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Events

Our events are unique occasions to meet likeminded women, share skills, get inspired and have fun!

bright lights (in New York!)
Oct
7
11:00am11:00am

bright lights (in New York!)

The NOI Club is growing so fast!

Since we were born, we held events in our biggest hub, London. But we aspire to be a global community so...we'd better fly to new places to meet our wonderful members!

We have almost 200 NOI Ladies in the US right now: it is time for the New York chapter to open!

Join us on October 7th for brunch and chats. We will meet and share our stories; you will learn all about NOI and what you can achieve with us. You will be able to ask us all your questions and share your ideas with our Founder, Paola Garbini.

We will do our best to support you in your journey and you will have the chance to really contribute to shaping the NOI New York chapter based on your vision.

So what are you waiting for?! Get your ticket!

Manhattan location to be confirmed super soon ;)


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Aug
2
10:00am10:00am

look

After the great success of our April 12th LOOK event...we are finally ready for a second one!

You will enjoy a personalised make up and photo shoot session to get the picture you always wanted (you know the one that speaks for you and what you do, the one you always need and never find?!)

We will work again with superstars make up artist Louise Lerego and photographer Jess Yau and we cannot wait to watch them work their magic! Scroll down to read more about them.

Grab your ticket fast, last time all slots got booked in a...click ;)


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OUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Jess Yau, Visual Storyteller. Forever a people-watcher and inspired by aesthetics. Photographer who is fond of fleeting moments, exploring new places and helping people tell their stories through visual images.

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Louise Lerego is a professional makeup artist based in London. Since studying at the Association of Freelance Makeup Artists in 2014 she's been working in fashion and beauty as well as doing makeup for brides, corporations and for entrepreneurs wanting to develop their personal brands. She has a calm and friendly manner and wants everyone she works with to leave her chair looking like the best version of themselves!

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magic
Jun
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

magic

Yes, magic.

We couldn't have found a better word to describe these past two years.

NOI was born two years ago and now we are a tribe of more than 1200 women with fantastic projects, ideas and passion for making the world a better place.

Isn't this a reason to celebrate?! Add a good dose of summer vibes...and here is a perfect mix for our "magic" event!

We prepared an evening to remember. We listened carefully to what our NOI Ladies consider their best summer party and made sure to fulfill as many requests as possible. You just need to come and check if we managed to live up to the greatest expectations ;)

Men are welcome too!!

OUR SPEAKER

sam moyo

Samantha Moyo is a social entrepreneur who specialises in community building, innovation and culture change. She designs future focused campaigns with positive social impacts and is the founding alchemist of Morning Gloryville. MGV is a social movement that pioneered the sober morning dance industry and has grown into a community of 190K globally. This spiritual business won the award for best Zero-Alcohol initiative in the UK in 2016. The company has featured in over 3,000 press mentions worldwide and Sam offers consultancy to social change start-ups and corporate clients.


Here is what you shall expect when joining us on the day...We glued up all the comments that came through from the NOI group when we asked about the "perfect summer party"!

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May
23
9:30am 9:30am

surgery

What is that heavy thing you are carrying around in your heart or in your head? That thing that does not make you progress? When you feel you are lagging behind is it just because of that skill you do not master? Or is it more a question of not knowing how to get rid of a burden?

We experimented a morning of sharing secret stories, opening up and learning how to make decisions, find resilience, strength and real help within our NOI community! A round table panel of speakers shared their highs and lows as well as took all your burning questions. Scroll down to see pics!

OUR SPEAKERS

yasmin choudhury

Yasmin Choudhury is founder of award winning British start up consumer brand Lovedesh. A new solution for global poverty, as her mission is to change how we experience 'Third World' nations, starting with her late father's heritage country of Bangladesh. In 2013, while undertaking R&D on a visit to Bangladesh for Lovedesh, Yasmin discovered her late father's letter of wishes, in which he wrote that his estate should benefit the poor and needy.

Noticing her family had done little, she began to create Lovedesh into a token of love for her beloved father in remembrance of his passion for philanthropy. Using her own money and relying on her City and mothering skills, she has learnt to become a respected foodie, design and travel expert.
Yasmin has won title of 'Entrepreneur of the Year' at the British Muslim Awards, and named 'expert for unusual destinations' by Conde Naste Traveller magazine. She is often speaking of the challenges of escaping the 9 to 5 and taking Lovedesh to market, while battling the many hurdles she has had to overcome herself: poverty, expulsion by her own community, homelessness and lone parenting.

Due to her personal experiences, she started a small charity called Amcariza Foundation, named after her late father. It seed funds sole traders and start ups in cities and rural villages of Bangladesh as well as advocating vocational careers, IT skills and mentoring of girls in a rural school out there.

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nina paul

Nina Paul worked in the city as a product director and also had her own consultancy business for the last couple of years of it, but then she left at the end of 2015 to start a business in jewellery. She had been suffering from depression and addiction for a while but she eventually hit rock bottom when the jewellery business didn't go as planned. She will tell us more about this hard period of her life at the event. With the amazing support of her family, and people she met throughout her recovery journey, she has never felt more alive and strong and grateful. She has learned to love who she is, and find happiness within herself, rather than constantly seeking it from other people, places and things. She has recently started another business - Deliciously Guilt Free and she is busy baking, mentoring others and focusing on her happiness.

By the way...the lady on the floor in the picture is our Founder Paola trying to experiment new ways of product shootings ;) Thank you NOI Lady Jess Yau for the great pic!!!

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Lexi Diggins has spent years working in the fund management industry in marketing, PR, events and business development roles. She is also a linguist and she has lived and worked in South America and the Middle East. Secretly she didn’t love her banking job and mainly felt like a fish out of water.   
Some very big things happened to her in 2013 which forever changed her life and these events catapaulted her in to a new world made of connections, new challenges, a startup to work for and NOI to develop together with Founder Paola.

The "surgery" event is where for the first time ever she will open up and tell her story to other women changemakers. We are sure that by sharing her experiences she will be able to inspire and help us all.

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shefaly.yogendra

Shefaly Yogendra, PhD is a globally experienced senior executive, board director and trusted advisor to boards and CXOs with experience of shaping executive conversation and strategic decisions on technology, governance, risk, branding, and growth.

She will bring her deep, multidisciplinary expertise in decision-making to our "surgery" event. She will draw upon not just her experience of corporate decision-making but also her knowledge of the body of research into what shapes decisions for individuals. In other words, she will provide a conceptual and abstract wrapper to our discussions so the stories we will hear become our own, to draw upon, to learn from so we can apply these learnings to our own experience.

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victoria smith-murphy

Victoria Smith-Murphy is a qualified transformational life coach who works with head-led people, helping them connect with heart and gut to stop second guessing themselves. Many of us spend so much time in our heads, trying to think our way out of being stuck, that we ignore all the knowledge and power that lives in emotion and intuition. Victoria's creative, fluid approach to coaching helps people be more completely themselves, to make decisions and changes that are wholly right for them. After leaving a corporate marketing career in 2015, Victoria has established her private coaching practice alongside working as an associate coach with www.sanctus.io, a dynamic start-up promoting mental wellbeing in work and life.

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Apr
12
9:00am 9:00am

look

It finally happened! We had been speaking about a photo shoot event for almost a year and we finally did it on April 12th 2017.

Our NOI Ladies enjoyed a personalised make up and photo shoot session to get the picture they always wanted (you know the one that speaks for you and what you do, the one you always need and never find?!)

We worked with superstars make up artist Louise Lerego and photographer Jess Yau and we loved to watch them work their magic! Scroll down to read more about them.

We will organise more photoshoots and we already have a waiting list so get in touch to secure your space! Message us at hello@noiclub.org :)


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OUR PHOTOGRAPHER

Jess Yau, Visual Storyteller. Forever a people-watcher and inspired by aesthetics. Photographer who is fond of fleeting moments, exploring new places and helping people tell their stories through visual images.

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Louise Lerego is a professional makeup artist based in London. Since studying at the Association of Freelance Makeup Artists in 2014 she's been working in fashion and beauty as well as doing makeup for brides, corporations and for entrepreneurs wanting to develop their personal brands. She has a calm and friendly manner and wants everyone she works with to leave her chair looking like the best version of themselves!

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Mar
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

she series - with Escape The City

We loved collaborating with Escape The City to discuss female entrepreneurship in the 21st century! Our Founder and many other NOI Ladies were on stage! This time the focus was on Turning Points: family and financial planning. The lively debate convinced us even more that we need these moments of sharing and lifting each other up. Solving problems and celebrating success together does feel amazing.

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She Series: Women entrepreneurs, academics and 21st century feminine leaders in collaboration with the NOI Club.

Leading female entrepreneurs, academics and corporate leaders will share their insights and lead a discussion on what the future of work means for women, men and business.

This is a non-exclusive event and people of any gender are welcome - and encouraged - to attend!

Panelists:

Paola Garbini – Founder of the NOI Club, mum, communications professional for a global management consulting firm and global co-head of its internal women's network

Lisa Barnwell – Feminine Leadership Coach and Founder: Bumps and the Boardroom helping to create an inclusive workforce, retaining top talent and supporting mothers to rise

Indre Butkeviciute - Founder of Lily Advisory, a boutique outlet providing the tools for women to lead a financially sound and business savvy lifestyle

Emilie Bellet - Entrepreneur, ex-private equity. Passionate about empowering women. French and loving London. Mum. Founder of Vestpod

Natasha Tiwari - Founder and Managing Director at Elevare London, a London based education advisory firm, with an 80 strong team, committed to raising the standards of education

Julia Fernando - Academic specialising in Women's identity & leadership. Ex-Centre for Creative Leadership, organised women's empowerment programmes in Peru & Uganda and is now Research Manager at an NHS leadership think tank.

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the trail
Mar
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

the trail

We had a virtual trip across the world! We asked you to pick your preferred means of transport and follow us ;)

Some adventurous women shared their story of discovery of their own personal and professional journey...via land, sea and sky.

We made connections, got inspired and found travel pals for our next adventure. Someone even said this event really changed her perspective on things such as the importance of women's groups! Scroll down to see some pics :)

OUR SPEAKERS

jo cruse

Jo Cruse is a writer, speaker and adventurer. In February 2017, she and her boyfriend Dom completed MacroAdventure, a nine-month expedition from Alaska to Argentina during which they met and shared the stories of over 70 of the Americas' most remarkable social entrepreneurs. Jo is passionate about enabling women to fulfill their highest potential and writes and speaks regularly on career change, resilience and finding purpose. She is currently writing her first novel.

adela hussain

Adela Hussain is the Founder of Style Lyrical, a fashion tech start up that offers personal styling with clothing delivery for busy women. Adela spent 13 years as a management consultant focusing on company transformations, mergers, product launches and outsourcing deals. Like many professional women, the last thing she wanted to do on her time off was shop for clothes so she set out to solve the problem. In January 2015 she embarked on a three-month Lara Croft-style adventure in Asia before settling in Bali. There she launched Style Lyrical from a bamboo office.

shona davies

Shona Davies has found that being an optimist can be hard work and sometimes the work of happiness has been too hard for her. Depression and anxiety have been near constant companions in her life and in 2015, she had a devastating breakdown.
Shona is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 2017/2018 as part of her journey back to health. Completing the challenge will take every ounce of physical and mental strength that she will work to achieve over the coming year. She will be aboard ship for 4-5 months travelling from Cape Town in late October 2017, via Australia and into Asia; finishing in Qingdao, China in Feb/March 2018. Shona has chosen MIND as the charity to partner with in fundraising over the next year.

fiona quinn

Fiona Quinn is an adventurer, speaker, entrepreneur and coach. In 2016 she was the first person to complete the Cam Triathlon, over 180 miles by foot, bicycle and SUP, and then went on to cycle 1000 miles, solo and unsupported, up the length of the country just eight weeks later. Now running a successful business combining start up support with adventure, she splits her time between adventures large and small, and sharing her passion for getting outside through talks, workshops and coaching. This April she will be setting off on her next adventure - to do the 1000 miles from John O'Groats to Lands End again, this time walking!

lindsey clarke

Lindsey Clarke is the Managing Director EMEA for Nativo, a successful US advertising technology firm. In 2013, she hit a painful realization that she’d climbed the ladder that she had intended to climb; yet her life lacked the soul, adventure and freedom that she longed for. She left her NYC life behind and traveled through Europe alone for 6 months. During that tour, amongst other things, she found the inner spirit she’d lost along the way. She also discovered a confidence she hadn’t even realized that she lacked. Lindsey is now a boat dwelling, career loving, humanist who is dedicated to challenging gender stereotypes and inequality, in and out of the corporate world. She pursues this mission using her voice, her mind and always with her heart. “I won’t fight other women for one of the limited seats at the table. We’ll march side by side and demand a bigger table”- Unknown.

 

These beautiful pictures of the #NOItrail event were taken by the talented photographer and NOI Lady Jess Yau. Check out her work here

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work net
Feb
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

work net

We loved our second NOI work net event! Our work nets are moments of true sharing where some of the NOI Ladies' startups get on the stage and benefit from our collective wisdom and constructive feedback. But what we love the most about these events is that, after focusing on the single projects, we all get together to play the "queen bee" game, where we ask for what we want and get ready to receive it! So many connections and so much help...what a night! Read about the key takeaways here.

Click here to see what we did at the past work net event!

OUR SPEAKERS

Liyun Ye is the Founder of Cup & Cone Ice Cream. She is an aspiring ice cream creator at night (who works in corporate finance by day). She has always had a passion for both creativity and food, which culminated in Cup & Cone - a flavour-driven ice cream company. Her ultimate dream would be to create a fantastic and playful ice cream eating experience in a physical space; for now you can find her selling ice cream at local London food markets.

Louise Graham is the Founder of The Think Collective. She is an award-winning marketeer with over 10 years experience helping brands come to life. Literally. The Think Collective is the result of years running a successful marketing agency in Glasgow and the dream to work internationally and location independent.

 

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Martina Wierzbicki is the Founder of Wierz. She is a full-time engineer and part time eco-friendly, ethical handbag entrepreneur. While taking part in the Escape the City Startup Tribe, she discovered cork fabric as a beautiful and viable alternative to leather. Combined with great design, she knew it could be a huge success in the UK and so she is now working on her dream, Wierz

Mursal Hedayat is the Founder and CEO of Chatterbox. She is a former refugee and she knows first hand the immense untapped potential within the refugee community that Chatterbox aims to highlight.


These beautiful pictures of the #worknet event were taken by the talented photographer and NOI Lady Jess Yau. Check out her work here

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one step closer
Jan
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

one step closer

This was our first 2017 event! We chose a theme that seems to be universal: dealing with our desires and objectives at the start of a new year.

Every January the pressure on getting things laid out and planned is high and most of the times it is also overwhelming. No matter how good our intentions could be, we often struggle keeping up with the long list of new year's resolutions.

So we decided to take a step back, to take a step closer to achieving what we really want to do and who we really want to become!

We heard stories of who took a different approach, got inspiration for your own path and got one step closer to our real goals!

Read NOI Lady Jillian Weidner's event writeup and takeaways here

OUR SPEAKERS

Matthew Kynaston is a budding writer and activist who works and campaigns in mental health, specifically raising awareness around male suicide. He also facilitates workshops on behalf of the GREAT Initiative - a charity that gets the conversation going with young men on gender issues like gender stereotypes, homophobia and mental health.


Darshan Sanghrajka is founder and CEO of Super Being Labs and has over ten years of experience in start-ups, branding, innovation, communications and digital. His passion is using all those skills to tackle real social and industry challenges, which led him to create Super Being Labs and build a team around this vision. This has led to impact projects with organisations such as Breast Cancer Care, Oxfam, UnLtd, and The Brilliant Club among others, while also founding other social enterprises like State of Ambition and Being ManKind. Darshan graduated with a MA in Economics and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews, and almost embarked on a PhD in anti-terrorism in the US but the entrepreneurial world was too much of a draw! Outside of work, Darshan is the chair of trustees for Somers Town Community Association, and is on the board of advisors for both the Sporting Memories Trust (a national dementia charity) and the British Council’s Entrepreneurial Africa programme. Most recently, he has been appointed to the NSPCC Digital Taskforce to tackle multiple challenges around supporting young people.


Priya Dabasia and Jenny Corrie are Producers of Being ManKind, a project aimed to inspire young people to grow to be kind and confident adults without feeling the need to conform to traditional gender stereotypes. The ethos of the project is to use real-life stories from positive role models to spark these important conversations.

Priya Dabasia is Research Director and Photographer at Super Being Labs. Aside from her work in the co-production and portrait photography for Being ManKind, she is in charge of research methodology and protocols for impact and health projects. Priya is an experienced glaucoma-specialist optometrist who graduated from City University London with a BSc degree in Optometry, and then went on to complete a PhD and a postdoc.  After working in academia and research for a few years, she made the decision to move one step closer to her lifelong ambition, to use photography for positive social and environmental change. She is currently working on a wildlife photography-based comic book for young people, due to launch by the end of 2017.

Jenny Corrie is Producer at Super Being Labs and, along with Priya, co-produced Being ManKind volume 1, a collection of inspiring real-life stories aimed to inspire young people. Jenny has extensive experience of the publishing industry, having previously worked in Production at a top magazine publisher. She was able to draw on this knowledge and use her skills to develop a meaningful project, aimed to empower the next generation. She loves meeting new people and thoroughly enjoyed the process of sourcing the stories and getting to know the incredible men who feature in the book. Jenny studied Russian and Italian at the University of St. Andrews and then went on to gain a Masters in Screen Translation and Subtitling. While studying and working abroad, Jenny discovered a love for food and cooking. Having recently completed a professional cookery course, she hopes to combine her social impact work with her passion for food in order to make a positive difference to people’s lives.


These beautiful pictures of the #OneStepCloser event were taken by the talented photographer and NOI Lady Jess Yau. Check out her work here

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holly NOI xmas!
Dec
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

holly NOI xmas!

It was our second Christmas party! So exciting...such a milestone for the NOI Club.

And we wanted to celebrate in style with you! We prepared an event full of inspiration, fun, yummy food and our #NOILadies had the chance to give back to an amazing charity by simply purchasing their ticket. We also held a wonderful startup Christmas market with some of the brands we look after here at NOI. Have a look at the pictures and see you next year!!


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the mirror
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

the mirror

The IMAGE we have in mind of our body and our life has a very profound impact on our self confidence and self esteem. Our projects and dreams need nurturing and we cannot take good care of them if we do not take good care of ourselves first. However, it is very very hard sometimes to look at the mirror and like what we see. It is hard to be resilient no matter what...
In this event we deep-dived into the theme of body image and life image and listened to four brave and beautiful souls who agreed to share their personal experience. We also got tips on how to gain self confidence and become resilient while loving ourselves more.

OUR SPEAKERS

Jane Caroline Pieterse is the founder of Haleo and she is on a mission to make the world a healthier place. With Haleo she shares her nourishing and delicious recipes and she also created a safe place where everyone can begin to understand the importance of mindfulness, optimism and expressing gratitude. Read more about Jane's story here.

shefaly yogendra

Shefaly Yogendra, PhD is a risk and decision-making specialist, serves as an NED on a listed company board and as a trustee of a celebrated British charity, and advises founders and CEOs on technology, risk, branding and talent. She is on the Female FTSE Board Report 2016's list of 100 Women To Watch. Read more about her here.

federica ferro

Federica Ferro is the founder of The Dream Corner, a conscious lifestyle blog, and "Smash The Mirror", a movement to empower people through self love an self acceptance.
She is also a certified Breath Coach at Rebirthing International and she keeps dreaming big.

hannah aine smith

Hannah Aine Smith is a freelance writer, journalist and copywriter. She has written about her own mental health extensively and recently held a workshop entitled "Learning the art of looking after yourself" at a recovery conference aimed at people who suffer with depression, long term illness, addiction and eating disorders. She has been chronicling her battle between healthy living, depression and body image on her blog.

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your clan - part two
Aug
24
6:30pm 6:30pm

your clan - part two

"Your clan" was the title of the event we held in July around the topic of community building. Belinda Boakye, founder of Cultural Agency Collective, came back to the NOI stage and taught us what it means to build and engage with a community of loyal followers.

We had so many questions and wanted to discuss real examples too...This is really a topic that resonated a lot with us! We asked her to come back and she kindly agreed to do a "part two" in August! We gathered at Escape The City to hear all her tips and grow our loyal following!

OUR SPEAKER

Belinda Boakye

Business consultant supporting creative arts organisations and social enterprises to generate income through business modeling and marketing. Founder of Cultural Agency Collective

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your clan
Jul
27
6:30pm 6:30pm

your clan

We were so happy to welcome back Belinda Boakye to the NOI stage!

Belinda founded Cultural Agency Collective and she guided us through the fascinating process of creating an managing our clan, our engaged community: such a vital aspect of almost all businesses and projects nowadays. Interested followers make a thriving community that make a growing business :)

We met at WeWork Devonshire Square and learnt, got inspired and actively participated in a very insightful session. Chats and networking followed as usual!

OUR SPEAKER

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Belinda Boakye

Business consultant supporting creative arts organisations and social enterprises to generate income through business modeling and marketing. Founder of Cultural Agency Collective

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waves
Jul
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

waves

13 07 2016 event

What an evening of inspiration at Medallia! Our very own Sally Goble, Head of Quality at The Guardian, came back on stage after the NOI Event "the leap" we held at Milli Millu last winter and talked to us about her journey and her take on how to navigate the challenges and opportunities we face in life and at work.

OUR SPEAKER

Sally Goble

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Sally has been working at the Guardian for around ten years, first on the print side and later on the digital side of the news. She is currently Head of Quality in the digital development team - responsible for the quality of all of the Guardian's digital products. She champions diversity initiatives, and is passionate about getting more girls into tech. She is also one of fewer than 500 women who have swum the English Channel solo.

 

Watch Sally speak about how she swam across the English Channel solo. #dothingsthatscareyou :)

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eat NOI love
Jun
11
10:30am10:30am

eat NOI love

We launched our 1st one-day retreat in London on June 11th 2016!

What do we need to succeed with our projects and be happy? Food for the body and for the mind, entrepreneurial discussions and accountability, creativity, fun and meaningful connections.

This was a day of inspiration, yoga, mindfulness. meditation, startup mastermind, creativity and fun!

Below are all the details on what we did and some gorgeous pics taken by our #NOILady Georgina Weston. Read a blog post by Siobhan Kangataran about this magic day here!

Venue: Goodenough Club, 23 Mecklenburgh Square,London, WC1N 2AD

Itinerary:

From 10:30: Arrival – tea & coffee being served

10:45 - 11:00: Session I - Introduction by Paola, NOI Founder

11:00 - 12:00: Session II - Yoga class

12:00 - 13:00: Session III - NOI Lab - 10 x 5 minute ideas/startups presentations and pitches + mastermind

13:00 - 14:00: Lunch

14:00 – 14:30: Session IV - Balanced Lifestyle

14:30 – 15:00: Session V - Mindfulness & Meditation

15:00 - 16:00: Session VI - Play & Creativity

16:00 - 16:30: wrap up with fun

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onederful
May
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

onederful

The NOI Club was born in May 2015 and we celebrated our "onederful" first year with a mini festival!

We had the chance to meet fabulous women achievers, connect, get inspired and meet ten startuppers who showcased their products! All this while sipping a glass of prosecco, eating great food and discussing our projects' future plans.

We partnered up with Duck and Dry, the finest blow dry and up dos bar in London, a world where the traditional rules of hairdressing do not apply.

Founder and CEO Yulia Rorstrom shared with us her journey and entrepreneurial advice.

Read a writeup of the whole evening here

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work net
Apr
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

work net

The NOI Club's mission is to help members bring forward their projects.

In this event we shared our skills and ideas to help a disruptive shoe business and a conscious yoga leggings brand to take off!

A perfect mix of fun, inspiration and serendipity!

If you are interested in hearing about the session, one of our NOI Ladies has written a post

OUR SPEAKERS

abi childs

Abi Childs is a finance escapee and Fellow of the On Purpose programme aimed at inspiring leaders to use business for good.  She is currently a freelance Management Consultant specialising in mental health, something she cares passionately about.  She is also pursuing another passion in life and setting up an ethical yoga clothing brand, Samanata Yogi, with her friend and biz partner, Michelle. The first collection, Wanderlust, combines her love of travelling and yoga to create leggings inspired by travel and the wonderful planet that we live on. Launching soon!

Read more about Abi here

sharon maddy patel

Sharon Maddy Patel is an ex pharmaceutical professional, mum of two girls and is now pursuing her dream of starting up a business. Sharon spent 11 years working in the pharmaceutical industry in various sales and project management roles. She completed her MBA whilst having her first daughter and went back to work briefly before her second daughter was born.  Since then she has turned her back on the corporate world and has spent time figuring it all out. With the help of 'Escape the City Startup tribe’ back in April 2015, she has slowly been working on her ‘Project Shoe’.  Sharon's passion was born from a once owned and well loved pair of shoes. These shoes made people stop in the street and caught the attention of passengers on business flights. You might be thinking it was something outlandish, garish, but no, it was simple. Simple, elegant and classic... And that is where Sharon starts her journey...

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the plot
Mar
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

the plot

We all grew up on stories of heroes and heroines doing incredible things and changing the world. The plot is always the same: heroes start in a place of comfort, experiencing some extreme discomfort and growing from there to fulfil their fullest potential.
The comfort is easy. The glory is exhilarating.

But what about the dip in the middle? That's tough. How to navigate that time? that's when we stumble.

How can we overcome obstacles in our own minds and behaviour to be the heroines in our own lives? How can we be the masters of our own destinies and the most fulfilled and happy versions of ourselves?

We went on an amazing journey with psychologist Natasha Tiwari, who drew upon her research and work into optimising potential via engaging in heroic behaviours, building mindsets for success, embracing vulnerability, knowing how to deal with difficult situations, boosting self esteem, being our most creative selves and growing our own EQ.
The result? Being empowered to be the heroines in our own life story, leaving with a toolkit of strategies that we could implement straight away.

OUR SPEAKER

natasha.tiwari

Natasha Tiwari is the Founder and Director of Learning at The Tutoring Team, a London based, education advisory and tutoring firm, working with families and schools across the globe. T3 is revolutionising traditional tutoring, by being the first firm to train its tutors in principles guided by research in pedagogy, psychology and neuroscience, to accelerate learning and optimise potential, whilst working within a goal orientated approach. At T3’s core is a belief that all children are unique, and can be their most high achieving and heroic selves when structured guidance and strategies from psychology are applied. Natasha’s passion for building children’s achievements through building growth mindsets, creativity and imagination informs much of the T3 methodology. Combining these ideas creates real magic for the children subject to the approach.

Natasha was the youngest ever cohort member on the UK’s Teach First programme; which places the country’s highest calibre students into the country’s worst performing inner city to raise standards. Her experiences here widened her perspectives of the challenges faced by deprived pupils and challenged schools; and she has been inspired by the scope for research in neuroscience, mindsets and heroic behaviour to compliment the work of teachers, in supporting children, especially those facing challenges outside of the classroom, in reaching the heights of their potential. T3 is now bringing Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s Heroic Imagination Project to the UK, introducing the programmes to UK schools, to build heroic behaviours and the capacity to respond positively and as a force of good, even in the most negative and difficult situations.

Having caught the entrepreneurial bug, Natasha is also the founder of a fashion venture, www.Xarii.com, disrupting the Indian fashion industry. Having now built a team of 65 at T3, and a smaller team of 5 at Xarii.com; she is passionately interested in the behaviours which define heroic leaders, and how heroic leaders build heroic teams; the way in which this interacts with innovation and creativity, and how a better understanding of this will accelerate innovation, and ultimately change the world for the better.

Websites: thetutoringteam.co.uk and natashatiwari.co.uk

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you lead, you learn
Feb
25
7:00pm 7:00pm

you lead, you learn

After learning how to "take the leap" we discussed what it truly means to lead and to make an impact on our own terms. 

Harriet Minter, founder of Women In Leadership, and Ambica Jobanputra, Head of Social Leadership at BeyondMe were our speakers. Read the writeup of the session by NOILady and founder of MP Cosmetics Shari Nunes here.

OUR SPEAKERS

harriet minter

Harriet Minter is a writer, journalist and speaker. Currently the editor of the Guardian's Women in Leadership section, she writes extensively on a variety of issues relating to women and the workplace and has interviewed a range of leading women from MPs to entrepreneurs and celebrities. Prior to her current role she worked as a commissioning editor for a range of sections on the Guardian and also ran the engagement and social media strategy for the Guardian's Professional Networks. She started her journalistic career at RollOnFriday.com, the leading community site for lawyers and as a consequence she knows far too much about the private lives of the City's highest paid litigators. She is a regular speaker on women's rights, organisational change, the future of work and just getting stuff done. Outside of work her passions include high heels and big boats - although not together.

ambica.jobanputra

Ambica joined BeyondMe in April 2014 and is responsible for engaging professionals in its giving and leadership programme. To date, BeyondMe has supported over 1000 professionals to donate their time, money and skills to social causes. Prior to this, Ambica spent two years as a policy adviser in the Cabinet Office working on central government’s savings and reform agenda, and three months volunteering in the West Bank with a refugee rights organisation. She holds a degree in Law and European Legal Studies from King’s College London University.

Ambica is a big fan of everyday leadership and is committed to working with others to realise their potential – whatever it might be. She is a mentor with offender rehabilitation charity Key 4 Life.

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the leap
Jan
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

the leap

When we are about to make a change, no matter how big or small, we may face the fear of the void...But looking at who has made it to the other side may help us understand how to take the leap! In our first 2016 event we heard from four wonderful ladies who changed direction and...jumped high to pursue their dreams!

As usual, we also had time to connect, share, test our ideas and plan the next steps forward...one lucky #NOILady won a raffle and we also did a very special late night shopping session at the Milli Millu showroom, where founder Mireia Llusia-Lindh kindly hosted us all.

OUR SPEAKERS

mireia llusia-lindh
stine dulong
sally goble
jo cruse

From left: Mireia Llusia-Lindh, Stine Dulong, Sally Goble, Jo Cruse

Mireia Llusia-Lindh

Mireia Llusia-Lindh is a mother of three who founded Milli Millu in 2010 after many years in consultancy and her MBA at Harvard Business School. During her years as a management consultant, Mireia toiled to find handbags that suited her lifestyle. The bags on offer were either cool or functional but none was the perfect fusion of the two. She ran a small survey among other professional women... 95% said they could not find their perfect handbag either. Equipped with a passion for design and an insider's view to the lifestyle of busy women, Mireia embarked on a mission to create truly multifaceted handbags. They had to be stylish, functional, luxurious yet attainable... and graceful. Was she asking too much? Women are expected to shine in so many areas, so why cannot their handbags do the same? After months of hard work and lots of determination, Milli Millu was born with a range of day and night bags designed with the busy woman in mind...

Stine Dulong

Stine Dulong is a Danish ceramicist who founded SkandiHus. She works and lives in London. The SkandiHus brand is inspired by a love for Scandinavian design in which beauty is radiated through light colours, the ample use of natural materials, minimalism and functionality. Like many Scandinavian designers before her, Stine believes that quality design should be affordable, stylish and relevant to the modern human being by providing minimal distraction and maximum functionality and beauty. Stine both throws and hand-builds her pieces. It is very important to her to minimise her impact on the world in which she lives, so she reuses materials whenever possible and many of her pieces are made from reclaimed waste clay from her students and fellow studio members. When Stine is not busy making her own designs, she works as a teacher at Turning Earth Ceramics studios in East London and she is currently undertaking the highly renowned Diploma in ceramic design at CityLit.

Sally Goble

Sally has been working at the Guardian for around ten years, first on the print side and later on the digital side of the news. She is currently Head of Quality in the digital development team - responsible for the quality of all of the Guardian's digital products. She champions diversity initiatives, and is passionate about getting more girls into tech. She is also one of fewer than 500 women who have swum the English Channel solo.

Jo Cruse

Jo Cruse is a communications consultant, writer and speaker. Jo started her professional life in politics, which culminated in her running the communications operation for a major national political party. In early 2015, a series of big life changes led to her completely changing career path, and she currently consults on communications strategy to social enterprises and start-ups. In addition, Jo is co-founder of MacroAdventure, a nine-month expedition from Alaska to Argentina due to depart in mid-2016 to investigate business as a force for good throughout the Americas. Passionate about the value to be found in shared experience, Jo is also currently writing a book about the dramatic personal and professional changes she has made in the last year.



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Christmas with NOI  - Setting Goals for 2016
Dec
10
6:30pm 6:30pm

Christmas with NOI - Setting Goals for 2016

2015 was NOI's first Christmas! And we could not have made it that far without you!

Hosted by the stunning Grace Belgravia club, we had a conversation with Emma Jones, Founder of Enterprise Nation, who drew upon her own entrepreneurial experience of starting and growing a business. Having launched Enterprise Nation in 2006, she now reaches over 75,000 people and captures her audience through business books, events and funding, both online and in person.

We listened to Emma’s inspiring story and learnt plenty of practical tips along the way as she helped us set our goals for the year ahead and equipped us with tools and confidence to bring them to life!

We enjoyed a lovely dinner and heard the amazing stories of each member of the community.

Lovely Deborah Parietti, Founder of The Red Beetle, gave us a delicious Christmas present: a bottle of italian balsamic vinegar from Il Borgo del Balsamico. Its bottle is so pretty that it looks like a perfume! Not to mention the precious Antonio Mattei cantuccini she offered us with coffee!

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fear and laughter
Nov
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

fear and laughter

This was the last 2015 NOI Event before our Christmas Party!!!

What makes our group unique?

The ladies who are part of it! And the openness we have when it comes to sharing, commenting, asking. This is what keeps NOI and our projects alive.

In this event we tried to tackle an issue that many of us raised: FEAR.

Fear can have multiple facets: fear of judgment, fear of being rejected by a client, fear of pitching, fear of public speaking, fear of not being able to make it, fear of making the leap, fear of not being good at our new job, fear of being an impostor (oh yes, ever heard about the impostor syndrome?)

FEAR is a universal feeling that may get us into a lot of trouble. It can slow us down, even paralyse us.

So why “fear and laughter”? Well, it is impossible not to have fear. But it is possible to control it and give it the right importance…and why not even have a laugh about it sometimes!

We met Deena Gornick, who helped us turn our fears into something else, something powerful for us. We walked out of the room with feelings of peace and gratitude for a wonderful woman who found a way to touch all our hearts!

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what's the story?
Oct
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

what's the story?

#TheNOILadiesNeverStop :)

We came back on October 29th to where it all began and met at Escape The City's headquarters for a lovely evening focussing on the topics YOU wanted to hear.

This time we explored strategies to tell our stories. How do we engage our audiences? How do we get people to listen to us?

our speakers

From left: Robyn Peel, Leigh Taylor, Vix Anderton, Rachel Smith

Robyn Peel and Leigh Taylor
Robyn is a coach, mentor, facilitator and general lover of people and life! She helps people get a clear understanding of who they are and helps them to dream big, define success on their own terms, take action and live fulfilling and meaningful lives. ...
Leigh runs Red Lotus Journey, a site dedicated to women’s retreats and sacred pilgrimage and is also a co-creator of The Space Between, creating mindful journeys to Japan. Her sincere wish is to help facilitate programmes and journeys where the stress consciousness is subdued.
Robyn and Leigh founded Finding Our Way after seeing many capable women forging their own path but questioning their impact, feeling overwhelmed and near burnout. The aim of Finding Our Way is to help these women change-makers THRIVE on their journey and stay balanced as they seek a more meaningful and wholly integrated lifestyle.
We help women explore a calmer, more focused way of being by spending quality reflective time and being more connected to oneself in a more mindful way. Our purpose is to facilitate becoming more conscious and aware in and of our actions in order to reach our own individual goals and to fulfil our greater aspirations in the world.

Vix Anderton
Vix is the Head of Project Management at Social Development Direct. She is a gender and security expert, with particular interest in gender mainstreaming in the military. A former Royal Air Force intelligence officer, she holds a Masters’ degree from King’s College London and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Royal United Services Institute and Chatham House. She has worked for a number of think tanks, military institutions and women’s rights organisations to promote the rights of women and girls in conflict-affected and fragile states and has also spent several months volunteering with VSO in Bangladesh. Outside of work, Vix is a yogi-in-progress, regular half-marathon runner and novice climber. She volunteers with a London-based feminist organisation. She is also a member of the Rebel Book Club and a travel and lifestyle blogger.

Rachel Smith
Rachel is a qualified architect, a tennis coach, a sports fiend and someone who doesn't like to sit down. The best job she has ever had was doing the scoreboards at Wimbledon. She's always loved working out what motivates people and she believes that there is so much potential for greatness in everyone, her opportunity is to find out where it hides and to help people define what their businesses could become.
She studied architecture at the Royal College of Art, she teaches at the University of Nottingham, has exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts and won a national RIBA build award in 2012 and lives in London. She is the creator of You And Other Stories

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any challenges?
Sep
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

any challenges?

The NOI Ladies' September gettogether was on Thursday 16th. As usual we built the agenda based on the Club's needs. So far what has been resonating with most of us is:
- getting to know each other's stories
- swapping skills
- getting practical hints to solve our daily issues
In this event we had a combination of all three! So excited to have Ebonie Allard as our host, interviewing Fiona Quinn, founder of From the Ground Up and Annetta Laufer, founder of Roman Candle Productions!

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it takes confidence
Jul
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

it takes confidence

The topics and the format of NOI events are shaped by you and your needs. On July 30th at Escape The City the #NOILadies got together to speak about confidence and support. Marianne Cantwell read  some abstracts of her UK bestselling book "Be A Free Range Human" and started a very interesting debate! After that Jane from Haleo treated us with some delicious canapés and then Louise George, actress and founder of Bodhi Babes, helped us overcome our fears...on stage!!!

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sharing is caring
Jul
9
6:30pm 6:30pm

sharing is caring

Despite the London tube strike that was not at all helping logistics-wise, NOI's second event was a success! We focused on sharing, we shared stories, journeys, mistakes and most importantly our vision to make an impact on other people! We had a a conversation with Ruth Anslow, founder of hisBe and with Caroline Jones, founder of Wonky Wardrobe. Belinda Boakye from Cakes and Cocktails then gave us some practical hints on how to get our messages across on Social Media. Key takeaways? Grow your dream, share your story and make connections, ask for help as early as possible, be authentic.