Meet Tiffany Kelly, CEO of Beyond Bamboo. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I would like you to meet Tiffany Kelly, CEO of Beyond Bamboo. Beyond Bamboo aims to be the largest global community of sustainable products, services and suppliers working as a collective to restore and rejuvenate the planet. I was excited when Tiffany accepted my interview offer. I couldn’t wait to hear more about her and her business.
Meet Tiffany Kelly, CEO of Beyond Bamboo
Hello Tiffany, it is a pleasure to interview you. Tell me something about yourself.
I am a serial entrepreneur with multiple businesses and projects focused on delivering Three Global Goals of Educational Innovation, Empowering Everyone and Environmental Rejuvenation. Ever since I was a young girl, I have felt passionate that we need to make change happen in this world. I believe that the best way to do this is through mindset change. In 2010 I started my charity Legacy Project working with disempowered youth in the UK. I started the Global Youth Awards in 2012, which now provides a platform and resources for hundreds of our winners worldwide. In 2015 I co-founded our consultancy business Roundtable Global focused on personal empowerment and responsible leadership. In January, I launched Beyond Bamboo – my latest venture focused on creating conscious consumerism and rejuvenating and restoring the planet.
What Inspires You To Start Your Business?
Usually, I want to solve a challenge or issue in the world – if no one else is doing it. I take responsibility for making it happen. For example, I started Beyond Bamboo as I couldn’t find anywhere that could give me information about and access to sustainable and ethical products and services. I have always focused my energy on what I would like to create in the world rather than what I don’t like.
How Did You Come Up With The Name For Your Company?
Everyone is talking about sustainability, but sustaining means doing no more harm, which I don’t think is enough. We need to go beyond sustainability and restore and rejuvenate the planet—the same with our new solutions and resources. Everyone thought Bamboo was the next best thing when we started Beyond Bamboo. Still, we need to look at more innovative ways to change. Such as buying second-hand or using already existing materials that can be recycled into something new.
How Do You Define Success?
Being happy and healthy has meant finding my bliss – working out what gives me passion and purpose. What I love doing and doing more of it. I am an excellent example of someone getting paid for doing what I love.
What Challenges Do You Face The Most?
In the early days, it was an investment as it was a new concept, and we were a new team, but that is snowballing beautifully now. I would have to find my balance regarding how I am spending my time and my leadership style balance between feminine and masculine yang.
How Do You Handle Challenges With Family Life?
My family and husband are super supportive and excited about everything I do. So I don’t have any challenges except that I can sometimes be challenging to get hold of and find it hard to switch off into relaxation mode.
What Is Your Favourite Aspect Of Being An Entrepreneur?
Deciding how I spend my hours of each day and doing what I love—also helping to make other people’s dreams come true and unlocking potential and passion.
I Am Sure Some Aspiring Entrepreneurs Are Reading This. What Advice Would You Give Them?
There is a lot of advice out there that can create limiting beliefs in entrepreneurs like you have to fail to succeed and you need to make mistakes to learn. Also that it will be hard at first, and it will take a long time to make money, which may be true but only because you believe it to be. When we started RoundTable, we assumed we would win business straight away and be profitable and successful within year one. As a female entrepreneur, I would also say to other women, if you have an idea go for it – there aren’t enough of us out there.
Can You Advise The Audience On How To Support Each Other During The Pandemic?
To be supportive, we should focus on taking responsibility for the changes and decisions we make and putting energy into using this time to effect culture change. The way we work needs to change, and workplaces need to become more human. Let’s be kind and supportive to each other.
Last but not least, Do you have any questions for me?
Why do you do what you do and what is the best part of it?
Thank you for the question, Tiffany. I started the blog because I wanted to use my story to empower people, especially young women like myself. While doing this, I realised that I could also learn from people who already do what I want to do in the future. That is why I started reaching out to Enterepurners to share their story. I believed it would be inspiring to other young women who have a dream of becoming their boss. The best part of blogging is the freedom to work at my own pace and meet people globally.
I want to say a Big Thank You to Tiffany Kelly for this Inspiring Interview, and I wish her all the best.
I hope you enjoyed that.
Tiffany Kelly is the founder of Beyond Bamboo. A global community of sustainable products, services and suppliers working as a collective to restore and rejuvenate the planet. With a marketplace, a B2B supplier portal, a knowledge hub and a team of passionate people dedicated to triple bottom line reporting, Beyond Bamboo aim to help us all do well by doing good.