1. Tell us a little about yourself?
After 20 years of working in senior corporate marketing, I decided to follow my heart rather than my head. I realised that limiting beliefs kept me exactly where I was and unknowingly stopped me from doing what I wanted to do in my career. So, with a great marketing career behind me, I put a line in the sand and decided to walk away from it all to start a new career and my own business that would suit who I am and the life I wanted for myself and my two boys.
I’m a sole parent with two boys aged 10 and 12 and really wanted to be present during their schooling years. I found that my corporate career kept me from doing this and decided to make a big change. But I still wanted to be extremely successful and prove to my boys that anything was possible. This realisation led me to become an executive mindset coach, as it was meaningful and gave me the flexibility I desired.
After 2 and a half years of running my own business, I have coached over 60 senior executives and created an incredible network that has inspired others to truly, be their best. I’m very proud of what I have achieved, especially as a single mum, through the pandemic and having started with nothing. I also really wanted to help people improve themselves and reach their potential.
2. Who are the women who have inspired you the most in your life?
My mum’s sheer determination to succeed in the face of great adversity as we were growing up inspires me every day. I’m also inspired by my female clients, who are paving the way for women to own their truth and continue to be their authentic selves as they move up the corporate ladder.
3. Why do you think it’s important to increase the number of women in business, particularly in leadership roles?
Now that I am mostly coaching CEOs in my businesses, it has become painstakingly clear that there is still a huge divide between women and men in the most senior positions. It’s very unlikely that I speak to women these days about my coaching, as there are few women in CEO positions compared to me. In most cases, feminine energy doesn’t exist in businesses, and I find it very sad that it’s not being brought in more.
4. How would you describe your current thinking about diversity and inclusion?
Corporate business has a long way to go. Without a real shift in the type of leaders employed within corporate to leading with love rather than fear, we are just going to take baby steps.
5. Would you like to tell us a bit more about your thoughts/ comments?
It is not just about men bringing women up. It is also about women supporting more feminine energy in leadership positions. We must embrace our truth, which will create the change we desire.