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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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Sep 5, 2016

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

Urooj Kamran Azmi is a senior at Northwestern University’s campus in Qatar, majoring in Communication with a Civic Engagement certificate. Urooj has a passion for film making and community development. 

Her dream role is to be a social entrepreneur and work with minority groups and disadvantage communities and encourage them to use the power of media to help them grow, be inspired and success.  She loves to produce powerful and story telling content which get to the heart of a matter. She's wants to get behind the 'why' of many opinions and pull them all together into film pieces that digs deep and shares the true story behind the people in the story.  

At 22 she has achieved so much and next year when she graduates from North Western University she wants to go back to Pakistan and start driving the key stories she wants the world to hear.  Right now her passion is her education. She loving being educated in something she is truly passionate about. For her, her classes inspire her and create the themes she wants to film and create content for.

In this podcast we learn more about the energy behind Urooj - where her love for film making comes from, if she has ever doubted her passion and why she loves a controversial subject.

This is her starting her entrepreneurial journey and learning curve story.

Aug 30, 2016

In this short soundbite episode we get an idea of where Sahiqa gets her entrepreneurial spirit.  To listen to the full audio episode directly - use this link: http://goo.gl/TfksYI

Alternatively check out her webpage on our website: http://goo.gl/V1Gygz

 

Sahiqa Bennett

Founder of Searchie and Searchie

Website:     www.searchieandsearchie.com
Email:         info@searchieandsearchie.com

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Aug 30, 2016

This is a Podcast soundbite on why Sahiqa named her company Searchie and Searchie.  To hear the full episode on her entrepreneurial journey - where we cover all about her business, her ideal client, how she plans to scale up her business, her success tips, and how she has overcome her weaknesses  - check out episode #95 or visit our website www.thelearningcurvepodcast.com to find the episode.

Aug 29, 2016

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

Sahiqa is the Founder of Searchie and Searchie, a head hunter who is passionate about helping clients find a new solution to their stressful recruitment process.  She started her company back in 2014 and can be found across the globe.

What I loved most about Sahiqa was her adaptive leadership style, her being one with the goal and connecting with it to make it happen. It takes strong mindfulness and out of the box thinking to lead a team with that thinking. She very clear about her passion, her identity and who she can help.  With these grounded ideals it make the rest of her work easier. Her clients will get her and people will want to work with her.  People like to work with people who know exactly what the mission. I believe Sahiqa has done that.

By the time the interview was over, I wanted to work for Sahiqa. She has created a working environment where all her team members (who are mums, by the way) can thrive, engage and create the best people they can be. As a mum, myself I know it can be difficult to balance work and family but this team seem to be a great example of how it is possible.

Aug 22, 2016

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

Julie is the Founder of Beeton & Co - a company that assists you with your education and immigration requirements for Canada.

A corporate lawyer by profession Julie shares a great overview of her business and how she is passionate about helping people make the right life decisions for their families and their kids education.  Making life changing decisions takes courage, knowledge and patience and somoone like Julie helps makes this decision making so much easier.

Through our conversation you will learn more about Julie and her style to helping people makes these big life choices.  She's empowered by her legal background, her Canadian connections with educational institutes and canadian immigration processes and gives you the information you need to make informed decisions.

She prides herself on her lawyer roots and is keen to always be a perfectionist in this area however she understand the learning curve of starting her own business and she's consistently learning, growing and powering through the new aspects to business growth she is facing.  

It was a real delight to speak with Julie and learn more about her and her journey.  She loves what she does and I personally feel that passion and drive to serve her clients well will see her become a key thought leader on the subject of Canadian Immigration.

This is her entrepreneurial journey and learning curve story.

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Aug 8, 2016

en Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.

Carrie shares a really great overview of her business and how as she has grown, she’s become more and more clear about her purpose and her direction. Clarity and direction can sometimes really overwhelm any great business idea and so the person can be left feeling deflated or misdirected. Great ideas don’t take off because you don’t know how to level up your business idea.  Through our conversation you will hear about how Carrie identified the pain factors she solves through her business and how she spends her time serving, learning and listening to help her clients and her community unleash their inner artist  and embrace their creative interests.

To nurture, elevate and community are three words that describe what Carrie is doing.  Having these characteristics aswell as an attitude to serve first has ensured she’s been able to create better products to suit her customers and connect with them better on a personal as well as professional level.  Her business is called ‘Artist Strong’ and even that brand came from her community! 

Carrie has worked hard to create trust and authenticity in her community and she’s done this with creating strong connections with her audience. This is primary to any developing business and particularly for Carrie as it helps her build, grow and stretch her business into the platform.


I loved how Carrie articulated her story and helping us understand where she is on her entrepreneurial journey and her learning curve story. She’s a tuned in chick!

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Aug 1, 2016

Have you ever thought about the correlation between a weight loss journey and entrepreneurship?  I've recently connected the two.  If you spotted the correlation yourself, then awesome and I'd love to hear how you see them syncing up.   So summer 2016 for me is about 2 key objectives, a) starting my business, and b) weight loss and getting my fitness back.  To achieve both I've been spending the first part of the early morning on the treadmill where for one hour I walk and run to achieve around 9000 steps. My aim is to average around 12000 daily steps.  This morning effort really boosts that number to achieve my daily step count. It also helps with the 2nd objective of starting my business by helping me get clear, having a healthy mindset and achieve my daily 'to do' list about what I need to get done.  Apart from this morning exercise boost, the majority of my day is very sedentary. I spend a chunk of time in front of the computer or in meetings, a car or just relaxing. Its pretty hot outside so going out really isn't advisable so getting my exercise done first thing is crucial. I'm not a afternoon gym person nor an evening person so the mornings gets it done. Read More

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Jul 24, 2016

How would you like to go to an event where the speakers or trainers were from the region? Where they 'get' the culture and the conversations. They aren't from across the globe but locally grown, influenced and driven by the issues and drives we have here.  Well this is where my next guest, Saana is putting a marker.  She is the founder of MENA Speakers, a boutique speakers bureau providing the market with moderators, key note speakers, individual trainers and corporate trainers to the business landscape.  Her focus on the arab voices and talent from this region and her vision is to become the biggest exporter of Middle East Voices to the world.

Her learning curve journey doesn't start there because by profession Saana is a Economist and she has received several awards and allocades for her efforts.

Hear her story from Economist career girl to Speaker entrepreneur and her philosophies of running her own business in this fun and inspiration conversation a with motivated lady making waves and helping you access some of the amazing speaking talent from this region.

This is her entrepreneurial journey and her learning curve journey.

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Jul 18, 2016

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

The Middle East also has a weight and obesity crisis. Yes its not just the western world which scores high in the obesity crisis.  Over the last two decades there is increased consumption of fast foods and sugar-dense beverages (e.g., sodas). Simultaneously, technological advances and a more sedentary lifestyle have lead to a decrease in level of activity  This is where my next guest Ola is deeply involved in.  She the Founder of Quality of Life Nutrition and Eating disorder centre and the founder and owner of Primrose Health Shop.  

​She is a Master Practitioner in eating disorders and obesity and understand the importance of combining nutrition and physical needs.  Her Passion is to start a nutrition academy and create a space for more practitioners like her to learn, understand and build their expertise so together they can tackle the obesity crises in Jordan as well as across the region.

This is her entrepreneurial journey and her learning curve journey.

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Jul 11, 2016

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

Happiness!  Its an interesting word and a word that weirdly enough can cause a lot of stress too.  How many of you say this...' Ill be happy when...' or 'When I get passed this moment I'l have time to be happy'.... weirdly enough most of us put happiness on the back burner and only create happiness when we've achieved certain things.  And then when we do achieve our goal we could land up feeling bitterly disappointed because how you feel and the outcome are dissimilar. Happiness can seem like a battle of wills BUT... it doesn't have to be that way.  My guest Jo Dee Walmsley is  a professional motivational speaker and facilitator of Laughter Wellness.  Jo-Dee is helping people in business that face stress and other work-related illnesses, to find better ways to live more productive and healthier lives. 

We had a great chat about happiness, stress, cortisol, how to be happy and how techniques like Laughter Yoga can really help you build your own self awareness about how you react in situations and how to achieve better outcomes. Her website is www.simplylaughter.com

We did have a few giggles along the way and she even helped me start to get me into fake laughing which eventually followed into real laughing!!  

This is her entrepreneurial journey and her learning curve journey.

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