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.

Episode 603: The Power of Mindset | Victoria Gallagher
2d ago
Episode 603: The Power of Mindset | Victoria Gallagher
The power of the mind can be one of your greatest untapped strengths. Your mindset will either help expand your imagination or it can limit your ability to achieve the success you desire. It has the potential to bring about either positive or negative outcomes. Beliefs and thoughts are the building blocks of mental strength, and when combined with strategic action, you have the potential to change your reality. Your behaviors, habits, and relationships are shaped by the thoughts that occupy your mind.. The power of your thoughts can be used to create your own world. Energy-filled ideas have the potential to transform your life in remarkable ways.In this episode, I am joined by Victoria Gallagher, a worldwide leader in Hypnotherapy and the best-selling author of the book Practical Law of Attraction. She is also an international speaker and a life success coach. With more than 20 years of experience, she has been acknowledged as an expert in personal growth and teaching the Law of Attraction. Victoria shares tips for practicing the law of attraction to manifest your desires by thinking about your desired outcomes over and over again. Your subconscious mind will interpret your positive affirmations as real experiences, causing positive shifts and opening opportunities for you. This is not something that happens instantly. It takes time, and it all depends on how determined and focused you are on achieving your goals.Victoria's experience with the law of attraction provides a blueprint for how to make lasting changes in your outlook and behavior to bring about the changes you seek. Listen to Episode 603 to learn more!Thriving Points:The first thing that we need to get right with ourselves is, to get into integrity by practicing what we preach. -Victoria Gallagher Sometimes things take a little longer than you anticipate them to, and one of the things that make it take longer is we get in our own way. -Victoria GallagherHypnotherapy is the quickest way to make a permanent change in your mindset to cause you to take action on those things in a new way. -Victoria GallagherLaw of Attraction is really a special way of like, whatever you focus on, you are eventually going to attract that into your life. -Victoria GallagherAbout the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagramYoutube
Episode 602: The EXIT RICH Way to Build Your Business | Michelle Seiler-Tucker
1w ago
Episode 602: The EXIT RICH Way to Build Your Business | Michelle Seiler-Tucker
Competition is a reality of the business world. Thriving in business and standing out from any competition requires a clear strategy to build a successful and innovative business.  Establishing a strong foundation for your business will enable it to withstand any uncertainties or unforeseen circumstances.One of the biggest mistakes that many business owners make is not having a strategy to sell their business. Therefore, when they are ready to retire or transition for other reasons, their business will either sell for less than it’s worth or close down. When owners wait until they are ready to sell to begin building a sellable business, it is often too late to capitalize on their investment of time and resources.  In this episode, I am joined by Michelle Seiler-Tucker, founder, and CEO of  Seiler Tucker Incorporated. She is the best-selling author of Sell Your Business for more than It’s Worth and her latest book is Exit Rich: The 6 P Method to Sell Your Business for Huge Profit, a Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best seller. She has more than 20 years of expertise in business mergers, acquisitions, and sales, making her an expert on the topic of Selling Your Business.Michelle shares with us how to make the most of your exit by planning it from the beginning, using her GPS Exit Model. Along with the largest profit mistakes that business owners make, she also talks about the 6 Ps that will help entrepreneurs develop a sustainable, scalable, and sellable business.Nothing lasts forever, therefore planning for your retirement or business exit is something you should keep in mind from the very beginning. One of the foundations of your business should be a plan to sell it because doing so will enable you to grow and scale it, and, whenever you decide to exit, sell it for the maximum value. Listen in to this episode to learn how you too can “exit rich".Thriving Points:It's really important to build a business, not a job. -Michelle TuckerYou don't build a business. You build people who build your business. -Michelle Tucker If you're going to be in a business and you're an entrepreneur, you always gotta keep thinking, How do I innovate? How do I stay ahead of the game? You gotta be preemptive.  Ask yourself, What's coming next? -Michelle TuckerYou can't ever stop. You're either growing or dying. There's no in-between. And when you stop,  then that's when everything will stop. -Michelle TuckerWhen your business is doing great is when you should sell it. -Michelle TuckerAbout the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagramYoutube
Episode 601: Reconnect, Reengage and Reenergize by Taking A Break from Your Business
Aug 10 2022
Episode 601: Reconnect, Reengage and Reenergize by Taking A Break from Your Business
We usually equate taking time off as a non-productive approach to business. We’re so used to working and grinding, thinking, producing, creating, and consuming, that we don’t even take the time to stop, have a meaningful break, and reflect on how we’re running our businesses or even living our lives. This is especially the case for small business owners and entrepreneurs. We know that our success and the well-being of our business are in our hands, so there’s always that constant nagging fear that if we don’t hustle, we won’t achieve the pinnacle of success we are seeking.This may be counterintuitive, but it’s okay to take a break from your business. In fact, it’s necessary.We kick off Season 6 of the Women Thriving in Business Podcast with a crucial activity: deep thinking. Every entrepreneur should consider setting aside time for deep reflection to step back from their businesses to see the big picture and understand things from a different perspective. If we’re always so close to our businesses, we may miss out on a lot of intangibles or lessons that can only be learned by stepping back or being from the outside looking in.In this episode, I share three important insights that can come out of my own deep thinking time: it’s important to 1) examine and recalibrate your why, 2) leverage your curiosity and courage to experiment and take risks, and 3) take care of your mental and physical health.\Thriving Points:If you’re an entrepreneur or are thinking about entrepreneurship, you need to sit down and schedule regular time to do some deep thinking about what is going on within your business. Deep thinking helped me get clarity on my mission, my vision, and some key next steps for my business.Deep thinking allowed me the opportunity to engage with a new community of like-minded entrepreneurs. As you think and talk about your business, the more clarity you have, the more clarity others have as well so that they know how to refer people to you.About the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagramYoutube
Episode 510: The Power and Pressure of Story
May 11 2022
Episode 510: The Power and Pressure of Story
What does it mean to tell your story?Your audience or brand will be greatly influenced by the story you tell. Your story is a way to connect with and impact those who hear it. It is a privilege to share your story with others and it's essential to understand and think about what story (or stories) you want to tell the world and how you want it told.Telling a story can be challenging at times, especially when you don't feel like you have the perfect words to express yourself. So ask yourself, "Is what I'm trying to tell a story or just an experience I'm still going through?" Remember that there are people listening to you, so knowing the purpose of your story and what lessons you have learned are fundamental to authentic storytelling. Your story has the power to change people's lives, so you should consider your intentions in sharing.  Thrivers, season 5 has been full of discovery, insights, and phenomenal guests that provided great examples you can emulate as you work to thrive in business. Pick your favorite episode and if you missed one, be sure to catch up during the break!We'd love to hear from you! Take the WTiB listener survey here.Episode Sponsor: The doors are now open to enroll in the Move Your Business Forward coaching program! This eight-week experience is for seasoned entrepreneurs to move from being anxious and overwhelmed about running your business to feeling informed, energize, and in control of your future. The program helps you cultivate a CEO mindset and establish or re-establish a vision and strategy for your company and then move towards developing the systems and connections you need in order to create a thriving and sustainable business. Click here to learn more about the Move Your Business Forward Group Coaching Program.Thriving Points:The stories that I share are helping me realize that there are lessons that come from what I have experienced, that I can now turn into stories. - Nikki RogersStories to me, have power and can take on a life of their own. -Nikki RogersA story is when you're on the other side of an experience, and now you have perspective or insight that can guide future thinking. -Nikki RogersAbout the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagram
Episode 509: Thriving Through Resilience
May 4 2022
Episode 509: Thriving Through Resilience
"Resilience is about taking a situation that could possibly break you and actually thriving as a result of the lessons that you can learn by going through that experience." - Nikki RogersAs I was preparing for a presentation on the topic of resilience, I  reflect on the difficult situations I had to overcome in my life in order to be where I am now. I couldn't help but think back to a point in my life when I was faced with a difficult situation and thought I wouldn't be able to get through it, but I did. Those experiences that I thought of as a loss or a setback provided a great lesson in my life and showed how I have been able to leverage resilience to move forward in life.Don’t miss out on this episode as I share a story 20 years in the telling, the definition of resilience in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the three key factors that can impact your level of resilience and ability to recover from challenging situations and move forward.Other Resources Mentioned: Points:Resilience is about taking a situation that could possibly break you and actually thriving as a result of the lessons that you can learn by going through that experience. - Nikki RogersResilience is about the ability to go through and survive an experience that may challenge or squeeze you, or even rocks your world. And being able to go through that experience and take the lesson from it and actually grow from it. And use that experience as fuel to come out better on the other side. - Nikki RogersI can be changed by what happens to me but I refuse to be reduced by it. - Maya AngelouResilience is not all or nothing. It comes in amounts. You can be a little resilient, a lot resilient, resilient in some situations but not others. And, no matter how resilient you are today, you can become more resilient tomorrow. - Karen Reivich, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center)About the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagram
Episode 508: The Power of Style | Monica Barnett
Apr 27 2022
Episode 508: The Power of Style | Monica Barnett
For many of us, one of the first things you do in the morning is decide what to wear for the day.  Some may think this is a simple task, while for others,  it takes a lot of time and effort, and you find yourself wearing the same thing over and over again. As an entrepreneur, what you wear takes on greater importance - you are the face of your brand and the power of your first impression can set you up for business success. People will remember how you look when you first meet, so choose an outfit that makes you feel powerful and look great!In this episode, I am joined by Monica Barnett, award-winning wardrobe stylist and founder t of Blueprint for Style, which aims to help professional men and women discover the difference real "fashion" can make in their everyday lives, as well as inspire and influence them to be more intentional about their personal style. Listen to our conversation, where Monica shares how her business transitioned from a side hustle to a full-time business and how she helped many clients discover their unique style, enjoy their wardrobe, and feel good about themselves. We also touch on the following: The Psychology of FashionTips on how to be intentional and show up on a virtual work-from-home lifeWhat Pocket Personal Stylist is all aboutLife-changing lessons from the book Never Eat Alone By Keith FerrazziOther Resources Mentioned:Blueprint for StylePocket Personal StylistWithout Saying A Word: The Silent Power of Style By Monica BarnettThe Creatives' Closet: for Female Side Hustlers, Influencers, Entrepreneurs & Empire Builders By Monica Barnett Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time By Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl RazThriving Points:Necessity breeds invention. As an entrepreneur, you have to be flexible and you have to be continuously listening to your audience and listening to what's out there. - Monica BarnettIt is so important as an entrepreneur to put your best foot forward. - Monica BarnettGet to Know the Guest:Monica Barnett has over 13 years of styling and branding experience and has been featured on many stages around the world but the focus is always on the importance and power of the first impression. Across Ms. Barnett’s distinguished career as a wardrobe stylist, she has had the privilege to partner with major corporations to fine-tune their employees’ styles and brands; and the opportunity to work with corporate executives, politicos, and world-class athletes. The goal is always to develop a more intentional approach to curating one’s outward appearance to align with one’s lifestyle and aspirations.Connect with Monica:WebsitePocket Personal Stylist (Subscription-Based, On-Demand Personal Stylist)
Episode 507: Building A Better Business | Jennifer Kok
Apr 13 2022
Episode 507: Building A Better Business | Jennifer Kok
The past two years have had a significant impact on the business landscape. As the world recovers, businesses are likewise adjusting to the 'new normal.' Because of the pandemic, you may be hesitant to restart your business, but you can take this opportunity to start anew with a stronger, strategy and plan that will help your business thrive under any circumstance.In this episode, I am joined by Jennifer Kok, founder of Next Wave Business Coaching. Jennifer shares about helping small businesses establish visionary solutions and develop a clear roadmap to gain consumers, increase revenue, and profits so that their businesses can thrive for years to come.Jennifer shares her entrepreneurial journey, why she decided to start a coaching/consulting firm after selling her successful business, and how her experiences have shaped her into the mother, wife, entrepreneur, and woman she is today.It's painful to see your business, where you put all of your efforts and ideas, struggle. But the most difficult challenges and experiences in your life will help you grow and become stronger, and one day you'll look back and say, This is the best thing that ever happened to me.We also touch on the following:The  business owner mindset that helps you build a great team Small ways to foster your desired  business cultureCreating a saleable businessOther Resources Mentioned:The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It By Michael E. GerberNext Wave Business CoachingHelp Wanted to Fully StaffedThriving Points:I can honestly say that that decision and having to pivot and being forced into getting uncomfortable and being forced into doing something a little different saved my business and actually was the best thing that ever happened.  - Jennifer KokIf you focus on the fundamental part of getting better every day,  then growth will follow. - Nikki RogersGet to Know the Guest:Jennifer Kok spent 22 years running her own successful brick-and-mortar business, event business, and online business before selling at a profit in 2018. Today, she uses her extensive expertise to help brick-and-mortar business owners learn how to create more clients and customers, increase their revenue, and improve profits for long-term success. She is passionate about helping business owners create a strong and stable brick-and-mortar business that can handle any unplanned circumstances such as  (economic downturns, employee shortages, global pandemic, or even rapid growth) and provide profitable opportunities for years to come. In her own business, she mastered the art of developing products, creating and improving systems, growing a team, becoming a pillar in her community, maximizing opportunities for profits, and pivoting her business long before pivoting was a trendy buzzword. Her success made it possible to run her business while also living an active, faith-filled lifestyle and enjoying time with family, friends, golden retrievers, and plenty of good books and wine.Connect with Jennifer:LinkedinFacebookInstagram
Episode 506: Achieving Success Without Sacrificing Yourself | Becca Powers
Mar 30 2022
Episode 506: Achieving Success Without Sacrificing Yourself | Becca Powers
You shouldn't have to choose between career, happiness, and good health  - all three should go hand-in-hand. It takes a lot of courage to pull yourself out of a situation that isn't serving you, but the moment you prioritize your well-being above all else, you will achieve true success. In this episode, I am joined by Becca Powers, a motivational speaker, executive life coach, and author of the best-selling book Harness Your Inner CEO. Listen to our conversation, where she discusses her journey of valuing her self-worth and well-being while pursuing her passions. She shares her inspiring story of when she realized she was her own EO, as well as what motivated her to pursue entrepreneurship while balancing corporate life.We also touch on the following: Taking a step back and reconsidering your career path and your passionsAsking “what if” questions that support your well-being and decision-makingEvolving while celebrating the achievements of the person you used to beKundalini yoga - the yoga of self-awarenessThe inspiration behind the book Harness Your Inner CEOTips on how you can harness your inner CEO Other Resources Mentioned:Harness Your Inner CEO: Rise Into Passion, Prosperity, and Empowerment By Becca Powers  The War of Art By Steven Pressfieldbeccapowers.comThriving Points:What was most important to me was giving space to let this part of me express itself without sacrificing myself in the process. - Becca PowersMany times in life, we are faced with a decision and we can choose either option, but the main question is “Which one serves me the most?” - Becca PowersWhen you let things go, you actually recognize that you have power. - Nikki RogersNothing requires self-sacrifice, and that would be the rising into your power pieces -  to be willing to consider yourself at least as much as you consider others. - Becca PowersGet to Know the Guest:Becca Powers is an award-winning hi-tech sales executive, motivational speaker, best-selling author, life|career transformation coach, and a kundalini yoga teacher - not to mention a mom and a wife! With a huge, vivacious energy, a strong yet warm confidence, Becca embraces that she is highly dynamic and encourages others to do the same. With over 20 years of corporate experience, her career boasts Fortune 500 giants such as Cisco, Dell, and Office Depot. Her career is filled with trials and triumphs which she boldly shares to inspire employers and employees to create environments where the individual can thrive both personally and professionally. Her philosophy of "People Before Profits" is part of her core beliefs which she integrates into her work. Becca Powers is an advocate for women in the workplace, stating that there is still a lot of work to be down for women to own their worth at work.Connect with Becca:WebsiteLinkedinInstagramFacebookTikTok
Episode 505: Achieving Business Success: Connection, Communication, and Relationships | Michelle Thomas
Mar 16 2022
Episode 505: Achieving Business Success: Connection, Communication, and Relationships | Michelle Thomas
Most often in a business setting, the relationships we have with our partner, children, family, or even with ourselves impact the way we work. Good communication is a key aspect of all relationships and is a necessary part to achieve business success.This week, we’ve invited Michelle Thomas,  Your Relationship Surgeon, author, and founder of The Exceptional Black Woman Network, to talk about why communication is a vital part of any relationship, the importance of a quarterly S.W.O.T. Analysis, and how you can precisely pinpoint what is keeping you from you and your business from achieving the success that you know you deserve.Michelle shares a family tragedy that changed the way she viewed her business, the story behind her book, “The Eight Qualities of the Exceptional Black Woman in Business and Entrepreneurship”, and the lessons she has learned in her business journey.Join us and don’t miss out on the valuable tips she shares that are applicable whether starting a  business, or trying to manage professional or personal conflicts. . You can build an empire of your own by shifting your mindset, aligning your strengths to your industry, and acting with confidence to create your own version of success!Other Resources Mentioned:The Eight Qualities of the Exceptional Black Woman in Business and EntrepreneurshipExceptional Black Woman WebsiteThriving Points:Sometimes people tend to relate the word relationship only with personal,  but you have a relationship in all aspects of your personal life and your professional life. - Michelle ThomasWe try to make sure that all of our strengths, our assets, and each member of the company find industries that maximize that strength. - Michelle ThomasMy success may not come from following a template of someone else, but I had to find a piece of myself and input it in there to find newfound success.  - Michelle ThomasThere are times that couples in the business allow that insecurity that's happening within their relationships to affect the profitability. - Michelle ThomasIf you want to make a change in how that platform operates, you can't go in and kick the door down. You have to go in and have an impact and then begin to show people. how it can operate differently. - Michelle ThomasGet to Know the Guest:Michelle S. Thomas, Your Relationship Surgeon is a 4X Internationally Best-Selling Author, Certified Life/ Relationship/Business Coach, Motivational speaker, and Multiple business owner. She believes that everyone has the power to “touch” their dreams. Even before she turned her purpose into her profession, she always recognized that real people needed to hear real stories to conquer what really mattered to them.Connect with Michelle:WebsiteFacebookLinkedInInstagramExceptional Woman Website
Episode 504: Getting What You Pay For - Business and Life Lessons
Mar 9 2022
Episode 504: Getting What You Pay For - Business and Life Lessons
In any business agreement, it is vital that you have a legal document that states the system of rules or procedures that will happen within a deal. But many entrepreneurs, companies, or businesses don’t really understand their contracts, and because of this, they are taken advantage of what they pay vs what services they receive.A strong contract can provide you and your business the security that you need to reduce risks and understand your rights within the agreement. By recognizing these small details you’ll be able to avoid misunderstandings with your supplier or contractors and of course, save some cash!The Thriver joining us in this week’s episode is Ashleigh Wilson, founder of AuditMate, the first-ever elevator and escalator auditing and managing firm. She shares with us what AuditMate is all about, its goals, mission, and purpose. Ashleigh brings us along her journey of how she started this business, some of the steps she took to reclaim herself and trust her inner voice, and the challenges she faced in building a company with empathy, and the heart to serve people.AuditMate empowers building owners and managers to better understand and get the most out of their contracts and get everything that they paid for when it comes to elevator maintenance and compliance. From safety testing, certifications, to inspections, AuditMate ensures your safety both financially and physically. Learn more by visiting www.auditmate.com.Thriving Points:Elevator companies didn't have to be transparent in how much maintenance they were doing because nobody ever knew to ask. - Ashleigh WilsonWe don't use empathy because we can profit off of it. Empathy is there because it is the right thing to do, it is our core, and it is our values. It is something that is embedded in our life and a part of who we are. - Ashleigh WilsonThe sooner we recognize that about ourselves and recognize that uniqueness is what makes us great. - Nikki RogersMy vision is you don't have to be an elevator expert.  We can connect the right people and build software around it and put the best minds together in the room. - Ashleigh WilsonOther Resources Mentioned:Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. By Brené BrownGet to Know the Guest:Ashleigh Wilson is the founder of Audit Mate, the first-ever elevator and escalator auditing and managing firm. She was raised in a family of elevator mechanics, inspectors, and business managers and entered the industry in her early 20’s. Ashleigh was passionate about leading global change in an industry rich with history and innovation but didn’t just see herself as a business manager, but rather, as an advocate for customers. She became part of the Executive Development Program being mentored by the CEO of the 2nd largest global elevator company and made it her mission to put people first then the profits would follow. Ashleigh is a CEO who gets results without sacrificing human dignity.Connect with Ashleigh:WebsiteLinkedInEmail
Episode 503: Follow Your Dreams: Embracing Culture, Challenges, and Choice with Camille Richardson
Mar 2 2022
Episode 503: Follow Your Dreams: Embracing Culture, Challenges, and Choice with Camille Richardson
What happens when you pursue your dreams?  What if we all embraced an intentional approach to life and went after our goals?  Well, you may end up living around the world, working within different cultures, and impacting hundreds, maybe thousands of people across the globe!  My guest this week dreamed of being a diplomat at age 15 and she has worked to make that dream a reality, as a career foreign commercial service officer. Camille Richardson is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Middle East and Africa for the International Trade Administration. Camille describes her job and the role she plays in helping U.S. businesses explore international opportunities and create export strategies. She shares her 30-year career journey from serving as a Presidential Management Fellow to her current role, how she found her purpose, and the personal and professional challenges she faced along the way.We also touch on the following: Intentional mindset and overcoming self-sabotage Embracing change and connecting peopleMentoring and coachingDiversity in the workplace The WELLTI Initiative (Women Empowered Lead Legacies Through Trade and Investment) Opportunities for small and medium businesses relative to international trade Resources available to help entrepreneurs engage in international tradeListen to Episode 503 to learn more!Other Resources Mentioned:WELLTI Initiative Trade WindsContact usTake Control of Your Life: How to Silence Fear and Win the Mental Game by Mel RobbinsThriving Points:You're not going to be everybody's cup of tea and that's okay. As long as you treat people with respect,  and command the same respect for yourself - you give it, you get it. - Camille RichardsonIt's a good idea just to not just have a mentor, but even a circle of advisors, and trusted people that you can turn to for different perspectives. - Camille RichardsonYour dreams are out there and sometimes you have to defy gravity, the weight of other people's expectations, or even your own fears to reach them. - Camille RichardsonA lot of people talk about fear of failure,  but a lot of us have a fear of success because to succeed, then you have to be different. - Nikki RogersGet to Know the Guest:Camille Richardson is a tenured Senior Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Commercial Service. She began her career in government with the International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1993 and became an accredited diplomat with the U.S. Commercial Service in 1998.  Camille has served in Miami, FL; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nairobi, Kenya; Mumbai, India, and Sao Paulo, Brazil facilitating commercial partnerships between U.S. and local companies. In 2021, she was appointed as Commerce ITA’s new Deputy Assistant Secretary for the MEA region.A native of Washington, D.C., Camille earned a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins/SAIS. She speaks Portuguese and Portunhol along with a bit of Hindi, Swahili, and French.Connect with Camille:LinkedIn
Episode 502: Culture of Success - Focus on Your Team | Malika Jacobs
Feb 23 2022
Episode 502: Culture of Success - Focus on Your Team | Malika Jacobs
A company's success is often in the hands of its leader. And to be a successful and effective one, you must first learn to value your team, their skills, and opinions.There are different types of leaders and employees but for sure, each one of them has the same goal: To succeed. Despite the fact that leaders must learn how to lead, leading from behind can also be a great strategy to gain the trust of your employees and allow them to bloom on their own as individuals. By learning to embrace change, you can welcome growth.Having teamwork allows the company to build trust, enhance relationships, improve morale, foster creativity in the workplace - yes even virtually!In this episode, we are joined by Malika Jacobs, founder, and CEO of Kingmakers, a company that offers virtual, board game-centered experiences through their Team and Enterprise Solutions. Malika shares with us the story of how Kingmakers started, the vision of the company, the challenges they faced, and how they were able to adapt and evolve during the pandemic.Malika discusses the importance of building a team that supports a vibrant and supportive company culture, her W.A.T.E.R. framework for employee engagement, and so much more. Other Resources Mentioned:Raising the Bar: Integrity and Passion in Life and Business: The Story of Clif Bar Inc.Thriving Points:Your people are your biggest cost but they’re also your biggest investment. - Malika JacobsYou can't build that company culture overnight. Like that's not going to be there when the whole world shifts and you have to figure it out. - Malika JacobsDifferent companies have different cultures and that is fine. And hopefully, you attract the people that best resonate with your company culture. - Malika JacobsAs leaders, every moment counts, and it's not the big grand gestures, it’s really how do you act day by day, moment by moment and that builds trust. - Nikki RogersYou might not have a megaphone, but you do have a platform. - Nikki RogersOften businesses don't give themselves the advantage of hiring the best. - Nikki RogersGet to Know the Guest:Malika Jacobs is the founder and CEO of Kingmakers which offers transformative team bonding experiences for business leaders who understand the value of investing in radical employee care.Connect with Malika:LinkedInKingmakers InstagramKingmakers LinkedInAbout the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagram
Episode 501: Focused on the Future
Feb 23 2022
Episode 501: Focused on the Future
Welcome back Thrivers to Season Five of The Women Thriving in Business Podcast!The past year was educational, enlightening, and has led to some key insights about how I plan to move forward.  All of my 2021 experiences taught lessons that have made me stronger, braver, and bolder for 2022. As entrepreneurs, it can sometimes feel like we are running a race around a track. We keep starting and stopping, running into hurdles, trying to figure out which of our ideas or initiatives is going to make it to the finish line first.  What if we took the time to align our goals?  What if each individual activity or project actually propelled us toward our ultimate goal? When you think about your business and each of its components as more of a relay effort vs a sprint, you can indeed start to recognize and capitalize on inherent synergies that will help you build a stronger, more resilient business. I kicked off 2022 by creating strategies to focus on the future of my business and how I can best achieve this year’s growth goals. In this season’s first episode, I’m sharing with you some of the lessons that I've learned over the last few months and some quick updates on what I have planned for the year.Don’t miss out on this episode as I share a preview of Season 5 guests, some tips on the four areas that are key to creating a sustainable business that supports a thriving life, and some of the systems that have helped my business to grow and evolve.Thriving Points:I had all these runners (initiatives) in different lanes and they're all running toward the finish line but they're all running at their own pace.A milestone leads to the next achievement.Connections not only help you get stronger within your business but those are also connections that you can leverage to do business together and work together. About the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagram
Episode 410: Anniversary Episode: Celebrating Growth and Joy | Dillon Rogers
Jan 5 2022
Episode 410: Anniversary Episode: Celebrating Growth and Joy | Dillon Rogers
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."  — Oprah WinfreyGrowth is an essential part of any success story. It is the realization of how far you’ve come and the evidence of hard work. Anniversaries are a great way to come together and reflect on this long yet fruitful journey - a chance to celebrate growth and happiness by remembering our humble beginnings. This podcast has been a labor of love over the past year and has allowed me to meet fabulous people, create new relationships, and learn new skills. I wear alot of hats - as the producer, content creator, managing editor, and host, and I love it all!  I look forward to what the next year brings as Women Thriving in Business continues to evolve and grow.As we celebrate one year in this week’s special episode, I am joined by my beloved son, Dillon, as he asks me a series of questions that point to the purpose of my podcast (Women Thriving in Business), the Bladen Group, and my goals for the future.What’s one memorable moment from this season that you want to share? Feel free to send me a private message on any of my socials, or email me at thrivinginbusiness@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!Thriving Points:Being an entrepreneur allowed me to have control over my time, to be able to spend time with family and friends as well as to travel. — Nikki RogersYou can only make so much money as an employee. Being a business owner or an entrepreneur allows you to determine how much money you’re making. — Nikki RogersI created my business to one day leave a legacy for my son, Dillon. — Nikki RogersAbout the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagram
Episode 409: Set the Agenda: Entrepreneurial Success through Government Networking | Cori Henderson
Dec 29 2021
Episode 409: Set the Agenda: Entrepreneurial Success through Government Networking | Cori Henderson
"Networking is an investment in your business. It takes time and when done correctly can yield great results for years to come." - Diane HelbigThere’s a misconception that the people who stand as our leaders aren’t considerate and supportive of the entrepreneurial community. Yet in reality, local governments understand that it’s essential for small businesses and government agencies to work together since businesses are the backbone of a community. They provide what the people need, whether in a form of service or a tangible product.Networking and building key relationships with the elected officials of your community are important to business success. . Yes, meeting new people may be scary, and it may be twice as intimidating if they’re in elected office. Or maybe it’s the perception of a bureaucratic system and having to jump over so many hoops that are keeping you from inquiring and reaching out. Remember - life is all about building relationships and connections that can benefit not only your business but your community as well.In this week’s episode, I am joined by Cori Henderson, a government relations expert and the host of the Policy Influencer Playbook Podcast. She talks about the essence of networking with your local government leaders as an entrepreneur and the common misconceptions people may have about working with or reaching out to government agencies. She discusses her A.C.T. framework as an easy-to-implement guide to engaging with government officials that serve your community. Listen in to learn more!Other resources mentioned:12 Week Year by Brian P. MoranAtomic Habits by James ClearThriving Points:Start by having a goal, know what your goal is and be knowledgeable about it. — Cori HendersonAs a business owner, the conversations you have are the same conversations you have in government affairs. It’s just a different topic and a different audience, but the skills are the same. — Cori HendersonThe advantage goes to the person who’s willing to pick up the phone, make the call, and make an introduction. — Cori HendersonDo the application and make the request. The worst they can say is a ‘no’ but oftentimes they say ‘yes.’ — Nikki RogersWhile you’re doing all that relationship building, you have to take the initiative. Otherwise, you’re not going to be in the running. — Nikki RogersGet to Know the Guest:Cori Henderson is a government relations expert and the host of Policy Influencer Playbook Podcast. She and her guests talk about the best practices in telling your story, how to cultivate key relationships, and form government relationships that propel your agenda forward. Connect with Cori:LinkedIn
Episode 408: Business as Freedom: How to Build an Empire | Dr. Kimberly West
Dec 22 2021
Episode 408: Business as Freedom: How to Build an Empire | Dr. Kimberly West
“Freedom lies in being bold." – Robert FrostMy guest this week has mastered the art of leveraging entrepreneurship as a path to freedom. From growing up in an entrepreneurial family to leveraging corporate experiences to prepare for business ownership, Dr. Kimberly West has taken every opportunity to build the life of her dreams.The gears of an entrepreneurial mind should always be turning, ticking, and constantly on the lookout for new business perspectives and opportunities.  As entrepreneurs, we should make the most of our time by shaping the future of our businesses, based on our experiences as employees and business owners.Each day brings a new lesson to learn, so what better way to reap the return on investment than by applying it to your own company?Dr. Kimberly West is a serial entrepreneur who owns not one but three businesses: Magnum Opus Consulting, Global Gastronome, and Ms. Kim's World. She talks about her entrepreneurial journey and the challenges she faced as a woman of color. Dr. Kimberly also shares with us some of the most beautiful countries she's been to, the art of keeping an open mind when traveling, and 'practicing' as a means of rising above your circumstances, embracing who you are regardless of your gender, status, and color, and becoming the best at what you do. Listen to learn more!Other resources mentioned:Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun by Reginald LewisGod in Me by Mary Mary ft. Kierra SheardHappy by Pharell WilliamsFighter by Kristina AguileraAs by Stevie WonderThriving Points:Entrepreneurship represents freedom: to do what you want, call your shots, and the ability to control your life and not be beholden to someone else’s nine to five. — Dr. Kimberly WestThink of it as Game of Thrones, an acquisition of some kind of conquest. You are there to take that back and to make yourself and your business greater. — Dr. Kimberly WestOnce you learn something, teach it to someone else. Pass it on, so the knowledge doesn’t die with you. — Nikki RogersGet to Know the Guest:Dr. Kimberly West is a former technology evangelist for Microsoft, a certified foodie, a person who loves to travel, and the owner of several businesses namely: Global Gastronome a company that provides a hands-on culinary experience, the consulting firm Magnum Opus Consulting, and Ms. Kim’s World where she coaches CEOs, entrepreneurs, and small businesses about the latest technology, streamline, and how to grow their business.Connect with Dr. Kimberly:WebsiteInstagram
Episode 407: My Mother's Legacy: Dreams, Beliefs, Action
Dec 15 2021
Episode 407: My Mother's Legacy: Dreams, Beliefs, Action
"Life is just too long to do something that you hate and too short not to do what you love." - Nikki RogersThis week's episode hits really close to home - so close that at one point I didn’t think I could get through it. Some memories are bittersweet, both loving and painful, especially when it’s about the most important woman in your life.In this episode, I commemorate my mom's birthday, and it has given me the opportunity to reflect on the lessons and inspiration that she shared with me. Though she's no longer with me in person, she continues to be a part of my journey and will always be in my heart.I was fortunate enough to have a mother who inspired me to excel. Her memory lives on - in me and in the legacy she's left behind, which I summarized into these three crucial points:Dreams. My mother had a dream that she had held onto for years, and she never let it go. This provided an example and gave me permission to explore the possibilities and define my own dream.Beliefs.  My mother taught me to operate in excellence and always expect to win. I apply that philosophy in my business, by establishing a foundation for success that supports implementation. Action. From my mother’s example, I learned that in order to achieve my goals, I have to be willing to take the next best step towards my dream.  It’s never too late to take that first step, or in my case, the leap, that will put you on the path to greatness.One more thing - remember to appreciate those that you have in your life right now and those who are no longer with us but are motivators and silent mentors that remind you the world is full of possibilities.Thriving Points:Life is just too long to do something that you hate and too short not to do what you love.Out of that challenging time after my mother’s passing, I began to recognize that what I was doing for a career was no longer a fit for the life that I wanted to have.My mother passed away very suddenly without warning, and it just made me realize and recognize that no day is promised to you. You can wake up one morning and have all these plans in place and not make it to the next day.I really wanted to start living my life in a way that supported my spirit, that supported myself.The thought of my mother's still striving in her later years just really compelled me to take the risk, take the leap and get started in my business.What is your dream for who you want to be in life? Write that down. Think about it, meditate on it. Don't worry about the how of that right now, because that will come later. But really figure out what is your dream.Why was I surprised about having a good outcome? I expect excellence. I expect greatness. I expect to win. And if I don't win, I still learn.Action is about taking one step towards your dream.About the Show:     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.Connect with Nikki:LinkedInInstagram
Episode 406: Breaking Through: Wealth Management for All of Us  | Kaitlyn Carlson
Dec 8 2021
Episode 406: Breaking Through: Wealth Management for All of Us | Kaitlyn Carlson
"Financial independence is paramount. My mom always says that when a woman is financially independent, she can live life on her terms." — Priyanka ChopraBeing a woman in a male-dominated field, like finance, is a challenge like no other. It requires courage, passion, and mental toughness to overcome stereotypes and challenge the status quo.  At some point, you may realize that entrepreneurship provides the best opportunity for true industry transformation. My guest, Kaitlyn Carlson, recognized the inequity of working with over 300 wealth management clients, and none being women or people of color. That realization sparked a mission and identified an opportunity to revolutionize who benefits from financial advisory services.  For many entrepreneurs, true financial independence may seem like a long-term goal, a dream, achieved only in retirement after selling a business. But Kaitlyn believes that with the right mindset, self-awareness, and strategy, you can build the foundations for financial independence as you build your business.In this episode, Kaitlyn shares her success story from being a private wealth management advisor at a large financial institution to founding Theory Planning Partners. She highlights her experiences as a woman in a male-dominated field, how she spoke up to ensure she and other women were treated fairly and why every entrepreneur needs a financial advisor to help build wealth now.Thriving Points:It takes a great amount of self-awareness and an understanding of your environment that if you don’t make it change, it’s not going to change. — Nikki RogersThe biggest challenge is mindset. And for an entrepreneur, I think it’s almost 90% of your success. — Kaitlyn CarlsonEntrepreneurship is really about managing yourself and managing your time, and that goes back to mindset. — Nikki RogersIt’s brave to ask for help. — Kaitlyn CarlsonBuilding wealth is about the process. It won’t be solved overnight. — Kaitlyn CarlsonIf your business is not helping you achieve financial freedom, it's a hobby. It's a really expensive hobby. — Kaitlyn CarlsonOther resources mentioned:The Four Agreements by Don Miguel-RuizSuper Bass by Niki MinajWe Found Love by RihannaGet to Know the Guest:             Kaitlyn Carlson is the founder and CEO of Theory Planning Partners. She is a Certified Financial Planner™️ (CFP®), a Certified Exit Planning Advisor™️ (CEPA™️), and an Accredited Wealth Management Advisor (AWMA®). As a female entrepreneur, her objective is to assist other female entrepreneurs in accumulating personal wealth while helping their businesses thrive.Connect with Kaitlyn:WebsiteInstagram
Episode 405: Success My Way: Mindset, Mentoring, and Mental Health | Gilza Fort-Martinez
Dec 1 2021
Episode 405: Success My Way: Mindset, Mentoring, and Mental Health | Gilza Fort-Martinez
“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” — Barbara HallBeginnings are never easy. The idea of taking that first step is daunting, and the same can be said when one breaks away from other people's expectations and opts to forge their own path. In business, there will always be unknowns and dilemmas that can potentially slow you down, but what matters most is being able to rebuild, pivot, and incorporate new things.A business owner is always willing to learn and is open to mentoring, collaboration, and starting over when necessary. These factors are parts of a process that allows you to build strong relationships, sharpen your business acumen, and embody your core values to realize your dreams.In this episode, I am joined by Gilza Fort-Martinez, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and the founder of Resolution Counseling Center in Miami, Florida. Listen to our conversation where she highlights her experience of learning when to break free and start "doing your own thing." She shares inspiring stories of her entrepreneurial journey and the importance of sharing her knowledge as a mentor who has helped many aspiring women clinicians start their own therapy practices.We also discussed the importance of having a clear business vision, resting as a means of restoring creativity and improving sleeping habits, and why trusting uncertainty is a practice we should all embrace.Thriving Points:Bring people in that are a little bit different from you. Diversity is a really good thing. Ask for information, and then be willing to share information. — Gilza Fort MartinezThere are going to be days when you ask: why am I doing this? You have to remember your tangible reasons that will push you forward and make you get out of bed every day because every day is not going to be easy. — Nikki RogersYou’re not supposed to have all the answers. What you have to know how to do is to know where to get the information, where to get the answers, and who to go get answers from. — Gilza Fort MartinezRest is a piece of the process of being able to recharge which allows us to reset. In that resetting process, creativity can bloom again. — Gilza Fort MartinezThe more that you’re clear on who you are, the clearer you can create your business. — Gilza Fort-MartinezThings are going to change. The one thing you can be certain about is that there’s going to be ‘change.’ — Gilza Fort-MartinezGet to Know the Guest:         Gilza Fort-Martinez is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist — or LMFT — and founder of Resolution Counseling Center, her private practice in Miami, Florida. With over 25 years of practice, Gilza’s specialty areas include women’s transitions, conflict resolution, life transitions, dating and relationships, infidelity, and coping skills.  She gives talks on various mental health subjects, such as stress management, leadership and team building, and goal setting.Connect with Gilza:InstagramWebsiteFacebookTwitterLinkedIn
Episode 404: Fight Like a Founder - Women in Sports and Business | Lynn Le
Nov 24 2021
Episode 404: Fight Like a Founder - Women in Sports and Business | Lynn Le
"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." — Maya AngelouBusinesses play a major role in our society and most entrepreneurs aspire to make a positive social impact in the world through the products or services they offer. Your business can create opportunities and provide benefits to your clients that help unlock their potential and turn their dreams into reality. Whether the focus is on empowering your clients to take on physical challenges or challenging the social status quo, there is power in your story and in the products and services you provide. In this episode, Lynn Le and I had a great time talking about everything from building a business and raising capital to pushing against societal expectations of women, people of color, and first-generation Americans.  At the time of our interview, Afghanistan and increasing violence against the Asian American community were hot topics, and Lynn shared how those two issues impacted her as a woman of Vietnamese heritage. It was amazing to learn even more about how identity shapes experiences in sport and in business and how those worlds intersect via Society Nine. Lynn talked about throwing her first punch in Krav Maga being a “spiritual awakening” that eventually led to the creation of Society Nine so that women did not have to compromise when practicing martial arts.Learn how you can create a positive social impact as an entrepreneur in this episode with Lynn Le, a kickboxing instructor and the founder of Society Nine. Having made Forbes’ list of 30 Under 30 - Retail & E-commerce in 2018, Lynn started her business at a young age and still maintains the passion for social change and drive to succeed to this day.   She shares valuable advice to entrepreneurs on how to practice empathy and manage the mental load of entrepreneurship while problem-solving the everyday challenges that come your way.Be inspired as she shares her journey from martial arts instructor to CEO in a male-dominated industry, where she focuses on empathy and gratitude to lead Society Nine in “celebrating the fight in every woman.”Thriving Points: It's important to really think about the societal influence and implications of the work that we do. - Nikki RogersI knew how important it was to have the tools and what it could do to unlock an individual's potential -especially women in this context. - Lynn Le Your job as the business owner is to extract that vision or that point of view of how this can keep going on and permeate that through the DNA of your customer. - Lynn LeIf you want to fundraise as an entrepreneur, you have to ask yourself, “What am I willing to trade for that money?". - Lynn LeOther resources mentioned:Start with Why by Simon SinekGet to Know the Guest:          Lynn Le is a Kickboxing Instructor and the founder and CEO of Society Nine. She empowers women and their fight through her business of providing a modern female sports brand that produces high-quality boxing gear and sportswear. Lynn has been featured in Forbes’ list of 30 Under 30 - Retail & Ecommerce for 2018 and  Glamour Magazine.Connect with Lynn:WebsiteInstagram