As women working in the city, we know what it’s like to spend your day surrounded by people who don’t look like we do, speak like we do, or think like we do.
On Unity Thursday we bring together women in business and the workplace. Every episode we invite guests to share with us their story and recommend books and podcasts that they’ve enjoyed. Join the community wherever you get your podcasts.
Unity Thursday’s mission is to inspire, empower and build a community of knowledgeable and supportive women… and have some fun along the way!
Impact of Honesty: Lily Shippen, Owner and Managing Director of Lily Shippen Recruitment
This week we speak to the incredible Lily Shippen, Owner and Managing Director of Lily Shippen Recruitment. Lily has a wealth of experience in the recruitment sector and is an advocate for the business support and HR industry.
We talk about how Lily Shippen became a brand, how Covid-19 impacted the future of the company and how Lily worked out the ‘why’ of her company. Lily tells us about how she became a young business owner with the support of her family, the impact of mentor’s honesty and empowerment and support within the office.
Lily Shippen is a specialist recruitment agency and network for businesses and people.
Lily's book was Legacy, by James Kerr'.
Thank you so much Lily for talking to us. Don’t forget to check out Lily Shippen for all your business support and HR needs https://lilyshippen.co.uk.
The Power of Role Models: Mariam Crichton, CEO & Co-Founder of 7 Satya
This week we speak to the incredible Mariam Crichton, CEO and Co-Founder of 7 Satya, Advisory Specialist for MBodha, Forum member of TNFD and Scientific Committee Member of Axless Impact . Mariam has been the entrepreneurial driving force of the growth of many tech start-ups, over the last 16 years.
We talk about starting 7 Satya as brand of integrity, how coaching as helped Mariam overcome imposter syndrome, the challenges that women face in fundraising and and Mariam's experience of starting her businesses. Mariam tells us about feeling like a reluctant leader and how connecting with role models helped her to envisage herself as taking the lead.
7 Satya is a company founded to bring transparency to finance through unparalleled technology.
Mariam’s philosophical book was 'The Prophet' by Khalil Gibran.
Thank you so much to Mariam for talking to us. Don’t forget to check out 7 Satya's website: https://7satya.com/
The Importance of Passion: Portia Patel, Co-Founder of ESGmark
This week we talk to Portia Patel, Director of Diversified Financials Equity Research at Canaccord Genuity and Co-Founder of ESGmark. Portia has a wealth of knowledge in the financial services sector.
We talk about what equity research actually is, the fun days of being a research analyst, and how MiFID II has changed the industry. We discussed how ESGmark was founded, the objective, and small changes that we can all make in our every day lives to help the planet.
Thank you so much to Portia for talking to us. Don’t forget to check out ESGmark on their website: https://www.esgmark.co.uk/
See you next time!
How to be Authentic: Julie-Ann Haines, CEO of Principality Building Society
This week we talk to Julie-Ann Haines, CEO of Principality Building Society and Board Trustee for Wales Millennium Centre. Julie-Ann has a wealth of experience in the retail and financial services sector.
We discuss Julie-Ann's upbringing and hear about learning the ropes in the family petrol station business, her role as Chief Executive at Principality, and the career steps between the two. We also discuss how to be authentic, growth mindsets, the value of coaching and how to juggle the sometimes conflicting responsibilities of work and home life.
Julie-Ann's book recommendation was written by her highly-recommended career coach, Lucy Ryan, Lunchtime Learning for Leaders.
Thank you so much to Julie-Ann for talking to us. Don't forget to check out Principality Building Society on their website.
See you next time!
Inspiration and Motivation: Sheila Hogan, Founder & CEO of Biscuit Tin
This week, we talk to Sheila Hogan, Founder and CEO of digital vault company, Biscuit Tin.
Sheila has a wealth of experience, including being a serial entrepreneur and three decades in technology facilitating digital transformation.
We discuss Sheila's entrepreneurial spirit, and how it led her to start a clothing line whilst still at school, motivation and sacrifice when juggling home and work life balance and unfair criticism from Steven Bartlett in the Dragon's Den. We talk about Sheila's motivation to have no regrets, the future of Biscuit Tin, growth plans and the importance of thinking about all of our digital legacies.
! Don't miss helpful advice from Sheila's acting coach (!) about how to deal with anxiety.
Check out Biscuit Tin on their website and social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.
Book recommendation from Emily was: Let It Go: My Extraordinary Story - From Refugee to Entrepreneur to Philanthropist by Dame Stephanie Shirley.
See you next time!
The Power of Wing Women: Sue Unerman, Author & Chief Transformation Officer at Essence MediacomX
This week, we speak about the power of wing women and the importance of speaking up for one another with the incredible Sue Unerman, co-author of one of our favourite business books, The Glass Wall. Sue is Chief Transformation Officer at EssenceMediacomX and Global Head of Relevance for EssenceMediaCom Global and has a wealth of experience, including 25+ years in advertising and media.
Sue, Sophie and Emily discuss Sue's career and upbringing and what inspired Sue to write. Sue talks about the importance of iterative learning and growth, being a good friend to yourself, how The Glass Wall was a response to Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In and what has changed since writing The Glass Wall in 2016.
Thank you so much to the lovely Sue Unerman for appearing on our podcast, we really enjoyed our chat. Please read her books and rate them 5* on Amazon:
The Glass Wall: Success strategies for women at work – and businesses that mean business by Sue Unerman and Kathryn Jacob.
Belonging: The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work by Sue Unerman, Kathryn Jacob and Mark Edwards.
Tell The Truth: Honesty Is Your Most Powerful Marketing Tool by Sue Unerman and Jonathan Salem Baskin.
Don't miss! We also hear all about Sophie's trip to the zoo and explore why we're afraid of spiders and pigeons.
See you next time!