Ad­ver­sity in busi­ness fo­rum fo­cus

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A for­mer un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer, tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter and nom­i­nee for UK Woman of the Year turned Perth busi­ness­woman is among the speak­ers at this year’s Kar­ratha Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Commerce and In­dus­try Busi­ness Boot­camp to­mor­row.

Nina Hob­son said she was look­ing for­ward to shar­ing the story of her var­ied ca­reer path with work­ers in Kar­ratha when she ar­rived in town for the work­shop.

The KDCCI Busi­ness Boot­camp will fea­ture four main speak­ers in­clud­ing Ms Hob­son, who spent more than 10 years work­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer in the UK be­fore mov­ing into tele­vi­sion in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter work­ing un­der­cover — first ex­pos­ing cor­rup­tion within the po­lice force, then in­ves­ti­gat­ing threats against chil­dren.

She was nom­i­nated for the UK Woman of the Year Award in 2006 for her work in the lat­ter, on TV show Un­der­cover Mum.

Upon mov­ing to Perth in 2008, she started two busi­nesses from scratch and de­vel­oped cy­ber­safety pro­gram Space Safe Kidz, for which she be­came a fi­nal­ist in the Tel­stra Busi­ness Women’s Awards.

“I want to talk about mo­ti­va­tion and deal­ing with ad­ver­sity, be­cause ad­ver­sity is a key thing for busi­ness­peo­ple,” Ms Hob­son said.

“Small, medium or big, we all have strug­gles in busi­ness, so I want to ex­plain some of the sto­ries and is­sues I’ve been through be­cause I had a busi­ness, I sold a busi­ness and now I have a new busi­ness, so I can re­late to ev­ery­body in that room.

“I also want to put some of my ex­pe­ri­ences as a de­tec­tive and a covert op­er­a­tor into that oper­a­tion be­cause I’ve dealt with some re­ally hideous ex­pe­ri­ences in my life and I try to show that when faced with dif­fi­culty, some­times good things come out of that.”

Other speak­ers at the Boot­camp in­clude Beech­worth Bak­ery founder Tom O’Toole, au­thor and pod­cast host Tim Reid and Perth busi­ness­woman and con­sul­tant Catherine Suther­land.

A panel dis­cus­sion fea­tur­ing a num­ber of Pil­bara busi­ness­peo­ple will also be part of the event.

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