Here at House of Coco, we’re all about women empowering other women, and this is exactly what Tricia Scott and The Female CEO are all about. With a background in business coaching, Tricia has created a community of women all over the world, whose only goal is to help female entrepreneurs further their businesses.
Through mentoring, coffee break catch-ups, and informative blog articles at her very own CEO Magazine, Tricia Scott and The Female CEO are changing the world by lifting up one world changing woman at a time. In this latest #WomenWorldwide interview, we caught up with Tricia Scott and talked about what drives her passions, personal mantras, and the importance of having a kick-ass support system. Because with Tricia Scott and The Female CEO, ‘you are never alone’.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. What inspired you to start The Female CEO?
Looking back now, working towards the inclusion, success, and empowerment of others is always something I’ve held close to my core. I’ve always held a deep rooted (somewhat rebellious) nature at heart. Growing up, I’ve always gravitated to people who were different. As soon as I was able, I left my school days behind and was quickly and easily swept into the corporate world, climbing every ladder of every job I was ever presented with.
I was never happy to stand still, and was always looking for a higher position, higher learning and more to do. My free time was spent with people who preferred to stay outside of the norm, with different ideas and inspirations. This is probably where my love of entrepreneurship came from, I think entrepreneurs are creative people who view the world a little bit differently. My mantra was always (and still is), to never judge a book by its cover. Some of the most beautiful and interesting souls I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending time with, were people I met through following this mantra.
Over the years and like so many of the women I speak to today, I’ve faced my own personal hurdles, family tragedy, divorce, and debt to name just a few. Eventually I paused and looked around I realised that I really wasn’t alone. Women everywhere were stalled, scared, and hiding under layer upon layer of life experiences. I started to work with small groups of women at first, creating topics to start or further their businesses. Confidence, support, empowerment, focus and passion became the foundation of our work. This eventually led to bigger groups, large scale speaking engagements, interviews, videos and eventually the birth of The Female CEO & CEO digital magazine.
What is The Female CEO all about and how does it help aspiring GirlBosses the world over?
I have worked with women from all walks of life both as the Female CEO and in my previous role as a business coach and mentor. Watching women come together and work through their struggles, as well as celebrating their wins. Knowing that working as a solo-preneur can be lonely, these groups and support systems have become a lifeline to many. The mantra? ‘You are never alone here’
The Female CEO and CEO magazine aim to offer support and guidance to entrepreneurs through various methods. This includes specific training, a community-based Facebook page, In The Spotlight Interviews, and coffee break catch ups with inspirational people from across the world. We also offer printables, blogs, support, and ideas and it’s open to anyone. You don’t have to have your own business to be part of it, far from it in fact. I’m a firm believer that incredible things happen when women come together in solidarity and that’s what this business is all about – community driven empowerment and world-changing women.
As a CEO yourself, how important is having a strong support network to achieving your goals?
I believe that a strong support network is vital to achieving pretty much anything. It’s one of the reasons when I created The Female CEO I handpicked a team of fabulous Guest Editors, all with different skill-sets to work alongside and share their collective knowledge with our readers. I am the first to put my hand in the air and say that I don’t know everything. That is the amazing thing about a community like ours. Everyone is unique and at different stages of their journey therefore we all have so much to offer to each other!
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a female CEO?
Oh my goodness, there have been so many! If I had to choose just one I’d say overcoming the ‘disease to please’. I spent so many hours listening to everyone else’s opinions but my own about how I should set up and run my business. I was trying to please everyone else rather than tuning into my own gut feeling and going with it. Looking back it was a tool for procrastination too. The longer I listened, the less I put myself out there for fear of judgement. I don’t do that anymore!
What advice do you have for women who would like to become a GirlBoss like yourself?
Just do it. Don’t wait for the time to be just right, trust me you’ll never get there. Seek out communities of people with similar interests, ask for help (people really love to help) and be brave. It’s not impossible to set up on a minimum budget either, there are so many free resources out there from building your own website (I created The Female CEO from scratch with literally zero experience or knowledge) to taking payments and protecting the privacy of your customers, it all just takes a little bit of research. Finally, believe in yourself and your capabilities.
I wish you all of the success in the world.