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.
Writer, global nomad, artist, a seeker of human behaviour, Jody Ballard is the son of a Montana Cowboy who has lived in eight foreign countries. Having moved over thirty times (so far), Jody has emerged not only as a prolific agent of change, but also a master of the inter-cultural and international dynamic. During those three decades journey Jody founded a thriving business, Strategic Wellness Systems, principally dedicated to the five essential components of health: physical, psychological spiritual, relational and mental. In this episode she shares her experiences and insights on what it is to be an Expat
This is her story and her insight into what makes a successful expat entrepreneur. She has a more holistic approach to entrepreneurship and I think the lesson I learnt from this episode was that we don’t always have to have our foot on the gas and be ‘go go go’ We do need to take a step back now and again and trust that a solution will be found. Constantly working and pushing forward can be counterproductive. The second ‘take away’ was that you would think nutrition and entrepreneurship would be quite different subjects but actually there is a similarities and a correlation between them that I never thought about before. That relationship was brought to light in this interview with Laura Holland. Her specialty is nutrition, well-being and weigh loss. All of which are goals we have at some point in our life. They all aim to be us feel lighter, feel better and more in control of our health. As an entrepreneur we aim for success, read more
In this interview Karen shares her own heartfelt account of how tragedy, ambition and accountability collided in her life. How she found she was a strong, capable woman and how sheer perseverance and discipline can make your dreams come true. You will see what I mean as you listen. Enjoy. - See more at: http://www.thelearningcurvepodcast.com
Nicholla speaks with Karen Wilmot who has worked in hospitals, clinics and communities both locally and internationally since qualifying in South Africa in 1990 as a Registered Nurse & Midwife. The majority of her nursing career was spent working in the field of women’s health, as a midwife in labor & delivery, in clinics teaching antenatal education or in the community assisting women during the postnatal period. She also worked in NICU gaining experience of working with premature babies and subsequent care of babies born early.
Karen moved to the Middle East in 2004. Following several years of working at Muscat Private Hospital in Oman, Karen realized the great need for community support, assistance and education. In 2009 she founded Pregnant in Oman (www.pregnantinoman.com) with a vision to be recognized as the first and the best provider of continuous, holistic care for pregnant mothers and babies in Oman, offering a safe and comfortable environment where women turn to for everything related to pregnancy and childbirth.
In order to provide a holistic service, Karen qualified as a Yoga Instructor (YA 200hr YTT) and offers prenatal yoga classes in addition to the birth preparation classes for couples.
Karen is the only independent midwife offering the full range of services in Oman at present. She is the monthly guest speaker on a local radio station show called “Mums on Monday”, covering topics related to pregnancy and newborns. She writes articles for online forums “expat woman” and “the birthing site” and is quoted in several local magazines and newspapers (see below). - See more at: http://www.thelearningcurvepodcast.com/podcast-019---karen-wilmot---entrepreneur-midwife-yoga-instructor-birth--lactation-consultant-muscat-oman.html#sthash.wQof8Jx5.dpuf
In this interview Andrea shares her own take on her successes, challenges and what she thinks makes a successful entrepreneur. She calls herself a 'start up addict' and what she aspires to become is someone who can help others with their own visions and start up plans. You will see what I mean as you listen.
Nicholla speaks with Andrea Martins who co-founded ExpatWomen.com and is the co-author of the book Expat Confessions: 50 Answers To Your Real-Life Questions About Living Abroad. Her website attracted annual sponsorships from global companies like HSBC, Barclays Wealth, Aetna International, Clements Worldwide and SIRVA Relocation and she was a guest speaker at expat events in the United States, Mexico, The Netherlands, Morocco, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. Andrea's site was acquired for an undisclosed six figure deal in April 2014.
Having lived as an expat for nine years in Indonesia, Mexico and Malaysia, Andrea is now back in her home country Australia. She was a finalist in her local 2014 Business Pitch competition at the Innovation Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast in August.
Andrea is also the founder of: Story Resumes – an innovative service to help jobseekers get noticed via eye-catching infographic, illustrated and animated video resumes; Launched and Noticed - an e-course and community to help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life; and the co-founder of a new startup called Odd Jobs - designed to be an Uber for handymen.
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