Jan Southern

Lisa is an authentic East Ender of Polish and Irish descent. Lisa cares deeply about the community and making Tower Hamlets safe and inclusive for everyone, having always lived and worked locally. She started her career as a market trader and from an early age was honing her entrepreneurial skills. Lisa went on to support at-risk young people with legal issues and appeals. As a community volunteer, Lisa has raised substantial funds for education and charitable organisations and has strategically supported many more.

Lisa is a fellow of The School of Social Entrepreneurs, graduating in 2013.

She was also recognised in 2021 by being a winner of the Social Innovation Prize. This is is awarded annually by Trinity Hall College Cambridge, and the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation based at  University of Cambridge Judge Business School. It is given to a few chosen individuals for their achievement to date and for their ambitious plans for the future.

As the founder of Social Ark, Lisa helps grassroots social entrepreneurs, whom she describes as ‘hidden gems’, to use their lived experience to develop social businesses and to create a better life for themselves and the community around them.

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Gallup CliftonStrengths®
Strategic | Developer | Relator | Positivity | Individualisation

I am delighted to be involved with Social Entrepreneur Festival Online. Too often our emotional wellbeing in business is paid lip service to. Yet, your emotional wellbeing is a vital part that lets you bring your goals to life.

That’s why it’s wonderful to be part of this exciting festival that recognises that YOU are the face, heartbeat and passion of your enterprise.

I am a Somatic Therapist. My passion? Helping people embrace their potential and do the work that they love – making a difference to the world.

The people I work with see things from a different perspective. They thrive on coming up with innovative solutions to problems. It is their passion. Yet, even the most enthusiastic, resourceful people face their own struggles.

Worrying if they are up to scratch.

Concerned that they’ll let people down.

Working hard to do everything perfectly.

Afraid of failing and having to give up on their dreams.

My expertise is helping my clients develop trust in themselves, know and feel they are good enough and recognise that their achievements are thanks to their skills and strengths. Freeing them to go unapologetically out into the world and do work they’re proud of.

I work with my global clients from my Edinburgh-based ZOOM office.

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