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Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers

“I care about female empowerment in the bedroom and the boardroom.” On Tuesday, OxWIB had the pleasure of partnering up with The Oxford Union for another fantastic speaker, Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers. Jacqueline started working in Ann Summers at 19; under her wing, the business grew from parties in women’s living rooms to a 140 million behemoth. She explained how getting the idea off the ground was hard – when she worked there at 19, it was very male dominated, 90 % of customers and staff were male, it was not the best environment for a woman. She had a hard time convincing the all-made Board that it was a good idea – they said women would not be interested in sex – but they ag

Chrissie Rucker, Founder of The White Company

Chrissie Rucker, founder of the White Company, was kind enough to give OxWIB an interview to share her success story and her best tips for anyone wanting to make it as an entrepreneur. Chrissie started the company in 1994, after spotting a gap in the furnishing market. She recalls attempting to find white furniture and being confronted with two options; the cheaper, high street brands where quality suffered, or the luxury brands which had amazing products but were very expensive. Instead, she wanted to provide fantastic quality products that were affordable in shops where customers would feel welcome. She realized that this could be done; the luxury brands have a huge mark-up on their produc

Sahar Hashemi, Founder of Coffee Republic and Skinny Candy

On the 6th of May we had the pleasure of having Sahar Hashemi as our speaker, founder of Coffee Republic and Skinny Candy. Sahar spoke about the challenges she faced as an entrepreneur and her journey, and expressed her optimism for the next generation of women entrepreneurs The idea of Coffee Republic was inspired by a trip to New York to visit Sahar’s brother, then an investment banker. Sahar had just left her job at a prestigious law firm in London after 5 years, feeling that the training had been invaluable but that she did not want to sacrifice her fun and passion for 9-7 hour days. In the 80s, there was a general idea that work and fun did not go hand-in-hand; the mentality was that