International Women’s Day: Inspiring women in private business

08 March 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, we asked some of our private business team and private and family business contacts to share which women in business inspire them and why?

Fiona Macintyre, from PwC's My Financepartner team, shares who inspires her:

"Debbie Wosskow - she launched Love Home Swap which is now the leading home-swapping platform. She's so passionate about supporting other women out there. Her AllBright venture capital fund invests exclusively in female-founded businesses and she's also creating the support networks to help other aspiring women entrepreneurs succeed."

Katy Turner, private business marketing, PwC shares who inspires her comments:

“ Laura Tennison MBE, founder of JoJoMaman Bebe is an inspiring private business leader. From starting her business from a kitchen table over 20 years ago, to becoming one of the leading global mother and baby wear brands, while still following the ethos of being kind to the world around you. She was one of the first brands to embrace the internet, uses innovative technology to recycle plastic for use in baby wear and offers high quality products at reasonable prices while putting people and the planet above profit.”

Ben Nottingham in PwC's Innovation team shares who inspires him:

"For me it's Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of Acumen Fund. She has a clear sense of purpose which goes way beyond simply making money and getting rich quick. She sees business as a force for good in the world and isn't afraid to get her hands dirty and put herself in some really hard situations in order to truly understand the people / customers she's trying to serve."

Chantal Mutel, private business marketing executive and ride the national project leader finds inspiration in:

"Julie Deane - The Cambridge Satchel Company Founder & CEO. Why?, Her and her mother were trying to think of ways to pay schools fees, so from a only a £600 budget in 2008, in 2009 she starts making satchel bags in her kitchen. Then Jump forward to 2014 and her bags had achieved an A-list following and Index (The same company that invests in Net-A-Porter and ASOS) had invested £12.7m in her company. She now runs a multi million pound global business. It really shows that from very small beginnings great things can happen."

 Join the conversation on Twitter via #IWD2018 and #PwCPrivateBiz or share who inspires you in the comments below. 

Suzi Woolfson

Suzi Woolfson | UK Private Business Leader
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