Our story

How did we get here

Our story

Once upon a time, Gemma Munro had a Giant Outrageous Liberating Dream. She wanted to start a business that coached those with an inkling that life was meant to be extraordinary. She also had a determination to help women step into senior level roles and thrive. So, with two kids under three (and two mortgages to boot), she left her stable role as a senior management consultant to start Inkling Coaching. A year in, it was clear that Inkling’s sweet spot was in rapidly lifting the percentage of women at leadership level. Inkling Coaching became Inkling Women, and our team, clients and impact grew rapidly.

Once upon (about the same) time, Sophie Hampel was at a barbecue. She was talking to her mate Chris whose sister Gemma, in his words, ‘bossed executive teams around for a living’. She asked for the sister’s number, called her and asked her out for coffee. The sister (it was Gem! Did you guess?) and Soph met for coffee in the winter of 2010, and promptly fell in collaborative love. There was such a spark between them that the waiters kept bringing over free biscuits. A beautiful partnership was born in that moment. (The moral of this particular part of our story is this: Ask for someone’s number. Start the conversation. You never know where it will lead).