Friday, December 2, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT: BOSS Top 50 Business Stars Of 2016

2016 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 is compiled of women who have engaged and taken a 100% responsibility for their destiny, while striving to be change agents for the next generation.  

We salute them in all their greatness. Follow them below and let’s continue to make history, one BOSS at a time!

Alicia Bowens
Althea McIntyre
Amanda Littlejohn
Andrea Nichols
Anika Jackson
Aria Craig
Audrey Woodley
Aundrea Wilcox
Brandice Daniel
Caprice O'Bryant
Cheryl Wood
Cynthia Boykin
Dalia Smith
Darnyelle Jervey
Dawn Jones
Dee Marshall
Deirdre Sanderlinhttps://
Doreen Rainey
Dorinda Walker
Dr. Jacqui Hood-Martin
Dr. Samantha Madhosingh
Dr. Mimi Johnson
Jacqueline Miller
Jamila Trimuel
Joann Ajayi Scott Ajayi Scott
Kimberly Ferguson
Kristen L. Pope
Kymm Gaskin
Latoyia Dennis
Laurie Underwood
Monique Smith
Nakita Whitaker
Nicole Roberts Jones
Priscilla Williams
Rhea Henderson
Shameika Dean
Shavannah Moore
Sybil Amuti
Sylvia Duncan
Tamika Price
Tana Session
Tanya Barnett
Tiffany Aliche
Tray Kearney
Tiffany Fulcher
Trayce Madre
Yanni Brown
Zakiya Larry
Zenovia Andrews

To learn more about the BOSS network visit us and join at 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 recently named by as one of the Top 10 Best Career and Entrepreneurial Sites for Women.

Will you be a shining business star next year?

Monday, November 21, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The “Career Goddess” Charlene Rhinehart

Charlene Rhinehart, After making history as the first CPA to win the title of Ms.Corporate America, Charlene created the Career Goddess Academy – a site dedicated to helping women accelerate their career ambitions. She is also the Managing Director of CEO Unlimited LLC where she provides professional branding and commercial writing services.

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

Charlene Rhinehart: A new business owner, I spent the majority of my time developing a social media strategy, creating content in well-established online publications such as the Huffington Post, and developing free downloadable resources for my target audience so that they could get a sample of my work. Since my background is in Accounting & Finance, this new path came with a steep learning curve and limited time for me to perform my offerings in the marketplace. I also had to quickly expand my network to go beyond my Accounting & Finance peers if I wanted to achieve success as a career strategist, speaker, and writer.

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

CR: I started my career in Financial Services as a Certified Public Accountant and had the opportunity to take part in the recruiting process for my company. My experience seeking to recruit top talent was eye opening: communication skills revealed lacked of confidence in workplace competencies, some resumes did not focus on individual accomplishments and skills needed to advance in finance, and there were a limited number of individuals pursuing and passing certification exams that would make them stand out in their industry. This prompted me to become actively involved in the National Association of Black Accountants Chicago Chapter as the Director of Professional Development and take on Club, Area, and Division Leadership roles in Toastmasters International so that I could have the skills needed to develop programs for those seeking to create endless opportunities in their professional lives.

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

CR: I had to learn how to say “no” to the things that were not in alignment with my current mission and purpose so that I could say “yes” to the beautiful surprises that were unfolding on my new path as an entrepreneur. That was tough but it allowed me to be more intentional with my time. Although I may find myself working at 3AM to rewrite a resume or LinkedIn profile for a client or using weekends to develop content for the week ahead, I reward myself through frequent travel opportunities or schedule “me time” so that I can reflect and recharge. Self-care is a priority in my life because it is only when I am at my best that I can be fulfilled and give to others in my personal and professional life.

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

CR: “The flower that blooms in adversity is the rarest and most beautiful of them all” Disney Quote from Mulan

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

CR: My mom is my real life model of a “superwoman” who has shown me that anything is possible. I am also grateful for the mentors at DePaul University, role models at Illinois CPA Society & amp; NABA, and dream team at Toastmasters International who all gave me a vision of success that inspired me to climb higher.

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

CR: 1) Faith/Spiritual Growth

2) Visualization / Reading Success Books

3) Accountability Partners/Mastermind Groups

4) Setting Goals

5) Coaches & Mentors

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

CR: A BOSS is someone who continuously expands the boundaries of her potential while uplifting and inspiring others to do the same.

Be sure to follow Charlene Rhinehart on Twitter @careergoddess Check out her products and services at

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Resilience Expert" Sylvia Duncan

Sylvia Duncan, “The Life Detox Coach,” inspirational speaker, and author of The Journey Back to You, teaches those she who calls Destiny Seekers, how to live life with resilience, happy and whole. Sylvia received coach training with the CaPP Institute and speaker training from the National Speakers Association’s Illinois Speaker Academy.

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

Sylvia Duncan: I ran into several challenges when I started The Duncan Approach.Most of them were normal challenges anyone would face when beginning a startup, for example, whether to be a Sole Proprietor or Corporation. However, since The Duncan Approach is a series of training and coaching programs to help people who I call Destiny Seekers to think differently, the most important yet, fulfilling challenge I faced, was creating programs that would motivate people to change their thinking while at the same time, embrace possibility for their life.

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

SD: I was inspired to help people, mainly women because of my own experience. I grew up witnessing my dad physically abuse my mother until it ended with her shooting and killing him. I realized that the aftermath of what I witnessed; low self-esteem and low self-confidence, was holding me hostage so to speak, and keeping me from living the life I desired. I overcame these self-limiting behaviors and I want to help others do the same. The most authentic and natural way to accomplish this was to become a life coach and Inspirational speaker.

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

SD: I can’t say that I’ve mastered this, yet. I’ve found that no matter how much you plan and schedule your day, stuff just happens. The key is to follow your schedule while still being prepared for the unexpected.

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

SD: I am inspired and live by a Carl Bard quote that says, “Although no one can go back and make a brand-new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand-new ending”. It’s true, you can’t go back and change your past, you can only move past it and create a better future. It’s what Paul says in Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before”. KJV

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

SD: Jim Rohn, Darren Hardy, Earl Nightingale and Zig Ziglar to name a few. I’ve found that your mentor or people who influence you don’t always have to be someone you see or speak to daily. Just listening to recordings or reading books from people I consider brilliant influencers has helped me to understand that the only thing standing between me and success is effort

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

SD: My first must have is a foundation in The Lord. Also, I must always have a belief in me, I must remain open minded, and I must have quiet time with God. In addition, I must never stop learning, I must never lose sight of my mission and most importantly, I must be willing to do it alone.I once defined a BOSS as someone who had total control, over their life and future. Now, I see a BOSS as someone who can impact the lives of others in a way that communities are changed. Helping others see what’s possible for their life while also creating in them a desire to help others is my definition of BOSS.

Be sure to follow Sylvia Duncan onTwitter @LifeDetoxCoach an check out her products & services at