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Month: August 2016

What Is In Your Toolkit?

What Is In Your Toolkit?

Do you have the tools you need to get to where you want to go?

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As a woman who has desires, goals, ambitions, dreams and purpose, you need the right tools to either keep you on track or get you on the right track. Remember when I told you that the speakers for the 3rd annual Work Your Package Women’s Conference were the type of women you needed to know? They have graciously donated some awesome stuff to a mega raffle prize for one conference attendee…“The Maven Toolkit”™. Here’s a sample of what is included:

  • “Worthy” journal from Uneeka Jay
  • “My Morning Cup of Fitness” Daily Fitness Inspiration for the Mind, Body & Soul book from Belinda “CoachBFit” Johnson
  • Dunkin Donuts gift card & one month of FREE pre-scheduled social media promotion on Twitter –up to 50 tweets from Kemetia Foley
  • One-hour executive coaching session via phone on the topic of your choice plus a complimentary copy of 3 books (Encore Leadership: Transforming Time Talent And Treasure into a Legacy that Matters; Randy: A Story of Passion, Perseverance and the Power of Unconditional Love; Book It:Your Journey From Story to Book in 30 Days) from Dr. Jylla Moore Tearte

…and there’s MORE to be added!

The only way to win “The Maven Toolkit” is to register for the Work Your Package Women’s Conference by Friday, September 9. If you’ve already registered, double your chances by referring a friend.

Register today: www.workyourpackageconference2016.eventbrite.com

With love,

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WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

Jay_tightI followed Uneeka Jay on social media for quite sometime before I asked her to be a speaker at WYP. Her insight, transparency and no nonsense approach doesn’t sugarcoat the truth. You know the drill. Grab your coffee or tea and take some time to meet Uneeka.

How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now?
I remained extremely focused on my next step and every position that I accepted was intentional. I did not apply or entertain positions that were not aligned with my goals. I also selected positions that had high visibility in the organizations. I believe that moving with intent helped to get me to the level that I am at today!

What career mistake has given you the biggest lesson?
The biggest mistake that I have made is hiring people based on their potential opposed to their actual ability. This caused me to have to work harder as my position and responsibilities increased over the years. The lesson that I learned was to hire based on what I need opposed to what I think I can help a person become.

What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken?
The biggest risk that I took was to relocate my family from Ohio to Florida as a single mom.

What is the biggest challenge to achieving success?
The biggest challenge to achieving success is prioritizing what is important and staying true to that prioritization.

Who are you without your accolades?
Accolades have never really shaped me. I understand that people will praise you one day and destroy you another day. If who I am is linked to my accolades, I put my identity up for grabs every day.

Invest in yourself and get an opportunity to meet Uneeka along with the other speakers. Visit the registration website: www.workyourpackageconference2016.eventbrite.com

 

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

Fleming_tightThis week, I would like to introduce you to Malica Fleming. She’s the Blogger In Chief and the Founder of Finer Women Rising. Both creative and analytical, her insight on building a following through blogging is refreshing. Grab some coffee and meet the woman behind the blog.

How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now? Learning from my past mistakes with complacency is one choice that has let me to where I am now. What has also helped lead me to where I am now is the ability to be flexible and willingness to take on stretch responsibilities. And although it sounds like a cliche’ – being a team player and known as someone who is always willing to help others goes a long way. People don’t forget that and it has led to me being recommended for some amazing positions that I might not have been exposed to otherwise.

What career mistake has given you the biggest lesson? The biggest career mistake I made was becoming complacent. In many of my previous positions, I became too comfortable and I wasn’t motivated to grow skill-wise or salary-wise as quickly as I was truly capable of.

What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken?
The biggest risk that I’ve taken was leaving the IT company that I had grown extremely comfortable with. I was with this particular company for 7 years and when I finally woke up and mustered the courage to leave, I was blessed with a job that paid me $20,000 more than what I was making. I had become so comfortable with the company that I didn’t even realize what my skills were worth because I had stopped asking.

What is the biggest challenge to achieving success?
I believe the biggest challenge to achieving success is ourselves and our mindset. Once we get our of our own way – we can achieve anything we desire – I firmly believe that. We can be our very best blessing or own own worst enemies.

Who are you without your accolades?
Without my accolades, I’m not very different. I’m the down-to-earth, shy, sometimes silly, girl from Queens. Accolades are always appreciated, but I am a whole and complete woman without them.

Register today to meet Malica and other phenomenal women and speakers at the 3rd annual Work Your Package Women’s Conference on September 30 – October 2, 2016. Visit the registration website at www.workyourpackageconference2016.eventbrite.com

 

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

WYP2016 Speaker Spotlight

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Have you ever met someone who instantly put you at ease? Like you could share what was on your mind and heart and know that you wouldn’t be judged? Next up in the WYP Speaker Spotlight is Tonya Davis-Taylor. Her story is one of resilience, strength and tenacity.

How did your earlier career choices lead you to where you are now?

I remember starting my early career in child welfare and was thinking this feels right. Well partially because I was happy to be employed after graduation in a reputable profession. I’ve heard horror stories of people graduating from college and being unemployed or under employed I remember marching into my borough director office and telling him I was ready for more responsibility and was deserving of a promotion to which he replied great I’m looking for people just like you. Feeling pretty proud of myself his next question really set the tone for my advancement. He asked where did I get my Master’s degree from. It was in that moment I realized I wasn’t as ready as I thought I was and it became the catalyst for me to not only continue my education but to ensure that I would never be denied because I wasn’t credentialed. Needless to say I didn’t get that position but there were plenty thereafter.

What career mistake has given you the biggest lesson?

I worked for the City of New York for most of career and I had developed a nice internal network that worked for most of my career. It wasn’t until we were in an economic crisis that I realized all of my connections were in house and in the same predicament as I. I couldn’t help them and they couldn’t help me. I remember the day we received pink slips and I had three outside connections. Thankfully one came through but since I’ve learned the power of your network and I’ve since learned that life is all about relationships.

What is the biggest risk that you’ve taken?

This year I have taken the greatest risk with opening my practice and defined it exactly how I wanted to. Many people ask me why are just working with women of color, that’s limiting. My response is always the same. They need me right now. Besides no one asked you. Lol.

What is the biggest challenge to achieving success?

My biggest challenge is related to my biggest risk. As a African American woman serving women of color I’ve faced challenges with getting funding, people taking this process serious and staying in constant defense of the need for my services. While some days feel like an upward battle, I’ve learned that those relationships I’ve built will sustain me through the challenging times.

Who are you without your accolades?
Mom
Legacy holder
Spirit builder
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Lover
Comedian
Healer
My sisters/brother keeper
Warrior
Confidant
Spiritual
Goddess
Teacher
Resilient

Meet Tonya at the 3rd annual Work Your Package Women’s Conference. Register today: www.workyourpackageconference2016.eventbrite.com