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Leadership - How to Coach by Alicia Hill

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Alicia Hill  is CEO of ACG Brand Management LLC, A Brand value-focused company. I create and enhance valuable Brands for individuals and companies through various channels: resume writing, interview prep, professional brand consulting, leadership training, customer experience training, as well as brand and culture creation/enhancements. ______________________________________ Coaching is best received in a one-on-one setting. In a coaching session, you want to gain their perspective on the current state. It is important to empower them to share their thoughts on the future state and how they fit into that. To be a good coach you want to make sure that you are realistic, flexible, always providing positive insight, and you are conservative.  As a coach don’t provide the person with answers to their challenges. A coach guides you to your own solutions. That is the biggest difference between a coach and a mentor.  A leadership coach helps the person in improving or enhancing their performa

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Liana Brackett

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Liana Brackett is a lingerie designer and on-camera host. She is CEO of the luxury lingerie line, Catuchi, launching in late 2022. She considers herself a "lingerie connoisseur" and is excited to bring some sparkle into women's lives through her gemstone-laden lingerie. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? I know this is something so many fellow entrepreneurs experience, but the balancing act between the regular 9 to 5 job and family and my business has probably been one of the biggest obstacles. Aside from this balancing act, a mechanism for my lingerie designs that I’ve been working on for the past few years has been an obstacle. Seeing my creation come to life from paper to a working mechanism has been exciting even with multiple and multiple iterations as I get closer and closer to a working unit! What inspired you to break into your industry? Back in college, I remember watching the Victoria’s Secret

How to Lead Your Team by Alicia Hill

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  Alicia Hill  is CEO of ACG Brand Management LLC, A Brand value-focused company. I create and enhance valuable Brands for individuals and companies through various channels: resume writing, interview prep, professional brand consulting, leadership training, customer experience training, as well as brand and culture creation/enhancements. ___________________________________________ Leadership – How to lead people Five ways to lead: Create Safety  No judgment zone and truly listen. Open transparency fosters an open communication culture. Integrating information from other sources to evaluate alternatives and make effective decisions. Work Together Cocreate, Trust, Communicate, Be Open Encourage collaboration and serve your team by empowering them to think the unthinkable. Claim Value Know what you stand for  Have non-negotiables Own Your Impact Personal accountability, own your action, be self-aware Bring energy to the room, do not drain energy from the room Dare Not to Know  Remember y

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Olivia Adeola

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Olivia Adeola is a public health student, and the self-care assistant for busy and ambitious Black women. Throughout her public health career, she created Ada's Essentials to support busy and ambitious Black women in connecting with health and self-care resources that complement their personality, lifestyle, and goals. __________________________________________________ What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? With my career being in the health tech industry, I knew the experience I wanted to provide my clients. It took quite a bit of trial, error, and investment to figure out the compilation of tools, systems, and integrations that were the best for my business. What inspired you to break into your industry? Ada is the Nigerian Igbo word for "Eldest daughter". As a Black woman and eldest daughter, my journey through trying to prioritize my health and wellness while taking care of my loved ones was a difficult a

BOSS Spotlight Feature: Lenora Blackamore

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MECCA Marketing Group Inc's CEO is Lenora Blackamore . Since 1997, her interest and profession have been web development. Her interests lead her to create a diverse portfolio in the financial, publishing, and educational sectors. Lenora is devoted to her faith and enjoys traveling and sharing a meal and karaoke with family and friends. What were some obstacles that you faced in the beginning process of starting your business or career? Money! Or rather, the lack of it. I didn't know where to look for the money I needed for my business, much less how to get it. There were few financial options for black women company owners, especially during the pandemic's peak. It seems as if you needed an insider's knowledge of the funding groups. I worked for a single organization and completed their curriculum, but I was surprised when things didn't take off right away for me. I had to locate those who required my assistance. It's all about timing, I've discovered. It al

4 Reasons to Embrace Turning 40 by LaTrice Moore

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LaTrice Moore is a former Licensed Athletic Trainer turned Beauty and Wellness entrepreneur. She founded LOVE OVER FORTY, a beauty, wellness, and lifestyle platform and community created for women over forty to help them celebrate and thrive in womanhood from the inside to the out.  Congratulations on making it this far! Now that you’re about to enter your fourth decade, it’s time to make the most of it. The idea of reaching 40 years of life can be daunting if you think this means you’re old. The thing is … aging has several advantages and is a privilege, not a hindrance. I’m not sure about you, but for me, 40 has been the best stage of my life thus far. And I’m excited about what’s to come. Whether you’ve already reached the achievement of turning 40 or the countdown is in progress, here are a few reasons you should embrace all the changes that come with your new place in life. Reason #1: Milestones Let’s start by acknowledging the fact you made it to 40! You successfully managed you

What Is Data Science? by Dr. Brandi Patrice Smith

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Dr. Brandi Patrice Smith received her PhD at the University of Illinois in Informatics. She is trained as an interdisciplinary data scientist with skills in a number of technologies including bioinformatics/Next Generation Sequencing, epidemiological statistics, and machine learning. She has published in several academic journals and has received awards from the American Association of Cancer Research and the Endocrine Society for her research on breast cancer disparities.  Dr. Smith has a love for education, financial literacy, and all things math - mostly statistics. Her life’s goal is to be able to leverage her love for education with her love for mathematics. She is the founder and CEO of the Data Science Academy which is an educational platform where she teaches high school students, in disadvantaged geographic areas, introductory statistical concepts, and coding. __________________________________________________________________________ Data science seems to encompass all things