During the coming months we are featuring many of the Woman Who Achieves Finalists, Winners and Sponsors in our Friday Feature.
Introducing Elaine Pritchard, Founder of Caittom Publishing and Winner of the Woman Who Achieves through Networking Award 2019.
We asked Elaine our Friday Feature questions and here are her responses:
Business Name: Caittom Publishing
Twitter Name: @EllaJP
Who is your role model and why?
Helen Walmsley-Johnson: an inspirational, talented writer not afraid to stand up and speak out for her beliefs. She’s also superbly entertaining on Twitter @TheVintageYear. I urge everyone to read her books ‘The Invisible Woman’ about middle-age and ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ her courageous, personal memoir about surviving coercive control.
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
When I was working for The Sunday Times in the 1980s (before mobile phones were widespread) they made me drive up and down the whole length of the M1, stopping at EVERY service station and testing every single public payphone to check if it was working or not.
What’s the best business advice you have ever received?
“Do only what makes your heart sing”
What is your proudest achievement in business?
Got to say winning the WomanWho Achieves Through Networking Award this year, of course!….also making a living doing what I love.
What’s your favourite business book?
Small is the New Big by Seth Godin
and just for fun…
Which personality or business person would you invite to sit on your dream Board of Directors and why?
Theatre-maker Deborah McAndrew (@mca_debbie) who knocked my socks off when I heard her speak about arts-led regeneration. She’s a very creative person with heart who ‘gets’ business’ as well… and the spreadsheets she showed in her presentation demonstrated that she understands numbers.
If you were a cartoon character, who would you be?
The Pink Panther, because I loved the loose-limbed way he strolled through cartoons with the occasional skip in his step: a cool cat.
Tell us an amazing fact about you, that not many people know?
I taught myself basic sign language in the summer holidays when I was 13 so that if I ever met Donny Osmond I could impress him (because he had two older brothers who were deaf). I finally did meet him in 2013. Sign language was not discussed, but it was a magical day!!
Join us at the Woman Who Achieves Solopreneur Awards on Friday 4th October 2019. BOOK NOW for an afternoon of inspiration, celebration and power up networking. (Limited tickets available)
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