Meet Natalia DaCosta

Natalia DaCosta Profile PicNatalia DaCosta has always been a career woman who enjoyed the “work hard play hard” ethos that came with life in the recruitment industry. Her work ethos meant that she quickly worked her way up the corporate ladder and won awards for her success, dedication and commitment. However, following the birth of her twins, she knew that, going back to that world, would not possible if she wanted to have any balance between her family and work.

As a graduate of communication studies and a certified Master NLP Practitioner and Coach, Natalia decided to set up her coaching business, after a short career break. Her coaching business enabled clients to explore new perspectives, find new possibilities and engage with new experiences. Inspired by the people she met, including her own clients, Natalia decided to return to recruitment, but this time on her own terms.

Fast forward a few years, and a change in lifestyle was called for and so the decision was taken to relocate from London to Dorset. This major change meant that Natalia found herself exploring new possibilities to build her network for both personal and business reasons. With that came the realisation that she could bring all that she loved about networking in London with her to Dorset in the form of The Athena Network!

Connecting people for mutual benefit has always been part of her ethos both professionally and personally. Natalia is constantly inspired by the people she meets, and the success stories that she hears! She is motivated to help people continue to overcome challenges, achieve their goals and develop personally and professionally.

In her spare time Natalia loves spending time with her nearest and dearest and will often take them off for long walks on the beach in all weathers! She loves to explore and discover new areas for adventure, alongside a bit of camping! Life on the coast has also meant the re-discovery of some old hobbies such as writing!!

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Nicky Fitzmaurice

"Athena Networking has been the making of me! I have made more friends and learnt more about business tools and networking strategy in the last year than I ever thought possible. Athena’s focus on training members to be the best that they can be, whilst in a supportive and nurturing environment, gave me the confidence to learn and grow which in turn allowed my business to do the same. It is this, that is the heart of Athena. No hard sell amongst the members, we encourage one another to help where we can. I always come away from a meeting inspired and bubbling with ideas on how to grow my business. It’s a fabulous way to live, learn and grow. Nicky Fitzmaurice

Selena Ludick

“The Athena network can be distinguished from any other networking group I attend. Its structure and form mean that members who attend are committed and dedicated to proactive networking which on turn achieves tangible results.  This benefits me and my firm,  in just a two  hour monthly meeting I have the opportunity to talk to other business women about me, my business and what I need and how I can be helped.  The environment for delivering this is focused and professional. As a result referrals are made and recommendations given which, for me achieves increased clients and in turn builds greater contacts.  As a busy business women Athena also provides a forum to connect with other business women on a social / friendship basis so “all work and no play does not make this Jill a dull girl” Athena motivates me, strengthens my vision, equips and endorses me but most of all provides the fuel every business women needs to keep raising her game and stepping up to the mark.”

Rosie Mortimer

Working mostly on my own, I really appreciate the positive camaraderie of the Athena women. Whatever need or concern one has, there is always someone able, and enthusiastically willing, to help with good advice. I find the interaction tremendously stimulating and enjoyable - and highly instructive. A wonderful group to see regularly, with excellent opportunities to meet other interesting and skilled women at training days. Thank you Athena!

Tracey Richardson

"I've been an Athena member since Rachel Maunder launched her first group in Hampshire. And I'm still a member because it has transformed my very individual business by providing me with the professional and personal support system I used to enjoy in corporate life at Marks & Spencer, before I was inspired to put my commercial skills at the disposal of the Third Sector. Whether it be IT products and services, social media training, business strategy advice, personal image consultation, financial advice and planning and last but by no means least great, supportive friends it's all at Athena NEHants."   


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