The Short Cut:

A quick fire chat about working life with Rebecca Leppard

Rebecca Leppard, founder, Upgrading Women UK.

At the heart of the Nurture Network is the power of sharing experiences. From breakthrough career moments, to best ever advice, how to deal with stress and the women that inspire them.

The Short Cut designed to bring you a snapshot of our members’ working lives. Today we’re speaking to Rebecca Leppard, founder at Upgrading Women UK.

Tell us about your breakthrough career moment

I have had a few breakthrough moments, really.

When I first moved industry from magazine publishing as an editor to being a public relations director in an agency. That propelled my career in public relations in hospitality sector. A decade after I made a lateral move to a communications agency that offers learning and development for their clients too. That opened my eyes to a potential of combining my passion for teaching and my expertise in communications. Now I have founded my own company that does just that!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?

Read books. There is no way around it. In Indonesian language (my native) there is an expression: ‘a book is a window to the world’.

Have you ever felt held back as a women?

Especially as a woman of colour, an immigrant with an accent at that, I have experienced subtle doubts of others that I can actually deliver. But the biggest set back is that I cannot access start up business loan because of the timing of my visa expiry date (even though I have all intention to stay in the UK forever but this intention is not something written in the passport.)

How do you protect your mental health in moments of pressure?

Unfollow and unfriend triggering accounts. Surround myself with positive and empathetic people (hence joining this club!)

Do you have any hobbies to keep you busy in your spare time?

I have absolutely no spare time. Luckily my hobby is thrifting so when seasons change I get to shop for new outfits and donate the old ones.

I feel empowered when…

… people believe in me.

The world would be a better place when…

… everyone is fed.

The women everyone should know about are…

The women who empowers me the most are …

… those who believe in me.

Where is your favourite place in the world? 


Bali temple photo by Sebastian Pena Lambarri