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By The Alchemist About Town 16 May, 2017
Hello,  I am Laura Mariani, Founder of The People Alchemist Ltd , a boutique management consultancy started after a successful career as Senior HR Director within global brands in FMCG, Retail and Media mention a few. The Alchemist About Town is an extension of the People Alchemist ; here in my business blog I provide snippets of advice & insight in matters of employment, recruitment, development and career coaching for entrepreneurs, business owners, SMEs, new managers and employees alike.

Please do bear in mind that a little knowledge can be very dangerous so please do seek advice before putting anything into practice

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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


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  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
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By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 18 Sep, 2017
In January I started a  feature monthly blog covering Women in Business who have inspired me in the past and in the present. These  women were and are my personal choice,  I have looked up to them as examples, beacons of what is possible to achieve if you are really determined; they are not perfect women by any means, but I am who I am today because of them:
Coco Chanel: a Business Woman ahead of her time ,
Anna Wintour: a fashion pioneer
Jackie Kennedy: quiet leadership
Margaret Thatcher: love or hate her , you cannot forget her
In a world full of Kim Kardshians, Be an Audrey
Josephine Baker: did the Banana skirt start it all?

This was the beginning of my journey into finding real women alchemist and helping+empowering women everywhere to Smash their own ceiling - the one in their head. 

"You have to be open to using your gift/s, to embrace the opportunities and change your life" - Steve Harvey - Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success.

I was lucky during this journey to meet and interview many women alchemist out there, you might have read some of them already via my business blog ( Natasha Makhijani , Rachel Dipper , Jackie Smithen , Emmajane Taylor-Moran ,   Karen Green , Liz Ward , Ela Slutski & Galit Bauer ) . 
I'm passionate about inspiring/empowering/helping women in making the most of their circumstances with the tools they have available and grabbing the opportunities that life presents - without using excuses of why they can't.

This journey led and culminated into the writing of a book  ( I have documented each day in my " How to write and publish a book in 30 days ) containing the already published 7 interviews and many more ( to read the others you will need to buy the book ;-p ).

" STOP IT! It's all in your head" is now available on  pre-order (Kindle edition) and will be officially released on 22 September to celebrate International Business Women Day.

I genuinely hope you like it, and most importantly, I hope you find it useful and it spurs you into taking action.
With love 

Laura xxx


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By The Alchemist About Town 17 Sep, 2017
OK, the book is ready and available on pre-order ( Kindle edition) :  STOP IT, It's all in your head.  

For the official release date I chose 22 September to celebrate International Business Women Day (US) - I thought it would be a fitting tribute as the book is all about helping women overcome obstacles they are facing  on their way to the top leadership jobs and taking ownership of own career, life and defining own rules, in a  no-nonsense practical guide format.
It's all in you head - Smash Your Ceiling to Smash That Ceiling!

Also the organisation of the book event/launch/talk is in full swing and you can now buy a ticket on Eventbrite:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

Now it is all about marketing/social media and talking to people about the book. Please share, like, comment, follow...

Ask me questions about the book, the writing process, women in leadership and I answer them all.
Promise x


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  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
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By The Alchemist About Town 14 Sep, 2017

STOP IT, It's all in your head.  is out on pre-order on Kindle ebooks.

Quick reminder about the book:
How can women overcome obstacles they are facing  on their way to the top leadership jobs?
It starts from taking ownership of own career, life and defining own rules. 

STOP IT! It's all in your head is a no-nonsense practical guide on how to achieve those coveted positions, if that's what you really want - it will tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you;d like to hear.
It's all in you head - Smash Your Ceiling to Smash That Ceiling!

Whilst waiting for my proof copy of the paperback and with the kindle edition out  on pre-order , now it is the time to focus on the book launch and tour - how exciting is that?

Well , another drum roll...............

SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch  (now live on Eventbrite )
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

A fun and interactive evening where I will read some of my  favourite passages from the book, answer questions before an interactive Q&As panel with some of the women interviewed for the book.

There will be, of course, some sparkling beverages and snacks served.
Dress code: fabulous 
To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan

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By The Alchemist About Town 13 Sep, 2017
OK, I have been naughty again and not kept THE diary , I do have good news though:

My book is out on pre-order on Kindle and I'm just waiting to receive a physical copy of the book to double check it before release the book for sale on paperback.
I just realised I forgot to tell you the title of the book and what is all about, silly me.

Well, drum roll ............
STOP IT, It's all in your head.   (click to order)

As you might have seen from the interview series #TheWomanAlchemist #smashthatceiling, I am very passionate about inspiring and empowering women to overcome obstacles they are facing  on their way to the top leadership jobs, starting form themselves, and providing visible leadership role models with my interviews.
Well, this book is all about taking ownership of your own career, your life and define your own rules. This is a no-nonsense practical guide on how to achieve those coveted positions, if that's what you really want - it will tell you what you need to hear, not necessarily what you;d like to hear.
It's all in you head - Smash Your Ceiling to Smash That Ceiling!

Cool non?

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By The Alchemist About Town 11 Sep, 2017

It is week 7 of #Smashthatceiling #womeninspiringwomen  and this is week  is double pleasure and double values for you my lovely readers as I have the pleasure of interviewing   Ela Slutski & Galit Bauer  the founders of Holiday-Sitters.com , an online babysitting platform, designed especially for expats and tourists travelling and living in European destinations. Parents can book a babysitter they can trust according to availability, time, and language and they can get to know babysitters through moderated online profiles, video interviews, and dedicated chat room. Isn't that a fab idea??

Ela and Galit add a more international & European dimension to the series :

Ela Slutski has business experience across Europe, the US, and Israel and gained her first professional experience in Israel after graduating from Tel Aviv University. Galit Bauer is a fellow  human resources veteran, with over 15 years experience in selecting and placing the right people in the right organisation. She moved to Amsterdam from Tel Aviv 15 years ago, together with her husband Eilam and their Labrador, Meshi. 

Enough with the intros, here they are:

1. When you were a child what was your dream job and why?

Ela: When I was a child I had a few dream jobs. I wanted to be a singer because I loved singing, and it seemed magical to be performing in front of a large audience. I also wanted to be a doctor at some point, in order to help people. All the doctors I met looked like very smart people!

Galit: My dream job was to be a teacher. I loved to stand in front of my imaginary class and talk, write stuff on the board and ask children questions. I could stay busy for many hours with this, and always wanted to be a teacher who meant something to her students.


2 - Can you tell me the time that you started to consider yourself successful?

Ela : I moved to Israel when I was 19 year old, on my own, and I didn’t know anyone and I didn’t speak Hebrew. I had nothing, really. When I went to study in Tel Aviv University, whilst fully supporting myself financially, I considered myself successful.

Galit: As a student when I worked in 3 different jobs and lived by myself in Tel Aviv, I managed to be independent and not ask for any money from my parents. This was such a great feeling.


3 - I’m sure like every business/business person you have faced adversity: how do you motivate yourself and force through the worst times?

Ela: I think one of the things that helps me to deal with difficult times is to talk about it with my business partner and with my family, be open about it, and ask for support and advice.

Galit : I am very optimistic person who trusts myself and my abilities, believing in hard work and commitment. I do a lot of sport, ask for hug from my 8 year-old son, and listen to Les Brown - my favourite motivational speaker. Of course I have my husband who reminds me how much he loves me and believes at me.

4 - What are the best things about your job?

Ela : The best thing about my job is to wake up in the morning with a smile!

Galit: The freedom to make the decisions, the responsibility for your own destiny, and the creation of something new and unique. I love to make people happy with the product, whilst working with the great and inspirational people around me. There’s a happiness that you don’t need to report to a useless manager, too.

5 - As Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues”: what are your daily/weekly habits?

Ela : I check my emails and messages in the morning and if there nothing really urgent that requires my immediate attention, I have moment with my kids and take them to school. It’s important for me to spend time with them, and it gives me energy. Afterwards I bike to work through the canals of Amsterdam. Even on a rainy day, I still feel privileged to be able to do that. Then it’s a regular day in the office with tasks, emails, and other things that need to be done. 

Galit : Sport, breathing, Yoga, listening to Les Brown, talking on a weekly basis with our mentor, and every Friday evening investing time with my family - plus a winner mindset!

 

6 - What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

Ela : I think there’s no barrier to the female leadership. Rather, I think there are a lot of barriers to leadership in general. The most significant one is to manage to stay a decent person.

Galit: Sometimes it’s us women who do not believe that a female can lead - this is the most significant barrier to us. We have the self-doubt and unfortunately it’s also supported by society.

  7 - What women inspire you and why?

Ela : I admire single mothers, I think it’s extremely hard job - rewarding but hard. It requires so much from the person and if you look at the “job requirements” these are the skills you need in order to be successful in everything

Galit: Women who don’t “ask is it OK?”. Women who dare to say what they WANT and feel free to be STRONG. 

8 - What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?

Ela: Not to worry about what other people think and say, stay true to yourself and do not be afraid to dream, because they are come true if you really want them to.

Galit: Travel all the time and travel the world as long as you can.


9 - Your instant mindfulness fix…

Ela: Go outside for a few minutes if weather allows, or just take a moment and dive into my own world.

Galit: No other choice but to WIN continue dreaming and visualize the success. 

10 - And finally something frivolous: best thing about being a woman…

Ela: Everything really; motherhood, being super emotional about my kids, be unconditionally in love, to know how to love, being a family, starting a business, having a girls night out, and having more than 3 pairs of shoes and being able to love each and every one equally! There’s much more, of course!

Galit: Accepting NO it is not an option, the ability to do few things together at the same time, and the last and the most amazing is for your child say to you “I love you Mama.” 

Top Takeawyas from Ela & Galit

- In difficult times be open about it – ask for support and advice.

- Talk to your Mentor on a regular basis & invest time with your family

- Trust yourself and your abilities

- Don’t worry what other people think: stay true to yourself and don’t be afraid to dream big

- Visualize your dreams

 

Great insights from Ela and Galit #TheWomanAlchemist

#SmashThatCeiling #womeninspiringwomen

xxx

 

By The Alchemist About Town 07 Sep, 2017
Oops, I've done it again !!
It is Day 27 and I didn't keep a diary for the last two days - for a reason though.... I focused on the book and, you know what? It is finished !!!! :-) 

The book is now out for proof-reading and editing and will be ready soon to be on PRE-SALE! That's right....

Good news, non?

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By The Alchemist About Town 04 Sep, 2017
So, it is day  24 of my How to write and publish a book in 30 days or so and I didn't write ( the diary) for now 4 days.

Yes, life got in the way together with my day-to-day business/meetings etc.etc. but , I need to be honest here as we are talking about accountability, I simply didn't fancy it.

And that is ok too..
Too many times we are so hard on ourselves on why we haven't done something ( guilt and beating yourself up don't help at all) and we lose prospective of the bigger goal/purpose of it all - for me is to finish and then publish my book ( incidentally I did write and progress the book even though I didn't keep the diary...).

So here  I am, at my desk and today I have been writing like crazy and I am super delighted with the result.
Watch this space for some news soon :-)
 
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By The Alchemist About Town 04 Sep, 2017

I can't believe we are already at week 6 of my interview series #Smashthatceiling #womeninspiringwomen , an insight in some successful female leaders/role models and their mindset.

This is week I have the pleasure of interviewing Liz Ward , Principal  at Virtuoso Legal  , an award winning practice she set up in 2007 to deal with the specialist requirements of companies for intellectual property and information technology legal advice. She has now led this field for 10 years and continues to push the envelope with her work.

Liz has built up her enviable reputation due to her exceptional ability as a knowledgeable litigator with great commercial awareness and understanding.. An expert in the healthcare and technology sectors ( she has a 1st degree in Genetics and Cell Biology and 10 year healthcare business experience ) she has advised all manner of clients in commercialising their IP assets, and her practice has set the gold standard in carrying out company IP audits 

Liz is qualified as a supervising solicitor for search and seizure Orders and has helped other solicitors who need a suitably qualified person to oversee such searches. If this is not enough, Liz also lectures and assists with electronic disclosure and theft of electronic information by employees and others.

Definitely #TheWomanAlchemist, a role model - women inspiring women  - and I love her no-nonsense attitude and sense of humour :-)


1. When you were a child what was your dream job and why?

When I was a child I wanted to be a nurse and then a doctor. I was influenced by my Mum who was a District Nurse and Midwife. I wanted to help people and I saw how satisfying that is from my Mum’s work.

 

2. Can you tell me the time that you started to consider yourself successful?

 I considered myself successful when I qualified as a lawyer. I’d completed the training as well as working doing another career and I then qualified into a big law firm at the time, which was a very difficult thing to achieve. Lots of well-qualified and talented people never got jobs as trainees so they never got to become solicitors at all. Some of those who did didn’t get a great training either so I knew how lucky I’d been to get to where I was.

 

3. I’m sure like every business/business person you have faced adversity: how do you motivate yourself and force through the worst times?

I’m really into mindset and keeping focused on a goal. It is easy to get distracted so I get my music on and go outside and do what is called my chain of excellence. Also like many people, I’ve had some major challenges, which always serve as useful reference points to call on for strength when the going gets tough.

 

4. What are the best things about your job?

The variety and constant challenge of the law. I love helping people and putting £££ on their business! In fact, I just love business. It fascinates and stimulates me.

 

5. As Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues” : what are you daily/weekly habits?

 My daily habits include walking and listening to music. I’m a big Tony Robbins fan! I’m also a fan of healthy eating, looking after your body, mind and soul. I’m an eternal optimist too which helps. Those are my daily habits although I do sometimes slip – especially when I’m not in my usual routine.

 

6. What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

 The barriers are different for everyone but many women like to achieve balance rather than overall leadership, and so sacrifice career achievements in order to serve their families better. You can have it all but generally not all at the same time! For many women their mindset shifts when they have children to think about. It is natural phenomenon – why should we not be proud to put our children first? They’re our legacy and their welfare is important for future generations. Leadership takes 100% commitment and so women are put off it, as they know they can’t or rather don’t want to give 100% to one thing in their lives.

 

7. What women inspire you and why?

 I’m inspired by strong women such as Christine Lagarde, Benazir Bhutto, Sheryl Sandberg, Margaret Thatcher and Shirley Williams.

 

8. What advice would you give to your 16year old self?

 You are beautiful – now get on with it and ignore the naysayers!

 

9. Your instant mindfulness fix…

  Looking to the skies and saying a short prayer that starts with thank you Lord. Show me the way please.

 

10. And finally something frivolous: best thing about being a woman…

  Clothes. Shoes. Handbags. Makeup!! Oh and sex. LOL


Who said lawyers can't be fun ..... ;-p

 

Top Takeaways from Liz

  Leadership takes 100% commitment

Keep focused on your goal – it is easy to get distracted.

Challenges serve as useful reference points to call on your strengths.

You are beautiful – now get on with it and ignore the nawsayers!

Look after your body, mind and soul


See you next week for another interview in the series, thanks for reading x

 

By The Alchemist About Town 31 Aug, 2017
Ooops, I didn't write my dairy yesterday so today is a double .
So, what have I been doing?

Yesterday it was a very productive day and I can definitely say that I am very prolfic  when I do my writing on any location but the house .

In the house there are too many distractions and other stuff that needs doing.
Outside the house it is just me, the laptop and a A4 Pad of paper and pens and that's it, I don't even connect to the wifi, which means uninterrupted writing/re-writing and so on....
I need to remember to keep ordering drinks (it is easy to get absorbed and forget which means little hydration but also slightly irritated baristas.... they run a business after all not a free office ).

Today no writing as I had quite a few meetings, happy nevertheless as I've managed to fix the date and venue for the book launch party which makes me even more determined, if that is possible .

What about you? Are you writing a book? What are/have been your biggest challenges and how did you overcome them?
Please do share, thank you :-)
 
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By The Alchemist About Town 29 Aug, 2017
Day 18 of my journey on how to write and publish a book in 30 days ( or so) was quite intense,  finishing off and approving the design for the book cover - I'm quite happy with the result and can't wait to show you.

Plus I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to register/fill documentation for the appropriate taxation - as an UK author I need to make sure I don't end up double paying my taxes - I mean I need to do my civic duty but double paying seems too much..

Tired now, see you tomorrow x

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By The Alchemist About Town 28 Aug, 2017
Bank Holiday Monday and Day 17 of my Diary on how to write and publish a book in 30 days ( or so) and I can't believe I have almost finished the book and now is formatting , editing and some research to double check some facts.

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By The Alchemist About Town 28 Aug, 2017

It is week 5 of my interview series #Smashthatceiling #womeninspiringwomen , my attempt to provide other women with visible leadership role models and this week is the turn of Karen Green  a food mentor, business mentor ,speaker, regular guest lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and author ( her book coming out in Decmber -  Recipe for Success   - is aimed at food preeners and MDs of SME food manufacturing businesses wanting to improve their business and grow it to the next level  and covers brand development, marketing, negotiation and so on - sounds like the perfect Christmas present to me ;-p ).

I didn't think I could meet someone who is as passionate about food and helping businesses as I am but I did; she is a foodie ( she is a judge for the Great Taste and Quality Food Awards)” and a woman who has turned her passion into business , an entrepreneur - my idea of #thewomanalchemist  indeed.


1.   When you were a child what was your dream job and why?

I really wanted to be a doctor when I grew up. My father wanted me to a bilingual secretary but I wanted something more glamorous – my daughter is now at medical school as I found the science A levels too challenging and so went a business route instead .


2.   Can you tell me the time that you started to consider yourself successful?

I was told by my line manager at Boots that I was rubbish and wouldn’t amount to anything (I still have the appraisal) and then I was given a new manager and she mentored and developed me. I was promoted to buyer for Vitamins which was the most coveted buyers job in Boots and I felt very proud and successful and after that I really flew .


3.   I’m sure like every business/business person you have faced adversity: how do you motivate yourself and force through the worst times?  

I have studied mental toughness and through that process have learnt many techniques for keeping going. My top 3 would be:

- great supportive network of friends and business mentors who keep me on the right road

- my achievements log – every so often I do a log of what I have done that I am proud of so that I can take a quick read when it becomes a little bit challenging

- Visualisation and meditation techniques – I have learnt a few simple tricks for solving the immediate stresses e.g. pre important client meetings etc.


4.   What are the best things about your job?

I work with a variety of clients now on short and long term projects. The best thing is getting a new product launched on shelf -whether that is a small start up brand or and own label product that may have been two years in the making.

I also love mentoring people and seeing them grow from a personal point of view

 

5.   As Tony Robbins says, “Success leaves clues” : what are you daily/weekly habits?

- Sleep - I am early to bed, early to rise so try and keep to this routine and get as much sleep as possible

- Exercise - I get my best work done in the first hour of the day and then will do some form of exercise – either running or yoga. I live part of the time in France and need to get out early before it gets really hot.

- Eating well – I love food but also love to ensure that I get a great balance diet – I cannot function without regular meals!

- Personal development – I am ALWAYS learning – at the moment, I am launching my book “Recipe for success” and so am learning about publishing, social media and book promotion techniques.

 

6.   What do you think is the most significant barrier to female leadership?

One of the biggest issues for women is childcare – when a woman has first baby, she can go back to work and the cost of childcare is less than her salary. If she has a second baby, then that cost/benefit equation becomes more complicated. Some successful women have a husband who takes the strain but I do think that the interruption to working career can be detrimental.

For me however, I have not really found this to be so much of a challenge but I only took 4 months for each of my children. 

The other barrier other than the obvious male domination at the top and glass ceiling is in female heads. Termed the imposter syndrome, so many successful women I know deep down don’t believe they should be there and so don’t necessarily have the chutzpah to go for the big jobs. I am sure there is some research which shows that if women read a job ad they will apply if they have all the requirements and men if they have a third (or some such figure!)


7.   What women inspire you and why?

Emma Jones at Entreprise nation is a very strong character who does a great job for start ups – she has been very helpful to me and is the best networker I know

My mum – she was a stay at home mum until my dad died when I was 21 and then she got involved in saving Greenham common from being built on and ensured it went back to common land when the Americans left. In recognition of her work, Newbury designated a field and called it Audrey’s meadow. Inspirational late developer!

 

8.   What advice would you give to your 16year old self?

Enjoy life and don’t be in such a rush!!

Believe in yourself, you are way better than you think

Follow your dreams and don’t let others talk you out of it

 

9.   Your instant mindfulness fix…

Concentrating on breathing – listening and feeling each breath coming in and out – easy to do anywhere and calming in about 2 minutes!

 

10.   And finally something frivolous: best thing about being a woman…

Being able to flirt your way out of things!!


Top Takeaways from Karen

Believe in yourself - You are way better than you think!

Keep an achievement log for when things get though.

Keep a supportive network of friends and business mentors to keep you on track.

Invest in your personal development - ALWAYS learn

Enjoy life - Don't be in such a rush!


If you aim to make your career in food, either corporate or found your own business, Karen is the perfect go-to mentor/role model.

See you next week with the next interview x

 

By The Alchemist About Town 27 Aug, 2017
Day 16 was a very productive day indeed: I managed to insert all the interviews I have done of women in leadership and business who so kindly shared their stories with me  (I have published 4 interviews #smashthatceiling #womeninspiringwomen - Natasha Makhijani ,   Rachel Dipper , Jackie Smithen  and Emmajane Taylor-Moran and the 5th is coming out tomorrow, - stay tuned -  I will publishing a couple more until the release of the book) , plus I chose all the pictures that will appear in the book AND I did some free writing for a couple of chapters.

Mindset is everything - is amazing what each and everyone of us is capable of doing once  we finally decide that we can.
'Believe in yourself, You can"

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