Freedom Hunters: Maria Hatzistefanis

Freedom Hunters Maria Hatzistefanis

Maria Hatzistefanis, founded her ground-breaking skincare group, Rodial, in 1999 by identifying a niche for treatments targeted to specific skin concerns. Maria has become a respected and sought-after opinion-leader as she is known for her mentoring and entrepreneurial guidance. Recently she was a judge for the British Fashion Council Vogue fashion fund, and has had guest appearances as a mentor on US fashion series, Project Runway. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters: Maria Hatzistefanis”

FREEDOM HUNTERS EXPERT SPECIAL EPISODE: LIZ WARD

Freedom Hunters Liz Ward Slick Pivot

Today’s episode is an expert special where I interview Liz Ward, career pivot coach, founder of Slick Pivot, and speaker within the entrepreneurial community. Liz coaches entrepreneurs and professionals of all career backgrounds on transforming  – or making pivots in- their careers. And in this episode of Freedom Hunters she shares some truly practical advice for anyone who’s contemplating a change in their career but doesn’t know where to start. Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EXPERT SPECIAL EPISODE: LIZ WARD”

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What is Success for You?

At the time of writing this, series 1 of Freedom Hunters podcast is wrapping up. And I’ve been reflecting on the guests I’ve had the privilege of interviewing throughout the year. Freedom Hunters is a podcast in which I interview people who have changed careers in order to follow a dream. Each guest I’ve interviewed has had their own unique career path. Each of them has taken risks and made sacrifices in order to carve out and achieve their own definition of success.

In each episode of Freedom Hunters I asked each guest, “What is success for you?” I asked this question, because in my career as a lawyer I didn’t ask myself this question enough. And it was only when I answered it honestly did I realise that I needed to define a new ideal of success for myself. That was the start of my career change from lawyer to personal stylist and podcaster. And now that I’m finally in a career I love, success for me is to be able to continue do what I love every day. To be my own boss. And to be creative in what I do.

So here is what my series 1 Freedom Hunters shared with me when I asked them, “What is success for you?” Continue reading “What is Success for You?”

Freedom Hunters Episode 14: Georgia Gwynne Gruber

Freedom Hunters Georgia Gwynne Gruber

Georgia Gwynne Gruber is larger than life. From talking to her in the latest episode of Freedom Hunters, it’s clear that she has fit so many things into her career.

Georgia grew up in Wales and studied law at Oxford University. However shortly after graduating she was charged with a minor drug offence that resulted in her spending 6 months in prison. This then spurred her on to take her career and life in a wholly different direction. From producing and presenting travel programmes for television, to starting a rap group and touring the world she eventually landing in LA where she has written and produced TV, film and book projects, working with talent from Europe to America, from Zayn Malik to Larry King. After 10 years in the film and TV industry in LA, she has recently moved back to Wales with her husband. The two are currently filming in North Wales with big plans for establishing film and TV production infrastructure in that part of the country.

Georgia is also Global Change Ambassador for Round Table Global and a representative on the En Committee, serving the three global goals of Education for all; Empowering everyone; and Environmental rejuvenation.

What I took away from my chat with Georgia is the importance of gratitude, connection with others and always always write down your goals and dreams, because they probably will come true. Strap yourlseves for an adrenalin fuelled episode with Georgia Gwynne Gruber. Enjoy.

FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 13: ANDY GRIFFITHS

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The world needs more people like Andy Griffiths. His work has taken him into brick kilns in India where he lead a team of freedom fighters rescuing people who had been subject to enforced slavery, and to the West Bank in Palestine where his organisation help ran a program to create harmony and peace between Israelis and Palestinians through sport.

But Andy started out his career in a very different way. I met Andy years ago when Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 13: ANDY GRIFFITHS”

FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 12: KRISTINA KARLSSON

Freedom Hunters Kristina KarlssonKristina Karlsson is a woman on a mission She wants to get millions of people to dream big and create their dream lives. And by the looks of things she is well on her way to achieving it.

Kristina is the founder of the stationary and lifestyle brand Kikki K, which has stores in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, UK, Singapore and Hong Kong. And it is available online in over 140 countries around the world. Kristina really is living her dream life.

But before she started Kikki K, Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 12: KRISTINA KARLSSON”

Freedom Hunters Episode 11: Poh Ling Yeow

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Most of my Australian listeners, and probably quite a few of my UK listeners will have heard of today’s guest on Freedom Hunters. You might have watched her come runner up in the first ever series of Australian Masterchef in 2009. Or you might have watched her subsequent TV cooking series, or made delicious dishes from one of her cookbooks. And if you’ve been to Adelaide in South Australia recently, you might have had cake and coffee at her café, Jam Face, in the Adelaide Central Market. It’s Poh Ling Yeow who I had the absolute pleasure of talking to about her career journey.

While Poh is now running her cafe and doing various media projects, she started her career in a very different way. Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 11: Poh Ling Yeow”

Freedom Hunters Episode 10: Olly Bengough

Olly BengoughOlly Bengough started his first business in his twenties when he opened a bar on the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighbourhood. From there he went on to set up venues which have become London institutions, including Infernos in Clapham and Koko in Camden. Along the way he started up the music festival Lovebox with members of Groove Armada.

But it was Olly’s love of foreign and independent film that led him Continue reading “Freedom Hunters Episode 10: Olly Bengough”

FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 7: NAOMI MDUDU

Naomi Mdudu Freedom Hunters

Episode 7 of Freedom Hunters is out and this one is a fascinating one!

Naomi Mdudu started her career as a fashion editor for some of the UK’s biggest print publications. Several grueling years later, Naomi dreamt up a career which involved the creation of content which was meaningful to her. This led to her establishing the Lifestyle Edit, an online destination and podcast designed for and about women entrepreneurs, their experiences, their challenges and their achievements. In addition to this, she is a business coach and consultant for female business founders all over the world. Continue reading “FREEDOM HUNTERS EPISODE 7: NAOMI MDUDU”