Inspiring Women In CX

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Clare Muscutt talks with Anne Gray about the stigma of infertility and her research in the field of customer-led digital transformation

Anne Gray, the Managing Director at Solutioneers, joins Clare Muscutt on the Inspiring Women in CX podcast to talk about her route into CX, recognising a golden thread of excellence woven throughout all of her roles, the importance of not just good but consistent customer service, her journey to motherhood and infertility struggles, finally allowing herself to be at peace, finding support on her solopreneur journey with someone “just a few steps ahead” and her research into Digital Transformation and measuring a transformation’s success.

 

Listen in as Anne talks about…

 

🧵 The ‘golden thread of excellence’ woven throughout her career

💯 The importance of consistently good service in maintaining brand reputation

🧪 Her research in the field of Digital Transformation and measuring a transformation’s success

👶 Her infertility journey and how her life came to a standstill for almost 10 years

✨ Finding your peace and being unafraid to reinvent yourself

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community 

Clare Muscutt talks with Amélie Beerens about overcoming childhood trauma to become the women we’re destined to be

TW: Discussion of abuse and childhood trauma. Listener discretion is advised.

 

In episode #414, Clare is joined by CX Design & Career Coach, Amélie Beerens, for what is both a challenging and inspiring conversation.

 

Suffering from what she believed to be burnout from work, Amélie recalls being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result of childhood trauma.

 

Confiding in one another, Clare and Amélie recall similarities in their experiences of trauma, discuss the enduring impact and share their individual journeys towards healing.

 

Because our experiences of abuse do not define us.

 

Listen in as they talk about…

 

🚩 The symptoms of PTSD and how it manifests

🤝 Seeking professional support to heal

🧠 Recognising trauma and the impact on relationships

💬 The importance of finding safe spaces to talk

💕 Hope, resilience and realising that trauma is not a life sentence

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community

Clare Muscutt talks with Olga Potaptseva about female entrepreneurship and striking the right balance between CX strategy and implementation

Olga Potaptseva, Founding Director of the European Customer Consultancy, joins Clare Muscutt on the Inspiring Women in CX podcast to talk about how her university studies sparked her interest in customer research, how she came to (somewhat serendipitously!) lead a loyalty development programme at GfK, aligning CX with the business strategy, failing forwards (in life and in CX!), what it means to be a ‘customer-enabled’ organisation and her advice to women in CX about creating the life that you want.

 

Listen in as she talks about…

🔬 How studying Marketing and Economics sparked her interest in Customer Research

🙋‍♀️ Leading a loyalty development programme at GfK, before rolling out a global methodology

📊 Utilising customer data and insights to deliver business results

✨ The importance of self-belief in crafting the career and the life that you want

🤔 What it means to be a ‘customer-enabled’ organisation

📚 Her library of CX ‘micro-actions’ – things we can implement with virtually no budget

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community/membership

Clare Muscutt talks with Ellie Sutton about customer experience & proposition development in supermarket retailing

Ellie Sutton, the Senior Customer Experience Lead at Waitrose & Partners, joins Clare Muscutt on the Inspiring Women in CX podcast to talk about Anthropology as a route into CX, realising that she had a different way of doing things, knitting together customers and operations, being her own advocate in a male-dominated environment and how she used this to her advantage, the importance of brand as a key differentiator, how digital and retail are no longer distinct business units and how we must harness digital to enhance our propositions.

 

Listen in as Ellie talks about…

🧠 Studying Anthropology – why people think the way that they do – before moving into food retail as a graduate trainee

 🤔 How she approached things differently, listening to customer feedback and “knitting” this together with operations

 🙋‍♀️ Being her own advocate and viewing CX in supermarket retail through a female lens

 🛍️ Post-pandemic shopping habits and the acceleration of digital – using this to enhance propositions

 📈 CX, service and proposition design, cherry-picking experiential elements and integrating these into a mass-market

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community/membership

Clare Muscutt talks with Anna Noakes Schulze about the future of Web3 customer experience and the Metaverse

BONUS CONTENT!

 

In episode #411 of the Inspiring Women in CX podcast, Clare Muscutt and Digital Experience Strategist, Anna Noakes Schulze take on the Metaverse! 🤖

 

Listen in as Anna talks about what the Metaverse is, where the term first came from, Gen Alpha as the “gateway drug”, the connection between Web3 and the Metaverse, and the complex terminology surrounding the tech at play (we’re taking it back to basics), and the impact of Web3 and the Metaverse on Customer Experience as a whole – what it means to us as CX professionals and practitioners and what we need to know to stay ahead of the game!

 

Don’t get left behind! Listen in closely as they…

🤔 Discuss what the Metaverse *actually* is

🗯️ Unpick complex jargon surrounding the technologies at play (5G, blockchain, NFT… 🤯)

🔦 Shed light on the recent “crypto controversies”

👉 Highlight the impact and the implications of the Metaverse on Customer Experience

🧠 And share a number of ways that we can increase our own knowledge and understanding in this space

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community/membership

Clare Muscutt talks with Chelsea Costelloe about Caribbean CX and dispelling customer journey mapping myths

Chelsea Costelloe, the Chief Excitement Officer at EXCO, joins Clare Muscutt on the Inspiring Women in CX podcast to talk about co-founding the Caribbean’s first all-female-led CX consulting agency, the positive shift in the region as more CX titles are appearing, facing scepticism as a young, female director, gender equality in the Caribbean, experiencing sexist comments in the workplace and how, if ignored, these ‘blurred’ lines can become much more insidious and utilising journey mapping as a tool, as opposed to a goal in itself, to spur action, inspire your teams and avoid the dreaded journey mapping ‘burnout’.

 

Listen in as Chelsea talks about…

🤝 Co-founding the Caribbean’s first all-female-led CX consulting agency, EXCO

🙋‍♀️ Being a ‘Chief Excitement Officer’ (and what the role entails)

📚 The state of CX in the Caribbean and her personal mission to drive CX awareness and education in the region

🗯️ Gender equality, gender-based violence and experiencing sexist comments in the workplace

🛠️ Journey Mapping as a tool to achieve your goals, not a goal in itself

😩 Journey Mapping “burnout” and how to avoid it

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community 

Clare Muscutt talks with Serena Riley about challenging gender bias for the future generation of women leaders

Serena Riley, the Vice President of Experience Management at SkySpecs and the Founder and CEO of Joy & Moxie joins Clare Muscutt on the Inspiring Women in CX podcast to talk about starting out in IT – a typically male-dominated environment – her role as the VP of Experience Management within a start-up and navigating the scale-up phase, building her personal brand, Joy & Moxie, her mission to empower women to design for the future that they want, becoming a role model for her young daughter, removing the barriers that she faced for the future generation of female leaders and leaning into your own power by being who you truly are.

 

Listen in as Serena talks about…

💻 Starting out in IT before “maxing out” and needing something to reignite her fire

📞 CX and customer support in a tech start-up and the scaling-up phase

👭 Stumbling upon the Women in CX community on LinkedIn and feeling immediately aligned

🙅‍♀️ Being a “people-pleaser” and beating her perfectionism

💪 Becoming a role model for her daughter and being able to help her to get where she wants to go “quicker and easier”

♀️ The differences in the way that we parent owing to gender and the impact that this has

✨ The importance of being yourself and acknowledging that you have the power to design the future that you want

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community 

Clare Muscutt talks with Gemma Colby about her transformational career journey and overcoming self doubt

Gemma Colby, the Head of Customer Experience at YELL UK, joins Clare Muscutt on the Inspiring Women in CX podcast to talk about her route into CX, recognising only in retrospect that she’d been doing it all along, putting theory into practice as she ran a contact centre, her own experiences with great leaders and how these shaped her approach and, in her opinion, the key skills and capabilities necessary to be a successful CX leader driving changes and improvements that impact the business’s bottom line.

 

Listen in as Gemma talks about...

🔮 Being ‘predestined’ to work in CX, realising only in retrospect that she’d been doing it all along

😊 Starting out in operations and wielding her passion for people to make customers feel special

🙅‍♀️ Combatting her Imposter Syndrome and redefining what success “should” look like

🧠 Adopting a growth mindset and how creating a sense of “interconnectedness” is key to being a great (CX) leader

💬 The importance of trusting ourselves and recognising what “drives and drains us”

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community 

Clare Muscutt talks with Naima Mwawasi about breaking gender stereotypes, divorce and CX in Kenya

Naima Mwina Mwawasi, the Founder & Managing Director of Content CX Consulting, joins Clare Muscutt on the Inspiring Women in CX podcast to talk about her CX journey – from working on the frontline as an Inflight Manager at Emirates to founding her own CX consultancy – experiencing CX within different countries and cultures and how this sparked her desire to raise the bar in Kenya, being ‘derailed’ by love at a young age and dropping out of school before returning to complete not only her undergraduate but her Master’s degree too and dealing with disapproval as she challenged African society’s rigid gender roles.

 

Listen in as Naima talks about…

🛫 Her CX career journey, from working on the frontline at Emirates to founding Content CX Consulting

🗺️ How experiencing CX and service delivery within different countries and cultures sparked her desire to raise the bar in Kenya

💍 Being ‘derailed’ by love, consequently dropping out of school and getting married at 21

🙋 How – from humble beginnings and with her parents as her inspiration – she became a financially independent woman “slaying life” and following her dreams

📈 The current state of CX in Kenya and the impact of sudden economic growth, rising customer expectations and technological advancement

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community 

Clare Muscutt talks with Thirza Schaap about working motherhood and building sustainable CX culture

Thirza Schaap, the Founder of CX Unraveled, joins Clare Muscutt on the Inspiring Women in CX podcast to talk about taking a leap of faith as she left her role in corporate and co-founded her own CX consultancy, talking with a psychologist about juggling motherhood and work – and what this looked like for her – the 7 factors key to achieving sustainable ‘customer-obsessed’ culture, including identifying those onside, those unlikely to be convinced and those sitting on the fence about Customer Experience and its impact upon an organisation and about the importance of empowering frontline staff through the communication of strategy, training and rewards.

 

Key talking points include…

💪 How Thirza ‘took the plunge’, leaving her corporate role and co-founding CX consultancy, CX Unraveled

⚖️ Discussing “mum-guilt” and what a healthy work-life balance looked like for Thirza

📋 Outlining the 7 factors key to achieving a ‘customer-obsessed’ culture, including the importance of empowering frontline employees and targeting those “in the middle”

🤔 Thirza’s advice on where to start when creating culture change within your own organisation, analysing your current state and identifying areas for improvement.

 

For more information on joining the world’s first online community for women in Customer Experience, head over to www.womenincx.community 

 

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