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Catriona Wallace: Artificial Intelligence 101 and The Heroine’s Journey

Dr. Catriona Wallace is the Executive Chair of Boab, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) accelerator, and the Founder of Ethical AI Advisory. Catriona is a serial entrepreneur, having started a consulting business, a research business and a co-working space. She was also the Founder and CEO of Flamingo AI, the second woman-led company ever to list on the Australian Stock Exchange. Catriona has been recognized by the Australian Financial Review as the Most Influential Woman in Business & Entrepreneurship, and she is one of the world’s most cited experts on AI & Responsible Technology. She is a proud mother of five.

On This Episode of When Women Win:

Catriona demystified Artificial Intelligence and made it easy to understand for someone like me, who has no background in AI. We examined how machines are set to change the world, ethical AI, and her role in ensuring diversity and inclusion is programmed into the future. Catriona shared how her childhood trauma has shaped her as a businesswoman, and how mindfulness has helped her surmount life’s greatest obstacles. The Heroine’s Journey is a 7-part journey that all women take, and Catriona invites you to find out where you are on that journey.

Notable Quotes:
  • “Our journey to great leadership is based around truly knowing ourselves.”
  • “I want to stand in my power so that I can effect change.”
Book Recommendations:

Catriona recommends reading The Heroine’s Journey by Maureen Murdock to get a more in-depth understanding of the concept.

Talking Points in This Episode:
  • Dreams of being a farmer’s wife
  • The police force
  • Computer technology is replacing human leaders
  • AI’s effect on human jobs
  • From abuse to awareness to peace
  • Yearning for the feminine

If you’d like to know more about Catriona and her work, you can connect with her on LinkedIn. And if you want to learn about Ethical AI Advisory, check out the website at https://ethicalai.ai.

Please get in touch with me at When Women Win and let me know what you think of this episode and the show in general. You can reach me via InstagramLinkedIn – or the web contact form. Thank you!

Farah Foustok: Invest in Yourself

Why must you invest in yourself?

On the Forbes list of power women every year since I’ve known her is Farah Foustok, the CEO of Lazard Asset Management in the Middle East. She is also the founder of the Middle East’s 30% Club, Reach Mentoring and TARA speed-mentoring – all platforms designed to help women achieve their professional goals.

On This Episode of When Women Win:

Farah & I discussed taking risks, losing it all, cultivating grit and rebuilding from scratch. Farah talked about her move from corporate to a wild 4-year entrepreneurial adventure in Argentina and Spain, and then back into the corporate world. We discussed why it’s important to invest in yourself and what that looks like. Finally, Farah shared how working in the male-dominated world of Middle Eastern finance fueled her passion for mentorship and her desire to help more women rise to leadership positions.

Notable Quotes: 
  • “I learned to lose everything and then find a way to rebuild.”
  • “It’s important to surround yourself with people who have similar values because you don’t always have the answers on your own.”
Book Recommendations:

Farah recommends reading Open: An Autobiography written by professional tennis player Andre Agassi.

Talking Points in This Episode: 
  • Major changes from young life to motherhood
  • Defining failure as an individual and as a society
  • Living in the Arab world
  • How to bounce ideas off others
  • Collaboration and acceptance in team sports

If you’d like to know more about Farah, you can find her at https://poweroftara.net/tara-team/ and on LinkedIn.

I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback, so please do drop me a note or take this 1-minute survey.

Thank you!

Zélika García: The Business & Pleasure of Art

Zélika García is the founder and director of Latin America’s biggest art fair, ZONAMACO. She has been running this fair in Mexico City for the last 20 years and her journey certainly did not come without obstacles. Despite literally hundreds of “no”s, Zélika persevered and turned her idea into a massive annual event.

On this episode of When Women Win:

I talked to Zélika about the business side of art – art smarts, if you will. We discussed how to build credibility as a young businesswoman and stressed the importance of patience in navigating obstacles. Though Covid has thrown a wrench in her plans, Zélika is excited by the opportunity to innovate and is hosting an all-new version of ZONAMACO next month in Mexico City. Finally, Zélika explained why you don’t have to study art to enjoy it.

Notable Quotes:
  • “Everybody is good at something different, and you need to explore that in order to make a good team.”
  • “Everything is negotiable. Everything.”
Book Recommendations:

I recommend reading a book by Zelika’s friend Luis Bustamante: New Perspectives featuring beautiful interior designs.

Talking points in this episode:
  • Setting up the art fair
  • Business “the Mexican way”
  • Running an event in the midst of natural disasters & pandemics
  • Creativity in the workplace
  • The pleasure of living with art

If you’d like to know more about Zélika and ZONAMACO, you can check out her website at https://zsonamaco.com and find the event all over social media @ZONAMACO.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, so drop me a note or take this 1-minute survey. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Nathalie Haddad: How to Build a Business That Keeps on Growing


Nathalie Haddad is a career dietician. One day, she realized that her clients were not able to implement her health advice because the meal options were not available on the market. She decided to solve this problem, and in 2004 Nathalie established in Dubai the Right Bite Nutrition & Catering Services L.L.C. a specialized center for expert nutritional consultation and bespoke gourmet healthy meal delivery service. I have personally used Right Bite programs 4 times, all post-partum, so I know her system works. But I also wanted to have Nathalie on the show because she has led Right Bite to achieve double digit growth every year for the last 17 years…

We talked mostly about the business process, building for growth and navigating challenges. We discussed the difference between starting up and scaling up, responding to customer feedback, building the right team, being a mompreneur and we even touched on nutrition!

My favorite quote was Nathalie’s advice on managing it all: “Whenever you’re at work, try to be at work; whenever you’re with the kids, try to be with the kids.”

You can find Nathalie at www.rightbite.com

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Silvia Davila: How to Evolve Your Leadership & Confidence


Silvia Davila is the Regional President of Latin America for Danone Dairy & Plant-Based, one of the biggest food companies in the world. They own brands like Activia, Silk, Alpro and many more… Next time you see a Danone yoghurt in your supermarket, think of Silvia!

She started her career at McDonald’s in Mexico before joining Procter & Gamble’s Marketing department. In 2004, she joined Mars Mexico where she rose to General Manager for the Chocolates division and General Manager for the Pet division. In 2014, she became the Food Chief Marketing Officer of Mars globally, based in Belgium. In 2017, she returned to Mexico to join Danone.

We talked about the dance that we do at work every day – having fun and also taking difficult decisions; being a committed professional while also being a full-time mom, wife and daughter. We discussed the challenges that one faces in the workplace and how they change over time. We talked about networking, confidence, picking your battles and not settling for the status quo.

Silvia’s book recommendation was The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende, and if you’d like to reach her, you can find Silvia Davila on LinkedIn.

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Dina El-Shenoufy: Egypt, Start-ups & Funding


Dina El Shenoufy is the Chief Investment Officer of flat6labs, a leading startup accelerator and seed funding organization based in Cairo. Prior to that, she was at Al-Ahly Capital Holding, managing an oil & gas portfolio worth $200 million, and before that she worked in Asset Management. Dina is a very serious runner, but also, she learnt to swim in her mid-30’s just so that she could compete in triathlons!

What did we talk about? We focused on two things: entrepreneurship in general and then start-up funding in Egypt. Dina shared advice for entrepreneurs but also for people like you and I who may one day wish to become angel investors – how to do it and what to look out for.

Dina’s recommended book is Traction, and you can find her on LinkedIn or Instagram.

I’d love to hear from you… Please drop me a note or take this 1-minute survey to propose topics or guests you’d like to see on future shows.  Thank you!

Mariate Arnal: From Corporate to Entrepreneurship to Corporate


Maria Teresa Arnal – or Mariate – is the first ever Venezuelan guest on When Women Win, and she’s based in Mexcio City. After studying engineering, Mariate started her career as a management consultant and then spent 8 years at Microsoft, before deciding to take the plunge and build her own digital marketing company… It was so successful that she sold it to WPP, one of the world’s biggest communication companies. A few years later, Mariate decided to re-enter corporate. She worked at Twitter and Google and is currently the Head of Latin America for Stripe, a company that does infrastructure for online payments.

What did we talk about? Failure, success & alignment. We talked about getting help when you need it – from a therapist, a friend or a mentor. Mariate gave advice on networking and job hunting – listen closely for that 2×2 matrix tool… Finally, we discussed her uncomfortable reality of starting a new job right at the beginning of Covid and leading a remote team that you’ve never met – she also shared some practical tips on how to do this.

My favorite quotes were: “I love Mondays; it’s a new week to change the world!… and I also love Fridays because I am exhausted by Friday night!”

You can find Maria Teresa Arnal on LinkedIn and Twitter.

I’d love to hear from you… Please drop me a note or take this 1-minute survey to propose topics or guests you’d like to see on future shows.  Thank you!

Dominique Crenn: From Abandoned Child To World-Famous Michelin Starred Chef


Dominique Crenn is the co-owner and chef of the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. Driven by her passion to create a deeply personal project, in January 2011 Crenn opened Atelier Crenn, to express her modern vision for fine French cuisine. Atelier Crenn achieved its first Michelin Star just 9 months later!

In the following year, Crenn made history and became the first female chef in the USA to receive two Michelin stars… A few years later, she beat her own record and became the first female chef in the USA to receive three Michelin Stars. Domiqnue has also won the Best Chef in the world award.

So what did we talk about? We talked about evolving as a person and as a professional, about the impact of being abandoned as a child and later being adopted by loving parents, about self-confidence and how to succeed in a highly competitive and male-dominated industry. We also discussed critical leadership traits and her recent experience overcoming cancer. Spoiler alert: we did not talk about food! If you’re a foodie, I highly recommend you check out Chef’s Table, a Netflix documentary about the world’s biggest chefs. Season 2, episode 3 is on Dominique Crenn – and her food philosophy.

You can find Dominique all over social media @dominiquecrenn.

Enjoy!

 

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Bernadette Abraham: Stress! And How to Unjunk Your Diet


Welcome to Episode 80, the final episode of Season 3 of When Women Win. This show is for everyone, because it is about food, exercise & wellness.

Bernadette Abraham is a highly respected Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who has written a book called Unjunk: How to Raise Healthy Eaters in a Processed World.

Bernadette is a lifelong athlete – and coach – with a mad passion for health & fitness. As a child, she was a competitive gymnast and coach; in high school, she became a track athlete and coach, almost getting onto the Canadian Olympic team; at university she studied computer engineering and became a martial arts coach! Bernadette was a personal trainer for many years but grew frustrated with inconsistent results – so she turned to “Functional Medicine” and holistic wellness. Bernadette’s Instagram account is one of my favorites because it is so full of useful advice. She is a mother of four.

We talked about stress, hormones, exercise and food. We discussed the nature of food and how it’s changed so significantly over the past 50 years. (If interested in this topic, see also episode 45 with Seta Tutundjian, on the future of food.) Bernadette busted some popular myths and provided practical advice for getting children to “unjunk”, from how to read labels to managing your own feeding style to dealing with resistance.

My favorite quote of the episode was “It’s common – it’s not normal”. All these symptoms we put up with that should actually be addressed.

You can find Bernadette at her website or on Instagram.

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