Friday, February 6, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Innovator" Tami LaMorn

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Tami LaMorn is a business powerhouse with years of experience as a Real Estate Investor, Concert Producer, Philanthropist and Successful Restaurateur. Tami has always been a woman willing to put in the work to achieve success. Today, Tami works closely with her team to expand her brand which will soon include cosmetics line– LAMORN, and her own VODKA, while simultaneously building her daughter Madison’s brand with her clothing line ‘TOOTS’.  Expanding her brand with talent management & production by with developing Miles B Entertainment for Music, film & TV projects. Joining Dramatic Expressions as Supervising Producer for Film, Theatre and made for TV projects. Co-Producing “I AM CRE8TIV LIVE- music series and Co-founding, Executive Producing “Indie LIVE” music series. Tami LaMorn is a force to be reckoned with. The quintessential mentor, Tami has committed to sharing her success with young women with the hopes that they too will follow their dreams and see them through. 

The BOSS Network
: What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of
starting your business or career?
Tami LaMorn: One of the most challenging obstacles I faced in the beginning is the perception of a being a women and my ability to succeed.
BN: What inspired you to break into your particular industry?
TL: My inspiration is from my childhood and the feeling of togetherness when we sat at the table to eat. The laughter and joy food brings to people when they gather, is priceless. Plus now I get to drink the wine. I’m a foodie, I love to eat. I’ve been told I cook pretty well, that I have missed my calling.

BN: How do you balance your personal and professional life or have you been
able to find a balance?
TL: Balancing my personal life and professional life is a challenge. I literally have to schedule time with family and friends. I am working on that, extremely hard. Some days I just want to live, quietly.

BN: What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
TL: It’s ‘THE GOD IN ME’. There are several others, but this one reigns true to who I am. ALL I DO is through GOD.
BN: Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged
you along the way?
TL: My partner in life, his encouragement and push is sometimes unbearable. But I need that; it keeps my spirit in tact. Family and friends who constantly tell me, YES YOU can. Oprah, she is the one person I admire, she did it against all odds.
BN: What are your? Must-haves? To keep your career or business going strong?
TL: My must-haves are patience, creativity and a strong chin. Life doesn’t give you anything, GOD does. So embrace what you have been blessed with and work it!

BN
: What is your definition of a BOSS?
TL: BOSS- Blessing/Others/Serving/Society
A BOSS is a person who accepts the gifts that GOD has given them and uses them to make a difference in some one’s life. If you are an entertainer, restaurateur, fashion mogul Cause and Effect, Make a difference! Give back to your community; help the next generation to become a BOSS.
Connect with Tami LaMorn on Twitter @TamiLaMorn  and check out her Facebook page.
 Learn more about products and services at www.thelamorngroup.com
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Are You Stepping Into the Room with a Vision of Success? By Michelle J. Miller

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In too many instances, people have a vision of success until the time comes when they have to walk in the room with confidence. It is like the inevitable shrinking woman; you think big things about yourself, your skills and what you bring to the table and then began to shrink in certain atmospheres. For example, there are times when I am the only woman, the only person of color and one of the youngest people in a room. Early in in my career, I felt uncomfortable and I began to minimize my contribution (or let others minimize it). Well, one day the lights turned on in mind and I realized that I was playing small when I was a major contributor to the success of an issue. Simply put, I realized that my playing small does not serve the world and the same is true for you. The world needs what we have and we are going to release it one client, one corporate initiative, one business endeavor at a time. I selected this photo for a reason; because red represents power. This photo became a picture of how I confessed that I would walk in a room – with a vision of success in accordance with the power I had within me to make things happen. Get ready to put on your power suit or your power pumps because it is time to walk in the room with confident about your vision of success. The days of you playing small ends NOW!

So how do you stop “playing small” and step into a room with a vision of success? Here are 5 VISION STRATEGIES to help you stop shrinking and start stepping into a room with a vision of success:

VISION STRATEGY #1 SEE YOURSELF FOR WHO YOU ARE
Your first strategy is self-reflection. Too many times we see ourselves based on what others have told us or on our on blurred perception of ourselves due to past challenges, experiences or negative words spoken over us. These external and internal misidentification tactics deflect from our true selves and the greatness on the inside of us. As a result, people dictate to your role to you because you did not step into the room with a vision of who you truly are. You have to see that God made you unique and that you bring something to the table that no one else brings. If you didn’t bring something unique you wouldn’t be present, right? RIGHT! Your presence in the room has purpose so your 1st vision strategy is to acknowledge that truth and see it.


VISIONS STRATEGY #2 WRITE THE VISION
Your second strategy is to identify and write the vision of who you are. What vision do you have about your role on a particular matter? If you do not carefully identify your role in a particular situation, there is a high probability that people or circumstances will shift your role in a direction that suits THEIR needs not yours. For example, you may enter a room with someone boisterous that try to cast a shadow on your presence so that he or she can outshine you. DO NOT PERMIT THIS! Your strategy must be that I wrote the vision of my role before I came into the room and no one will change that once I walk in, not even you. If you allow others to write the vision of what you bring to the table you are devalued and no one has the power to belittle you without your permission. For this reason, your strategy is to have your visions of success written and you are walking into the room to execute it. 

VISION STRATEGY #3 ACTIVIATE YOUR MOGUL MINDSET
Your third strategy is to makeover your mindset. One of the definitions of a mogul is an important or powerful person. As Viola Davis’ character Aibileen in the Help “You is kind, You is Smart, You is Important.” You must makeover your mindset in a way that you always tell yourself “I am important!” and when you make that statement you have no other option, but to step in to a room with a vision of success. Your strategy it to do whatever it takes to keep your importance on the forefront of your mind, especially when situations happen to make you feel less than important. The mindset of a mogul is not based on feelings, it is based on the reality that you are the very important person (VIP) of your life and you simply need to exercise that VIP power. 

VISION STRATEGY #4 REMOVE THE COMPETITION
Your fourth strategy is to remove the competition. After implementing the first three strategies, the fourth strategy should be easy. Why is this vision strategy easy? It is easy because at this point you should know that your competition does not exist. I’ve heard people profess that they do not have competition, until they began to encounter high level executives or the potential to work with a multi-million dollar brand. It as this point some people get concerned about competition because they think that are in the midst of rare opportunity. The reality is if you had no competition for a $10,000 deal that was meant for you so it is for a $10,000,000 deal that’s meant for you. I recall being nervous when I drafted my first multi-million dollar contract and thought one of the other guys would be better at this because they had many more years of experience. Why was I nervous? I had to say this is like any other contract with some extra zeroes that is it! Plus, in the end the experience of others didn’t matter because I was still doing multi-million dollar deals when they were long gone – the opportunity was for me. When you remove the competition, that doesn’t truly exist, you have the ability to step into the room with a vision of success and execute your personal power to shine bright no matter what situation you find yourself in. 

VISION STRATEGY #5 SEE YOURSELF WINNING
Your fifth and final strategy is to see yourself winning. You should never wake up and walk out the door with a defeatist attitude. Once you implement the strategies of (1.) identifying your truth set, (2.) writing the vision of your role in your life situations, (3.) making over your mindset, and (4.) removing the competition; your final strategy is to see yourself winning. 

Create a mental picture in your mind as to what success look link in the situation you are about to encounter. You have to see yourself winning and then you will implement the attitude and actions so that you win. Remember, in this instance winning is not about competition. Winning is not just having a temporary vision of success; it is walking in the reality of your success.



Connect with Michelle J. Miller on Twitter @michellejmiller or On Instagram @iammichellejmiller and look out for her new and improved website MichelleJMiller.com for more information, book releases and event announcements.

DON’T FEED THE FEARS By Koereyelle DuBose

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I get emails all the time from people who either want business assistance or need a little extra motivation. Although I try to stress the fact that I’m NOT a business coach, I still try my best to help any and everyone who reaches out to me. Yesterday, I got an email from a young lady who had finally got the nerve to quit her job but is now too afraid to start a business. I got a similar email from a teacher who wanted to know how I managed to ‘get out’ (as if teaching is jail LOL).

When I left teaching in 2011, I honestly had no plan. I had no idea what I would do to make money since my only experience since college had been teaching. What I did know is that I wanted something more for my life and I was willing to risk it all to have it. Everyone looked at me like I was crazy when I told them that I’d decided to give up my contract to teach overseas and didn’t plan to pursue another teaching job here either. I decided I wouldn’t spend time explaining myself to everyone, instead I’d use my energy to figure out my next move. This was my crossroads….I truly believe that every one of us comes to a crossroad at some point and based on the decision we make, our life is forever changed. The decision I had to make was to finally trust and believe in myself enough to make the best choice for the life I wanted to live, because no matter what anyone else said it was ME who had to live with the consequences.

To this day, when I have a big decision to make- that little devil appears on my shoulder and tells me all the reasons why "it"won’t work. No matter what the IT is, we can always come up with a million and one reasons why things won’t work out. That’s how the human mind works. Right before we have a breakthrough, we usually experience a breakdown. The difference between winners and losers is winners fight the fears and losers feed them.

A few weeks ago one of my mentors presented me with a business proposal. Although I was initially excited, as it got closer to the time I needed to take action I began thinking of all the reasons I shouldn't follow through with it.

“I really don’t know the ins and outs of the new business…”

“Am I sure I’ll be able to make my investment back?”

“How will I have time to take on another project?”





















The list went on and on, but the bottom line is it all stemmed from fear. In my reading, I’ve learned that there are really only two emotions from which all others originate- FAITH and FEAR. We can either have faith that things are always working in our favor, or we can surrender to fear. Today, I want to encourage you to let faith lead you toward the direction of your dreams. Expect the fears to surface, but be determined not to feed them. The next time you are faced with a difficult decision, use your intuition to make a decision- and stick to it.

When fear knocks, let faith answer….



Connect with Koereyelle DuBose on Twitter @Koereyelle &  @TheSingleWivesClub and to learn more about products and services visit TheSingleWivesClub.com

Is It Too Late For Success? By V. Taybron

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So last night I was laying in bed reading. I like to read and decompress before going to sleep. I was in such a place of great peace. Lately my friends and I have ONLY been having conversations about success. Have you ever been feeling so positive and uplifted about something and then right when you are on that positive high negativity tries to rear its ugly head? This negativity could be in the form of a person, situation, financial stress, etc.

Let me give you a great example. While having a conversation with a young lady she said, "aren't you turning 29 soon? You don't think it's too late for success?" I wasn't upset nor offended by her comment. People say things based on their opinions. When someone can't see greatness for themselves, they can't see it for you either. That is reality for them but it doesn't have to be reality for you. You don't have to accept it. Humans are the only species on the planet that can hear itself think and then put those thoughts into action. When negativity comes your way don't receive it. Ignore it and keep being the great person that your future self will thank you for. 



So who are you really? Well I can tell you who I am. I am a shark in a fish tank. It doesn't matter how small you may seem you can have the appetite and strength of a shark. While researching I found stories on numerous successful artists, chefs, business owners, actors and more that didn't "make it" until well after the age of 30 that we still love and admire.

1. Julia Child was 36 when she moved to Paris with her husband and had never been in the position to try quality food. She enrolled herself at Le Cordon Bleu and the rest is history: cookbooks, television, Emmy's, and more. 

2. Harrison Ford was hired to build cabinets for George Lucas which led to him being casted in Star Wars at the age of 33. 

3. Samuel L. Jackson was a social worker before his breakout role in Pulp Fiction at age 45

Then there are those people who's names will forever grace the pages of our history books because they were relentless in their quest for greatness. They failed millions of times but kept trying. Names like: Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Oprah, Tyler Perry, need I say more? 


Don't let anyone tell you that you can't. Just get out and start today?
























Connect with "The Queen of All Things Domestic"  V. Taybron on Twitter @VTaybronEvents & @SaVorV. Check out  V. Facebook. Learn more about products and services at Savorv.com


BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Event Coach" Anika Kai

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Anika Kai affectionately known as "The Event Coach" ™ has been planning events before she knew she was planning events.  In 2007 she launched AnikaKai Events a boutique wedding and event planning firm, and hasn’t looked back.  Her work has been showcased on essence.com, stylemepretty.com and jetmagazine.com.

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



Anika Kai: When I started in the business there were not a lot of people that looked like me who were being widely recognized.  As with most things there were the 2 or 3 that were plat formed.  The Diann Valentine’s and the Preston Bailey’s of the world, so it was difficult at times to garner the level of clientele or notoriety that our non-minority counterparts were garnering.  Unless you know where to look it can often be hard to “break: into the business.  I am now a part of some amazing event planning groups but in the beginning I was learning pretty much blindly, so it took a lot longer for me to get to the place in my business I wanted to be.


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

AK: I’ve actually always loved helping others make their creative dreams come true, I just didn’t know how to translate that to my everyday life.  There were no events planning college’s or event management concentrations available when I was in college like there are now.  I was in a Sales career in 2006 that I despised and if I can be honest, I wasn’t the best at it, the lure of the company car and the increase in my bank account kept me there.  When I was laid off from that company I had a decision to make, was I going to continue to place my trust in something that wasn’t truly profiting me anything or was I going to step out on faith and give my destiny a chance.....Fast forward to today…Destiny won!

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

AK: It depends on what day you ask me.  I’m known by my friends and family as the person who does 10,000 things a day on my own.  A very wise man (Brian K. O’Neil) said “if you are a business owner, and you are doing all the work, you are an employee. So I learned very quickly to delegate some things so that I can have some personal time to make sure that I am taken care of. This is a work in progress.


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

AK: “He has made everything beautiful in its time” Ecc 3:11(If it was promised to you and you haven’t received it, just wait, it’s on its way)


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

AK: I have a few, some in real life, some in my mind J.  My late grandmother, Agnes always told me, “baby one day they are going to love your work, she passed before my business really got off the ground. My spiritual parents Brian and Carla O’Neil, were very inspirational. They pushed, pulled, corrected and loved me into the person I am now both personally and professionally.  Most of my industry mentors are mentors in my head. We don’t know each other (yet) but I “stalk” them and their work daily, Mindy Weiss, Diann Valentine, Preston Bailey, Rebecca Grinnals & Kathryn Arce and Karen Tran to name a few, for the sheer fact that they are leaders in their respective craft.  They never gave up, they never let adversity or circumstances hinder their goals. 


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


AK: My 5 must haves are: 1) Faith in the one who destined me to do what I am doing long before was ever a thought  2) Client Relationships (This is so key, you HAVE to know who your client is, and who isn’t your client, it will save you so much headache, time and money if you are honest with yourself and them upfront) 3) Integrity  4 ) Friends and family who are not afraid to hurt your feelings 5) A love and a drive for what I do.


BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

AK: My definition of a BOSS is one who knows and understands who she is; her strengths and her weaknesses but doesn’t let either of those get in her way!
#IAmABoss
Connect with Anika Kai on Twitter at @anikakaievents and FaceBook
 For products and services visit www.anikakaievents.com   


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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Digital Marketer " China Panion

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China Panion is an experienced Digital Marketer that divides her time between working with Enterprise clients at Chicago's SEO Clarity and her Beauty Subscription Box Co. Primp Sweat Shine. When not working she gives back with her online wellness group Soul by the Pound dedicated to empowering women in health.

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

China Panion: In the beginning I struggled knowing my niche. When I graduated college I didn't know what exactly I wanted to do I just knew you go to college and
then you find a job. It took a couple unpaid internships to unlock my passion and find the correct career path. This indeed was a challenge of trial and error but it was well worth the journey.


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

CP: I've always been fond of online engagement. I am obsessed with app's and data so
it was natural to start a career in digital marketing. I am also owner of a
subscription box Primp Sweat Shine. I am a bit of a product junkie, and
after trial and error with health and beauty favorites I decided to launch
Primp Sweat Shine the only subscription box dedicated to the glamour girl
that likes to get dirty in the gym. I figured why not share my favorite
products with subscribers.


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

CP: My parents are a huge influence on me balancing both. They set high
expectations for me in my professional life, yet they always demand my time
when it comes to spending time with family. They keep me laughing, and
constantly remind me to enjoy life. With that I make it my business to step
away from the laptop and my phone and just enjoy the amazing family and
friends I have.


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

CPIts so hard to narrow it down to just one. "Between the Promise and the Payoff is the Process" I got that from BOSS Founder Cameka Smith.
"The best thinkers walk  with one foot in reality and the other firmly
planted in the realm of potential"
I got that one from T. D. Jakes, and

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

CP: My grandmothers have and will always be a huge influences in my life. They
were the hardest working women I ever known. I am so thoroughly encouraged
by not only their golden nuggets of wisdom but also their work ethic. I
witness these women move mountains in the most polished and professional
ways possible. Additionally I have some great mentors such as Dequianna Brooks
Jackson,  Cameka Smith, and my boss Tiffany Maloney all who I learned so
much from and gave me great advice.


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

CP: Honest people around you is something EVERY business needs. As a business
owner we would love to believe everything is perfect but the realty is you
need those around you that can say "there is a better way" to do things. My
interns and those close to me have no problem telling me areas of
improvement. And I appreciate it because they see something I can't see
which aides me in creating a stronger brand and business.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

CP: A BOSS is one who handles their business whatever it maybe. Whether they
are an employer or an employee they get things done and take ownership to
the best of their ability. She doesn't give excuses but owns every victory
and every mishap. 


Connect with China Panion on Twitter at @chinapanion  Learn more about products and services at http://soulbythepound.org/and http://www.primpsweatshine.com/

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