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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! 

CEO CHICKS WHO DOMINATE FEATURING-ADRIENNE HUGHES-JACKSON

Check out our CEO Chick of the month, Adrienne Hughes-Jackson. We were able to ask a few questions on her journey... Here is what she said

Why entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship is rewarding and comes with levels of freedom that cannot be obtained in a 9-5. Entrepreneurship allows me the opportunity to control my boundaries.  It is a lot of hard work and not for everyone, but thus far I have found this journey to be very rewarding.  I don’t mind the long hours or sacrifice that it takes because it is for our brand, my legacy. 

Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? I think that it is a combination of the two; basically we found each other!  I am a firm believer that everyone has a calling, something that you are destined to achieve in your life time.  The key is to discover your purpose and relentlessly pursue that. I am blessed to share this journey with my daughter, who shares my love for fashion and beauty.  We are successfully able to incorporate our love for the fashion industry and our desire to want to encourage women weekly via our podcast.   
 

As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges? Because patience is not one of my best attributes, getting exposure to our brand has been my biggest challenge.   

When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time? I love to cook!  I am constantly looking for and trying new recipes. I also enjoy reading.  I am very close with my family, it is not uncommon that we get together, enjoy a meal and a few laughs. When time allows, I will sit on my deck, no music or distractions, listening to nature and quiet time with God. 

As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? I am dominating the industry by being one of a few mother-daughter duos that simultaneously (1) hosts a radio show; (2) write for a magazine; (3) own a body care line; (4) obtaining certification in makeup artistry and fashion styling.

What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader? The best advice that I would share would be to always operate with integrity, let your word be your bond. Seek God for wisdom, ask Him for divine connections and opportunities.  Surround yourself with like-minded people and distance yourself from toxic relationships.  Do not be intimidated when you do not have all the answers. Always remain humble in any level of success you may have! 

What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business? (1) Do not be afraid the pursue your dreams; (2) do not allow the opinions of negative people to get in your head; (3) know your worth.

What keeps you creative in business? Knowing the importance of staying relevant, staying current with the trends and current events.  Not becoming complacent with my current situation.  I set weekly goals for myself which include learning something new, trying a new app, I am constantly seeking new opportunities that will expand our brand.

What can we expect next from you? Completing the certification of makeup artistry and fashion styling.  This certification includes theatre and special effects; I would love to explore the opportunities that would allow for me to work within that atmosphere.  Additionally, I am planning to become a certified esthetician and further explore the opportunities in the fashion industry that will take our business and brand to another level.