Finally discovering initiatives that felt like the right fit, Charmaine has been incredibly proactive in making the most of what’s available.
In that time she’s joined both Mentor Black Business and Babes on Waves, a female business club prioritising Black womxn and women of colour, and was also accepted onto the Diverse Founders Programme with Foundervine and WeWork. Now able to tap into “an amazing network of people and resources”, Charmaine’s confidence has come on in leads and bounds.
Starting the mentoring journey
But it was through mentoring that she’s seen some of the most tangible impact. Knowing that “you can only go so long talking to your friends and family about your business ideas,” Charmaine was knew she needed to surround herself with those who were further ahead in their business-owner journeys.
Through Mentor Black Business, Charmaine was matched with Kate Bosomworth – a fellow founder with over 20 years’ experience in the industry – who recently launched her own agency, Platform, after serving as CMO at M&C Saatchi.
Taking the time to identify Biddie’s potential, Kate reviewed the business model and provided a sounding board for Charmaine. “Just by having someone like Kate, I felt less alone and as though someone was there, making me feel accountable.”