Member Spotlight 

Each month we profile four of our members so that you can find out a little more about everyone in Women that Connect. 

Jackie Monk 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
One minute I was working in a corporate world, the next I was a creative artist! Grace Glass was launched in April 2021, following many years of glass making, painting and dreaming of owning a creative business. I rebranded to Emma Grace Glass Art in January 2022. 
 
I now make fused glass homewares, gifts and wall art. I am inspired by the ocean, trees and contemporary home décor. I work from my home studio in Warwickshire and every piece of glass is made and painted by hand and is unique. One kiln firing is approximately 22hrs and some pieces need firing three times so it’s a lengthy process to create a piece of glass art! 
 
I sell from my website, at artisan events, and am stocked with Warwickshire Artisans and the White Dove Gallery. I have already done many commission pieces for customers. 
 
Why did you create Emma Grace Glass Art? 
Emma is my daughter’s middle name and I hope to build a business that she will inherit one day. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
I was a finalist in the ‘New Start-Up’ category for a Woman Who Achieves in Business Solopreneur award, in partnership with the FSB. This was amazing recognition for my young business and I was very proud. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
By the time I got my first mortgage at 30, I had lived at 16 different addresses!! It’s a long story but suffice to say I love the peace and stability of the home I have now lived in with my family for the last 15 years. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
No one I have met, but the author and professor Brene Brown has taught me so much about people, my own life, and the person I want to be. I would recommend her books and talks to anyone. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Oooh tricky question…..I think Michelle Obama because I admire her massively and I think she would be fascinating to talk to. And she’s a hugger – I love a good hug!! 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
My degree was in Film Studies and I can’t possibly answer that question because I’m a massive film fan and probably have 20+favourites!!! It depends on my mood….and the time of year. Favourite Christmas movies is a WHOLE other category…..! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Try and work out logically and quickly what you can do yourself and what you need to outsource to an expert or an extra pair of hands. Don’t spend money if you can do it yourself, but also recognise when it will be money well spent to get some expert help. 
 
Also, be authentic and true to who you are. It’s important to hold on to your values. Find and network with likeminded people who will support you on your journey. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Glass making is an expensive process and I am still working out a viable and sustainable business model. I am excited for 2022 as I am in the process of refining my product range and hopefully finding my niche in the market. 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Lorraine Turnpenny 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I am a Forever Living Business Owner! I share the benefits of, and supply, quality natural products and also the business model behind the products. If others join Forever, I coach them to build a business that fits in with their lifestyle and goals. 
 
I started up very part-time in 2009 alongside a career in corporate finance. 
 
Why did you create Forever Living? 
As a Forever business owner I don’t use a business name per se. I work under the umbrella of Forever Living Products, a brand of health and beauty products I trust and a global community I am proud to be part of. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Being brave enough to leave my corporate career behind and build an income with Forever. Achieving the coveted position of Manager on Forever’s marketing plan early on, took focus and determination and I learnt so much along the way. It also inspired others in my group to go for their own goals and we worked together with great team spirit. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
During the 2020 lockdowns, I craved the outdoors and began mucking out on a local alpaca farm with kids with learning difficulties. It’s an alternative school provision and making a real difference to the kids as well as keeping me grounded.. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
That be me! Often by my mistakes! I have learnt to not be so afraid of my experience and to listen to my inner wisdom. Life is a rollercoaster and I am living it with more ease and grace these days and trusting the journey. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
I get so much pleasure watching Luca, my 2 year old nephew, enjoy his food. I don’t see him often enough and so Luca is my chosen dinner date. Perhaps George Clooney would be in the background making coffee! 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
I’m a film buff and a huge Robert Redford fan. The Horse Whisperer, Out of Africa, The Way We Were… 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Don’t take yourself too seriously and have some fun with it. You are the creator of your own business after all. Find your ikigai! 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I’m focusing on wellbeing and being of service where I can. I enjoy combining my part-time products business with wellbeing coaching and organising charity wellbeing events. I’m currently working on a number of fundraising events for Together Against Cancer. I’m interested in off-grid community projects. 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sue Hambleton 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I help people to release the things that are interfering with their peace of mind or their health; to connect with beneficial energies that help them to feel restored, balanced and more fully themselves; and I work at a cellular level to aid optimal physical functioning. I have been running a Kinesiology practice since 2005 
 
Why did you create Healthful Heartful Living? 
Although Kinesiology is at the root of what I do, I have developed significantly personally and expanded well beyond my original training, adding many new resources and processes to my toolkit, so I wanted a name that encompassed all of that. Since everything I do is focused on Health in some form, but also reconnecting with the Heart and living from that place, I coined the phrase Healthful Heartful Living for my business. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Survival! 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I used to be a very good oboe player! I had a music scholarship at Warwick Uni, which meant they paid for me to have oboe lessons in London with international soloist Malcolm Messiter whilst studying for my MORSE degree (Maths, Operational Research, Statistics & Economics). I even won the Concerto Competition one year. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
I’m a great believer that our children are our greatest teachers, and this has certainly been the case for me. They reflect so much back to me and the challenges they present has led me many times to explore new solutions and ways of being, letting go of inherited patterns and old beliefs. They bring an ongoing opportunity for self-growth! 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My Grandma - she died too young and I would love to chat to her as an adult. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
I don't have one. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Set clear boundaries and intentions. It is hard work building a business but don’t forget to take good care of yourself, to take time off to relax and to spend quality time with the people you love. And wherever you are, be there. A break is not a break if you spend it thinking about all the things you “should” be doing! Relax fully and you will be more productive and focused when you get back to work. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I am in the process of training in Spectrum Healing which enhances the power of my Kinesiology work by bringing in the energies of Pure Consciousness to focus healing on the root of any issues presented. I am also being called currently to explore the field of Soul Midwifery. 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gerri Moore 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I own and run an estate agency business that specialises in sales and lettings and New homes. We opened our doors on October 15th 2007. 
 
Why did you create Hunters Estate Agents? 
We started our business when my husband was made redundant and we wanted to start our own business. We used his redundancy money to fund it. We chose a franchise business as it was a turn key operation from a cold start, this enabled it to get going faster. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
There are 2: surviving the recession in 2008 and selling 38 new build properties last year in the middle of a global pandemic. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
II once performed at the Royal Albert Hall dancing. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
A tutor who I had when I did my degree with the Open university, and she taught me I could achieve anything I put my mind too. On the back of her advice, I then became an associate lecturer for the open university. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
My Dad who passed away some years ago so he could know about my success, and I could say all the things I regret not saying. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Erin Brockovich. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Have a good business plan and execute this properly but be prepared to be flexible if its not working. Don’t let people persuade you to pay for services that you didn’t plan for. Work hard and have fun. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
To develop our new homes proposition and increase our market share. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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