A spotlight on: Gabby Wickham and Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes, 34, Co-Founders, WickerWood

I have so much respect for the two ladies that I got to chat to on this week’s episode because, to be frank, the company that they run has the credentials of a business ten times the size. The ladies in questions being Gabby Wickham and Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes, the thirty-four year old Co-Founders of the London-based, leading brand influence agency, WickerWood.

Both driven by the notion that you’re only as good as your last campaign, I sat down with Gabby and Shirley a few weeks back, to find out what the reality of running multi-million pound, fast-paced campaigns for the likes of Aston Martin, W London and D&G and working alongside the likes of George Clooney and Cindy Crawford involves behind the scenes…

*Spoiler alert for a second… a lot of hard work!*

Gabby hits the nail on the head when she admits that it’s easy to assume from their accents that WickerWood is run by two “rich Chelsea girls” who have had financial backing from the outset. In reality, they put £1000 worth of savings each into a pot on day one and have taken zero external investment since. For me, their thoughts on everything from leadership and how to grow a hardworking and invested team; how to avoid the dreaded “analysis paralysis” and deal with unconscious bias; and Shirley’s empowering thoughts on dating as a strong business woman are personal highlights and their advice, as it did with me, will resonate with many of you I’m sure…

Gabby Wickham and Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes, the Co-Founders of WickerWood - An interview with She can. She did.

Gabby Wickham and Shirley Leigh-Wood Oakes, both 34, Co-Founders of WickerWood

Fancy finding out more about WickerWood…

Take a peek at the Wickerwood website here or find Gabby, Shirley and WickerWood on Instagram: @wickerwood

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