Monday, January 23, 2017

BOSS Spotlight:Meet the "Purposeful Strategist" Nicole Thomas

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Nicole Thomas, MSN, RN, CCM, has 11 years of experience in leadership, healthcare management, clinical knowledge, and business acumen. Her mission is to help female healthcare professionals to awaken their God-given purpose as a healthcare professional through education and action-oriented
empowerment. Nicole is currently working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice.She is also the author of “In Health, On Purpose: Awakening  to Your True Calling in The Healthcare Profession”

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

Nicole Thomas: In the very beginning of my career as a nurse, I was faced with dealing with a not so nice divorce, which in the mist left me dead broke financially and broken personally. When I decided to step out into the world of entrepreneurship, I made every mistake imaginable, from not getting proper legal agreements, not checking references on people who claimed to be experts in certain field to assist
me, and trying to focus on too many things at once vs. focusing on the right things.

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

NT: I became a nurse honestly because that was my chosen path by God, but I went beyond the confines of being “just a nurse” because of the void that I felt as if something was missing. I was able to discover that I had so many talents that I needed to expound upon and that “just being a nurse” was
not my final destination but it was a form of transportation to my ultimate destination of being a nurse educator & leader, community health advocate, author, and purposeful living strategist.

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

NT:This continues to be a struggle at times if I can be honest. However, it has gotten a lot better because I am learning the power of the word “NO” to things that are not intentional and pull away from me spending time with my family and progressing in my business.

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

NT: There are so many as I am a quote fanatic, but my favorite one is “ Success is never owned. It is rented and the rent is due everyday.” -- -Unknown

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

NT: So I always say a mentor doesn’t have to be someone you talk to personally they can mentor you from afar. So my afar mentors are T.D. Jakes & Michelle Obama. My personal mentor is my mom because that woman has been so influential in my life and is always encouraging me.

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

NT: My “must haves” include my administrative assistant, the entire Google business suite (Google calendar, Google docs, Gmail, etc.), Calendly, a business coach/mentor, my husband & mom, and absolutely God.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS? 

NT:To me a BOSS is someone who doesn’t run from the fire but they create the fire. A BOSS is someone who walks boldly in THEIR authentic purpose unapologetically. A BOSS uplifts other women and isn’t afraid to let other women shine.



Be sure to follow Nicole Thomas on Twitter @nicolethomasinc and check up her products and servics at  www.nicolethomasinc.com

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Meet “Career Advancement Mentor” Pat E. Perkins, CPCC

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Pat E. Perkins CPCC, A Leadership & Life Strategist focused on empowering women of color to advance in their careers purposefully, powerfully and profitably.Pat holds an ICF Coaching Certification and a Masters from Roosevelt University. She's a native of Chicago who enjoys being a loving Aunt to a tribe of nieces and nephews.Her personal motto is“To whom much is given, much is required.” 

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

PP: My biggest obstacle in the beginning when I launched my business was my mindset about marketing. If you build it, they will not come. Magnetic marketing is key to attracting ideal clients and sharing how your services will make a difference in their life.Often new entrepreneurs hold back and it’s not their fault. We were taught that it’s rude to brag on yourself. Well if you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. Self-promotion is key and is linked to confidence in your contribution. Once I retrained my brain to believe that sharing truly is caring for my potential clients, this initial obstacle became less of a challenge in my business growth.

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

PPI was inspired to break into the coaching industry while leading large technology implementations for Fortune 500 companies. As a project/program manager, the missing link to promotion for my colleagues because clear. Once, I realized my passion for women of color to proportionately populate the highest-ranking positions and be divinely compensated for their contribution in the world, I got certified as a life coach to provide the leadership and life skills necessary for women of color to get promoted.

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

PP:My fundamental belief is that we have one life and it’s all personal. When we attempt to compartmentalize our life into multiple pieces is when we have a challenge. I’ve chosen to integrate the dynamics of my life; faith, family, friends, finances and fitness into my daily habits and routines such that I’m focused on fulfillment versus a function of how much time I invest in any one of these areas. When I coach women on Time Mastery, these principles have given my clients permission to let go of the guilt and shame often associated with their attempt to “balance” their lives. It’s true freedom when you can let go of what life is supposed to look like and embrace a life by personal design.

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

PP“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently” by Maya Angelou. Courage is a choice we make every day, it is the catalyst that causes us to continue to pursue our calling.

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

PPI’ve had many influence's along the way. Namely my life mentor, my Mom who raised four girls while working and made it look effortless. My corporate mentor and friend Alana, whose after-hours guidance propelled the trajectory of my career. And, my business mentor Ali, who continues to be a source of inspiration.

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

PPMy must-haves are three-fold: 1) Mental Mastery to maintain my focus. This is achieved through my daily practice of faith and fitness. 2) A coach/mentor who has been there, done that and wears the t-shirt proudly. And, 3) The financial means to keep my business sustainable and profitable. Many entrepreneurs give up because they simply run out of resources. As women, we must focus on the means to stay in the game. It’s essential to us making a difference and fulfilling our purpose.

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

PP: My definition of a BOSS is a leader who is unabashedly, unapologetic about her mission, vision and contribution in the world. And, she is willing to put in the work to make it happen.




Be sure to follow Pat E. Perkins on Twitter @pateperkins and check out her products and services at www.pateperkins.com


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

BOSS Spotlight: Meet The "Change Agent" Jameka S. Whitten

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Jameka S. Whitten, Owner of JSW Media Group, a boutique public relations and brand management firm. Prior to working at JSW Media full time, Jameka served as the Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director for SOTAC (State of the Arts & Culture) Magazine and worked in digital media and events at ESPN.  

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

Jameka S. Whitten: Fortunately, I grew up in an entrepreneurial household. My mother worked for herself most of her life, so I was exposed to the life early. My father was also an entrepreneur, so I got the business bug early. Because this is all I’ve known, I was able to side-step many of the pitfalls most small business owners encounter early on in their endeavors. But, of course, I had challenges raising capital and attracting clients with large enough budgets to afford my services in the beginning. Patience and hard work helped me overcome.

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

JW: I am in love with all things entertainment and pop culture. I also enjoy helping people, so working as an entertainment publicist was a natural fit after leaving the journalism world. It’s been interesting being on the other side of the fence. It’s fun building brands and representing incredibly talented people.

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

JW: I won’t lie; it’s difficult for me to find balance at times. How I make it work is that most of my friends are in the business so it makes my career fun. Each day there is laughter and smiles to counter the sleepless nights and stress. I don’t work traditional hours, so if I need to take an hour or two to hang at a coffee shop or meet a friend for a much-needed cocktail on a random Tuesday afternoon, I have the autonomy to do so. Taking several small mental breaks during each workday helps me keep my sanity.

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

JW: "Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."-Jonathan Swift

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

JW: I’m surrounded by some powerful and intelligent people, but my mother (RIP) is singlehandedly the most influential. She was a business woman, a soldier for Christ, a philanthropist and a general Rockstar. She is the reason why failure is never an option for me. The goal of my life is to honor her life and make her proud.

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

JW: My two iPhone's, Fresh books cloud accounting, my laptop, Base camp for project management and my team. Actually, my team is number one on that list. 

BN: What is your definition of a BOSS?

JW: I don’t have one definition; I believe that Bosses, like Leaders are born. There is an inner BOSS in all of us,you just have to feed that passion and allow it to surface.God made us all BOSSES in our own right.



Be sure to follow Jameka S. Whitten on Twitter @JamekaShamae and checked out her products and services  www.jswmediagroup.com & www.jameka-shamae.com