On Friday 22nd November I hosted a brunch event at NatWest Bishopsgate to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (18th to 24th November).
Because I am so passionate about supporting fellow female business owners, I recently set up the Female Founders Club which aims to provide guidance for women-led startups operating with a social conscience and reduce the isolation that they might encounter running their business.
The main purpose of this event was to hear from our experienced guest speakers – three inspiring entrepreneurs who talked about their businesses and shared their journeys. Also, I wanted attendees to have the opportunity to discuss their concerns, thoughts and successes along the way.
First up to tell us about how she has grown her business and juggles the work/family/life balance was EMILY QUINTON, an award-winning photographer and founder of Makelight. As well as an author and a creative multi-passionate entrepreneur, she is also a mother of four and understands the complexities of running a business and a family.
Emily’s business Makelight is an online learning platform for creative business women which she runs alongside her blog ‘All Sorts Of Lovely’. She is passionate about living a full and balanced life without burnout and talked to the group about ‘Batching’, a method of making her work and home life more efficient. This is a practice of dedicating blocks of time to groups of similar activities to be more productive. Emily told us that she applies this method to filming content for her website, writing blog posts and even cooking for her family!
Up next was LORNA ARCHER a holistic wellbeing therapist and founder of Wellbeing Well YOU. Lorna has had a passion for wellness and the holistic world for many years and started her journey into supporting people’s healthcare this year following a successful career in the corporate sector.
Lorna’s focus is led around the principles that ‘self-care is healthcare’ and that we have to start by looking after our own needs to reach our full potential and reminded us that ‘you can’t pour from an empty cup.’
She is a great believer in the power of positive thinking and the Law of Attraction and maintains that part of making our wellbeing a priority we should also ‘think BIG’ by starting the day remembering to Breathe with Intention and Gratitude. And, it’s also important to set aside time in our calendars for self-care where we treat ourselves to a spa day, massage or manicure.
I think all of the ladies agreed that when running your own business, it’s so easy to prioritise work commitments above your personal wellbeing, so we all had some important thoughts to take away from Lorna.
And last, but by no means least, CHARMAINE HAYDEN a Senior Partner at Goodsoil Venture Capital and co-founder of triple award-winning modelling agency, Face4music, a leading ethnic curve model agency. Charmaine is passionate about helping other women start new ventures. She started a women’s empowerment group called Gold Digger where she is a confidence coach, mentor and advisor to women in her local community while helping them launch their businesses.