1 – Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a bit of a nomad after 20 years in the USA and love working in a truly international environment. We now live in W. Yorkshire and I decided that if I could be brave enough to relocate again then it was time to have another career change and find a role that fills me with passion and purpose. I’ve always worked and I’m extremely ambitious but was guilty of running for the money when I first started out. I jokingly call myself ‘Madonna’ having reinvented myself several times in my career, moving from science, to technology, to strategy, to marketing and now packaging it altogether in Higher Education leading MBA students and programmes.
My motto is ‘Courage over Comfort’ and my mission is to encourage all to be unapologetically themselves; embracing their individuality, questioning conformity; and welcoming failure with open arms, accepting it as another step to success.
2 – How and when did you get started?
After graduating I had no idea about what I wanted to do for a career and ended up by defualt studying for a PhD, delaying responsibility and a job search in a recession! My PhD taught me resiliance and motivation and I acquired more ‘soft skills’ than knowledge. I had only ever studied science because I was good at it, but I knew I had no plans to become a Medic. I ended up running for the money in consulting but it was a fabulous start exposing me to various industries, and giving me a solid foundation in business. We then moved to the States where I graduated with my MBA to support a career change in more strategic leadership roles in branding and marketing. I have experience in consulting, client-side, and start-up leadership roles.
3 – What has been your most satisfying moment so far?
Re-inventing myself as a Higher Education Professional. I feel I have finally found my passion and purpose, paying it forward to support others in their career progression, and sharing my experiences, failures and successes.
4 – What motivates/drives you?
I am passionate about supporting others overcome their insecurities to be brave and bold in their pursuit of their dreams! We all need a cheerleader and I step into that role for all my students, encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone and grow.
5 – What advice would you give yourself at the start of your career?
Money isn’t everything! It helps, but it doesn’t correlate with happiness, and the rewards you get from supporting others!
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