Thursday, September 25, 2014

Join Us Monday, 9/29 at 12/1PM EST For A Live Twitter #BOSSChat with Lauren Maillian Bias


Lauren Maillian Bias is the author of the instant Amazon bestselling business memoir, The Path Redefined: Getting To the Top On Your Own Terms and a serial entrepreneur; she is the Founder and CEO of Luxury Market Branding, a strategic marketing company, and is a Founding Partner at Gen Y Capital Partners, an early stage venture firm focused on investments in mobile and consumer facing technology enabled companies. 

At age 19, Lauren cofounded a boutique winery that quickly became an internationally recognized award-winning wine brand, making her the youngest self-made winery owner in the country. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the company from inception through the brand’s acquisition in 2011. 

Lauren’s passionate about marrying marketing, branding, strategy and technology. She is known to spearhead the development of communication concepts to help others build, inspire, engage and connect. Lauren is a marketer at heart, who loves to build brands and devise business development strategies with a concentration on the creation and implementation of innovative yet strategic plans that build brand identity and increase revenue. She is a detail-oriented strategist with a deep understanding of business operations, management, and formation across various industries. She has a unique ability to turn opportunities into inflection points that help companies gain the traction and market share they need. Lauren has a global perspective and a fresh, yet entrepreneurial, approach to implementation. She is excited by innovative and unique concepts, and has been known to seize rare opportunities and turn them into iconic experiences.

Lauren often speaks about entrepreneurship, female leadership, marketing, branding, business development, startups and early stage venture at various conferences.  She has spoken at prestigious institutions including Harvard University, Columbia University, S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and the University of Virginia. She is a large supporter of entrepreneurship and serves on the advisory board of One Hope Wine, a socially conscious wine brand that gives a portion of each wines sales to a philanthropic cause and Digital Undivided, a social enterprise that increases the active participation of urban communities, especially women, in the digital space. Lauren judges the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s (NFTE) business plan competition and the incoming classes of Start Up Chile, an incubator program in support of entrepreneurship sponsored by the Chilean Government. She is an active advisor to several startups and is a mentor to the Levo League and the Pipeline Fellowship. 

Lauren's work has been featured in national media outlets including Forbes, American Express OPEN Forum, Interactive ONE, HuffPost LIVE, UPTOWN Magazine, CNBC’s Nightly Business Report, Business Insider, Fast Company and Black Enterprise. In 2011 she was recognized at The White House by the Kauffman Foundation as an Empact100 Award honoree which lists the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30.

Lauren is very involved in various philanthropic organizations that affect youth, poverty, education, and the arts. She is a member of The Metropolitan Museum of Art Multicultural Audience Development Initiative (MADI) Committee, The Apollo Theater Foundation Young Patrons Steering Committee, The New York Urban League Development Committee, a founding member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, and a Lifetime Member of the Children’s Aid Society. Lauren has a Bachelors of Science, Magnum Cum Laude, in International Trade and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Lauren has lived in 3 countries and speaks three languages. She currently resides in Manhattan, New York with her two children, Jayden Christopher and Chloe Giselle. 

Join The BOSS Netowrk and Cameka Smith (@iamcameka) and Lauren Maillian Bias(@LaurenMBias) for a live #BOSSChat 
Monday, September 29th at 12/1PM ET Live on Twitter
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Join Us Friday, 9/19 at 7/8pm EST For A Live Twitter #BOSSChat with Paternity Court Judge Lauren Lake


Multi-faceted television personality, Lauren Lake, is a certified Renaissance woman who doesn't just talk the talk when it comes to life, love, law and living. She simultaneously balances a diverse career as a licensed attorney, television host, relationship expert, life coach and motivational speaker. As the judge on the nationally syndicated daytime show, "Lauren Lake's Paternity Court," which premiered in fall 2013 and premiering in it's second season Monday, September 22nd, 2014. The sharp-witted, opinionated Lake helps litigants resolve legal issues involving paternity by rendering incisive judgments using DNA evidence. A spot-on blend of feisty and fair, her dynamic yet down-to-earth persona resonates with audiences.

Join The BOSS Netowrk (@thebossnetwork) and Lauren Lake (@LaurenLakeEnt) for a live #BOSSChat 
Friday, September 19th at 7/8PM ET Live on Twitter

Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Encourage Yourself By Marita Kinney


Life can be overwhelming sometimes and you could fall into depression if you lack daily encouragement. It’s easier to stay encouraged than to pull yourself out from depression. Most of us agree that preventive maintenance is better than digging yourself out from being depressed or discouraged. There are many benefits to having a positive attitude and being encouraged especially when you’re experiencing hard times. Lack of encouragement can cause some women to feel rejected, insignificant, and under-appreciated. I must inform you that if you’re seeking outside validation then you may become disappointed each time. You have to search within yourself and pull out that inner strength of knowing your worth and value. It’s dangerous to sit around and wait for other people to affirm you. What if no one takes the time to encourage you? When you chose to hand over that control to someone else, your happiness is placed in the palm of their hand and you become the victim if they fail to meet your expectations.
Encouraging yourself will take some practice. You must learn to cancel out your negative thoughts by an abundance of positive thoughts towards yourself. Your mind and thoughts can become your worst enemy and it will take some work to lead your thoughts and not follow your negative thoughts. Here are some tips to practice self-encouragement.
  •  Do Not trust your feelings-sometimes your emotions can and will deceive you.
  • Focus on your assets and not your short comings.
  • Surround yourself with positive people.
  • When receiving advice, ALWAYS consider the source.
  • Don’t ignore compliments, write down the compliments that people give you.
  • Whenever you get discouraged refer to your compliment notes.

Writing your compliments down could literally become a life saver. There are times in life when you may become too weak mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to pull any encouragement out. If this ever happens, your book of compliments can offer you the encouragement that you need. I have personally referred to my book of compliments during really tough times in my life. During my first book signing I passed around a notebook and asked my guest to write down words of encouragement for me. I had no idea how important that book would become when I found myself years later battling depression. You may hear people telling you to encourage yourself and it almost becomes a cliché, but it’s not. Encouraging yourself will give you the opportunity to live your life in a different perspective. You can embrace your life for the teaching lessons that it offers, the ability to see yourself in a brighter light, and opportunity to love yourself completely.

If you have the desire to see yourself differently, than you just have to start seeing yourself differently. It may take some time, but you can do it! Writing out all of your personal pros and cons will allow you to see how you truly see yourself. Look at the cons and realize what you can improve and what you have no control over. The areas in which you can make some changes, commit to a small goal to improve whatever it is that you are not satisfied with. The things that you cannot change, write down a more positive way of viewing that area in your life. The way you see yourself is only a reflection of your thoughts.

Marita Kinney, BCC