Month: March 2016

Ama Karikari-Yawson is an author, attorney, educator, and storyteller. She received her BA cum laude from Harvard, her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School , and her MBA from The Wharton School. But after years for working in legal and finance capacities for financial services giants such as Bank of America and Citigroup Inc., she decided to leave the corporate life in order to answer her calling and fulfill a mission of empowering people through stories. She currently presents her work through student, educator, parent, and employee workshops and training sessions on issues surrounding bullying, culturally empowering education, sexual harassment, sexual violence, culture and much more.

 

Her business philosophy

Be the change that you want to see in the world.

 

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs:

  • Find your customers first.  Then create your product.
  • Try your best to work on yourself and your ability to be resilient and to cope during challenging times.  Develop spiritual practices of resilience.

 

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Seema Alexander is a business strategy coach who empowers purpose-driven women to make the transition from corporate life to entrepreneurship.  She does this by helping her clients to maximize their credibility, productivity and profitability in business.  I wanted to talk to Seema to get her thoughts on what it takes to successfully transition from a corporate environment.  Not only has she made the leap herself, but she’s also coached many women to success.

Her business philosophy: 

  • Do what you love and do it often.

Her advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs:

  • Don’t start a business just to make more money.  Focus on purpose first.
  • Have a strategic plan or blueprint in place for your business.  Consider the products/services align to your market and how you will get your message out there.
  • Invest in yourself and hire someone in a strategic capacity to help you.
  • Build a community by creating authentic relationships with other entrepreneurs.
  • Be mindful of what it will really take to create a business.

 

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Sheila Kemper Dietrich created elegant portion control. After years of waging the war against obesity and longing to embrace a healthier lifestyle, she began researching and experimenting with the concept of “right-sizing” the food environment.

I wanted to talk to Sheila because she’s a really great example of someone who designs products by listening to and empathizing with the end consumer.   As a result, she’s been able to build her business through deep understanding.

 

Her Business Philosophy: 

“I am one but still I am one.  I cannot do everything but i can do something.  i will not refuse to do the something I can do.”     ~Helen Keller

Be willing to say yes to opportunity

 

What does it mean to be Queen Bee?

Really proving that the vision, the idea was worthy – that it is something that is helpful to people…

Her advice to female entrepreneurs

  • Go for it; believe and then seek advice for others from those who can help you with their insight and knowledge
  • Enjoy the journey
  • Don’t do it if you don’t think it’s a fun thing

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Erin Werde is the President & owner of Affiance Coaching, a Kolbe-based consulting company out of Minneapolis, MN.  Erin teaches entrepreneurs how to cultivate, build and develop key relationships in business

Her advice to female entrepreneurs

  • Leverage your natural instincts and hire those who will be complimentary so that your team can be more effective
  • Discover what your instinct is and shape your business world around that
  • Make sure that your staff is helping you to “push the needle forward.”  Challenge them, inspire them, motivate them.

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