Your Problem: You are alone
Building a business from scratch can be very lonely. Sometimes you are the only one that believes in your idea. Your friends and family think you are nuts. You may not even have their full support. You feel isolated and you find it hard to relate to others not on the same path as you. You are alone and need help!
The SecretBirds Solution
Feeling alone? Well it’s time to make new connections and meet all the other women who are doing exactly what you are doing. There are so many women just like you out there, so you really do not need to do it alone. We have created a space that supports you to be yourself and to evolve in your own way. .
Your Problem: You don’t have resources
There are so many resources needed to build a business. You feel overwhelmed, you need access to some of these resources but do not know where to begin. You do not have the time to search and research. What you want is a reliable source.
The SecretBirds Solution
We do not believe that a lack of resources should be a reason to not start a business. Resources can be leveraged through collaboration. We believe in using what you have to get what you want. What tools do you have in your personal arsenal that may be beneficial to others? How can you leverage these tools to help someone in the community and equally gain something in return? Collaborate to start building your business.
Your Problem: You are not visible
Everyone is being profiled except you. No one knows who you are and no one knows what you do. It is really difficult to get yourself out there, so you end up feeling frustrated. There are opportunities to get profiled but they may involve spending money, which you cannot afford at the moment.
The SecretBirds Solution:
A lack of visibility can hurt your business ambitions. We want you to be seen and we want you to be able to test your products. We help you grow your idea by shining the light on you on our platform and beyond! By doing this you also gain a better understanding of your why and what you need to do to make it all work.
Ready to Join Us?
- Online Panels
Access our online panels and listen to our podcasts. Our online panels feature the Rare Birds in our community discussing how they started and provide insight and tips to help you on your entrepreneurial journey. As our community places a huge emphasis on the why, our podcasts feature women entrepreneurs from around the globe sharing the why behind why they started.
- Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
- Level 1 Aspiring Rare Bird Courses
- Idea therapy & Collaboration Hub
Join the next cohort which begins in Autumn
Our 90-day membership pairs you up with an accountability partner. Work with someone on a similar journey as you to share your ideas and passions! Gain full access to our Level 1 Aspiring Rare Bird courses which are tailored to the woman in the pre-startup phase of business. Gain practical real world knowledge for connecting, collaborating and growing to get your ideas off the ground. We hold two sessions of our idea and collaboration hub. This is the perfect place to test, brainstorm, collaborate, stay motivated and build your network.
- Bespoke Mentoring
- 10 Steps to Flight Mastermind
- Maximum 10 persons
Join the next cohort which begins in Autumn.
This exclusive membership runs for 120 days and accepts no more than 10 individuals at a time. You receive 4 bespoke mentoring sessions to suit your needs. This mentoring will help you develop a big vision, road map, strategy and action plan to achieve your entrepreneurial goals. The Ten Steps to Flight Mastermind uses the tools needed to take flight as the basis for the mastermind meetings. Connect you, your why and your business goals with the tools needed to take flight. Three sessions are held and free copies of the Ten Steps to Flight Book are included. Monthly personalised e-gift packages help you discover, learn and explore becoming an entrepreneur in your own way. Created for you with your unique journey in mind!
Jo-Ann is quite simply one of the most amazing people I've ever met. She is a powerhouse of innovation and creativity, and her drive to help others is unparalleled. I'm so honored to have worked with her as a mentor in the Fabulous Fempreneurship community and to watch her build a mentoring empire for women who are in vulnerable situations. Jo-Ann clearly cares so deeply about others, which is one of her best qualities, along with passion, dedication, and unswerving commitment. She is wildly intelligent as well, bringing a superb attention to detail and research with her to any and all projects.I'm looking forward to a lifetime of collaborations with Jo-Ann, and would wholeheartedly encourage anyone else to do the same!
Hillary Strobel, President & CEO @ The Flyways, Inc, California, USA
Jo-Ann is passionate about empowering women to spread their wings and achieve their potential. She has created an amazing supportive community to help women entrepreneurs at every stage from ideas to established business. She has developed a huge network of like minded specialists willing to share their expertise and experience. Projects Jo-Ann embarks on are always interesting to be involved with.
Jane Whitgift, Founder @ Whitgifts Security, London, UK
Jo-Ann has amazing passion for helping people succeed in their lives. She is the Founder of Secret Birds which has brought together entrepreneurial women so we can support and learn from each other. I had the pleasure to meet her 3yrs ago and to be her first #RareBird interview. Her energy is boundless, her focus acute, and her smile BIG. She is a wonderful example of a heart lead driven business developer. I am proud to know her.
Christine Hale, CEO & Founder @ Christine Hale Style, London, UK
Jo-Ann is a dynamic, experienced and creative professional with a strong interest in entrepreneurship, start-ups and women's empowerment. Her international career path and extensive network of contacts together with her considerable technical skills give her a wealth of experience to draw on to guide and support both entrepreneurs and companies in their start-ups and business development. I invited Jo-Ann to be part of my Mastermind group for Women Entrepreneurs as her creativity, energy and dedication shine through. She has been a great asset, friendly, cheerful and supportive, generously giving her skills and ideas to help other members and offering a new and productive vision on many challenges.
Anna Letitia Cook, Founder & Dircetor @ Women Up Ltd. UK & France
I was introduced to Jo-Ann by a lovely mutual friend in the world of entrepreneurship. From the outset Jo- Ann’s positive vibrations shone through and I was intrigued by the idea of Secret Birds. She was interested in finding out about me and my business and how she could possibly support me via Secret Birds. After getting a great feel for Secret Birds, I decided to accept her kind offer of joining one of the nest meetings which was great! Here, I was able to meet a handful of lovely and inspirational individuals, including other female entrepreneurs. I then decided to Join Secret Birds. Since then, Jo-Ann and I have been in contact often, shared ideas and she has given me the opportunity to feature as a November Rare Bird on her website. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole process of the interview and have had great feedback. Not only is Jo-Ann a great person to work with and to have on your team, she is highly passionate about her visions, bubbly, inspiring and her great aura is one of a kind! Through her I am connecting with great people.
Roxanne Lynch, Founder @ Original Creations by Roxy, London, UK
I first met Jo-Ann via Secret Birds London, her networking club for female start-up and business founders. In my experience Jo-Ann is a dynamic, dedicated and motivating person who is passionate about entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds and walks of life. As an example when I was first launching my website and promoting myself on social media last year, her blog, newsletter and membership special offers plus her personal support were a regular source of inspiration and encouragement to me. Jo-Ann is also a great connector and promoter; she has put me in touch with several individuals who have proven to be valuable contacts, interviewed me for her newsletter and promoted me on Twitter, all of which have contributed to exposure and growth for my business. If you're a woman starting up a business I definitely recommend checking out Secret Birds London and getting in touch with Jo-Ann!
Aline Duriaud, Founder @ Chacharocks, London, UK
Enthusiasm, passion and having a natural flair for connecting people from all walks of life are just a few of the top traits that come to mind when I think about Jo-Ann. I've had the pleasure of knowing Jo-Ann for the past year during which I have experienced her talent both as a collaborator and entrepreneur, developing key platforms and dynamic networks for women entrepreneurs. Her warmth, creativity and dedication are beyond compare and I am privileged to know such a dedicated supporter for both aspiring and established female entrepreneurs.
Natalie Costa, Founder @ Power Thoughts by Natalie Costa, London, UK
Jo-Ann is a very talented connector and writer. Her expertise in developing networks and platforms for women entrepreneurs is outstanding. She is a strong advocate for advancing women in the world of business and is selfless in these efforts. I am honored to know such a hard working supporter of global women's issues.
Elaine Slatter, Author, Advisor, Mentor and Serial Entrepreneur and Former CEO of a Canadian Company, Ontario, Canada
Jo Ann is a great mentor, I was lucky to have her as my mentor on my UN Empower Women championship 2016-17. She not only recognized what my strengths were within an hour of speaking to her but was also able to identify ways of achieving the exact goals we set for ourselves. I have had various mentors over the last year but none were as good as her in terms of helping me stay productive and get to the end goal with a clear vision.
Besides being a mentor she also used her network to connect me with relevant contacts and help me articulate my pitch better. She is always positive and helps make tasks seem doable. She is highly dynamic and has a passion to help entrepreneurs and develop women. One of the best qualities a mentor should possess which shows their success is their ability to recognise their mentees immediately and she has the knack for that.
Shwetal Shah, Founder of Morsel App, Founder of Explore Science and STEM Advocate, London, UK
Meeting Jo-Ann and exchanging so many thoughts was extraordinary and made me get things done and see my project grow. Jo-Ann displays very good verbal skills, communicates clearly and concisely. Also, she displays very good listening skills. During a crisis situation I’ve been pleased to find out that Jo-Ann gave really good advise, was objective and focused. I appreciate the fact that she put in a lot of effort in helping me choose the best suiting project for my background and personality. I also appreciate the fact that she was proactive, always asking questions on the status of the project. I thank her very much for her support. I found a true and dedicated mentor in Jo-Ann in just a few months. I really hope that there will be an opportunity for us to work together again on different projects.
Bianca Constantin, CoFounder of Refugees Welcome Romania, Bucharest, Romania
Jo-Ann was my mentor for the period of being a UN Women Empower Women Champion for Change. Jo-Ann contacted me via mail shortly after my name was assigned to her for mentorship and subsequently scheduled our first meeting, which we had via Whatsapp call. She was very considerate and sacrificial with the timing of meetings (considering the time zone difference in our different locations). She is very professional yet in a very friendly and amiable manner.
She answered all my questions and was genuinely interested in my work and aspirations for the championship period. Jo-Ann is also very passionate about the cause of Women Economic Empowerment and her enthusiasm is very inspiring. As a mentor, she is always very helpful, available to answer questions and give guidance. She very promptly followed up when I needed input from the Empower Women focal person and ensured she communicated the status of my request to me promptly. She ensured the members of her team also had some good rapport. She organised group meetings with us individually to discuss our championship projects and followed up to find out if we were on course or needed any help. She also spurred and cheered us on as our projects unfolded. It has been really nice being mentored by Jo-Ann and I look forward to keeping this relationship even beyond the championship period.
Lydia Olanike Oladapo, Founder & Managing Director at Outstanding Resource Services, Lagos, Nigeria
Jo-Ann is a very friendly, energetic, result-oriented, smart and lovely mentor. I am very glad to have worked with her. I was very new to the Empower Women concepts and she helped me so much to get into the subject very quickly, she is really a great teacher. Her energy and motivation are always inspiring. She is also very good at communication and teamwork, I hope we can continue to work together.
Sibel Unal, Project Manager, Istanbul, Turkey
What is this community about?
This community enables women with the tools to take flight. These tools are not only technical, they are also
emotional. We focus on women in the pre-startup and startup phases because this is where the failure rate
is the highest but it is also where the potential is the greatest. The emerging markets are a huge source of
entrepreneurial activity and we want to contribute to its success. Through the sharing of secrets and success
and by using our collect, collaborate, grow memberships we equip women with the know-how to succeed
based on who they are and what they want!
Who is it for?
This community is designed for women in the pre-startup and startup phases of their businesses. Women
who have an idea or several ideas join our community. Women who have just started a business join our
community. We serve women who have not been running businesses longer than five years. We build them
up so that they can eventually leave our community to achieve bigger and better things on their
Have some questions? get your answer here
After you purchase your membership you will be contacted directly by #TeamFlight, who will navigate you through the process and welcome you to the community.
Yes, you can.
Women in emerging markets are our main priority. Our Nests and Nestling Pop Ups are geared towards women and girls in these communities.”If you are not from the emerging markets but are interested in connecting, collaborating and growing with women in emerging markets, then yes you are welcome to join us.
Visit our Giving Back Page to find out how to get involved and support our Nestling Pop Ups. Help us teach the next generation how to fly.