Facebook Linkedin Previous articleEmployers can benefit with Springboard staff upskilling courseNext articleLimerick people will pay respects to Dolores tomorrow Louise Harrisonhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSentrepreneurshipGaye MooreJo BrowneJoanne BrownementoringThe Women’s BusinessTWB WhatsApp Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email NewsBusinessLimerick mentor gave Jo Browne a starting handBy Louise Harrison – January 20, 2018 2910 Budding entrepreneurs emerge at Limerick boot camp Advertisement Twitter Women avail of collaborative relationships through Network Limerick Jo BrowneA LIMERICK mentor helped and supported the start-up for a business woman who has now won awards and gained international markets for her fashion and perfume brands, ‘Jo Browne’.Speaking with the Limerick Post, Joanne Browne said it was Gaye Moore, who specialises in mentoring and executive coaching for Women in Business and who founded The Women’s Business (TWB) mentoring network, who helped her get on her feet.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Starting a new business is never easy. But there is plenty of help. I remember meeting Gaye Moore at a network event, I knew she had over 25 years coaching, and asked her to mentor me, she believed in me and my business and she motivated me, and helped get rid of limiting beliefs. The local enterprise board have been amazing and still are, and there are so many grants to avail of,” said Joanne.Joanne was the speaker at last weeks TWB event at the Castletroy Park Hotel.Gaye Moore“We are delighted that Jo is travelling to Limerick to tell her story and meet her Munster suppliers. My aim for TWB this year is to introduce game changing entrepreneurs to the group and provide ongoing training and mentoring throughout the year,” said Gaye.Established 18 months ago, Joanne has already won many awards for her brand, including the overall gift category at Showcase 2017 at the RDS Dublin, the Bank of Ireland Start Up Awards, the RSVP award for best solid perfume, the Best Beauty Company in Ireland with the Irish Country Magazine and the best start-up Company with the Carlow Chamber.Jo Browne is currently stocked in Canada, Florida, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand and the UK and from February will be stocked in Switzerland, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and France.Joanne enjoys sharing her story so that she can, “inspire other women who are thinking of starting their own business. I am a mother of three kids, and that be challenging on any day. To let women know that there is so much support out there and not to be afraid to ask for help. I constantly ask questions and listen to other people’s opinions, and this is important if you want to build a business.“I love Limerick city it’s so beautiful. I have stockists in Limerick and always come down to visit them”.All the products are handmade by Joanne, the raw materials are sourced from Ireland when possible, and she has received the guaranteed Irish award which guarantees that all her products are manufactured and produced in Ireland.It took three years of research to develop the product, which meant Joanne was working 16 hour days seven days a week, finally launching her company Jo Browne in July 2016.From Hacketstown Co Carlow, Joanne lives with her children and husband Matt, who is an award-winning Press Photographers Association of Ireland (PPAI) sports photographer.Joanne said she has had to make many sacrifices while setting up her business, “you forget about everything else and you really want your business to be successful. I have only moved from the kitchen table six months ago to a purpose built, clean room and office in my garden, so it was hard having every room in the house full of boxes for three years, but that is what you have to do to start a business.“The first year of any new business is a massive rollercoaster you will have more bad days than good. Ask for help, attend as many network events as you can you will get inspiration from other people and get contacts. Also, it’s so important to get the right employees. I have been lucky as both my employees give the company 100 per cent,” added Joanne.For more business news see more Export experts to give global business tips
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Gabby Thomas almost gave up on Harvard before her college career had really begun. Balancing grueling track workouts with a demanding science-heavy class schedule pushed her to the brink freshman year. Then, she did the thing people needing advice do every day: she called her mom.“She just said ‘you’ll be OK, you’ll be fine,’” recalled Thomas of the conversation with her mother, Jennifer Randall, a statistics professor at UMass Amherst, who told her daughter she should give it time. So, Thomas stayed, dived into her studies, and made NCAA history.Today the 5’11’’ sprinter and Atlanta native knows she made the right choice.“Here I am. I am more than fine,” said Thomas, a neurobiology concentrator and a standout track athlete for the Crimson who signed a contract with athletic shoemaker New Balance in October, foregoing her last year of collegiate eligibility to race against the elite in her sport. Currently an assistant coach as she completes her senior year, Thomas still trains with the team, traveling to meets and occasionally running in the professional races that are held alongside collegiate events. She supports the Crimson runners however she can, offering up everything from emotional encouragement to tips on relay handoffs. “Honestly, it’s a lot of fun. I enjoy being there for them in any way that they need it,” she said.“I’ve just had such an amazing experience here,” Thomas said of her Harvard time. “Everything has just gone so well for me, and I am so grateful for every opportunity that I’ve had.”“Gone well” is one way to describe it; others might call it exceptional. During her University career Thomas managed to compete in Olympic qualifying trials in 2016. She also logged multiple personal, Harvard, and Ivy League bests, setting the School and Ivy League records in the outdoor 100-meter and 200-meter dash and the indoor 60-meter dash, and becoming the Ivy League Most Outstanding Track Performer at the league’s outdoor and indoor track and field championships in 2017 and 2018. And she excelled at the triple jump, long jump, and the 4×100- and 4×400-meter relays.But her biggest title, the one that got her seriously thinking about turning pro, came last year at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas. Fresh from a Harvard study abroad summer program in Senegal, Thomas was eager to run. “I was ready to be at Harvard again,” she said. “I was ready to compete with track and I think that really showed.”,She smiles as she recalls her record-breaking 200-meter dash at the national meet last March. An earlier runner had posted a blistering time, meaning Thomas would have to tie the then-NCAA record of 22:40 to win. “All I could do was focus on what I could do in the moment: run as fast as I could and try to win the heat,” she said. “When I saw it was a collegiate record, I couldn’t believe it.” Others appeared just as stunned by her time of 22:38, a personal and NCAA best.She credits her sprint coach and her fellow track athletes with helping her excel at Harvard.“My teammates have inspired me so much since freshman year. Watching senior … Autumne Franklin and junior Jade Miller work so hard really shaped me as an athlete,” said Thomas of the standout sprinters. Now as a leader on the team, the Harvard athletes she watches over continue to motivate her to push herself, she said, “to be a good example.”In her youth, soccer was Thomas’ top sport, but when her high school required that she pick a spring activity, her mother insisted on track. When it came to her studies, Thomas had a “knack for science,” and initially envisioned a career spent researching autism. “It’s close to family, very personal,” she said of the developmental disorder affecting her younger brother.But a Harvard first-year seminar and a summer internship helped point her in a different direction. Through the course came a fuller appreciation of the disadvantages facing African Americans in the nation’s health care system. Research at a local hospital helped her decide that she wasn’t cut out for a life in the lab. She added a secondary in global health and health policy to her concentration and plans to pursue a master’s in public health once she hangs up her running shoes. Eventually, she sees working in health care administration or public policy with a focus on health care disparities.“My work at Harvard changed my perspective,” said Thomas.Evelynn Hammonds, chair of the Department of the History of Science, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, and professor of African and African American Studies, worked with Thomas on a global health and health policy independent study project. “I have always been impressed with Gabby’s passion for studying issues of race and health,” said Hammonds. “She always asked very thoughtful questions and clearly wants to look at issues such as health disparities with the aim toward finding solutions to these vexing problems.”But classes and track weren’t the only things keeping Thomas busy. She also carved out time to serve as diversity director for Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business, join the Sab Club, and mentor Cambridge middle schoolers.One of her immediate post-college goals is to train for the USA track and field outdoor championships in July. Top finishers qualify for the World Championships two months later. She is also aiming for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. After that, it’s “really hard to say.”“I never thought I would be going professional until less than a year ago. It just happened so quickly and it was a great opportunity, but I haven’t really thought about that at all. I think I am just going to take it day by day, year by year.”“Looking back,” Thomas added, reflecting on her Harvard time. “I am very happy that I didn’t give up on being here.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
RelatedFabio CoentraoJune 30, 2017Similar postKompany Named In Belgium World Cup Squad Despite Injury As Benteke Misses OutJune 4, 2018In “England”EPL: Higuain, Kovacic Pick Starting Spots Against TottenhamFebruary 27, 2019In “England” Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld is expected to be out of action till after Christmas due to the hamstring injury he sustained earlier this month.The 28-year old got the injury during his side’s 3-1 victory over European champions Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) on November 1.On the injury timeline for the Belgian, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “Maybe after the Christmas period is the expectation. He is a little bit sad.”The former Southampton and Atletico Madrid defender will now miss at least 11 games in all competitions including Tottenham’s Boxing Day league fixture.It’s a personal blow for Toby, who had featured in all of Tottenham’s Premier League and Champions League matches this season before limping off against Madrid.