25K Women and Counting and Connecting with Hub Dot
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” ~ Brene Brown
Every month I’ll feature an inspiring entrepreneur, a thought leader, a mover and shaker, who is changing the world one idea and one person at a time. I’ll highlight people from around the world that’ll hopefully inspire you too. This month I sit down and chat with the lovely Hub Dot’s Founder Simona Barbieri. Hub Dot is an international online community and curator of events for women, going from strength to strength.
1) What’s your story?
I am a Neapolitan/ Londoner mamma with a big passion for Jazz and helping people connect. I want everyone in this world to experience Alchemy and make meaningful connections.
2) What inspired you four years ago to host a women’s coffee at your London home?
One day, a friend made a silly comment: “Simona ..for you everything in life is always so easy” and I thought “WHAT?? WHAT IS SHE TALKING ABOUT?” It was funny and hurtful at the same that that’s how she saw me on the outside, without knowing my story. In that moment Hub Dot was born. I wanted to strip away those superficial layers that prevent us from connecting authentically. Then 5 Dots came to mind…
That morning at my house, I thought of five ‘mind sets’ that would help everyone break the ice and get to know each other with open hearts and open minds. The Dots enabled everyone, however shy, to bond. Within minutes, all these friends and friends of friends were connecting, supporting and inspiring each other, exchanging contacts, wisdom and expertise.
Dots did their work. Life changing connections were made….that’s what we call Alchemy.
3) Tell me more about Hub Dot and the amazing Dots that make up this global community.
A group of 98 friends and friends of friends that were squashed around my kitchen table 4 years ago has grown into something I would have never ever imagined! We are in so many cities around the world and we have finally created a piazza on line where people can connect no matter the place, the time, the location. Yet, our ethos remains the same – Hub Dot is not selective. We don’t care if you ‘re senior or junior, at home with the kids or captain of industry. We ask you to pick a Dot, share your story and be open to connect at our physical and on our digital piazza.
4) What makes Hub Dot different from other women networking groups and communities?
A lot of networking groups are about celebrating one aspect of a woman’s life (women in law, mother’s Hubs etc.), we are the piazza! Somebody said Hub Dot is the network of all the networks – we are about work/hobbies/aspirations. We want to create an environment where everyone can explore ‘that next chapter ‘ of their life that hasn’t been written yet.
When you wear a name badge with a work title, you network. When you pick a Dot and share your story, you find Alchemy.
5) What type of women attends a Hub Dot event? What can she expect to give and receive from attending an event?
We are such a mix community – younger and wiser women, entrepreneurs and mothers, artists and activists. Everyone coming to a Hub Dot event anywhere in the world needs to be open as they step into our piazza where there is no judgement but only inspiration and the extraordinary opportunity to make meaningful connections.
6) Where do you see Hub Dot going from here?
I see the Dots filling the whole world and connecting people across countries – in offices, cafés, schools. I want a Dot to allow a woman entrepreneur in Mali to find her mentor in London. That will be a dream come true for me.
7) What are your favourite places in London?
My Home in Parsons Green with Joe and the kids. Our Kitchen table and our long lazy lunches with family games and tons of yummy food.
Covent Garden and the piazza where street artists find a wonderful stage and a warm audience.
Albert Bridge when it’s lit up – it reminds me why I love this city so much.
8) What advice would you give to your younger self, now that you’ve had all these life experiences?
I would tell her: “Simona, stop feeling that you are ‘not enough, not successful enough, not beautiful enough’ ‘stop looking for the extraordinary and be less judgmental because the extraordinary is in the ordinary’.”
Thank you Simona for connecting the dots and the beautiful work that you’re doing around the world!
If you’re in London next week, join us Wednesday the 8th for “Making the World a Better Place”. I’ll be taking the stage! Join me and Hub Dot’s storytellers as we share stories around businesses, communities and initiatives that are making our planet and our lives one step healthier… happier and all around better.
For more information on Hub Dot and to start your Dot Alchemy click here.
As always, I’d love connecting with you and hear about how you’ve connected the dots in your life and around the world! Or let me know if you or someone you know would be great to feature for my community. Head over to the comments section below to share your thoughts.
With love and gratitude,