Passion to Pounds workshopI’m excited to announce that mine and Jessica Huie MBE’s UK tour on how you can turn passion into pounds kicks off on April 8th 2016 in collaboration with the British Library-do not miss it!

Following our inaugural event for Stylist’s Reclaim Your Lunch Break events, we are hosting the second instalment of our ‘Turning Passion Into Pounds’ workshops in partnership with the prestigious British Library.

Taking place on Friday 8th of April, this inspirational evening will see myself, Jessica and an incredible panel of women (more on that soon…) imparting advice, experience and practical tips in creating business in the digital field.

This is ideal for anyone who wants to work for themselves, on their own terms in a flexible, remote way where YOU are in control.

Vicki Psarias

As a multi-award winning TV director and filmmaker and the founder of critically acclaimed parenting and lifestyle blog Honest Mum, and its sister blog, Mummy’s Got Style, I will be sharing my own personal journey of transforming this site here from an online diary into one of the UK’s most popular blogs operating as an e-zine and sees me working with global brands as well as securing endorsement deals along with modelling, presenting and consultancy work.

One of my greatest passions in life is helping other women harness their potential and achieve. I hope this event will inspire and inform.

Jessica Huie

My co-host and speaker- Jessica Huie MBE, founder of JH Public Relations and Color blind Cards.

Jess was just 34 when she was awarded with her MBE in recognition of her contribution to diversity and influence on her community. She launched Color Blind Cards in 2006, inspired by the high street’s lack of representative multicultural greeting cards following a shopping trip for a card to boost her daughter’s (then aged 7) self-esteem.

The award-winning multiracial 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 2007) with a range which is currently stocked in ASDA stores and department and independent stores around the UK.

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 teaching small business owners how to raise their profile on a budget.

…Now onto the panel and boy have we managed to curate an outstanding group of inspirational women (even if I do say so myself…)

Guest Speakers:  

Natasha Courtenay-Smith

Natasha Courtenay-Smith

Natasha is a top digital strategist and publicist. Her incredible list of clients include Jeremy Vine, Cerys Matthews, BBC 1 sitcom Citizen Khan, The Zita West fertility clinic, Meaby’s lawfirm in Mayfair, Instagram star Lizzie King, Dr Jane McCartney and The Good Life Experience festival.

Natasha is an expert on digital transformation and strategy, her first book, The Million Dollar Blog (which I feature in) which is about content marketing for businesses and individuals, will be  published in September.

As a former national newspaper and 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.

Talk to the Press went on to win several business awards, including ‘Outstanding New Publicity Solution’ and see Natasha featured on Management Today magazine’s 35 under 35 list of female high flyers in the UK.

Talk to the Press was acquired by the SWNS news group in 2014 and Natasha exited the business following a handover.

Indy Vidyalankara

Indy Vidyalankara

Indy Vidyalankara is the founder of Indypendent PR, a specialist PR consultancy for broadcast, music and entertainment who recently left a twenty-year career in the corporate world to start a business on her own terms.

Mother of two, Indy is a seasoned and accomplished former Sony Music UK Director of Communications, Saatchi & Saatchi advertising exec and BBC communicator. With a career spanning two decades working with some of the country’s biggest talent on TV, Radio and Music, via Strictly Come Dancing, The Voice, Comic Relief, Children in Need, Radio 1 and a multitude of Sony  Music artists. Indy will explain how she embraced the shift from corporate life to entrepreneurship and overcame her fear of failure.

Emma Kenny  

Emma Kenny

Emma Kenny has over a decade’s experience working in the media as a psychological commentator, presenter and expert.

Aside from presenting shows across all the terrestrial channels, Emma is Closer Magazine’s life expert with a weekly column and a monthly ‘on the couch’ section where she interviews celebrities who have experienced issues in their personal lives.

During the last three years, Emma set up Make Your Switch, a  company dedicated to helping people live their lives in the healthiest and happiest ways  possible.

Emma is passionate about helping people live the ordinary life in extraordinary  ways. A devoted believer in the philosophy of smashing limitations and reframing negative attitudes Emma has a no excuses attitude to happiness.

Simone Dyer

Simone Dyer

From executive support and artist management for Darcus Beese OBE (President of  Island Records) elite stylist Chloe Richardson (Jess Glynne, Tinie Tempah) and global popstar Jessie J to Make-up artistry for Ed Sheeran and Ms Dynamite, multi-talented Simone Dyer has built a ten year career travelling the world as part of her day job.

Despite achieving significant success early in her twenties, Simone decided her career in entertainment no longer fulfilled her and was exhausting both physically and spiritually.

Deciding to career pivot, Simone explains how she found the courage to exit a career path which had come to define her to retrain in psychotherapy and counselling.

With the vision of impacting the lives of women through empowerment, personal  productivity and the overall wellbeing of mind body and soul, Simone is now dedicated to bringing about positive growth for herself and others.

She will share her tips and expertise to help you flourish too.

More panellists to be announced soon too!

I hope you’ll agree this event is unmissable.

You can book your tickets HERE.

I hope to see you there!



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14 Responses

  1. Rochelle

    I would love to attend this! Is it open to anyone? I’m a highly ambitious young mum and undergrad student almost to be graduate, scared about what I have to offer once my studies are over. Following my one true passion would be a dream!

    • Honest Mum

      Of course, open to all, you can buy the tickets at the event brite link here: thanks x

  2. Rosemary Rowe

    Oh goodness! I wish I could get there, it sounds wonderful. Hopefully you’ll follow up with some dates in the Midlands? Pretty please? =)

  3. Babes about Town

    What a bunch of scorching hot ladies…. oh yeah and brilliant too! So bummed out that I’m missing this, was honoured to introduce you guys at your last talk which was ACE 😉 This one is going to knock it out the park! Will look forward to the next event and yes, soon, the world tour. Hot hot hot! Keep shaking x
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    • Honest Mum

      It was an honour to have you introduce us Uju, you are a shining light, sad you can’t make this but world tour beckons, let’s take this to Nigeria! We need you on the panel for one of these babe, big love xx

  4. Mim

    So following on from our email chat, now you DEFINITELY have to move to Aus and bring this event with you! What a fabulous line up – very jealous of anyone who gets to attend. Good luck with it lady x x

  5. John Adams

    AH yes, this is the event you mentioned to me. Very interested in attending as it happens, even though I’m not a woman! Great panel and sure it’ll be a success. Thanks for hosting #BrilliantBlogPosts


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