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Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram: How to Build a Business That Saves Lives

Dr. Nadine Hachach-Haram is a doctor and entrepreneur: she is the founder and CEO of Proximie, a technology platform that allows surgeons from across the world to collaborate and assist virtually in any operating room on the planet. The process sounds like a SciFi movie – but it is here, now! Doctors can virtually “scrub in” on Proximie and, through augmented reality, they can literally point their holographic hands where to make incisions. It’s an immersive experience beyond anything the medical field has ever seen.

On This Episode Of When Women Win:

Nadine and I talked about her journey through medicine and business – it involved inspiration, resilience and breaking boundaries. As a teenager in Lebanon, Nadine saw how access to quality healthcare changed communities. While Proximie started out as an experiment to create positive impact, it has become a global company that epitomizes “the future of surgery.” Nadine discussed her solution-based thinking processes and how that mindset helped her become an entrepreneur. Finally, she talked about how to prioritize commitments to ensure you follow through with your goals.

Notable Quotes: 
  • “Prepare, perform and perfect.”
  • “Create a solution for a problem, not the other way around.”
Book Recommendations:

Nadine recommends reading Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore, a guide for marketing and selling in high-tech industries. 

Talking Points In This Episode: 
  • Global health
  • Courage in entrepreneurship
  • Digitizing surgical care
  • Augmented reality
  • Stories of success (including a robotic surgery during the pandemic)

If you’d like to know more about Nadine and her work, you can connect with her on LinkedIn and check out the Proximie website.

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

 

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!

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.

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Ibtihaj Muhammad: Persevering in the Face of Adversity

Ibtihaj Muhammad is an Olympic medalist and the first woman in a hijab ever to join the U.S. Olympic team. She is also a New York Times bestselling author, having written two books: a memoir and a children’s book. As a young adult, she and her sisters founded their clothing line Louella, with the goal of giving women in America affordable and fashionable options to dress modestly.

On This Episode of When Women Win:
I talked to Ibtihaj about persevering through life’s most challenging moments. Ibtihaj opened up about her evolution as an athlete – why she picked the sport of fencing and what it was like competing and medaling at the 2016 Rio Olympics. We discussed the physical, mental and emotional adversity she’s had to overcome as a Black and Muslim and female athlete – and Ibtihaj talked about how her faith and her support network helped her through it all.

Notable Quotes:
• “Choose to be proud in the face of adversity.”
• “Use every moment as an opportunity for growth.”

Book Recommendations:
I highly recommend reading Ibtihaj’s inspiring memoir Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream as well as her children’s book The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family.

Talking points in this episode:
• Wearing hijab in sports
• The challenges of being an entrepreneur
• Honest experiences on the Olympic team
• Ibtihaj as a barbie doll
• Louella by Ibtihaj

If you’d like to know more about Ibtihaj, you can check out her website at ibtihajmuhammad.com and find her all over social media @ibtihajmuhammad.

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

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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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.

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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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Blockchain 101 – Plus Entrepreneurship & Zebras


This episode is for people who have felt intimidated or excluded by Blockchain conversations and want to understand the basics. We also get into the reality of entrepreneurship. A huge thanks to the Australian Government for supporting When Women Win.

Leanne Kemp is the Founder and CEO of Everledger, a company that uses Blockchain technology to track high-value assets such as diamonds and art. Leanne is recognised internationally as an innovator and leader in the technology sector. A serial entrepreneur, in 2018 Leanne was appointed the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to develop the state’s startup ecosystem, attract investment and support job creation. She is the first woman entrepreneur to hold this post.

Leanne is an expert advisor to the World Economic Forum and the IBM Blockchain Platform Board of Advisors. She has won many awards including Australia’s Innovator of the Year – twice.

We discussed the basics of Blockchain and how the ledger enables traceability, so acting as a weapon against opacity. We talked about Leanne’s own journey as an entrepreneur, and how Queensland is working to foster an environment of innovation and cooperation. I was amazed by their focus on mental health, and how the Govt has created a Mental Health Toolkit for entrepreneurs.

My favorite quote of the episode was one that captured a huge advantage of the Blockchain: “In future, you’ll be able to check social media posts & news articles and know whether it is fake news”. I look forward to that! I also loved Leanne’s take on start-ups: “we don’t like [to talk about] unicorns but we like to talk about zebras”.

You can find Leanne on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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This episode has been brought to you by the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) – an entity within Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade. CAAR supports projects which enhance Australia’s economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab world. Gender equality is one of their focus areas, along with innovation, culture, education & sports. We are grateful for their support.

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Carla Harris: Navigating Wall Street Through Sponsorship & Authenticity


Carla Harris is a gospel singer who has sold out 5 concerts in Carnegie Hall. She is also a Vice Chair and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, the global investment bank – and is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. Over her 30 year career, Carla has worked across numerous industries and executed many IPOs, from UPS to Martha Stewart Living.

In August 2013, Carla was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is the past Chair of the Board of the Morgan Stanley Foundation and of The Executive Leadership Council, and currently sits on several NGO boards. Carla is the author of two books, Strategize to Win (2014) and of Expect to Win (2009), and has been named on lists like:

  • “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”
  • “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance”
  • “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street”

We talked about the obstacles Carla faced rising through Corporate and how she overcame them – lots of practical tips here! We discussed how to identify and approach a sponsor, and how to be one yourself. We talked about owning one’s power and voice, and how one must always speak up for themselves and others.

My favorite quotes of the episode were:

  • “Nobody can be you the way that you can be you”, and
  • “I demonstrated that I was listening – and everybody values being heard”

You can find Carla on social media at @carlaspearls or at her website www.carlaspearls.com . A huge thank you to the 2020 Global Women’s Forum Dubai for making this interview possible.

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