When you meet someone in business it great when to hear their story.


When Julie Colan, Founder of Secret Whispers entered the Woman Who Achieves Awards in 2019, she had a story and a clear message to women. She was awarded a Commendation. Over the last 12 months her business has grown exponentially. I just knew she had to share her story and her lessons in business with my audience at this year’s Awards.


Little did I know that whilst sitting in the audience it was one of her goals

Sandra Garlick MBE, Founder of Woman Who

Julie will be joining Julie Lilley, CEO of the Federation of Small Businesses as keynote speakers at this year’s interactive online awards event.

Plus, throughout the afternoon, as well as networking, we will be announcing the Award Winners with lots of interviews and interaction along the way.

Tickets are available for anyone who would like to attend an afternoon of positivity, inspiration and celebration.

When the Finalists were announced on International Women’s Day earlier this year no-one could have foreseen that this would be the last Woman Who face to face event of 2020.

The Finalists have all been waiting patiently since the event was postponed in May and, although we had planned to have a socially distanced face to face event in October, sadly this wasn’t to be.

With everyone’s safety being paramount, the awards event will go ahead online on Friday 2nd October.

Julie Colan, Founder of Secret Whispers

Julie, is a busy mum to two young very active gorgeous sons, wife to an amazing patient husband, and a health and fitness enthusiast.

Julie, founded Secret Whispers® after she found that were no adequate products available to help her improve her pelvic floor and a lack of information available.

She was horrified to learn that women are led to believe it is ‘normal’ to cross their legs when they laugh or sneeze. That urine incontinence after childbirth is almost expected is challenging the message of multi-national companies, profiting from the sale of incontinence pads, that bladder weakness is normal.

Armed with a simple message that, in many cases female incontinence can be avoided, and with her multi award-winning 6 Step Kegel Kit, in just over 2 years she have helped thousands of women stop leaks and strengthen their pelvic floor.

Her mission is to dramatically reduce the current statistics of 50% of women who suffer with incontinence with providing education and support on the importance of Kegel exercises.

This becomes a significant issue after women give birth, but actually it can effect girls and women of all ages, and boys and men too. Issues around incontinence remain a taboo subject, meaning when it happens to you, you feel utterly humiliated. But simple strengthening exercises mean it’s also utterly avoidable.

The impact for women who suffer with weak pelvic floor conditions is heart-breaking yet also avoidable.  Over nine million women in the UK suffer urinary incontinence, but only a small minority seek help. Too embarrassed to see a doctor, the rest are condemned to a life of low self-esteem, lack of confidence and usage of pads, not to mention giving up on sports and social activities for fear of wetting themselves.

Her success and recognition has shown just how important this taboo subject is and that others are delighted to see her tackling this. The response has been phenomenal.

Secret Whispers® is a womens’ healthcare company and has been named as a top 100 trail-blazing small businesses in UK winner and was invited to the House of Lords!

Julie has received many awards, including the Janey Loves Platinum Awards, for Feminine Care, where her Kegel Kit was judged by some amazing women, including Zoe Ball, Carrie Grant and Glynis Barber.

She also received a Highly Commended award in the IoD (Institute of Directors) Awards – Start up Director, was a Finalist in the Woman Who Achieves Solopreneur (Products) Awards and a Commendation in the Internationally Award, the regional winner in the Forward Ladies award for Start-Up Business. Won the Niche awards for Innovation in Business, won the Women in Business awards for Sole Trader of the Year and continually wins the Amazon’s Choice badge for Kegel Exerciser…

In January Secret Whispers was mentioned on the Chris Evan’s Virgin Radio Show when newsreader Rachel Horne announced, live on air, that she’s using the Secret Whispers Kegel Kit and said that she’d had her first leak free run in years!

Last year at the Woman Who Achieves Awards ceremony, Julie said to her husband that she wanted one day to be up on stage as a speaker. Sandra asked her if she would like to be a keynote speaker at this year’s awards and she jumped at the opportunity and cannot wait to share her story.


“I am hugely excited to have been chosen as a finalist in the Start Up Category of theWoman Who Achieves Awards 2020!

It’s a great compliment to the journey I’ve been on and I’m very thankful to have been nominated alongside a group of fantastic business women.”

Vicky Holding

Managing Partner, Colour;Noun (FINALIST)

Absolutely delighted to have been nominated as a finalist for the Woman Who awards this year.

I’m really looking forward to meeting my fellow finalists and learning about their business successes.

Hollie Whittles

FraggleWorks (FINALIST)

What a wonderful surprise to find that I had been shortlisted as a finalist for the Phoenix Award, in the 2020 Woman Who Achieves Awards.

I speak very openly about the experiences that I have had, in the hope that maybe just one person will be helped or inspired by my story.

It is a real privilege to be standing alongside the amazing women who are also finalists in this category! I can’t wait for the awards ceremony!

Claire Russell

Director, Mental Health in Business (FINALIST)


Delivered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses