About Sophie Fleming
Regional Director of The Athena Network®
THE #1 Referral Network for Women
Meet Sophie Fleming
Hi, I’m Sophie.
I’m an experienced networker, helping female entrepreneurs and executives to connect with the people, support and opportunities they need to grow their businesses.
I graduated in environmental sciences in 2007, keen to somehow make a difference in the world. I tried out various roles within the sector but these mostly involved writing reports and doing data analysis, rather than what I most enjoy – connecting with people. With that in mind, I started volunteering on a child helpline. I found this so rewarding that I decided to leave the environmental sector and take on a new role as a referral line worker, connecting rough sleepers with outreach teams. I thought this would be my dream job but soon got burnt out by the 12-hour night shifts and daily abuse I was receiving on the phone.
It was around this time that I was offered the opportunity to start my own business in health and wellness, something which ran alongside my full-time job until I mustered up the confidence to quit. It was my business as an Arbonne consultant that eventually led me to The Athena Network. I joined the Hampstead group in January 2016 and only a few months into my membership an opportunity presented itself – to become the regional director for North London. It struck me as an ideal way to hone in on my passion for both connecting with people and helping them. I took over the region in August that year and now run three thriving groups – Hampstead and Primrose Hill, Muswell Hill and Finchley, and St John’s Wood – with regular monthly meetings, drop-in sessions and quarterly masterclasses and business brunches.
Now I feel I’m really making a difference to the lives of the business and corporate women in the groups I run. And now, as an experienced networker, natural connector and supporter of women in business, I get so much from helping these inspiring and driven women grow personally and professionally. Most of all, I love seeing them thrive.
I really enjoy being the person that brings everyone together, that helps make things happen through an introduction, referral, or just by sharing my ideas and support. What’s more, I have so much fun organising and hosting the Athena meetings and always come away feeling more inspired and energised – as do the members.
Do get in touch to see if I can help you make the right connections for your business and to be part of the growing, thriving community that I’ve helped to create.
I proudly manage the North London territory.
When I took over I managed the Hampstead, Finchley Central and Muswell Hill group which then became the Muswell Hill and Finchley group on 13th April 2017.
I went onto launch a further two groups- The St John’s Wood group on 27th September 2018 and the Primrose Hill group on 16th May 2019. Since then I have merged the Hampstead and Primrose Hill groups from February 2024
North London Groups Meeting Days
Hampstead and Primrose Hill 1st Thursday
Muswell Hill and Finchley 2nd Tuesday
St John’s Wood 2nd Thursday.
“I have been an Athena member for 3 years and I can’t reccomend it enough. I have made so many new connections and best of all actually I believe life long friends.
Sophie as my RD is so supportive and always there with ideas and tips on how to upscale any part of my business. The meetings are a hub of connectivity, learning and friendship.
I have managed to collaborate with so many woman in business through Athena and this has given me so much confidence.
If you are looking for a networking organization that is more than just business connections look no further than Athena!“
“I joined the Athena Network North London 3 months ago and it has already been so helpful to my business and my confidence. What makes it unique is that it is an all women based group who support each other and collaborate. Through it, I have met inspirational women who have taught me a lot about running my business. I’ve also had lots of new clients because of referrals from other women in the group (or the actual members themselves!) I feel supported, energized and like I am on the road to even greater success. “
“Have been part of the Athena Network for some time now and it wouldn’t have happened without Sophie Fleming. Her support as Regional Director, her deep desire to help all of her members to connect with the right professions, connect with the right clients, give time to each member, be fair with them, and whatever else comes up that will facilitate the members having a positive and professionally rewarding experience by being part of her region, makes being part of her group an opportunity to treasure. Thank you Sophie! “
“Being part of the Athena North London group is incredibly rewarding – not only do you meet wonderful ladies in business who can support you and enable your business to grow, but you also end up experiencing and learning so many new and exciting things through other businesses too. Sophie is extremely committed in her role as Regional Director, she’s caring and always ready to help and connect people. It’s a pleasure being part of the magenta tribe, and I’m looking forward to all the great things in store for my second year as a member!“
A VIBRANT COMMUNITY
The Athena Network® attracts members who are discerning, accomplished business women and corporate career women with shared values of contribution and integrity. Our members contribute to a diverse business community that fosters success, collaboration and inspiration among our prominent, influential and aspiring businesswomen.
The core programme within The Athena Network® focuses on providing excellent training and resources to create a robust networking and business development strategy for business growth and career advancement.
Our vision for The Athena Network® is to continue to create a vibrant and dynamic community of female entrepreneurs and executives ready and committed to accelerating their business growth through mutual collaboration.
Our membership is a thriving hub of small businesses and female entrepreneurs; The Athena Network® is here to provide a platform for connecting and an opportunity for women to learn, grow and connect.
THE ATHENA NETWORK
You know that continuing to develop your business relationships, nurture your suppliers and create strategic alliances is important so we invite you to become a member of the The Athena Network.
Membership is only £565 per annum*.
We can provide a payment plan that would include an upfront payment of £325 and a monthly subscription of £20.
*NOTE: You are committing to a 12-month membership.
Membership of The Athena Network will give you access to all of our membership benefits including PASS+ which means that you can currently attend 150+ meetings (at no additional cost), Cappuccino Connections (informal networking), an extensive training portfolio and all the connections within our network.
UNLIMITED ACCESS TO ALL OF OUR MEETINGS
PASS+ IS YOUR GATEWAY TO ALL OF OUR MEETINGS
PASS+ gives you FREE access to an Athena meeting, there are no additional fees to be paid and this is another benefit of membership. You are encouraged to visit as many other meetings as you have time for (please ensure that you have sufficient time to follow up from your meetings).
We have launched in Australia, Denmark and Singapore and more International group launches are planned. What that means is you will also have access to those meetings. You could say that we have meetings 24/7. If the time zones work for you then your options are UNLIMITED.
ALL of this is included in your annual membership. Our usual meeting guidelines apply, which means there will be no professional clashes at the meetings, and the Regional Director/Ambassador will manage the dynamics of the mix of industries to ensure that everyone attending has an outstanding experience.
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