Friday, November 26, 2010

BOSS Member Spotlight: Danielle Wideman

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“Success is a journey, not a destination” 

Almost a year ago, I made the decision to join The BOSS Network. While in my first year as an entrepreneur, I was still in the process of adjusting to the networking world.  I did not understand how powerful networking can be until I branched out and became of member of The BOSS Network. For me, I have always cherished sisterhood and did not believe the stereotype that “women cannot get along.” So, BOSS reinforced my belief of sisterhood and brought together women who all have one purpose of coming together to help one another. 

Let me take a step back and introduce myself, I am a 26 year old publisher from the wonderful city of Chicago. As the founder and editor-in-chief of Goddess Magazine, I was able to create an urban lifestyle teen magazine for young women. With the help from my staff of high school, college, and contributor writers, Goddess Magazine is the premier online and print magazine that allows teens to share their life stories in hopes of offering advice and encouragement to other young women. The mission of Goddess has carried over from the pages of the magazine into workshops, youth groups, and meetings with teen girls. During these sessions, I am able to talk with the young women about the issues that are real to them and give them a platform to share, network, and meet other young women who understands them. 

So, now you may ask how has The BOSS Network helped me?

The BOSS Network is the type of connection that is important for me as an entrepreneur. This road of owning a business is new for me and there isn’t a road map or precise directions I can follow to help reach my goals. Once I became a more active member and after meeting Cameka Smith, I knew this organization was for me. Cameka has been an inspiration and motivator for me. She reinforced my motto: Success is a journey, not a destination.  So, as I titled my blog, “Success is a journey, not a destination,” I realized I cannot achieve success alone; it takes supporters who believe in your dream and your passion.  The support I received from the ladies of BOSS is tremendous. So, I encourage you to take the first step and sign up for the network and start your path to sisterhood and support because it takes teamwork to make the dreamwork!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Meet The Founder of The BOSS Network: Cameka D. Smith

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Cameka D. Smith is the CEO (Chief Eventeur Officer) of City Global Events, Inc and Founder of The BOSS Network.  Her vision is to inspire women to build a legacy by creating opportunities to network, develop and build their brands.  Both her companies focus on female branding and bringing opportunities for women to grow holistically.  She is not ashamed to talk about her faith and how it plays a major role in everything she does.

Her organization The BOSS “Bringing Out Successful Sisters” Network was listed in Forbes.com “10 Best Career Sites For Women” and “Top 100 Websites For Women”. The BOSS Network in a short period of time is becoming one of the fastest growing women organizations illuminating professionalism, sophistication and encouragement while promoting sisterhood.  Her main focus is to build a community of women that will develop, promote and support the next generation of successful sisters while having “growth through networking beyond events”.  Cameka also promotes service to her community by being involved in many charitable efforts and mentoring young women, which are both passions of hers. 

She has done philanthropy with organizations such as Susan G. Komen, Bright Pink, the National Cervical Cancer Coalition and several local and national HIV/AIDS organizations.  She has been featured on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and performed in Sharon McGhee’s Pocketbook Monologues, hailed as the “Vagina Monologues with Soul”.  She received her Masters Degree in Education from Northern Illinois University and has worked in education for over 10 years.

Cameka is dedicated to producing flawless events through her vivid imagination, creativity and her commitment to her community that will uplift and inspire women everywhere.

Cameka currently resides in Chicago but constantly travels with her BOSS “Influencers” tour.

For more info visit:
www.thebossnetwork.org

Happy Birthday BOSS!!!