The Big Idea with Anna Barez-Brown

Our alumni have a rich history of innovation and our latest idea comes from an entrepreneur who has built her career by leading from the front. Anna Barez-Brown graduated from EBS London in 1993 and it wasn’t long before she made her impact in the business world. We caught up with her to find out more about her latest company.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I seem to be a surprise to everyone. Born as a typical German blonde with long legs everyone thought I will marry an investment banker, have kids and never work but that was never my plan. I always wanted to work and I like being in business and have been since I left EBS London. I started as a trainee at Axel Springer in Hamburg then got headhunted by Bertelsmann to set up various Internet sites, unfortunately did not become a .com millionaire (which is still a sore spot). When heading up a team of 65 at Bertelsmann I had an executive coach who changed my way of communication and leading people and I got fascinated by that world and decided to study again and became an executive coach, then facilitator and quickly started to design and run workshops for leadership teams. Since 2008 I concentrated on women only and worked for male-dominated businesses like KPMG and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer on retaining their high potential women. The women that attended our courses did accelerate in what they wanted faster.

What’s the Big Idea?

I want to offer what I did for these companies to all business women out there, no matter if they are working mums, biz owners, free lancers or emerging leaders in a big organisation.

My new workshop “Shine” that I run once a month in my Georgian Manor House in Dorset overlooking the sea near Lyme Regis is for talented women who want to progress in their career faster.

All women I know could do with some time to reflect on their goals, to understand their impact and skills better, to expand their assertiveness, self-confidence and risk-taking capabilities with some tips from other experienced business women. I would love to run one with alumni – we only have 10 spaces so make up your mind before it’s too late (you’re worth it) – it will get you to what you want faster!

What made you want to become an entrepreneur?

The freedom I need as an individual and the desire to have it all: an exciting job that I love, 2 children, a dog and a happy husband in a big house overlooking the sea (I was thinking Med not North Sea admittedly.)

Do you think there is an entrepreneurial spirit at Regent’s University London?

Definitely, 3 out of 4 people I used to hang out with run their own businesses nowadays.

Shine Workshop