South Devon Entrepreneur Recognised In Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs
By Sofy Robertson
Photos provided by Jennifer Corcoran
Local entrepreneur Jennifer Corcoran has been named as one of f:Entrepreneur’s #ialso Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs.
The f:Entrepreneur event, which took place on 4th March, celebrates the UK’s inspirational and multi-achieving female entrepreneurs. All 100 entrepreneurs were invited to an afternoon tea at the House of Lords, hosted by Lord Young of Graffham and the f:Entrepreneur Campaign.
Jennifer Corcoran, who lives in Shaldon, founded My Super Connector, a LinkedIn consultancy that helps service based professional women and female entrepreneurs to polish up their LinkedIn profiles and connect with finesse in order to achieve business and career success.
Jennifer believes you don’t need to be the loudest person in the room to make an impact, you just need to be effective:
“Social media gives us equal access to success, no matter what our personality type and allows us all to get our voice in the room.”
Jennifer was also listed for her involvement in additional campaigns for empowering women, community and networking, such as She Means Business, Rising Stars, Press for Progress, LinkedIn Local and BrandMe!
The #ialso Top 100 is a campaign born from International Women’s Day 2018. At last year’s event, the phrase most used by the gathered entrepreneurs was “I also…”, with each woman describing their work as being much more than a single-job career and more of a flexible portfolio.
Jennifer explained what it meant to be part of the #ialso Top 100, saying:
“I’m so proud to be a part of the f:Entrepreneur campaign which is actively celebrating the achievements of 100 female entrepreneurs in the UK. It’s not easy being a business owner (male or female) and we invariably end up spinning many plates. I’ve taken on pro-bono work to help various charities and associations to find their voice online. It’s something I feel passionate about; indeed, I created my business My Super Connector in 2017 to help service-based female entrepreneurs and professionals to cut through the clutter and find their voice on LinkedIn.
“I love that this campaign is recognising the ‘other’ work that we do behind the scenes and its empowerment of women in business. I’m very much an accidental business owner and set up my company following back surgery. We need to show young girls that they can do anything they want in life and being a business owner is a viable option for them.
“When I grew up, it was either university or get a job. I struggled with the mind shift from employee to entrepreneur at the start, but I now wouldn’t change the freedom and joy I get from helping others come to grips with online connection. I look forward to seeing this campaign and movement grow from strength to strength.”
The aim of f:Entrepreneur is to showcase multi-achieving women like Jennifer in the #ialso Top 100, and to provide lessons of challenge and success for all small business founders – both men and women.
The campaign is built around a full programme, including roundtables, Q&A sessions and panels, as well as larger all-day events throughout the year.
This year’s campaign was the biggest yet, taking place in London in the week leading up to International Women’s Day.
Now in its third year, f:Entrepreneur is run by peak b, a campaigning organisation with a world-class track record in conception, management and execution of high-profile, national campaigns particularly in the small business and enterprise sectors.
Both f:Entrepreneur and peak b were founded by Michelle Ovens MBE, who is also director of Small Business Saturday UK and chair of the Small Business Charter.
“It is fantastic to have been at the House of Lords today with this phenomenal group of women. The stories of these women are incredibly inspirational and reach outside the traditional bounds of business, including a number of cancer survivors and carers, amongst many other people who do so much more than their day job.
“This may be a campaign that highlights the work of inspiring women, but it is something for men to recognise and celebrate too; showing everyone that even in the toughest situations in life, it is entrepreneurs who are the people that not only survive but thrive, creating purposeful small businesses and supporting their communities every day.”
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