We’ve been wanting to chat to you about Mentoring for a while now, then a few months ago and in quick succession, we were approached by this amazing lot in the photo; with this gaggle of incredible women on board it felt like the right time and way to explore Mentoring. Basically mining their wildly different, and equally impressive careers and lives for all the mentoring answers.
Here is our awesome Hoxton Crew. So, front right we have Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE, part of Team GB’s gold medal winning Rio 2016 hockey team, Helen is married to Kate Richardson-Walsh CBE, far right, who captained the team. Both like to bring their medals out and about with them (yes we tried them on), and were full of laughs and wisdom. Specifically, Kate talked about peer-to-peer mentoring; how her team became her mentors, and vice versa. This is a powerful form of mentoring that many of us don’t always consider.
Then, front second left, is the eternally gorgeous Pavan Aluwahlia, founder of Pavan Henna. Pavan isn’t just a Guinness World Record holder (fastest henna application), she is also the owner of a global henna bar business that started in Selfridges, and now extends to Barney’s in New York, and across to Dubai, Paris and Milan. Pavan is doing for Henna, what Daniel Hersheson did for quick, blowdries. She is an all round awesome individual who credited her family as her key career mentors.
Then, blowing a kiss front row third left, is Dinny Hall – a doyenne of business and jewellery; Dinny started her eponymous jewellery brand in the mid Eighties, and now has 5 stores to her name, and thousands of very happy customers all over the world. She is sharp, she is open and she is a firm believer in fate, when it comes to mentoring. The right people come along when we need them; plus, you don’t have to ask a person to be your mentor, rather you can benefit from meaningful relationships in all areas of your career for as short or long as you find them enhancing.
And then back left, with the lustrous hair, is our girl Lily Simpson. Founder of the indisputably brilliant Detox Kitchen, Lily started her business – which now includes three Central London delis, a concession in Selfridges and a home delivery service – with one simple aim: to get more people enjoying healthy food. For her, mentoring has come in several forms. She has reached out to others that she didn’t know for advice (and these others have become trusted allies), and also used trusted friends and advisors in the areas she feels less confident.
Lily openly admitted that she hadn’t thought she even had mentors, until she sat down and considered the people who have been, and continue to be, so vital to her business and personal growth.
We asked the amazing Trish from Pooks and Gooks photography to come along and take some pictures of the event!
After our Hoxton crew shared their mentoring stories we shared some myth busters about mentors.
The last 30 minutes of the event we had our handbell at the ready and started a quick fire peer mentoring workout, all of the amazing ladies in the room got into a pair and shared their dilemmas and troubles and advice was reciprocated.
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