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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.


This week’s episode is about taking on adventures in life, whether personal or professional, & how to achieve your goals. It doesn’t really matter what your ‘Thing’ is, but if there’s a goal you want to achieve or a challenge […]
Imagine trying to live your life with the person you dislike the most standing at your shoulder the whole time. Imagine the cruellest things they ever said to you, the way it made you feel, and how the stress associated […]
Today we’re into the second episode of our new series on career skills to help you in the workplace. These podcasts are here to help you progress your career, and will be periodically slotted in between our fantastic guests over […]
Kate Healy has, she says, always been interested in money: how people use it, why some people squander it, why others are obsessed with it and how some use a little to produce a lot. Money still carries a stigma, […]
Jaclyn Whittal is the kind of woman we love on this podcast: she is brave, fearless and she says ‘Yes’ to almost every opportunity that comes her way in life. This approach has led her down a winding career path […]
The word ‘powerhouse’ is much overused these days, but it certainly applies to Gabby Edlin in the context of periods. She is a tour de force in the fight against period poverty as founder and CEO of Bloody Good Period, […]
Shereen Kassam defines herself as a corporate America addict, stand-up comedy lover, speaker of all things fun, podcasting enthusiast, improv teacher and shoe junkie. What a list! Shereen’s dad wanted her to be a doctor, but she couldn’t cope with […]
This week’s guest, Kathryn Nicolai, has a voice that soothes the soul, and since her podcast, Nothing Much Happens, launched in April 2018, she has gently encouraged more than two million people to snuggle into their duvet and fall asleep. […]
Here at Smashing the Ceiling we love to showcase the careers of women who have taken the road less travelled, and there’s so much to discuss on that front with today’s guest, Anna Lundberg, a woman who has always forged […]
Today we’re starting a new series on career skills to help you in the workplace which will be periodically slotted in amongst our fantastic guests over the next few months. This series was inspired when a friend revealed to me […]
The chances are that aged 15 or 16 you went to do one week of school work experience, and have never given it a second thought since (although my brother ended up with an excellent full-time job from his one […]
Jamie Jones Coleman is a trauma surgeon. As she puts it, most of what she does is “fixing holes in people”, but that massively down-plays the complexity, skill and adrenaline of her job. The bleep goes, the team swings into […]
Time flies doesn’t it?! We’ve nearly reached the end of 2018, and the usual lists of people that have influenced the year are being published in every newspaper and magazine, along with predictions of the movers and shakers for 2019. […]
Those of you who listen regularly will know that I am really passionate about sport and that the theme of running (yes, I am one of those annoying people that loves to run) featured in earlier interviews with Nicola Miller, […]
There’s so much to talk about with this week’s guest, Ninorah Fernandes-Brookshire and I’m delighted to have her on the show. Nino is the co-founder of NRI Women, a platform supporting non-resident Indian women across the world. It has now […]
Laura Bartlett is a one-woman entrepreneurial whirlwind. In a world that said print journalism is dead, Laura stuck two fingers up to the status quo and founded House Of Coco, a luxury travel and fashion magazine for the “nomadic adventure […]
Lisa Cox is, quite honestly, an amazing human being. As a young woman she played national level volleyball, flew through two degrees in media and communications and was rapidly forging a hugely successful career as a copywriter in the advertising […]
Hi team. We’re taking a little departure from the normal format of the show today, as a friend recently pointed out to me that I’d never really introduced myself as part of this show and that it might be a […]
In the very first episode of this podcast I spoke about my motivations behind starting this project, one of which was providing insight into employment worlds that you, as a listener, may never have considered before, or know very little […]
By the time I was in my early twenties, Carrie Bradshaw and the women in Sex and the City seemed to have revolutionised the way sex was discussed amongst groups of girl friends – my peer group certainly had a […]

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