Some Amazing Women Coming Up in 2019

Some Amazing Women Coming Up in 2019

After spending some wonderful downtime with myself and my family for Thanksgiving, it is time for me to break away from my cocoon and get back to work and close out the end of 2018.

Holidays are always so wonderful spent with family and friends and being able to unplug from my busy, busy, busy life and take some time to just stop and breathe.

After taking some unexpected time off, but clearly so necessary for my mind, body and spirit, I am back at work interviewing fabulous women for an upcoming Women on the Move episode.

There are some amazing women coming up in 2019 and I am so grateful to be able to share their stories with the world.

Emily Perl Kingsley was a writer for Sesame Street for nearly 5 decades. The 23 Emmy Award winner created the first characters on television with disabilities and the first network television movie that featured a disabled person.
 

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Elaine Adler heads the Adler Aphasia Center which is the leading organization for Aphasia in the world. Her and her husband started the center when he developed the condition. I was told Elaine’s age prior to meeting her, but when I saw her in person, I had to ask her myself because I couldn’t believe it. She looks so fabulous!
 

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Di’ta Monique has an unbelievable story of survival. If I hadn’t been the person to find her and produce her story, I probably wouldn’t have believed it myself. This singer and actress’ story will surely make you a believer in the impossible. We all had tears in our eyes as she shared her story when we filmed yesterday.
 

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I will keep you posted on the airing dates of these amazing women as their stories are all absolutely worth watching when they air.

As the year comes to a close and I look forward to 2019, I am overwhelmed and utterly grateful for the abundance present in my life. Thank you all for being a part of my journey. The ride just wouldn’t be the same without you here sharing it with me.

I excitedly await all to come in 2019!


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3 of the Biggest Challenges Facing Women Business Owners Today

3 of the Biggest Challenges Facing Women Business Owners Today

I recently had the opportunity to attend an event for women business owners in a suburb of New York City. The event was focused on the challenges women business owners experience while running their companies.

It was a very interesting conversation around the difficulties that plague many women business owners. Although the owners represented were in the NYC area, I am sure that women business owners across the country share their sentiments.

One of the major challenges that were discussed was related to funding. Capital is one of the main reasons why businesses are forced to close. Where do you get it? Where are the best options? How do you put yourself in the best position for funding? These were all questions and challenges that many of the business owners had to face.
 

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Another issue they tackled was around being a woman in a predominately male industry or just being disregarded or overly questioned by men in a non-male dominated industry. This was actually surprising to me as it has never been my experience. But it was evident how present it was for many who were sharing as part of their experience.

Some of these women business owners were in heavily male dominated arenas such as construction and moving. Some were actually told by colleagues that they were expecting them to fail.
 

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We as human beings, and certainly as women, have our own questions and often times insecurities around our abilities to do different things especially those things we’ve never done before. The added pressure and stress of having individuals tell you that they are waiting for you to fall I find to be very saddening. But this is the reality for many female business owners across the country.

The 3rd challenge many of these business owners faced was related to having to learn exactly what to do at different times in their businesses. How to do it and when to do it without ever having the experience of doing it before. Many credit mentors and other business owners with previous experiences for assisting them and giving recommendations, but ultimately the final decision fell on the actual business owner to make the best decision for their business and then learn from the outcome depending on the results. Asking for and seeking help was a big factor for many of them to move their businesses ahead.

Although these issues were discussed by women business owners, I know that the first and the third challenges described are shared by all business owners, male or female, in America.


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