Tuesday, January 10, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Meet “Career Advancement Mentor” Pat E. Perkins, CPCC

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Pat E. Perkins CPCC, A Leadership & Life Strategist focused on empowering women of color to advance in their careers purposefully, powerfully and profitably.Pat holds an ICF Coaching Certification and a Masters from Roosevelt University. She's a native of Chicago who enjoys being a loving Aunt to a tribe of nieces and nephews.Her personal motto is“To whom much is given, much is required.” 

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

PP: My biggest obstacle in the beginning when I launched my business was my mindset about marketing. If you build it, they will not come. Magnetic marketing is key to attracting ideal clients and sharing how your services will make a difference in their life.Often new entrepreneurs hold back and it’s not their fault. We were taught that it’s rude to brag on yourself. Well if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. Self-promotion is key and is linked to confidence in your contribution. Once I retrained my brain to believe that sharing truly is caring for my potential clients, this initial obstacle became less of a challenge in my business growth.

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

PPI was inspired to break into the coaching industry while leading large technology implementations for Fortune 500 companies. As a project/program manager, the missing link to promotion for my colleagues because clear. Once, I realized my passion for women of color to proportionately populate the highest-ranking positions and be divinely compensated for their contribution in the world, I got certified as a life coach to provide the leadership and life skills necessary for women of color to get promoted.

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

PP:My fundamental belief is that we have one life and it’s all personal. When we attempt to compartmentalize our life into multiple pieces is when we have a challenge. I’ve chosen to integrate the dynamics of my life; faith, family, friends, finances and fitness into my daily habits and routines such that I’m focused on fulfillment versus a function of how much time I invest in any one of these areas. When I coach women on Time Mastery, these principles have given my clients permission to let go of the guilt and shame often associated with their attempt to “balance” their lives. It’s true freedom when you can let go of what life is supposed to look like and embrace a life by personal design.

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

PP“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently” by Maya Angelou. Courage is a choice we make every day, it is the catalyst that causes us to continue to pursue our calling.

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

PPI’ve had many influence's along the way. Namely my life mentor, my Mom who raised four girls while working and made it look effortless. My corporate mentor and friend Alana, whose after-hours guidance propelled the trajectory of my career. And, my business mentor Ali, who continues to be a source of inspiration.

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

PPMy must-haves are three-fold: 1) Mental Mastery to maintain my focus. This is achieved through my daily practice of faith and fitness. 2) A coach/mentor who has been there, done that and wears the t-shirt proudly. And, 3) The financial means to keep my business sustainable and profitable. Many entrepreneurs give up because they simply run out of resources. As women, we must focus on the means to stay in the game. It’s essential to us making a difference and fulfilling our purpose.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

PP: My definition of a BOSS is a leader who is unabashedly, unapologetic about her mission, vision and contribution in the world. And, she is willing to put in the work to make it happen.




Be sure to follow Pat E. Perkins on Twitter @pateperkins and check out her products and services at www.pateperkins.com


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Change Agent" Jameka S. Whitten

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Jameka S. Whitten, Owner of JSW Media Group, a boutique public relations and brand management firm. Prior to working at JSW Media full time, Jameka served as the Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director for SOTAC (State of the Arts & Culture) Magazine and worked in digital media and events at ESPN.  

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

Jameka S. Whitten: Fortunately, I grew up in an entrepreneurial household. My mother worked for herself most of her life, so I was exposed to the life early. My father was also an entrepreneur, so I got the business bug early. Because this is all I’ve known, I was able to side-step many of the pitfalls most small business owners encounter early on in their endeavors. But, of course, I had challenges raising capital and attracting clients with large enough budgets to afford my services in the beginning. Patience and hard work helped me overcome.

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

JW: I am in love with all things entertainment and pop culture. I also enjoy helping people, so working as an entertainment publicist was a natural fit after leaving the journalism world. It’s been interesting being on the other side of the fence. It’s fun building brands and representing incredibly talented people.

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

JW: I won’t lie; it’s difficult for me to find balance at times. How I make it work is that most of my friends are in the business so it makes my career fun. Each day there is laughter and smiles to counter the sleepless nights and stress. I don’t work traditional hours, so if I need to take an hour or two to hang at a coffee shop or meet a friend for a much-needed cocktail on a random Tuesday afternoon, I have the autonomy to do so. Taking several small mental breaks during each workday helps me keep my sanity.

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

JW: "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."-Jonathan Swift

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

JW: I’m surrounded by some powerful and intelligent people, but my mother (RIP) is singlehandedly the most influential. She was a business woman, a soldier for Christ, a philanthropist and a general Rockstar. She is the reason why failure is never an option for me. The goal of my life is to honor her life and make her proud.

BN; What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?

JW: My two iPhone's, Fresh books cloud accounting, my laptop, Base camp for project management and my team. Actually, my team is number one on that list. 

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

JW: I don’t have one definition; I believe that Bosses, like Leaders are born. There is an inner BOSS in all of us,you just have to feed that passion and allow it to surface.God made us all BOSSES in our own right.



Be sure to follow Jameka S. Whitten on Twitter @JamekaShamae and checked out her products and services  www.jswmediagroup.com & www.jameka-shamae.com


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The “School Director ”Rhea A. Henderson

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Rhea A. Hendersonis the Founder and Executive Director of the RH School of Performing Arts LLC. She is a graduate of Chicago State University. Among several other organizations, she is a member of New Life Covenant church and a 27 year member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

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

Rhea A. Henderson:One of the biggest obstacles I faced was the funding to open my business. I didn't have the best credit and my savings was minimal. I learned that if  you “speak” it you will“receive” it. I had several resources right in my direct circle with the ability to assist me with removing these obstacles. Because I had done my best to be obedient to God's demands of me in the past, these folks did not hesitate to do all they could to help. This was only after I “spoke” and made plain the goal I was trying to accomplish.

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

RH: Being professionally trained from 6 years old up through college, dancing was always my passion, but never a career option for my parents who were paying for my education. While I successfully climbed the corporate ladder as a Health Information Systems professional, my soul constantly screamed out for what it needed to be whole, for me to be whole. That constant screaming led me to open up the RH School of Performing Arts 9 years ago.

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

RH: Some of the tools I use include setting a schedule for the year and sharing it with my staff and family. This way everyone is aware of my goals and plans and I can be held accountable to sticking to them and the schedule. I also delegate wherever I can as well as utilize all my software to it's maximum potential. This allows me to free myself of certain tasks and at the same time empower others. It also helps me to be as efficient as possible. Most important, when I'm feeling overwhelmed I pray and ask God for redirection.

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

RH: I actually live by 2 inspirational quotes. “What you put out into the universe is in direct proportion to what you receive from it”. “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain”!

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

RH:My mom is one of the many people that encourages me. She is my biggest cheerleader and is brutally honest, especially when it's needed. My good friend Nicole Jones who is an accomplished entrepreneur herself, has a drive and tenacity that won't quit!This woman never gives up and she will NOT allow me to. I love her for it more than she knows. She is a clear example of what God will do for you if you are obedient!

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

RH: God is the 1st “must-have” on my list. No explanation needed. In addition I require an exceptional PR and marketing team to help ensure that my clientele increases by at least 20% each year. A 501c3 status will be of great benefit as corporate sponsorship for scholarships are a huge part of what sets us apart from other performing arts programs in my city.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

RH: A BOSS woman is a women who is the epitome of what beauty looks like form the inside out! She is chosen,bold, ambitious, loyal, humble, tenacious, fearless, encouraging, compassionate and most important God fearing!


Be sure to follow Rhea A. Henderson on Twitter @Rhea_Henderson and check out her products and Services at www.rhspa.com