CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING MIKIA DAMERON

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Why entrepreneurship? 

Entrepreneurship resembles freedom to me.  Free to be myself and set my own pace.  Also, to never have to punch a clock or for someone else to determine my worth in regards to pay.

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? 

Entrepreneurship found me.  My mom is a worker bee and I followed suit.  I learned early on that I didn't like the politics of working in corporate America and wanted so much to have my own business.  I just didn't know what.  Switching careers from Accounting to Property Management, I found my niche and it came so easily.  One day one of my tenants came in inquiring about property management for one of her properties and the rest is history.

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges?

 Relinquishing control.  I have to have my hand in everything and I still do, but I learned that in order for myself as well as my business to succeed I must allow others to help me or else I will stress myself to death.  It's been challenging and I have gone through a few people, but learning that my system is mine and as long as the work gets done to my approval versus how I would necessarily execute it is what's more important.

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time? 

This year, I learned that I love to travel.  Just getting away from it all because if I'm not physically away I'll always be in business mode.  Outside of traveling though, I enjoy spending time with my children, family and friends.  They keep me level with any activity that we are engaged in.

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? 

What sets my company apart from my competitors is that its personable.  My clients are able to connect with me as I with them.  I am committed and willing to see their goals through in whatever way I can.  We all become a family after the ink has dried.

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader? 

My advice would be to remain.  Remain present, consistent, knowledgeable and real.  Its very easy to get lost in the shuffle, but checking in with yourself at the end of it all to make sure you remain is key.

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?

 Jump, check your emotions and balance.  Fear and self-doubt crippled me for years (I can't begin to tell you how much) and if I could do it all over again, I would have listened and implemented those dreams and visions.  God gave them to me and I am so very grateful that even when I was hard headed, those visions remained.

What keeps you creative in business?

 Knowing that I am not at the end of the road with my business and ventures keeps me looking for new ways to remain current.  I used to joke that I have professional ADD because there are so many things that I want to do and succeed at doing.  Knowing that I haven't begun to scratch the surface of my list keeps me going.

What can we expect next from you? 

Busting out of my shell...lol.  I have been so closed off from the world so I am eager for everyone to get to know me for real.  That includes publishing my first book that speaks on domestic violence which I was a victim of and purchasing my own multi-unit properties versus just managing those of others.

 

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING SHANTE VINCENT

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Why entrepreneurship?

My priorities became so clear when becoming a mother. Entrepreneurship means I have the flexibility to bring in resources and cultivate my children to do the same. Being rich is one thing, being wealthy is another.

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it?

I have always had visions and idea's flowing so I believes it's always been apart of me. Fear is what had stopped me before, not now it's discernment

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges?

Learning that your closest friends and family may not initially support. 

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time?

I'm crafty so I enjoy anything that pertains to colors, crocheting etc. Also while crafting listening Dr.Myles Munroe teaching is a must. 

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry?

I'm dominating in My industry simply by being me. We live in such a competitive world today, I believe our individuality is the key to our personal success and in that success we completely dominate. Thanks to my fellow CEO Chicks I smashed my goal for 2017! 

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader?

Think of everything the world told you to be and Shed it! Be original! Be authentic! 

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?

1. Its okay to fail! 

2. Stay consistent, see it through. 

3. If you don't try, you will always think What if. 

What keeps you creative in business?

Experiences, when I have a problem  I'm constantly thinking of solutions, inventions, ideas. 

What can we expect next from you? 

New business ventures

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING- GERALDINE JEANNOT

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Why entrepreneurship?

Thinking back to my childhood, I was always interested in doing my own thing. I wasn't much for following rules but rather creating my own. I like entrepreneurship because the ideas you create are an extension of yourself. Your thoughts, interests, and desires are formed into a living, breathing projects that you invest your time, sweat, and money into. It's like birthing a child and molding it.

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it?

I think it was a little bit of both, I didn't consider myself an entrepreneur until last summer when I officially launched my photography business. Yet I remember as a kid, attempting to make flower crowns and trying to sell them at school. I was always into making things with my hands, even if I wasn't good at it.

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges?

Balancing my creative side and my school side. I'm a full-time student and a full-time creative, so when I'm supposed to be studying my books I'm thinking of new concepts for a shoot.

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time?

Watching Netflix, favorite show right now is House of Cards. Or I'm exploring the city of Orlando, I have yet to see the Orlando Eye.

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry?

I dominate by lifting and encouraging other creatives! I have a lot of friends that are in music, modeling, writing, photography, etc. Whenever they need help on a project, I do my best to make myself available and serve them.

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader?

Stop talking about and be about it. You have an idea, a gift, a book, or a desire. All that's left to do is actually do it. It's going to be awkward at first. It's like riding a bike or trying your shoes for the first time all over again. Every expert and professional started as an amateur. 

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?

1. Don't be cheap because you get what you pay for. 

2. Stay curious.

3. Do not be afraid to charge what you're worth, the right people will want to pay for your services.

What keeps you creative in business?

My favorite artists are Solange, Lorde, and the Florence and the Machine, etc. I love watching their music videos and laying on my bed listening to their music for hours. I pull a lot of inspiration from them as well as Pinterest. 

What can we expect next from you? 

Expect to see me collaborating with more creatives of Orlando! I'm ready to meet and work with upcoming artists to create amazing projects! 

 

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING- LEA EVERS

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  Check out our CEO Chick of the month, Lea Evers. We were able to ask a few questions about her journey... Here is what she said

Why entrepreneurship? I love the freedom and autonomy. In my previous roles (in banking), my schedule was very rigid and I worked a lot of hours. I work harder now, but it's different. I'm working for me and while I may work more evenings than I did at the bank, I also take more days off and leave early to accommodate. I spend more time with my son now than I did before having my own practice. I'm a single mother of a child with medical issues and a regular 9-5 is difficult in that situation. My practice allows me the flexibility to work from home or if need be, from a doctor's waiting room.

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? Both. Edward Jones recruited me 3 years before I took the leap. When my situation changed a few years later, I contacted them. I met with some of the other area financial advisors and realized that it was perfect for me. 

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges? Time management and building new clientele. It takes time to understand what's important to my clients and to build personalized strategies to help them achieve their goals so time management is extremely important. 

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time? I spend time with my 5 year old son and our 2 dogs. I love to read or watch movies and I work on building my knowledge with additional certifications in my industry. I'm also on the Executive Leadership Team for March of Dimes, a national charity focused on premature births and birth defects. 

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? I'm a quick learner and I love learning and absorbing knowledge. I'm always reading something to grow my business, expand my knowledge, or simply improve myself in one way or another. I'm passionate about what I do and I believe that shows with my clients. 

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader? Knowledge is power. Become an expert in your field. People seek out the experts. 

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business?

1. Start earlier

2. Sacrifice time in the beginning so that you can have more freedom later 

3. Don't settle, even for a few years. Find your passion early and stick with growing it. 

What keeps you creative in business? My clients. I develop strong relationships with them and care a lot about them so I spend a lot of time ensuring I find the best strategies to help them achieve their goals. 

What can we expect next from you? Growth in my own field. I'm in the process of getting my Accredited Asset Management Specialist certification and I plan to get my Certified Financial Planner accreditation after that. I don't anticipate starting any additional endeavors but to grow my current practice, although my 5 year old son wants to start a bow tie business!