A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Women’s Health: Birth Control May Boost Risk of Carrying Staph Bacteria

Women’s Health: Birth Control May Boost Risk of Carrying Staph Bacteria

Women’s Money: Money Problems: Why It’s So Hard To Say “I Can’t Afford It”

Women’s Money: Money Problems: Why It’s So Hard To Say “I Can’t Afford It”

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Farida Gibbs

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Farida Gibbs

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Farida Gibbs

Gibbs S3, also known as GS3, is a privately held, certified woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) founded in 2005 by CEO Farida Gibbs. Headquartered in Surrey, Gibbs S3 is an international provider of IT Staffing, IT Consulting and IT Resource Solutions in the UK, with operations in the US and Europe. Gibbs S3 is a tier 1 supplier to FTSE100 clients and according to Staffing Industry Analyst S3 is ranked 7th largest global diversity firm. A corporate member of MSDUK council (minority supplier development council UK) and finalists for the Fast Growth Business Awards 2011.

Farida began her career more than 15 years ago and has extensive experience in the Banking & Finance, Insurance/Reinsurance, Energy & Utilities and Retail Industries.

Farida’s passion is to deliver and exceed customer expectations. Her inspiring career and rise to the top has led her to direct the UK’s efforts and become one of the fastest growing IT staffing providers. Her partnership with S3, has seen the global business post $205 million in sales revenues for 2010, of which the UK arm saw an incredible 500% growth in 12 months.

Gibbs S3 has an international footprint serving the UK, Europe and US with branch locations in Surrey (HQ), London and Cheshire, which also services customers in Edinburgh, Scotland and Dublin, Ireland.  We were fortunate enough to meet with Farida in her busy schedule, although she was more than happy to spare the time, to find out more about her.

How did you end up in the world of IT Recruitment?

Like most people in IT recruitment, I “fell” into it! Except my motivations for staying in this forever changing industry was very different than others. I graduated from University in business management and wanted to pursue a career in H.R.  Whilst studying full time and working a 50 hour week at one of the world’s largest teleservices/callcentre businesses I learnt so much about the staffing world – planning, customer services, scheduling, resource solutions etc. After graduation the company I worked for announced redundancies so I decided to accept a role with one of their competitors as an Operations HR Manager. 13 months into the role I realised I would never pay off my students debts! Not in my life time! My Sister, who worked for a global recruitment firm suggested I jump on the other side of the fence and take up a recruitment role, earn commission pay off my debts and go back into my planned HR career. A good idea but in order to do that I had to take a 50 % paycut! The commission plans were good and I had no doubt in my capabilities that I could become a top salesperson. Forward the clocks 10 years and I am very proud to be CEO for Gibbs S3, a global provider of IT Staffing, IT Consulting and reSourcing Solutions, a certified woman-owned business, 500% growth in 2010, offices in Surrey, London and Cheshire, and number 1 supplier to the 3rd largest bank in the world.

The City never ‘sleeps’ and will always be open to those who are top players in their field.

What are your predictions for the job market in the City , will we see a shortage of roles ?

I’ve been doing this job for over 10 years, and the answer to that question is simple, it’s “cyclical”. The London financial markets will always be busy, but it will also go through some turbulent times depending on the stock markets and institutional decisions on taxes, rates and so on. The City never ‘sleeps’ and will always be open to those who are top players in their field. Sometimes roles will land in peoples laps, and sometime people may just have to look a little harder than usual. I don’t see a shortage of roles, just a shortage of good talent, and believe me, there is plenty of good talent out there, some people just don’t realise how good they really are. When the market moves it sure does move! I love it when I hear people are getting multiple offers on the table, and I don’t worry too much when there is a shortage of roles. It’s a temporary ‘pause’. Businesses need to breath, reassess, evaluate their operations, budget, and headcounts and when they are ready… the pause button comes off and it’s business as usual.

What challenges have you faced in your career and how did you overcome them?

Life is full of challenges, and I’ve come across many challenges in my career! I’ve overcome them by simply remaining positive, focussed, not allowing my emotions to interfere with my passions. I guess the challenges which are more apparent or stick out like a sore thumb was working in a very male dominated environment particularly in the areas of investment banking and most of all juggling motherhood whilst building a growing business with very little support around me. But I did it, and haven’t looked back since J

Being a good role model/mother is vital to me

What is the best and worst thing about being the boss of your own company?

Best thing about being boss of my own company is the flexibility I have so that I can spend quality time with my two daughters and my husband. Making sure I am there for them all the time. Being a good role model/mother is vital to me, especially when they need me during their influential years. The other best things are; being able to implement my ideas for the business, watch the visions I had for the business become reality, hire a team I believe in and more importantly have fun along the way.

Worst thing about being boss of my own company is pretty simple to answer, I never switch off!

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?

I guess not mixing my emotions with my passion. For example, not getting emotional about matters out of my control but I’ve learnt the hard way and I now know how to handle situations I’m faced with if I run into challenges, difficult people etc. Stay true to yourself and follow your heart. If you honestly believe something is right, then it probably is.

We hear you are passionate about Corporate Responsibility, tell us a little more about how GibbsS3 is working with the community?

I am very passionate about social responsibility! I love helping others. If corporate responsibility can play a bigger part then great. I love helping young children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. I guess when I look at my upbringing and didn’t have the latest pair of trainers or new gear that was in fashion but what I did have was respect for my family, for people around me and most of all for my mother and father. When I look at society today, I ask myself “what’s happened”. I truly believe that more work is needed with our next generation and the children at our primary schools because those are the ages we ‘can’ influence before it’s too late. I have just started working with a school in North London which I visited just before the summer holidays and was stunned at what I saw. I left upset and determined to make a difference. I am working with the school and together we have ideas to make the school a better environment for the young children, more equipment for playtime like footballs, goal posts, skipping ropes and hula hoops for girls. The thing I’m most excited about is a Programme to teach young kids about reward and recognition for good behaviour, respect, attitude, determination which can lead to success. Gibbs S3 will look to reward the children with the latest pair of trainers, bikes, games consoles, computer games etc. I just cannot wait to get stuck in!

What tips or advice can you offer with WeAreTheCity members?

Be true to yourself, follow your gut instinct, take a leap of faith, help others, keep your chin up and always keep smiling no matter what.

What do you put Gibbs S3’s success down to?

I cannot take all the credit for the company’s success, and must pay a huge tribute to my wonderful Sister who took a leap of faith from her very successful career to join me and take the company forward. She shared the same visions, philosophies and passions as I did. My brother too who left his role as a Technical Break Fix Engineer to start up a Desk finding the best IT talent for some key clients and also to my husband who started our Professional Services team and added a new dimension to the business that now offers our clients an alternative solution in Technology reSourcing.

Read More: http://www.wearethecity.com/inspirational-woman-farida-gibbs-ceo-gibbs-s3/

A Message From The Creator

Women’s Money: Money Problems: Why It’s So Hard To Say “I Can’t Afford It”


Why is it still so difficult to say those four little words?

That’s the question journalist Veronia Dagher posed recently in the Wall Street Journal. After all, huge numbers of Americans are struggling financially at the moment; anyone having to cut back or do without has lots of company. Reuters broke the news last week that the second quarter of 2012 saw the most significant rise in household debt since 2008. Forbesreported that outstanding student loans together amounted to over $1 trillion in March 2012, and, according to the Washington Post, American consumers “are projected to finish 2012 with a net increase of $43.5 billion in credit card debt.”

And yet, admitting that there’s no room in your budget for that dinner or new outfit, or even a haircut or pedicure, sometimes feels so hard that you go ahead and spring for it anyway — as those credit card debt numbers bear out.

The reason we can’t just say “no,” Carl Sword, a New York-based psychoanalyst told the Journal, is that the pressure to spend often comes from peers. Dagher wrote that “feelings of shame, embarrassment or a desire to avoid conflict are just some of the reasons folks won’t say no.”

Jezebel‘s Dodai Stewart suggested that women especially are pressured to spend on their appearances, clothes, and accessories, whether or not they have the means. Maintaining hair and nails, waxing, shaving, and other types of grooming can be expensive as well as time-consuming.

So, what would make it easier to stop spending outside your means? Sword suggested holding frank conversations with friends and family about the limits of your budget and also to beware purchasing too quickly, before you’ve had time to think it over. Another reason to get off those flash sale sites, right?

And it’s best to avoid dishonesty, Brad Klontz, a Hawaii-based financial planner and financial psychologist told the Journal. Not wanting to reveal their financial struggles, people with limited means sometimes cancel frequently or make up excuses for declining pricey social invitations and end up alienating their friends in the process.

Commenters on Stewart’s piece offered suggestions for how to deal with friends who are less than understanding about your budgetary limitations. Teachplayloverecommended blaming a tight budget on a nonexistent third party: “We have ALWAYS said, “Our Financial Planner says No.” Exactly two people know that our Financial Planner’s name is ‘Excel’ or ‘Google Spreadsheet.'”

JustMe35 switching out the statement “I can’t afford it” for the less embarrassing “that is too expensive and not a necessity.”

And Tallgirl206 advised a more radical way to avoid money-related shame:
“If your “friends” make you feel like shit for saying “I can’t afford it” then it’s time to get some new friends.”
Would you be comfortable telling a friend “I can’t afford it?”, or getting rid of a friend who didn’t understand your money troubles? Tweet us @HuffPostWomen or sound off in the comments section.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/26/money-problems-hard-to-say-i-cant-afford-it_n_1916168.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s Health: Birth Control May Boost Risk of Carrying Staph Bacteria

By: Rachael Rettner, MyHealthNewsDaily Staff Writer
Published: 09/13/2012 02:52 PM EDT on MyHealthNewsDaily

Taking birth control pills may make women’s bodies more hospitable to staph bacteria, a new study from Germany suggests.

In the study, women taking hormonal contraception were about twice as likely to persistently harbor staph bacteria in their nasal passages compared with women not taking hormonal contraception.

The findings suggest that the widespread use of birth control increases the “pool” of people harboring the bacteria, which in turn, may contribute to its spread to people susceptible to getting sick from an infection, said study researcher Dennis Nurjadi, of the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Tübingen.

The women in the study did not have staph infections. Many people carry the bacteria, called Staphylococcus aureus, on their skin or in their nasal passages without any problems. However, the bacteria can cause skin infections, particularly inside cuts and scratches, and infections can be lethal if they enter the bloodstream, according to the Mayo Clinic. People with weakened immune systems are particularly susceptible to staph infections.

The study only found an association, and not a direct cause-effect link between taking birth control and harboring staph. But if the findings hold up in future studies, it would mean that about 20 percent of women who carry the bacteria do so because they use hormonal contraception, the researchers said.

The study was published Sept. 5 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

Nurjadi and colleagues analyzed information from 1,180 young men and women who were seeking health advice before traveling to subtropical regions and provided two nasal swabs at least a month apart.

About 22 percent of participants carried Staphylococcus aureus in their nasal passages on both occasions, and were considered “persistent” carriers.

Women who took hormonal contraception were 1.9 times more likely to be persistent carriers compared with women who did not take hormonal contraception.

Additionally, the study showed that men were more likely to carry the bacteria than women who were not taking contraception. However, women taking contraception were more likely to carry the bacteria than men.

The findings held after the researchers took into account factors that could affect the likelihood of carrying the bacteria, including age, animal contact, smoking habits and history of skin infections.

Previous studies have found women with high estrogen levels are more likely to carryStaphylococcus aureus compared with women who have lower levels. It could be that high hormone levels affect the immune system, and in turn, make women more prone to carrying the bacteria, the researchers said. A study published last year found women in Africa who used hormonal contraception were at increased risk of acquiring HIV.

Because the study included mostly young people, it is important to reproduce the results in other populations, the researchers said.

Pass it on: Use of birth control may increase the risk of carrying staph bacteria.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/birth-control-may-boost-risk-of-carrying-staph-bacteria_n_1884725.html?utm_hp_ref=womens-health

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