Toronto today. Vancouver tomorrow. Zipping across the country ain’t no thing for Natasha Raey, Co-Founder of SheTalks Global – which is just one of the many organizations on this serial entrepreneur’s plate! As we inch closer to chatting with her at Game Changers: Women Using Their Careers To Inspire Social Change, we tried to download her brain to learn more about her work, her impact, and get a glimpse into what topics are close to her heart (hint: it’s not what you’re expecting).
What do you enjoy most about being a serial entrepreneur?
The flexibility and room for constant creativity. The ability to work my ass off but still be the owner of my schedule. Once I came to the realization that I could make my dreams a reality and bring my (sometimes crazy) ideas to fruition, it changed how I viewed career, stability, and where my future is headed.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Ha! I’m on a plane weekly, and have no idea what the next day holds (aside from booked meetings). But I truly believe that “balance” is a personal thing. For me, it’s normal to not stay in one place for longer than 10 days, and to see my best friends in Toronto for dinner at 1am… but that’s what works for me, at this time in my life. I’m grateful for every minute that I’m alive and every opportunity, success and failure that I have experienced. Balance is easy when you are sure of your purpose and love what you do.
In what ways have you seen an impact since running SheTalks?
I truly believe that our team at SheTalks has created a safe space for women to come together and share their rawest, and most authentic selves. We have made it easy for women to share and own their stories and their flaws. We have made it possible for women to let go of the shame and other negative feelings that we hold when we think of the low parts of our lives.
Are there topics close to your heart you enjoy discussing?
- Domestic violence
- Medical cannabis
- Letting go of the notions that we aren’t where we “should be” in our lives
- Being a disruptor in a male dominated industry
With the recent surge in female empowerment, like the Women’s March, do you have any ways you would suggest women get involved?
While I thought the Women’s March was an amazing show of solidarity and created a huge wave media-wise… I would love to help spread the word for how women and men can create real change in their homes, communities and world. There is so much more that needs to be done at an education and policy level in so many areas (e.g. our justice system, equal pay, gender issues), that I think we need to provide more education and strategies on how every day people can make their voices heard on issues that are important to them, and how each little step we all take makes a huge difference in terms of moving the yardstick forward on issues. So, how can we move beyond the Women’s March?
Meet NATASHA and four more GAME CHANGERS at our upcoming Signature Speaker Series at Hootsuite on May 1st, 2017! Learn more about the event and get your tickets here.