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Welcome to Smashing The Ceiling, the podcast of The Skylark Collective, where we love to showcase the lives of women who have achieved amazing things in their careers, some who have got a really cool or unusual job, and some who have just had a very interesting life.

Each week I sit down with one woman to dig a little deeper into the HOW of it all - how did they get where they are, how they picked themselves up when things didn’t go right, and how their mentors, motivations and mistakes have led them to achieve the things they have.

Smashing The Ceiling Naomi Mellor

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Welcome to Smashing The Ceiling, the podcast of The Skylark Collective, where we love to showcase the lives of women who have achieved amazing things in their careers, some who have got a really cool or unusual job, and some who have just had a very interesting life.

Each week I sit down with one woman to dig a little deeper into the HOW of it all - how did they get where they are, how they picked themselves up when things didn’t go right, and how their mentors, motivations and mistakes have led them to achieve the things they have.

    56. Iffat Gill - on creating meaningful social change through digital entrepreneurship

    56. Iffat Gill - on creating meaningful social change through digital entrepreneurship

    Some people take half a lifetime to discover their passion, but others know their calling from an early age. Iffat Gill was only 25 when she was first invited to speak at a UN Conference, after founding her first not-for-profit in Pakistan at the age of 22. 
    Iffat grew up in Libya and received her education there with the strong encouragement of her family, but when she returned back to her home nation of Pakistan, she realised the need for community education in the effort to empower women.
    Iffat began with a local skills centre, teaching women the practical aspects of running a small business, but soon realised that her future lay in tech. She has gone on to found Code To Change, a diversity non-profit to upskill and re-skill under-represented groups, and Digital Starling, a new AI enabled female talent marketplace supporting digital freelancers and founders. In 2020, Iffat was nominated for the UNESCO Prize for her work in women and girls’ education, and she is world-renowned for her expertise in digital skills advocacy and internet governance. 
    Useful Links
    Iffat's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/irgill2021/
    Connect with Iffat on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iffatgill/ 
    Medium article about Digital Starling: https://medium.com/@womeninai_nl/the-story-of-digital-starling-c738ba23b486
    Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk
    Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk

    55. Kristine Kilty - on a life in fashion, and receiving career advice from Gwen Stefani

    55. Kristine Kilty - on a life in fashion, and receiving career advice from Gwen Stefani

    They say you should never meet your heroes, but what if you do, and it turns out to be amazing? In the case of Kristine Kilty, she met her style icon, Gwen Stefani, whilst working at Vivienne Westwood in London, and her career trajectory altered irrevocably from there. 
    Kristine is a fashion stylist and creative director, co-ordinating shoots for some of the world's biggest fashion magazines. She trained at Central St. Martins College before working for the likes of Alexander McQueen during her illustrious career to this point. Her fashion consultancy business, The Fierce Group, was founded in 2020 in the height of the pandemic, and she was featured in Vogue last year discussing novel ways of working in the fashion industry during Covid. 
    If you're into fashion, or you know anyone that is, this is the episode for you!
    Useful links
    https://www.kristinekilty.co.uk
    https://www.fierce-group.com/home/services 
    https://www.voguebusiness.com/fashion/fashion-photographers-and-creatives-face-uncertain-futures 
    Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk
    Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk

    54. Veronica Bolton Smith - on why Africa has always been her inspiration

    54. Veronica Bolton Smith - on why Africa has always been her inspiration

    We are BACK! Season 3 is here, and my first guest this season is Veronica Bolton Smith who, spoiler alert, is a dear friend and a total inspiration.
    Ronnie is a powerhouse, and her career has been so varied and interesting that I can’t wait for you to hear her story. She started work in the House of Commons at the age of 22, working for various MPs including Theresa May and John Bercow, before heading out to Kenya to become the managing director of a company of 300 people at the age of 25. She has subsequently worked in both the public and private sectors, and has huge experience in international development, investment and renewable energy. She is now the COO of Invest Africa, and sits on the board of Akojo Marketplace, a fashion and homewares company.
    Most of all, Ronnie is fantastic fun and really knows how to tell a story. She’s also a fabulous singer but I couldn’t quite work that into the podcast recording this time around. Next time!
    Useful links
    Our website, with details of the International Women's Podcast Awards - www.skylarkcollective.co.uk
    Check us out on Instagram - www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective.co.uk
    Find Ronnie on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/veronicaboltonsmith/ 
    Akojo Marketplace - https://akojomarket.com 
     

    53. Season 3 Trailer

    53. Season 3 Trailer

    We've been away for a while, but we are back!
    This week marks the start of Season 3! We’ve been on a long hiatus since Season 2 as I moved house (again), contemplated what I was doing with my life (again) and well, there was a global pandemic.  Who would have thought that was going to happen.
    I was furloughed for a while last year and had a long time then to think about where I wanted to take the podcast and my career, and since we last spoke, I’ve founded a new business, the Skylark Collective, to champion women in podcasting. But if I’ve got a podcasting-focused business, I also need a podcast right? And I’m so fortunate to have had such lovely feedback about our previous guests and the stories we’ve told here on Smashing The Ceiling that I just felt there’s a lot of life in this show. A lot of podcast don’t continue after one or two seasons - they call it pod fade apparently - but that’s not us.
    We’re going to be bringing you the stories of more amazing women over the next few months and I can’t wait. I've got some fantastic guests lined up and we are starting this week with Veronica Bolton Smith, one of my favourite people in the world right now, and an absolutely business inspiration. Episode drops on Thursday! 
    www.skylarkcollective.co.uk
    www.instagram.com/theskylarkcollective 

    52. A little update...

    52. A little update...

    Hello hello hello! I realise it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, so I thought I’d slide into your ears with a little update.
    First things first. If you’re from the vet world and you’ve been listening to Borborygmi here - good news! It turns out mixing your genres isn’t a smart idea, so Borborygmi has now moved to its very own channel and we’ve got a new season starting next week. Just search Borborygmi: Noises From The Veterinary World wherever you get your podcasts, and you’ll find us. 
    And what of Smashing The Ceiling I hear you ask? When do we get to hear the stories of more amazing women with inspiring and unusual careers? Well, Season 3 will be back in 2021 - yes, I know that’s aaaaages since Season 2 finished but despite the global circumstances, it’s been a busy year with exciting consequences. Drumroll please... I’m on the verge of launching a new venture for women in podcasting, which is called The Skylark Collective. The Collective will be a membership organisation for all women in the podcasting industry, whether you’re a host, producer, editor, writer or anything in between. We’re aiming to lift the voices of our members through connection, collaboration and celebration. We’ll have monthly events based around the themes of Success, featuring conversations with women who’ve been there, done it and got the millions of downloads, Skills, allowing your to uplevel your offering and take your podcast to the next level, and Social, because if there’s one thing we’ve realised in 2020, it’s that we all need each other more than we thought. Community is queen. There’ll also be a bursary fund offered to women with great ideas that need a hand to get going, and an annual awards ceremony kicking off in September 2021 to celebrate the achievements of women in podcasting worldwide. Our website is in progress, but the socials are up and running on Insta and Twitter so do give us a follow and look out for content there!
    Smashing The Ceiling will now become the official podcast of The Skylark Collective, and we’ll be showcasing more amazing women with fabulous careers...and a podcast too. So watch this space - we’ll let you know when we’re ready to roll!

    51. Kerrie Hedley on women in veterinary leadership

    51. Kerrie Hedley on women in veterinary leadership

    Today’s episode is a special collaboration for Smashing The Ceiling, as I’ve produced this conversation in partnership with Veterinary Woman, a platform to help and inspire women to develop the confidence to overcome challenges and follow their passions. They want to encourage women to be at the forefront of clinical practice, specialisation, professional bodies, corporates, education, research, industry, government - to have female leaders in every area of veterinary influence.
    And so my special guest today is a women who embodies all the qualities that both Veterinary Woman and Smashing The Ceiling love to share with others.
    Kerrie Hedley is now the chief operating officer of XL Vets, reaching executive level after only 4 years at the company. Kerrie graduated from the RVC in 2011 and started in equine practice in the North East. As you’ll hear, she developed a love of business quite early and has since completed both a certificate in Veterinary Business Management and an MBA during her career so far. Her MBA dissertation was on women in veterinary leadership, and we talk quite a lot about this later in the episode, particularly the facilitators and barriers to women progressing in the profession.
    It was such a joy to talk to Kerrie - she is very humble about her progress but the reality she is that she has a big job and she is now using her position to lift up others women in the profession, which is really what it’s all about. 

Customer Reviews

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Jerri Williams ,

Skillful Interviewer

Naomi Mellor recently had me on her show, and like other skillful interviewers (Barbara Walters?) Naomi had me revealing stories from my past that I hadn't planned to discuss. Haha. Insightful and entertaining. I'm now a regular listener and a fan of the show.

cmwalk26 ,

Inspiring!

So many great stories of incredible women and how they got to places where they impact the world. Really interesting and inspirational!

SheriBennefeld ,

Inspiration for women to achieve what they deserve

Every episode has great advice, insight and inspiration for women looking to advance their career. And so fun to hear about the fascinating work these women are doing. Thanks Naomi

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