Women Inspiring Women: Fatima Zaidi

This month, we’ll be hearing from inspiring women in our network and sharing their stories. We’re passionate about supporting women, especially in their health and wellness journeys. Read on to get top tips for living, working, and playing optimally from women trailblazers.

Profile: Fatima Zaidi

Tell us about yourself.

Fatima Zaidi is the CEO and co-founder of Quill Inc. the world’s first one-stop marketplace and agency where podcasters and brands can find pre-vetted experts who will save them time, improve their podcast quality, and help grow their audience. She is also the owner of the Listen In Conference held in LA that supports brands moving into podcasting. As a member of the National Speakers Bureau, Fatima has spoken at various events around the world on media and tech trends leading her to keynote on world stages alongside speakers like Gary Vaynerchuk, and most recently Richard Branson. In addition to being a commentator for BNN Bloomberg, she is a frequent contributor to publications including The Globe and Mail, and Huffington Post. Over the past few years she has won two Top 30 under 30 awards, the Young Professional of the Year by Notable Life, and one of Flare Magazine’s Top 100 Women. Fatima is the Co-Chair of the #Tech4SickKids advisory council for SickKids, and her career highlight is being on a panel with Beyoncé’s dad!

What do you consider as your biggest achievement?

My career highlight is being on a panel with Beyoncé’s dad!

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

We live in a digital world where most of us can run a business from our living room without having to interact with the outside world thanks to paid digital, and SEO… However, offline tactics have the power of forming stronger relationships and I have built my entire network on one handshake at a time. Networking events, and building long standing relationships have been a huge catalyst in my sales career and not something that can ever be replaced with technology or digital tactics. Anyone can learn the technical aspects of a sales funnel and move a deal through a pipeline but the value of a strong personal brand, and strong network is irreplaceable.

How do you stay productive and be your best self at work?

Cash flow is king. The best way to know whether you have a good business idea is to build profitability into your business model from day one. Focus on sales and market validation and interact directly with your customers.

What’s your top mental health tip for when the going gets tough?

First and foremost I’m big on taking care of myself – I need to get my 8 hours of sleep, and disconnect often so when I’m pulling my usual 14 hour days I can be fully productive and engaged. Unfortunately thanks to tech icons who constantly promote the hustle 24/7 mentality that leads to burnout people think they can’t achieve balance or shouldn’t be striving for it. So I think one of the ways I manage my time so effectively is because I’m very intentional about making time for my mental health, the gym, travel, my friends and family. And of course there are some weeks where I pull ridiculous hours and I’m okay with that – balance to me is balance over time.

What are your top health hacks?

Be unapologetic about your mental health and work life balance!

How do you ensure your personal and/or family’s financial wellness?

Diversify your assets, and make sure you have a will early on!

What’s your favorite fun activity?

Watching the bachelor, eating tacos, diving, and Beyoncé dance parties.

Who are your female role models and why?

I admire Oprah and Sara Blakely for their business acumen, and Maya Angelou and Gloria Steinman for their philanthropy and legacy.

This month, we’re sharing inspiring women’s stories. Who inspires you? Leave their name and social media link in the comments below!

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