737: Know Your Value With Kate Bollanou

Kate Bollanou is an an Executive and Leadership Coach for women in the shipping industry.  She also talks in conferences about Know Your Value With Kate Bollanouwomen leadership and gender parity.  Initially studied hospitality in Greece and after working in the industry in several countries, Kate decided to change career and go into shipping. She moved to England in 2010 for her masters in Shipping and Commercial Law and decided to stay. Within a month, she got a job as a shipbroker and stayed there for almost six years. While Kate was expecting her second child, she was made redundant.  She decided not to let this bring her down, but instead, to take it as an opportunity to start her own business and help other women find their voice within this male-dominated industry.

Kate shares how her experiences, changing her mindset and learning to know her value helped take action to create her successful business in a male dominated industry.

Bio

Kate Bollanou is an an Executive and Leadership Coach for women in the shipping industry.

Cultural Background

Kate is of Filipina and Greek descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

I want every little girl who is told she is bossy, to be told instead that she has leadership skills.

I want every little girl who is told she is bossy, to be told instead that she has leadership skills.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confident is to believe in your ability to figure things out, no matter how challenging a situation is and to truly believe that you have what it takes to succeed.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Kate used to doubt herself, seek external validation and had imposter syndrome.

The “AHA” Moment

Kate was mesmerized by the online personas of some women, who presented themselves as super successful and confident, but when she met them in person, she realized how fake and deceiving the online world was. This was followed by a 4-day trip to New York, first time without her family, which gave her the time and space to evaluate things. That’s when she made the decision to believe in herself and go all in!

Kate also realized that the root cause of self doubt came from her childhood.  Her mother was strict with her.  She worked with her past experiences through therapy.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Kate is bold and unapologetically ambitious. She is taking action that would usually scare her.  She is chasing and creating her own opportunities. Kate is determined to achieve her goals without asking for anyone’s permission.

Kate also knows her value.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Celebrate your success.

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