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Conversations with women who have written their own job description and are generally winning at life.Hosted by Fleur Emery.
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Conversations with women who have written their own job description and are generally winning at life.Hosted by Fleur Emery.
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    A Transition Story: the power of gender in the workplace

    A Transition Story: the power of gender in the workplace

    ‘The biggest rebrand I’ve ever done’
    'This episode was our contribution to Trans Visibility Day. Like the best party guests, we’ve shown up late; late because we really wanted to get it right and it took longer than we thought. This episode is a recording of a conversation which reveals both the awkwardness of my learning process while I as a cis-gendered woman try to be a better ally and also an intimate record of what it’s like to be a trans woman in a man’s world.
    Thank you to The Other Box for their training material ‘Allyship in the Workplace’ which is currently available to all REALWORKers and thank you to Producer Buckers for your tireless support getting this right working with an imperfect audio recording.
    And finally to my friend for saying yes to having this conversation out in the open and for your wit and wisdom.'
    Fleur

    This week we speak candidly with an incredible woman and good friend of Fleur’s. Successful in her 20-year career in marketing, our guest transitioned gender partway through her career, in the corporate world, and therefore has a unique perspective on the reality of sexism and misogyny in the workplace.
    She talks us through her career and the challenges she has faced, including:
    The harmful impact of working in a misogynistic environment whilst transitioning and being expected to ‘take a joke’. Being outed at work and the prejudice this was met with. A loss of power that comes with being a woman in the workplace, and how in being direct and determined she is now read as ‘feisty’ or ‘aggressive’ when it was previously celebrated. The visibility of women in professional environments, and the expectation of beauty and aesthetics on top of competence and achievement. Allyship and the importance of tolerance and support.
    Find out more about REALWORK on Instagram @doreal.work or visit www.doreal.work
    The REALWORK Podcast with Fleur Emery is produced by Buckers from Decibelle Creative, find her on Instagram: @decibelle_creative and here: www.decibellecreative.com
    Our thanks go to Tom Seals for his wonderful piano playing at the end of this episode – find him here: @tomseals and www.tomseals.co.uk

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Sima Kumar (pt 2): Oscar night, cancel culture and white supremacy.

    Sima Kumar (pt 2): Oscar night, cancel culture and white supremacy.

    ‘We all have a role to play to do the work’
    In last week’s REALWORK episode we met Sima Kumar, CEO of ‘The Other Box’ and serial entrepreneur. We recommend listening to Part 1 first if you haven’t yet, where Sima discussed the how she has built her career, and started to explore her experiences and views on racism, cancel culture, and the need for us to do the work to make change.
    In Part 2 Sima dives deeper into her thoughts on racism and privilege, and the need for sustainable activism, including:
    Racism, intersectionality, and the importance of white people acknowledging the part they play. The reactive nature of politics, and the swing from Obama to Trump in the US. How outrage is co-opted by the privileged at the expense of effective activism. Understanding your privilege and how it operates so that you can use it to make change. Making your activism sustainable and being conscious of where your interest lies.
    The Other Box emotional intelligence webinar replays mentioned in this episode can be found here: https://www.theotherbox.org/emotional-intelligence
    https://www.simakumar.com/
    How I Became a Localist | Deborah Frieze | TEDx Jamaica Plain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jTdZSPBRRE
    The articles discussed in the podcast:
    ·       D. Clark, M., 2020. DRAG THEM: A brief etymology of so-called “cancel culture”. Communication and the Public, 5(3-4), pp.88-92.
    ·       Legate, N., DeHaan, C.R., Weinstein, N. and Ryan, R.M., 2013. Hurting you hurts me too: The psychological costs of complying with ostracism. Psychological science, 24(4), pp.583-588.
    ·       Hans, V. L., 2020, Aug 01. The Meaningless Anger of Cancel Culture. The Australian Financial Review, 33. ISSN 04042018.
    Find out more about REALWORK on Instagram @doreal.work or visit www.doreal.work and sign up to the the newsletter, The REALWORKer.
    The REALWORK Podcast with Fleur Emery is produced by Buckers from Decibelle Creative, find her on Instagram: @decibelle_creative and here: www.decibellecreative.com
    Our thanks go to Tom Seals for his wonderful piano playing at the end of this episode – find him on Instagram here: @tomseals and www.tomseals.co.uk
     

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    • 42 min
    Sima Kumar (pt 1): Fashion, racism and accountability.

    Sima Kumar (pt 1): Fashion, racism and accountability.

    ‘When you’re really doing the work you have to prioritise impact over intention’
    Sima Kumar is CEO of ‘The Other Box’ and is first and foremost a storyteller. A self-described ‘Island Girl with An English Heart’, Sima was born in Fiji, raised in Canada, and now lives and works in London. She has over 25 years of experience working in fashion, film, television, and other creative industries, and values the importance of staying true to yourself in your work and wider life.
    In Part 1 Sima shares from her wealth of experience and insights, including:

    Building a career from her first retail job, through 25 years of creative experience across different fields, to Sima’s consultancy and coaching business ‘Sima Says’. Racism and the experience of being othered, and the work Sima does as CEO of ‘The Other Box’, an award-winning diversity and inclusion company. Cancel culture, the difference between calling people out, calling people in, and calling people forward, and the importance of holding people accountable. The need for us to do the work to address your own racism, acknowledge your privilege, and recognise when you are part of the problem.
    Look out for Part 2 of our conversation with Sima next week, where we continue to explore cancel culture, privilege and white supremacy, and the active role we all must play in making a change.
    https://www.theotherbox.org/
    https://www.simakumar.com/
    Find out more about REALWORK on Instagram @doreal.work or visit www.doreal.work
    The REALWORK Podcast with Fleur Emery is produced by Buckers at Decibelle Creative, find her on Instagram: @decibelle_creative and here: www.decibellecreative.com

    Our thanks go to Tom Seals for his wonderful piano playing at the end of this episode – find him on Instagram @tomseals and www.tomseals.co.uk

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    • 46 min
    Farah Kabir: From finance to female sexual wellness

    Farah Kabir: From finance to female sexual wellness

    ‘We’re not glossing over the reality of being a woman, we want to be real and relatable’
    Farah Kabir was in a secure job in finance when she and her co-founder noticed a problem with the condom market; it was all targeted towards men. After thorough market research and a somewhat awkward announcement over family dinner, HANX was founded; providing sexual health products from condoms and lube through to treatments for thrush and more, HANX offers women a beautifully packaged alternative to the many garish, male-pitched products that fill the market.
    Farah discusses her journey with HANX to date, including:
    ·       Moving from a secure job in finance to launching a successful business in sexual wellness.
    ·       The importance of being data and customer driven when designing products.
    ·       Navigating the world of investment for small businesses, and the necessary move towards a supportive, reciprocal environment where women help women.
    ·       The need for sexual education that includes consent, relationship, female anatomy and female pleasure, as championed by charity partners Sexpression and Sexpectation.
    https://www.hanxofficial.com/
    https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/knicker-box-glory/id1485760339
    https://sexpression.org.uk/
    https://schoolofsexed.org/
    Find out more about REALWORK on Instagram @doreal.work or visit www.doreal.work
    The REALWORK Podcast with Fleur Emery is produced by Buckers from @decibelle_creative www.decibellecreative.com
    Our thanks go to Tom Seals for his wonderful piano playing at the end of this episode – find him here: @tomseals and www.tomseals.co.uk

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Mercy Shibemba: Building a change-making career in activism.

    Mercy Shibemba: Building a change-making career in activism.

    “You’ve got things to say, and people who need to hear it.”
    Mercy Shibemba is an award-winning activist, and advocate for young people living with HIV. Mercy has always been driven, drawing up a teaching career plan at the age of 8. However, after learning of her HIV status and how she can make a change in young people’s lives with her experience, Mercy’s career as an activist has taken shape and at 22 is already recognised as an important voice in this area.
    Mercy shares how she has built her career as an activist to date, including:

    Earning a living doing work you care about, through public speaking, writing, and activism. ‘Growing into’ roles you take up and the importance of support and guidance. Her involvement with the Children’s HIV Association, the HIV Commission, The Sophia Foundation, and her work in youth participation. Award-winning recognition for change-making work in receiving the Diana Award in 2017. Coming out of the ‘viral closet’, beating HIV secrecy and shame, and living the life she wants to lead.
    You can follow Mercy’s activism on Instagram at @mercyshibemba.
    https://www.hivcommission.org.uk/
    https://www.chiva.org.uk/
    Mercy's Ted Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/mercy_ngulube_generation_y_entitled_to_change
    For more info on REALWORK head to www.doreal.work
    The REALWORK Podcast with Fleur Emery is produced by Buckers at @decibelle_creative


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    • 51 min
    Charlotte Melia: Luxury events and innovating in a crisis.

    Charlotte Melia: Luxury events and innovating in a crisis.

    “You’re CEO, this is your job to steer the ship through the storm”
    Business owner Charlotte Melia grew up in an entrepreneurial family on the Isle of Wight. Moving away from the Isle and the tourist trap of the Brading Wax Work Museum, Charlotte went to university in London before embarking on a range of jobs that lead to her realising, she was unemployable, and had entrepreneurial blood in her veins. Dazzle and Fizz, the children’s events business, was born.
    Join Charlotte as she talks through:

    Being unemployable and starting out as an entrepreneur including pricing and responsible investing. Founding Dazzle and Fizz, a high-end events business for children’s parties and the incredible journey to six figure events in Dubai. How she has kept her event business viable, entering the tech world to move Dazzle and Fizz online to help working parents amid Covid restrictions. Balancing running her own business with being a single mother of her young son with autism, and the importance of being kind to yourself with meditation and positive self-talk.
    https://dazzleandfizzclub.co.uk/
    @thatcharlottemelia
    @thevestaclub
    Brading Wax Work Museum https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVdCqyVrM9Y
    For more info on REALWORK head to www.doreal.work
    The REALWORK Podcast with Fleur Emery is produced by Buckers at @decibelle_creative
    Huge thanks to Tom Seals for the sensational piano playing at the end of this episode - find here here: www.tomseals.co.uk

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    • 57 min

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Powerful storytelling

Really enjoying these episodes, packed with insight, clarity and soul. Thanks for providing a platform for these vital conversations.✨

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An inspirational podcast

Fleur is a laid back and natural presenter which gives her podcast a lovely conversational tone, it’s very laid back but really informative and inspiring. A great podcast for female freelancers and founders.

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Brilliant

Just listened to the transitioning story - this was a really powerful episode, can’t wait to listen to more!

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