Bio

What could you do with a Conscious Innovation thinking partner, consultant and strategist, who loves to invest in and amplify social change?

Thanks for popping by…

The short story

In the past 20+ years,  I have encouraged, connected, coached and developed individuals, staff and boards of businesses that invest in social change across sectors, and helped them co-design experiences and social change programmes that transform people’s worlds.

I  have worked with – mainly women- leaders (10,000 of them!) and I am grateful for my experience as a Bcorp leader, a board member, and an advisor to social enterprises.

People say I bring partnering, experimentation and intimacy to sometimes complex tasks and create a space where you can be fully yourself and you are met where you are at.

Here’s to more meaningful, influential and impact igniting conversations!

9 reasons why we could join forces and a -not so wild- card

1. I have a passion for conscious innovation and intersectional leadership development. For over 20 years, I enjoyed being a social business leader, a social change activist, founder and CEO of Ogunte CIC – the organisation amplifying and connecting women in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem. I started this when not many people understood why it was important to have a gender lens on social impact!

2. I founded Make a Wave, the first Incubator for Women in Social Enterprise in the UK. The programme pivoted online in the early 2010s, when people were still dreading dialling in for group conversations over the phone… With global supporters, we supported 250 women from Jamaica to Japan and learned a lot about women’s lived experiences. We changed their perception and behaviour around finance and helped them make sense of the investment ecosystem.

3. As a Certified Business Advisor for Social Enterprises and a CEO of an organisation that was one of the first 50 B corps in the UK, I have acquired business development and management experience and networks in the solidarity economy. Having to grow and explain our impact amplified my rigour and evidence-based approach.

4. As a trained foresight practitioner, I help people imagine and make sense of what could be, for good and for worst, by facilitating Futures-Thinking action-learning sessions. This helps people create better strategies and bring everyone along on a mission.

5. Through my interventions across sectors, from civic society, smart Social Finance networks, to Central Government, I have equipped professionals to go the extra mile, be more visible, experiment with different systems-thinking and creative approaches, and embed human rights and equality frameworks in their products and operations. I believe everybody has a role to play in creating a world that tells people “they matter”.

6. As a board advisor and consultant for various social innovation, green ventures, women’s sector organisations and arm length bodies[1]. I listen carefully to everyone around the table, and often bring in an alternative perspective, a user voice or a gently challenging question… Together we explore, we dare, we save time.

7. Over 20 years of coaching and team facilitation experience from grassroots to board level.[2] My purpose is to help people think independently for themselves, be mindful of the collective good, and generate actions that serve the best possible outcomes.

8. My ecosystem management experience as the director of the Womanity Award (Womanity Foundation): I have invested in and coached innovative ventures that partnered to adapt successful programmes to prevent violence against women. Investees and stakeholders appreciated the connections, the learning challenges and the evidence-based support I offered them. It helped them extend their reach and build stronger ventures.

9. I love to communicate and therefore use my 5 languages to connect, speak at, curate and moderate conferences and panels.

A -not so wild- card

Despite being convinced from an early age I was only a literary storyteller and not a number person, I have a learning background in economics, as well as tech and data crunching. I have built my first desktop computer from scratch in 1997, been monitoring (on paper first, then with tech) various aspects of my health since the age of 12 (this has changed my life), and have actually enjoyed managing very large budgets, assessing funding requests and doing due diligence, leaving no stone unturned…

Conclusion: Limiting beliefs only lead us that far and there’s always hope! 😉

Email me for my full CV and credentials.

ICF Member Badge

[1] As a Certified Personal and Executive Coach (Results Coaching Systems, powered by the Neuroleadership Group; Certified in Conflict Management Coaching – Cinergy Method; Certified as a Thinking Environment Coach, member of the Time To Think Collegiate; and a member of the International Coaching Federation. A certified Agile DSDM programme manager and Design Sprint mentor.

[2] British Council Inclusive Communities Advisory Group, Minca Ventures, TechPixies, Meetoo, PurpleShoots, AgentAcademy, Match International Women’s Fund, The Next Billion, Future Shapers Network, European Women’s Lobby, Women in Social Finance, Acre Bench, Fashion Revolution, Global Action Plan International, Imperial College Climate KIC challenge, Behind Bras, The People Who Share, Women4 Solutions (BWomen) etc

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