British Library Turning Passion Into Pounds

Join Me & Jessica Huie MBE For ‘Turning Passion Into Pounds’ Workshop

British Library Workshop: Turning Passion Into Pounds

Turn Your Passion into Pounds

International Women’s Day event March 9th 2017


British Library, London

I’m excited to announce details of mine and Jessica Huie MBE’s next ‘Turning Passion Into Pounds’ workshop, in partnership with The British Library.

If you’ve ever dreamed of setting up your own business or want to turn your hobby into a commercial operation then this is the workshop for you!

Taking place on March 9th to coincide with International Women’s Day, we’ve invited a kick-ass panel of fierce and dynamic ladies which includes Jo Morell, co-founder of The Pool and former MD of Bauer Publishing, Natasha Courtenay-Smith, journalist and Author of The Million Dollar Blog and Publishing guru Alison Jones.

The panel, Jessica and I will each draw on our own experiences to provide honest and insightful advice on how to successfully turn your passion into pounds and work on your own terms! The 3 hour long session will cover:

  • taking ideas from concept to market
  • how and when to make the leap from employee to working for yourself
  • how to leverage the digital space for your business’ success
  • why you need to raise your profile and how to do it without compromising your soul
  • the tools you will need to create a flexible work life which you control
  • how to master blogging and social media
  • how to build an authentic personal brand
  • how to secure clients
  • how to stand out in a crowded market

There will also be an interactive Q&A session with the entire panel so you can ask us specific questions to help take your business dreams to the next level.

Each panellist is viewed as leaders in their respective field and here’s a rundown of the inspirational women you’ll hear from on the day:

Jessica Huie MBE

Jessica Huie MBE

Jessica is founder of JH Public Relations and Color Blind Cards. In recognition for her contribution to diversity and influence on her community, aged just 34 Jessica was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) being named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list (June 2014).

Inspired by the high-street’s lack of representative multi-cultural greeting cards, following a shopping trip for a card to boost her daughter’s (then aged 7) self-esteem, Color blind Cards was launched in 2006. The award-winning multi-racial greeting card and gift company is credited with having made history as the first company to secure a presence for a black card range in the UK high street (Clinton Cards, ASDA,Sainsburys.)

In 2008 Jessica founded JH Public Relations, a PR agency representing personalities and entrepreneurs. The roster has included Samuel Jackson’s Glittering Stars in Dessert Nights event, Kelly Rowland and former Dragon’s Den star Hilary Devey. Jessica, who was winner of the Daily Mail’s Enterprising Young Brit award was named one of Britain’s Most inspiring entrepreneurs by the Evening Standard and sits on Glamour Magazine’s Power List as one of the UK’s most influential women. Jessica is Ambassador for The British Library and conducts monthly workshops at the venue and around the UK, teaching small business owners how to raise their profile on a budget. Jessica is currently writing her first book.

Vicki Psarias

Vicki Psarias Honest Mum

Me! I’m one of the UK’s most successful parenting and lifestyle bloggers. Founder of the critically acclaimed parenting, lifestyle, food and beauty blog Honest Mum, I’m regarded as one of the pioneers of the blogging mum movement and widely accepted as a visionary in the blog space (which is lovely).

A full time professional blogger, award winning filmmaker, mum of two and sometime TV presenter, I’m passionate about encouraging confidence and harnessing ambition in mothers.

As a professional blogger, I’ve written and have featured in films and campaigns for a diverse range of clients including: Google, Yahoo, Harrods, Selfridges, Net-A-Porter, Heidi Klein, Topshop, John Lewis, Harrods, H&M, Wolf & Whistle, Esprit, Very, Joules, Hobbs, Zalando, Motilo, Fashiola, Avenue 32, Clarks, NIVEA UK, L’Oreal Paris UK, BareMinerals UK, Superdrug, Nova Harley, Seraphine, Cosatto and many more.

The Panel:

Jo Morell – Co-Founder of The Pool and former Managing Director of Bauer Media (Grazia, FHM, Mother & Baby magazine)

Jo Morell

The Pool exists to champion female voice. They make inspiring, original content for busy women, broadcasting throughout the day (and night!), making sure output is relevant to where you are and what you’re doing. You’ll find everything, from people and politics to film, fashion and food. Positive and honest online allies. A pool of women like you – who actually like you – bringing you the pass notes on the day.


Natasha Courtenay-Smith – Digital Strategist and Publicist.

Natasha Courtenay-Smith - Digital Strategist and Publicist.

An expert on digital transformation and strategy, her first book, The Million Dollar Blog, which is about content marketing for businesses and individuals, was published in September.

As a former national newspaper & glossy magazine journalist, Natasha brings real editorial expertise to her digital and social media projects. In 2008, having left the Daily Mail newspaper where she was a senior feature writer, Natasha started one of the UK’s first online news agencies, Talk to the Press, which provided publicity and news coverage for thousands of members of the public. Talk to the Press was responsible for numerous front page stories & often lead the news agenda in the UK.

Alison Jones – publishing guru

Alison Jones

Alison has pioneered digital publishing over a 25-year career in publishing, working with companies such as Chambers Harrap, Oxford University Press and most recently Macmillan as Director of Innovation Strategy.

In April 2014 she left Macmillan to set up the Practical Inspiration imprint as a pioneering new model: partnership publishing. Today she helps businesses and entrepreneurs write and publish content strategically aligned with their business goals.

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