In 2014 I was accepted onto the EY Vantage Program and selected to work alongside CurlStone Studios, an Endeavor Jordan entrepreneur. Following one of the most memorable six weeks of my working career with Curlstone and the Endeavor office in Jordan, I took on the role of EMEIA EY Vantage Leader at EY. Through this I got to work directly with the Endeavor Global and Country office teams and their entrepreneurs. The following year I was promoted to the Global Lead of the EY Vantage Program and continued to work with Endeavor. Since I left EY to take a sabbatical, I have continued to stay in contact with Endeavor entrepreneurs and staff. For example I met with Hendy Sentiono in Indonesia and nearly ended up at Dani Terminals birthday in Mexico. Now as I embark on setting up my own consultancy, staying closely connected to Endeavor is a no brainer, and I feel I have friends across the world.
Working alongside Endeavor changed my whole work trajectory and my ambitions both professionally and personally. There is a real possibility that without first working with Curlstone in Jordan, I could have become a boring consultant making money but not having any job satisfaction. Landing the role working day by day with Endeavor supported me to become more entrepreneurial and ambitious.
I am proud and genuinely very humbled to have been able to speak to and work alongside so many Endeavor Entrepreneurs, the Global and Country Teams, and the Investors and Board members. Only since stepping out of EY and holding my own discussions with entrepreneurs without access to Endeavor or similar, do I understand the real power of the organisation.