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Women Thriving in Business

Nikki Rogers

Women Thriving in Business is a show that focuses on candid conversations with and about women entrepreneurs discussing their inspiration, accomplishments and aspirations. We also discuss mistakes, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners. Whether you are just starting out or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business. Honest discussions with women entrepreneurs about the realities of business.
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It is nerve-racking to relinquish control of something that you have created. As a business owner, you may want to maintain control of everything because you are scared to allow others to help you. However, the time you spend on tasks that do not generate revenue can be spent more effectively on growing your business.
It is in your best interest to delegate management of the operation to someone more capable, so that you may concentrate on the tasks that are most suited to your strengths. Hiring a remote team can be a big advantage for your business as it will enable you to concentrate more on generating-revenue tasks. Rather than having to juggle multiple responsibilities, it will allow you and your business to flourish, generate MORE revenue, and enjoy your entrepreneurial journey.
The Thriver joining us this week is Nicole Grinnell, Founder, and CEO of Bosun Solutions, a staffing and recruiting firm that holistically solves clients’ problems by providing the right remote team members for all back-office roles who can operate a business. Nicole takes her passion for organization, assisting, efficiency, and providing the solution to her client’s problems. Thinking of her father who was forced to juggle it all, she now finds joy in providing the relief small business owners need allowing them to grow, be profitable and enjoy their passion.
Nicole shares with us the signs that business owners should look for when considering whether to seek more support and the value of having a remote team that allows you to focus on generating revenue for your business.
Be inspired. Be empowered. Listen to Episode 709 to learn more!
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Thriving Points:

  • When you're first starting out, I guarantee you there is money in your inbox. -Nicole Grinnell
  • Pivoting and really kind of going to that next step is scary, especially when this is your comfort zone. - Nicole Grinnell
  • It's a trust fall, but it's actually an experience I'm thankful we had because now we can talk to that as well with our clients and say, I understand change is hard and I understand that this feels safe and secure, but I'm gonna need you to trust me and let's move into this. - Nicole Grinnell
  • Our goal is to serve our clients, and so we wanna be really mindful of that and always keep our motives right. - Nicole Grinnell

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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.
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"Owning and running a business and being an entrepreneur is truly one of the hardest things that you can do just because there’s so much culpability and pressure and there's so much understanding required. It's a big, big responsibility. So I think just being able to keep weathering the storm and showing up day after day is an accomplishment in and of itself." - Kat Eckles
How many times have we heard this story: a serendipitous event or an unplanned decision led to the genesis of a thriving business. What you’ll hear on this episode is one of those inspiring and captivating stories.
Kat Eckles, Co-founder of Clean Juice, and her husband thought about starting a business for only 24 hours before making decisions that would ultimately transform their lives. That’s not to say that they made their choice at a whim, but were driven by their desire to be together and start their own venture. Fast forward to today, Clean Juice has grown from a single location to a multi-million-dollar franchise corporation.
Listen to this episode and hear Kat discuss the importance of being willing to evolve in business, overcoming major challenges, and facing your fears. Learn key lessons such as not being too dogmatic about anything - be it in business or in life, avoiding the trap of perfectionism, and the amazing world of agriculture.
Thriving Points:

  • We really started to dig in on what franchising was. We got connected to people. And we really figured out that it was probably the best way for us to grow. - Kat Eckles
  • Go back to trusting your gut and be intuitive in business. - Kat Eckles
  • Farming is amazing. When you really dig into all that goes into it - the hard work and just the intricacies and the small margins - it's really incredible when you figure out how our food is grown. - Kat Eckles
  • We've matured a little bit as a business. We went for having a more consistent, offering versus just chaotic growing at lightning speed. - Kat Eckles
  • I'm a big believer in meditation. The benefit is you're going inside. You're very quiet. You're silent in yourself. - Kat Eckles

Get to Know the Guest:
Kat Eckles is the Co-Founder of Clean Juice, the first and only USDA-certified organic juice and food bar franchise. When clean eating expert Kat Eckles approached her husband Landon with an idea to start an all-organic juice bar, Landon quickly quit his corporate job and the couple relocated to Charlotte with a plan to open Clean Juice.
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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.
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When we hear the word etiquette, what comes to mind? What emotions are evoked? Is it inspiring? Or is it stifling? Do you look forward to situations that require etiquette or do you avoid them because you're anxious about an embarrassing "breach" in etiquette? The truth is, you are practicing etiquette every day as you go about your daily activities.
This week’s episode sheds light on how etiquette, or having an accepted code of behavior for particular situations is a great foundation for enhancing a person’s leadership skills. Jacqueline Baker, speaker, author, and founder of Scarlet, helps debunk some of the myths that surround etiquette and shares how modern etiquette, protocol, and leadership can harmonize to bring out the best in each person.
Jacqueline insightfully notes that there are 7.7 billion people in the world and we will be a better workforce and build better communities if and when we figure out a common way to operate together.
Listen to this episode to learn more about the connection between etiquette and leadership.
Thriving Points:

  • If the rule is unethical, if the rule is stifling, if the rule and the etiquette and the protocol just flat out does not make sense for the world that we are now versus the world that it was first introduced in, I am not above challenging something and I'm not above other people challenging things that just flat out don't make sense. - Jacqueline Baker
  • There are layers to everything. But when we are incapable of, not interested in, or refuse to have the conversation or refuse to even understand why something is, nobody wins at all. - Jacqueline Baker
  • One of the most memorable mistakes that I made is not accepting the role and the opportunity to lead when clearly I was the person to lead in that situation. - Jacqueline Baker
  • Just because you are a leader, whether it is by title, by position, or status, or if you are a self-leader, does not mean you won’t be out there making these mistakes. - Jacqueline Baker
  • There’s a whole self-sabotage component of not accepting your role, not accepting the opportunity to lead, or not accepting really just a quick congratulations. This can be a huge problem on your journey as a leader. - Jacqueline Baker
  • Social media is a beautiful lie. When you don’t know the behind-the-scenes, you're like, this is a miracle that is happening over here. But that is the public face of this. When you know what's behind the scenes and you can take it in stride and understand what people have had to do in order to make that happen. - Nikki Rogers

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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.
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When was the last time you took a moment to reflect and say, "Let me put my own health and happiness first?" Self-care can seem like an impossible task for most entrepreneurs nowadays when there are so many responsibilities and to-dos on an ever-growing list. We always want to push things forward and manage all the details, and when you’re extremely busy, self-care may be the last thing that comes to mind.
It’s important to focus on taking care of yourself, as it has a big impact on your mental, emotional and physical health. We cannot run and grow a successful business if we feel stressed, anxious, or depressed, as it can only lead to burnout and fatigue. Self-care is not a luxury, but it mainly focuses on the introspective work of being able to understand what you are feeling, allowing yourself to experience it, and being aware of what your mind, heart, body, and spirit really need.
Making self-care a priority will help you feel better and support you in creating success in business and life!
The Thriver joining us this week is Jan Hice-Smith, Founder, and CEO of Heart’s Joy Consulting, LLC, a boutique firm specializing in joy and well-being. She is also the author of the book
Soul Work: Excerpts from My Journey. Jan connects deeply with employee groups and leads with empathy and compassion. She works with a variety of clients from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.
Jan shares with us the significance of engaging in self-care practices, being aware of whether or not we are in an unhealthy environment, listening to ourselves, and paying attention to the aspects of ourselves that demand our full attention. She also discusses how to recognize when professional help is necessary to improve our well-being.
Be inspired. Be empowered. Listen to Episode 706 to learn more!
Thriving Points:

  • This is a place of our own care where it's not that others are doing this for us, but we have to fill our own cup. -Jan Hice-Smith
  • Self-care is needed because we are human beings. So it's that we don't just need self-care when we're in a burnout situation or we're in a crisis. We don't just need self-care because we're in a pandemic or we've gone through a transition. It is the fact that we're humans. -Jan Hice-Smith
  • My stance always with anyone is, you know yourself best. So, you know when you feel certain things and you know the symptoms and if you are finding yourself depressed, that is a reason to seek help. -Jan Hice-Smith
  • You really are your best advocate because you have to know yourself and what's going on with you. -Jan Hice-Smith
  • I know that it takes effort to find a therapist. Nobody wants to do it. Yes, it takes effort. But we have to remember that we're worth that effort. -Jan Hice-Smith

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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.
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When you are striving to develop your corporate career, it is easy to be so focused on work that self-care gets overlooked. In addition, it can lead us to neglect important people around us, and we can find ourselves successful, yet disconnected from those we love and care for. Living a “work first” attitude can put a halt to our personal and even professional growth. It can also hamper our financial stability and affect the relationships we have in our lives.
In this episode, guest Stephanie Taylor shares how she realized that the important moments in life were passing her by and that she was capable of much more in all aspects of life, whether financial success personal relationships or self-care. She was able to achieve her dreams by transitioning from corporate employee to owning her own real estate business.
Listen in to learn how you can take hold of your life and pursue a more fruitful path to success.
Thriving Points:

  • Your relationship with a person is your thoughts about them. It's not what that person does. - Stephanie Taylor
  • I know there are so many things that we can complain about, but we also have so much privilege and so much opportunity, that it is really an incredible blessing. - Stephanie Taylor
  • We can't appreciate what we don't know about. - Stephanie Taylor
  • Your life increases in satisfaction the more you are able to make those tough decisions. - Stephanie Taylor

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Stephanie Taylor is a UK-based real estate investor, co-founder of award-winning real estate management and development company, HMO Heaven, and co-founder of Rent 2 Rent Success, which has inspired thousands of non-traditional investors to get started in real estate. Along with sister and business partner Nicky, they grew their real estate management business, secured contracts worth over £2m in under three years, and bought their own multi-million-pound portfolio of multifamily blocks and commercial property.
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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.
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Your life including your responsibilities and daily routine changes the moment you become a parent. It's not an easy task to take care of a child, as it comes with sleepless nights and requires a significant amount of energy, emotional commitment, and a great deal of patience. The adjustment to parenthood can be challenging, especially during the first year. During that time, many parents need support from their family, friends, and most importantly, their employers.

The transition to being a working parent is challenging to navigate, and it is so important to have support from your company or organization. Despite the well-known benefits associated with parental leave for both employees and employers, many organizations have not yet adopted parental leave policies. Parental leave contributes to the healthy development of children, improves the health of mothers, and increases the economic security of families. . This benefit allows parents to return to their organization with their most productive selves, which in turn increases overall participation in the workforce.
In this episode, we are joined by Amy Beacom and Sue Campbell from the Center for Parental Leave Leadership (CPLL), the first consultancy in the United States that primarily focuses on parental leave. Dr. Amy Beacom is the Founder and CEO of the Center and is the United States' premier expert on the personal and professional interplay around parental leave for employers and employees. Sue Campbell is the Communications Director for the Center and is a writer, author, and coach. Her work is often focused on issues important to parents.
Dr. Amy Beacom and Sue Campbell authored a book called The Parental Leave Playbook: Ten Touchpoints to Transition Smoothly, Strengthen your Family, and Continue Growing your Career that aims to “help parents take control of their leave and make the most of what’s considered a career time-out, but is actually a vital “time-in” for your life."
Listen to our conversation as Amy and Sue share with us their practical tips and advice about creating the best possible parental leave experience within a broken system. Their guidance is based on Amy’s doctoral research and their collective work with Fortune 100 companies to improve parental leave policies and programs.
Listen to Episode 704 to learn more!
Thriving Points:

  • The mission is to really make sure that everyone in this country, regardless of their role or their level of job has a paid and supported parental leave process. - Amy Beacom
  • If we can nurture and support parents through this process, they just become these rock stars on the other side of it. If we can sell them on that message, train the managers on how to support the parents. This is just going to go so far into improving parental leave culture and the country as a whole. - Sue Campbell

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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.
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Entrepreneurs embark on every business venture with the intention of eventually growing a healthy and sustainable business. But the million-dollar question is, how do you get there?
Managing your finances is one of the most important aspects of a business. Many business owners avoid their finances and don't try to understand and manage the numbers. The management decisions you make regarding your business will determine its success or failure. Depending on those decisions, your business finances could either propel you forward or cause your business to collapse.
When you are financially savvy, you will have more control over your business. When you understand the meanings of various financial statements, including balance sheets and profit-and-loss statements, this will provide a crystal clear picture of the health of your finances, and give you the ability to make smarter decisions on growing your business. Having the right person to assist you with finances can help you overcome the challenges that you will inevitably face on your journey and realize the goals that you have set for the future of your business.
In this episode, we are joined by Kathy Svetina, Founder, and CEO of NewCastle Finance. She has 14 years of experience working in the finance industry. She was encouraged to start her own business after observing how small businesses handled their financial matters and how difficult it was for women-owned businesses to find the right financial advisor. Kathy helps women grow sustainable and profitable businesses by providing them with the same powerful financial insight that Fortune 500 companies use to their advantage.
Kathy shares with us the significance of establishing internal controls over our finances and how to know when to hire a fractional CFO. She also discusses advice for small business owners on how to generate a million dollars in revenue, as well as some lessons from Fortune 500 companies that female business owners can use in their own businesses.

Listen to Episode 703 to learn more!
Thriving Points:

  • If you have a lot of growth that you want to go and have in your business, you have to plan for that and you have to plan for it appropriately. Otherwise, the business can really suffer. - Kathy Svetina
  • When you own your business, it's not just the things that you're good at. You also have to now start doing things that you're not good at. - Kathy Svetina
  • As I'm working with clients, I'm starting to understand more about the things that I love to do and things that I don't want to do. - Kathy Svetina
  • What other people are doing in the business might not be appropriate for your specific business. - Kathy Svetina
  • You cannot have a fractional CFO, a good fractional CFO, in place if you do not have a bookkeeper and an accountant. - Kathy Svetina

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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.
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Are you tired of working for an organization whose purpose, mission, and vision don’t align with yours? Do you envision running a business that is different and guided by your core values and goals? If that is your dream, then creating your own business and being your own boss might be the thing for you.
However, entrepreneurship isn’t always easy and fun. It does have its challenges along the way and you have to ask yourself, are you willing to navigate through those bumps on the road to have the dream lifestyle you’ve always wanted?

Self-employment is a huge undertaking and a lot of uncertainty surrounds it. For example; How do you consistently pay yourself? How do you find opportunities that align with your skills? How do you market your product or service to an ever-changing marketplace?
In this episode, we are joined by, Maggie Karshner, a self-employment coach for small business owners. The driving force for Maggie to start her self-employment journey was a desire to help small business owners solve problems and to coach others on starting their entrepreneurial journey.
Maggie shares how she went from employed to self-employed and how she navigated through the ups and downs of her chosen career path. She also provides advice on how to start your own self-employment journey and practical tips for those already in business.
Listen to Episode 702 to learn more!
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Thriving Points:

  • I do the stuff that my heart's really involved in and it gets you interacting with different people, you start seeing connections, you build these relationships. A relationship is not transactional. -Maggie Karshner
  • Test the advice against your own knowledge and experience, because what works for one person might not work for another. -Maggie Karshner
  • One size doesn't fit all. Because I think one of the things, if you have to, you do have to change, right? In some ways, you do have to try different things and, Be outside of your comfort zone and some air in some instances. But if it's something that's just so out of character, it's not going to work because you're not going to be able to sustain it. - Nikki Rogers
  • That's a great reminder. So if you think about a plow horse, he's plowing a field and at the end of the day, now you have this freshly plowed fill and, there's that sense of accomplishment. And if you're not doing that, then you don't have the ground to sow your seeds. -Nikki Rogers

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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.

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Did you know that humans now have a shorter attention span than goldfish? Unbelievable, right? But according to research, our attention span has markedly decreased since the turn of the century. In 2000, it was 12 seconds. By 2015, it had shrunk to a mere 8.25 seconds.

The question now is: How does that information affect your approach to business strategy?

When you are a company decision-maker who needs to use consumer data and insights, you're not going to read a 200-plus page report.

Listen to my conversation with Camille Nicita, CEO of Gongos Inc., who shares how to take all that consumer knowledge and create customer-focused strategies that will give you a market advantage.

Listen to Episode 701 to learn more!

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Thriving Points:

  • If you don't like change, you'll like irrelevance a whole lot less. - Camille Nicita
  • The market is always changing. Change is constant and will always be there and being perfect in a market that's always changing is impossible. So focus on the small wins that you're achieving each and every day. - Camille Nicita
  • Progress over perfection. And that requires that nurturing a spirit of knowing what you do well and what you want to keep investing in and also knowing what you don't do too well. - Camille Nicita

Get to Know the Guest:

Camille is the former sole owner of Gongos, Inc., a WBENC company that was named a Forbes “Small Giant” in 2020. Camille is on the board of the Insights Association, a contributing member of the Forbes Agency Council and is an official judge of the North American Customer Centricity awards. She has served as Chairperson of the Advisory Board of Michigan State University’s Master of Science in Marketing Research Program and has contributed to the University of Michigan’s Institute for Survey Research. She earned a BBA at the University of Michigan and an MBA at Wayne State University.

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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.

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"In the midst of all those different elements coming together, that crisis of courage, that crisis of confidence, the financial pieces, the health pieces - that's where the power and the gift of crisis kicked in." - Nikki Rogers
Life is full of peaks and valleys. We can plan as much as we can, prepare for the worst and map out our desired path down to the T. But there will always be crises along the way that cannot be averted.
I certainly couldn’t.
These past few weeks have been challenging for me personally and professionally. . I've encountered many obstacles recently, that forced me to pull out the magnifying glass, carefully inspect key elements, and recalibrate my approach to business and life.
While no one wants to experience a crisis, I did find a silver lining in the aftermath. Moving through the emotional and psychological effects led me to a heightened sense of power and resolve to pursue my goals and dreams.
In this episode, I share about different crises I faced recently that I have gratefully overcome. Through stillness, candid discussions, and reflection, I assessed my situation and developed a way forward.
So Thrivers, as you listen to this episode, I raise a thought-provoking question for us all. What are some of the things that have helped you really lean into the idea of the power - and maybe even the gift - of crisis?
Thriving Points:

  • I am unemployable. And by that, I mean I can't go back to not being the visionary and the key decision-maker around how I spend my time and my energy.
  • I had to deal with the facts of the moment as well as the feelings that were coming up as a result of viewing those facts, and that moment of crisis really scared me. But it also motivated me and pushed me out of my comfort zone.
  • I started to think about how I can be more strategic about where I show up, when I show up and how I show up so that I am attracting the kind of partners and clients that can support and align with my vision.
  • Start to get clear about what your vision is and what you're doing in your vision and your life. And some of that clarity will actually come in the doing.
  • Have that magnetism that attracts those people and those opportunities that are going to propel you toward your vision. These are your optimal connections.

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Women Thriving in Business features candid unscripted conversations with entrepreneurs, business experts, authors, and academics aimed at contributing to business success. This weekly show provides interviews with business leaders who have built, grown, and are thriving in business. Nikki A. Rogers, host of the show, also discusses achievements, lessons learned, and advice for aspiring business owners to develop the mindset, strategies, and connections necessary to thrive in business. Whether you are just starting or you have been in business for decades, WTiB offers inspiration, strategies, and resources to help you THRIVE in business.
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