What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than by catching up with Kylie Reid, the founder of the city’s leading female community, Edinburgh Gossip Girl? Today EGG hosted an International Women’s Day brunch in our luxurious Penthouse to commemorate one of their favourite days of the year. We managed to catch Kylie before the chaos commenced…
Can you tell me about why you wanted to host this event?
Well as you'll know it's International Women's Day, a day where we celebrate women's achievements and it felt right, that as a business that does this all year round anyway, that I should make a special point of gathering a group of amazing ladies in one of Edinburgh's most amazing places!
How has EGG affected your life?
How long have you got!? EGG has affected and improved my life in so many ways. It's given me the opportunity to run my own business, something I've always dreamed of. I've made amazing friends from the group, and through all the events we've hosted have improved business skills, my health and wellbeing, and learnt how to deal with grief and anxiety. The most rewarding thing is creating an amazing community of women who are now supporting each other on and offline and I'm blown away when I hear some of the positive stories that have come about as a result of the group. EGG has positively affected my life, but it's done the same for many others and that is really joyous.
Can you name your top 3 women that inspire you?
Marie Owen, CEO of LS Productions, one of the most down to earth, giving, intelligent and empathic people I've met, proving you don't have to be a bitch to be big in business.
Lynne McNicoll CEO - sweet and gentle with a huge heart, I don't know anyone who works harder for the good of others. Lynne has raised in excess of £3m for charity in just a few years and created the most amazing retreat for kids with cancer and their families.
Of course, my Mum - losing her 8 years ago was the hardest thing I've been through, but I often hear her voice in my head, egging me on (no pun intended!). Mum never pushed me into doing things I didn't want to, and when it came to my career I remember her saying "Kylie, just do what makes you happy" And that's exactly what I'm doing, and I know she'd be proud.
Why do you feel that it’s important to celebrate International Women’s Day?
We're all hugely busy, we're all juggling and working than harder than ever to make a difference, to do the things we love well. It's so important to take a minute, to pause, come together and recognise and celebrate how far we've come. Bringing women together for events like these are what EGG does all year round, but Friday is exciting as we'll joining women all over the world to celebrate and push for a more gender balanced world.
What’s new with you?
The EGG TALKS TO podcast is pretty new, and I have to say it's really one of the most enjoyable things I've done. Someone told me there's more podcasts than people in the UK which I can believe! But for me, the podcast is a natural extension of what EGG is all about; connection, conversation & community. I've spoken to so many incredible women, all hugely inspiring, there's been some real life-changing moments and I leave every podcast absolutely buzzing. I really have found my dream job.