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E34: “Navigating your kids through a turbulent world when they are not a neat little fit” with Senior Advisor at Portland Communications, Salma Shah

December 7, 2022

Today on the Bizzimumzi podcast we welcome Salma Shah. A very Bizzimumzi of 2 and a full-time working Mama Bear.

Salma Shah is a Partner and Senior Adviser at Portland, the communications and public affairs company. Previously, Salma was Special Adviser to the Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, from 2018-19. She was responsible for strategy and communication across the Department. She served in the UK government from May 2014, in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG). Prior to this Salma was a journalist at the BBC, producing the Today programme on Radio 4.

Ashley and Salma dive into conversation about juggling two kids with a full fledged job covering government media. Salma’s inspiring career working within government wasn’t easy to maintain when her first child was born as she worked within the Ministry of Housing when Glenfield Tower collapsed due to an internal fire. Salma shares her lows managing her anxiety and depression working on this extremely devastating matter all while learning to be a new Mom. Due to the trauma she experienced during her first pregnancy she even feared to have a second child and they waited a few years before she considered having baby 2.

We also discuss in this episode:

  • Work load and how to keep your head above water
  • Diversity and Equality 
  • Teaching your kids young about what is going on in the world. 
  • Being ok with not knowing all the answers, something we all struggle with. 

The Bizzimumzi Podcast is brought to you by coffee-infused host Ashley Verma. This show is created to share all the ups, downs and all arounds of being a mom, owning a successful business and truly managing being an un-single single mom, attempting to balance all aspects of family life! Each week Ashley will be joined by a fellow inspiring, thriving and surviving Bizzimumzi – who will share their own journey. This podcast is your weekly opportunity to take a deep breath as we try to navigate the wild world of parenting; think of this podcast as the safe space where we are not too hard on ourselves, we share our humility and relish in overcoming the inevitable failures that simply happen. This is a show for those Mom’s that are not trying to be shiny and filtered. This is a podcast for those who are unapologetically, at their best and worst, Bizzimumzi’s!

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