Sharing her journey from her beginnings in finance to forging her own path
If you want a memorable speaker full of passion and personality, insight and compassion, fun and feeling, then Amy Polly is the speaker for you!
She always shares personal and professional experiences and insights, mindfulness sits at the core of everything she does, but being a rebel, Amy does not have a one talk fits all approach.
Her talks can cover:
- Empowering women to find their voice and forge their own path
- How having more mindful leaders could change organisations
- Navigating motherhood whilst building a business
- The importance of mindfulness in mental health and in life
- Neurodiversity (in particular late diagnosed ADHD)
- The importance (and lack) of mental health support for founders
Amy Polly was chosen in the Small Biz 100 by Small Business Saturday in 2022 and she has collaborated with the likes of Sweaty Betty, Never Fully Dressed, Peanut, Calm and Logitech. Her work has seen her support many different sectors from Mazars to BrewDog.
Most recently Amy has been featured as a creator on the new mental health platform JAAQ as a mindfulness expert, also sharing lived experiences of post-natal anxiety and ADHD, along side other world leading experts and household names.
She has written two mindfulness journals, one for children and one for adults. Her passion is mindfulness and the use of this as preventative and proactive mental health support, for children, individuals and organisations.
Amy Polly started her working life as an accountant in practice. Her almost 20 year accountancy career saw her start as a junior, qualifying, and moving into industry. Looking for a new challenge Amy then moved into the public sector as finance manager in the fire and rescue service and quickly worked her way to become the head of three departments, sitting on the leadership team.
Whilst in that role Amy was also the strategic lead for mental health and wellbeing leading on the creation of the mental health and wellbeing strategy and supporting action plan.
Her own passion for mindfulness started during a period of stress and supporting her mother through depression. It quickly became apparent that this was something profound and Amy dedicated her time to learn more.
Now, 10 years later, Amy has a real drive to teach mindfulness in an inclusive and accessible way. Starting off teaching mindfulness to mums in her spare time, as she felt the lack of support through pregnancy, miscarriage and new motherhood, she is a rebel against the misconceptions and now brings her signature teachings to classrooms, boardrooms, and anywhere in between.
Not only that, Amy is a creating waves as a mental health speaker, with plenty of personality, and from various view points, reducing stigma and breaking the mould of tentative and sterile conversations. Her experience of post-natal anxiety, late diagnosed ADHD, leading on wellbeing, volunteering at a mental health charity and having a disposition of empathy and compassion, brings a real breadth of experience and care to her talks.
She has created a mental health toolkit and used this, along side her mindfulness teachings, to create the UK's first mental health and wellbeing mastermind for founders, as there is a huge gap in the support available.