Entrepreneur Brenda Cuby, BC Training’s founder and MD, took part in a panel discussion at the World Trade Centre at the end of May as part of Startup Grind’s Female Leaders Month.

Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting more than 1,500,000 entrepreneurs in over 500 chapters in 125 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organisations like Google for Startups.

Denise Matthews, Gibraltar Chapter Director, hosted the event at the end of May in partnership with Girls in Tech Gibraltar to recognise the accomplishments of successful women from different spheres of business who represent the local community and who encourage and inspire others.

A group of Gibraltar’s leading ladies were invited to take part in a panel discussion, telling their personal stories and sharing experiences about the journey from startup to success, talking about the lessons they learned, giving advice about what worked and didn’t work for them along the way and how they managed to juggle their professional and personal lives.

Brenda’s fellow panel members included Kathryn Morgan, Director of Regulatory Operations & Audit Regulation Gibraltar Financial Services Commission, Sophie Clifton – Tucker, founder of Little English and Editor of The Gibraltar Magazine, Justine Picardo, Partner at Hassans International Law Firm, and Joanne Rodriguez, Associate Director and Business Development at Abacus Gibraltar. The audience consisted of a number of featured professional attendees who related their own different and varied inspirational stories

Alongside her business, Brenda devotes a huge amount of her time to her role as Vice Chair of Women in Business Gibraltar, and more recently as a Board member of the GFSB, as well as Operations Trustee at Gib Sams.

Asked what the secret was to finding the balance to succeed with so many different things on the go, Brenda replied that it is all about having a supportive team of like minded people around you.  Brenda explained her passion for starting small businesses and why she thinks it is important to follow your dreams. “Mentoring is such an important part of what I do, but I have also benefited from some great mentors, men and women, who have supported me but who have also been there to tell me when I should say ‘no’,” she said.

More recently Brenda has committed time to personal development; using techniques such as NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) which she now incorporates into her Success Coach business.

As the Operations Trustee for Gib Sams, Brenda knows that mental wellbeing is something that needs to be addressed. “We work with all the essential services locally, but what we really want to do is to try and get Gibraltar talking and make more people aware of the issues surrounding mental wellbeing, and there is a definite need for businesses to do more for their employees in that respect.”