Tuesday, November 20, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT: BOSS Top 50 Business Stars Of 2018


2018 is coming to a close and it seemed only right to highlight some amazing women, who represent leadership, excellence and support the BOSS mission. 

This list highlights business women, who inspire us by taking destiny into their own hands. They are leaders and change agents for the next generation of bosses. We salute them in all their greatness as they continue to make BOSS moves. Follow these bosses!

Aaja Corrinewww.aajacorinnethebrand.com @aajacorinne
Alicia Alstonwww.prudential.com@AlstonPruPR
Autumn Merrittwww.sirandmadame.com@sirandmadame
Bershan Shawwww.bershan.com@bershanshaw
Beverly Claibornwww.abideproducts.com@AbidingBeverly
Bridgett McGowenwww.bridgettmcgowenhawkins.com@1bmctalks
Cassandre Charles-Pierrewww.ccharlesconsulting.org@CCharlesConsulting
Cheryl Pearson-McNeilwww.powerfulpenny.com@powerfulpenny
Cora Jakes Colemanwww.corajakescoleman.com/@CJakesColeman
Corvet Williamswww.corvetwilliams.com@corvet
Cristy Clavijo-Kishwww.dimemedia.net @latinomarketing
Daraiha Greenewww.raysofsunlight.org@DaraihaSunshine
Dr. Cozette M. Whitewww.myfinancialhome.com@CozetteMWhite
Dr. Jacquie Hood Martinwww.jhoodandassociates.org@jhoodmartin
Ericka Pittmanwww.erickapittman.com@ErickaMPittman
Felicia Shakespearewww.feliciashakespeare.com/@iamfelicias
Jamila Parhamwww.jamilaparham.com@jamilaparham
Jewel Tankardwww.jeweltankard.com/@Jeweltankard
JinJa Birkenbeuelwww.birkcreative.com@birkcreative
Kayla Tucker Adamswww.kaylatuckeradams.com@KaylaAdamsPR
Kimberly Joneswww.kimberlyljonesconsulting.com@Sheboss100
Kyra Kyleswww.mythlabent.com@thekylesfiles
Lakara Fosterwww.shespeaks.institute@grownwomanguide
Latasha Owenswww.verizon.com@latashahobdy
Leslie Andersonwww.bmo.com@bmo
Marilyn Bookerwww.morganstanley.com@MarilynBooker
Monique Jacksonwww.prudential.com@elja43
Monique Wingardwww.moniquewingard.com@MoniqueWingard
Pam Perrywww.pamperrypr.com@SMSperrypr
Patricia Motawww.haceonline.org@PMota
Perri Smallwww.wvon.com@PerriSmall
Porscha Hargrovewww.affirmingblackvoices.com/@affirmingblkvoices
Rhonda Thomaswww.rhonsway.com@rhonsway
Robin Beamanwww.beamaninc.com@beamaninc
Salli Richardson Whitfieldwww.imdb.com/name/nm0724757/@sallirichardson
ShaMeca Oliverwww.iamshamecalatai.com/@IamShaMecaLatai
Sharice Bradfordwww.structuredsoulwellness.org@coachsharise
Sheila Harriswww.essence.com@sistasheila
Syreeta Talbertwww.syreeta.biz@ItsRhee360
Tamara Garrison-Thomaswww.maneelementz.com@maneelementz
Tammy P. Moorewww.tammypmoore.com@tammypmoore
Tana M. Sessionwww.tanamsession.com@tanamsession
Tecarra Carmackwww.carmackmediagroup.com@tcarmack
Tiffany Reddenwww.theladyredd.wix.com@LadyReddPhotos
Tyra Martinwww.wgntv.com@TyraMartin
Tytannie Harriswww.tmhbehavioralservices.com@TMHwellnessred1
Valeisha Butterfieldwww.valeisha.org@valeisha
Waukeshia Jacksonwww.jllawgroup.com@JLLawGroup
Yvetta Thompsonwww.surge365.com/yvettathompson@ygtresources
Yvette Gavinwww.yvettegavin.com@yvettegavin

To learn more about the BOSS network visit us and join at http://www.thebossnetwork.org The BOSS Network is a women's networking organization dedicated to highlighting, connecting, and empowering professional women and entrepreneurs while creating opportunities for growth through networking beyond events. The BOSS Network was named by Forbes.com as one of the Top 10 Best Career and Entrepreneurial Sites for Women. Inc.com listed us a Top Website for Entrepreneurs.

Will you be a shining business star next year? #TheBOSSNetwork

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Kyra Kyles

Kyra Kyles, a co-founder of Myth Lab Entertainment, is a multi-platform media executive and former EBONY Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President, Head of Digital Editorial. A journalist and speaker on issues of representation, Kyra has won many awards over the course of her career, including being named one of Folio magazine’s Top 100 media executives, “Top 40 Under 40 Game Changers” and Chicago Defender’s “40 Under 40 to Watch.”

1. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career?
The biggest obstacle in my industry is a lack of diversity, which is all too true for many lines of business.  I was able to overcome it due to my education at Northwestern University and extensive experience in high school and college as a writer/journalist, but in looking around at the newsrooms I worked in, it was saddening to me to see a group of people representing diverse cities with a very homogeneous staff.

2. What inspired you to break into your particular industry? 
I have wanted to be a writer/journalist since I was a very young child.  I remember sitting in front of the mirrors of dressing rooms when my parents were shopping and pretending to talk to “viewers.” 

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

I balance my personal and professional life by making sure to have a plan for myself.  By establishing priorities, both daily and weekly, and working along a quarterly timeline, I make sure I am staying on track but also building in time for my favorite activities, which include checking out plays, museums, traveling, new restaurants and reading sci-fi/horror novels.

4. What is an inspirational quote that you live by?
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."—Wayne Gretzky

5. Who were some influential people or mentors that helped or encouraged you along the way?
My late father, who was a successful entrepreneur and mentor to his employees, is a big inspiration for me.  He was an executive salesman who went on to found his own medical equipment sales company and then became a Burger King franchisee.  My mother is another huge inspiration. Her incredible creativity, love for reading and writing, as well as an innate ability to come up with fun ways to impart her wisdom has been hugely influential on my own content production trajectory.  Last, but never ever least, my sister and Myth Lab business partner Kozi is #goals.  She is one of the smartest and most creative people I have ever met in my life.

6. What are your "must-haves" to keep your career or business going strong?
My (fully charged) laptop, an endless supply of notepads (old-school, I know), my beloved multicolor Pilot Pens, highlighters, and soooo many stick-it notes.

7. What is your definition of a BOSS?
A talented, resilient and focused individual who not only blazes trails for herself but also forges a path for her sisters.

8. Provide us with two words that describe you? Ex. "Success Coach" "Beauty Expert."
Writer. Executive.

Find out more about Kyra www.kyrakyles.com Twitter: thekylesfiles