Thursday, October 6, 2016

The Great Girlfriends DiMe Take Over #WomenInspired Event Recap By Lashana L. Thomas


The Great Girlfriends DiMe Take Over #WomenInspired to Live an Extraordinary life event sponsored by Prudential and partner Dorinda Walker was a day for the books! The featured speakers made sure the women who attended would leave the event with a book full of notes. Hosted by Sybil Amuti and Brandice Daniel, of the Great Girlfriends Show, they introduced women including, Style influencer, public speaker, media personality, and entrepreneur, Tai Beauchamp, who shared her message about “The Power of You” encouraging women to understand and claim the essence of power that we all internally have. Timeless messages that we’ve heard before, but rings true when you are trying to stand out in a saturated market.  

Another great speaker featured, Christina Schelling, who is the modern day “Career Scholar” working for fantastic companies such as American Express, IBM and U.S. intelligence and defense agencies. Now with Prudential, Christina is the Vice President of Talent Acquisition & Engagement in Human Resources. The biggest aha moment Christina shared is knowing the difference between drive and confidence. Some women associate their drive with their confidence, and some women who are driven lack confidence and there is a difference that women should understand.

Latina Magazine’s, Managing Editing and Author of Famous! How to Be the Star of Your Show: A Teen Girl’s Guide to Embracing Her Fabulous Self, Taiia Smart Young, spoke about being the “star of your own your show”, by using what you have and a strong support system of people who you trust, that will hold you accountable, to facilitate your personal, career, and life development goals.

A Prudential event is not over until you have a clear understanding of your finances, retirement, and the state of women and business in the economy. Lili Gil Valletta, President, CEO & Co-Founder, XL ALLIANCE Agency lead the conversation with facts about “Cultural Economics” one interesting fact is that Black and Hispanic women are no longer the minority, we are the new mass market, the numbers don’t lie. Black women are the fastest growing group of Entrepreneurs, +322% growth rate since 2007, now that’s something to stand up for. To get a head start or to review your personal process on financial planning and retirement, visit today.

The event also featured phenomenal women including, Sheri Riley, Empowerment Speaker, Life Strategist, and Author of Exponential Living®, Stop spending 100% of your time on 10% of who you are. Former TV Host, Mari Santana, Founder of Mari Santana & Associates, Priya Pandit, Director, Marketing Management, Prudential, Cristy Clavijo-Kish, Chief Development Officer and Piera Jolly, Chief Operating
Officer, Hispanicize Media Group & DiMe Media.

To learn more great tips and see more pictures from the event head over to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and search #WomenInspired.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Coaching Mentor" Conchetta Jones

Conchetta Jones, A Personal Development and Lifestyle Coaching. Owner and Founder of She’s All That! Which assists women in finding the obstacles in their lives that are keeping them stuck and preventing them from living their life like its golden.

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

Conchetta Jones: Fear and not thinking I was good enough. Thinking I needed to get more education. But I got tired of seeing other people doing the things I wanted to do so, I made the decision to step out of my comfort zone and go for it. I decided to “do it afraid”

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

CJFor years I had put aside doing the things that I wanted to do. I had all these ideas in my head, but no plan. After I started working with a coach, who helped me get my thoughts together and put some action with it, I knew that I wanted to be able to help other women in the same way that I was helped.

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

CJ: I am getting better at it. lol. Using my planner to make sure I am not double booked, a “to do” list to keep me on task, scheduling “me” time to unwind and regroup. Saying no and not feeling bad.

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

CJ: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillippians 4:13

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

CJ: Coach Da-Nay Macklin and the ladies in the Courageous Conquerors Mastermind.Coach Monique Caradine and the ladies in the Overflow Certified Coaching Program.

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

CJ: A coach, my Dream Team (a group of women who support me, hold me accountable, and haven skills that I don’t have).

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

CJ: A woman who knows who she is, knows she does not have to put others down to make herself look good, supports other women, makes decisions and does not get bent out of shape if plan A does not work, because she always has a plan B.

Be sure to follow Conchetta Jones on Twitter @_satwoman and check out her products and services at