Women To Know – Making Black History Today!

Day #7 – Patrice C. Washington

 
photo credit: Patrice C. Washington Facebook

photo credit: Patrice C. Washington Facebook

 

This is Day 7 of Women To Know – Making Black History Today and I'm here to pay tribute to a woman that is greatly responsible for the fact that I am an Entrepreneur today.  She was literally the answer to a pray on January 8, 2014.  I told God I was tired of doing things the same as I had been doing it when it came to finances.  I needed help.

That morning I got into my car to head to work and turned on the radio and I began listening to the Steve Harvey Morning show as I had done every morning before.  However this morning it would be different it would change the direction of my life.  This particular morning he has a special guest on to speak about finances. The special guest was Patrice C. Washington, The Money Maven.  She was talking about her book "Real Money Answers for Every Woman".  I begun following her and learning from her from that day on.

Within the book she teaches about entrepreneurship as one method to change the trajectory of your financial legacy.  Creating more income is one way in which to speed up your financial goals, it has a direct impact on your financial reality.  The more I learned the more I understood that this was the path I was meant to be on.  Patrice uses the story of her rise and crash in the real estate market to explain why financial empowerment is so important to her and why it's been her calling in life for this season of her life.  

Watching Patrice over the last three years has showed me that it is ok to share the challenges you've overcome and use it to fuel the passion behind your message.  She often states that she had a passion for financial education, but it was her struggle that gave her the compassion needed to carry it out.  She believes the things that she goes through in life and business are experiences not only for herself, but they are for her to share so that others may benefit.  That they may have the knowledge needed to not go thru the same things she's had to overcome.  

It's been motivating to me as I've experienced Patrice walk out her dreams, because her dreams align with dreams I have for myself.  As an Entrepreneur it's important for us to find those that are 10 steps ahead of us instead of only looking to those that are 50 or 100 steps ahead of us.  Those that are 10 steps ahead will help to motivate us to want more.  Not only will they motivate us to want more but they help us BELIEVE that it is possible for us too.  When we only watch the Oprah's and the Tony Robbins' it's easy to get discourage and want to give up because we're not getting to their level fast enough.  But when you watch the Patrice's of your life they reinforce what's attainable for us all.

So THANK YOU Patrice for showing me what I can truly attain in my life and with my brand.  For showing me that if I'm willing to put in the work and truly have a heart for those who I serve, that my gifts will indeed make room for me.  It's been an honor to watch you blossom and I look forward to what is in store for you in the future.  

If you're reading this and are looking to answers for your financial struggles I introduce you to Patrice C. Washington.  You want to get to know her.  Patrice, my "Cousin In My Head" I appreciate you for doing things your way and modeling for those of us watching you that we can do the same.   

And that's why I honor you! You are ......

....a Woman Making Black History TODAY!
 

Women To Know – Making Black History Today!

Day #6 – Nicole Walters

 
photo credit: Nicole Walter's Facebook Page

photo credit: Nicole Walter's Facebook Page

 

Tonight is Day 6 of  Women To Know – Making Black History Today!  So far in this series you've been introduced to some amazing women who are doing big things in business and creating an impact along the way.   Well tonight is noooooooo different.

Tonight I'm paying tribute to ScOprah herself! No that's not a typo, it says ScOprah and that's what I meant!  The fabulous Nicole Walters with her illuminating melanin that she references in many of her Periscopes.  She's definitely an industry leader and an influencer in the livestream world.

But why do I love Nicole? I love her because she's unapologetically her!  She is very open about her love for God and being a follower of Christ.  She doesn't dilute her beliefs to appease others and she at the same time she is genuinely welcoming of people with all religious beliefs.  How does she do it?  By creating a platform with a foundation of love and respect of all people. Nicole Walters is the founder of The Monetized Life™ and the creator of highly sought after program $1K1Day!

She's one that invites all of her Richfriends into her full life.  As she shares the shenanigans that is her life with he loving husband affectionately know to all as The Hubbin and her 3 daughters she's been blessed with through foster care turned adoption.  But she also invites everyone into the tough times like how she quit her 6 figure corporate position LIVE on Periscope! Who does that? ScOprah that's who! She is always finding ways to walk out her journey in a way that allows others to see and know that they TOO can create the life of their dreams if they want to.

Shes is dedicated to showing entrepreneurs how to live a monetized life.  As an Income Strategist she  shows you how to create multiple streams of income in your  business from the very first day that you open your doors.   The other thing that I find absolutely wonderful about Nicole is the way in which she has created COMMUNITY.  Those within her tribe understand that it is a HONOR to be considered a Richfriend.  Just ask any one of them about the community that Nicole as created.

As impress as it is that she created a million dollar company within a year what's more impressive the bond that she's created with those that follow her.  And it's it's on display daily not only in how we (yes I AM a Richfriend) interact with one another, but also in the decisions she makes in regards to her business and where to take it next.  Her heart always leads her to do what's best for community.  It's what I watch and learn from daily.

And though she is someone who has shared the stage with great names such as  Brendon Burchard, Chalene Johnson, Amy Porterfield, and Dave Ramsey, she remain true to her values and what she holds as most important.  And thought she has such an infinity for her community she has mastered how to still maintain boundaries as to not be overwhelmed by the thousands of people she is impacting daily.  I'm still learning that boundary things so it something that I admire about her.

It's wonderful to watch a woman wit such a liberated voice as Nicole's share so openly and yet still created such a viable business that is truly changing the lives of not only her tribe, but of her own family.  It's for this reason that I THANK YOU Nicole.  Thank you for being a role model in this way to all those that come into contact with you.

And that's why I honor you! You are ......

....a Woman Making Black History TODAY!

Women To Know – Making Black History Today!

Day #5 – Cheryl Wood

 
photo credit: Cheryl Wood's Facebook Page

photo credit: Cheryl Wood's Facebook Page

 

Tonight is Day 5 of Women To Know – Making Black History Today! And there's no surprise that as someone that totally believes in the power of a woman with a liberated voice that I'd honor this woman.

She's someone who is not only using her own voice to motive thousands but she also coaches other women to do the same with their voice.  Who am I referring to? Speaker Coach Extraordinaire, Cheryl Wood of Cheryl Wood Empowers.  She's an award winning international Speaker, Author, Coach & Entrepreneur.....whew there's nothing this woman can't do!

But despite all of her accomplishments and high honors; just five minutes in her presence and you'll discover she's one of the most relatable, heart-centered women you'll ever meet. I've heard her tell the dynamic story of her humble beginnings, her accidental stumble into her speaking career as she was selling t-shirts (her first entrepreneurial endeavor) several dozen times. And every time it's as captivating as the first time. 

Her story is one that you can find yourself in no matter where you are in life.  Whether you're the busy career woman whose missing time with her family, the person who grew up not having a lot, having the stats stacked against you, that you'll never be more, you're a woman, a minority...whatever it is....Cheryl shows you one thing.....

.......PLAY TIME IS OVER AND THERE'S NO EXCUSE NOT TO BE GREAT!

She's constantly pouring wisdom into her tribe whether it's via livestreams on her Facebook page, on her radio show, or at her annual Play Time Is Over (PTIO) Conference.  She's always helping those around her to stretch and move themselves to their next best levels.

What stands out the most to me as I study how Cheryl operates (yep I'm strategically observant) is the genuine love the women she serves have for her and she in turn has for them.  In 2016 I had the honor to serve as a member of her Social Media Team for PTIO and I got to see first hand the way in which she and her clients served and supported one another.   To witness the love and pride Cheryl held in her eyes for each of her clients as they took the stage to share their own voice and their story with the audience was breathtaking.

It showed me that when you serve from a pure heart and genuinely want to see your clients succeed there's nothing they won't do in turn to support you.  That's what true impact looks like to me.  To witness lives change before your eyes in 3, 6, or 12 months that someone worked with you and know it's not you. Cheryl is one to share that yes she's good at what she does (because she is), but she'll also say it's because she's walking in her divine soul purpose.  Using the gifts places within to bless others.

In watching and learning from her I've learned that I can be authentically me and still be embraced by those I'm meant to serve.   All while having a husband and children that love and support me (an important thing to this single woman with no children). Cheryl, freely shares that part of her life within her brand.  So because of this and so much more that I can't go into because this is just a blog post, not a book.  I say this to you Cheryl,

THANK YOU!! Continue to speak your truth and spread your love. The world needs it, heck I need it still. 

And that's why I honor you! You are ......

....a Woman Making Black History TODAY!

Women To Know – Making Black History Today!

Day #4 – Torrie Pattillo

 
photo credit: Torrie Pattillo's Facebook Page

photo credit: Torrie Pattillo's Facebook Page

 

Day Four is all about Tor..... Torrie Pattillo that is! She's the Founder of Torrie Pattillo International. She's an Intuitive Business Strategist.

On any given day you can go to her page and learn about everything from crystals to soul-filled living to conscious business.  Always surrounded by her amazing community of Sacred Bestirs and of course GREAT food!  I mean every respectable foodie has to show you what delicious dish that they're partaking in and Torrie is that foodie. Just one of a thousand things that she and I have in common.

If you're an Entrepreneur that is anything like I was a few months ago and are tired of business as usual.  You've been labeled a misfit, strange, or different because you've never quite fit in then following Torrie is where you belong.  I found that out as I watched her take to the Periscope scene for the first time in the Summer of 2016.  Besides her unique ability to create sacred space around all those in her community she's one of the most BRILLIANT business minds that I've ever interacted with before.

The way she's able to force you to dig deep within yourself to see the truth about your gifts and talents. Let's just say it's breathtaking.  I've learned so much about myself from Torrie due to her love for work. And the way in which she fuses together MBTI (Myers–Briggs Type Indicator) Test, Love Languages, Gallups Strength Finder, and soooooooooo much more soul level work that could never be articulated in this writing.

And as if her business genius and her sacred personality weren't enough to get her on my list of those women you should know... she's also an advocate for social justice. An activist.  She's not afraid to have those tough conversations and leverage her platforms to stand up for what she feels is right as a global citizen.  Whether she's sharing on her efforts to help feed the world's hungry, gender equality, or religious freedom to name a few.

In doing so she inspires countless others (including me) to muster the courage to do the same.  She shows that you can be multi-faceted in your convictions and create a brand with clarity.  Torrie is using her voice to show us all that you don't have to always "have it all together" or always be "polished" to be extremely effective and to impact many.  You simply must have a love for the people you serve and pure intentions for their greater good to be carried out.

I know you'd be hard pressed to find someone that has been in Torrie's presence whether in person or online that would say they felt nothing.  They learned nothing or gained nothing from her.  And I for one love her for that.

All lessons aren't designed to always go down easy. They don't all come wrapped in pretty bows or on the lips of the soft spoken.  Sometimes they come to your from a BIG personality, in your face, straight to the point, call you out, pink hair wearing Mystic Rebel; that challenges any and everything you ever believed to be true.  She's the guide that's here to challenge the "boxes" of life and tells you that you CAN DO IT!  You can do it ALL, do it WELL and with SOUL.

And she's a walking example that as long as you serve with your heart, lead with your soul and create impact with your income you can live the life of your dreams.  It's for this gift that I say....

THANK YOU TORRIE!  Thank you for changing my life, for giving me permission to live my truth and build my business on my own terms.  It's a gift that I could never repay you for so I this tribute can simply be a tidbit of a fraction of my gratitude to you.

And that's why I honor you! You are ......

....a Woman Making Black History TODAY!
 

Women To Know - Making Black History Today

Day #3 - Amber Aziza

 
photo credit:  Amber Aziza's Facebook Page

photo credit:  Amber Aziza's Facebook Page

 

It's Day 3 of my Women To Know - Making Black History Today tribute that I've put together to run through the end of the month. Missed Day 1 or Day 2? Head over to my blog to catch up, trust me you don't want to miss it.  Today's woman is someone most people know, at least that's how I feel.  If you're a Millennial in Entrepreneurship or a corporation interested in recruiting or retaining Millennials in your workforce then Amber Aziza is a MUST know for your list.

I've been following and connected to Amber since November 2014, when we both spoke on the same Telesummit.  Even then her topic of choice was "How to make yourself a Powerhouse Brand".  And that's exactly what she has created time and time again.  The things she's accomplished already in her life is award worthy.

Including:

- 10 years as a Corporate Training Executive
- Sold 1st company before she was 30 for a 7 figure payday (yep you read that right one million dollars)
- Started a new company, Asquared Coach and has reach similar heights with a Team of Coaches working with her
- Being a Sought after International Speaker

I could literally go on and on.

So on that alone you can see why I chose her for today's tribute, but those things aren't actually the things that impress me about this amazing woman.  What impresses me the most is her ability to be transparent and she's not afraid to show her own growth, No only as an Entrepreneur, but also as a woman.

She freely shares the stories of her past and present as well as her hopes for her future.  She often speaks of her family that she loves and was adopted by; which has a lot to do with her being a huge advocate for adoption and foster care.  She's also not afraid to use her platforms to stand up for social justice when she finds it necessary.  Showing the world that you can show the world your "whole" self and still build an amazing business.

That is what I admire most about Amber is that she's a hard hitting, tell it like it is voice in this world.  But even for all the truth telling she does she doesn't lose sight of the need to show compassion and heart when it's needed as well.  And most importantly when it comes to business she's not about that fluff.  If you've ever been on one of her Periscopes or FB Lives then you know exactly what I mean.

Not to mention if you've ever been on one of her webinars....VALUE GALORE!  That's truly the only way I can explain it.  Just know you better have your notebook and a pen that works or 2 or 3 before getting started.  I'm telling you from experience.

Bottom line is if anyone has ever told you that you that you can't be "all of that" or "share all of who you are" and have a successful business, they a LIE!  I present to you exhibit A and kindly point them to Amber Aziza of www.asquaredcoach.com.  And I will politely show them this multi-business having and selling Entrepreneur, who is a fighter of social justice, compassionate while straight forward, will step on your toes with the truth and be there to hug you later, an adoption advocate woman under 35. She's a shining example that you can be whoever you choose to be no matter your beginnings. And you can build the type of business you dream about without being passive or selling your soul.

And that's why she is today's, Women To Know!

So I say THANK YOU Amber! Continue inspiring both those younger and older than you (like me) to live our dreams and never give up.  It is your relentless tenacity that I love most!

And that's why I honor you! You are ......

....a Woman Making Black History TODAY!

 

Women To Know - Making Black History Today

Day #2 - Claire Sulmers

 
photo credit: Claire Sulmers Facebook Page

photo credit: Claire Sulmers Facebook Page

 

On Day 2 of this journey into Women To Know - Making Black History Today, I am honoring the #1 fashionista of the digital world.  Claire Sulmers, the Founder of Fashion Bomb Daily.  Shes' a writer and editor that is in love with all things FASHION.

You see the connection already don't you?  LOL Not only do we have our love for fashion in common, but we're both women on a mission.  Claire's using her story to create change in the world utilizing her digital platform.  Her Blog!  Who said you could build am empire starting with a blog?

Through her website, The Fashion Bomb Daily (which gets 2.4 million monthly visitors) she has created a place to showcase love of the multicultural fashionista.  Daily this website challenges the beauty industry's traditional definition of what beauty is and what it looks like.  What I love about Claire is that she is constantly defying the rules dictated by Society's Box.  As an African American that graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, she is always showing us that we CAN do what others say we can't.

And do it well I might add.  With over a half a million followers on Facebook, almost 60 thousand on Twitter, and 1 million on Instagram, she's proving daily that you can create an empire doing something you love.  She could have easily stopped there, but she hasn't. She's recently released her new book, "The Bomb Life: My Brand. My Terms." In the book she's going to share with the world the 10 years of labor and determination of the life she had to live in order to build the life she wanted.  An in true Claire fashion it's been created with a self help component.  I'll be getting my copy tonight, what about you?

This breathe of fresh air has been my reminder that I can build the business I want, the way I want.  I hope that through reading this and learning more about Claire's work you will learn this lesson as well. Too many women in general and women of color especially are living the life that someone else planned for us. On someone else's terms.

And we need to STOP!
Why?

Because someone is waiting on us to be the example for them.  Just as Claire has been that example to me and so many others.  Just like someone out there has been the example to you, we too are an example for someone.  For me I know one of the best ways for me to honor Claire, the other women I'll be showcasing, and the countless others that have been my example is to follow in their footsteps and be an example too.

So when the road gets hard and I think to myself, "What the heck am I doing?"  I can go for to Claire's blog, yep Fashion Bomb Daily and get the encouragement I need.  Not only because I can view beautiful clothes and get behind the scenes of AMAZING fashion show like New York Fashion Week, but because I get Claire. And the real her as she shares the truth about empire building.  It's not always glitz and glam and 5 inch stilettos.

I get to read works like,

".... remind yourself that you really are blessed to write your own life story and keep f*cking going.  This is the narrative that happens behind the smiles on the ‘Gram.  To all my fellow entrepreneurs and creatives, know that I’m with you! And even though things get difficult, there are also those moments of absolute beauty, sheer clarity, and joy that ultimately make it all worth it."

Read the rest of this article "Being an Entrepreneur is Hard: But We Make it Look Easy. Wearing a Gucci T-Shirt and Gucci Track Pants" on her blog.

So I want to say THANK YOU!  Thank you Claire Sulmers for showing me that my dream life is possible if I'm willing to go for it and reject society's constraints because I'm a woman and Black. And I can look fly while doing it!

That's why I honor you! You are ......

....a Woman Making Black History TODAY!