On the Successful Women Podcast Show, Gill Donnell, author, speaker & personal development expert, interviews successful women who reveal the secrets of their success; how they have overcome challenges and grabbed at opportunities to accomplish their goals. Each episode will give tips and advice that you can take away and implement in your own life, including how to overcome the Impostor Syndrome and how to maintain a healthy work/life balance.
Transcripts of all the interviews can be found on www.successfulwomen.training/podcast
095: Malin Rosenkvist, The Microloan Foundation
This interview was recorded from a LinkedIn Live with Malin Rosenkvist on 3rd November 2020
In the interview, Malin, The Director of Fundraising and Communications for the Microloan Foundation talks about the impact of the current global pandemic on women, and about the EmpowerHer campaign with a goal to empower 50,000 women in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe before the end of 2020.
Head over to https://www.microloanfoundation.org.uk/ to find out more, including how you can help make a difference to the women in Africa.
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Rebecca Newenham founded Get Ahead VA in 2010 after recognising a gap in the market for virtual assistance services that offered the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses and start-ups need in the 21st century, digital economy.
Get Ahead VA delivers nationwide virtual assistance services for small-to-medium sized businesses and entrepreneurs. With clients ranging from will writers to window cleaners, financial consultants to fashion designers, all of their clients are motivated and driven business owners, with clear plans for business growth. Located right across the UK, they all recognise the value of outsourcing, passing onto others tasks that either they lack skills in, or tasks that drain their valuable time. Get Ahead VA enables them to get back to what they do best – growing and running their businesses. One of their clients, Moritz Schmittat, says: “Get Ahead VA is a highly skilled team of super mums (and dads) offering brilliant services in marketing, social media, office management, graphic design and basically everything small businesses need to run smoothly.”
After a corporate career in buying for retail giants such as Superdrug and Sainsburys, Rebecca was looking for a flexible work solution that could fit around her lifestyle and her three daughters – now 17, 15 and 13. Having grown up with a successfully self-employed mother, Rebecca knew it was possible to be able to contribute financially to the family and to do school drop off and pick-ups too. “My mum was a great example and I grew up knowing that I wanted one day to run my own business just like she did. Having looked at various business ideas and the way the employment landscape was shaping up for the future I felt a virtual assistance business offered the best solution. I have always loved networking, which is such a big part of my role now.”
Rebecca now runs a vibrant team of almost 40 virtual assistants and five regional directors, each bringing with them particular skill sets in many areas of business including PR & Marketing, Social Media, Business Development, Account Management, Design & Administration. Many of them are mothers themselves and also benefit from the flexibility that working for Get Ahead VA delivers. One of the team members says ‘I love working for Get Ahead VA. No two days are ever the same!’
The business has won a variety of awards including Flexible Business of the Year in the Mum and Working Awards and Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday #SBS Award. It has also been shortlisted in awards for Talent Attraction and Networking and was selected as one of the best Home Businesses in the UK. Rebecca herself has been shortlisted for the Women in Business Woman Business Owner of the Year Award.
Connect with Rebecca w: http://getaheadva.com/
Twitter address: @GetAheadVA
Find out more about the Successful Women in Business Network Conference on 5th March 2020 - https://www.swibtribe.com/2020-conference-awards/
Clarisa Ayllon is a health and wellness personality and business, which seeks to inspire people to make better health decisions in their day-to-day life. Better choices about food, exercise, sleep, stress management and reducing toxicants.
The business focuses on individuals who prefer prevention to correction, who need to become the CEO of their own and family’s health. The business aims to help client to improve their back or spinal conditions, with food intolerance or allergies, which feel the need to stay more connected with themselves physically and emotional. The Clarisa Ayllon business focuses also on natural solutions. From choosing what to eat, how to supplement the food one eats from deprived soils, how to balance the exercise throughout the week, how to take advantage from mindfulness exercises to recharge body and mind, to prevent colds, flu, headaches, stress, allergies, skin conditions, anxiety, and live a healthy and happy life. The business is about educating others to live a healthy and happy life. Clarisa Ayllon empowers clients to become their own CEOs of their health in the best holistic way possible, to help people think about themselves.
Clarissa also owns a Swing Yoga studio which offers Swing Yoga classes and regular yoga classes.
“When my youngest daughter started gained frequent respiration conditions the answer was to pile up her with medication, which was unable to prevent future episodes, I decided to start a new journey of natural remedies to foster prevention and reduce future health concerns. My true passion is to help people to find a more natural way to take care of them. I think we can live longer now however we need to boost our brains to evolve with us. My drive is to educate people to live a more happy and energized life”
Connect with Clarissa
092: Alex Cearns - Houndstooth Studio
Internationally renowned pet and wildlife photographer Alex Cearns is the Creative Director of Houndstooth Studio. She specialises in crafting exquisite animal portraits that intrinsically capture the joy people find in animals.
With more than 250 awards and accolades to her name, Alex works tirelessly to make a difference to the lives of rescued animals and endangered wildlife by working with around 40 local, national and international animal charities, shelters and sanctuaries.
Alex’s remarkable images, natural animal handling skills and substantial contribution to improving the lives of rescued animals has earned her high regard among Australia’s population of animal lovers. Her photography and philanthropic efforts have featured in a multitude of Australian and international print, broadcast and digital media. She has photographed for commercial clients all over the world.
Alex is a published author. Her books include: ‘Mother Knows Best - Life Lessons from the Animal World’ (Penguin)
‘Joy, A Celebration of the Animal Kingdom’ (Penguin)
'Things your dog wants you to know' by Laura Vissaritis with images by Alex (Penguin)
'Zen Dogs' (Harper Collins)
‘Perfect Imperfection - Dog portraits of resilience and Love’ (ABC Books)
‘For the love of Greyhounds - Adopted Greyhounds and their happy ever afters’
Alex was appointed an Ambassador and Pro Team member for Tamron’s Super Performance Lens Series, is an Ambassador for Spider Holster, is an Ambassador for Seagate, and is an Ambassador and Key Opinion Leader for BenQ. She is the first professional female wildlife photography tour leader for global tour company World Expeditions.
In 2019 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to the community through charity
Contact Alex here:-
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/HoundstoothStudio
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/alex-cearns/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/houndstoothstudio/
Don't forget the Successful Women Awards are now open for nominations - https://www.swibawards.com/
091: Ros Nelmes of Fordington Gin
Fordington Gin is locally created in Dorchester bringing you a London Dry Gin with a special and uniquely magical twist based on absinthe botanicals.
Fordington is a new and contemporary Gin, bringing a taste that is gentle yet distinctive in flavour. The aniseed and lemon balm add lightness to the Gin allowing for a subtle yet creative taste for you to savour.
Ros Nelmes, today's guest is the creator of Fordington Gin. Ros is passionate about her product and about her home in Dorset. Dorset is peppered with some of the most exceptional food and drink producers in the country, from it’s rolling green hills to it’s majestic coastline.
Ros has extensive knowledge of the world of gin and gives talks on the history and making of gin over the decades on a regular basis.
Connect with Ros on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest & LinkedIn
Kirstin Duffield, CEO of Morning Data Ltd
Kirstin is a passionate London Market and International Insurance solutions provider, helping organisations from start-ups to fast growth SME's, tackle scale, efficiency and process change through technology.
She has had a career in IT and Insurance with a hint of Marketing and Sales, a pinch of Management and Leadership and of course a healthy splash of humour and patience. Her professional experience has seen her travel the world from the Middle East to West Coast USA and from Scotland to Madagascar, installing systems for the Insurance Industry from cradle to grave in the City of London as well as Eritrea and Sudan. Sympathetic to diverse cultures, expectations and experience as well as budgets and need. She has led a professional life that strives to do things just a little bit differently!
Aside from being one of Computer Weekly's top 25 most influential women in IT 2013, her awards include:-
Family Business of the year 2011 Britain's Best Business - Businesswoman of the Year 2012 Best Business Awards - Personal Achievement of the Year 2012 Everywoman - SME Leader of the year 2012 Insurance Times Technology Awards - Business Partner of the Year 2013 Insurance Times Technology Awards - Innovation of the Year 2014 Find Kirstin on LinkedIn
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