Women Entre[Preneurs

Three Ways Mentoring Can Make You a Better Employee

Cherie Blair | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK
Cherie Blair

When I started my legal career in the 1970s, it was a lonely place for a young, female, working class barrister. Discrimination was rife and there were few female role models. I ended up finding guidance from a male mentor who showed me the ropes, gave me one-to-one tuition and imparted nuggets of wisdom that I still find useful today.

How to Supercharge Your Belief in Your Business and Yourself

Bev James | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Bev James

The next time you find yourself struck with self-doubt its worth bearing in mind that when you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt. In every moment we have a choice to believe in ourselves or to believe in our doubts, one moves us closer to our goals and one moves us further away, which option will you choose?

Who Run the World? Girls!

Dr Diahanne Rhiney | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Diahanne Rhiney

I believe that as women we should give Theresa May an opportunity to prove she is what this country needs. Still, a second female Prime Minister should excite us. We may not be exactly where we want to be but we're on our way there. Surely each small step we take towards progress is a step worth celebrating.

Ann's Rwanda Adventure 2016

Ann Dickinson | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Ann Dickinson

My word, it is hot. I am standing in small hair salon in the Bugesera region of Eastern Province, Rwanda with barber Aloys, his four children, his wife, my translator Ephron from CARE Rwanda and photographer Georgina Goodwin. It is, to say the least, a squash in this small building, no bigger than 8 square feet. Outside, the sun is beating down on the corrugated iron roof; inside, we are slowly cooking.

Ann's Rwanda Adventure 2016

Ann Dickinson | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK
Ann Dickinson

Good day from Rwanda. As I rose this morning, marvelling at the view of the hills and mist-filled valleys from my hotel, I thought how lucky I was to be here.

Ann's Rwanda Adventure 2016

Ann Dickinson | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK
Ann Dickinson

Several things strike you on arriving in Rwanda. First there is the heat, which hits you like a wall as you step off the plane. Once clear of the airport the next thing you notice is how clean the streets are. Plastic bags are illegal in Rwanda and it shows.

Bumpy Roads Often Lead to... Beautiful Destinations!

Charo Merida | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Charo Merida

By the end of 2014, I was completely exhausted and frustrated, because I couldn't get the job I decided "I wanted", a corporate role in one of the big world photography agencies based in London... -how little I knew back then of what I really wanted! ; )

Five Reasons Why Flying Trapeze Is Like Being An Entrepreneur

Rekha Mehr | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Tech
Rekha Mehr

Yesterday I took a leap of faith, quite literally. It's week two of working independently again after 20 months of working within an organisation, albeit a small one. I told myself it was OK to take my first week easy and treat it like a week's holiday. I even left the country, yet I found myself unable to switch off.

Richard Branson Taught Me These Four Lessons

Charlotte Cramer | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Tech
Charlotte Cramer

I was incredibly fortunate to be one of three entrepreneurs invited to join the inaugural Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Detroit. After an extraordinary four days of business mentoring, partying at 38,000ft , and exploring the city I returned home feeling blessed, inspired and wondering where my canapés and film crew were.

Do IT for the Girls - What Today's Social Tech Entrepreneurs Want Their Successors to Know

Vicki Hearn | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Tech
Vicki Hearn

The UK has one of the world's strongest digital economies and the next generation is eager to be a part of it. There are many different career options out there for young people interested in tech - from app designers, to game and website developers, to information security analysts.

Women's Leadership Networking

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Tech
Camilla Ley-Valentin

I strongly believe that the world needs more females in the tech industry, and events like this are very important to continue to focus on the gender issue in the industry and also the lack of IT professionals in general.

Why Female Entrepreneurs Are Scared to Lean In

Adele Barlow | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

Chasing corporate success is one thing. When you're chasing the success of your own business, your business often feels like your baby. You nurture it...

Back From Despair

Gemma Gardner | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gemma Gardner

I am lucky that I had my husband and kids to keep me going, along with the confidence to go out to meet other people in the civilian world to talk about my work and gather some support. Others aren't so lucky, and these are the people I really worry about.

Why I Think Reading Business Books Is Often a Total Waste of Time

Hanni Melnicenko | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Hanni Melnicenko

I quit reading business books almost right after I read Tim Ferriss' The Four Hour Work Week. Not because I had 'found the one'! But because the penn...

Catalysing Growth for Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs

Cherie Blair | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Cherie Blair

It is an exciting and important time to be delivering this project. Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa and one of the fastest growing economies in the world, thanks to expansion in sectors such as telecommunications and a booming film industry. And yet, despite this, a significant gender gap in economic activity persists.

Divine Madness - Love Your Work

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

The Burnout Queens love Love; big Love, small Love, puppy Love! Of course we are talking about Love today! In past years we've 'done' Love (with a capital L), we've definitely talked about self-love and yes we have even explored the steamy kind, but love of work, loving what you do, is not necessarily the dot that gets connected to hearts and flowers.

Women in the City: Changing the Leopard's Spots

Janvi Patel | Posted 05.12.2015 | UK
Janvi Patel

I recently gave the keynote speech at the Women in the City Awards Lunch, an amazing event celebrating the incredible achievements of women and men wh...

Five Things Taylor Swift Can Teach You About Mentoring. No, Really

Anne-Marie Imafidon | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Tech
Anne-Marie Imafidon

Like Swifty, what you need is a #squad of your very own - a group of people of varying ages and professions who can be sounding boards and advisers as you navigate your way through your own career.

Celebrating the Power of Mentoring on Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Cherie Blair | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK
Cherie Blair

Confidence is crucial for entrepreneurial success, and having a mentor who can offer encouragement along the way can make a huge difference. But mentoring also helps women develop hard skills that are vital to business growth. Knowing how to write a robust business plan, balance a budget or implement a marketing strategy are competencies that are often out of reach for women living in developing communities... Ultimately, the real success stories are the women entrepreneurs themselves. Onty says that working with Cherie enabled her business to break even for the first time. Business growth aside, she's also determined to use her success to help other young women in her community - proof that empowering women generates lasting impacts.

Seven Lessons I Learned to Become an Entrepreneur

Anastasia Dedyukhina | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK
Anastasia Dedyukhina

Have you always wanted to do something meaningful? Are you longing to lead a life that will really make you feel truly fulfilled? Want to build your business, or make a real change in the world? Do you know deep inside what you really wish for, and yet sense that something is holding you back? Here are seven lessons I've learned from the first year of being a solo entrepreneur.

17 Ways to Make the Most of Small Business Saturday

Claire Mitchell | Posted 12.11.2015 | UK
Claire Mitchell

Here are 17 ideas to help you make the most of Small Business Saturday, no matter where you are in the world. Small Business Saturday is on 5th December 2015 in the UK and 28th November 2015 in the US.

Is Mindfulness the Next Must Have Business Skill?

Bev James | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Bev James

Mindfulness has recently become the latest buzz word in the west and with its increasing popularity the practice has moved from meditation and yoga carried out by monks and hippies to the latest phenomenon, the centuries old notion of 'being in the now' has far evolved beyond a new-age philosophy.

Invaluable Career Lessons From the BBC's 'Girls Can Code'

Lucy Gill | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy Gill

I've just finished watching the second and final episode of BBC's Girls Can Code and I have to admit I found it fascinating - although not for the reasons I'd expected. From the title I'd assumed this would be a look at 'coding' whereas in fact it was more about inspiring women to consider careers in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship. Something I wholeheartedly support.

To All Young Entrepreneurs

Camilla Ley-Valentin | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Camilla Ley-Valentin

It is amazing that the proportion of young entrepreneurs is growing steadily. I choose to see this as a tentative sign that the attitude to entreprene...

Does Your Job Give You Blisters?

Dr Toby Silverton | Posted 09.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Toby Silverton

One of the things that leads to burnout faster than anything is being in a lousy fit job! We've probably all been there at one time or another in our working careers (I know I sure have). So, how do you know if you are in a lousy fit job? Well...