Little Black Book

A career toolkit for women working in the creative industries.

In July 2016, I launched Women Who – a physical and virtual community for creative working women, aimed at connecting and supporting like-minded women. My main goal is building a modern base for all the cool, creative, ambitious women around the world who are rewriting traditional career paths, and connecting women who – separately – have the same thoughts when they wake up in the morning.
As part of the launch I wrote and self-published the Little Black Book, a toolkit full of practical and philosophical advice to help working women along their way.
A Toolkit For Working Women
Covering everything from negotiating payrises and overcoming creative block, to public speaking and effective networking, the book was based on my own experiences and those of interesting creative women I either knew or reached out to. Featuring contributions from inspiring creatives such as entrepreneur Lana Elie, photographer Francesca Allen, and Tate curator Linsey Young, it’s essentially a curation of wisdom from other women’s experiences and hard-won career insights.
Going Global
To my surprise, the initial print run of 250 copies sold out in two days (which led to a few late night envelope stuffing sessions!). Since creating a second print run, I’ve shipped books all over the world – from South Africa to Poland, and everywhere in between. The book has also been featured on Fast Company, It’s Nice That, and Protein which has made the community feel much more international. One of my favourite things is being sent photos and messages by women from all over the world who’ve found the book useful in their working lives - it makes the late nights and early mornings trying to fit this around my working life all worthwhile!
The Mission
The book (and subsequent response to it) feels like the perfect embodiment of what I’m trying to achieve with Women Who, which is empowering creative women to take control of their careers, and giving them the tools to do so. Having real life events is a really important part of Women Who - I see them as a kind of third space between work and play, where women can hang out with a business card in one hand and a cocktail in the other. I'm all for mixing business with pleasure.
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All photos by Felicity Davies.

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Otegha Uwagba

  • Founder of Women Who
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Otegha Uwagba
Founder of Women Who