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#WomanMade: Confidence Builder Carrie Chappell

For International Women’s Day 2019, we are championing self-made women with our campaign, Women-Made.

As part of this, we’ll celebrate and share the stories of four Haygarth Group women – not only do these women boss their day job, but they also ace their side hustle too. We think they’re perfect embodiment of Woman-Made.

Today, it’s all about Carrie Chappell.

“Don’t let your own fears, or others’, put you off”

You can never predict when an idea will strike. For Carrie, her lightbulb moment was 3am, in bed, whilst feeding her six-month-old. Scrolling through Facebook, an ad for free two-day taster course with a coaching company caught her eye. Before she knew it, she’d signed up, gone to the taster, loved it, and enrolled to study the diploma.

This was back when Carrie was on maternity leave. Since that night, she’s re-joined Haygarth Group, working as Associate Director on our award-winning shopper team and almost completed her training to become an Executive Coach. This gives her “a chance to help people problem-solve on a personal level which is very rewarding.”

Juggling study and full-time work is not a feat for the faint hearted, but Carrie was spurred on by the benefit both could give her.

“I was training to be a coach when I got a call from Marcus to ask if I wanted to come back to work on some exciting shopper accounts… I wasn’t quite ready to give up the buzz of agency life.”

Even more impressively, Carrie’s managed to fit in the 10-hour training days, 5000-word essays, and endless reading around raising a young family. It’s all part of the end goal though.

“I liked the idea of having my own business, so I could work around the three children and do something which just relied on me, listening and helping people, on a one to one basis through executive coaching… once you fully qualify [this] would mean an additional income stream.”

Thankfully, she’s got great people around her to help her make the most of her time.

“My husband has been brilliant in taking the kids for long weekends so I can have peace and quiet to work…. My mum also takes the kids for a Saturday every six weeks so that I can see clients.”

And she’s made some close friends along the way.
“My course colleagues… We all bonded over the year, much easier to do when you are bearing your soul in a role play coaching session!”

For Carrie, getting to where she is now has been as rewarding as it gets.

“When I finish three sessions with a volunteer client and they contact me further down the line to tell me how well they are doing… when they credit me for helping these positive changes it puts a huge smile on my face.”

And her advice for anyone looking to master their juggling skills?

“If you have a passion for something and you can find a way to balance it with your main income generator then go for it!”

Haygarth Group celebrates Carrie Chappell. Associate Director. Executive Coach. #WomanMade.