Courage and conviction
“I drew a lot of strength from my support network, including fellow LBS MBAs and faculty. It helped me find the confidence to take the first leap, and is a continued support in my decision-making, company financing and personal health. LBS gave me an incredibly strong network of friends and colleagues who have brainstormed with me out of the goodness of their hearts over the years. And a number of our investors have come from the LBS alumni network."
‘I’m so grateful to have received this kind of support. Female leaders start behind in the race, so it’s hugely important to get backing and assistance where you can find it. Something that I would love to see is greater equality in things like parental leave, so that you have more equality in the home. Gender stereotypes still endure and I do believe that companies and policy-makers could do much more to address this."
“Building – and retaining – self-confidence is hugely important when you’re a female entrepreneur looking to break into the startup space, set up a business or even disrupt an industry. There will be plenty of people who will tell you that you can’t do it. When you’re a first-time entrepreneur, the majority won’t see you as being poised for success. And that’s amplified when you belong to a gender, race or any other kind of minority group".
“What you have to do is figure out a way of protecting and sustaining your core values and convictions. In 2017 I founded Mobility4All, a philanthropic initiative that supports those impacted by poverty, conflict and climate change, initially refugees. I’ve worked with large enterprises over the last decade focusing on the 1% who have the privilege of moving around the globe for work opportunities. I wanted to give something back to the other 1% of the population who are mobile for different reasons; people who have been displaced by war or climate change or poverty."
“Building a company is an incredible career and privilege and I’m passionate about entrepreneurship. I recommend it to everyone – regardless of background. With hard work, you can make it a reality.”