My advice to aspiring (female) entrepreneurs- video.

Thinking about starting a business, or perhaps have launched but thinking of how to grow? In this video, I share insight and the most important lessons I have learned as a female social entrepreneur. Speaking at the launch of a new Government Equalities Office and Young Enterprise programme ‘Women Startup’. (Oh and have you ever walked into a room about to give a speech but your heel snaps…. I have!)

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Bullying – how I dealt with it, THAT look and my advice to anyone going through it.

Bullying – how I dealt with it

Been watching a programme here in the UK called ‘Educating Yorkshire’ following stories and struggles of the students and teachers at a secondary school. By the end of it, I was feeling angry.

I was particularly intrigued by the story of a young, beautiful and articulate girl called Hadiqa. She grew up in other countries, moved around and spoke and acted very differently to the rest of the students. At one point, when asked about her perspective of a quote, which she was explaining so nicely, the other students laughed and did THAT look.

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Social Enterprise explained in 39 seconds (video)

The InspirEngage definition of a social enterprise in brief is: ‘A business with a good cause. Can either be for-profit or not-for-profit, operating with a central social mission- reinvesting some or all of the profit into the cause.’ Social Enterprise is taking the business world by storm, with more and more people opting to launch businesses, that not only make them money but also make a difference. Video in partnership with Unltd and InspirEngage International.

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One-on-one with Melody Hossaini: a very personal interview (video)

“Melody Hossaini, Founder and CEO of InspirEngage International, started working at the age of 13, reached over 1 million people in 100 countries. She helps individuals to find their purpose, personal brand and develop essential skills to find happiness and create impact. She talks about her story- business, immigration, volunteering, motherhood and finding purpose in life through work. Her story starts as a refugee from Iran who fled to Sweden and moved to the UK when she was 13 years old. She started volunteeringand became the co-founder of the UK youth parliament. As the child of a single mother from Iran, she shares stories of life as an immigrant in the UK and how to find one’s own purpose in life.

She tweets at @Melody_Hossaini. Email for enquiries. Melody Hossaini works as a motivational speaker, skills trainer and success coach.” By Dubai.

In this very open and honest interview, I share a lot of the inside working of my brain as well as my predictions for the future.

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Advancement of young people & women in social enterprise (video)

How can we help women and young people to advance in social enterprise? Speaking on an expert panel at the Women’s Forum in Deauville October 2015, joined by Seraina Maag- President & CEO of AIG, Jane Griffiths- Company Group Chairman at Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

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Why we must be women lovers! (video)

If you want to succeed and create a cultural shift where other succeed to, we must change the culture of speaking so easily negatively about people, but thinking random complments are strange! In this video I share a really funny story of when I paid a compliment to a girl in a club (this was years ago!), and the lessons I have learned that have led me to passionately believe we must all be women lovers!

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The Essentials of Starting a Business (video)

Thinking about starting a business, but don’t know what the first step is? I interview Sue Towner, Director of Jackson Scott Associates, Accountant and Finance expert who shares all the top tips and practical steps to registering a business and keeping accounts. (2014)

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Obstacles to Female Leadership & What Motivates Me (video)

It was an honour to be a keynote speaker at The SHIFT in Finland in 2017 delivering a presentation on social enterprise and how to prepare for the future world of work by developing life skills. In this short clip, I answer two questions from the audience on ‘obstacles to female leadership’ and ‘what motivates you in the morning?’

What do you think are the greatest barriers to women advancing in the workplace? What motivates you to get going in the mornings?

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Should all entrepreneurs be social entrepreneurs? (video)

Should all entrepreneurs be social entrepreneurs? Clip from the debate at Social Enterprise Festival held on 15 May 2015 at University of Greenwich. Panelists included Liam Black, Peter Holbrook, Daniela Papi, Adrian Ashton and Melody Hossaini.

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Startup & Stilettos: how we’re creating a wave of female social entrepreneurs

Startup and Stilettos is an InspirEngage programme, training vulnerable adult women to become economically active through social enterprise. We train the participants on modules such as identity, mapping the community and even confidence development through Persian dance for them to feel good, business savvy and equipped with practical steps to bring their concept to life. The programme benefits the women themselves, their children/ families and their community. Our partners Hillcroft College were invaluable to the success.

Social enterprise is a fantastic model for these ladies to utilise what they have experienced along with their aspiration to make a difference and work. It’s one of the programmes where we’ve had the most social impact

Here’s a flavour of the journey our lovely ladies went on.

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