Hello! I’m Lucy, I live in East London with my French partner and we have two children. We also run The Wern together out of our garden office where we do PR & branding for start-ups and entrepreneurs. I’m on “maternity leave” or whatever that looks like when you also run your own business. I’m not doing any paid-for client work but doing lots of guest articles, interviews like this and workshops to promote my book “Hype Yourself” which is coming out in January.
Originally from a rural town outside of Tampa, Florida, there was nothing global, worldly, nor ambitious in my upbringing. By all accounts, my family’s expectations were pretty low and stopped at “go to college.” So I had no pressure to do anything big, and had complete support in everything that has lead me to where I am now. I had been introduced to the art world pretty early on. By the time I was 15, my whole life was centered around being creative. Little did I know that the courses I enrolled in and the pure act of creating was shaping a mind that questioned everything and that quickly saw a flaw in the traditional work/life model.
My name is Emilie Giles – I generally describe myself as an artist/ researcher/ producer. I’m currently working on a PhD with the Open University exploring how e-textiles (electronic textiles) can be used as tangible tools for blind and visually impaired people, and also how they can make their own personalised interactive art pieces using crafting methods.
Everyone struggles with unplugging from work from time to time, especially when it gets really busy. As a remote worker, however, your work is often your life: not only in the sense that you often work where you live, but also because the lines between your work and your personal life can easily become blurred.
The short version is that I am an English major who wanted to be a writer. After graduating from college, I won a honeybee hive in a raffle. Keeping bees is strangely addictive and before I knew it, I was pursuing a career as a honeybee scientist. Bees have taken me all over the world: Germany, Ireland, Wales, France and New Zealand, where beekeepers hosted me in their homes for a month. Some day they’ll take me to China, Australia and Thailand.
I’m Samantha Pennington, the sci-fi and fantasy novel obsessed, revolutionarily inclined, and oh so queer entrepreneur behind Oree Virtual. Oree Virtual is a full-service digital agency serving women, people of color, and LGBTQIA+ changemakers that want to shift the status quo and become the majority in business and leadership. We help build our client’s brand authority, trust, and visibility online. I’m also the co-founder of the largest community of women in SEO, the Facebook group Sisters in SEO.
Hi! My name is Jessy and I am from Oklahoma City. Last year my husband and I decided to leave our corporate jobs and relocate to Krakow Poland with our 2-year-old daughter Margo.
In the process of trying to integrate in our new home and find my ‘Mom Tribe’, I discovered a lack of community. The expat groups were limited and felt a little too elite for me and my situation and I wasn’t proficient enough in Polish to join the local groups.
I met a Polish mother also looking for diversity and together we started a parent’s club that turned into One World – One Heart Multicultural Family Foundation.
My name is Ryan Connolly. I’m a 32 year old Scotsman currently running an adventure tour company in Iceland called Hidden Iceland. We are currently number 1 in Iceland for Private tours and multi-day activities on TripAdvisor and run multiple sold out tours every day of the year. This is after only 2 years of operations and bootstrapping our way through the first year.
In 2018, Jess Williamson took a sabbatical from her 7 years building fin-tech accelerators in London, New York, Tel Aviv, and Cape Town. After 11 months on sabbatical from the startup & innovation world, Jess took some time towards the end of that year to reflect on the goals she had set and the lessons she had learned along the way.
I never had a straight approach to my career, I felt that if I gathered different experiences that they’d all help me get somewhere through transferring skills. Over the years, I’ve learnt from my experiences that I really, really like to help people. I volunteered with an incredible service helping people struggling with mental health issues, substance addiction and being LGBT+ and I also volunteered at Transport for London leading the LGBT+ Staff Network.