Do What You Love is growing fast, and we are delighted to work with a team of brilliant people based on three continents to bring tools and inspiration to you. Get to know some of the team a little better here:
BETH KEMPTON (nee NICHOLLS) (Founder) At heart Beth is a wanderer, an adventurer, a seeker of beauty. Her life story is a catalogue of wild and crazy experiences which she wouldn’t believe if she hadn’t been there herself. She also happens to be an award-winning entrepreneur with a strong sense of social responsibility, who has worked alongside some of the world’s most well-known brands and has been instrumental in raising over $10 million for charity.
Beth founded Do What You Love, to give creative women the tools and inspiration to do what they love for life. This includes groundbreaking retreats and e-courses which have been described as ‘life-changing’, ‘awe-inspiring’ and ‘transformational’. Beth also runs a boutique consultancy specialising in responsible business, and has experience working with UN agencies, global brands and NGOs in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East. In 2010 she was selected by Marie Claire Magazine as one of the UK’s 16 most exciting young female entrepreneurs. Recently Beth was chosen as a finalist for the Digital Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2012, in the Education Entrepreneur category, in recognition of Do What You Love’s pioneering online courses, and in 2013 was awarded a place as one of the ‘Top 42 under 42′ entrepreneurs in Yorkshire.
Beth has a Master’s degree in Japanese and used to host her own TV show. She is a keen photographer and writer, and an emerging surface pattern designer. She also has a slight obsession with washi tape and beautiful paper, and harbours a secret dream to launch her own stationery line. Beth drinks tea with milk every morning, and often dreams of chocolate. She got married in April 2013 and now goes by the name of Beth Kempton. Find out more here
LOUISE GALE New York based Louise provides friendly support to our course participants, as well as offering colour insight for The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. Louise can be found following her passion on her blog and helping to raise the positive energy of lives in her collaborative project “Your heART makes a difference”. In her own words…
“Opening my heart, trusting in the universe and doing something I truly love everyday has unfolded a whole new world for me. I used to be someone who was constantly searching, and not really knowing what for, looking for things outside of myself, instead of looking within.
In 2009, I picked up a paintbrush again, embarking on a new journey, leaving behind a corporate job with a windowless office. Soon after, I met Beth, at our first art retreat together, creating and both doing what we love. The moment we met I knew it was just the beginning. I have always believed that everything is connected and all the people I meet, the roads I travel and experiences I have, are there for a reason. I am so thrilled to be part of the DWYL team – part of something I truly believe in.
I am passionate about the universe, pattern, color and the energy that is all around us. I combine energy coaching techniques with color and creativity to see beautiful results in others. Doing what I love, in the ‘sweet spot’ of where I want to be.” (Image by NavyBlur)
“Some of my strongest childhood memories are listening to the tales and stories of my grandmother’s time spent living in Sudan in the 1950s and looking at old photographs of unfamiliar surroundings from, what she called, ‘sausage trees’ (due to the sausage shaped fruit) to the beautiful faces of the Sudanese friends they made. Looking back, it seems that this was the beginning of a curious passion for African life that led me on a path of exploration from teaching in Malawi aged 18, to assisting with relief work in Sri Lanka following the tsunami, to various travel adventures and my consequential decision to work within the international development sector.
I first met Beth working at UNICEF which provided me with the confidence and experience to return to Africa, this time Ghana, to work for an inspirational organisation called Right to Dream whose vision is to nurture talented, underprivileged individuals into role models for society, leading change and assisting development. There, I established and started a Paralympic Programme, resulting in four athletes qualifying for London 2012, and learnt to overcome many challenges and disappointments but also achieved a great sense of satisfaction and pride from what I had managed to achieve.
Growing up, this is something that I never dreamt of being able to do as I suffered from M.E. for 14 years of my life and struggled to remember, or even dream of, living without the constant battle of trying to get through one day due to complete physical and mental exhaustion. It was only through reluctantly participating in The Lightning Process that I was able to live a ‘normal’ life again and realise that I did have control of my life and was no longer a victim of my illness. The course taught me and enabled me to do a great deal and it is this appreciation of such medians that has reconnected me with Beth and DWYL.
I truly loved my life in Ghana but have recently returned to London to follow a bigger love in my life which is to be with my financé, Ben, and to plan our wedding! I am excited to be a part of Do What You Love, which has big things in the pipeline….”