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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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Feb 29, 2016

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

When you think about taking the plunge to entrepreneurship, what are the thoughts that come into your head? Obviously there is a lot of success, passion and positivity, but behind that there's also 'the big fear'.  The fear of failure, getting out of your comfort zone, the doubt, the worry.  There is lots that starts to grow when you start to think about. But what's it really like to be that person, on your journey, having to trust your own intuition, having to trust your own choices and feel that every step you make is closer to your dream and yet you still carry that down.  My next guest, Chérine Kurdi is going to take us on her own journey. That takes us from when she started to have niggly feeling in her career to when she became the transformational coach that she is today. She has built a business that she loves and something that lights her up.  This is her story in a two part series and this part one is the beginning of her entrepreneurial learning curve.

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Feb 22, 2016

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

Victoria's Eureka moment was 'focus everything you do on the clients'.  That thinking and direction has guided her through all the work she has done.  Victoria Tomlinson is Founder and CEO of Northern Lights PR & Marketing.  Victoria's entrepreneurial career is enviable.  She's one of the BBC's expert women, she's one of the world's top leadership experts, she sits on a couple of boards, mentors a number of top executives and she's an author.  I was pretty impressed!  [Her Bio below shares more of her business profile].

What I learnt from my interview with Victoria is that she has two key drivers.  First, her ability to listen, understand and deliver what her clients need to be successful and secondly she's always in a position of learning.  Between her team and herself they are constantly sharing, learning, building, testing and evaluating so that they can consistently be of great service to their clients.  Even in the interview Victoria says that she is still very much at the beginning of her learning curve which I thought was interesting given she's been an entrepreneur since 1990. But it is all about attitude and prospective.

Her secret social weapon of choice is Blogging. This has been a strategic tool in helping her business evolve. She carries a small book where she writes down questions and ideas about future topics to blog about that come straight from conversations with clients and people.  She loves to be of service to her community and add value where she can.

Victoria share her story, her journey and really brings home the fact that failure is just a dip in our learning curve and that learning, challenges, achieving our goals and time will lead us to success.  

This is Victoria' Learning Curve Story

Check out More Women Entrepreneur Interviews in the Middle East from 2015 & 2016

Feb 15, 2016

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


I'm always amazed and in awe of people that have the 'let it go and surrender to the flow of life' thinking and are able to talk and walk that path.  Carolin is one of those people and with it she not only succeeds in the business world but she's has also impacted many others too.  Carolin is the Founder & CEO of two great businesses but deep down she is a teacher, someone who wants to transition energy and knowledge from her or someone she connects with, to you.  She loves to empower women and help them on to their road to success.  

She recognised a gap in the market when she moved to Qatar. She could see that women who had  aspirations and ambition were not being catered for, so she took the plunge herself and started a community for women where they could get together, share ideas, create connections, support each other and ultimate empower each other. That small idea has scaled itself with more collaborations and more partnerships which has been key in the development of her coaching and empowered communities.

All her businesses are ultimately about creating cultures and environments which focus on connection.  Even when I asked her the question about competition, she rephrased it because she doesn't believe in the concept of competition. She prefers complimenting each other and collaboration.  I shared my new word which blends competition and collaboration.  She liked it!

Carolin moves energy, she finds connections and builds bridges between them.  Her other passion is Dance, as she is also a dance therapist. This is her go to space when things are not flowing as they should.  Her long term goal is to facilitate 'real' connections with people because she understands that we are spending too much time at the computer, connecting with people but we are not satisfying our craving for real human connection.

I really enjoyed my conversation with Carolin.  She left me with lots to think about and Im sure she will have that same impact on you.

This is Carolin's Learning Curve Story!

 

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Feb 8, 2016

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

'I love it when people come passed in the Mall or in a cafe and say thanks for helping me find a job'.  Its for that reason Elsbeth loves what she does.  She strives to connect Women to jobs in Qatar and further their career.

Elsbeth is the Founder & CEO of Global Women Qatar, Qatar’s first and only recruitment agency to focus exclusively on the recruitment of women.  Elsbeth and her partner recognised a gap in the market for a service focused on the recruitment of women.  A very niche area but they discovered that companies were looking to employ more women in Doha to diversify their workforce.

She has faced a number of challenges in the 4 years the company has existed but Elsbeth has tackled her learning curve of business activities and she has been determined to make her company work and be recognised in the market as a quality recruitment company. 

Elsbeth is a people connector. She studies the requirements of the companies she works with and her potential candidates so she can make the right impact in both areas.  Her gut feeling is a powerful tool in her kit. 

This is Elsbeth Learning Curve Story!

Feb 1, 2016

How would you make your community more sustainable?  Make it not just about creating economic growth and the creation of jobs [which will happen] but more about creating multiple layers of economic, social and environmental value where you and your community all benefit?  Does this sound like something you could do or want to be part of?

My next guest, Dina Sherif, is on that mission.  She is passionate about finding better ways that serve everyone better and her vision is focused on creating sustainable societies.  Her goal is to see her business be leading the way in the commercialisation of social innovations.

Her second business called 'Entrepreneurs with Impact Ventures' is all helping entrepreneurs who build businesses that tackle major issues in society, so entrepreneurs that focus on key industries like Education, Energy, Healthcare and Environment. She wants her business to be seen as the entity that changes the mindset of individuals and businesses within growth markets.

Her third project is at the core of everything she does.  Its aim is to see more women in business. Women are an untapped market and businesses are missing out on potential economic growth.

I thorougly enjoyed my convesation with Dina. She's an Economist, a Researcher, definitely a thought leader and change maker in Egypt and beyond. She is passionate, driven and was full of great nuggets of insight and experience.  She is  one women to watch in the coming years to see how her philosophies, her studies and business insight for this region develops.

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