Sunday, December 14, 2014

Act Like A Boss Think Like A Boss By Andrea Mosley

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In times past and even presently, being a boss has negative connotations more than positive. If you ever had a boss then you know exactly what I'm talking about. In today's society being a boss is more about what you have materialistically. That’s a pretty arrogant and shallow perception… I could give a long list of what a boss is not but I’d rather talk about what a boss really is and let you measure where you may be against where you should be.

You see a Boss has character. A Boss has integrity, he or she does what they say they are going to do when they said they will do it. They Know what is right and they are faithful to what is right even when no one else is around.

Boss  is humble, approachable, treats people with kindness, and compassion, the way they would want to be treated. A boss also knows when and how to be firm. They build people up and sow into the lives of those around them which is why they tend to have a faithful team. After all sowing and reaping is a universal law, doesn't matter what you believe. 

Boss  understands that everything isn't about them, and so they are more committed to the cause rather than insisting on their own way.

Boss  doesn't make excuses, they are responsible and can admit when they've dropped the ball. They are quick to apologize and the first to take the lead in rectifying a situation yet not afraid to ask for help. They understand they can’t do everything so they stay in their lane and delegate appropriately.

A boss is on time, why you? Because they respect other peoples time as well as their own. They understand the importance of timing and order. Without order and structure there is chaos and no measurable growth or respect for that matter.

Boss  thinks outside of the box, takes calculated risk and isn't afraid to fail at something for the sake of possibly succeeding at the thing they believe in. They don’t give up! At the same time they know when to call it quits when it comes to employing methods. Just because it didn't work one way doesn't mean it won’t work another way.

Boss  is content but never settles for mediocrity. He or she is always looking to challenge and further develop their personal growth, gifts and talents.

Boss manages what they have well and is careful about biting off more than they can chew in order to preserve the integrity of whatever their business is and it’s operation. They focus more on quality instead of quantity because they care about people and how they serve them. That’s right a boss is  servant if you haven’t gathered that by the pointers above.

Boss  sees a problem but contemplates solutions. He/ She is always seeing into the future but regards what is present when making decisions. 

Last but not least, a Boss  leads by example! First by understanding that every good boss also has a boss or someone they are accountable to whether it be spiritual or none.
As a reminder, a boss is more about character rather than status. Character is what changes our world and maintains status while caring about the status of those in the world around them. So be great, be a Boss!

Connect with Andrea Mosley on Twitter @IamAndreaMosley and to get more information about products and services visit Andrea online at andreamosley.com

The Truth About Money by Monique Caradine

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The 4 types of people who will always attract money, no matter what the economy!

What do most of us hear when the topic of money comes up in conversation or in the media?  Usually it’s statements like this:

“Money is tight…”
“I’m broke…”
“I gotta count my pennies…”
“The ‘sluggish’ economy…”
“My money is funny…”
“I can’t afford it…”
“I’m living paycheck to paycheck…”
“Can I get a hook up…”

How many of these sound familiar?  Which ones of these have you used recently?  Be honest!

Listen, I’m guilty of repeating some of these same phrases as well but no more.  It’s time to put a stop to this kind of language once and for all—especially among brilliant entrepreneurs like you.

Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand that unexpected things happen that can cause a temporary lack of funds.  Trust me, I’ve been there.
However, prolonged “broke-a$$-ness” among brilliant entrepreneurs is a direct result of two things: 1.) making sub-conscious choices rooted in fear and 2.) Sub-consciously making the decision to hold on to disempowering beliefs that keep them broke and struggling.

So as of today, I implore you to stop believing the lies and rumors about money. 

Here’s the truth.  Right now, money is flowing abundantly throughout the world but it’s flowing mainly to 4 types of people:

People who understand it.  Most people don’t understand the universal laws of saving, investing, giving and attracting large amounts of money. They only think, “work, earn money, pay bills, buy stuff and be broke again.”  We MUST elevate our knowledge around how money works.  One easy way to do this is by reading books and magazines that focus on money, wealth and the secrets to creating more.  Want to see lasting improvements in your money situation? Consider working with a coach who can help you unravel the old “stories” that may be holding you back.

People who respect it.  Is your money crumpled up in your purse or wallet?  Do you often lose track of it?  Do you ignore the money in your bank account, never really having a full awareness of what you have, what you spent and how you can use the rest?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you have a lack of respect for money.  Those who respect money—regardless of the amount—work with it frequently and systematically and it starts with simple habits like regularly monitoring your accounts and keeping your cash neatly organized in your wallet.

People who are not afraid of it.  Our fear of money is usually rooted in the false belief that we are not worthy, we will mishandle it, or people won’t like us if we’re rich.  So here again, sub-consciously we do things to keep a consistent flow of money out of our lives.  I’ve also noticed that some people stop short of making and even talking about larger sums of money because they think doing so will disempower people they love or it will make them feel uncomfortable. People who are bold and fearless with money on the other hand are more inclined to attract it with ease and speed.  They ask for more, they come up with fun and creative ways to make more and they are like money magnets.

People who are generous with it.  Why are some people so tight with money?  Because they believe that money is their source.  NEWS FLASH: money is NOT your source.  If you are a believer, God is your source and one thing I know for sure is this: God is not broke.  If God is not broke, you shouldn’t be either.  So don’t be afraid to give.  Your Source wants to give you OverFlow and your generosity plays a role in unleashing it.

What lies, rumors or beliefs about money have you bought into?  Are you ready to let them go?

@MoniqueCaradine is an award-winning TV & Radio personality and a certified Income and Influence Coach for emerging women in business.   Using her nearly two decades as a producer and on-air personality and 10 years as an entrepreneur, she helps women in business drop fear and excuses to become highly visible high-earners.  Her OverFlow Women’s Business Retreat is being held in San Juan Puerto Rico June 9-12, 2015.  Visit www.MoniqueCaradine.com

Fear Faceoff By Tiara Wilkinson

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Fear knocked, faith answered; no one was there.

This powerful quote continuously inspires me.

I often wrestle with fear. I come up with all sorts of reasons of why not to do something. I imagine all of the bad endings, what could go wrong, how I could be embarrassed. But I have learned that this kind of thinking can kill my dreams. If I choose to pay attention to those fears, I won’t begin the work, and nothing will be done.

Many of us are standing in front of unlocked doors, but we're afraid to open them because we are imagining our fears standing on the other side. We think that as soon as we open the door, what we fear will smack us in our face and cause us harm. We have already pictured our defeat, so we stand still instead of moving forward.

It's funny though. Those times when we decide to face our fears (often because we have no choice), we open up the door and often find nothing there. In fact, instead of what terrorized us, we find courage, we find accomplishment, we find strength, and we find our better selves.

Sometimes what we feared does show up, and yet it's not as bad as we had imagined. Even if the worst possible scenario ensues, we find that we have the strength to endure and are made better for going through it. When we get the courage to face what we fear, we are able to grow. 

What are you afraid of? What fears are hindering you from your success? What's keeping you standing still in your tracks?

Don't allow fear to keep you from your destiny. Don't allow fear to keep you from moving forward. Your destiny is waiting for you! Stop allowing fear to keep you stagnant. Allow yourself the opportunity to grow. Give yourself the chance to succeed. Stop listening to fear, open the door, and move forward!

Connect with Tiara Wilkinson on Twitter @a4cdiamond and check out www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com for more information!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Entrepreneurs: Delegation in Three Easy Steps By Kangelon “Kay” Dexter

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Another month ends, and you feel a little more behind than you did a month ago. Invoices need to be prepared, quarterly reports need to be compiled and proofed, numerous leads need to be followed-up on, and then you realize you haven’t tweeted in 17 days. Does this sound familiar?
Running a small business is no small task, and even the best multitaskers can’t do it all alone. You know you need to delegate, but who has the time? Richard Branson, famous billionaire and Virgin CEO, knew the importance of delegation from the beginning, and it set him up for long term success.
“Virgin’s ability to grow and diversify successfully was set in the company’s early days, with my learning how to delegate and let go,” he shared in his Entrepreneur.com column.
Regardless of whether you aspire to running a multi-billion dollar business or want to stay local, all entrepreneurs can take Branson’s advice on delegation. If you are wondering where to begin, below are three basic pieces of advice that will help you get started.


Take Inventory of Your Tasks
When your business is your passion, you may hold your cards close to the vest. In the process, your to-do list may be unreasonably long, possibly impacting growth and your sanity as well as the sanity of your employees. Using time-tracking software for a full week, take a complete and honest inventory of how much you’re actually doing. Be prepared to be surprised by how much you shoulder all on your own! Look at the list objectively to determine which tasks and processes you don’t need to personally do. This now becomes your delegation list. 
Don’t Rush the Personnel Search
Now that you know which tasks need to be delegated, make sure that they are delegated to the right people. Richard Branson said that hiring should be done with the plan that one day you will even delegate your CEO position when it’s time to step back or move on to something new. When the person you’re hiring may eventually take your place, at your own choosing, it’s best to look beyond basic skill sets and experience to find someone you trust and who shares your values and work ethic. Finding this person may take time, but don’t rush. Once you’ve found the person, begin by delegating just one or two simple tasks, then re-evaluate.
Reward Your Trusted Employees
Promoting from within is one of Richard Branson’s guiding principles for rewarding proactive employees, and it’s something he recommends to other entrepreneurs. This advice translates to any size business and can be done easily with a small business. If your graphic designer has a good idea for a blog post, let them take a shot at it. If your virtual assistant wants to take on email marketing, develop a plan together and let them try it out. People love feeling ownership of something they helped improve, so rewarding initiative and taking chances on your people stands to improve your business.

Where do you stand? Do you try to do it all, or do you delegate? If you are already a skilled delegator, what advice would you share with those just getting started?



Kangelon “Kay” Dexter, Product Marketing Strategist, Sage One, Sage North America
Kay uses her passion for marketing and entrepreneurs in her role at Sage to ensure the voice of the customer is heard as new products and features are created. She has built her career around being an innovator, straight-talker, forward-thinker, and always making sure her work is relevant to customers. Outside of the office, Kay enjoys spending her free time mentoring local teenage and collegiate young ladies, shopping for the latest fashion trends, and being a youth and worship leader at her church.

Join @thebossnetwork and @TheKayDexter for a special #BOSSChat via Twitter on Thursday, December 11th at 8pm ET.


 Learn more about Sage North America @SageNAmerica or visit sage.com


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Friday, November 21, 2014

Join Us Wednesday, 11/26 at 7/8PM EST For A Live Twitter #BOSSChat with Elder Vikki Johnson

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Elder Vikki Johnson is sought after Speaker, Author, Mentor, Sisterhood Advocate, Living Kidney Donor and a “proud Mom”.  Her daughter is her inspiration for living a life of impact! 

A thought provoking speaker, Vikki has influenced thousands of women over the last 20 years and has been featured as a Keynote Speaker for TEDx Women, The Pentagon, Department of Commerce, various women’s conferences, retreats, and workshops.  Her Soul Wealth VIP Mentoring Program supports women through their journey of transformation providing insight into soul calling, clarity, and connection.  Vikki says, “As a result of working with me women break up with the status quo in their life. They no longer live from survival mode but live a life of undeniable purpose. Unstuck, they move through the world with clarity, confidence and self-worth. Adventure becomes their calling card and they’re filled with joy about what’s coming next.”  

She is the visionary of Authentic Living Enterprises, LLC which includes her signature media brand, GIRL TALK UNPLUGGED, Ultimate Getaway Experience”, Sacred Sisterhood Community,SSS Luxury Group Mentoring Weekend,” and most recently, “Sacred Sister Leader Network” (SSLN) a membership group for women in leadership or who aspire to be. 

Vikki currently hosts a weekly segment on Praise 104.1FM called “Girl Talk Moment”.  She has been the Associate Pastor of Women at Kingdom Worship Center in Towson, MD since 1999. A Best-Selling Author touching thousands with her pen also, Vikki has been featured in Jet, Essence, Upscale, various blogs, radio shows and recently released her fifth book entitled, Vikki~isms, a collection of daily inspirations.

A graduate of Howard University and Calvary Bible Institute, Vikki has been employed by BET Networks for over 17 years.  With over 30 years experience in music, sports, entertainment, and community advocacy,  she currently oversees the day-to-day efforts of the Emmy award-winning Rap-It-Up Campaign, the network’s HIV/AIDS initiative, manages the network’s partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation, and also supports the network’s other pro-social initiatives.

She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME), ColorComm (Women of Color In Communication), The BOSS (Bringing Out Successful Sisters) Network, and National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).  Vikki also enjoys connecting with her audience via social media.  You can follow her on Twitter “@AllThingsVikki, connect with her on Facebook at “Elder Vikki Johnson” and also join her “Girl Talk Unplugged A Sacred Sisterhood” Community on Facebook.  Coming soon is www.allthingsvikki.com


GET READY FOR YOUR LIFE TO CHANGE AGAIN!


Join The BOSS Network and Cameka Smith (@iamcameka) and Elder Vikki Johnson (@allthingsvikki) for a live #BOSSChat 
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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Did you resolve to do better with your money this year? By Monique Caradine

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For many of the women entrepreneurs I’ve talked to recently, this was their number one resolution. 

Some  had survived really tough times last year while others just wanted to take their money up a notch.  Either way, change is good.  So here are 6 simple yet powerful money habits that can make a big difference in your bottom line in 2015:


  • Automate your savings.  Don’t just take your spare change to the bank on any given Saturday.  That’s what teenagers do.  Instead, have your bank auto-debit your savings at least once a month.  This takes one more thing off your to-do list and before you know it you’ll have a nice chunk of cash put away.  If saving automatically is already a habit, I challenge you to increase what you save each month by twenty-five percent.  I’m a huge fan of CapitalOne360’s online savings program.  It makes saving easy and fun.  Try it here.
  • Track your income regularly.  Most people advise you to track your expenses – and that’s cool too, but I find it a lot more fun to keep tabs on my income.  What this does is gets me in the mindset of expecting and creating money regularly—even daily—simply because I don’t like seeing too many zeroes on my tracking sheet!  One month, I brought in money 19 out of 30 days.  How?  Through multiple income streams.  Every woman should have at least 3.  The more you have, the more frequently money will come in.  By tracking your money regularly, you can see where it’s coming from and how to create your increase!  By the way, one of my fab clients recently told me about this cool tool you can use for tracking income, expenses and budget.  
  • Use coupons.  I used to think that coupons made me look like a cheap-o.  Now I know better.  Trust me, you are never to fly to take advantage of a discount!  Truth be told, I don’t spend hours on Sundays going through sales papers but I do use the coupons the cashiers hand you at the register.  Recently I saved $10 on a purchase at my local pharmacy just by using the coupon the cashier put right in my hand.  Save a few extra bucks a week with discounts, coupons and rewards points and by the end of the year you could splurge on a great piece of art or add to your savings.  
  • Stop money leaks.  A money leak is any kind of fee, subscription or service charge you’re paying even if you are not using the service.  Stop this from happening now.  I know it may seem like a hassle to have to call or write to cancel the service but it is worth it.  The money that’s slipping through your fingers adds up and I’d rather see it going into your savings account rather than to the gym you haven’t been to in 6 months.  So every 90 days or so, scan your credit card statement to make sure there are no leaks.
  • Clean out your wallet and your purse.  Do I really have to say more?  A junky purse and wallet is a sign of insecurity and indecisiveness.  I’ll explain that more in a future article but the bottom line is this: the place where you keep your personal and most valued belongings should be clean, not cluttered with old tissue, gum wrappers, receipts, mail and your children’s toys!  Money will not thrive if its surrounded by chaos.  Take 10 minutes once a week and get your purse and wallet in order, ok?
  • Give. If you know me, you know that I believe women entrepreneurs deserve to be rich and happy.  Generosity plays a major role in helping you get there.  When you have the courage to share your resources with others even when it feels like you don’t have enough to meet your needs, you send a powerful message to the universe that you trust your Source (aka God).   When you give, you show that in Source there is no lack.  You send a message that in God, there is an unlimited supply of everything we need.  Find a church, charity or cause you believe in and give.  When you do, magical things will happen.  I guarantee and decree it.  (Last year I was thrilled to contribute to a scholarship program for urban girls with a focus on media literacy and empowerment.  Check them out here.)
What money habits have worked for you?  Which one of these do you plan to put in place?

FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS!  JUST BE SURE TO ADD THIS BLURB: Monique is an award-winning TV & Radio personality and a certified Income and Influence Coach for emerging women in business. Using her nearly two decades as a producer and on-air personality and 10 years as an entrepreneur, she helps women in business drop fear and excuses to become highly visible high-earners.  Her OverFlow Women’s Business Retreat is being held in San Juan Puerto Rico June 9-12, 2015.



Connect with Monique Caradine on Twitter @moniquecaradine and check out her www.MoniqueCaradine.com for more information and fee resources. 

Embrace Your Entire Dream By Tiara Wilkinson

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Only recently have I embraced the entire dream that’s been in my heart for quite some time.
Before then, I was taking some steps to walk in my purpose.  I had worked through the process of following my passion to identify my purpose. I had researched, studied, and written out ideas and plans. I started a small project to hold myself accountable, I was enrolled in school, and I was more than willing to walk out my dream among family and friends.

But I knew that I had to reach higher and work toward more ambitious goals to fulfill what was really in my heart. Everything that I was doing was “safe”. They were comfortable options for me and didn’t require much from me to do. Yet, in order for me to achieve my full vision, I knew I would have to come out of my comfort zone.

Part of the issue of embracing my full dream in life stemmed from fear. I was afraid of criticism, of making a mistake, of not being successful, of someone thinking I was trying to imitate someone else, of not reaching my goal... You name it, I was afraid of it. So, I didn't do anything. I stayed in my comfort zone while my real dream burned inside me.

One day it just hit me. My purpose was why I was alive. Until I embraced everything that was in my heart, I wouldn't be happy. I wouldn't be fulfilled. I wouldn't be at peace. Going after my full purpose had to be priority number one.  

So, I embraced all that was in my heart and went for it. I stared down fear, ignored all of the negativity that was trying to stop me, and stepped out of my comfort zone.
And I started to live the entire dream that was in my heart.

What is in your heart right now? What is keeping you from stepping outside of your comfort zone? 

It doesn't matter how afraid you may feel. Sometimes you have to move past feelings and just move forward.

It doesn't matter how many negative reasons you can come up with to remain in your current spot. There will always be something trying to block you from your goal. Sometimes the only thing in your way is you.

What matters is what is in your heart. What matters is the dream that gets your pulse racing.

What matters is your success, your fulfillment, your peace. 

You may have taken some initial steps toward your goal, but don’t fake your own self out. You know if you’re really moving forward or just going through the motions. You know if you’re really shooting for the stars or just aiming for what you think is reasonable. You won’t reach your real goal staying in your comfort zone. At some point, you’re going to have to stare down fear, ignore all the negativity, and step out.
Start living the entire dream that’s in your heart. You won’t be satisfied until you do!


Connect with Tiara Wilkinson on Twitter @a4cdiamond
and check out www.daysofpurposeanddestiny.com for more information!



Sunday, November 2, 2014

One Key By Andrea Mosley

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 I've been doing a lot of networking the past five months and it’s been really fun. I’ve met interesting people and the quality of their character has been quite refreshing at times. It’s always a joy to meet people who are determined to live beyond the norm and who genuinely have a passion for helping others in one way or another.

One of the common traits that I've found in some of these really awesome people is that they are not completely sold on their passion and how prosperous it could be for them and others. They have ideas, hopes, and a good ol’ job. Their jobs bring them good money and benefits (sense of security). But they are mentally stressed out, the job keeps them away from their families, and their jobs don’t speak much to what they have a passion for. When I ask them what their next step is in fulfilling their passion, they can’t tell me because they don’t really have a plan. An idea will be just that if you never put a plan of action together.

I want to be clear by saying it’s a blessing to have a good job. Don’t quit your job, please. God blesses with us with good jobs for many different reasons—one of them being a resource to provide our needs. The other reasons speak to God’s wisdom in preparing you for the plan He’s already laid out for you. But you need to be plugged in so you aren't just wandering in the cycle of merely existing. With that being said, we are to be integral on our jobs and perform them with excellence, which is our reasonable service. God said when we manage the few things He gives us well, then He will give us more. Remember He is ultimately our provider.

I mentioned God’s plan because His plan is the only sure plan to true success. He said man has many plans but His plan is sure. Success is defined according to each individual, but largely it’s simply completing the tasks God gives us in the plan He’s laid out for us. Passions are very important and are one of the keys in identifying exactly what your purpose is in life. Give attention to your passions. Don’t disrespect them by treating them as side hustles or mere dreams that may never come true. They are part of your ministry and we all have one.

First thing you have to do in order to be successful is to pray and ask God to reveal to you who you are and what your purpose is. He won’t give everything all at one time, but He’ll give you enough to get started. As He responds to you because He will, write it down. Writing your plan down will give you a visual and helps provide confidence when life gets shaky. Set long-term and short-term goals to fulfill the plan, and be reasonable. Remember If God said it He’s gonna do it. You don’t need to be super because He is super. All He needs from you is your obedience. No need for you to be anxious about anything.
The goals help you to be accountable to the plan and they’re also a measuring rod for open doors that may be good but not necessarily God. Some open doors are simply dressed up distractions.

Surround yourself with like-minded people—not the talkers but the doers. Some people that you call friends may start to act shady and say you've changed, but that’s okay. It’s true. You've made a decision you seriously want what God wants and the more you align yourself with what God is saying, your circle will seemingly get smaller. But remember this: you never lose friends, just people disguised as friends.

Remember that God hasn't given you the spirit of fear. He’ll never leave you and He’ll complete every work He’s began in you and with you. It’s also important to understand you can’t do everything by yourself. You need a team but let God do the casting. No such thing as it’s just me and God.

Know that Rome wasn't built in a day. Hook-ups are really let downs and time wasters. Money isn't an issue unless you make it one. Your passion should never come before honoring God, as you can’t work your way onto God’s “good side.”

Lastly, be open. Do what you are able in preparation, but let God do things His way. Proper preparation speaks to the integrity of your character, and is a necessary witness and a shield against the enemy’s devices. But don’t be surprised if God wants to part the sea for you.

References: Jer 29:11, Prov 19:21, Hab 2:2, Deut 31:8, Phil 1:6, James 2:18, 1 Sam 16:7, Prov 13:20, 2 Cor 6:17, 1 Cor 15:33, Matt 7:22

– Be Free, Stay Free

Connect with Andrea Mosley on Twitter @IamAndreaMosley and to get more information about products and services visit Andrea online at andreamosley.com

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

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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 Network and Cameka Smith (@iamcameka) and Lauren Maillian Bias(@LaurenMBias) for a live #BOSSChat 
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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

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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 Network (@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

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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.

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The Carnivorous Cons of Yelp By Peggy Arthur

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As some of you may know we have recently rebranded our company from Curl Kitchen to truly Natural Boutique. With rebranding comes realization. You should use your past experiences to dictate where your dollars go. Being a small business owner means making ever dollar count but how can you make every review your business receives via the various platform (Google +, Facebook, Yelp…) count? Lets examine one very popular platform that has been in the news recently – Yelp.  Yelp was recently accused of extortion to drive businesses to pay for advertising services http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-yelp-ratings-20140905-story.html.

During the process of rebranding I looked back to our Yelp page. In doing so I noticed out of the 9 reviews that we have received since our soft opening March 28, 2014 only 4 of them are recommended. You might be asking yourself the question how in the world do you have so many reviews in such a short period of time. We used what is called a “call to action” within our own organization we did not achieve the reviews by going through Yelp.


In the past we purchased a Yelp “call to action” and the value was not justified. Now I realize by using our own “call to action” the expense of the incentive did not justify the act; however, our cost was not as great as using Yelp directly. While Yelp can be of help it can also be a carnivorous creature if you are not cautious. Your customer service could be top notch and so can your offerings but if you do not appeal to the consumer at the right time your business could easily fall from 4 stars to 1 star.  Imagine yourself using a service such a Groupon to sell 1,000 eyebrow-threading vouchers. You sell out in the first week. You collect your money and appointments are rolling in but what happens when you cannot service 100 people at the same time? It is likely these consumers will turn to a platform such as Yelp to review your business and it more than likely will not be pretty. Once these reviews are posted they will not be removed your rating will forever be impacted. These poor reviews could sit atop each search engine making it impossible for you to secure new relationships. So today I leave you with this thought before making short run decisions look at your long run goals. 


Photo Credit to Paulina Fadrowska

Peggy Arthur, MBA
Founder and Creator of Curl Kitchen ™ and Video Blogger
Connect with Peggy Arthur on Twitter @consciousafro and to get more information about products and services visit Peggy online at trulynaturalboutique.com

HOW? STOPS NOW! WHO & WHERE?! By Jamila Thomas

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The WHO question is fundamental to your vision’s implementation schedule. While everyone is not ready to  hear about your vision, there is someone, there are people WHO are definitely ready to buy into you. This statement may seem contemptuous, while not meant to be, it is the truth. There will be people WHO pick up the phone when you call. There will be people WHO will not answer the phone when you call (the trick is to not leave a voice message so you can call back, I am being facetious).

      The point is someone is willing to listen. Many times, as it pertains to our visions, all we need is a listening ear or someone WHO will challenge us to think deeper. The process to determine what person or which people to call should be strategic. WHEN you decide to call you should be prepared with WHAT you are going to say and HOW you are going to say it.

      It is true… you only have one opportunity to make a first impression. Therefore, make sure you have vetted wisely the individuals you deem will be helpful in moving you towards your vision.
WHERE?

      Practical questions that force you to ponder the ability to implement your vision is key to your success. Asking the question WHERE will hone your ideas about illusions that your mind creates that say you can implement your visions everyWHERE. You say to yourself, “I want this vision to be implemented all around the world.” Well, that is ambitious and potentially possible. What does this decision mean to the people that will need your vision.
     
      In other words, if your vision is meant to impact one specific state in order to change the dynamics of that particular state, it may not be tangibly feasible to implement the vision in another country at this particular time. It may be to the detriment of your vision to live beyond your visions initial purpose, initially. This is not to say your vision will not be altered in the future. It is simply to provide a strategic thought process as you begin to implement your vision.

Are you READY?

Connect with Jamila Thomas on Twitter @JamilaCThomas and to get more information about products and services visit Jamila online at jamilathomas.com

Sunday, September 7, 2014

You Don’t Have To Come From It….To CREATE It! By Trish Morrissette

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When you look yourself in the mirror, what do you see?  Do you see someone who came from a broken home of little success and very little money?  Do you see yourself as the ugly duckling always comparing herself to the next beautiful swan that comes her way?  Or, do you see yourself as this middle income business person who makes just enough to pay her bills and live a little bit?  Now the next question….Are you happy with what you see in the mirror?  If not, what are you going to do about it?

One thing that we need to learn early on is….WE ARE A DIRECT RESULT OF WHAT WE REFLECT. What you see in the mirror is exactly what you are going to reflect out to the world. Does it matter that you grew up in a house with very little success when it comes to being faith based, family oriented or financially successful?  So what if you’re not as pretty as Halle Berry….you are still beautiful right?  Why be content with one level of  income when you know it doesn't depict how talented you are?  One thing is for sure…the poor we will have with us always, but the upper level, millionaire, or billionaire status is not for everyone.  Why?  Because everyone doesn't have the mindset to do more, be more, achieve more, and conquer more?  

Many of us allow our past to dictate our future.  They look at the results of their forefathers and live the hand that’s been dealt to them as a result; however, one thing that we need to understand…never allow your past circumstances or situations to make you think that you can’t have more or achieve more.  Create what it is that you want out of life.  Reflect your desires.
Reflect your dreams.  Reflect your ambitions.  It’s time that you attract experiences, circumstances and situations based on how you think and feel.  This is called the Law of Attraction.  If you feel or see  yourself as rich even when you know you got $50 in the bank, then riches will soon flow to you.  If you always feel broke or talk about being broke, then poverty will continue to hang over your head.  If you know you are a successful business owner bringing in thousands or millions of dollars, then that is what you will attract into your business.  You have to have the mindset that you attract success.  You attract money.  You attract your ideal client.  You attract people that will help you create what it is that you are looking for out of life.

 Do you want a family?  Do you want good health? Do you live your life with high expectations of having more? Now is the time to see yourself as the person that’s creating  the life that you desire, not the life that you accept.  What you continue to accept is what you will continue to allow.  When you want more, you will do more.  Don’t allow your past to dictate who you are and the type of success you will have.  Remember…you don’t have to come from it to CREATE it.
Reinvent yourself.  Be FABULOUS.  Shock the world!  Be the inspiration that somebody else is looking for.  

Connect with Trish Morrissette on Twitter @ladytrishm and to get more information about products and services visit Trish online atprofessionaltranslations-inc.com

Monday, August 25, 2014

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

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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 contributo
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 UCLA.
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 Bell.com


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

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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
Connect with Peggy Arthur on Twitter @consciousafro and to get more information about products and services visit Peggy online at curlkitchen.com