Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Elevation Coach" La’Keisha Gray-Sewell

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La’Keisha Gray-Sewell, A writer and digital strategist by trade, and a girls advocate by life assignment. A nationally recognized urban girls advocate, media literacy expert and motivational speaker, La’Keisha’s transformative programs and training's empower girls and women to navigate beyond the block of stereotypes, stigma, and habits to become global legacy builders.

TheBOSSNetwork: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

La’Keisha Gray-Sewell: I have to be honest, I faced tons of obstacles in the beginning process of my career as a girls advocate.One was moving from the mindset of being a charity worker to a leader of an institution. Also faced challenges around administration, which is my weak spot. I was surprised to learn all my challenges stemmed from my own sense of worthiness. But that’s another story for another article.

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry? 

LS: What has always been a passion for me, advocating for marginalized voices and justice has become not just my career but my lifestyle. As an involved parent I was at the tables where decisions were made about the quality of life of my children and their peers. I made the decision that I didn’t want to be present as a volunteer or bake sale mom, I wanted to have influence. My desire to move girls and women beyond the block superceded any other interests.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance? 

LS: I am blessed that my professional life is an extension of my personal life...it’s my lifestyle. I do find time to decompress though. I do that by unplugging and focusing intensely on my family. Also, I love to escape in a good book.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

LS: Ida B. Wells is my Shero. One of her quotes motivates me daily, “The people must know before they can act and there is no educator to compare with the press.” Then too, I find comfort and conviction in the words of Audre Lorde, “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way? 

LS: So many...my mothers. Biological and bonus mothers through my fathers relationships and marriage. Church family. Junior High school principal, Yvonne Minor...teachers. My coach, Monique Caradine. So many!

BN: What are your "must-have" to keep your career or business going strong?

 LS: Must haves are investment in coaching and professional development. My library card!

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS? 

LS: A BOSS is a woman who recognizes her power to influence and effect change is merely a reflection of The Most High God within her. She is a woman of consequence who sets the intention to make the world better through her service and interactions.






Be sure to follow La’Keisha Gray-Sewell on Twitter @MrsGirlsLikeMe and check out her products and services  https://girlslikemeproject.org




Friday, July 22, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Self-Love Coach” Dalia Smith

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Dalia Smith, The Self-love and Life Empowerment coach. Dalia has a passion for helping women take their lives to the next level. With a wealth of experience and a passion for empowering those who struggle with self-worth, Dalia embodies love and confidence, extending compassion to every woman she works with.Her abundance of experience in the caring professions along with an M.A in Counseling Psychology enables Dalia to help women effectively on both a personal and professional level. She is devoted to their empowerment,  encouraging, encouraging women to build lasting confidence and thrive in their relationships

TheBOSSNetwork:  What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?

Dalia Smith: I did not have any experience in business or marketing so starting a new business was challenging for me at first. I had to really put myself out there and get as much training as possible. I did a lot of reading, completed some webinars, and hired a marketing coach.!

BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?

DS: Over the past year I've undergone a lot of life changes, mostly with regard to my outlook and what I want in life. l have learned to let go of self-limiting beliefs, stand up for what I believe in, and embrace my imperfections. After a broken engagement, I experienced a rebirth and realized I was put on this Earth for a divine reason: to help other women who are and were in my shoes realize that heartbreak is not the end. No matter how bad someone hurt you, life does go on. Once you hit rock bottom, there's only one way up.

BN:  How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?

DS: Maintaining work-life balance is crucial to both success and overall well-being. I try my best to tackle my tasks by priority. I’ve realized that you should not always put your needs aside and focus on the needs of others. It’s important for your own health and well-being that you find some time for yourself. You must take care of your own basic needs before you can attend to the need of others. When you take care of yourself, you will have more love to give to those around you!

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?

DS: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ― Maya Angelou!

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?

DS: Marie Forleo, Tony Robbins, and Oprah were all very influential people in my life.

BN: What are your “must-haves” to keep your career or business going strong?

DS: Ambition, passion, and perseverance.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

DS: To me, a “BOSS” is a strong, independent woman, who is unapologetically herself.




Be sure to follow Dalia Smith on Twitter @the.imperfectly.perfect and check out her products and services  www.theimperfectlyperfect.com

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Photo Lady" Tiffany Redden

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Tiffany Redden, LadyRedd Creations Photography opened in December 2009. Since then, Tiffany has taken photos at several events, to include weddings, portraits, boudoir photos a book launch and more. But while pursuing a degree at the Art Institute of Washington, she has discovered a new passion for capturing the beauty in the moment.
 
TheBOSSNetwork:  What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? 
 
Tiffany Redden: As a US Army Veteran, I have a strict sense of priorities, to include God, Family, Friends. In the beginning , the finances and the time was not particularly on my side to pursue my own business. My husband and children needed me in a different way then, but now, things have changed and the kids have grown up just a bit, so now I have more time to go after my dream and build my business, one photo at a time.

BN:  What inspired you to break into your particular industry? 
 
TR: As a child, I always wanted to be a "Super Hero"; once I discovered my love for photography, I found my "superpower"! I can "Freeze Time"! That special moment, I can make it stand still.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been able to find a balance?
 
TR: Being married to my wonderful husband, makes me so happy; he keeps me grounded and balanced between my business and my personal life!

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
 
TR: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me" from the Bible, the World English Bible version.

BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
 
TR: My family has always supported and encouraged me, as well as my friends, Tanya Barnett, Marcie Leggett, among many others. Professionally, my mentors, Wanda Lewis and Trey Copelin are amazing. I've also had some phenomenal teachers at the Art Institute of Washington.(they really forced my creativity to go beyond the limits)
 
BN: What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
 
TR: I have a strange "must have" for a photo shoot... I must have Wrigley's Chewing Gum! That, along with my camera gear and great lighting.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS
 
TR: BOSS: more than just a leader, but the head, the top, the cream of the crop of what they do all while constantly striving to improve, grow and dominate; one who can be their best while encouraging others to reach their personal best as well.

 
 
 
Be sure to follow  Tiffany Redden on Twitter @ladytredd and check out her products and services at ladyreddcreationsphotography.org