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I am entrepreneurial and adventurous in nature and always had an interest in personal growth. I love the spirit of entrepreneurship - simplicity, passion, innovation and creativity.
I have been in my own business(s) for 30 years. My first venture in self-employment was when I set up a secretarial service from home and later, with my sister, founded the Home Executive Women's Organisation (empowering women-at-home) and then Hew's Home Business Organization, spear-heading home business development. The main issues we addressed at the time was helping those - with little confidence, skills, money and capacity - to earn money with what they had. Our partnership dissolved and I was called to help those (illiterate - middle management) taking retrenchment packages from companies to start their own businesses without losing their package. My writing career started then as I could not find any program to accommodate the needs of my target market (diverse levels of confidence, education and skills) and so developed my own methodology and support materials. Following again the needs in the market-place, I was later called to help the unemployed and community project personnel to improve their business, financial and management skills and capacity. This step took me into the world of Social Entrepreneurship as an Ashoka Fellow. What an honor to be recognized for the impact of my work in society, which offered exposure to the international world and an opportunity to work in Mexico and then with the disabled through The Leonard Cheshire Foundation (UK).
And yes, I have had an adventurous diverse career - which has been a joy as I have been able to follow my passion and love of people and be creative, as entrepreneurship encourages us to be, developed my skills as a writer and my gift of simplifying complex information..
I have recently published my first children's book (so proud) and continue to mentor emerging entrepreneurs and writers.
I live in the foothills of an indigenous forest in Knysna, South Africa on a small sustainable farm and deeply connected to nature and the organic way.