I am a beauty industry expert who has lots of years of senior leadership experience at global brands, including L’Oreal, NARS, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder and Clinique. In 2018, I left the corporate world and launched Impact Beauty Group, to mentor and help grow the businesses of premium, mission-driven beauty brands in the UK and Europe. At the same time, I also started working on Manifesto Nutrition.
The name Manifesto indicates the strong value system that this brand is built upon. It seeks to challenge the norm; to deliver an efficacious supplement that is also luxurious and comes with full green credentials. This brand won’t peddle toxic messaging or make unachievable claims and aims to champion my lifelong belief, that feeling good from the inside out is the highest beauty ideal.
Sort of. When I was trying to figure out what job to get after graduation, I looked through all the job adverts and thought about what sounded interesting. Then once I found it, I looked at what type of experience they required for those jobs and then looked at building that experience.
So many, but then they are the ones that really shape you as a person. To begin with, no one wanted to hire me despite graduating with a 2:1 from LSE. It took me a while to get that first job. Throughout my career the people I worked for and with had a massive influence on me. Sometimes I had terrible bosses and that taught me valuable lessons about leadership and how not to manage people; I also had some amazing bosses and mentors along the way, whose leadership style and behaviour I tried to emulate.
My kids and launching my own businesses.
You really must do it for the right positive reasons. I hear so many people say they are “bored of corporate life” and that they want to be “independent” but you really need to have a clear “why”. This will drive you through the inevitable ups and downs, that running your own business will be. Also, just to be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster, that will ultimately be a most rewarding journey.
Well, we are still paid less than men for the same jobs; female entrepreneurs get something like 2% of all VC funding out there; and women of colour even less than that. So there needs to be an urgent re-balancing of funding available to female entrepreneurs, as well as entrepreneurs of colour.
To trust my own instinct more and overthink less.
I am so excited about the future. My next big challenge will be to be able to ship globally and to successfully launch refills. Also, I would like to launch more products and to achieve zero net.