** UPDATE, 16th September 2014: The CAKE Series workshops in London will now begin on January 24th 2015. The online component will launch in January too so that women from across the world can join us. More details on the CAKE blog.**
This is the story of how getting together with the right people can truly make things happen.
In my years in business, I’ve experienced the benefit of having a team and of having a business partner but, this year, the lesson has truly been about the value of networks and strategic collaborations.
This is the year that I joined the Women in Business Network (WIBN) which, has been a revelation in so many ways (I’ll dedicate that story to another post). This is the year that I was invited to be part of a brunch club of fellow self-employed ladies. This is one year since a few friends and I formed a mastermind group that has had a profound impact on each of us – professionally and personally. This is the year that I have made an extra effort to follow up with all the interesting, entrepreneurial people I meet – to learn more about them and their various practices, projects and businesses. It is out of these follow-up meetings – often without a specific agenda – that a lot of beautiful things have happened.
Whipping up The CAKE Series
I met Jodi Nelson when she attended my workshop at the Southbank Centre WOW Festival in March. We had one of those follow-up meetings where we realised we had a lot of common interests and ambitions. At our second meeting – we decided that we would actually do something about them. Meanwhile, I’d been having conversations with a friend, Elelta Demissie, about our shared passions and complementary skills and, about how we could empower other women by teaching them what we had learned.
At some point, it just clicked: what if the 3 of us worked together? And so The CAKE Series was born. It took us just a couple of months to give form and structure to the ideas we’d each had for a really long time. Through collaborating, we were able to bring to life something that would possibly have taken us several months ,or even years, if we had attempted to each do it alone.
This story is just a small illustration of what The CAKE Series is about: creative women working together to design the creative practices, thriving businesses and abundant lives they desire and deserve.
4 ingredients for creative success
Between us, Elelta, Jodi and I have over 40 years of experience in the creative industries. Despite our different backgrounds, disciplines and activities, we’ve learned that success (in our balanced, holistic definition of the word) boils down to these 4 things:
- Creativity – nurturing your art and honing your creative voice
- Alchemy – connecting and collaborating with like-minded people who complement and can support you
- Knowledge – constantly developing your craft, leveraging new strategies, tools and technologies
- Enterprise – finding authentic and sustainable ways to enable you to keep doing what you love
That’s what we’ll be focusing on in 6, monthly workshops in central London, as well as online, starting January 24th, 2015. They are open to creative from all disciplines – we believe the diversity will be half of the magic!
I know a lot of you are exactly the kind of fabulous creative women that we’d like to be a part of this experience. You can find out more about the workshops and apply here.
For those of you who won’t be able to make it to central London, please do join our mailing list all the same. We’ll be sharing nuggets of knowledge and keeping you updated of future workshops online and elsewhere, as well as resources that you can access from anywhere.
I am so excited about meeting, connecting and collaborating with more amazing women! Please spread the word so that we can make this circle bigger.
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All illustrations and design by Lulu Kitololo/Asilia.
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