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Maureen Chiana

Maureen Chiana

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I am a Neuroleadership and Resilience consultant, award speaker and neurocoach. I leverage on brain-science insights of how the brain works and Emotional Intelligence to help executives, leaders and female leaders that are struggling to execute their vision or achieve their goals, increase performance, productivity, team engagement, confidence and self worth. I do this by helping them drive behaviour change, maximise brain power by rewiring their brain to transform how they lead, work and live.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

I am relatively new to Ellevate and love it so much. I am so impressed with the quality of women in the network and felt so welcomed when I started. Every woman that I have met is so driven, smart and a pleasure to know. I did thoroughly enjoy being a mentor in a speed mentoring session and now looking forward to being part of a squad soon. Now looking forward to being able to give more and share more as a member of this great network.

How would you define your professional mission?

To give leaders, especially female leaders the understanding and tools to maximise their brain power to transform how they lead, work and live, by leveraging on neuroscience and emotional intelligence.

'When you change your brain - your life changes.'

I am on a mission to help female leaders that want to get executive positions but have so far not succeeded. Female leaders that: - have found themselves sidelined for promotion too many times  - have put so much into their role but still feel under-valued by their organization - have been holding themselves back but know that they should be in the C-Suite or an Non-Executive role - have applied for roles in the past and either were not short listed or got turned down at the interview stage

My passion is in supporting these female leaders break through internal and external barriers, build confidence, develop mental resilience and adaptability, develop high emotional intelligence by giving you tools to 'rewire your brain', so that you can achieve their goals and dreams.

The biases female leaders encounter from external sources is one thing but the internal obstacles many women face, such as fear of rejection, fear of failure, impostor syndrome, self-sabotage and a lot more must be managed and eliminated.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

It takes really understanding the science of how the brain works and being able to take this complex science and bring it to life in an easy to understand way, through training, coaching and mentoring.

It is equally important to have a successful track record of your own, in using these skills to thrive as a leader.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

From 2011-2015, I was using these Neuroleadership and Emotional Intelligence skills to work with managers, teams and students to turn around underperforming departments in a UK college. I led a team of 47 staff across 3 departments and by focusing on driving behaviour change, the overall performance, profits and outcomes increased but the most significant change was the change in the students, where over 87% went on to achieve a first class or 2:1 honors degree years after they left college. This was a massive change from the past where over 70% were dropping out of university or struggling to keep a job.

This was what encouraged me to launch this business and I have been so fortunate to work with healthcare professions, educators, students, leaders in different industries and really make a difference by equipping organizations to become more human through science.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

I started my career as a Biomedical Scientist, with a specialty in medical microbiology, then worked in immunology as a medical research for a few years. The beginning of my entrepreneurial journey started soon after when I worked as a self employed laboratory scientist, before getting into education as a microbiology university lecturer.

Then in the 90's the technology industry started taking off in a big way. I left education and started working as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer but when the recession kicked in after the millenium during the crash, I left technology, trained as beauty therapist and opened the first hair and beauty salon that catered for black ethnic hair in Kent UK. This was the turning point for me because after I sold the business, I discovered the power of the brain from a place where I identified as a failure. I felt a failure because I lost a lot of money after I sold my business and things did not go as I planned. I then went back into education where I got into senior leadership using the neuroscience and EQ skills that I was learning at the time. I was also giving a lot of talks at this time to support leaders and teams to improve their engagement, transform cultures and performance.

The entrepreneurial bug kicked back in and I left to open this business to help leaders lead at a high level using brain science.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

I want to help so many women rise up, sit at the table and thrive in executive roles and make significant sustained impact. I want to be the catalyst that enables many women develop the skills to breakthrough all limiting mindsets, emotional and confidence blocks to live a limitless life in their personal and professional lives.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

I just love impacting people with knowledge, so being in a position when I can do that through training both in person and through online courses in my online academy gives me so much joy. I also love travelling, and I have been able to travel to different countries to speak. Helping leaders transform their lives, relationships and career enables me fulfil my purpose of serving.

Throughout my life and career, I have found myself standing up for fairness and being able to empower other women with tools to become limitless is priceless.

Who are your role models?

My mother is my first role model because she taught me how to believe in my self, trust in God and to always aim for and achieve the best. She taught me to believe that I am Limitless.

Oprah Winfrey - I watched Oprah break through massive barriers as a black woman in America and it has inspired me in my career.

What does success look like to you?

Doing what I love, having a great income, enjoying it and helping other people live their best life.

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Community Discussion
Suzanne Weller

Great to see you featured, Maureen! Shining a well-deserved spotlight on you and your important work!

August 23, 2021