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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.


My guest today, Sarah Williams, started her career in the reasonably conventional manner of a successful woman: high class university education, graduate training programme and a career in the City, with the work-hard, play-hard London high life of a twenty-something […]
If you’ve ever tried stand up paddle boarding, you’ll know it requires co-ordination, patience and a whole lot of ab strength. Now imagine paddling 1000 miles whilst balancing large volumes of plastic waste that you’ve painstakingly collected from the water […]
1 in 3 women in this country are incontinent, and that’s probably an underestimation, according to pelvic health physiotherapist Elaine Miller. She is making it her mission to get women talking about this, post-childbirth and otherwise. Physiotherapy is a straightforward […]
If you think about sailing a yacht round the world, what image comes into your mind? Fantastic sunsets, calm seas, whales and dolphins appearing intermittently, and balmy days in a bikini? Yep, me too. The reality of round-the-world ocean racing […]
In the era of Weinstein, #MeToo and Oscars So White, there have been a lot of discussions and much written about diversity in Hollywood. Although there’s a long way to go to achieve parity of pay and representation, it feels […]
Most doctors never consider that a whale might get breast cancer, or a marmoset might get heart disease, or that common conditions seen in human athletes might also be seen a cheetah, a greyhound or an antelope.  Barbara Natterson Horowitz […]
Amelia Viney describes herself as a kid who sought to be involved in “some kind of liberation”, but found herself working in the corridors of power of Westminster and Capitol Hill. Saba Shafi was a Liberian refugee who came to […]
My guest this week is a woman who has smashed through many a glass ceiling in the world of science with grace, endeavour and success. She is Dame Athene Donald, professor of experimental physics at the University of Cambridge and […]
Alexandra Heminsley is a writer, broadcaster and journalist, whose books ‘Running Like A Girl’ and ‘Leap In: A Woman, Some Waves And The Will To Swim’ chronicle her journey into, firstly, marathon running and subsequently the unknown world of open […]
If you cut Manon Bradley down the middle, she jokes, it would say ‘powerlifting’ running through her core like a stick of rock. Her entry into the sport came via a throwaway comment that she had “great legs for weightlifting”, […]
Those of us who love running just put on our running shoes and go. But what if you didn’t have access to a sports bra and trainers, or didn’t have the confidence to start? Nicola Miller is the founder and […]
Dame Professor Uta Frith is a developmental psychologist. Her capacity to break down barriers began at school, where she attended the local boys’ school in Germany to pursue her interests in science and maths – the start of a long […]
Sally Snow is a zoologist, documentary maker and shark chaser – what an awesome job description!  Born and raised in West Wales, Sally spent her childhood sharing the bathroom with otters, living in the sea and trying to avoid accidentally […]
Iona Bain started her career as a professional musician but strayed down the path of financial journalism after losing all her hard-earned cash in a robbery – listen in to hear the story of her stolen piggy bank! As the […]
Jamie Chadwick is a prodigious talent in the field of motorsport. Aged 14 she was racing an Aston Martin with the best of the boys, and is currently competing at Formula 3 level, with the aim of entering Formula 1 […]

The Skylark Collective is the go-to sisterhood for women with a vision for their podcast. We see your power and your potential. We want to welcome you, meet you, share ideas and learn from each other. Let’s celebrate together, lift each other up, and open the door to your podcasting potential.