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We focus on showcasing women entrepreneurs in the Middle East region and share their entrepreneurial story as well as sharing their top advise and resources to more women in the region to help them achieve their own success. Be it, to help more women start their own business, make a career change or find a new challenge - these stories create energy. We have different motivations for many things but we have found that the power of the women's story can create action and emotional realignment.

We are based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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We focus on showcasing women entrepreneurs in the Middle East region and share their entrepreneurial story as well as sharing their top advise and resources to more women in the region to help them achieve their own success. Be it, to help more women start their own business, make a career change or find a new challenge - these stories create energy. We have different motivations for many things but we have found that the power of the women's story can create action and emotional realignment.

We are based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

    #115 'My Client's Told Me To Start My Own Business' Says Robyn Sokol, Managing Director Of Emerald Events & Exhibitions, Dubai, UAE

    #115 'My Client's Told Me To Start My Own Business' Says Robyn Sokol, Managing Director Of Emerald Events & Exhibitions, Dubai, UAE

    'Do what it takes to get the job done' - this is the motto of Robyn Sokol, Managing Director of Emerald Events and Exhibitions.

    I love how the driving force behind her starting her own company was her clients.  Before she got started they could see her abilities and strengths but she felt she lacked the confidence.  Today Robin is a fully fledged business owner, with some amazing events completed, works with some very prestigious brands and she can't wait for how the next years will role out!

    Robin works in one of the most stressful job descriptions out there.  An event of any size has so many facets and dimensions that the potential for a failure can happen but this is where Robin thrives. She's a details person,  she loves the background operations, she's very open and connected to her clients and she loves seeing a project through to fulfilment. Yes she has days when she's deep into a project, stress levels are high and she questions her chosen career path but when it's all done and the client is more than delighted, that's when she knows she in the right career because she's always wanted to be an event's organiser.

    In this episode, Robin takes us behind the scenes of her business story and the core essence of how she creates events which her clients love and want more off.  She shares her best accomplishments and her worst experience and what she learnt.  She tells us about her vision for her business and how her other motto is 'Go by instinct, live by fate'.

    One of the key take aways I took from our meeting was the importance of having a vision, a template and a process.  Robin envisions the event and then works her magic with processes and a great team to create the for her client. In any business, the vision is the power house of achieving the goals and she reminded me of how important that was.  

    Thank you Robin for your time, energy and insight, I love meeting people that are so passionate about what they do and you are clearly one of those ladies..... thank you!

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    #114 'Meet Mariam Shibib, Humanitarian Turned Language & Communication Business Owner, Dubai, UAE.

    #114 'Meet Mariam Shibib, Humanitarian Turned Language & Communication Business Owner, Dubai, UAE.

    'The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

    I'm delighted to introduce you to Mariam Shibib the CEO and Founder of the Pomegranate Institute, a language institute at its core but so much more than that too.

    Mariam story is a great example of someone who has become very clear on her purpose and her own why!  Its a complex journey to get there for each of us but she's found her story and knows what her passion and direction is.

    Mariam is from a blended background meaning her ancestry is peppered with a number of cultures and flavours. She's part German, part Syrian and part Iraqi and her husband is from Pakistan. She has spent a lot of time in the UK and now Dubai is her home for her family and business.  

    In this episode you will hear about Mariam's humanitarian background and how that has heavily influenced her journey. She tells us the story behind why her business is called Pomegranate institute.  Its a humbling story!  She shares with us how at the heart of understanding people is 'communication' and how the world would be a better place if we took the time to find the ways to communicate with each other.  She tells us why Dubai was right for her business and how key moments in our lives shift our prospective and we need to be paying attention.

    It was a delight to listen to her story!  Mariam is a warm and open story teller.  Her voice is very soothing and she articulates her story so eloquently.  I can't wait to spend more time getting to know her. Thank you Mariam for your hospitality.  Your office space is a wonderful place to be in and your team are awesome. Thank you!

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    #113 'Emotional Eating Is Exactly What You Want To Be Doing! Says MC Lessard, Emotionologist, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    #113 'Emotional Eating Is Exactly What You Want To Be Doing! Says MC Lessard, Emotionologist, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

    I was delighted to have MC back on the show - I loved our previous discussion on Success Depends on Mastering Emotions. MC Lessard, is an Emotionologist. A specialist title that I'd only recently heard of.  When I met MC I was confused and intrigued by her title.  Why would one want to visit an Emotionologist? But the more I listened to MC it became even more clear why her expertise is so important today.    

    One of the topics we spoke about was our relationship with Food and our emotions, something we are all familiar with.  MC took me an a educational and entertaining journey of getting more conscious with my eating. She introduced me to a four part strategy to help me deal with emotional eating.  I was very surprised to hear her first tip but you know what it totally made sense.  

    MC really helped get some clarity around emotional eating and how our brain is very powerful at dishing out the negative thoughts when we eat emotionally but not great at sharing positive emotions when we eat.  She reminds us about a strategy she shares from her first podcast about 'parking your thought' which is very useful when it comes to mindful eating. She asks us to embrace our emotional eating moment and savor the treat - don't see it as a cheat!  She explains her logic behind this in the podcast and personally I'm fully embracing this logic.

    MC introduces me to mindful eating and conscious eating. That awareness of what we are eating and how being more mindful means more emotional awareness and with that we have the foundation of emotional intelligence. A skill that  I really think is the secret to a fulfilling life! 

    MC once again shared her ideas clearly and helped me understand her tips and strategies.  These strategies though are not a quick fix solution they are all part of our life journey. They need to be worked on daily and made into a habit.  If they become habit they are more likely to stick with us for the long term.

    Thank you MC for your insights and wisdom - Through both our podcasts I'm more aware now that emotions and our thoughts play a huge part in how our lives play out!  We need to be continuously aware of them and questions how relevant they are in the moment!  Thank you! 
     
    See more of our episode via our website www.thelearningcurvepodcast.com
     

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    #112 'Learn To Be Comfortable With Your Pricing Strategy And Believe You Are Charging What You Are Worth' Says Maria Pearson, CEO Of Grow-Me, Dubai, UAE.

    #112 'Learn To Be Comfortable With Your Pricing Strategy And Believe You Are Charging What You Are Worth' Says Maria Pearson, CEO Of Grow-Me, Dubai, UAE.

    The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

    Its a true under current of women in business and I suffer from it too - its that voice in your head that says 'you are charging too much'.  Maybe you are more attuned to your pricing strategy and know what you are worth but I don't think I'm alone when we talk about the struggle of charging for your value of business you give.  We recognise we do it but lack the confidence to change it.  

    This is where Maria Pearson walks into my life.  Maria Pearson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Grow.ME An impact development consultancy aimed at helping organisations connect people performance to business results.  She is also the creator of the initiative 'Women-able' - a platform to help women entrepreneurs of the UAE grow their businesses. 

    Maria is all about empowering people. She's very passionate about helping people develop their skill sets and be great at what they do so what they do impacts the overall business performance or helps grow their businesses.  Maria helps you dig deep, she helps you answer the tough questions you may not be asking, she gives you the value and attention you need to grow your confidence, build your skill set and coachs you to your business success.

    In this episode we discover more about Maria's career and why she started Grow-ME and the Woman-Able initiative.  She then takes us on a journey of helping us to pay more attention to our value and the price we put on our products and services.  Maria helps us recognise the pain points we could be suffering when we talk about our value. She shares how its important to go out to our customers and get a sense of their value drivers in helping us formulate our pricing strategy.

    Maria shares how important confidence is when it comes to the topic of value and how you must value your time involved in the work around your product or service not just the product or service itself.  Women are great leaders and I believe can surpass men because of our abilities to juggle, multi-task and follow a well thought out strategy but if we can't get clear on the value we bring to the table and be confident about our prices then we will falter.

    Maria and I had met a few times before we conducted this interview and each time she left me with food for thought.  She's a thought provoker, she's someone who is trying to pull you out of your comfort zone and help you find your larger comfort zone. 

    Thank you Maria - for your time and your energy. Your successes with Woman-Able 2016 are evidence of how valuable your style, mentor-ship and programme is for women of the UAE to really make an impact and build a business they've always dreamed off.  Thank you.
    Listen to more of our interviews via our website - www.thelearningcurvepodcast.com

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    #111 'Success Depends On Mastering Emotions,' Says MC Lessard, Emotionologist, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    #111 'Success Depends On Mastering Emotions,' Says MC Lessard, Emotionologist, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

    I'd like you to meet MC Lessard, an Emotionologist. A specialist title that I'd only recently heard of.  When I met MC I was confused and intrigued by her title.  Why would one want to visit an Emotionologist? But the more I listened to MC it became even more clear why her expertise is so important today.  

    We are emotional beings and the way the world works today we are expected in some ways to disconnect from our emotions and just be.  Can you remember as a kid when your parents might say 'shake it off' or your buddy might say, after an emotional break up, 'get over it, move on' but its these kind of 'brush it under the carpet' attitude that means you don't deal with the emotion, it just sits there and quietly festers, waiting for you to deal with it.  That 'deal with it' moment can be totally unexpected and hit you at a time when you just don't have time to deal with it.  But I know life doesn't always work like that.  Talking with MC I discovered that we should embrace our emotional nature. Don't be scared of it or shy away from it as most of us do, but totally turn and face them. Discover what the emotion means and follow her 3 step strategy to help you move on from each emotion.  

    In this interview MC helps us discover the importance of discovering our emotions and connecting to them. We are awesome at connecting with our negative emotions but what about the positive ones, how often you do you let them hang around.  She wants us to feel our emotions, express them, perceive them and learn to leverage them.

    What I loved about my interview with MC was that I kind of knew what she meant but her articulation to clarify or simplify a point made getting concepts or connecting with my emotions so much easier.  I felt after this interview that I could deal with my emotions better!

    Like MC I want to live to over 100 years old and she believes the secret to getting there is harnessing the power of your emotions and using them. This was a very thought provoking conversation.

    Thank you MC for taking us on an emotional journey! (pardon the pun) I can see now through our conversation how powerful emotions can be and how they can dictate our success now and in the future. This is a challenge we've all accepted in our own way and I guess it is one that never has an ending because we are always embracing an emotion along our life path.  Thank you!
     
    More Women Entrepreneur interviews via our website www.thelearningcurvepodcast.com
     

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    #110 'Give more in value than you take in payment' says Tara Rogers-Ellis - Co-Founder of Mojo PR & Board Member of Reach Mentoring - (Dubai United Arab Emirates)

    #110 'Give more in value than you take in payment' says Tara Rogers-Ellis - Co-Founder of Mojo PR & Board Member of Reach Mentoring - (Dubai United Arab Emirates)

    'The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

    I'd like you to meet Tara Rogers - Ellis - The Co-founder of Mojo PR and Board Member of Reach Mentoring. Let me start with this - I openly asked for a job after this interview.  I didn't get one and I know little about Public relations but, really, that would be a lovely company to work at. Tara and her team have such a collaborative energy that I felt completely at home there. Tara is the kind of boss I would like to have. She's been in the industry for some time and she's basically seen it all, she's calm, she's a communicator and she's a solutions person. These are, in my opinion, all the attributes of  seasoned entrepreneur.

    ​My greatest learning and message that I took away from my conversation with Tara was the power of giving more in value. Tara demonstrated that power when she talks about one client relationship she has in the podcast.  Value shows your commitment to your clients as well as the confidence you have in your product or services. 

    ​Her work with Reach Mentoring as been her outlet to develop and nurture professional women in the Middle East.  Through this non profit platform, of which she is a co-founder and board member, Reach Mentoring matches mentors and mentees and together they work towards helping the mentee achieve her career goals and objectives.  Tara shares more about how important this journey has been to her in this episode.

    In this episode Tara shares more about her career from corporate to going entrepreneurial. She talks about her winning her first client and what that was like.  She shares her scariest decision and what she has learnt along the way.  She shares that belief and passion count for so much and we need to try to remember that when things get tough.  She also gives us a glimpse into her long term vision for Mojo PR and how she is driving that vision forward.

    ​Thank you Tara for sharing your story with us.  You shared some great advise about the power of value, commitment and learning all of which are primary to our success in what ever career choice or entrepreneurial venture we pursue. I also think you business name 'Mojo' is awesome, it suits your business style and your ethos..  Thank you!
    Visit our website www.thelearningcurvepodcast.com - to see more of our interviews with women entrepreneurs in the Middle East.
     

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Thank you for this great work! I listen every week and find that I am more possitive about our start-ups progress. I get new energy, creative ideas, and reassurance that I am not crazy! Every new business has its bumps and struggles! My take away from this podcast: Hold on tight, believe in your work, and things will get better!
Thank you again for this work!

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A truly inspirational podcast on women and entrepreneurship in the MENA region. Bravo Nicholla!

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