The absolutely inspirational Chelsea Slater co-founds Liverpool Girl Geeks, a social enterprise based in Liverpool. Liverpool Girl Geeks are on a mission to defeat the gender imbalance within Tech. The Geeks are creating positive interventions such as events, courses and workshops to inspire women and girls of all ages. They also celebrate and showcase role models within the tech sector. I am lucky enough to be doing some work with Chelsea and the girl geeks and wanted to get her take on being a woman in business.
How would you describe your professional and personal brand?
Liverpool Girl Geeks and I are not too dissimilar. She’s like my cooler, ‘Geekier’ twin sister where I can absorb a lot of energy into because I love everything she’s about. My personal brand has a lot more deeper cracks. As a woman in business I can be emotional, ecstatic and furious all in one day but I never let that energy anywhere near my professional brand. Both are honest, this is something I think is really important when running a business like this. It’s good to be up front so if a problem does occur we can overcome it quickly and move on.
What does it mean to you to be a woman in business?
I absolutely love what I do and I also love that my business is female focused. I believe we are the future! Being a woman in the education/tech sector is hard don’t get me wrong, we have seen so many set backs. The pay gap, skills gap, maternity/paternity issues, stereotypes (I could go on!). This gives me strength and reassures me that what we are doing is right. I’m so excited about what the future holds. I HOPE that my business won’t be here in the future. This will mean I will have to think about the next issue I can tackle, product I could make or brand I could design. This is something that really excites me.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
There has been many proud moments it’s so hard to choose! I think leaving my job 1 year ago to pursue Liverpool Girl Geeks full time has to be something that I am most proud of. I’ve grown so much since then and so has the company. Since leaving we have been able to successfully create a number of programmes for teenage girls; The Bootcamp and Academy. These directly answer to our mission; to get more women into tech. By starting at this early age we get to inspire the girls. We help them create new friendships and to develop a confidence that is incredibly satisfying to see. Especially when they have developed it over just 2 hours of being with us!
What advice would you have for other women to overcome setbacks professionally or personally?
I have realised that setbacks or ‘Failures’ happen to everyone, and they’re okay. I used to be extremely disappointed in myself if I got something wrong, I used to think about it for days and get anxious at the thought of people thinking I’m a failure. As you fail more it becomes easier, now I have learnt to fail fast and get back up again, it’s the only way you learn!
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