ENERGY Boost event took place on the 23rd of May 2015 at the UK Lebanon Tech Hub, we joined our listeners with our successful entrepreneurs, face-to-face, to ask their questions and interact with ENERGY.
Suzan Khansa: Aline Kamakian do you think that woman can be successful as an entrepreneur without any financial support? and how can she challenge the obstacles to Success?
Aline Kamakian: Woman is no different than man, woman can by itself be like man, there is no difference.
Woman should take her space, financially speaking it is according to what you are starting.
You do not only need financials to start, there is a lot of fund and initiatives that can help you.
There is a lot of obstacles, one of them is harassment. After starting my first business in insurance, I faced it a lot and learned to stop these acts.
Nothing is easy, there is always obstacles, so you should decide and start facing these challenges.
Houssam Shbeeb asked Nada Jreissaty about the corporate coaching industry in the region.
Nada Jraissaty, explained that executive coaching helps organizations to face challenges and create strategies to improve their performance.
She gave an example about an executive who was able to increase his performance by managing his team in a better way.
In addition to the trend of having HR professionals pursuing their Executive Coaching certificate.
Aline adds to it that entrepreneurs need to have a coach to help you see what you want and to guide you through your journey, you should keep working on yourself, we never stop.
Andre Abi Awad informed the participants about the next initiative by Entreprenergy which joins the Entrepreneurs with the Listeners for support, and is called Advice for ENERGY.
Nadine Abboud asked about the challenges that they faced as woman entrepreneurs.
Nada started by being a mother, and the challenge was to face the prejudgments and handle the kids, husband, and business, yet she thinks that business has no gender.
Aline started by mentioning the harassment for woman, her journey started when she was 20 years old in the insurance business. People told her that she will get married, quit her business and stay at home. Even her response to her mother was that she has put her license in the kitchen but at Mayrig 🙂
The major obstacle was funding, because woman could not get a loan without her father or husband, yet she mentions that many initiatives now support woman.
Andre asked Aline, what drives you and keep your ENERGY?
Aline mentions that her Passion to cooking, people, and culture, yet the most important thing is her employees, and how she can always provide them with value and improve them.
Andre asked Nada about her wish in her career right now.
Nada‘s wish is to have a syndicate for coaches and to have coaching as a profession.