Monday, August 25, 2014

Join Us Thursday, 8/28 at 7/8pm EST For A Live Twitter #BOSSChat with Lisa Nicole Bell


Lisa Nicole Bell is an award-winning writer, producer, on camera talent 
and entrepreneur. She currently hosts a weekly podcast, Behind the Brilliance, where she
interviews accomplished creative people about their lives and work.
Lisa created, directed, and produced The American Dream Revised, a 
docuseries that follows a diverse group of young entrepreneurs. The 
series was licensed to Procter & Gamble as a part of their multi-platform 
Rising Tide campaign with Russell Simmons. Lisa is also the creator, 
editor, and executive producer of The Legacy Letters, an anthology 
featuring 30 women writing letters to their younger selves. The letters 
were adopted as monologues and performed to a sold out crowd. She 
previously earned a NAACP Theatre award nomination for the stage play 
Deal Breakers, which she wrote, directed, co-starred in and co-produced. 
Praised as a masterful communicator, Lisa is the author of Divine 
Inspirations and a contributor to books such as End Sex Trafficking, 
Confessions of an Entrepreneur, and The Path Redefined.
As an on camera talent, Lisa’s film and television credits include 
Lifetime’s What Should You Do? and the Cable Positive award-winning film 
Walking on Sunshine. She has served as a brand ambassador and influencer 
for brands and networks such as Tide, K-Swiss, and PBS. Lisa has spoken 
at national and international universities, conferences, and events 
including TEDx, UCLA, Google, USC, and South by Southwest (SXSW).
Lisa is also a serial entrepreneur whose ventures have included 
technology, content, and women’s interests. Lisa started her first 
company at 19 years old. She went on to start Inspired Girls 
International, a for-profit social enterprise that created content and 
programming that reached more than 400,000 people around the world.  
Lisa holds a degree with honors in Business Law from California State 
University and completed additional entertainment business coursework at 
Lisa serves as an adviser to Array, a forthcoming motion picture company 
producing a slate of films designed to create more opportunities for 
women in entertainment.
In her spare time, Lisa can be found flying a Cessna 172 or campaigning 
for The Wire to win a retroactive Emmy. Lisa is originally from 
Huntsville, Alabama and currently  lives in Los Angeles.

Learn more about Lisa at Lisa Nicole

Join BOSS Founder Cameka Smith (@iamCameka) and Lisa Nicole Bell (@LisaNicoleBell) for a live #BOSSChat 
Thursday, August 28th at 7/8PM ET Live on Twitter

Monday, August 18, 2014

Protecting Your Interest By Peggy Arthur

Like many worker bees in Corporate America I too dreamed of leading my own organization. I dreamed of creating a company from the ground up that would sustain itself (a start-up). I dreamed of a world where my talents were finally attributed solely to me. Never in a million years would I have imaged the tangled web of deceit that was being webbed around a beautiful concept where I continue to cut my way through. One huge mistake that I cannot account for has cost thousands. While I know somethings are beyond us I recognize that I didn’t do my due diligence with my past business partner. At one point this person was my best friend. With this, I didn’t think to check behind an adult who had already earned my trust. I thought that I knew this person. Knowing what I know now and having networked with a plethora of professionals these unfortunate things happen in life.

Despite someone’s situation you must protect your interest and health above all else. If that means recognizing that there are no friends in business then so be it you will be a healthier person for it. Enter a potential business partnership knowing that a corporation will outlive you and so will it deeds, debts, and lackthereof.

When evaluating a potential opportunity you might find it helpful to ask yourself the following questions to protect your interest. Know that you run the risk of making a costly mistake if you aren’t cautious.

1. Is the task equitable? If you are delivering more than the other party will this be sustainable. This could be financial and or intellectual property.

So the other person may not be delivering as much as you but they may have connections that would otherwise be untainable. This leads us to question number two.

2. Is your potential business partner in the know? If your business partner is well known for positive reasons and connected this may outweigh all else.  

I know that it’s hard to imagine the end in the beginning but it’s important. In the business world everything is a process. By examining the process of how one deals with stress we can picture how they might hand other situations. This line of reasoning leads us to questions number three (3)

3. How does the other party deal with stressful situations? By examining a person’s problem solving skills you often find the solution to our problem.  

A business is very much like a marriage both begin with paperwork and fees. They can both end in litigation. Before you make a costly mistake make the informed decision as to if you need a business partner to complete your objective must be had. Ask yourself if the work is equitable as feelings of spite get old quickly. Is your business partner well connected and opening doors left and right? Or is your passion the only thing driving your goal. By examining how a person deals with stress you can begin to picture how the partnership might come to a close. Know what you bring to table and make sure the table is glass - transparency matters.

Peggy Arthur, MBA
Founder and Creator of Curl Kitchen ™ and Video Blogger
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

BUT, WHEN?! By Jamila Thomas

Many times it is the WHEN question that will disturb and curve your enthusiasm for your vision. You will feel a tense sensation of wanting to move NOW because you think your vision is necessary. Well, I want you to embrace that feeling because your vision is needed now! The strategy you choose to implement your vision will determine the WHEN. Being anxious to move forward on your vision is a healthy sign that someone is waiting for you. The challenge is to be still enough to know WHEN you are suppose to move.

      For example, five years ago WHEN I implemented my 501c3 not for profit for young women, one of my inclinations was to speak in juvenile detentions centers.  The whisper that I received at that time was you are not ready yet. My first reaction was But, YES, I AM!. Needless to say, because I received that whisper I was obedient and didnt call the detention center. It wasnt time. I could have been destructive with my words had I visited a juvenile detention center and really wasnt ready. Fast forward 5 years later, I heard this whisper in my spirit, It is time to speak in juvenile detention centers.I picked up the phone, reached the exact person who handles volunteer speakers and a month later was I was speaking in the juvenile detention center.

      With our visions, we have to be obedient to the WHEN. Being obedient to your WHEN is listening to your internal voice that says, ok, it is timeor not yet. Move when your spirit says to move. Move even in those times when you think I dont have the resourcesbut your spirit is urging you to move. If you dont have the resources, you can at least write down what you think your move should be. This exercise will begin to open doors for you.

Are you ready to answer? When? NOW!

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