Maybe it’s just me but it can suddenly seem like you have to make a lot of BIG decisions between the ages of 30-38. There’s the dating/marriage question (do you want to? to who? when?); the baby question (do you want to? can you? with who?); the career question (keep going? switch paths? dial back? ramp up?); the house/property question (buy? rent? together? alone? where? how?); and within each of those questions, there’s a hundred other sub-questions that we’re figuring out too. Yes, some people delay the questions and others ask them earlier but for most of the women I know around my age, these are the topics on our minds. The next project I’m working on is a mini-book called A Modern Woman, inspired by all the above (available online only; longer than an essay, shorter than a novel).
I am passionate about storytelling, startups and elevating women.
I'm the author of Finding Fulfilling Work, Leaving Law: How Others Did It & How You Can Too, and 8 Ways to Escape the MBA Debate. My books explore the future of work for millennials based on my experiences helping to build career change platform Escape the City, where I spearheaded The Escape School.
I've written for the Huffington Post, Real Business and City A.M. and now lead communications for Makers, a coding training provider helping to make the tech industry more inclusive. I have worked in marketing for various startups and have also delivered startup marketing lectures for General Assembly, the Centre for Entrepreneurs, and the Guardian.
In 2019, I created the UK's first Women in Software Power List in partnership with ComputerWeekly. Before moving to London, I grew up in Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia.
In my final year of university, I co-founded a startup called yMedia with Pamela Minett, connecting students with charities. The students got work experience, and the charities got digital help. We got sponsored by some big companies and the whole experience taught me about marketing on a zero budget, startups, grit, and how the way you manage others relates to the way you manage yourself.
A couple of years later, I left New Zealand and moved to London to go to law school, but dropped out during my first semester. I didn't know many people in the UK and so I went to a ton of meet-ups, gave startup marketing workshops, and took on a few random marketing projects. They led me to some interesting places, including the United Nations HQ in Manhattan.
In 2012, I joined Escape the City as one of their first team members, straight after they crowdfunded £600K from their members. I wrote hundreds of blog posts and produced over 150 events, learning first-hand how much my generation was struggling to connect the dots in the new world of work. I spearheaded the Escape School with Matt Trinetti and Rob Symington, developing a suite of workshop products like the Startup MBA.
I also started writing about the future of work for the Huffington Post. Eventually I wanted to write longer pieces, on questions like: was an MBA really worth the investment? Why was law the hardest industry to leave? And how could recent graduates set themselves up to find fulfilling work? I started a publishing company called Outbound Books and put those pieces on Gumroad and Amazon.
These days, I'm still experimenting with books. I wrote my first fiction novel and am practicing what I call 'agile publishing'. I'm also still working in marketing for startups. I pivoted Outbound Books into a "boutique content consultancy" creating blog posts, books, ebooks, landing pages, press releases, and videos for fast-growing companies. This is my friend Dana holding a book we created together.
My main client is Makers, a coding bootcamp helping people to change careers into tech. I'm passionate about the fact that (many) more leaders in tech need to be women. It was with Makers that in 2019 I started the UK's first Women in Software Power List, in partnership with ComputerWeekly, celebrating rising stars in the coding community.
I've also worked with Lexoo, Founders Academy and the Centre for Entrepreneurs. I believe that starting and growing a business is a hugely effective way to solve a problem. I'm inspired by businesses that exist for a purpose beyond profit alone, and I love helping founders who have inspiring goals.