Thursday, April 7, 2016

What I Learned At The Hispanicize Summit by Cameka Smith

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I made it home from Miami and let me tell you Chicago, baby it's COLD!

I always like to share takeaways from any new experience I have. The Hispanicize conference was such a great experience and full of knowledge. Here are a few tips I learned:

1. Don't be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone. opportunity is everywhere and the world is a GLOBAL stage. That means there is opportunity everywhere.

2. Your network determines your net-worth. I live by this motto and this weekend it was even made more evident. Start nurturing relationships instead of just meeting people.

3. Your personal brand should be a reflection of your professional brand. With social media now, the world is about 1 degree of separation and people you do business with are WATCHING.

4. Know your MONEY. If you don't manage your finances chances are you won't have any. Get with a Financial Planner (we love Prudential) that can help you can build wealth from the bottom up.

5. Confidence is KEY! If you don't believe in yourself no one else will.
There was so much more but I will leave you with these few. Dale'


Follow BOSS Founder, Cameka Smith via Twitter @iamCameka


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Relationship & Success Coach" Shamieka Dean

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Shamieka Dean, The Queen of Restoration, is a Restoration Strategist coaching women in love and business. She’s the Founder of Restore Me TV helping Real women with Real Issues find Real Solutions. She’s also the Founder of “Mogul Minded Women” teaching Christian women entrepreneurs success God’s Way.

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

Shamieka Dean: I faced the obstacle of having the desire to do so many things but unsure of what to do or where to start. I didn’t worry so much about how to fund my dream because my belief is that whenever God gives a vision, provision is already made. When you have a creative mind, it’s hard to narrow down what to work on first. I also struggled with not having the support from who I thought would support me. God quickly showed me how limited my thinking was. If I only wanted the support of local people/family/friends then I wasn’t expecting my business to reach the masses. Once I received that revelation, my business began to flourish.


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

SD: My inspiration came from looking into the eyes of a broken woman who didn’t know her worth, allowed her past failures to become her identity and lived a life of settling. I was that woman. I made a vow that I would live my life servicing other women who are where I once was because I know the pain, feelings of hopelessness and torture that comes along with it.


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


SD: I rest. It’s simple to me now. I set aside time to do absolutely nothing but rest. It is so vital because we are only as good to others as we are to ourselves.


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


SD: This is a personal quote I wrote a few years back “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” I live by this because I spent years trying to validate myself through relationships and the opinions of others. I allowed those who left or hurt me to make me feel unworthy. It wasn’t until I understood that my value was determined by God. He said that everything He makes is VERY GOOD. I chose to believe His truth over the opinions of others. It helped me to face every “no” and every closed door with confidence because I understood that rejection is only God’s protection.


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


SD: Tiphani Montgomery has been a huge influence in my life. She’s bold for God. She’s successful being unapologetically who God has called her to be. She doesn’t sacrifice her relationship with God for success. She’s successful because of her faith in God. Connecting with her has catapulted me to a place in God I didn’t think was possible.


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


SD: My must have to keep my career going strong is to keep God as the CEO of my business.


BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?


SD: My definition of a BOSS is being confident in who you are without apology.  Being a BOSS means creating ways where there aren’t any, stepping outside of the box and impacting the world with your God given gifts.



Be sure to follow Shamieka Dean on Twitter @shamiekadean and check out her products and services at www.shamiekadean.com





BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Healthcare Expert." Tammy Lewis

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Tammy Lewis,  A Registered Nurse with more than 20 years of experience.  She was recognized in Forbes Magazine in 2013 and 2014 for the growth of her company and expertise in the healthcare industry. She works with start-up businesses and healthcare agencies to ensure proper start-up and company growth.

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

Tammy Lewis: Some of the obstacles that I faced as a small business owner were fear, lack of knowledge and lack of resources. This made the first couple of years in the industry were very difficult.  I learned some hard, but valuable lessons during this time.

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

TL: I am a Registered Nurse with a 20 plus year history in the long term care industry.For most of my career, I worked through agencies.  During this time, I witnessed much abuse and neglect in the facilities, in which I worked.Even though I knew from an early age that this was my calling, the things that I witnessed pushed me into starting my own business.

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

TL: If I had been asked this question just one year ago, I would not have had an answer, because there was no balance in my life.  Over the last nine months, I have learned to capture that balance by not putting more on my plate than I can handle.

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

TL: My motto has always been, "Life is not just about making a living, but also about making a difference."  I believe that if you help others it will come back full circle.

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

TL: I have two mentors, Mr. James West, who is the Raleigh County Commissioner and Mr. Luther Williams, who is the former Raleigh Business Manager.  These are the two men who did not allow me to sink.  They have followed me in business and given great business advice. I am very grateful to the both of them.   Although they are the ones who mentor me now, my fourth grade teachers, the late Mrs. Shirley Winrow and Mrs. Susan Burns have been my life long cheerleaders.  They were able to see the greatness in me before I knew that it existed.  Because of these two ladies, I have been able to overcome a lifetime of obstacles.  And let's not forget my husband, Anthony Lewis, who has had my back for the last 28 years.  I could never have pulled any of this off without him.

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

TL: My must haves are simple:  God, family and of course clients.Without either of these, there would be no business.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS? 

TL: To me a BOSS is someone who is willing to help someone else to reach BOSS status. "Boosting Others Success Status"  To me, I am successful if I can assist someone else in reaching their full potential.


Be sure to check out Tammy Lewis, and follow her on Twitter @iamtammylewis and check out her products ans services at www.iamtammylewis.com


BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Empowerment Cultivator" Monique A. J. Smith

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Monique A. J. Smith, A certified Prana Business Partner and Founder of the consulting firm Seeds of Empowerment ®LLC. Smith’s focus is leadership development and uses her weekly podcast  “A Chat in the Garden with Monique A. J. Smith” to share career paths, advice and initiatives of women leaders.

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

MoniqueSmith: The mind shift of monetizing services from a Higher Education  Administrator to an Entrepreneur was an obstacle I had to navigate.

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

MS: I was inspired because I knew I was fulfilling a sense of community and a publicity void for African-American Female Athletic Administrators. My endorphin's are in Professional Development, cultivating a crop of able and accomplished administrators who are ready to be Deputy or Director of an Athletic Department, specifically but not limited to females.  My consulting duplicates that nationally through professional development offerings such as:  “A Chat In the Garden”,  a weekly podcasts where guests share their career path, advice and  current initiatives ; “Garden Connecting Events” held across the country that are live versions of the Chats; “LeadYourShip Retreats”,  intimate 2-3 days personalized Executive Coaching workshops  that include bonding with other participants, and lastly interactive “Line of Sight” departmental retreats.

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

MS: It’s Ebb and Flow, it depends where your moon is at the time, moon meaning priorities. As an entrepreneur, I set the high and low tides based on my priorities at the time.

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

MS: The scripture, "Create in me a clean heart and renew the right spirit in me."

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

MS: Jeanette A. Lee, the first Female Athletic Director for the CIAA and was my first BOSS. She set the stage for my success. Many days it was just us sitting in her office talking and I observing her interaction with others that had the most impact.That is why I know intimate settings are effective in leading women to climb this hill of Athletic Administration.  Lessons Learned from Lee are 1) relationships are key to success, 2) patience is like fishing, if you make a lot noise, will get no results. In contrast, take intentional preparatory steps and let the process work to achieve desired outcomes, and 3) always be polite, even if others aren’t. Thomas Smith, my husband, always says, “Go Big or Come Home”. He’s my biggest encourager. You need that as entrepreneur because it’s easy to want to give up.  

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

MS: Word of mouth, is the engine that drives Executive Coaching.  To keep my business moving, I must  have good relationships, credit and feedback.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

MS: Brings her authentic self everyday, Over Delivers, Strategic with Relationships, and Self-focus not selfish. That's BOSS


Be sure to follow Monique A. J. Smith on Twitter @MoniqueAJMorgan and check out her products and services at www.seedsofempowerment.info