Jo Wimble-Groves

Founder of Guilty Mother

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Entrepreneur. Mother. Writer. Speaker. Storyteller.

Aged 39, I am a business entrepreneur and a mum of two. For the last twenty years, I have been running a multi award winning mobile communications company in Kent, alongside my brother; which I still operate today. I have been recognised for my career success in many ways over the years, including being shortlisted for Female Entrepreneur of the Year for Growing Business magazine and I was awarded '35 under 35' in Management Today magazine in 2010 as featured in The Times.

After twenty years' business experience, I wanted to share my story to inspire women and girls everywhere. To help them find their own confidence to follow their personal aspirations. This is because I felt that some of my personal success came from focusing on my natural skills as a woman.

I was never an overachiever at school and I didn't go to university but have gone on to achieve some amazing things. I believe that women make exceptional, natural leaders. This is because women have great natural skills like networking, collaboration, multi-tasking, empathy, inclusion of others and sharing knowledge. All of this can often be achieved without the need of a degree and can begin will a willingness and self-belief to simply...start somewhere.

Not only is this topic relevant to help women, but I also regularly go into schools with an aim to encourage and inspire the next generation. If we sometimes find our confidence takes a dip in our 30s, 40s or 50s, then how can we help our next generation to give them the confidence to 'start something' or 'try something' without being afraid of failure. Across my talks, I cover an array of subjects from technology, confidence, leadership and finding your skill with each talk tailored to suit the ages of my audience.

More recently, I have joined forces with the former England rugby captain, Catherine Spencer. Together, Catherine and I have built a series of workshops, talks and events designed to support and encourage women to thrive in the workplace. Talking in businesses and schools is the most rewarding role I have ever played. I am also now collaborating with retired Olympic athlete, Michelle Robinson on helping people to build an Olympic mindset, so I am in really good company!

Aside from this, I am a freelance writer. Many of my business articles have featured in high profile publications such as InStyle UK, Growing Business, Training Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Guardian, Mother and Baby and Management Today to name a few.

In January 2016, I started writing a parenting blog about being a working mother and "mum guilt". The blog was named Guilty Mother. I love my career, the people I work with and I adore my children. I want to a present mother but sometimes it feels hard to juggle both, which is why I started the blog. What began as a hobby is now read and followed by 40,000 readers, which, not only feels incredible but I am so grateful.

On the podcast, Raising Women asked about what I have accomplished so far but now I feel like it could be just the beginning...

Women. May they rise, and rise higher.

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If you'd like to go on your own journey of self-discovery and raise your woman within, but you're not sure how or where to start. Or if you're feeling overwhelmed by growing a business and raising a family, contact Holistic Health Coach and Raising Women's Founder Johanna Rossi to find out more about how you can #raiseyourwoman within.

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