Woolf Works’ Member Spotlight: Mouna Aouri Langendorf

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Mouna is a very busy woman! She is a Lite-Timer member of our space and finds our location very convenient when she wants to stay out of the CBD. She also uses it for meetings with other East Coast women and has held workshops for female entrepreneurs in The Den (our upstairs workshop space).

What’s your business?

We aim at building a collaborative community of women entrepreneurs & professionals. It started in January 2014, so a year ago. Woomentum gives female entrepreneurs access to the funds and resources they need in the early stages of their businesses through crowdsourcing. We are the first crowdsourcing platform in SE Asia that covers both business support (hercolab) and funding access to women entrepreneurs (crowdfundherlive).

What ignited the spark in you to start on this venture?

I wanted to create a collaborative space where female entrepreneurs could connect with female experts and solve challenges together in a supportive environment. Have you ever noticed that women are much less likely to ask questions or give advice on platforms like LinkedIn or Quora? It’s not because women lack the necessary expertise; it’s just that sometimes, they lack a little bit of confidence. This is where HerCoLab comes in. I want HerCoLab to become a trusted community where women can share their expertise and learn from one another.

HerCoLab is actually part of a larger crowdsourcing initiative called Woomentum, which gives female entrepreneurs access to the funds and resources they need in the early stages of their business. Women are very good at building communities and encouraging one another, so crowdsourcing is the perfect opportunity to bring all these smart, talented and generous women together.

Describe your typical working day        

I start my working day with reading the latest news, reply emails and go through my todo list. I always have meetings with Woomentum’s community and regularly check on their progress. I spent a significant amount of time listening to female founders and help them solve their challenges. 50% of my time goes on Slack and Skype managing the virtual technical team. Being in a coworking space helps me exchange ideas and get tips for my business! The support that community provides is so precious. It’s all about collaboration!

What would be the three top skills needed to be successful in your field?

  1. Marketing
  2. Community building and
  3. Front & back end development (technology)

What motivates you?

The impact that Woomentum will make on societies! To see more women benefit from the products and services we are offering – to see our collaborative community grow and help each other is to me the major motivation.

How do you maintain a healthy life-work balance?

I exercise regularly and I drum a lot. I am a passionate drummer and music heals my soul and tired brain – takes me into the offline world and to the world of self-expression. I must admit that keeping work-life balance is challenging because I work nonstop and manage and operate my business 24/7. As an entrepreneur I work much more than I did previously in my career working for corporate.

Where did you work most often before you discovered coworking?

From home, Cafes and national libraries – co-working spaces changed my life!

What do you love about being a member at Woolf Works and how has it helped you in your business?

There are many things I love about WW – First and foremost the energy and the spirit of her founder is transmitted in every corner of the space. It’s a very pleasant, well thought through design with a deep understanding of the need of WW community of women – which is in my view the heartbeat of every co-working space. Being surrounded by women creates that powerful energy that only women together can create. It’s a quiet space and yet members are still accessible and there is a room for collaboration and support. Diversity of professional backgrounds, ethnicity and family backgrounds – that diversity brought in one space is very magic and WW has successfully achieved that. WW hosts several entrepreneurship events, art and even fitness, everything I need in one place! Last and not least, I am very productive when I work from WW – that is a very important thing when running a startup!

How can people connect with you?

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Email: mouna@woomentum.com

Websites: www.woomentum.com    www.hercolab.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/woomentum

LinkedIn: sg.linkedin.com/in/mounaaouri

 

 

Woolf Works is a women-only work space located in a renovated shophouse on Joo Chiat Rd. Our community includes writers, entrepreneurs, photographers and consultants. Come for a visit and see for yourself! To find out more about membership at our space please click here(https://woolfworks.wordpress.com/membership/). You can also check our website(http://woolfworks.sg/and get in touch at info@woolfworks.sg.

 

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Woolf Works’ Member Spotlight: Rachel Meisner

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Rachel is a Dedicated Resident at Woolf Works – this means she has her own desk and lockable storage, handy as she is in and out with frequent business trips. Rachel takes advantage of our all hours access as she works across time zones and often needs to work late (or early morning, before heading to the airport!).

What’s your business?
Wine, since 2005. I was in FMCG for a long time – 10 years in L’oreal.

What ignited the spark in you to start on this venture?
Love of the product! Also, I have travelled a lot, and wine country is the most beautiful, and wine “towns” are great.

Describe your typical working day        
Currently 75% would be overseas in an Asian market, speaking with distributors and restaurant customers. About one week a month in Woolf Works. Even then, I have a lot of appointments with F&B directors e.g. of Marina Bay Sands or the American Club, so am in and out a bit.

What would be the three top skills needed to be successful in your field?
Need to truly love and know your product, be good at making connections and be very persistent.

What motivates you?
I am results driven for sure. And knowing a holiday somewhere new is coming up soon!

How do you maintain a healthy life-work balance?
I try to run, and go to the hotel gyms when overseas. My job means a lot of eating and drinking, so when in Singapore I try to be extra careful.

Where did you work most often before you discovered coworking?
I have always been in a regular office. For this job for the first time, I am the only one in Singapore. I bumped into Michaela at an event and I thought this would be perfect for me.

What do you love about being a member at Woolf Works and how has it helped you in your business?
When I get back to Singapore after travelling, it is lovely to come back to Woolf works, chat with some of the girls, but then have a great work space that helps me get a lot done. It’s important for me to have a solid base when I am in town. It is also good to meet people doing other things – get’s one thinking.

How can people connect with you?

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Email: rachel.meisner@yahoo.fr

Website: http://www.jacksonfamilywines.com/

 

Woolf Works is a women-only work space located in a renovated shophouse on Joo Chiat Rd. Our community includes writers, entrepreneurs, photographers and consultants. Come for a visit and see for yourself! To find out more about membership at our space please click here. You can also check our website and get in touch at info@woolfworks.sg.

 

Woolf Works’ Member Spotlight: Aimee Barnes

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Aimee is a Lite-Time member of Woolf Works. She is a big inspiration to us through both the awesome content she creates for Tangram Fitness and through the Woolf Works’ events she has had a hand – sharing her journey in a moving speech at a Woolf Works Wednesday social night and the sell-out Vision Board workshops she hosts in the space.

The next inspiring and powerful Vision board workshop  for 2015 is on Saturday 24th January in the afternoon – more details and tickets available here. Don’t miss out!

What’s your business?
I’m an Integrative Health Coach and Personal Trainer, focusing on behavior modification and habit change. I began making a career shift to this field three years ago; previously I worked as a writer and researcher in development and public health.

What ignited the spark in you to start on this venture?
I went through a transformation in 2009, regaining control of my physical and mental health by applying habit change and recovery techniques to my own life, and by adopting a consistent fitness program. This led me to eventually become an athlete and through the journey, I became very interested in how exercise and other wellness tools could be used as therapies for healing from physical illness, depression, addiction and other major life changes. Movement has incredible power. The less we move, the more we seem to suffer.

Describe your typical working day
I’m usually up by 5am and out of the house by 6am to begin my first training session. I try to start the day with meditation and prayer. I conduct personal training from 6am-1pm Monday through Saturday, traveling between East Coast and Botanic Gardens. Then, I squeeze in my time at the gym; I’m a competitive physique athlete, so I spend around 6 hours a week lifting weights- more during on-season. In the afternoons and evenings I conduct health coaching – I have clients in Singapore and the US, and most of the sessions are held over Skype. I work on emails, blog posts and articles whenever I can fit it in. Right now I’m also developing a program and book and working on my certification as an addiction recovery coach, so that’s where Woolf Works comes in.

What would be the three top skills needed to be successful in your field?
1. Empathy
2. Motivational skills to inspire positive change
3. Strong communication skills

What motivates you?
My clients motivate me, as I have the opportunity to witness their own transformations, which in a sense keeps me on track as well! I’ve learned to become very self-motivated, but it certainly wasn’t always that way. I never want to slide back to where I was- mired in depression, reliant on pills and booze, without hope. That is hell on earth. So, I know what I have to do to stay healthy, and I do it.

How do you maintain a healthy life-work balance?
Ha! I’m not sure if I do these days, but I love my work. As I mentioned, I carve out time for meditation and prayer, which helps me stay balanced overall, and I’m not tied to my email inbox or phone- it’s not too hard for me to set them aside. I take a fair number of vacations with my husband- we love exploring new countries- and that makes up for the long hours.

Where did you work most often before you discovered coworking?
I’m often working outside or in a gym, but for computer-related work and writing, I used to spend a lot of time at my kitchen table.

What do you love about being a member at Woolf Works and how has it helped you in your business?
I’ve noticed that I tend to get a lot more done when I’m sitting at Woolf Works as compared to when I’m at my kitchen table. There are few distractions and yet, if I need a break, good conversation and coffee are always available. I love the events held at Woolf Works, from seminars for entrepreneurs and creatives, to Woolf Works Wednesdays. Being a member at Woolf Works also facilitates the development of meaningful professional relationships, and I’ve had the good fortune of leading a few events at the space as well, including my Vision Board workshops.

How can people connect with you?

Aimee_TANGRAM FITNESSEmail: aimee@tangramfitness.com

Website: http://tangramfitness.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/tangramfitness

LinkedIn: sg.linkedin.com/in/aimeebarnes

 

Woolf Works is a women-only work space located in a renovated shophouse on Joo Chiat Rd. Our community includes writers, entrepreneurs, photographers and consultants. Come for a visit and see for yourself! To find out more about membership at our space please click here. You can also check our website and get in touch at info@woolfworks.sg.

Woolf Works’ Member Spotlight: Gunilla Lindgren

Welcome to the first in our series featuring the wonderful women in our community.

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Gunilla is a permanent desk holder and always a cheerful spark in our group. Plus we love seeing her beautiful images on canvas, stacked next to her desk and waiting to go to their new homes!

What’s your business?
I work and run the photography business Sugarlight Photography.

What ignited the spark in you to start on this venture?
I am passionate about photography and want to create beautiful images that my clients love and cherish forever. My style is whimsical, relaxed and playful and my specialty is family and children.

Describe your typical working day
A typical day means leaving my 4 year old at nursery, and heading into Woolf Works. First thing I do is read through my emails, check Facebook (don’t we all) and then I start editing the latest photography session that I had. And between other business related stuff and by the end of the day, which I decide how long I want to work (happy) I go and pick up my son!

What would be the 3 top skills needed to be successful in your field?
I would say: an eye for photography, passion for the same and always strive to become better. Every day.

What motivates you?
My clients motivate me, to always offer something unique, to say that I have some new cool props. And seeing the results and smiles on my client’s faces, receiving their images!

How do you maintain a healthy life-work balance?
That’s a hard one for me. I actually don’t. But I am trying to get better at it. Being more in the now. Being present. And not always thinking about work.

Where did you work most often before you discovered coworking?
I have worked from home since I started this – when my youngest son was 8 months old and that means that I worked from home for 3 years. I had a dedicated office in our home so it at least looked professional.

What do you love about being a member at Woolf Works and how has it helped you in your business?
This is where the life balance comes in for me. I am trying to go to work, do my thing and log out when done, and I also mean mentally. I have become better at it than before, I must say. Also, having colleagues that are all passionate about what THEY do is exciting.

How can people connect with you?
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Email: info@sugarlightphotography.com
Website: http://www.sugarlightphotography.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sugarlightphotography
Instagram: http://instagram.com/sugarlightphotography

 

Woolf Works is a women-only work space located in a renovated shophouse on Joo Chiat Rd. Our community includes writers, entrepreneurs, photographers and consultants. Come for a visit and see for yourself! To find out more about membership at our space please click here. You can also check our website and get in touch at info@woolfworks.sg.