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  • Monique Hayward, Author of “Divas Doing Business” | WomenandBiz.com
    your book Divas Doing Business What the Guidebooks Don t Tell You About Being a Woman Entrepreneur published What is the key message that you want to deliver to aspiring women entrepreneurs as they are contemplating going into business for themselves Monique Thank you very much It s an amazing achievement and I m really happy that it s finally done and on the market The key message for women who are thinking about pursuing their dream of entrepreneurship is this You need more than conventional wisdom Women entrepreneurs like you and me need to provide that helping hand to our fellow sisters starting out in business and give them a boost up the entrepreneurial ladder In my book I provide how to advice combined with experience on the ground and in the trenches that can help them avoid the pitfalls obstacles and challenges these women surmounted I get help from nine pioneering women who pass on their hard won tribal knowledge and share with aspiring entrepreneurs what it takes to start and manage a business and to see it thrive and succeed EB You have assembled an impressive lineup of women entrepreneurs as contributors who are very well known in their respective industries How did you select your contributors and approach them to participate in this project Monique While the women entrepreneurs profiled in Divas Doing Business are well known in their industries and have received national recognition they are not household names like Oprah Suze Tyra or Martha In other words if someone is immediately recognizable by her first name I figured her story has already been told enough times Readers want to hear about other inspirational women who are inventing breakthroughs beating their competitors commanding the respect of their peers sparking cultural trends and social movements and successfully running their own businesses thereby rewriting the rules for women in the working world Also I wanted to ensure that readers can relate their own personal experience to what the entrepreneur has done For example readers certainly admire how Oprah Winfrey has turned Harpo Productions into a media powerhouse but she s out of reach for most women who are thinking of starting a media company On the other hand Divas Doing Business contributor Crystal McCrary Anthony who s making a name for herself in media and entertainment as an author TV personality and movie producer can provide a more realistic closer to home example of someone who s getting it done I approached Morgan Freeman to write the foreword and all of the women entrepreneurs to participate in this project with one simple request Can you please help me I knew a few of them already like Morgan Lisa Price and Jacqueline Rhinehart advisors and mentors who have worked with me on various projects For the others I simply did a lot of background research to find women whose personal experiences and insights would add tangible proof to the concepts set forth in the book Everyone was gracious

    Original URL path: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2009/03/11/monique-hayward-author-divas-business/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Interview with Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of The Omega Institute, by Elisa Balabram | WomenandBiz.com
    peace and justice in the world She helped Omega start the series of conferences called Women and Power bringing together women from different fields who are working for gender equality and the rights of women in leadership and encouraging the dialogue Elizabeth co founded and grew the business while raising her children and she mentioned that it was not easy She had to train herself to give her family her undivided attention while at home otherwise she would work 24 7 She managed to do it by focusing on her kids by being disciplined in making time for them by staying present with them and by leaving business decisions for the next day Elizabeth is pleased to notice how Michelle Obama as first lady plans to help the country have a conversation about balancing work and family You can read about it on a post by Michelle Obama on BlogHer called Our Many Hats When Elizabeth s children were going through their teenage years she decided to take a year break from Omega to write her first book and document this movement of holistic health and spirituality coming to the U S that she had been a part of for about 20 years and openly share her own spiritual journey She was able to explain it all beautifully in her masterpiece The Seeker s Guide Making Your Life a Spiritual Adventure This book has really helped me in all areas of my life and I recommend it It provides toolboxes for the mind heart body and soul and teaches meditation techniques you can practice to become more of who you are every day of your life Elizabeth loved being away from the organization and decided never to come back full time although she continues to be involved She since has had the opportunity to travel more and speak on subjects that are dear to her spreading the word about the messages on her books as well as on empowering women Her second book Broken Open How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow came about because she had gone through a divorce to which she refers to as a terribly difficult process Although it was painful it made her who she is and helped her find herself her strength and her individuality She hopes that the book will help those going through hard times when it seems like their identity is going to fall apart due to a loss of a job loss of a loved one or a divorce to come to better terms with it to take in the experience and learn from it and to find strength rather than to become bitter and shut down Elizabeth is currently writing her first novel since she enjoys writing and telling stories and she says she wrote everything she had to say about spirituality She has also been doing a lot of work with Oprah She helped produce Oprah s A New Earth webcast with Eckhart Tolle earlier this year and

    Original URL path: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2008/11/25/interview-elizabeth-lesser/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Interview with Wendy Kaufman, founder of Balancing Life’s Issues | WomenandBiz.com
    in your company I encountered a lot of naysayers in the beginning from well intentioned friends and family Are you going to have enough money Remember you are a single mom after all Do you know how many small businesses fail etc I had to stay focused on my goals and trust my instincts The positive feedback I received from my clients really kept me going in the early years and to this day What did you perceive to be the strengths of your business Our services our speakers and our reliability Our programs are direct candid and deliver practical information about important work life issues Additionally our seminars have a personal touch the facilitators have a vested interest in each topic and that makes our programs so engaging I use my experiences from when I was a single mother and the challenges of running a successful business as material for my trainings I believe audiences can immediately relate to me on many levels because they find many similarities in their own lives I earn their trust because my speeches are sincere personal and truthful I don t hire trainers unless I can hear commitment to the topic in their voice It s not enough to have the credentials I have to know each trainer will be able to connect with the audience emotionally and make a difference As a result we consistently receive high ratings from all our clients and we are invited back again and again We have an unwavering commitment to service excellence Our clients know that we are responsive care about their total satisfaction and they can count on us to deliver programs that are not only entertaining but facilitate outcomes How about the weaknesses Planning for growth and pacing ourselves As a small business it s a challenge to manage growth at the right pace Tell us about your business and the services you provide Balancing Life s Issues Inc is a national provider of custom work life balance trainings We have a nationwide team of expert trainers that provide programs on a wide range of topics including managing stress balancing work and family life healthy living household budgeting organizational change team building leadership skills workplace effectiveness parenting issues and caring for elders With programs ranging from one hour work life seminars to keynote speeches to health and benefit fairs our services help employees feel valued and companies retain and enhance a more committed and productive staff What do you find most rewarding as an entrepreneur When my vision becomes reality and the services are delivered in a way that meets my expectations I know it s working when my clients request a seminar or service again and again What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur You have to be willing to fully commit and work harder than you ever thought you would have to In the beginning you may have to do it all and several years in to it you may still

    Original URL path: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2008/11/25/interview-wendy-kaufman/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Interview with Jane Pollak | WomenandBiz.com
    That allows flexibility in scheduling When I book speaking engagements I have wiggle room in my days to fit them in or schedule around them I m lucky and creative Tell us about your business My tag line is that I lead remarkable women to uncommon success That sums it up Women who are passionate about what they do seek out my services because they know that I accomplished something extraordinary with my egg business They are willing to do what I did to get what I have As a coach I challenge them to dream huge and take them through the fire Success does not come easily There are daily challenges most of them exist in our heads What I do is help my clients get down to the nitty gritty detail that is stopping them in their tracks Usually they don t even know that that s the case It s defining what more money is more clients etc I ask powerful questions and allow them to come to the answers that are true for them My speaking is sharing what I know warts and all with my audiences I want them to identify with me and know that success is attainable I break it down into stories that make a point about each area I discuss I was never very good at learning straight facts Tie a story to it and I ll remember it forever In addition to coaching individual clients I also run groups Having 3 6 women business owners gather to share their successes challenges and goals is a powerful model for growth They inspire and support each other My role is as coach facilitator mentor and fairy godmother I hold my participants HUGE and they rise to that level I get to see miracle after miracle of achievement As I say to them This is the best show in town Could you tell us about your books Decorating Eggs Exquisite Designs with Wax and Dye is a how to and inspirational text on the art of pysanky It s beautifully illustrated with photos of my art as well as several others who have used the egg as a canvas Soul Proprietor 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur catalogs story after story of my transition from stay at home mom to successful entrepreneur in pithy funny anecdotes with a punch What were the most difficult problems to solve as you began to grow Anyone with a growing family which was where I was when I began my business knows that time is the biggest challenge I worked around my family s schedule from Day 1 of my business There were many times where I felt resentful and sad I believed I would be much further ahead if I only had more time Little did I know that working my business into those available spaces taught me far more about myself and living than any early cash return would What do you find most rewarding

    Original URL path: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2008/10/13/interview-jane-pollak/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Interview with Kristina Kossi | WomenandBiz.com
    you faced as your businesses were growing Spending time at each one I m at Zinc Bar most of the time but I am fortunate enough to have great partners that are at Flatiron Lounge and Pegu Club How do you balance your personal life and motherhood with running and growing your businesses Because I m a business owner I can arrange my schedule but it requires a lot of discipline Firstly and always important to me is that the kids are happy and I ve spent enough time with them and then spending time with friends or taking a class or two for myself What do you find most rewarding as an entrepreneur I love being a part of the creation and the design of the different clubs As well putting my heart and soul into a place like Zinc Bar and hearing customers leaving say I really love this place I had such a good time Our special edition s theme is Stay the Course What are the most important lessons you learned to help you stay the course and continue to grow To stay the course When you have something with potential you have to stick with it there have been many times that I wanted to do something else like paint or dance but I ve learned that sticking to something that is great even though it can be difficult or a lot of work often pays out in the long run it takes a lot of patience What are your plans for the future Right now building the new Zinc Bar and then taking some time off And I always say this is the last place but then some great idea comes along and How can our readers find out more information about you and

    Original URL path: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2008/09/17/interview-kristina-kossi/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Interview with Lynda Weinman, founder of Lynda.com | WomenandBiz.com
    the company They were tired of me traveling all the time and believed that people would come to me rather than me going to people My husband pushed the idea to start a school in Ojai California which is where we moved after the success of my book allowed us to buy our first home in fact we rented a local high school s computer lab and advertised classes on the front page of lynda com when we first started We were amazed that the class sold out and people came from all over the US In fact one student flew in from Vienna Austria which really drove home how powerful the web had become in its outreach Did you have a business plan of any kind My husband did I did not and could not my brain doesn t work that way I didn t believe that we could make a business in a town of 7 000 people that was known for spas and yoga studios But he believed that if people would fly and pay to see me speak and teach in other parts of the country that they would come here too and he showed me on paper how it could work If anything it worked better than he planned He has an amazing ability to forecast sales In fact I found a piece of paper on his desk recently that showed what our sales were today ten years later I asked him when he d made that chart and he told me in 2002 Tell us about your businesses and the services you provide We specialize in software education for the creative industry with a focus in web print video digital imaging and photography motion graphics interactive 3D and much more Our subject matter range grows every year and right now we work with 65 instructors who create custom curriculum We produce books live events training videos and online training videos What were are the most demanding conflicts or trade offs you face running your businesses and balancing life Being a mom has to top that list My daughter was only six when I wrote my first book and my success was tough on her as she had competition for my time and attention I have said no to so many traveling and speaking opportunities over the years as a result but it was all very challenging and continues to be so even though she s now a teenager I ve really tried to tailor my work so that I can in our home town and succeed most of the time It was a lot harder when I was starting out though and building a name for myself Sadly that was a very tough time for her and that has weighed heavily on me What are your plans for the future We hope to continue to grow our training business It s my passion and my gift and there is nothing that I d rather

    Original URL path: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2008/09/16/interview-lynda-weinman-founder-lyndacom/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Interview with Ann Sachs, President and CEO of Sachs Morgan Studio | WomenandBiz.com
    circle there is a free flowing feeling about it The Museum uses it once a week for their meetings which makes us very proud It s a wonderful profession We feel as if what we are doing is somehow connected to a very primal need of human beings gathering together for the purpose of learning celebrating enhancing the human spirit and understanding the human condition What s next I have a new venture I m developing as we speak It s called Theatrical Intelligence The company will provide workshops to corporate America using the concepts of theater collaboration There are six principles and eight roles in Theatrical Intelligence all based on the wisdom I gained during forty years in the business of show business Everyone is familiar these days with Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence and I realized what we have is Theatrical Intelligence It connects you to the joy of your imagination it s the fun part of being smart I just gave a speech in Oklahoma to the International Women s Leadership Forum and got a lot of feedback from the audience about what they believed was useful I ve been developing workshops over the last couple of years They have been very productive and some people have even said life changing so I m excited What advice would you give someone who wants to start a business Network network network Just get out there and tell people what you are doing and listen to their feedback Don t defend what you are doing just listen and absorb it and say thank you Then just get out there and let people know that you are doing it Congratulations on receiving NAWBO NY Lifetime Achievement Signature Award Could you tell us what it means to you Well at first

    Original URL path: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2008/05/30/interview-ann-sachs-president-ceo-sachs-morgan-studio/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Marsha Firestone and WPO | WomenandBiz.com
    Cs defined by Marsha as follows Bring together small groups of peers to Collaborate In a Confidential environment With non Competitive businesses With women who have a Commitment to each other WPO members are women entrepreneurs whose businesses revenue at least 1Million a year and has approximately 1 300 members nationwide The meetings are not about networking or committee reports emphasizes Ms Firestone they are educational and they generate real discussions about the members business issues The chapters meet monthly and they serve women whose businesses revenue reaches from a million to a billion from diverse industries The members also learn strategies to help them in growing their businesses exponentially gain confidence and support one another Ann Sachs president and CEO of Sachs Morgan Studio and a WPO member received the NAWBO NYC Life Time Achievement Award in March 2008 We had a chance to interview her at the event and she mentioned the support and wisdom she receives from her WPO group that has been meeting monthly for the last 10 years Marsha shares her inspirational vision for WPO and its members WPO exists to promote economic security for women and the more economic security women have the more some of the social problems that women face are reduced I believe strongly in the importance of being economically secure as a woman so that you can take responsibility for yourself your staff and your family and you can have the opportunity to give back Marsha Firestone Marsha Firestone is also the founder of the Women President s Educational Organization WPEO the regional affiliate of the Women s Business Enterprise National Council WBENC WPEO reviews the WBE Women s Business Enterprise certification applications in the New York Metropolitan area and also the DC Metropolitan area The 10 th year anniversary

    Original URL path: http://www.womenandbiz.com/2008/04/16/marsha-firestone-wpo/ (2016-04-26)
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