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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!