#First50

#First50 is a group of inspirational women who have had a real impact on their organisations and the industry as a whole.
Chosen because they’ve inspired us personally or they were suggested by colleagues and peers because of their positive impact on them personally or professionally.

Tamsin Plaxton - Tamwood International College

I started out in this industry while at university when I worked as a camp counsellor at an international summer camp in Switzerland. That experience inspired me to work with kids and in something international and led me to quit my career as a lawyer a few years later to open and run, with my partner Matt Collingwood, an international summer camp and language school business in Canada.

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Aoife Laban - Apollo Language Centre

What is your favourite quote? ‘What’s for you won’t pass you by.’

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Carolyn Blackmore - Quality English

You mustn’t be put off by setbacks. Pick yourself up and carry on... Does the decision meet all the criteria you have set? Have you spent more than enough time on it? Then go for it, send it, do it, sign it. That was my safety valve.

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Nadine Baladi - ILSC

Set your goals high and figure out what it takes to get there. Don’t be afraid to set them truly very very high!

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Ida Willadsen - Malaca Institute

There was an opportunity and we took it – and once started, we just had to carry on.

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Giorgia Biccelli - Linguaviva Milan

Always look ahead, if you happen to look back it is only to find ideas or indications which will help you to move forward. Identify what is important to you and for your life... do things as well as possible and remember that mistakes are great for learning.

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Jan Capper - IALC International Association of Language Centres

After graduating, I got a job in a large tour operator in London. I had planned an academic career, but then I decided the commercial world needed feminists!

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Santuza Bicalho - CVC Brazil

I had a super career as a lawyer, but deep inside I knew international educational was where I belonged. After taking this leap of faith, my career took off.

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Michelle Westfort - Navitas

A turning point in my career was when I recognized that not everyone in the workplace wants you to succeed. While it was personally deflating for the moment and a sense of being out of control, what I realized is that my success and future is entirely within my own control.

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Jenny Nieveen - Open Hearts Language Academy

Don’t settle for what seems to be the normal thing to do, think outside the box. Be cautious but do not limit yourself, think but don’t over think, believe in yourself but don’t be arrogant, follow your instinct it never betrays you. Have faith that though the road ahead is uncertain, there is one thing certain in life, if one door closes another will open.

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Elena Solomonova - Insight Lingua

There will be many times in life when the opportunity to leave your comfort zone presents itself to you – do not be scared. You need to be brave. My whole life, when faced with these situations, I have always needed an extra push – but it has always been the times in my life when I look back and see that those were my greatest achievements.

Reading time: 5 mins

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