A little about me.
MY FORK IN THE ROAD
I’ve been helping businesses thrive since the age of 19.
...so you could say that I’ve been preparing for the job I have now for a while!
But the real story started when I was 7.
I watched my parents struggle as their construction business coughed and spluttered. Money was tight and I wanted to help, but 7-year old me had no idea how.
Talking about business and money at the dinner table was the norm, and watching my parents try to make their business work has been the catalyst for everything I’ve done since.
The most meaningful points in my life have all involved women, money and entrepreneurship...
At 19, I spent my free time at university helping a charity shop owner cut her costs and drum up customers - I was coaching her without really knowing what a coach was.
At 23, I spent 3 months coaching six entrepreneurs in rural Kenya. I cherished every moment I spent teaching how to bookkeep, test new ideas and price products. We were so proud of the cafes, clothing shops, hairdressers and thriving businesses they built.
At 24, I worked on increasing the financial inclusion of women across the globe while working as a strategy consultant at McKinsey.
We were literally working out how to make sure more women had bank accounts in places like Tajikistan and Sub-saharan Africa. It was my absolute favourite project.
But after two years at McKinsey, I burnt out and was on sick leave for almost two months.
I was numbed out emotionally and I’d completed lost myself.
Deep down I knew there was a more meaningful way of making money - one that didn’t leave my strengths on the table and didn’t cap my income.
….But I had absolutely no idea what that looked like.
So as I share in my Tedx talk, I left my job without a plan and started a business.
I intuitively knew I had to lose sight of the metaphorical shore to see things differently. I set out to find a new island and a new way of seeing things.
I wanted freedom, to make a bigger impact and to have zero limits on what was possible for me.
If you’re reading this, then I suspect you feel something similar.