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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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Jan 30, 2017

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

Meet Assia Riccio - Smith, the founder of Evolvin' Women. A platform designed to help the women of the hospitality industry connect, grow, learn and excel. A platform where knowledge experts can help the women of the hospitality industy evolve.  Assia recognized that as women in the hospitality industry climbed the ladder there was less and less of them.  She recognized there was a gap and a disconnect between women in senior hospitality positions and those in junior positions so she decided to create a space where there could be a space to exchange learning, insight, experiences and advice.  

Assia has this awesome quote which says 'if you are not sitting at the table then you will be on the menu'. Its a phrase that can reflect anyone in any industry.  She's basically saying if you are not present, focused and engaged in your company's business goals then you could miss out not only in opportunities but in personal growth and connection. 

Assia is a natural communicator and people person, I can totally see why she's found herself in the hospitality industry and nurturing people's talents and skills. Evolvin' Women is a reflection of that.  She wants women to own their development by seeking out trainers, coaches, mentors and industry experts through her platform and give them the space to connect and own their futures.  She wants women to embrace their talents and build on them.  She wants women to recognize their failures, learn from the feedback and grow.

In this episode Assia takes us on her entrepreneurial journey from career hospitality girl to a woman driving a new initiative. She gives us insight into what she has learnt and how she plans to help women own their futures and their plans to grow within the hospitality industry.  

Her bubbly personally shines through in this episode and it was a delight to share the space with a woman keen to put women firmly back at the table with the tools and techniques to help them evolve their careers. Thanks Assia.

Jan 23, 2017

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

Meet Claire Donnelly, a solid HR Consultant with over 30 years experience in the profession.  In her words, there isn't a HR problem she hasn't seen.  She is the Co-founder of MHC Consulting who's mission is to give business owner back their freedom and allow them to grow their team and business in a sustainable, manageable and more enjoyable way.

Claire is first and foremost a solution provider.  MHC Consulting aim to go into a business, help discover the root causes of key problems the business owner maybe suffering and help solve them.  They help business owners recognise when they are stuck and spending too much time working in the business as opposed to 'on' the business.  A crucial difference.

Claire takes on the role of an outsourced HR Director for many business owners.  On behalf on a client she will get involved in the HR operations of a business and help the business owner make the right decision so that all HR decisions are cost efficient to the business and have a positive effect on the health of the business.  As she says in the episode HR does affect a company's Profit and Loss Accounts.

Hiring Millennials is also discussed and she gives us some insightful advise on what they are looking for and what a businesses approach and style should be to help employ and retain millennials employees.  

Claire was very open and insightful into the world of HR and how professionals like her do need be part of the corporate decision making because at the end of the day people run your business and the right people will help you grow and build your business.

In this episode Claire shares how she got started in HR and what her career has taught her. She shares how she can help and support SME's and large corporations today. She offers up some great tips and ideas too that we should all be thinking about when it comes to managing your team as well as your business.  

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Claire's journey and discovering the nuggets of knowledge she has in her head.  She's a smart and talented women and would be a great asset to company looking to get advise and direction on their business and HR strategy. 

Listen to more Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East - 2015 & 2016

Jan 16, 2017

Meet Warsha Joshi, a season entrepreneur and corporate career lady.  By the age of 26 she had two businesses. In 2010 she started her current venture, www.PlatinumVa.com to provide Virtual Executive Assistance to regionally based consulting firms operating in the GCC.

She helps corporates and business professionals manage their administrative tasks so they can focus on their primary objectives.  Warsha is all about working smarter and through her team of virtual assistance she helps her client's achieve their goals and objectives.  

Warsha has had an amazing career. She started at 16 with her own beauty salon, she then started a beauty training institute. She then went on to work in the corporate world and quickly climbed the ladder. She returned to the entrepreneurial life to start this new venture. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs so dinner time discussion was always focused on tackling business strategy and growing their family businesses.

Warsha is a devoted team player.  She empowers her team with the tools, resources, the right mindset and strategies to help them achieve their highest performances.  Warsha can attribute a lot of her success to moulding a strong, transparent, independent and reliable team.

In this episode we discover more about Warsha and her journey. We learn more about her business and where she sees her business in 5 years. She shares her successes, her key ideas and why now she has become a coach herself to help empower more entrepreneurs to create sustainable businesses.

This was very open, warm and enlightening conversations with a very inspired and positive woman. It was great to meet here, chat and also learn that she helps educate 8 orphan girls in India!! Her heart is HUGE!!  

Listen to more episodes from 2015 & 2016 here.

Jan 9, 2017

Ever thought about writing a blog?  Channelling your knowledge into a space for all to read?  A space to share your ideas, thoughts and opinions and help others form their opinion on a matter?  Well if you have then this might be a great place to start because Nicholla sat down with Dubai blogger, Helen Farmer - founder of the blog www.themothershipdxb.com to learn more about her blog and what she has learnt along the way.

www.themothershipdxb.com, is a blog that takes a very honest look at living, working and parenting in the UAE, covering everything from family friendly activities to real issues facing mums like us.  She been in the Middle East for ten years, working in publishing and broadcasting, and has one daughter - and another baby on the way!  The Mothership won the Time Out Dubai Kids award for Parenting Blog of 2016. Congratulations Helen! :)

So blogging, is it for you?  lets discover if it is with Helen or if you are already on the blogging journey let Helen share with you some great tips and ideas.  In this episode we spoke about her blog, where it all started, the challenges and successes she has had, how she built relationships with both her community and the brands she works with. I also discover why she called her blog, 'The Mothership'.

​Helen is great at articulating her feelings and thoughts about being a parent and mum here in Dubai.  Her blogging style is open, friendly, completely relatable and funny - all very much attributes of her personality!  Ultimately the key important ingredients in all of her blogging creations is trust, authenticity and relatability.  It's these three words that are deeply rooted in her style and personalty, thus making her a successful blogger and the three words which I truly believe are the powerhouse of blogging.

Helen was great to spend time with. I felt like I had known her for ages.  Even when we first met, we chatted like we were catching up for the two hundredth time. Over tea and spilling honey (that was funny, Helen!) we talked about loads, working our way through an array of topics and ideas.  It was truly a delight to connect and I left that conversation feeling motivated and inspired. Thanks Helen!  
​If blogging is on your agenda then have a listen to this episode and have your laptop ready to write down some key ideas to help you get started.

 

More of our episode in our collection are here 2015 & 2016

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