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Be courageous in your vision and impact in the world. Lou and guests talk ideas, innovation, social issues, creativity, and pushing the edge of what is possible. It is a platform for women's voices who are positively impacting the world with a story they dare to share about how they found courage, purpose and passion, through all of their challenges and set-backs. We cover health and wellbeing too because to run a business we need to know how to build a life in which we can feel happy, healthy and strong. If you are looking to live your best life, build an impactful business or help create a better world, then these guests are your people, and listening to them will support you on your journey. Thank you for listening and please subscribe to keep up to date on new episodes as they're released. Lou Hamilton is an artist & author of Brave New Girl- How to Be Fearless, and founder of Silk Studios -The Podcast Guest Agency. She champions women entrepreneurs, creatives, business owners and thoughtful leaders with a story to tell and a message to share by helping them guest on podcasts including Brave New Girl podcast. Follow on Instagram @brave_newgirl @silkstudio.s - If you are impact-driven and would like to become a podcast guest on multiple podcasts and bring visibility to your business, mission or message please contact: www.silk-studios.co.uk

BRAVE NEW GIRL Lou Hamilton

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 32 Ratings

Be courageous in your vision and impact in the world. Lou and guests talk ideas, innovation, social issues, creativity, and pushing the edge of what is possible. It is a platform for women's voices who are positively impacting the world with a story they dare to share about how they found courage, purpose and passion, through all of their challenges and set-backs. We cover health and wellbeing too because to run a business we need to know how to build a life in which we can feel happy, healthy and strong. If you are looking to live your best life, build an impactful business or help create a better world, then these guests are your people, and listening to them will support you on your journey. Thank you for listening and please subscribe to keep up to date on new episodes as they're released. Lou Hamilton is an artist & author of Brave New Girl- How to Be Fearless, and founder of Silk Studios -The Podcast Guest Agency. She champions women entrepreneurs, creatives, business owners and thoughtful leaders with a story to tell and a message to share by helping them guest on podcasts including Brave New Girl podcast. Follow on Instagram @brave_newgirl @silkstudio.s - If you are impact-driven and would like to become a podcast guest on multiple podcasts and bring visibility to your business, mission or message please contact: www.silk-studios.co.uk

    Menopause While Black with Karen Arthur

    Menopause While Black with Karen Arthur

    This week is a replay of the episode with Karen Arthur to honour International Menopause Day.  After three decades teaching in secondary education Karen was forced to leave her job after hitting a mid-life breakdown; or what she later described as a breakthrough. Discovering eventually that her plummeting mental health was due to stress and menopause, the crisis  left her wondering what she was meant to be doing with her life. After much body, mind and soul rebuilding she started to plough her energies into becoming a designer of bespoke, flamboyant fashion inspired by her Barbadian mother and aunt's vintage wardrobe. From the darkness she emerged with a mission to encourage women to Wear Their Happy.

    Karen discusses black menopause, mental health and finding your purpose and passion in life. Karen says that Courage is not about slaying the dragon but about honesty, and being prepared to let go and be vulnerable. In this raw and extremely honest interview Karen brings us her Story from the Edge.

    Find out more about Karen's's work on https://reddskin.co.uk follow her on instagram @thekarenarthur

    Join Lou on Linkedin, or sign up to her mailing list for her newsletter and a free bite-size short course on how to be a podcast guest. Follow her @brave_newgirl on Instagram and get her books Brave New Girl- How to be Fearless, FEAR LESS and her Internationally Bestselling book DARE TO SHARE on Amazon or Waterstones or Barnes & Noble. UK & US versions available.

    Lou is the founder of Silk Studios - the Podcast Guest Agency a podcast guest booking service https://silk-studios.co.uk

    Music is licensed from Melody Loops 
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=S7WVQQ2YC26RN)

    • 47 min
    Landing on Mars with Rocket Scientist Melony Mahaarachchi

    Landing on Mars with Rocket Scientist Melony Mahaarachchi

    This week’s guest is Melony Maharaachchi, who co-founded Cambridge Global Ventures INC after a decade in the US Aerospace Industry; from Elon Musk’s Spacex programme to Boeing to Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Lab where she designed the wiring system for the spaceship Rover that landed on Mars in 2021
     Growing up in Sri Lanka Melony had two brothers so her girl friends weren't allowed to come round to play. Instead Melony played with her brothers' friends. This was good training when she entered the male dominated world of Mechanical Engineering at UCLA. It was an aha moment that made her change to robotics engineering, going from the U.S. Aerospace industry as an industry tech leader managing projects for Elon Musk’s Spaces, to Boeing Commercial & NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasedena. Finally she landed the role of Lead Mechanical Engineer for Mars Perseverance Rover which landed on Mars in 2021.
     After ten years in the industry she decided to found her nonprofit organization in 2015, iSTEM Without Borders, focusing on underprivileged students and women to help them pursue and thrive in STEM careers. Also mentor startups in UK Cambridge cluster and SLAASCOM Women Technopreneur forum in Sri Lanka.

    Life as an entrepreneur can be a hair-raising ride, so the lessons from a rocket scientist turned businesswoman are all too relevant!
    Thank you, Melony for your contribution to the tech community and for being a role model for young women around the world and for showing us that anything is possible when you set your vision and take consistent action towards it.
    You can find out more about Melony’s work on www.cambridgeglobal.com and follow her on Linkedin @MelonyMaharaachchi

    Join Lou on Linkedin, or sign up to her mailing list for her newsletter and a free bite-size short course on how to be a podcast guest. Follow her @brave_newgirl on Instagram and get her books Brave New Girl- How to be Fearless, FEAR LESS and her Internationally Bestselling book DARE TO SHARE on Amazon or Waterstones or Barnes & Noble. UK & US versions available.

    Lou is the founder of Silk Studios - the Podcast Guest Agency a podcast guest booking service https://silk-studios.co.uk

    Music is licensed from Melody Loops 
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=S7WVQQ2YC26RN)

    • 40 min
    Pushing the envelope with Leanne Bonner-Cooke MBE

    Pushing the envelope with Leanne Bonner-Cooke MBE

    This week’s guest is Leanne Bonner-Cooke MBE whose passion for business transformation using innovative software inspired her to found the company E-bate. Scooping trophies for SME Growth, Business Innovation & International Business of the Year awards Leanne is also passionate about championing Women in Tech.
    If there has been a time for tech it has been during the Pandemic, when people have turned to it to pivot their businesses and communicate with loved ones. Leanne herself came to technology when she discovered how it could help her dyslexia. After that she didn't look back, until she hit the glass ceiling. She turned her back on the corporate world and quickly found her entrepreneurial spirit

    Since then she has championed the importance of women in business and how it’s imperative we encourage young people, boys and girls, into STEM subjects to ensure our future tech leaders. Entrepreneurs are often pushing at the edge of the envelope, and she says that if you develop the courage to believe in yourself and you take the risks and opportunities, then at least, if you do fail, then you know you have tried.
    Thank you so much Leanne for showing us that even when the odds are against us, it is always possible to make inroads, if we keep showing up and bringing our best selves to the table.
    You can find out more about Leanne’s work on https://www.e-bate.io/ and follow her on Linkedin @LeanneBonnerCookeMBE

    Join Lou on Linkedin, or sign up to her mailing list for her newsletter and a free bite-size short course on how to be a podcast guest. Follow her @brave_newgirl on Instagram and get her books Brave New Girl- How to be Fearless, FEAR LESS and her Internationally Bestselling book DARE TO SHARE on Amazon or Waterstones or Barnes & Noble. UK & US versions available.

    Lou is the founder of Silk Studios - the Podcast Guest Agency a podcast guest booking service https://silk-studios.co.uk

    Music is licensed from Melody Loops 
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=S7WVQQ2YC26RN)

    • 32 min
    Books change lives, with publisher and Sourcebooks founder Dominique Raccah

    Books change lives, with publisher and Sourcebooks founder Dominique Raccah

    This week’s guest is Dominique Raccah, the entrepreneurial Publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks, which has won every award for innovation in the publishing industry, has created scores of New York Times bestsellers & hundreds of national bestsellers; and is the largest woman-owned book publisher in the United States of America. 

    Publishing a book has always relied heavily on author book tours to promote their books but the Pandemic saw all those tours cancelled in the last couple of years. Retailers and the supply chain suffered but publishers and authors learned to adapt and innovate.

    Dominique wasn't always a book worm but when she did finally discover the worlds that lay beyond the covers she was hooked.She didn't take the normal route into publishing but instead fell into it through the course of taking another path. 

    Once in, she was gripped, took a progressive approach and led the way into a market-driven route to book publishing success.  As her coach said she was the most fearful client he had ever seen, who never allowed that fear to get in the way.

    Thanks Dominique for being a leading light in the wonderful community of books that help change lives and enlighten souls; for recognizing that every book is personal and every author’s voice has its place, and for knowing when to hold up a book and gift it to the world.


    You can find out more about Dominique’s work on https://www.sourcebooks.com/
    And follow her on Instagram @draccah2

    Join Lou on Linkedin, or sign up to her mailing list for her newsletter and a free bite-size short course on how to be a podcast guest. Follow her @brave_newgirl on Instagram and get her books Brave New Girl- How to be Fearless, FEAR LESS and her Internationally Bestselling book DARE TO SHARE on Amazon or Waterstones or Barnes & Noble. UK & US versions available.

    Lou is the founder of Silk Studios - the Podcast Guest Agency a podcast guest booking service https://silk-studios.co.uk

    Music is licensed from Melody Loops 
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=S7WVQQ2YC26RN)

    • 42 min
    Breaking the story of the Skipping Sikh, with journalist Minreet Kaur

    Breaking the story of the Skipping Sikh, with journalist Minreet Kaur

    This week’s guest is Minreet Kaur, an award winning broadcast journalist who was behind the story of the Skipping Sikh MBE which won report of the year 2020. Shortlisted for media award 2021 by Asian Women of Achievement Awards, she tells stories of religion, feminism, culture, diversity from the unreported communities.
    The daughter of the famous Skipping Sikh, Minreet was the person who inspired her dad to start skipping during the COVID-19 lockdown. They raised £15,000 for NHS charities. Growing up in UK in a Sikh family, she talks about the values of Sikhism and how they played out in her family when she was growing up. Divorce used to be a stigma and taboo in the Sikh community and she describes how she came through her own depression and divorce, and helped to change her community's attitude to it.She became a journalist and decided to focus on stories of religion, feminism, culture and diversity from the unreported communities.Thanks Minreet for your work that expresses the Sikh values of living with honesty, compassion, generosity, humility, integrity, service, and spirituality on a daily basis and for showing us that by acting in service to others we can help to care for the welfare of humankind.
    You can find out more about Minreet’s work on Linkedin @minreetkaur
    Join Lou on Linkedin, or sign up to her mailing list for her newsletter and a free bite-size short course on how to be a podcast guest. Follow her @brave_newgirl on Instagram and get her books Brave New Girl- How to be Fearless, and FEAR LESS on Amazon or Waterstones or Barnes & Noble. UK & US versions available.

    Lou is the founder of Silk Studios - the Podcast Guest Agency a podcast guest booking service https://silk-studios.co.uk

    Music is licensed from Melody Loops 
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=S7WVQQ2YC26RN)

    • 43 min
    Everyone is welcome, with immigration lawyer Bushra Ali

    Everyone is welcome, with immigration lawyer Bushra Ali

    This week’s guest is Bushra Ali, the Founder of Bushra Ali Solicitors whose work includes immigration law. The youngest President of the Leicestershire Law Society, Bushra was only the eighth female to serve and the second female of colour. Bringing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to the table she works tirelessly to convey that law can be a vocation for all.

    Bushra talks about being the only girl of colour in the Welsh village where she grew up, about discovering she was blind, and about her determination to become a lawyer against the tradition of her Muslim upbringing.

    Nothing that has blocked her way has prevented her from doing what she wanted to do, and instead only served to add oxygen to her fire. Indeed as a result of knowing what it is like to overcome challenges she has consistently sought to help those in society who have also had doors banged in their face.

    With the recent events in Afganistan and so many people coming from traumatic, war torn countries, risking their lives as they escape, only to face racism and bureaucratic stonewalling, Bushra talks about how she tries to do everything she can to get them through the system.

    Thank you so much to Bushra for showing us that with a vision for our future we can strive to achieve our best lives and as we do, we can also help those who are coming up behind us.

    Join Lou on Linkedin, or sign up to her mailing list for her newsletter and a free bite-size short course on how to be a podcast guest. Follow her @brave_newgirl on Instagram and get her books Brave New Girl- How to be Fearless, and FEAR LESS on Amazon or Waterstones or Barnes & Noble. UK & US versions available.

    Lou is the founder of Silk Studios - the Podcast Guest Agency a podcast guest booking service https://silk-studios.co.uk

    Music is licensed from Melody Loops 
    Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/biz/fund?id=S7WVQQ2YC26RN)

    • 40 min

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32 Ratings

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Inspiring podcast

I love listening to the Brave New Girl Podcast for the different stories and subjects shared, so when I was asked to be an interviewee, I was thrilled. Lou is a brilliant interviewer, inspiring and lovely in equal measure.

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This is such a brilliant podcast! I am really looking forward to more! Absolutely one I would recommend!

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