Contributed to EO by Abeer Qumsieh, a seven-year EO Jordan member who’s the founding father of Better Business, the main group for administration consulting and human capital improvement in Jordan, and Khibraty, an clever digital matchmaking market for experience seekers and suppliers. She can also be a associate in MakanE, an e-commerce enabler within the Center East.
In March, EO acknowledges and celebrates ladies entrepreneurs with its second annual EmpowHER virtual conference, which focuses on the precise challenges ladies in enterprise expertise. In every one-hour session, ladies entrepreneurs will study from consultants easy methods to navigate the three pillars of each girl entrepreneurs’ life: enterprise, household and self.
As an Arab girl entrepreneur from the Center East, I’ve confronted quite a few challenges whereas launching and rising my companies. Nonetheless, slightly than deter me, these challenges have been a driving pressure behind my success, inspiring me to shatter many glass ceilings in male-dominated industries. Sadly, gender bias has made it tough for girls entrepreneurs like me to safe funding, construct skilled networks, and steadiness numerous day-to-day obligations. Regardless of these hurdles, I’ve achieved success and proceed to seek out methods to develop my enterprise whereas founding a number of different profitable companies.
Develop a Clear Imaginative and prescient
A number of elements contributed to my success, amongst them was realizing my mission, what I wished to perform, and the way I deliberate to attain it. This clear imaginative and prescient guided my actions and decision-making processes all through the years, holding me centered on my targets. That being mentioned, committing to lifelong studying and pushing myself past my consolation zone—to the extent of becoming a member of a climb to Everest base camp—contributed to giving me an edge by bettering my expertise and empowering me to make daring and knowledgeable selections, to innovate, and to stay forward of the sport in my business.
Alongside the way in which and early sufficient, I found that innovation goes hand-in-hand with know-how, which is a vital device for enterprise development and success. Although not inside my major ability set, I embraced know-how and rode the wave of digital transformation throughout totally different sectors in my industries. For instance, after practically twenty years of offering programmes by way of my firm, Higher Enterprise, the Covid-19 pandemic pressured us to pivot—quick. Inside three days, we embraced a whole on-line arrange, and consequently have been in a position to develop our consumer base to corporations in Asia and Europe. Know-how has enabled me to develop and differentiate my companies, a key observe for ongoing success. It additionally impressed me to take a leap by partnering in a tech firm, MakanE.
As a lady enterprise proprietor with kids, I usually discover myself juggling a number of obligations, which might result in burnout and stress. Prioritizing self-care is crucial for me in sustaining a wholesome life steadiness whereas remaining productive and centered on my enterprise targets. I deliberately put aside time for my favourite actions, which embody taking part in badminton very often, and investing time to share with my household and associates.
Construct a Sturdy Community
One of the vital elements that contributed to my success was constructing a powerful community. Everyone knows it will get lonely on the high—my community supplied me with many alternatives to attach with different enterprise leaders and study concerning the newest enterprise and private traits. Becoming a member of skilled organizations together with EO has certified me to take part in inspiring moments that shifted the way in which I feel and function.
Personally, I consider that discovering like-minded folks past your common community will give you new and invaluable experiences that may profit you in numerous instances of your skilled or private life by supporting your psychological journey. The relationships that I’ve constructed through the years inside EO are nonetheless very treasured to me and really a lot current in my life at this time.
Lengthen Your Hand to the Subsequent Technology
Earlier than I shut, I’ll go away you with one final piece that impacted my journey. Through the years, giving again, volunteering my time and assets to different entrepreneurs—to ladies, to youth, to my neighborhood and past—has been extraordinarily rewarding. As an added bonus, it has additional solidified the intensive community I’ve constructed. That very same community supported me again and elevated my energy to permit me to make the distinction I got down to make, and that I aspire to proceed making sooner or later.
Don’t miss EO’s 2023 EmpowHER digital collection on 7, 14 and 21 March (the primary three Tuesdays of the month). EmpowHER invitations ladies entrepreneurs to listen to inspiring tales from fellow founders—together with Randi Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and former head of promoting at Fb; Aanchal Bhatia, founding father of Sydenham Clinic; Hannah Vasicek, founding father of Francesca; and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former prime minister of Denmark—throughout a collection of digital occasions which might be free and open to EO members, EO Accelerators, their corporations, and potential EO members. Register today!
On 7 March, entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg will share insights she has gained from being a three-dimensional girl of many titles. This seminar is free and open to anybody, upon registration. Join here to EmpowHER at this time.