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Maggie’s Column
For me, 2014 has been about opening doors, stepping boldly and creatively into unfamiliar environments, celebrating success and making a few mistakes. At MSL our year started with a team meeting on Thursday 9 January. We talked animatedly about 2013 and discussed what we wanted to achieve in 2014. We mused on how our brand...
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Going to court is not an everyday experience, and though I achieved the outcome I envisaged in this particularly case, it also served as a prime opportunity for me to witness the judicial system at its best. It has been a few years since I last stepped foot into a court setting, and I was...
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When you stand in front of an audience I wonder what you see. Last Monday, MSL celebrated its 4th birthday in our favourite venue, The Club at The Ivy. As I opened the evening I saw smiling faces of different generations, inquisitive faces of men and women who were keen to know about the developments...
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I sat overlooking the Bosphorus sea in Istanbul recently as I had arranged to meet a marvellous woman called Bahar Karaca. Many of you will know that Istanbul is where Europe and Asia meet. Its people are culturally diverse and in Bahar’s words: ‘it is this dynamism that feeds me.” Bahar is the General Manager...
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September is always a busy month for me and this month has been no different from previous years. I have had a series of speaking engagements that combined themes of daring to be bold, equality, ethics and female representation. Thinking differently is something that I do naturally and I enjoy listening and contributing to discussions that...
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A portrait, a likeness, a characterisation – drawn, painted, created. They fascinate me and I say this because I have two portraits, each given to me as a gift; one to mark the end of some work and the other to celebrate a birthday. Twenty years ago I received my first portrait. The artist, an...
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There are some magical places in Western Crete where artists congregate. These talented and exceptional Greek-born jewellers, musicians and film directors plus others, all draw their inspiration from ancient Greek philosophy and practice, a genre that began around 6th century BCE. Through their art they explore the questions of life often challenging traditional conventions of...
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Several years ago beside the sea in a remote part of Crete I received a text message from Victoria Hislop who was location scouting for a TV series of her dramatic novel, The Island. We met half-an-hour’s drive away in a village taverna with her film director Theo Papadoulakis. 18 months later The Island (To...
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It’s amazing what can be achieved over lunch. On Friday 2 May 2014 I was a guest at the Cosmetic Executive Women CEW(UK) 2014 Beauty Awards hosted at London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. I joined 700 beauty industry insiders in a magnificent celebratory lunch. When I received my invitation, I tweeted that the invitation was...
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A few evening’s ago, I heard the phrase ‘connectrepreneurs’ and it made perfect sense. In celebration of the end of International Women’s Month, MSL held a Semple Secrets event at The Club at The Ivy in Covent Garden, London. My panellists were three amazing women: Carol Bagnald, Vanessa Vallely and Peggy Dannenbaum. These women were...
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