Empowered Entrepreneur: Glenna Crooks, SageLife, LLC

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

We’re excited to present Glenna Crooks of SageLife, LLC as our newest Empowered Entrepreneur. Name: Glenna Crooks, Ph.D. Company: SageLife, LLC Website: www.sagemylife.com Address: The Tech Garden, 235 Harrison Street, Mail Drop #65, Syracuse, NY 13202 Glenna is launching SageMyLife™, a breakthrough in networking. It is wise (hence, ‘sage’) in the way it helps people identify and actually ‘see’ who is in their networks. Visualizing networks is a powerful way to assess how well they work for us – or not. SageMyLife’s patented network mapping tool is her 4th generation technology and it will be available to parents by the end of this year. Parents will be able to map their children’s five networks. By early 2015, it will be available for college students, and by mid-year, for all of us. Glenna has bootstrapped until now, but needs a bit of support from people like us to get off the ground! To get that support, she is crowdfunding on Indiegogo. It is a well-known, secure, private crowdfunding website, so you can feel confident to help support SageMyLife™ through them. Doing so is just like buying anything on line. Although small donations are welcome, the site offers a variety of perks, including gifts you can purchase now (at a crowdfunding discount) for the upcoming winter holidays. To learn more, visit www.sagemylife.com and to join in as a funder visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sagemylife. If you have questions, you can reach her at 215-545-2023. Name a defining career moment. Being appointed by President Reagan to a senior position in government changed my career trajectory radically. It was not only a good learning experience, but it introduced me to people who were models of leadership and who were sincere, hard-working public servants. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Coming to Washington will open your eyes; staying there will close them.” That might seem at odds with the first question, but it’s not. Government can do only so much. Even a President’s power is limited. The business and not-for-profit sectors and individuals themselves play even more important roles in addressing the challenges and optimizing the opportunities we have today. Fill in this sentence: Years ago, I wish I would have known how influential networks are to our success and satisfaction. What’s your definition of success? It’s ‘getting better’ at whatever I’m doing. That could be my business, or cooking, or painting. I figure that every few years I should learn more, develop new skills and do better as a result. I’m pleased to say I’ve succeeded at that. Give me a ‘do over’ and it would be so much better now!  Name a guilty pleasure. Action movies. Iron Man, Jason Bourne and anything with Bruce Willis...

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What I Learned From My Encounter With A Shark

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

I had an amazing time at the PA Commission for Women (the Commission), Women’s Mentorship Symposium, held in Pittsburgh on September 30. I was able to connect with so many amazing women that participated, many of whom were there for the benefit of others. They wanted to be supportive of women who wanted to learn from them. I was there as a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) PA Chapters, the Commission’s partner in the Business Plan Competition part of the Symposium. And, it was there that I got to meet Lori Greiner, of SharkTank, who was one of the judges for the Competition. She really is the warm-blooded shark! I was in awe of her kindness, generosity, sincerity and her ability to stay clear and present in the moment. She is soft-spoken, yet tiger-like in her approach to bring out the facts and generate a thorough understanding of a business in a very short period of time. I had the opportunity to interact with her during the Competition, and am very glad that I did. I walked away from that experience committed to up-leveling my game as an entrepreneur. In addition to being with Lori and other amazing women, the work and effort that NAWBO put in to make this Competition happen was rewarded by 3 Competition finalists who will be forever changed because of that experience – personally and professionally. The opportunities started while we were at the Symposium, and it was really great to see that happen. Although I had to step away from my own clients and business for a day, it’s occasions like these that really give me an opportunity to learn and grow as a women entrepreneur and...

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Financial Excellence for Women Entrepreneurs Blog Series Part I : Overwhelm

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

You may have seen the news about our newest program – Financial Excellence for Women Entrepreneurs. This is a program that has been a goal of ours for a long time, and we’re elated that we are ready to launch on October 16th, 2014. This comprehensive program is unique because it not only will provide tools and methods (“the structure”) to strengthen your financial expertise in business, but inevitably, it will also challenge your mindset, feelings and resistance toward your financial well-being. In advance of the program, we wanted to release a sneak peak of topics that will be covered. Today’s topic is overwhelm. I would argue that I am organized; that I plan well; that I am prepared. My dear friend, Bert, may argue differently, and she may win the argument if you caught me with my purse open at any given time. OK, so I’ll admit that at times I can be messy and unorganized. Or actually, last minute. Guilty as charged… Take my recent vacation for example – 10 days in London, with Bert. It was hard to get excited, really excited at first. And, it was hard to plan ahead of time. I have been working hard to rebuild my business after some personal challenges – getting in to work early and staying late. I had some pressing deadlines and client commitments to accomplish, and so there never seemed to be time to do some vacation planning. And then, I got to London. And my dear friend started asking me what I wanted to do; what I wanted to see; what tourist attractions were on my to-do list…. We talked, I listened to where she had been and what she had done (she lives there temporarily for work – totally cool – well, she’s bad ass cool, so I wouldn’t expect anything different). I looked on her coffee table – at least 5, YES FIVE, tourist books about London – Fodor’s; TimeOut; restaurant books – where to eat, what to do; museums; night life; tourist attractions; the top 10 things to do in London; what to do by month, by age; neighborhoods; markets; traveling by train, walking, and on and on. She even had her own restaurant list! I actually started to experience overwhelm…ON VACATION. I felt overloaded with all the materials and options. I remember at one point staring at the coffee table–my mind going blank. I got up, walked in a circle and then, forced myself to sit back down and start flipping through books, only to just stare at words that weren’t making any sense to me. I started to feel inferior to my friend. I had chalked myself up to being...

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Empowered Entrepreneur: Melissa Toler, LLC

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Short description of Melissa Toler, LLC: I’m a blogger, speaker, and mindset mentor, and my mission is to help brilliant women stop putting their lives on hold until they lose weight. My mission is to help them expand in every area of their lives, because no woman should feel like she has to be a size 4 to launch a business, take pictures, or live the life of her dreams. I do this through coaching women one-on-one, in small online groups, and in live workshops. Website: www.melissatoler.com Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/CurlyGirlFitLife Address: 2037 Chestnut Street, PO Box 30354, Philadelphia, PA 19103 This week, we’re pleased to present Melissa Toler of Melissa Toler, LLC as our featured Empowered Entrepreneur. Melissa is a certified wellness coach who helps business professionals and entrepreneurs find time for their health and fitness goals so that they can get the results they want without being overwhelmed. Currently, Melissa is looking forward to the start date of her one-of-a-kind workshop that she created especially for women called The Body-Mindset Experience. This 1-day workshop is going to be held right here in Philadelphia on September 27th. To learn more about it, read testimonials from previous workshop attendees and to claim your seat, click here. Melissa will also be one of two guest speakers in TMS II, LLC’s Financial Excellence for Women Entrepreneurs Group Financial Coaching Program. What is your biggest motivator? My mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate women to be at their absolute best and be comfortable in their own skin. The thing that motivates me the most is when I see the results that my clients get when they finally let go of years of trying to fix themselves, and unleash their true potential. It’s the reason I get up everyday to do this. What was the best advice you’ve ever received? Never stop moving forward. It’s the one thing I’ve heard from every successful entrepreneur, male and female. Whether they’ve been in business for 5 years, or 25 years, the message has been the same. As a business owner, it is important that you always keep taking steps in the direction you want to go in because nothing happens when you’re standing still. What’s the best piece of advice you can pass on to someone thinking about starting their own business? A few of my clients are interested in leaving corporate America like I did to start their own business, and I always tell them to get comfortable with failing. I’ve studied numerous very successful entrepreneurs and one thing they have in common is that they’ve failed…a lot. Failure is painful but it’s a necessary part of the entrepreneur’s journey and life itself. It’s not...

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