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Behind every successful woman is another successful woman and the ladies featured in this article understand this all too well. Keep reading to learn how Miko, Tamara, Gina and Tash use their platforms to propel other ladies within the community.  Miko Su  Miko Su is the entrepreneur behind Twiink Studio, a  lash and brow studio in Abu Dhabi. The quaint, Instagrammable shop is located along a popular strip of waterfront property at Al Muneera, where...
Tamara ClarkeMarch 8, 202213 min
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Behind every successful woman is another successful woman and the ladies featured in this article understand this all too well. Keep reading to learn how Miko, Tamara, Gina and Tash use their platforms to propel other ladies within the community. 

Miko Su 

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Miko Su

Miko Su is the entrepreneur behind Twiink Studio, a  lash and brow studio in Abu Dhabi. The quaint, Instagrammable shop is located along a popular strip of waterfront property at Al Muneera, where Miko hosts a Ladies Market Day on the first Saturday of each month. “The ladies market day is all about supporting creative women with businesses,” she says. “The objective is to help them get their name out there and raise awareness of their products within the community. It also gives them the opportunity to engage potential customers, network with fellow vendors, and of course make a profit from their hard work.”

Ladies Market Day is in its third installment, and  getting it started wasn’t easy.

“Getting permission, Covid restrictions and people’s paranoia of getting Covid were all challenges we had to overcome,” she explains. “Currently, our biggest challenge is getting a card payment machine exclusively for the market day.”

• For vendor information reach out to Miko via WhatsApp at 058 589 4465. 

Tamara Pupic 

Tamara Pupic
Tamara Pupic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tamara Pupic is the managing editor of Entrepreneur Middle East magazine and creator of Against All Odds, a series of webinar-based conversations with enterprising women. What started as an attempt to help SMEs in the MENA region establish meaningful connections online during the pandemic has turned into a mainstay.

“I felt that everyone was tired and that working from home became a life at work and I craved for more connection with people and something different from anything that I had done before,” she explains. “For many months everything felt like an against-all-odds attempt, so I decided to start this webinar series in order to have a virtual coffee with our readers and one interesting speaker per episode about work and life in general.”

Entrepreneur Middle East Live’s Against All Odds launched in June 2020 with the aim of securing ‘hard to get’ interviews, and with a lineup featuring HRH Princess Lamia Bint Majed Saud AlSaud, Joelle Mardinian and Maria Hatzistefanis, to name a few, Tamara has held true to her goal. Growing and scaling are frequently discussed, but Tamara is focused on the experience, not the journey.

“It might be surprising, but honestly, I plan to continue working on this series in the same way I did in June 2020 — at least for now. No big plans, no fancy headlines. I’m not focused on a high number of views, but on the deep conversations with real, although extraordinary, women who have built their careers and lives by working hard and overcoming all the obstacles on their way – often completely alone”, she says.

• Follow @entmagazineme on Instagram and Twitter to join the conversation. 

Gina Dillon 

Gina Dillon women's day
Gina Dillon

Gina Dillon is a community leader known for establishing some of the most popular and helpful Facebook groups in the UAE. With an educational background and experience in community development, she was able to apply her skills online and create flourishing digital communities in the process. 

“I first developed UAE Helpers, which helped domestic workers find safe and responsible sponsors while educating the sponsors on the laws and responsibilities of employing domestic staff. My second group in 2014 was Freecycle Abu Dhabi (soon to be renamed to FreeMe Abu Dhabi) after reading an article that said due to space issues, the thrift store was closing. There was a big outcry from those who depended upon the thrift shop so I decided to create a free, online free version that would replace it. Today, it is Abu Dhabi’s largest and most active community group, with over 84k members.”

In 2018 she created WEADS (Women Entrepreneurs Abu Dhabi) and is now working to create a new consumer product due to launch in the UAE.

“I found that even though I am educated in the field of innovation, I still need a tribe of women for support, so I assumed others would benefit from this as well. Today, WEADS is Abu Dhabi’s only female entrepreneurs group and has about 2.5k members.” 

Natasha Hatherall 

Natasha Hatherall
Natasha Hatherall

Tash is the founder and CEO of TishTash Communications, a Dubai-based marketing and communications agency specializing in beauty, health and wellness brands, where she employs 36 women. Work can be quite consuming but Tash still manages to pull off several philanthropic initiatives that serve the interests of women. 

“At the start of the pandemic, I created SME RISE COLLECTIVE to support the community at large. What started as a small initiative become a true collective that was able to help companies survive, save jobs and bring communities closer together. SME rise supported over 300 SMEs in the market with a value of over US$1 million of marketing support gifted to the SME community. Of these companies, over 80 percent were female owned”.

In September of 2021, she launched TTrajectory, an initiative aimed at supporting female-owned businesses by offering  a package of business support worth AED 700k. Perhaps the most notable of her initiatives to date is Love Through Loss, a full-day virtual event to make the beginning of Baby Loss Awareness Week, which was inspired by a personal tragedy.

“I lost my only child Aya at birth three years ago and this was a pivotal, life-altering moment for me,” she says. “What could have broken me, actually gave me strength to take a very different path going forward and this drives me daily to be the best person I can and to try and make a differences.” 

Next up: #HealthLove, in partnership with her client Time Square Centre. The mall will be dedicated to a variety of women’s health initiatives on March 19, 2022, including main-stage speakers, panelists and the chance to consult healthcare providers. Children will be able to ‘Follow Your Heart’ through the mall on a special treasure hunt for prizes.

• For more information, check out @TishTashTalks on Instagram

Tamara Clarke

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