Meet Hannah Roper, the visionary behind The Female Creative and Country on the Coast Festival, also serving as a Non-Executive Board Member of the Pamodzi Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Awards and sponsor of the Emerging Business Award.
The Female Creative, founded by Hannah Roper in 2020, started as a platform to coach, mentor, and educate busy people looking to turn their ideas into action and start a business doing what they love. With over 20 years of experience as a teacher and learning expert, as well as nine years in marketing and branding through her country music alter ego, Lily Garland, and as the Creative Director of a 3-day country music festival, Hannah brings a wealth of knowledge to her business.
Since its inception, The Female Creative has since expanded its offerings to include 121 services, a monthly group membership, a podcast, The Female Creative Talks, and networking events and works with established businesses as well as new business across multiple industries from photography to gift shops, health and wellness to coaching, Jewellery to PR. Hannah focuses on four key business foundations - Messaging, Strategy, Systems, and Mindset - to support predominantly female-owned businesses in unleashing their creativity, growing their audience, and increasing their income, all while balancing a busy lifestyle.
Hannah’s magic power is using her organisational skills and clarity to help business owners reduce the overwhelming feeling that is so common in their field. She is dedicated to providing guidance, support, and cheerleading to help clients cut through the noise and prioritise actions that get them closer to their goals alongside being that essential sounding board creating a safe space for her clients.
“My coaching has been labelled ‘the Hannah Roper effect’ as my ability to take holistic view across any business, understand the barriers to growth and guide the founder to clearing the overwhelm and taking purposeful steps to achieve their goals brings powerful results” Hannah Roper
In addition to her extensive career experience, Hannah has also been recognized for her contributions to the business world. She was honoured with the Top Female Business Coach Worldwide (2022) accolade from the Coach Foundation, and received the Pamodzi Inspirational Women Award 2022 in the Established Business Category. She was also a runner-up for the UK, US and Canada Women’s Business Awards, Business Women of the Year 2022. In 2023, Hannah will be appearing as a featured expert host for the second year at the Women’s Business Conference in October.
Hannah's career journey has not always been easy, including her past experience as a police officer and her struggles as a survivor of domestic abuse. However, she has spent years rebuilding her confidence and self-esteem, eventually discovering her love for entrepreneurship and developing her skills in business, branding, marketing, and web design and using these skills to support others. Through her work on the Pamodzi Creatives Board for the Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Project, Hannah continues to contribute to the growth and success of the organisation, celebrating the inspiring stories of women in Portsmouth.
Huge thank you to Hannah not only for sponsoring the Emerging Business Award but also for her dedication and passion for supporting the project.
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Claire's Floristry: A Blossoming Business With a Heart of Gold! We are thrilled to have Claire Lester, founder of Claire's Floristry supporting the Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Event!
Based in Havant, UK, Claire's Floristry is a wedding and events florist that has grown from a small gift bouquet shop to a thriving business delivering beautiful blooms for all special occasions. Despite its growth, Claire's Floristry remains true to its eco-friendly roots, swapping plastic wrapping for luxurious paper and tissue, and using recyclable or reusable arrangement bases made of wood. The business strives to deliver luxurious designs that are as environmentally friendly as possible.
Not only is Claire's Floristry dedicated to providing stunning floral arrangements, but it is also committed to supporting charitable causes. The business is a proud supporter of Stop Domestic Abuse, and Claire recently took a part-time job with the charity to help with their administration. Her goal is to employ more women to support larger events in the future, as she believes in empowering women and giving them a voice.
Claire is inspired by her mother, who taught her the importance of hard work, running a business, and being humble and kind. She is also inspired by Sarah Roads, the Marine Recruiter, who has been a friend and mentor, and a successful business owner. If Claire could have dinner with any two guests, past or present, she would choose these two women, who fill the room with love, kindness, fun, support, and beauty.
The Covid-19 pandemic was a significant challenge for Claire, but she persevered by quickly converting a caravan into a workroom. Her determination and hard work paid off, and the business has grown to the point where she now operates from a unit to accommodate larger weddings and events.
The nominees of the Pamodzi Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Awards have overcome many challenges, which have inspired them to do what they do. Claire is no exception. She has shown that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. Supporting Pamodzi means a lot to her, as she wants to show other women that they are not alone and that everyone is supporting them.
In conclusion, Claire's Floristry is a blooming business with a heart of gold. The business is dedicated to providing stunning floral arrangements while being eco-friendly, supporting charitable causes, and empowering women. The story of Claire's journey, from converting a caravan to a thriving business, is an inspiration to us all.
A huge thank you to Claire who will not only be sponsoring the Sports Award but also providing beautiful blooms for the event!
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Welcome to the world of Phoenix Photography, where capturing beauty and empowering women is at the forefront of the mission. Behind this successful photography enterprise stands the visionary and talented founder, Debbie Fowler. With a passion for photography and a drive to help others heal, Debbie has created a space where women can feel safe, seen, and celebrated.
Phoenix Photography is a growing enterprise that aims to help women heal from their traumas and gain emotional freedom and confidence. The founder, Debbie Fowler, who also works in finance and mortgages, started the company after experiencing the power of ancestral healing and combining this with her passion for photography.
Having always had an interest in photography, Debbie began to hone her skills and soon started to photograph friends and family, eventually sharing her work on social media. Debbie received an overwhelming response from women who wanted to learn to see themselves in a different light and start their healing journey.
In 2022, Debbie took an ancestral healing course to better guide others on their journey to healing. Through this experience, she has seen the transformation that can occur when women take back control and break the cycle of trauma.
Debbie believes that by healing ancestral trauma, not only the past and present, but the future can be healed as well. It is a crucial and challenging process, and there is always support available for those who embark on it. Time and circumstances are considered two of the most powerful warriors. They shape an individual and can also break any curses that may exist. By embracing this philosophy, one can break free from the past and forge a better future.
“Many who have been labelled as the "black sheep" of their family have become self-healers and broken the cycle of generational curses, guilt, and shame, paving the way for a better future for their lineage” Debbie Fowler
Debbie is a shining light of this journey and the power women hold inside.
The mission of Phoenix Photography is to provide a safe space for women to heal and grow, using the founder's lived experience and knowledge to guide them. The company has become a dedicated advocate for women and serves clients from all over Hampshire.
A huge thank you to Debbie for sponsoring the Inspirational Role Model award and supporting the work of Pamodzi Creatives.
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Hughes and Salvidge are a well-established demolition and decommissioning business with its headquarters in Portsmouth. Their work takes them all over the country including projects at Heathrow and Gatwick. As one of the UK leaders in this sector, Hughes and Salvidge have built a reputation for health and safety, quality, and innovation.
Alongside SLR marine recruit, they have chosen to sponsor the Inspirational Women of Portsmouth awards which will be held on Friday, March 10th. To find out why they felt this is important and what they are doing to impact the lives of young girls and women in Portsmouth, the hosts of the award caught up with them to hear all about their efforts.
As you know, Pamodzi is all about bringing people together to celebrate the Inspirational Women of Portsmouth and the positive impact they have on their community so tell us about the activities you are doing to empower women in Portsmouth.
Hughes and Salvidge are proud members of the Portsmouth community, having had our Head Offices located here since 1964. Although we operate nationwide, most of our workforce is Portsmouth born and bred, and we regularly undertake projects in the city and the surrounding areas. Alongside our day-to-day activities – demolition, asbestos removal, concrete crushing, and metal recycling – we run internal initiatives to support Safety, the Environment, and Social Value within our team and the communities we work within.
Our Social Value Initiative, Helping Hands, promotes Charity, Community, Wellness, Development and Sustainability. One of our most valuable development actions from the Initiative is taking part in local learning and training events. There is currently a concern in the construction and demolition industries regarding the skills gap, and we need to encourage the next generation into the industry, as well as the one after that. Recognising that our industry is male-dominated, we make a conscious effort to interact with all children and students, particularly girls and women, to inspire them and boost their interest in our work.
Our teams regularly present to schools and colleges local to our projects about demolition, including how to develop a career in the industry and what distinct roles are available. We also invite schoolchildren to our sites, where safe to do so, so they can experience a demolition site first-hand, and hopefully get bitten by the demolition bug!
In 2022, we participated in iConstruct, a local event in Fareham that included students from schools across the area. The event involved an invented scenario where all construction/demolition trades would need to come together to complete a new hospital for the Solent area. The schoolchildren were required to interview the different companies present and gather information for a presentation they would give to judges. Our Health and Safety team and one of our directors took part, including helping to judge.
Development actions also cover our employees. As mentioned above, demolition is a male-dominated industry, but women are moving through the ranks in the industry as a whole and at Hughes and Salvidge. Our Board of Directors is made up of men and women equally, and we have women running our Environmental Department, our Accounts team, and our Business Development and Marketing Department. All these women are Portsmouth-based.
Tell us, what does supporting Pamodzi mean to you?
Hughes and Salvidge strive to support local causes, initiatives, and charities, and are keen to see the organisation achieve important things in supporting the women of Portsmouth, and beyond.
Pamodzi Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Awards are thrilled to welcome Dr Alisha Damani not only as an award sponsor but also as a Trailblazer for 2023.
Are you looking to take your performance to the next level? Look no further than the High Efficiency Club. Led by Dr. Alisha Damani, a Medical Doctor, High Performance Coach, TEDx Speaker and Wellness Entrepreneur, the High Efficiency Club is the revolutionary new hub for high performing leaders, entrepreneurs and individuals looking to raise the bar.
“At the High Efficiency Club, we believe that empowered health is the catalyst for exponential performance. We help our members achieve an elite level of performance both personally and professionally through the art and science of health-for-high-performance. The next level is where we *begin*, and we aim to shoot far beyond the moon.” Dr Alisha Damani.
Dr. Damani is dedicated to delivering talks and workshops on empowered wellbeing and high performance across local community groups and hospitals in Portsmouth. She is also teaming up with other inspirational women of Portsmouth to deliver the community's first doctor-led business event - how to get more done in less time without burning yourself or your team to the ground. This event will be focused on how to quadruple your outputs by getting off the hamster wheel- driven through the foundations of health and performance: The High Efficiency Club.
Dr. Damani's passion for giving back is also evident in her support of Pamodzi, an organisation focused on empowering women of today and tomorrow. Dr. Damani believes that by demonstrating to our future leaders what's possible when a community of female leaders come together, we can create a brighter future for all.
Dr. Damani is no stranger to overcoming burnout and reinventing herself. She has had to let go of and re-create her identity, her career and her profession. But through it all, she has learned to trust in her unique journey and to understand who she is authentically. She inspires to grow and change, and embraces that change is the only constant.
Dr. Damani's inspiration comes from her NHS team, who serve with compassion, love and support her in all her work. If she could have one inspirational dinner guest, past or present, it would be Arianna Huffington.
Thank you so much to Dr Alisha Damani for sponsoring the Established Business Award.
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Pamodzi would love to introduce you to Hannah Murray, founder of Beautiful Mind Coaching, one of our award sponsors.
As a Mental Health professional with a wealth of experience and knowledge in refocusing client mindsets, Hannah Murray is committed to supporting individuals conquer their own stresses & refocus them in a positive direction.
After experiencing her own Mental Health challenges in her 20's, Hannah decided to use what she had leant and experienced to build a support service which enabled her to aid others to do the same. The benefits of a support service for Hannah were invaluable, at the most vulnerable point of her life.
As an experienced coach, Hannah aids others to feel in control of their minds. Coaching is tailored to each client and offers access to the tools that enable us to become focused with confidence; stay positive and manage stress easier.
Whether you're looking to move forward positively, increase wellness, build self-confidence or reduce stress; Coaching can support your Mindset in a number of areas, such as; Anxiety, low mood, loss of identity, Trauma, overthinking, stress etc gaining an understanding for the elements of your life which contribute to the feeling of overwhelm; mind drama, triggers, judgement, relationships, trauma etc whilst building mindfulness in as a direction of positive change. Mindset is everything.
Hannah believes anyone can gain the tools to control their mind but sometimes starting the journey of understanding you and processing emotions is the hardest part.
“As a coach, I guide & support our community to get their mindset to where they want to be. I am currently supporting our community by offering 1:1 Coaching, Workshops and Corporate support which is tailored to individual needs” Hannah Murray
Hannah also offers Mental Health 101 Corporate Workshops to businesses with the intention of exploring the high profile topics linked to Mental Health such as: stress, negativity in the workplace, conflict, confidence, overwhelm, behaviours, effective communication and Mental Health Red Flags etc. By sharing professional techniques & strategies, she enables others to feel more confident in supporting others in the workplace and encourages positive conversation; building a wider awareness of Mental Health.
With her 1:1 Coaching sessions Hannah works to dive deep and explore their mindset. Unleashing true vibrancy and creating a sense of calm. As an experienced coach, she aids & supports others to feel more in control of their minds; offering protected time to talk, building personal empowerment, self awareness and understanding.
Despite living in an increasingly high pressure world, all of us, no matter the environment, should all have access to the tools that enable us to become focused with confidence, more positive and less stressed.
Hannah is thrilled to be supporting Pamodzi in 2023,
“Pamodzi is about Celebrating together. Celebrating the amazing women who have made a commitment and are passionate about making a difference in our community. To improve so many areas of our society, paving the way for the younger generations to know that celebrating each other is positive, it's powerful, it’s inspiring & our community its never about comparing, it's about working together!” Hannah Murray
Many of the Pamodzi Inspirational Women of Portsmouth Award Nominees have overcome many challenges in life, challenges that often contribute to the creation of their projects, community work and businesses. Hannah’s biggest challenge in life, was hitting Mental Health crisis (suicidal). Her teenage years and early 20s were dark. She was impacted by the opinions and judgements of others . Hannah was very fortunate to grow up in a supportive, caring & loving home environment, my safe haven but it was all the other external factors that contributed to her feelings of self disapproval & hate; teachers, peers, friends, colleagues etc. Hannah built a false understanding of herself because who she wanted to be wasn't enough for people. She wasn’t understood and was shamed for who she wanted to be. Hannah feared being a disappointment and being unliked.
When Hannah hit crisis she needed Mental Health treatment. It was that support & encouragement by professionals that made her realise that she wanted to do the same for others. Hannah started her career in NHS and subsequently, her coaching service because she wanted to become the role model that she needed, Hannah wanted to support others with self development and wanted others to know that if you are willing to do the hard work, there are strategies to aid a consistent positive mindset. Hannah wants to show everyone that we have bad days, but it doesn’t mean we have a bad life!
Personally for Hannah, self development is on-going. It has taught her the true power of vulnerability. It has developed authentic happiness in her life and strengthened her resilience. It has allowed Hannah to feel free & confident to be herself, and it has taught her the beauty that is experience; it is in those times of challenge that we grow stronger.
We asked Hannah who inspires her,
“I am inspired by many people. Our community is full of inspirational people who shine in their own right. Everyone comes with a story & it is their power to live despite their adversity that inspires me. I am so honoured and proud to be supporting a platform that celebrates how inspiring someone is. Roni & the Team have done such an amazing job at creating a successful, transparent, honest arena, highlighting the need to break society's stereotypes and finally celebrate the great women we have in our community!”
We asked Hannah who would be her most inspirational dinner guest past or present,
“It would be Amelia Earhart who wasn't afraid to break down barriers. She was the first woman to fly as a passenger across the Atlantic Ocean. Then, she became the first woman to pilot a plane across that ocean. There weren't many female pilots back then, and her actions inspired other women to follow their dreams.”
Thank you so much to Hannah for being such a supporter of Pamodzi and sponsoring the Community Activism & Volunteering award.
Lead Author : Kelly Marie Baker
Kelly-Marie is a tree loving, free spirited mum of two. Based in Southsea, she leads her family on a Home Education journey, learning from life and the world around them. Over the years her creative soul has been fed with the likes of poetry, dance, choreography and, more recently, writing. Her writing is predominantly focused on personal growth and development with a special interest in using the platform to challenge social norms and provoke deep thought. Kelly believes that The Arts are an immensely important tool to communicate complex and delicate issues and is proud to be collaborating with Pamodzi Creatives. Kelly’s favourites are nature, travel, personal development and coffee…all the coffee!