosion of faux feminism which focuses on image rather than action.

    Mary shares some great practical takeaways and leaves us with this quote from Michelle Obama “failure is a feeling long before it’s an actual result”.

    This conversation was recorded on 20th August 2020. I hope you enjoy listening!

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    Episode Resources:

    Empowering Yourself: The Organizational Game Revealed by Harvey Coleman - https://amzn.to/3lxsr7A
    Becoming by Michelle Obama - https://amzn.to/2G3hXMX

    Connect with Mary Agbesanwa:

    https://www.maryagbesanwa.com/
    A Millennial's Diary - https://medium.com/@mary_agbesanwa
    Follow Mary on Twitter - https://twitter.com/MillennialMaryA
    Now You’re Talking events - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/now-youre-talking-team-18622205292
    Follow Now You’re Talking on Twitter - https://twitter.com/NYTNetwork

    Connect with your host Frankie Cotton:
    https://frankiecotton.com
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    https://www.instagram.com/frankiecotton_/
    This episode was sound edited by Beth Davison https://www.bethdavison.com/. Women On Top is a Let’s Be Frank production. https://letsbefrank.co

    • 37 min
    EP47 Egbe Manton on Startup Legals, Unconscious Bias and Getting Ahead

    EP47 Egbe Manton on Startup Legals, Unconscious Bias and Getting Ahead

    Today’s guest is Egbe Manton, lawyer and founder of Manton Legal Consultancy.

    In this episode Egbe tells us how she has built a successful law career, securing promotions by eliminating unconscious bias variables wherever possible, like the time she took off her wedding ring for a job interview.

    Egbe tells us how contracts are fundamental to protect your business and create healthy boundaries with clients, ensuring everyone is on the same page and helping avoid scope creep.

    And despite the fact that Egbe’s work is to deromanticise business by grounding it in its practicalities, Egbe tells us that shareholder agreements really do bring people together!

    This conversation was recorded on 29th July 2020.

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    Connect with Egbe Manton:

    https://www.mantonlegal.co.uk/
    https://www.instagram.com/egbemanton/

    Connect with your host Frankie Cotton:
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    This episode was sound edited by Beth Davison https://www.bethdavison.com/. Women On Top is a Let’s Be Frank production. https://letsbefrank.co

    • 46 min
    EP46 Kelly Mackenzie on Creative Culture, COVID-19 Lessons and Building Future Unicorns

    EP46 Kelly Mackenzie on Creative Culture, COVID-19 Lessons and Building Future Unicorns

    Today’s guest is Kelly Mackenzie, founder of award-winning creative agency White Bear.

    In this episode we talk about what it takes to start and build an agency, and how to cultivate a culture of creativity remotely. Kelly tells us how her and the team have devised ways to find new ideas and get inspired when creativity has been lacking during lockdown.

    We discuss how to manage client expectations, the importance of upfront payment schedules and how to listen with curiosity to decipher your clients’ needs and ultimately serve them better.

    Kelly tells us how she transforms anxious energy into excitement, reframes selling as helping and tells us: “if you don’t ask, you don’t get”.

    This conversation was recorded on 23rd July 2020.

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    Connect with Kelly Mackenzie and White Bear:

    https://whitebearstudio.com/

    Connect with your host Frankie Cotton:
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    This episode was sound edited by Beth Davison https://www.bethdavison.com/. Women On Top is a Let’s Be Frank production. https://letsbefrank.co

    • 35 min
    EP45 Rebecca Warner on International Development and Surviving Sexual Abuse

    EP45 Rebecca Warner on International Development and Surviving Sexual Abuse

    Today’s guest is Teach First ambassador and founder of education charity Seed Malawi, Rebecca Warner.

    Before I share more about our conversation, I must tell you that this episode comes with a trigger warning - we tackle the topic of child sexual abuse and rape, so please do listen with caution.

    In this episode, Rebecca tells us about how she founded international charity SEED Malawi and how they are challenging neocolonialist development. Neocolonialism is an extension and progression of control over other countries, and is fundamentally patriarchal and racist, rooted in slavery and exploitation. In the context of charities, this means fighting the “white saviour” approach and to give power back to local communities.

    Rebecca is also a survivor of child sexual abuse and rape, and this drives a large part of her work at SEED. The charity is running a data collection project on the prevalence of child sexual abuse in Malawi - the last report of this kind found that more than 60% of Malawian’s were violated during their childhood.

    Rebecca speaks openly and powerfully about her own experience and tells us: “It is ok to feel anger and rage. Anger is not a sign of weakness.”

    If you’ve been affected by the topics raised in this episode, you can find a list of support organisations below.

    This conversation was recorded on 21st July 2020.

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    Episode Resources

    The Survivors Trust - https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/
    Rape Crisis England & Wales - https://rapecrisis.org.uk/
    Safeline - https://www.safeline.org.uk/

    Connect with Rebecca Warner and Seed Malawi:

    https://twitter.com/SeedMalawi
    https://www.seedmalawi.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/seedmalawi/

    Connect with your host Frankie Cotton:
    https://frankiecotton.com
    https://twitter.com/FrankieCotton_
    https://www.instagram.com/frankiecotton_/
    This episode was sound edited by Beth Davison https://www.bethdavison.com/. Women On Top is a Let’s Be Frank production. https://letsbefrank.co


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