These leaders are changing our world for the better. We find out how they get the job done.
There’s a select few business leaders and innovators in the UK who are changing the world.
Tania Boler is lifting the lid on the ‘taboo’ of women’s health.
Her business Elvie is behind the egg-shaped wearable used by millions of women to exercise their pelvic floor muscles.
As we told you in our profile this week, Elvie is recommended both by the NHS and celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow, Davina McCall, and Khloe Kardashian.
And Boler isn’t stopping there: she has a new device due for launch in 2018, and a further three planned for release during the next two years.
A busy woman, with big ideas, The Memo asked Tania Boler, how she gets it all done…
Definitely an early bird! I check my emails and respond to anything urgent before the kids wake up. Then it is a bit of a rush as I try to get them and myself ready.
My day is full of meetings, but I like to keep the first 30 minutes in the office clear to get on top of the priorities and day ahead.
Exercise is really important and I’m lucky to have a gym opposite the office so try to go there at least twice a week too.
We love Slack as it really cuts down on internal emails.
I’m a real list person and really need to categorise between urgent and long lead issues to make sure I keep a good balance of the present and future.
Iphone 6 plus.
It has to be big.
As a CEO, I’ve had to learn to really say no to a lot of networking events and meetings as I could spend all my time just out talking with people.
I try to choose one evening event a week and travel outside the UK just once or twice a month if possible.
Who I meet depends on what the current priority is – often we’ll be on a recruitment drive and so I’ll be meeting candidates or else, I’ll be raising money so meeting potential investors.
We’re lucky as Elvie keeps getting lots of exciting press so I spend quite a bit of time with journalists, sharing our story.
The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman is my must-read book for all aspiring entrepreneurs.
It goes through all the things that can – and often do- go wrong. So many entrepreneurs don’t get on top of all the legal detail which can be such a mistake.
It can be pretty lonely and psychologically tough to be a founder and CEO.
You need to be the type of person who can take on responsibility and also not afraid of making decisions and seeing them through.
If that isn’t you, working in a start-up can still be an exciting and incredible opportunity – it’s a great adrenaline ride!
Elvie Founder, Tania Boler, is a passionate advocate for women's health. She took the boldest move of all by starting Elvie, out of a belief that she could better the lives of women. The Elvie team is inspired by Tania who advocates female empowerment daily! #BeBoldForChange
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I used to check emails all the time – even in the middle of the night. But pretty soon, I was having trouble sleeping so I now try to make sure I stop myself in the evenings after 9pm.
Winding down is really important, for a while, I had no interests outside work but now I am rediscovering the joys of fiction and escapism.
If I’m honest, it was Barbie and My Little Pony. Now that I’m a parent, I consciously try to make sure my daughter isn’t just playing with girly toys as it feeds quite negative gender stereotypes.
It feels so old-fashioned to have princesses being saved by handsome strong princes!
At Elvie, we are on a mission to change women’s health through better technology and bringing previously taboo subjects out in the open.
Cindy Gallop has done incredible work to bring about more candid conversations about sex and gender.
I’d love to ask her how she built her courage to speak out.
Elvie is part of the health technology revolution.
We are only just glimpsing what the future could look like in terms of the power of better and more health data.
We’ll be able to use technology and better data to make healthier choices for ourselves.