Amid homeschooling and the financial pressures of Covid-19, female entrepreneurs were forced to dramatically adapt the way they, and their businesses, work.
I'm a serial entrepreneur and the founder of a global digital education content company, specializing in cross-cultural issues. I also happen to be a minority female from a traditional culture. I mention that fact last because it's the least relevant reason as to how and why I became an entrepreneur and how I run my business.
What makes someone an innovator? I doubt that many of us set out deliberately to be pioneers but perhaps we share a mindset. We don't see limitations - obstacles are there to get over, under or round. One of those obstacles is that intangible - confidence!
Coming from a broken home, an only child, subjected to abandonment, rejection and lack of nurturing, I left school at 16 with few qualifications and very little going for me. I had no role models, no network and no plan. But! I did have a curious mind, a vivid imagination and a wicked sense of mischief and it seemed opportunity and luck were always by my side.
Sophia is an inspiration to all of us because she speaks to all young women who want to live their lives the way that they want to. It also challenges the notion that company founders need to be male, and that workplaces can't be feminist. Society as a whole has a responsibility and role to play in cultivating the next generation of women leaders.
As a recovering 'good girl', I have a strong tendency towards perfectionism and following the rules, neither of which are
As I sit here in our all-female office, I ponder the fact that when I was asked to write this piece, I was told it was about
My innovation is called the Thames Deckway; a unique high-impact civil engineering project for smart cities - providing safe, green transport infrastructure. The Thames Deckway will create an exciting cycling experience removed from London's dangerous roads that encourages people to cycle who would otherwise not
According to Startup Britain, a remarkable 80 new businesses were born every single hour in the UK last year, with 325,000 new companies registering between January and June alone. These are incredible figures and I am incredibly proud to say that my e-commerce venture can be included in them. I am also incredibly proud to say that I. Am. Female.
For the first time in my life I was standing in my power, being myself and using my innate gifts and abilities. I felt free to do what I wanted, I stopped apologising and asking for permission, and I was being rewarded for doing so. That felt good. Really good.