When women stop accepting daily struggle as a norm the world will change.
The world is not perfect and we don’t live in an equal system. But I don’t believe we women are held back because we don’t have the right role models or enough support or funding. We are held back by procrastination and self doubt.
I’ve dedicated my life to encouraging women to define their own kind of success and take action towards their goals. For too long we women have been chasing the dreams of others and accepting the rules of the masculine system. It’s now time we stop waiting for the world to change for us and start creating the world we want to live in.
After giving birth to twin boys nine years ago, I found myself re-evaluating what success means to me and decided I was going to live a bigger life on all levels, not simply chasing one dimensional success. I noticed that this message resonated with a lot of women and in 2013 I founded a women’s network called DrivenWoman where women support each other to the life they actually want.
I’ve developed a unique methodology called Lifeworking™ that combines the benefits of networking and personal development in small accountability groups on- and off-line. DrivenWoman is now helping women across the globe reach their goals, follow their dreams and make their life work. In monthly meetings members share their progress and keep each other accountable to make big life changes happen.
In the past 5 years we run close to 1,000 events with DrivenWoman, of which I personally hosted over 250. I have now met over 1,000 women and listened to their personal stories of overwhelm, anxiety and confusion as they struggle to define themselves in the current patriarchal system.
But there’s so much hope! Little by little women are starting to believe in their own dreams defining more authentic goals that matter to them. I see women refusing to follow the success formula society has served them and stepping outside their comfort zone into their own creative power.
I agree there’s still a lot of work to be done, but we have two choices. We can either get entangled with the negativity and the fight, or we can choose to walk away from the struggle and start creating a positive change with our own actions. While there are many organisations empowering women to reach their potential and break barriers in corporations, women need a safe forum where we can take control of our own destiny and not simply rely on the environment to change.
In January 2017 I launched a one-day seminar called Festival Of Doers. I wanted to create a new kind of event that would deliver more than just great talks and inspiration. The festival brings together successful women thought leaders from around the world and creates a new kind of empowerment event. Rather than discussing what is wrong with the world, it offers attendees a chance to learn from other women and commit to making a change in their own lives integrating principles of DrivenWoman: attendees write down their goals, share their dreams & ideas openly and identify action points they will put into practice the very next day.
I believe that when women support, inspire and become accountable to each other, big things will happen. DrivenWoman provides a thriving environment that can inspire and support women to find the braveness and stamina to overcome challenges and go after their dreams. Everyone can improve their situation, so stop waiting for the right circumstances or someone else to dictate your life.
Huffington Post interview about my mission and why I created Festival Of Doers.
I’ve also appeared on some of the most inspiring Podcasts for women, including:
Let’s start taking small steps to a bigger future.