Thursday, August 25, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Family Coach" Nicole Woodcox Bolden

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Nicole Woodcox Bolden, M.S.W is Co-Founder & Family Support Specialist of Thriving with Baby. Nicole has combined her experiences from working 10 years in social services with teen mothers, survivors of human trafficking, imprisoned parents, 2 years of as a doula and life to provide holistic support for new parents.

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

Nicole Woodcox Bolden: I am still in the beginning of starting my business and the biggest obstacle I have faced is fighting the urge to do everything immediately. While studying other entrepreneurs it can be easy to forget that it take most successful business people years to get to where they are and to try to get there in 90 days or less can be a set-up for failure or early burnout. Due to being pregnant. I am trying to get as much accomplished as possible before giving birth and have found myself falling into this trap. After receiving some much needed consultation, I have been reminded to focus on building a strong foundation because entrepreneurship is a marathon not a sprint.

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

NB: There were multiple instances that inspired me, but the biggest push came during this pregnancy. A local midwife practice, who told me that they had never had to turn a woman away from receiving their services due to risk, turned me away. This situation inspired me because this practice didn’t turn me away because my pregnancy was super high risk, they turned me away because they could not properly support me. I am not a woman who just takes things at face value, I do my research, ask questions and will ask for well tested evidence to back what you telling me. So this experience, along with other instances, inspired me to create a service &community where women and families could feel supported throughout pregnancy and the first year of having a child with professionals who are not judgmental,utilize evidence-based techniques, and truly believe that people are the best experts over their own lives.

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

NB:A statement that I heard from Lisa Nichols that has stuck with me says that balance shouldn’t be the goal harmony should. The reality is that pursing balancing can be unrealistic because balance is spending an equal amount of time in all areas of life whereas seeking harmony is finding that sweet spot of quality and quantity of time that is spent in all areas of your life that brings you a sense of peace. I am still working on finding that harmony, but I am getting better at it. I am realizing that I am more productive after I have rested and spent time with my family.

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

NB:Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (NKJV)

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

NB: Lisa Nichols, Stephen Convey, Rosetta Thurman, my husband, and my best friend

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

NB: My journal where I keep all ideas for future blog post or business ideas and process all things business related, a planner/calendar, a trusted confidant that will slap some sense into you when you want to give up, and willingness to always be open to learning.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

NB: A BOSS is a person who confident in her skills and worth, who is not easily deterred from pursuing her dreams.


Be sure to follow Nicole Woodcox Bolden on Twitter @thrivingwitbaby Be sure to check out her products and services at www.thrivingwithbaby




Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Elevation Coach" La’Keisha Gray-Sewell

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La’Keisha Gray-Sewell, A writer and digital strategist by trade, and a girls advocate by life assignment. A nationally recognized urban girls advocate, media literacy expert and motivational speaker, La’Keisha’s transformative programs and training's empower girls and women to navigate beyond the block of stereotypes, stigma, and habits to become global legacy builders.

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

La’Keisha Gray-Sewell: I have to be honest, I faced tons of obstacles in the beginning process of my career as a girls advocate.One was moving from the mindset of being a charity worker to a leader of an institution. Also faced challenges around administration, which is my weak spot. I was surprised to learn all my challenges stemmed from my own sense of worthiness. But that’s another story for another article.

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

LS: What has always been a passion for me, advocating for marginalized voices and justice has become not just my career but my lifestyle. As an involved parent I was at the tables where decisions were made about the quality of life of my children and their peers. I made the decision that I didn’t want to be present as a volunteer or bake sale mom, I wanted to have influence. My desire to move girls and women beyond the block superceded any other interests.

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

LS: I am blessed that my professional life is an extension of my personal life...it’s my lifestyle. I do find time to decompress though. I do that by unplugging and focusing intensely on my family. Also, I love to escape in a good book.

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

LS: Ida B. Wells is my Shero. One of her quotes motivates me daily, “The people must know before they can act and there is no educator to compare with the press.” Then too, I find comfort and conviction in the words of Audre Lorde, “I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood. That the speaking profits me, beyond any other effect.

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

LS: So many...my mothers. Biological and bonus mothers through my fathers relationships and marriage. Church family. Junior High school principal, Yvonne Minor...teachers. My coach, Monique Caradine. So many!

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

 LS: Must haves are investment in coaching and professional development. My library card!

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS? 

LS: A BOSS is a woman who recognizes her power to influence and effect change is merely a reflection of The Most High God within her. She is a woman of consequence who sets the intention to make the world better through her service and interactions.






Be sure to follow La’Keisha Gray-Sewell on Twitter @MrsGirlsLikeMe and check out her products and services  https://girlslikemeproject.org