Hi there …
Life often has a way of giving us a gentle or in my case, a painful nudge toward taking action and realising our true purpose. In 2013, I slipped a disc in my back. Four epidurals later eventually lead to me having a successful microdiscectomy in early 2016.
Forced to step away from my successful career in the corporate world, several months of recovery presented me with time to reflect. The defining realisation was that it was time to follow my intuition and true calling.
My resignation soon followed with me swapping the daily commute for the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere in the world.
A bit about my past….
I was raised as the eldest of 4 by a long line of ‘newspaper men’. My father Des, his father (Des senior) and indeed my Great Grandfather all worked for the National Press in Dublin. My mother, Barbara was a Clerical Assistant with the Department of Education and my stepmother June enjoyed a career with the National Union of Journalists.
When I was 3 years old, my mother was diagnosed with manic depression alongside her existing epilepsy. I grew up with the stigma of mental illness and if I’m honest, I always hid in the sidelines and found solace in the online world.
I was gifted my first typewriter at the age of 10 and it soon became one of my most prized possessions. I spent endless hours typing letters to as many as thirty pen pals dotted around the globe. An early sign of my penchant for LinkedIn, all things social media and my instinctive knack for connecting and nurturing contacts. I’ve always loved online networking.
I fell in love with the english language and went on to study Honours English and French at university. On graduating I decided that I didn’t want to become a teacher or a journalist. The irony that I now post daily and teach isn’t lost on me 😉
I decided to try my hand at temping and took on the role of Editor’s Assistant with Enterprise Ireland with their magazine ‘Technology Ireland’. I loved the role and the team but being young I wanted to travel and spread my wings and headed to Australia for a year. On my return, I decided to give London a shot.
No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t break into the world of magazines so I decided to reinvent myself.
I became an Executive Assistant and was adept at juggling and throwing to do lists in the air on a daily basis. I enjoyed a background role for 20 years and helped support others to shine in the spotlight.
Over time my confidence and voice grew and I started to speak up and self promote. I was fed up of the stereo typing of Assistants as little more than ‘tea and typing’ when we all know that they are the vital cogs of all industry. I became known among my peers and this resulted in me winning several regional, national and international awards and raising my profile.
My Super Connector is committed to helping professional women to achieve visibility, to have a voice and to create and add value in their lives. For the world to change we need to change the world.
In retrospect, my role today as my client’s most valued accomplice might have been predicted. Communication is in my genes.
Beyond my personal network of empowered men and women I count my husband and the love of my life Michael as my greatest champion. True to form, we met online and are happily married and based in beautiful South Devon.
So what lies ahead?
My mission for My Super Connector is focused around the fact that you don’t have to be the loudest person to get noticed, you’ve just got to be the most effective.
If you need help getting your voice in the room please get in touch!
I’ve successfully raised my visibility as an introvert, a female professional and a female business owner. I like to think that I walk the walk and talk the talk.
Let me help you connect, collaborate and thrive.