1. Tell us a bit about yourself
Born and raised in the south of Ireland, I always dreamt of creating an exciting career in business, travelling the world, working on big headline deals and meeting with interesting people.
This dream became a reality when, after attending an intensive personal growth conference in Toronto with Bob Proctor, I made some bold moves and embarked on a new journey reinventing myself and my career.
I moved to London and began working with senior leaders in a global financial advisory firm, travelling around the world from Singapore to Sydney and Dubai to Delhi, advising CEOs on multi-million-dollar deals.
However, despite achieving my goals on paper, there was something that wasn’t right.
The more I progressed in my career, the more times I found myself being the only woman in the room. I quickly had to learn how to be influential with global leaders and CEOs and create that unshakeable confidence to be successful even when you're in an environment where it feels like you don't belong.
I wanted to change the gender imbalance and so began pursuing different avenues that I thought would be effective in supporting women in business. My passion for supporting women eventually became the driving force behind launching my own coaching business working with women around the world, enabling them to achieve their ambitious career goals and express their full capabilities.
I am now the founder of lauratynan.com and the creator of The Corporate Breakout CodeTM providing women with the support and strategies to breakout from the crowd and turn their big ideas and goals into a reality, whether that means accelerating in their career or breaking out of corporate and starting their own business.
I have since been recognised by the Financial Times as a Top 20 Future Female Leader and by Yahoo! Finance as a Global Champion of Women in Business. I am also a professionally trained, international award-winning speaker and have spoken at Forbes under 30 about how to be successful as a woman in business.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
I began my career working in Corporate Finance within the global advisory firm Deloitte, in Dublin, Ireland. I had studied Finance at University and was looking to work with a large, international company that would provide me with a breadth of different experiences.
This initial career move enabled me to not only develop my expertise in the finance industry, but also to grow as a businesswoman and understand what I did, and more importantly, did not want in my career. It also provided me with the opportunity to become actively involved with amazing charitable organisations where I was able to teach children about business and work with youths from underprivileged backgrounds supporting them with their studies and career opportunities.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
They say “success is never a straight line” and that was absolutely true for me.
I fundamentally believe that it doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, how you started, what your background is; we each have the right to achieve our highest potential, express our greatest abilities and create incredible success for ourselves.
This belief was part of why I was so passionate about supporting women in business. I couldn’t accept that women would ever experience any different form of success to their male peers, for no other reason but their gender.
For the past decade, I had invested my time in creating a successful international finance career, but in 2017, I experienced a life-changing moment.
Sitting in a dimly lit event hall at a Bloomberg Women in Finance Summit in East London, it all changed with one simple sentence.
“At the current rate of progress, it will take 120 years for us to achieve gender equality”.
120 years! I knew in that moment I had to do something to make a difference, I knew I couldn't just sit back and accept this.
I went on to co-chair my Women's Network at EY, highlighting the profitability of parity in the workplace, I worked with senior leadership influencing minds and awakening them to the reality of the imbalance that existed, often taking quite unconventional approaches to do so, such as inviting senior male leaders to women’s network events, so they too could experience what it was like to be the only ‘one’ in the room.
I was recognised as an Inclusion Ally by EY for my work in influencing resourcing decisions, I coached female peers and colleagues across the finance industry in London, and went on to be recognised by the Financial Times as a Top 20 Future Female Leader and Yahoo! Finance as a Global Champion for Women in Business.
My passion for supporting women and creating positive change eventually became the driving force behind launching my own coaching business, committing full time to support women in business globally, whether they want to accelerate in their corporate career or 'breakout' and turn their creative ideas into a successful business.
Through my private coaching programmes and live workshop events, I now support women to achieve their ambitious goals and turn their big ideas into a reality.
I am also the host of The Corporate Breakout Code podcast; where I interview inspiring women from around the world who share their stories of pursuing their ambitious career goals, moving from the corporate world to starting their own business. I am also the author of the upcoming book; "The Corporate Breakout Code. From Employee to Entrepreneur: How to breakout of the corporate grind and turn your creative ideas into a successful business."
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
Advice to my younger self would be to enjoy the journey more. Yes, set goals and be ambitious in achieving them, but don’t forget to savour each step along the way. They are precious and will past far too quickly.
The best career advice I ever received was to put yourself in the “circle of influence”. Start by knowing where you want to get to in your career, understand who is successful or is networking in that circle, then begin by building relationships with them. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the exact steps to achieve what it is you want, but you must begin putting yourself in situations where want you want is possible. That could be learning from someone who has already achieved what you desire to create or networking in the circles where you strive to be.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?
To begin with, I don’t hope for anything. If there is something that is a priority for me, then I will put in place the strategy or steps to ensure it becomes a reality. To hope for a successful career change or to start a thriving business is to commit to forever living in your dreams. That is something I learned the hard way!
I do, however, plan to enable 1 million women globally to create a massive transformation in their career; through my private coaching sessions and live events. That goal definitely excites me!
Personally, I am planning to move from London to LA with my amazing boyfriend to begin a new life living on the beach with our three beautiful Labradoodles.
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