We are talking business. We are talking science. We are talking life, love, purpose and owning who you are. Join me when I talk to some of my favourite people about what makes them change makers, champions and role models. I am speaking with entrepreneurs, scientists, athletes, authors, activists, philanthropists and much more. Old and new friends, all inspiring with fascinating stories to tell, with no filters, no hypocrisy.
EPISODE N.26: GINA MILLER. THE ULTIMATE GAME CHANGER
Gina Miller is the woman who has twice led legal challenges against the government and won. Her first victory came in September 2017, when the Supreme Court ruled in favour of giving MPs a say over triggering Article 50, the legal mechanism taking the UK out of the EU. Her second came when the Supreme Court ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament was unlawful. Gina success in the courts has come at a high price as she has become a hate figure for many Brexit supporters and has had to employ round-the-clock security after threats to her life. She is a successful businesswoman and an activist, always looking to fight for what she believes is right.
In this brilliant interview Gina Miller talks openly about the difficult times she went through in her life, from facing racism and hate, to being victim of domestic violence. Gina is a highly inspirational woman, listen to her story and to her powerful voice. We all should stand up for what is right and never be silent if we see something bad happening around us. Leave a comment, share with your friends and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!
EPISODE N.25: TRACEY WOODWARD. A STORY OF DETERMINATION AND PASSION
Tracey Woodward was illiterate until she was 14, having a very challenging childhood she had to learn every single job from the bottom up and she went from counter girl to CEO. Tracey just stepped down as the global CEO of Aromatherapy Associates and The Refinery with a 36-year successful career in the beauty industry that included working at Lauder, Clinique, Donna Karan, Aveda and MOP. Today she is working with Equi Botanics, Kalmar Lifestyle, and Lebon Toothpaste.
In this brilliant interview Tracey talks about her life, career, family, and how she thinks women can take care of themselves and succeed. She discusses with Paola about shame and the challenges and abuses she went through, when a child. Listen to her inspiring story of passion and resilience, leave a comment, share with your friends and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!
EPISODE N.24: FRU HAZLITT. FROM ITV TO ROME
Fru Hazlitt is a true force of nature and a real change maker. She is Non-Executive Member of Channel 4 Board of Directors, and she was ITV’s Commercial Chief, CEO of Virgin Radio and Managing Director of Yahoo UK and Ireland. Fru did a fantastic job in transforming ITV’s commercial operation and building ITV online, pay and interactive business. In the five years since Hazlitt joined ITV online, pay and interactive revenues have grown from £50m to £150m annually, and profits have surged from £14m to £90m. After 5 years at ITV, Fru decided to change completely life. She is telling us why she did that, for the first time. Now she lives in Rome with her beautiful family and she founded La Piazza Group, that creates new forms of marketing for new “made in Italy” businesses.
Listen to this inspiring episode, where Fru talks for the first time about the bullying culture she had to face at ITV and how she managed to change it. Fru also talks about her life as a powerful business woman and single mother of three, and how she met her actual husband. He passion for life and her energy are a motivation for each one of us! Leave a comment, share with your friends and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!
EPISODE N.23: TRISHA GODDARD. DATING AND LOVE AFTER 60
Tricia Goddard is a television presenter and journalist best known for her morning BAFTA-winning talk show ‘Trisha’, broadcasted on ITV and then Channel 5, that was one of the most popular daytime telly programmes in the UK for quite a long time. Trisha was the first black woman to front a TV show in 1987 in Australia and she had to face a lot of racism because of that. She recently appeared on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit On The Side and Dancing on Ice, learning to ice-skating at 64! Trisha is a breast cancer survivor and she went through three difficult divorces.
Listen to her brilliant interview where she talks about some horror dating stories and her new life with her secret American boyfriend. Trisha is a force of nature, who never stops learning and experiencing new things, always with a smile on her face. Leave a comment, share with your friends and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!
SAMANTHA RENKE. FORGET WHAT YOU’VE BEEN TOLD ABOUT DISABILITY!
Samantha is an actress, presenter, disability activist, inclusion and equality consultant and keynote speaker. Prior to moving to London, she was a modern languages teacher. She is a columnist for the Metro and has written a multitude of articles on what it is like to be disabled in a disabling world, as well as several socio-cultural criticisms on patronising attitudes, body image, bullying, LGBTQ+ issues, ableism and the financial and social costs of being disabled. Additionally, Samantha has written for The Huffington Post and PosAbility magazine. She also featured in the highly successful series of adverts for Maltesers based on real-life experiences of disabled people, and is an experienced speaker having spoken at events for companies and organisations such as the National Education Union, Viacom, Houses of Parliament, British Red Cross, Santander, Reed Smith and Viacom.
Samantha is an ambassador for Scope and a patron of Head2Head Theatre. She was named in The Shaw Trust’s Power 100 list of 2019 of the UK’s most influential disabled people as well as being nominated as Campaigner of the Year in the 2019 European Diversity Awards. Her credits include Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC Two), Rip Off Britain (BBC One), Sunday Morning Live (BBC One), Victoria Derbyshire (BBC Two), Loose Women (ITV), Jeremy Vine on 5 (Channel 5), The Matthew Wright Show (talkRADIO), Badass Women’s Hour (talkRADIO) and Drivetime with Eamonn Holmes (talkRADIO). Samantha won The Susan Mullen Award for Best Actress at the Los Angeles Diversity Film Festival in 2014.
Watch this brilliant episode filmed on Zoom, during the lockdown, listen to Samantha’s story and be inspired by her incredible resilience and positive mindset. Leave a comment below, share with your friends and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!
EPISODE N.21: PAOLA DIANA. THIS IS ME
In this special episode we have a guest host! Award winning Author and Director Shamin Sarif is interviewing our host Paola Diana, asking her about her inspiring story. “I left in awe of her willingness to say the unsayable, no matter what trouble it will cause” this is what Helen Rumbelow, of The Times said about Paola, after interviewing her in 2018. Paola Diana’s own life story is one of inspirational change and challenge. As a child and a teenager, she suffered physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her father, which lead to bulimia and depression. Moving out to attend university she carved a path for herself. Despite facing sexual discrimination in Italy, she forged a career working in politics, behind the scenes, and then becoming a successful international self-made entrepreneur.
A bestselling author and activist, Paola Diana is a mouthpiece for female equality, having experienced both domestic abuse and sex discrimination throughout her life. Now a London based entrepreneur and campaigner for equal rights Paola has dedicated her life to championing equal opportunities and equal rights, in business and politics. Her book, Saving the World, part manifesto for change, part historical and sociological essay, charts women’s condition through the centuries, analysing their treatment within political, religious, economic and societal contexts to form a bigger picture of their place in the world; because to understand the present, and make a meaningful difference, we must get to grips with the past. This is a journey that concludes with a clear vision for a better society in which all women are set free from fear, violence and oppression. Paola Diana impresses on us that this world we inhabit, dominated by men and often seemingly immutable, is far from the only one possible.
Watch her brilliant interview by Shamim Sarif, share it and leave a comment. And don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!