Month: May 2016

MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: LaTonya Washington

LaTonya Washington - LW Special Events LaTonya “LW” Washington is the Platform Mentor and founder of The LIST, an intimate and interactive workshop for the entrepreneur and business owner looking to take their talent, Master It and Profit from IT!  She's a popular Customer Service Trainer, powerful motivator and sought after event coach. She's passionate about motivating business professionals on how to leverage their God-given ability and obtain lucrative business results. As a medical professional, LW has 30 years of "people" experience, including LW Special Events Management and Real Talk the Movement.  It's LW's mission to teach, mentor and empower others to be highly successful entrepreneurs.

LaTonya Washington - LW Special Events Name: LaTonya “LW” Washington Location: Global, Primary Location Southern California Business Name: LW Special Events Management LLC Years in Business: 5 years

Are you a full or part time business owner? Full time

Why did you start your business? I started my business because I know I was called and purposed for this. I am called to set a platform for the business builder, the instructor, and create a culture of training for the corporate client and business owner for their growth.

LaTonya Washington - LW Special Events What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is the freedom it gives me to do what I have a passion for and allow myself to use my gifts and talents to make a difference along with walking in my own destiny. What are your biggest challenges? In business, we all go through the highs and lows, we deal with seasons. The biggest challenge is making sure I stay focused on my goals. My phone rings consistently and the e-mails don’t stop. I have to ensure that my metrics are met monthly. That’s why I have my whiteboard right in front of my face. Latonya Washington - LW Special Events What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? I’ve received a lot of advice from great people. The latest was: “in order to grow, you will have to eliminate.” So that makes me realize, I have to let things go, in order to allow the new things that will take me to my next phase to enter the scene. Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I have an executive assistant, assistants who help with events, graphic artist, collaborative partners and vendors that I use consistently. LaTonya Washington - LW Special Events Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? Oh goodness! I see my business as the “go to” for those corporate companies and universities in need of an outside source to develop training programs for their employees. I see it global, even though we already have our business tours that are in California, Texas, Ohio and next year added will be Georgia and Washington. Our company will be a traveling sensation! What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? My advice would be not to beat yourself up in the “process of your pruning” because longevity is a process. There is no such thing as an overnight sensation. Master your talents, obtain mentorship, talk to close friends about your feelings and make God the CEO of Your LIFE! For more information on LaTonya and LW Special Events, connect with her online:

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{SPEAKING} Women of Power LA Mixer

Women of Power LA MixerFrom Left: Actress/Producer/Choreographer Jivanta Roberts, Financial Coach/Author Dr. Dominique Reese, Philanthropist/Entrepreneur Uche Umeagukwu, Producer/Owner of The Barboza Method Stefanie Barboza, Business Coach/Author/Motivational Speaker Nikola Ahaiwe This past weekend, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Maximize Your Potential: Women of Power LA Mixer.  It was truly an honor to speak alongside an amazing panel of beautiful, talented, successful, and inspiring women! During my presentation, I discussed the importance of pursuing your passion and walking in your purpose.  I also had the opportunity to share my story of being laid off from my corporate job, being involved in a near fatal car accident that left me with a shattered ankle and 6 months of being unable to walk, to finally realizing my calling as a business coach and motivational speaker.
When I leave this world, I want to be one hundred percent used up...totally empty. I don't want to have a drop of talent, knowledge, resources, gifts, etc. that I did not share with the world...and neither should you. So START NOW. That business you want to start, start it. That book you want to write, write it. Whatever it is that you have been wanting to do, there is no better time than the present. It's time to start walking in your purpose.
Women of Power LA Mixer Speaking is absolutely my favorite part of my business.  I love sharing my story, because it is truly one of perseverance, resilience, and a will to succeed despite any obstacle that may be thrown your way. As I stated during the opening of my talk "If you get nothing else from hearing my story, I want this to be your takeaway: when God tells you to move (on your purpose), you MOVE."

So, what are you waiting for? Do you feel that what you are doing right now is what you have been called to do? If not, what do you need to do in order for you to start walking in your purpose?

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kenya Kirkland

Today's Mogul in the Making Entrepreneur Spotlight features Kenya Kirkland, also known as Thee Style Icon! Kenya is the owner of Shop 1323, a trendy women's boutique based in South LA. She also wears many other hats as a lifestyle coach, speaker, philanthropist, and mother of three. Her current mission is to walk in her purpose of creating generational wealth in African American communities by developing and cultivating business leaders. She's created several events and programs to develop the skills needed to help others successfully launch and/or grow a small business. Kenya's ultimate goal is to help both men & women create revenue streams that flow from their purpose.  Her message of perseverance and drive will inspire you to fight to live the life you want to live! The resources she shares will give you the know how. Check out her interview...  

Kenya Kirkland1 Name: Kenya Kirkland Location: Los Angeles Business Name: Kenya Kirkland, Thee Style Icon Years in Business: 3

Are you a full or part time business owner? I’m a full time business owner. Why did you start your business? I started my business because I’m passionate about inspiring women to discover their purpose and launch businesses that are flowing directly from it. In working with women on a daily basis in my boutique, Shop 1323, I have the opportunity to use style to motivate, inspire, and encourage. I decided to do more of it!

Kenya Kirkland - The Style Icon

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding aspect of owning my own business is the freedom I have to be a mother. I don’t have to ask for time off. My kids can go to work with me. There’s no ceiling on how much money I can make. I love that the possibilities are endless. And lastly, there is no one to control my creativity. I create what I want, when I want. What are your biggest challenges? The biggest challenge of being self employed is that there is no regular pay check to depend on, no 401k, no paid sick days, no paid vacation. You eat what you hunt. It can be both a blessing and a curse.

Kenya Kirkland - The Style Icon

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? The best business advice I’ve ever received was to create or offer a product that my current target market desires versus selling a product and being forced to find a market. There are people around you that need and /or want something. What is it? Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I have an amazing team. For years, I was a one woman show. I recently activated Faith for a team. I prayed about it and sewed a seed and my team was created! I’m so thankful to have help. It’s such a blessing to witness my vision come to life.

Kenya Kirkland - The Style Icon

Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? In 5 years, I’ll be traveling the world speaking, hosting workshops and mentoring world changers to launch amazing businesses globally. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? My advice to other Moguls in the Making is to have Faith and Trust in God. Every setback is a set up, so don’t stop. Just keep pushing through! Surround yourself with people who are in alignment with your vision...and don’t compromise. Photo Credit: Samuel Whitworth

Kenya is currently running a complimentary program called The Purpose Blueprint, which includes exclusive videos, resources, and challenges, all designed to help you begin walking in your purpose. Click Here to sign up.

Kenya Kirkland - The Purpose Blueprint

If you would like to learn more about Kenya Kirkland, connect with her online:

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Kiaundra Jackson

Kiaundra Jackson - KW Essential Services Kiaundra Jackson is the Co-Founder of KW Essential Services, a private practice for mental health that integrates complementary methodologies with compassion to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern specializing in improving intimacy with couples by increasing effective two-way communication. As a graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Kiaundra is currently serving a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are: Premarital and Marital Issues, Anger Management, Addiction, Depression, and more! Her therapeutic approach is holistic, eclectic, and tailored to her clients' needs to make sure each person is cared for biologically, emotionally, and spiritually. Check out her interview...

Kiaundra Jackson - KW Essential Services Name: Kiaundra Jackson Location: Los Angeles, CA Business Name: KW Essential Services Years in Business: 6 months

Are you a full or part time business owner? I am currently a part-time business owner; however, I am looking to become full-time within one year. Why did you start your business? I co-founded KW Essential Services out of a desire to see more individuals, couples, and families reach their true potential. Going through my own personal and familial struggles allowed me to see the areas where others may also need assistance. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I have seen too many broken homes and people struggling through life’s challenges. My passion is working with couples so my goal is to help them maintain a healthy, long-lasting relationship by giving them the necessary tools for each stage in their relationship.

Kiaundra Jackson - KW Essential Services

What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is seeing lives changed, relationships restored, and families reconnected right in front of my very eyes. The joy that comes with knowing the business I started, has changed other’s lives in a positive way is priceless. Many may not understand this concept, but there is something special about being able to walk with someone through the toughest times of their lives. Leaving that kind of lasting imprint is one of the best feelings in the world. In addition, the freedom to create my own schedule, not have to answer to a boss, or have someone determine by worth based on my yearly salary are also aspects that have been quite rewarding. What are your biggest challenges? Truthfully, my biggest challenge has been the person in the mirror. Starting my own business has been the best time of my life, but also the most challenging. It has required me to push myself harder than I have ever pushed myself to accomplish any goal. My whole life has changed because I had to get outside of my comfort zone, which also meant changing my thinking and leaving behind the familiar. What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I have ever received was from a woman who told me to always be a woman of integrity. That is something I will never forget because I have embodied it into my daily life. It is important to always keep your word, be honest, and as consistent as possible. When others see those values, they are drawn to your character and cannot help but want to be associated with you on a personal or professional level.

Kiaundra Jackson - KW Essential Services

Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? Wendy Talley is also the co-founder of KW Essential Services. Not only is she a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, but she is also my rock. I would not be here today if it were not for her seeing something unique in me from the first time we met. We are such kindred spirits that people think we are sisters everywhere we go. There is no other person I would rather be on this journey with. Her education, expertise, and theoretical approach are complementary to mine which makes our business partnership a match made in heaven. Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? I have huge goals for KW Essential Services. Within the next 5 years, we will be a thriving private practice serving the greater Los Angeles area and abroad. We aspire to be well-known in the field of mental health by providing workshops, seminars, conferences, and trainings. We want to expand beyond serving those in need to also helping leverage other mental health professionals to accomplish their professional goals.

Kiaundra Jackson - KW Essential Services

What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? The advice I would give to other Moguls in the Making is to continue to strive towards your goals, even in the face of adversity. Never allow giving up to be an option for you. The road to success may get hard, frustrating, and lonely, but the results will be worth it. I would encourage every person to pursue his or her passions in life. God designed us all to be different and unique for the purpose of using our gifts, talents, resources, ideas, and services to be a blessing to others. Therefore, someone in the world is in need of the very thing you have to offer. If you would like to learn more about Kiaundra and KW Essential Services, connect with her online:

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MITM Entrepreneur Spotlight: Cortney Ren’ae

Cortney Renae

It's backkkk...finally!!!! *Drumroll Please* I have a new Mogul in the Making entrepreneur spotlight today, featuring Cortney Ren'ae, founder of Flourishe, a promotional media company that offers solutions to businesses, corporations and entrepreneurs to spotlight their brand, grow visibility and connect to their audience. This is why she is affectionately known as "the expert connector".  When she is not behind the lens shooting weddings, special events, promotional events, etc., you can find Cortney teaching video marketing workshops, hosting her own networking/collaborative events, or hanging out with her too-adorable-for-words daughter.  Check out Cortney's interview below...

Cortney Renae Flourishe Media Group

Name: Cortney Ren’ae Location: Los Angeles Business Name: Flourishe Years in Business: 5 years

Are you a full or part time business owner? I am full time. Why did you start your business? I started Flourishe originally with the intention to connect with other moms because I was a new stay-at-home mother and found myself wanting to learn how I could grow to be a great mom and my best self. I wanted to create a vehicle that would simply empower others. Today, the focus is definitely more of a niche, now having Flourishe Media Group as a department under the umbrella, but the overall focus to empower others to grow is still there, which is the beautiful part of this entire vision & creation. Cortney Renae1 What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business? The most rewarding aspect of owning my own business is definitely being able to create my own schedule. Where I choose to work for the day, whether its from my bed in my pj’s, or in a quaint coffee shop I run across. I go with the flow when I don’t have a shoot scheduled, and of course work around my daughter’s schedule all at the same time. What are your biggest challenges? My biggest challenges, I would say, have been to charge my worth. I was programmed with this mentality of believing that I had to be great at what I do but to also be the most affordable so people would buy. I’ve done some work around breaking down this way of thinking and performing because over time, what I’ve learned is that not charging my worth, only created more problems that cost me time, and even more money. Cortney Renae Flourishe Media Group What is the best business advice you’ve ever received? The best advice I’ve received was from a spiritual reader who was sent to me at what I feel couldn’t have been a better time in my life. She told me to “Never let anyone, EVER dim my light! That I have a light in me that shines SO bright…..and to remember to let that shine!” Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show? I have a team of professionals I work with. Outside of the coaches I have to guide me in both my business & personal life, I have shooters that I’ll pull from our preferred vendor list, which includes some amazingly talented videographers and photographers. I’ve also began working with an incredible business who will be running our social media accounts and handling the communications with our clients on the back end, and I’m super excited about that! Once I can officially hire them FULL time, it’s going to be amazing! Cortney Renae Flourishe Media Group Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years? I see Flourishe being finely positioned in the market to be a go-to place to find information on empowering/inspiring events, training workshops, a place to find the latest industry leaders and the projects that need our community support. Flourishe Media Group will be a solutions provider to corporations & businesses, helping them to market & grow their business in this virtual world using multimedia. What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making? The advice I’d give to others is to NEVER EVER QUIT on yourself and your dreams. To step out and be BOLD, having the FAITH that your vision is happening for a reason and it’s your responsibility to make it happen. When God gives you an assignment….it won’t go away. It will constantly show up in your thoughts, your dreams and your conversations as you talk about what your naturally talented in and what you can create. Step up, step out and be ready to make the changes necessary so that you can flourishe and continuously move into your next level of excellence. If you would like to learn more about Cortney Ren'ae and Flourishe Media Group, connect with her online:

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