Emma is the youngest person in the world to have floated a company, doing so at 29 on the London Stock Exchange. A serial entrepreneur, she now co-leads global software company EnterpriseAlumni. Their software powers the corporate alumni networks of some of the world’s largest companies. Outside of her day job, she contributes to media and is UNICEF’s Business Advisor. In 2016, was awarded an MBE by the Queen for Services to Entrepreneurship.
1. Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Hold your nerve.
2. Worst piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t start EnterpriseAlumni.
3. What would you tell your younger self?
Worry less what people think and feel more confident to participate in conversations; put my hand up at an event, speak up in a meeting. Life would have been easier if I had have been less self-conscious.
4. What excites you most about the future of your industry?
5. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My dad. It was his persistence and hard work, belief in me and unwavering support that gave – and continues to give me – the confidence to operate and strive in almost every aspect of my life.