In celebration of the Women in Business day… here are some of the women that have inspired me

As part of Global Entrepreneur Week I am supporting the British Library Business & IP Centre and taking part in their Speed Mentoring event, being one of the mentors on the Women in Business day. As the event approaches I have been thinking about some of the women that have influenced and inspired me through my marketing career and in my business. Whilst it is perhaps a little self indulgent, I think it is worth recognising them, and the qualities that inspired me:
– The feisty Jan McGee who believed in me in my early twenties, seeing something in me that I’m not even sure I knew was there, and effectively promoted me twice in one go – to manage her two biggest brands Bisto and McDougalls.
– The petite Jane Aldridge from Nestle whose coaching-centric leadership style thankfully rubbed off on me, as did the best practise Nestle marketing principles that she lived by.
– The caring and passionate Debbie Eddy who bolstered my library of marketing best practise and who was, and still is, a constant inspiration as mentor for the Nurture Network.
– My dear Sarah Dossett, a peer at Britvic, whose calm, determined exterior in the face of adversity continues to be something I can only strive towards.
– Claire Webber and Helen Buckle in my team at A Suit That Fits where I work part time through The Nurture Network. Both are in the early years of their careers and are already bright shining and hugely determined talent in PR and marketing – and have great entrepreneurial flair.
– And finally Julia Boddy, founder of Mrs Tinks children’s meals, and Duda, founder of duda does Life Organisers – who both emit an infectious amount of passion for their brands, which makes it a pleasure to work with them.