You are beautiful - now get on with it and ignore the naysayers! The Woman Alchemist: Liz Ward

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 04 Sep, 2017

Women inspiring Women : Smash that ceiling!

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

 

The People Alchemist Blog

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


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



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



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