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The Learning Curve Podcast | Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Nicholla Henderson Hall, talks to Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East. Speaking with ladies in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Egypt, Oman and Jordan we ask them to share their entrepreneurial journey. How they faced success and challenges in their own business, what advise and direction they offer up to more women keen to start their own business or expand their current business and where they see themselves as their businesses evolve. We are based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Dec 28, 2015

The First Women Entrepreneur Podcast in the Middle East.

Over the last year I have spoken to 42 different women on the Learning Curve Podcast. From all walks of life across the Middle East. Each time they have shared their entrepreneurial story, their challenges, their successes, how they organize their day, how they see social media, where they seem themselves on their own learning curve and so much more. It’s been an amazing journey and I feel privileged that these ladies have opened up to me so that more women out their can take their own entrepreneurial journey.  Their stories were all so different, so varied, so personal too yet there was a common pattern and this I feel came down to these 5 common traits. 

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Dec 21, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region: 

How would you like to step out of your comfort zone, do something so distant from your 'everyday',  in the pursuit of learning more about yourself and helping you find out if you can push yourself passed your limits?  When we live in a world where 'distraction' is deemed normal, how would you like to spend a bit of time focused on one goal and doing that the best you can and know that this will help you both mentally, physically and spiritually. Well my next guest Jody Ballard, is a women on a mission to help you all learn to reconnect with ourselves. To help us recognise that our abilities to heal, push forward and be the best we can be are all within us.

She is the Founder of the Women Heritage Walk, and its in second year this event is designed for women and assimilates a physical challenge with the cultural and historical components of where we live.  The walk that starts from Al Ain and ends in Abu Dhabi honours the Emirati Women, who not too long ago made this bi-annual trek.  I am taking part in this walk myself and for me this is a personal, mental and physical goal. I've never done anything like this before and yes I'm nervous but I can't wait to get out there, breathe in that warm desert air, hear the silence of the desert and reconnect with myself in an 'undistracted' setting.

Taking place in March 2016, Jody shares with us the story behind the event and the importance of the woman connection.  She takes us back to the first heritage walk sharing with us the conversations of the ladies who took part, how they were feeling, what the dynamic was like, what preparation took place and their scariest moments.  Press play to listen to this interview.

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Dec 14, 2015

How would you like to have a women by your side helping you build your business and make it the success you have always dreamed about?  How would you like to have a women next to you that helps you negotiate better, helps you interpret the feelings and thoughts of the person you are negotiating with, to know if you are heading towards a success conclusion.  Well my next guest Arancha Gayoso, is exactly who you will need.  Her vision is to become your most trusted negotiation advisor.

Arancha is the Founder and Managing Partner of Milvidas, An Executive Management training Firm.  She is also a negotiator advisor in body language. She can analyse people's silences and omissions that help you understand what they are not really saying.

From an early age she was always fascinated by the way people communicate.  Through her education and through her vast experiences she is helping people and more importantly women become better negotiators.  Society and Culture have discouraged women not to be so demanding and so the art of negotiation can be a foreign activity to many.

In this very enlightened and open conversation, Arancha shares her entrepreneurial journey, her own struggles, what she has learnt along the way and some awesome 'go to resources' to help you with your own entrepreneurial journey.  Check out the section near the end about culture and negotiation.  how many of you have thought about that?  Its an eye opener.

Dec 7, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

How many of you out there feel disconnected with the styles and fashions that you see on the run way?  How many of you look at it and think, 'I could never wear that!'. Well my next guest, Antoinette Chorlton wants you to see how runway wear can be 'real wear'.  She wants to help women reconnect with their love of fashion and style.

From a young age her dad indulged everything 'fashion'. She shopped with him, got creative and really connected with her style and what would become, 'Antoinette'.  But as her working age got closer her dad wanted her to have a proper career and not go down the fashion route. 

But Antoinette is a savvy, hard working and positive person, skills her father engrained in her.  She did follow her dad's advise but her love of fashion remained.  Today she is an international fashion stylist and the is the founder of 'Glamour on the Go', a style agency focused on fashion events and style presentations.  She is also the co-founder of Moda Africa - an international fashion agency introducing and representing African Fashion Designers globally. And the founder of her newest endeavour - Shop My Closet.  A fashion event for high end & designer pre-loved clothes.

A mum, wife, daughter, & thriving business owner, she is a making 'Glamour' easier to connect with and helping women find their own 'fashionista'.  In this very open and sometimes 'laugh out loud' comical conversation, Antoinette shares her journey with us from her childhood to how she envisions 'Shop My Closet' being a household name in the Middle East.

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Nov 30, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

​In a world where inefficiency can be costly here is a lady who has built her business success of business outsourcing on great advise she received from her mum.  Her mum said, 'success is built on systems, efficiency and economies'.  This key advise has helped her and her partner build a group of businesses that focuses on scalability,creating efficiencies, streamlining processes and helping people save money.  

Anna Heystek is a serial entrepreneur and a business enabler. She has the gift to see where there is a problem and when she sees it, she makes it her mission to fix the problem and make it an efficient working entity again. She loves everything to do with systems, processes, technology, people and people behaviour and loves to take away the pain from people's operational processes. But the journey there hasn't been smooth. She's made mistakes, and had failures but she gets up and does it all again, with all that knowledge and her learning curve tucked in her pocket.  

Anna is an inquisitive and driven women who aspires to be a coach and empower people to reach their full potential.  She reads lots and has been criticised for being too futuristic with things she wants to implement but like some of her business idols she is full throttle with her passion to build businesses that serve and focus on knowing now what we can do tomorrow.

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Nov 23, 2015

​The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Here's the thing.  How often do you feel that an organisation you need help from doesn't hear you?  How often do you feel frustrated and drained from shouting at the organisation. You use all your tools, letter writing, telephone complaining, facebook or twitter and you still feel you are not being taken seriously.  You feel they are completely disconnected from you and the 'value proposition' they promise.  Well my next guest, Janine Bensouda, feels your pain and has made it her mission to put the 'heart beat' back into a brand so the brand can come back to life and hear you.

Janine is the Founder and President of Bensouda Consulting, a Dubai based business focused on re-motivating staff, realigning business processes for efficiency thus improving the company's overall competitive advantage, relationship with their customers and ultimately their revenues and profits.

In the early part of Janine's career, she recognised the disconnect between organisations and customers and felt she could make things so much better.  8 years on, her business model is a reality and with her team she is reigniting that fire and bringing passion back to brands and organisations so customers love them again.

A mum, business owner and an aspiring triathlon competitor she is honing her skill set to make herself and her life more efficient, she goes deep in the interview and really gives us a window into her life on what has worked and what hasn't so we can maximise our opportunity to learn from this lady on a mission.  

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Nov 15, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region

How would you like to have access to teachers and private tutors for yourself and your family? Give you children the best opportunities to achieve their educational success?  We all want this. But what if you were not near the private tutors or had location barrier issues?  My next guest Thea, CEO and Founder of Teach Me now has a solution.  Bringing together two of her great passions, education and technology, Thea Myhrvold grand vision is to be the global destination for online education.  Think of it as the Ebay or Trip Advisor for Private tutoring.

Along with her team, Thea has created a virtual platform where you can connect to private tutors around the world and help yourself or your children get the education you want.  To her education is the grounding every person should have in life and it should be accessible to everyone.  In this virtual space teachers and students work one-on-one, in real time using interactive tools so the student achieve their objectives.  Its an awesome idea and I think one that is going to go from strength to strength. 

At  25, this is Thea third Venture and I don't believe it will stop there.  She is blazing a new trail here in the Middle East and making it easier for everyone to achieve their educational objectives and empowering them with the tools they need to help them power through their lives. This was an awesome interview where we learned more about her venture, her ambitions, how she's helping people who need more learning support and what she has learnt along her learning curve journey to bring this amazing technology to the Middle East.

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Nov 9, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region

We had the pleasure to have a double dose of entrepreneurship conversation in this episodes. A chance meeting through a mutual friend brought these two ladies together to create and get going with a new community publication and online directory for Abu Dhabi called Yalla which means 'Lets go' in Arabic.

Not shy to stand away from a challenge this Entrepreneurial duo are marrying their passion for creativity with responsibilities to look after their families.  Both working mums they saw a gap in the market for a family focused publication.  Communication is Abu Dhabi is wide and fragmented so their aim is to make Yalla the 'go to, one stop shop' for all things family linked.

Working as a team to achieve their objectives this was an fun, warm and humorous conversation with two career ladies come entrepreneurs and their story behind where they are now, how they plan to move forward with themselves and their publication and what they have learnt along the way on their own learning curve journey.

 

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Nov 2, 2015

The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa Region

But ... in this episode I interview Michael, a gentleman.  He was recently featured in the local weekly magazine here and I was intrigued by his style of entrepreneurship so I asked him to come one.....  rebelling slightly from my niche because I found his story interesting. :)

Michael is the founder and currently a sitting Director of Rise Global, an Australian sports development Consultancy and My Chi Journey a lifestyle, wellness and travel company.  Born in Jerusalem to Palestinian parents and raised and educated in Sydney Australia, Michael has called Abu Dhabi home since 2007. An established serial entrepreneur, humanitarian and wannabe football player, he has devoted his life to making the world a better place. His current project is Palestine MMA, a non-profit initiative established to reclaim sports in Palestine as a means in which everyone has an opportunity to excel. In this interview we learn more from the man behind the ambitious plans to build more business and yet stay very grounded in his focus of valuing time with his family over material wealth and work. He had many golden nuggets of wisdom that just resonated with me and I think with you too.  All his businesses are a reflection of where he is on his life learning curve and how he has been able to learn, adapt and be intuitive too.  A Community connection and people explorer, he a man determined to make give back and flourish in the value he can offer.

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Oct 26, 2015

Our next Women Entrepreneur in the Middle East is Maria Inglis.  Ladypreneur & Co Partner of Advantage Sports UAE is a lady on a mission.  Based in Abu Dhabi, she's always been driven by her entrepreneurial spirit which was engrained in her through her family business.  Her early career saw her climb the ladder in recruitment and build a business acumen skill set.  This year though has been her steepest learning curve.  In January she was diagnosed with a form of Leukaemia which could have mentally beaten her but her in built desire to overcome her obstacles and find a way over them has seen her turn her health around and rapidly build a competitive business in Sports & Fitness here in the UAE.  In this interview we learn more about how Maria and her husband have taken their business in the last 18 months, what's her secrets to keeping on top of work load and how Leukaemia has made her more determined to see their business grow.  You will be pleased to know that she is in remission. 

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