Work hard, always try to be positive & be your best self everyday!"
Today we spend 5 minutes with a brew and a chat with Lisa Atherton, Relationship Manager at The Federation. Lisa lives in Manchester with her partner and three kids. Thanks for joining us Lisa!
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
My love for my job and my two youngest children, usually before my alarm goes off at 6am!
What is your typical day like?
As Relationship Manager, my focus is keeping our residents at The Federation happy! From our co-working floor where we have some wonderful small businesses, startups and social enterprises to the private office suites across three floors, there is never a dull day! I also manage accounts for members, anyone who holds events here as well as the day-to-day finances.
A typical day consists of first thing catching up on my inbox! Dealing with new enquiries and interest for space, talking to potential new residents and co-workers as well as arranging tours for people who are interested in being part of the Federation community or how they can be involved.
Many children do not have the opportunity to see or experience the world beyond their day-to-day life, so it is brilliant to be able to show them that opportunities exist within their reach. Or they can create them!
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is that I never know whats coming next! Every day is different - meeting lots of new people doing interesting things. I've really enjoyed learning more about start up businesses - it's incredible to hear how these businesses start from an idea and evolve, as well as seeing the extent of great things happening in Manchester and the North!
Your most memorable work moment...
Taking 90 school children on a tour around our co-working space! Okay, so we had to split them into groups but they were so excited to see what tech companies look like and learn about the companies and individuals using technology to do great and responsible things for our society's benefit. They loved the space and it was fantastic showing them what the world of work looks like nowadays and it isn't all suits and boardrooms. Many children do not have the opportunity to see or experience the world beyond their day-to-day life, so it is brilliant to be able to show them that opportunities exist within their reach. Or they can create them!
If you could be remembered for one thing, what would it be?
Probably how fussy I am with food or my OCD with cleanliness!
What inspires you?
Being a mother. The drive to want to do good and build a good life for me and my family, achieve success and provide for my children as well as showing them that they can achieve great things if they work hard for it, success and opportunities will not just come to you.
What food sums up happiness?
Definitely soul food, nothing more I love then curried chicken, rice & pea, jerk chicken, dumplings, steamed veg - I want it now!
What's the best advice that you've been given?
Always be kind to yourself, no matter what life throws at you. Never give yourself a hard time.
What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
Work hard, always try to be positive and be your best self everyday!
My 'Plan 'B''....
If I wasn't Relationship Manager at The Federation my 'Plan B' would be to learn more about a passion of mine, Interior Design. I love all things relating to the home, I could literally spend all my time in a homeware store. I am definitely a 'home girl', I love creating nice, welcoming spaces with beautiful pieces of furniture and decorating!
What does The Federation mean to you?
The Federation is like a home from home for me. I have been here since the very beginning when the building was just a shell and seeing how each floor has been turned into an amazing and unique space. It's been quite a journey, growing into the community hub it is today. Meeting the tech/digital world was completely new to me coming from a corporate background so it completely opened my eyes to the way our world is evolving and the opportunities and advancement for the generations to come. Most of all, I love all of the the things The Federation stands for, ethical values, giving back to the community, how we enable like-minded people to come together in an amazing co-working space and seeing all the great stuff people are involved in to make life better for future generations, makes me feel better about the world my children are growing up in.
Tell us a joke.
(laughter) What do you call a three-legged donkey? A wonkey! Disclaimer: this is from my 9 year old daughter, not from me!
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