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Have you ever wondered what you’re doing with your working life, how you ended up where you are, or where you’re going in the future? Are you looking for that little something, even if you’re not quite sure what that is?

Our founder, Naomi, launched the Skylark podcast, Smashing The Ceiling, at a time when she felt hugely uncertain about her career. She was looking for inspiration from other women who’d done things a little differently, who’d branched out of their career comfort zone and taken the road less travelled job-wise.

She started speaking to remarkable women about how they’d got where they are, and how their mentors, mistakes and motivations had led them to achieve the things they have. Ordinary women who have smashed through their own glass ceilings and forged their own version of success. This is the foundation of Smashing The Ceiling.

In each episode Naomi sits down with one (occasionally two!) women to talk about their working lives. Many have unusual careers, some are business owners and these days, many are podcasters too. They are certainly all interesting, with varied lives that we hope may reflect your own in some small way, from time to time. We want to give you a virtual hug via the podcast, to uplift and inspire you, and to show you that if these women can achieve such great things, then you can too.


We are BACK! Season 3 is here, and my first guest this season is Veronica Bolton Smith who, spoiler alert, is a dear friend and a total inspiration. Ronnie is a powerhouse, and her career has been so varied and […]
We’ve been away for a while, but we are back! This week marks the start of Season 3! We’ve been on a long hiatus since Season 2 as I moved house (again), contemplated what I was doing with my life […]
Hello hello hello! I realise it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, so I thought I’d slide into your ears with a little update. First things first. If you’re from the vet world and you’ve been listening to […]
Today’s episode is a special collaboration for Smashing The Ceiling, as I’ve produced this conversation in partnership with Veterinary Woman, a platform to help and inspire women to develop the confidence to overcome challenges and follow their passions. They want to […]
Today is our 50th episode! I am also SO pleased that for this milestone I’m joined by a woman that I am honoured to call a friend, someone that I’ve known for a very long time and whose career has […]
Imagine if your Instagram bio read, “First of her name, smasher of the patriarchy, mother of sons, leader of committees, warrior for social justice, dweller by the water, knitter of hats, Master of Religious Studies”. WHAT AN INTRO!  Today we’re […]
We’re back on career skills this week, and today we are talking about NETWORKING.  Love it or loathe it, building your network is key to building your career. For most of us, the word networking brings to mind excruciating post-work […]
The sound of a child’s laughter, the waves crashing on the shore, the birds in the trees in the morning – there are so many sounds in our every day lives that we take completely for granted.  We go to […]
Gloria Mitchell is an audacious woman. From bluntly telling the owner of a night school that she was homeless and needed help, to going on her first business trip in a limousine whilst living in her own car, Gloria’s story […]
Josephine Anselin has a true spirit of adventure. After a childhood spent in multiple countries, her adult life has taken her from her home in Luxembourg to the oil rigs of the North Sea, the wilds of New Zealand and […]
We are BACK for Season 2! Welcome to a new series of Smashing The Ceiling, where today we are looking forwards by looking back, and kicking off the season with an episode on self-reflection.  It’s easy to scoff at the […]
The eagle-eared amongst you may have noticed that the podcast has been on a little summer holiday…but put it in your diaries, we will be back on Sunday 1st September! #podcast #shepodcasts #summerholiday #weareback #backinthegame
Jen Kneale has an affinity with the sea that stems from a lifetime spent on the ocean. It’s no exaggeration to say that a love of the sea runs in her veins: like her father and grandfather before her she […]
My guest today is Madeleine Black, a true survivor, whose story offers hope to those who have also suffered at the hands of others. We are not, she says, defined by what knocks us down – we are instead defined […]
Ash Fox is someone with a rare joie de vivre and enthusiasm for life, whose joy is infectious and whose presence makes you feel good. She is also a grafter, and today tells me the story of how she became […]
Today we’re kicking on with the third episode of our series on career skills for the workplace, which are being slotted around our fabulous guests in 2019. I thought it would be useful to look at a few different areas […]
Jane Green is someone with many a story to tell, from being head-hunted to the Foreign Office aged 18, to spending years on the high seas in the merchant Navy, to becoming one of the UK’s most successful and prominent […]
My guest this week, Goli Kalkhoran, was one of those people with what looked like the ‘perfect’ career path: excellent grades at school and university, a smooth path to law school, a great first job in a corporate law firm […]
Freda Yuan lives for coffee: the aroma, the taste, the experience and the benefits it brings in life. Her job title is ‘Head of Coffee’ at Origin Coffee Roasters, day-to-day she oversees procurement of coffee – including green coffee – […]
For most of us, our experience of FBI agents comes only through box sets and movies, and we have no idea what life is really like on the inside of one of the world’s most famous government agencies. One person […]

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