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The Female Fusion podcast is your go-to resource for inspiration, motivation, and practical advice for female entrepreneurs.
Hosted by Jen Blandos, a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building successful businesses, this podcast features insights and expertise from some of the world's top female entrepreneurs and industry experts.
Whether you're just starting out or looking to take your business to the next level, the Female Fusion podcast is here to help you achieve your business goals.
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Join host Jen Blandos in this special episode of "Women on the Rise" as she sits down with Hazel Jackson, the founder of Biz Group. Hazel shares her incredible entrepreneurial journey, starting from scratch in Dubai with just $700 and growing her business into a thriving success with over 60 employees and expansion plans.
Join us for an inspiring conversation with Anna Zickerman, the founder of UPANDRUNNING Medical Center LLC in Dubai. Anna's journey began with a vision to introduce sports rehabilitation to the UAE, a concept virtually unheard of at the time.
Join us for an eco-friendly journey with Female Fusion member Sahar Karoubi, the founder of Bambuyu, a UAE-based brand specialising in sustainable bamboo toilet paper, tissues, and kitchen rolls. Sahar shares her entrepreneurial story, from the curiosity that led her to create environmentally conscious tissue products to the challenges and growth of her business.
Dive into the captivating world of video production and entrepreneurship in the UAE with Reim El Houni, the passionate founder of Ti22Films. With over 13 years of experience, Reim's company has evolved to cater to diverse markets and video production needs, including personal branding, social content, and animated content.
In this episode, your host Jen Blandos introduces you to Cheri-Lee Roux, the co-founder of "The Workshop Hub," a unique business that has undergone remarkable growth in just three years. Cheri-Lee shares the journey of her business, from its humble beginnings of small crafting workshops to scaling up and venturing into B2B activations for hotels and restaurants.
Join host Jen Blandos in a conversation with Female Fusion member, Antonia Bates, the founder of Studio Nu and the Healthy Entrepreneur Club. Discover how Antonia's journey in interior design led to a passion for holistic well-being among entrepreneurs.
Today, we're delighted to have Hala Gebran, the founder of Halo Halo Printworks, as our guest. Hala's business journey is a testament to persistence, passion, and creativity. She started with a unique concept, crafting Arabic-inspired greeting cards that bridge language barriers. Hala overcame her perfectionism and self-doubt to bring her beautiful creations to the market.
Join host Jen Blandos as she sits down with Lucy Bradley, a seasoned entrepreneur with a 20-year journey in the UAE. Lucy shares insights from founding the marketing agency Plug and her work supporting female entrepreneurs through Female Fusion. They discuss the importance of authenticity, networking, and clear messaging in business.
In this special episode of "Women on the Rise," host Jen Blandos sits down with Veronique Bezou, the founder of Creadora, a creative agency in Dubai and Paris.
Veronique shares her inspiring journey from corporate life to entrepreneurship, highlighting how dealing with a difficult boss and experiencing extreme burnout led her to become the successful entrepreneur she is today.
In this episode of the Women on the Rise Podcast, host Jen Blandos sits down with Melon Perez, the co-founder of The MelRish Studio. Melon shares her incredible entrepreneurial journey, which started with a devastating setback. She and her husband had big dreams of opening a Filipino restaurant in Dubai, but a business partner's betrayal left them in financial ruin. Melon shares the challenges they faced and how they turned their passion for photography into a thriving business. She also discusses the importance of resilience and building strong relationships in the business world.
This month, we're introducing you to 30 incredible female fusion members, each with their unique entrepreneurial journey. Today, Jen sits down with Jan Almheiri, the founder of Bark Park and the Canine Kitchen in Dubai.
Discover how Jan's passion for dogs led to the creation of a unique off-leash dog park and a thriving business that caters to dogs' well-being. Listen as Jan shares her journey from an accidental entrepreneur to a business owner who prioritises her furry clients' health and happiness.
Join us in this insightful episode of Women of Impact as host Jen Blandos engages in a candid conversation with Nicki Wilson, the visionary behind Genie Recruitment. Discover how Genie Recruitment came into existence and Nicki's remarkable journey in the world of recruitment. Explore the power of authenticity, genuine leadership, and nurturing teams, as Nicki shares her unique approach to building a tight-knit, productive team. Get ready to gain invaluable insights into leadership, team management, and the entrepreneurial spirit.
In this episode of Women of Impact, we embark on a journey with Julie Lewis, the founder of Mountain High, as she takes us through the evolution of her adventurous life and business. Join us as we unravel the origins of Mountain High, a venture born out of Julie's desire to connect with nature, different cultures, and her own inner strength.
In this episode of the Women Of Impact series, join us as we dive into the incredible journey of Debbie Gobbett, the founder of Press Play LLC. Debbie's story spans continents, from Zimbabwe to the UK, and now thriving in the UAE, where she's changing the game in real estate photography and videography.
Join host Jen Blandos in an inspiring episode as she welcomes Tala Badri, the visionary founder of the Centre for Musical Arts in Dubai. Discover the transformational power of entrepreneurship, especially for those with young children, as Tala shares her incredible journey
In this episode of "Women on the Rise," Jen Blandos interviews Stevi Lowmass, the founder of the Camel Soap Factory in Dubai. Stevi shares her incredible journey of transforming a unique idea into a thriving business. From her background in electronic payments to her passion for sustainable and regional products, Stevi takes us through her entrepreneurial path. She discusses the challenges of starting a soap-making business from scratch, the importance of customer feedback, and the impact of COVID-19 on her company.
Join host Jen Blandos as she sits down with Theresa Tsui, one of the founding members of Skills Three, a purpose-driven social enterprise. Skills Three empowers women from disadvantaged communities by teaching them sewing skills and helping them create sustainable livelihoods. In this insightful conversation, Theresa shares the journey of Skills Three, their unique approach to teaching, and how they've successfully navigated the challenges of pricing and partnerships as a social enterprise.
In this episode, Jen Blandos sits down with Oana Andreea Radu, a successful entrepreneur and founding member of Female Fusion. Oana shares her entrepreneurial journey, which began nine years ago when she started her first business. Today, she runs an immigration consultancy company, an online marketplace, and several other projects.
Join us in this captivating episode of the "Women on the Rise" podcast, where we continue to showcase remarkable female entrepreneurs from Female Fusion. Today, we feature Pamela Lilburne, the visionary founder of Linen Obsession. Pamela's entrepreneurial journey takes us from Australia to Dubai, encompassing challenges, marketing wisdom, and the significance of having a clear vision.
In today's special episode of "Women of Impact," we continue our month-long series featuring inspiring female entrepreneurs within Female Fusion. Host Jen Blandos sits down with member Priyaa Telavvane, the founder of 361 Degrees Design, to delve into her fascinating journey as an entrepreneur.
In this episode of our Women of Impact series, Jen welcomes Female Fusion member Mukta, the founder of Miss Palatable, for a deep dive into the beauty industry. Mukta shares her journey from a finance career to the world of cosmetics, highlighting her mission to bring cruelty-free and consciously formulated beauty products to Dubai. She discusses the challenges and opportunities in the beauty business, the importance of a unique brand identity, and the evolving consumer awareness post-COVID.
Join host Jen Blandos in a lively conversation with Clare Napper, the creative mind behind "The High Life" in the UAE. Clare shares her remarkable journey from working in advertising to becoming an acclaimed artist known for her iconic Dubai-inspired posters.
Join host Jen Blandos in this episode of "Women on the Rise '' as she chats with Priyanka Sengar, the visionary founder of Women First Jobs. Priyanka shares her inspiring journey from a successful corporate career to launching a groundbreaking platform that focuses on empowering female talent globally.
In this episode of "Women on the Rise," Jen sits down with the dynamic entrepreneur Sarmistha Mitra, founder of The Wellbeing Sanctuary in Dubai. Join them as they dive into the world of wellness centres and the journey of establishing a premium and authentic space amidst a bustling market.
In this episode, we sit down with Julie Mallon, the founder of Nurture 2 Sleep, to explore the profound impact of sleep on our overall well-being and business success. Julie, a former nurse and midwife, delves into the science behind sleep, sharing how it affects our cognitive function, emotional health, and physical performance.
Join host Jen Blandos in this inspiring episode of Women the Women of Impact series with special guest Hanan Wehbi, founder of Maknoon. Discover the heartfelt story behind Maknoon's luxury brand that celebrates heritage and culture while giving back to communities in Lebanon, Palestine, and Syria.
Hanan shares her journey of connecting with her roots, the challenges of building a unique business, and the power of patience and networking.
Join us in this episode of the "Women of Impact" series for an insightful conversation with Rana Akkad, the founder of "Jad's Inclusion," a unique special needs school in Dubai. Rana shares her inspiring journey of establishing a bridge between mainstream education and special needs centres for children who fall in between, facing academic, emotional, or physical struggles.
Through "Jad's Inclusion," Rana has created a safe and nurturing space for children with diverse abilities, focusing on incubating their strengths and helping them reintegrate into the community with confidence. Discover the importance of believing in your vision, fostering a supportive community, and embracing neurodiversity for a brighter, more inclusive future.
Join Jen as she chats with Zahara D'Souza, an experienced travel counsellor and an integral part of the Female Fusion community. Discover Zahara's incredible journey from the events industry to becoming a successful travel counsellor, thriving through challenges, and embracing the joys of exploring new destinations.
Tune in to explore the art of personalised travel planning, the significance of nurturing client relationships, and the magic of venturing into uncharted territories. You’ll be inspired by Zahara's genuine love for travel and her unique insights into the evolving landscape of travel counselling.
Step into the world of UAE business setup with host Jen Blandos and special guest Jenna Jenkins. In this insightful episode, Jenna, a seasoned business advisor, shares her expertise on the dynamic landscape of setting up a business in the UAE.
Discover how Mita saw a gap in the market and transformed her tech-centric PR agency into a powerhouse, focusing on underserved areas, and how she's now paving the way for AI startups. Dive into the world of communications, as Mita reveals the common PR mistakes small businesses make and offers actionable advice to stand out in the digital age.
In this episode, Jen shares 30 invaluable lessons from her podcasting journey with Female Fusion. Whether you're new to podcasting or looking to enhance your skills, these lessons offer practical wisdom to guide you.
This episode is a roadmap for clarity, purpose, and success in your podcasting endeavors.
Join Jen as she chats with sales strategist Maree Kirkpatrick who shares her insights into the challenges female entrepreneurs face when selling. Discover how mindset plays a big role in sales success, the differences between how men and women sell, and how to handle rejection.
Maree also breaks down the psychology of pricing and highlights key metrics to measure sales performance. Learn about the importance of creativity and nurturing client relationships, and find out how to get clients to refer you.
In this episode of "Women on the Rise," Jen sits down with marketing expert Desiree Banugo for an insightful conversation about the evolving landscape of marketing and the transformative role of artificial intelligence.
With decades of experience, Desiree shares her journey from the early days of manual data sifting to harnessing the potential of AI to create impactful campaigns. They explore the ways in which AI is reshaping the marketing industry, from content creation to decision-making processes.
Join Jen and Desiree as they delve into the importance of embracing technology while maintaining the essence of authentic human creativity and expertise.
In this power-packed episode, Jen welcomes Jaimie Abbott, an exceptional PR and public speaking expert from Australia, to share her remarkable journey in the media, military, and politics.
Jaimie reveals her inspiring transition from a journalist to a media trainer in Afghanistan and how she turned her own public speaking mistakes into valuable lessons. Listen as she spills the beans on the pivotal moment when she realized she had been undercharging and discovered her true worth as a highly paid speaker.
Get ready to learn top-notch engagement techniques, the magic of storytelling, and expert tips to conquer your nerves and shine on stage.
In this episode, Jen shares her experiences and insights on using events to build your business and reputation. From networking events to conferences, Jen discusses the importance of being clear about your ideal customer and setting clear objectives for your events. She also dives into the significance of engaging content and proper event logistics to create a seamless experience.
In this episode of the Women on the Rise podcast, join host Jen Blandos as she delves into the importance of building an impactful personal brand for female entrepreneurs.
Jen shares her insights on how a strong personal brand can help business owners gain trust, connect with their audience, and unlock new opportunities. She highlights three essential tools that can make the process easier and more effective and provides practical advice and personal anecdotes to inspire listeners to take action and create a powerful personal brand that aligns with their business goals.
Join host Jen Blandos in this engaging episode of Women on the Rise as she sits down with the incredible Graham Cochrane, a digital entrepreneur and expert in unlocking creative potential. Discover Graham's journey in helping people start, scale, and automate their online businesses. Learn valuable insights on monetizing your expertise and overcoming imposter syndrome. Gain practical strategies for quickly generating income as an entrepreneur.
Find out why YouTube is a powerful platform for building your audience, and explore the importance of authenticity and connection in business. Tune in to unlock your own creative potential with Graham's wisdom and experience.
In this episode of the Women on the Rise podcast, host Jen Blandos explores the topic of diversifying your income through online course creation. Jen shares her insights and experiences on the lucrative nature of online courses and why they can be a valuable addition to any business.
She dispels common myths surrounding online courses and emphasises the immense demand for them in today's market, while highlighting the wide range of topics that can be turned into successful courses and discusses the benefits of having a global audience.
Discover how online courses help to establish authority, credibility, and brand visibility while providing opportunities for regular passive income!
In this episode of the Women on the Rise podcast, host Jen Blandos discusses the topic of why you need to STOP leaving money on the table in your business. Jen emphasizes the importance of evaluating and adjusting product/service pricing based on market demand, highlighting the significance of pricing oneself along with the market rate. She encourages female-owned businesses to explore multiple sales channels, including having their own online platform and leveraging third-party platforms. Jen also stresses the value of upselling and cross-selling, offering additional products or services to customers based on their initial purchases.
In this week's episode of Women on the Rise, host Jen Blandos will show you how to leverage your accumulated wisdom and skills gained through age to overcome the age barrier and achieve your entrepreneurial goals.
You have the experience and knowledge to make your business thrive, now it's time to embrace it. It's time to unlock your true potential and achieve the success you have been dreaming of.
As a female entrepreneur, Jen was used to the daily grind and the never-ending to-do list. But after attending a game-changing professional development retreat, she realized she had been limiting her own potential.
The connections she made and the new ideas that flowed in from being surrounded by like-minded women were the missing pieces she needed to grow Female Fusion Network into the powerhouse it is today. The experience was so transformative that Jen now prioritises investing in her own personal development.
Join host Jen Blandos in another inspiring episode of Women on the Rise podcast.
Recorded live from Mykonos, Greece, Jen sits down with guest Melanie Love, one of the facilitators at the recent Female Fusion retreat. Together, they reflect on the retreat's discussions about the challenges faced by female entrepreneurs in business and the importance of connecting to your "why" in business and how it can shape your journey towards success.
From understanding your personal why and values to identifying your target audience's why, Jen and Melanie explore the integral role of purpose in building a thriving business.
Join host Jen Blandos as she sits down with her co-facilitators, Mel Love and Carey Bojanen, to discuss the highlights and insights from their transformative Female Fusion retreat in Mykonos.
Together, they delve into the challenges and opportunities faced by women entrepreneurs, emphasizing the importance of self-care, setting boundaries, and seeking help.
Discover how slowing down can lead to accelerated growth, the magic of embracing your true self, and the power of community in overcoming obstacles.
Get inspired by the experiences, wisdom, and camaraderie shared by these remarkable women!
In this episode, we dive into the world of quizzes and how they can be a game-changer for your business.
Jen sits down with quiz expert and Kajabi guru, Deidra Helmig, who unravels the power of quizzes and how they can help you grow your email list and elevate your business.
They explore the importance of crafting intelligent questions that captivate your audience without overwhelming them.
Learn from real-life examples as Deidra shares success stories of businesses that have leveraged quizzes as lead magnets. Explore how a well-crafted quiz can address objections, offer personalized solutions, and ultimately entice your audience to take action.
In this episode, Jen is joined by Christina Lenkowski, an innovative podcast publicist and educator for entrepreneurs, speakers, and authors. Christina has dedicated her work to empowering business owners, particularly women, by harnessing the incredible benefits of being a guest on podcasts. Her expertise and experience have enabled countless entrepreneurs to transition from being the "best-kept secret" to becoming the go-to experts in their respective industries.
Join Jen and Christina as they embark on a transformative discussion about the immense impact podcasting can have on female entrepreneurs. Christina shares her own journey, highlighting the pivotal moment when she realised the untapped potential of podcast guest appearances for her online-based business. Since then, she has been on a mission to help others achieve similar results.
In this episode of Women on the Rise, Jen is sharing tips with you on how to prevent your business from experiencing a drop in sales during the summer. You'll learn about the importance of planning ahead, tracking your business's financial, sales, and marketing numbers, and developing a summer marketing plan.
Jen also emphasises the importance of having a profitable business and the value of planning for the summer as part of your business processes from the very beginning. By following these tips, you can summer-proof your business and avoid a drop in sales during the summer months.
This week's special guest is Hayley Mack, a creative visionary with a background in brand marketing. Hayley is the founder of Cent.Ldn, a one-of-a-kind candle business born during the pandemic.
With her keen eye for detail and a passion for connecting with people through nostalgic storytelling, Hayley has transformed her love for candles into a thriving enterprise. Her unique approach to product development, focusing on capturing the essence of culture and music through her designs, has led to her candles being featured in prestigious stores worldwide.
In this episode of Women on the Rise, Jen Blandos talks about shiny object syndrome and how it can affect female entrepreneurs' businesses. Shiny object syndrome is the distraction and attraction to new, trendy ideas, opportunities, and trends that can be overwhelming for entrepreneurs. The constant influx of new ideas can cause them to lose focus on their core business goals and miss out on potential success.
Over the next 30 minutes, Jen discusses ten things that are common shiny objects that entrepreneurs can get distracted by, such as unnecessary spending, investing in the latest technology, and buying unnecessary software or courses.
She also highlights the importance of spending money wisely and investing in things that will drive success in the long term. For example, you may be tempted to spend a lot of money on a flashy, expensive website, but a basic brochure website can be just as effective when starting out. She also rdelives a timely reminder to prioritize networking and winning business, instead of focusing too much on unnecessary spending or technology.
In the latest episode of the Women on the Rise podcast, host Jen Blandos shares some valuable insights for female business owners who are struggling to make enough money.
By following these tips, female business owners can increase their revenue and grow their business.
Intuition serves as an essential tool for making decisions in the entrepreneurial world. It can help to quickly navigate through different scenarios and lead to more authentic and aligned choices.
When you learn to trust your intuition, you can uncover creative solutions and develop a deeper understanding of you businesses’ core values. Intuition can also play a significant role in cultivating an atmosphere of confidence, self-reliance, and authenticity.
In this episode of the Women on the Rise podcast, Jen Blandos encourages fellow female entrepreneurs to embrace their intuition and not shy away from making insightful decisions based on their instincts.
This week's podcast episode is all about something that's been a hot topic lately - working for free. As entrepreneurs, we've probably all been in that situation where we're asked to work for free in exchange for "exposure" or to build up our portfolio. But is it really worth it?
In this episode, we'll dive into why we shouldn't be working for free, except in a few select circumstances. When we work for free, it undervalues our work and makes it harder to charge what we're worth later on. We'll also talk about how some big companies try to get small businesses to work for free and why we should be careful about those offers.
When this week's guest, a hospitality consultant and vintage aficionado, found her entrepreneurial dreams are in jeopardy due to the pandemic, she pivoted to a bold bartering strategy to keep her secondhand store afloat.
Jelena Dancetovic is the GM and part owner of Retold, a secondhand clothing store in Dubai. She has 15 years of experience in hospitality and has been passionate about secondhand clothes since she was a child.
When she moved to Dubai 15 years ago, Jelena quickly found that it was too expensive to buy new clothes. She combined her hospitality background with her passion for vintage, and in 2012 started her own online vintage shop. When the pandemic hit, Jelena was faced with bankruptcy, but she quickly adapted her business model and started buying second-hand clothes from those leaving the country. By using her contacts in hospitality, she was able to organize events and used influencers to spread the word.
In a society where women receive less than 2% of capital investments, this week's podcast guest is on a mission to challenge the status quo and use gender as a lens to empower female founders.
Heather Henyon is the founder of Mindshift Capital, a gender lens VC fund. She has been investing in women for over a decade and has experience in building seven figure businesses around the world.
In this episode, Heather shares how the relationship between investors and entrepreneurs is like a marriage, and the importance of finding the right people, doing due diligence, and building organic relationships.
Today's guest, Maxine Cunningham created Pick My Brain to unlock a global marketplace of conversations, services, and expertise to help you dream out loud and manifest your vision.
In this episode, Maxine shares how she was inspired to create Pick My Brain after asking herself what value conversations held and how they could be traded. Since it's conception 4 years go, she has conducted over a thousand Pick My Brain calls with people from 196 countries, covering every industry, culture, and background.
This week's guest on the Women on the Rise Podcast is Olga Fleming - an angel investor specializing in tech-related investments such as Fintech, PropTech, Aviation Tech, and Travel Tech. She is a lawyer with a background in compliance, and she is passionate about helping startups to succeed.
Olga is an angel investor who focuses on investing in early-stage startups, providing them with both financial and advisory support. She works with startups to help them understand the importance of having the right advisors and investors onboard, and helps them find the right investors to make their project a success.
In this episode of the Women on the Rise podcast, Jen's 14-year old daughter Eva shares her experience of growing up with a mother who is an entrepreneur.
Eva discusses how she felt when her mother couldn't make it to all of her school events and provides words of wisdom for all working mothers, emphasising the importance of taking time for oneself and communicating with your children.
Eva's story serves as a reminder that it is possible to balance running a business and having a family.
After years of struggling to set boundaries and prioritize her own health and well-being, Jen (a self-confessed people pleaser) shares her empowering journey to establish healthy limits while making her business dreams a reality.
In this episode, Jen opens up about how by finally prioritizing and setting clear boundaries she was able to focus on growing Female Fusion while also making time for her family and herself. She also shares the calendar-blocking hack that allowed her to be more creative and relieved the pressure of being available all the time - and so much more!
We're shining the spotlight on all things PRICING this week, as Jen Blandos takes a deep dive into the pricing strategies that could enhance your business - including cost-based pricing, value-based pricing, pricing according to competitors, penetration pricing, loss leader pricing, and high initial pricing.
While each strategy comes with its own pros and cons, and Jen's breakdown and analysis of each in this episode will make a huge difference in determining which one will work best for your business.
Discover how one entrepreneur grew her business by 5x in just one year - and how you can too!
Jen Blandos, the founder of Female Fusion Network, shares her insights and expertise as a global entrepreneur, and how she created the right environment for Female Fusion Network to 5x its revenue in 2022.
In this podcast, Jen is taking you on a deep-dive into how to review your business' performance from 2022 to make the best decisions for 2023.
She will help you to uncover the essential elements of evaluating a small business' financial standing and how to interpret the numbers to make informed decisions for the future.
In this podcast premiere episode, your host Jen Blandos shares her experiences in overcoming challenges as an entrepreneur, and how she learned to think big, take risks, and pivot when faced with adversity. Despite being told "no" and facing the global recession, Jen was able to build multiple successful businesses and move to Dubai with her family. She overcame personal and professional challenges, including being diagnosed with breast cancer, to keep her business not only running, but thriving.