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