Hosted by Dana Petrović
What do we value the most in life? You might answer: family, friends, healthy food, a good book or maybe a nearby park. You might also value your real estate, paintings, jewelry, or stocks?
Have you possibly missed anything in your life to value? Well, yes, we should also consider “clean air and pristine lakes, rivers and oceans”.
This podcast will continually shine a spotlight on just some of the many facets of our home – our planet – or Mother Earth as I call Her – that deserve to be highly-valued by us.
We will lift the curtain on the often neglected side of what we should truly value in life. My guests will come from different countries – even continents – representing and reflecting the wide diversity of our World. Their stories will come from many areas but all will share their “Conversations with Mother Earth” and their views on one aspect of our lives.
We invite you to join us!
Diversity is a very dominant topic at the moment but in a negative sense because far too frequently we learn of negative news about another irreparable loss of our biodiversity. Less obvious and reported, we become aware of losing more and more regional languages, leaving our dominant languages to shape reality. And, on the positive side, every day we learn of yet another company that publicly declares its commitment to diversity.
This podcast is called “Conversations With Mother Earth”. Thus, you might rightfully ask, what does Nature really have to do with our business reality? Well, the answer is: everything! We are Nature and thus in past episodes we have discussed the importance of healthy soil, water and organic food.
If we can learn one thing from Nature, it is that diversity makes our world more bountiful. Despite all good efforts, our business world is still quite homogeneous with men still leading the vast majority of companies despite at least 50% of business graduates in the leading economies being female.
The issue of inequality with gender looks even bleaker when we consider entrepreneurs seeking funding with women receiving only a shocking 3% of global venture capital. It is because of this issue that I welcome today’s guest Tanya Rolfe who is a known expert in this field as she has had a 15-year legal career as well as working with female founders and investors thorough the “Ladies Investment Club” and “Her Capital”. She is a co-founder of “Sophia” that provides capital and education for women to assist them to achieve their financial goals. Tanya is from the UK and is currently based in Singapore.
In this episode, Tanya shares why she left her legal career in order to dedicate her attention to the disparity in venture capital financing, some personal stories that female entrepreneurs experienced in their quest for capital, how our education has to change, how she is educating her son to see his sister and how we women can support each other on our journey, be it the corporate career or as an entrepreneur.
You will also learn a German expression: “Leben und leben lassen” which translates to “live and let live” and what it has to do with freedom of women.
This episode has shed lots of light on the lack of gender diversity in the venture capital scene. You know that in Nature where there is light, there is life. Hence, let’s help Tanya’s projects shed light on aspiring female founders.
I am the author of “Vana’s Adventure with Mother Earth” as well as “Erkläre mir das Leben bitte” (Explain Life To Me Please).
Mother Earth has always been at the center of most of my artistic work as I consider Her the greatest inspiration ever for She delivers miracles every single day to us each and every one of us.
I firmly believe that a way to sustain our lives on this beautiful planet starts just under noses within the little miracles that happen directly in front of our eyes while we are too often preoccupied paying attention to the substance-free buzz around us.
For my TEDx Talk please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K36V3_v4Ty4.