International Women's Day
To mark International Women’s Day, 2019, we are celebrating some of the incredible women that we, Some Like It Social, have the very good fortune to work alongside.
We asked Susan Vaughan, Director, Celtic Marches, Julie Starr, Executive Business Coach, director of Starr Consulting, author and speaker, and Wendy Tarplee Morris, co-founder of The Little Princess Trust to share what they’ve learnt on their professional journeys.
Inspiring, brilliant and brave, these three women are pioneers in their individual sectors. Whatever stage of the work/life journey you are on, you’ll want to bookmark this page!
Susan Vaughan, Director Celtic Marches
Susan Vaughan joined her brother Robert Hancocks on their family farm in Bishops Frome, Herefordshire, after giving up the rat race of major cider manufacturing and production. A passion for creating authentic English cider whilst nurturing a fantastic team in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, Susan has developed a stunning, strong brand of internationally acclaimed cider, that regularly scoops up at awards ceremonies across the globe. (She’s also one of the most positive and enthusiastic people we have ever met)!
Susan’s pearls of wisdom:
Never give up - there is always a solution or at least a compromise
Do every task to the very best of your ability and you will have no regrets
Inspiration for new ideas is all around us keep - looking and listening
Always treat your employees how you would like to be treated
Never lose your sense of fair play
Believe in Karma
Julie Starr, MD Starr Consulting, Author, Speaker, Executive Coach
Julie is a widely-respected authority on coaching, mentoring and personal development. Her books, The Coaching Manual, Brilliant Coaching and The Mentoring Manual, are used in training programmes worldwide and she’s regularly invited to speak at conferences and lectures at home and overseas. Julie is also a fiction author for young adults – her second YA book is due for release later this year. In 2018 Julie featured in the world’s first coaching movie, ‘Leap’.
Julie’s pearls of wisdom:
The paradox of success is that easy, flowing and smooth, follows hard work, perseverance and forbearance
Treat yourself kindly, remember that right now you’re doing the best that you can
You can’t make good decisions from a state of emotional turbulence, don’t get dragged into emotional situations; find a way to stay detached
Remember that your excuses for not having, being or doing anything, only need to make sense to yourself
Don’t accept the position of victim to anything or anyone, you always have choice in any situation
Act from a sense of knowing that you are the source of your own experience
Your sense of empowerment arises from your willingness to accept your responsibility in situations
Responsible = ability to respond
Avoid being a ‘people pleaser’, seeking the approval of others over staying true to ourselves, is beyond foolhardy
Rest, relax, seek pleasure and a state of constant wellbeing, this is what you came for, to enjoy your life
Wendy Tarplee-Morris, co-founder of The Little Princess Trust
Wendy co-founded The Little Princess Trust in 2006, after losing her daughter to cancer. The Little Princess Trust provides free, real-hair wigs to children and young people, up to the age of 24, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.
When Wendy’s daughter, Hannah (the original Little Princess) lost her hair following treatment for a Wilms tumour, Wendy witnessed first-hand the devastating effect that hairloss had on a young child. Tragically, Hannah passed away in 2005. Her family received many offers of financial and practical help, so Wendy and Hannah’s father Simon, felt the most fitting tribute would be to launch a charity dedicated to providing real hair wigs for children and young people. Since then, the Trust has provided thousands of real hair wigs to children and young adults and is now in the early stages of offering its service in other areas of Europe and beyond.
Since 2016, The Little Princess Trust has also realised a life-long ambition to fund research projects into discovering better treatments for childhood cancer and has to date invested £2.8 million into childhood cancer research projects.
Wendy’s pearls of wisdom:
Instinct is everything - always listen to it
Never underestimate the power of kindness and how far the ripples of a kind act can spread
Lead by example and never ask anyone to do something you aren't prepared to do yourself
Always think big and the rest will follow
It's amazing what can be achieved by taking baby steps, one day at a time
Always be open minded and never turn down an invitation if you can avoid it
Value the small things and take time to appreciate them
Always be grateful and humble
Try to see the positive in any situation, however hard it might be at times
Never ignore an opportunity to help someone
Fully embrace every opportunity you are blessed with
Find the fun in anything you do
Treat everyone equally
Treasure your loved ones and love them fiercely
Never take anything for granted