Erika: @prowessHQ Prowess is an online centre and blogging platform for women. Our vision is an environment where women in business can flourish
Jackie: Always an excellent organisation in my experience – what’s your role there Erika?
Erika: I’m editor and director of Prowess. We also have 12 regular columnists and 100+ occasional contributors.
Jackie: Any time for business reading?
Erika: Now reading: How to be your own boss as a single mum by Ali Golds and My Business My Success
Jackie: Excellent resource – could u pop the url in for us Erika plse? Whats been your greatest challenge?
Erika: My greatest challenge was becoming a homeless, unemployed single mum at 22. Starting my own business was a liberation!
Jackie: How many children do u have? What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Erika: I’ve been a mum for 25 years… and just stopped paying for childcare this year!!
Best advice: Market test before you invest. When you’ve proved the market, don’t hold back.
Jackie: OK.. Do u have something u’d like to promote with us?
Erika: The Manifesto for Women in Business. General Election 2015 – why women need to be on the agenda:
Jackie: I/we need to follow that through, thn Erika, So which quality do you prefer to work with entrepreneur/maverick?
Erika: I am prob both entrepreneur/maverick but work best with an organiser/ completer-finisher. Big fan of complementary skills
Jackie: Now how about food choices.. R U a champagne or beer n skittles kinda gal?
Erika: Ten cups of tea a day ideally in a hand-crafted ceramic cup. Big fan also of UK-based Designer-Makers
Jackie: Always an exciting scary mix! Last question coming up – thnx so much for joining us Erika, it’s been informative..
Who would b around your dinner table of positive thinkers?
Erika: Positive thinkers with purpose I admire are: JK Rowling, Jacqueline Novogratz, Oprah, Muhammad Yunus.
Jackie: Excellent, some new peeps for me there, so research! Thnx so much Erika, so enjoyed. Thnx also all who joined..
Erika: Thank You Jackie, it’s been a pleasure! Love the format and look forward to following in future.
Jackie: Look forward to seeing you all again, 10.30 am Friday 4 July with Lily Mensah @ladymensah