Happy Monday, Future Moguls! It’s the first Monday of a fresh new month, so you know what that means?! It’s time to get inspired by a new Mogul in the Making!
This week’s entrepreneur spotlight features Michelle Harris Collins, who is doing amazing things to mentor and empower our youth. Michelle is the founder of The Persona Program, an organization dedicated to unleashing potential in young minds, as preparation for success for a lifetime of excellence through interactive programs and events. She also recently launched MomSuite, a community where women raising t(w)een daughters can share, inspire and connect with other moms for the purpose of establishing an accountability village.
Read on to learn more about the awesome things Michelle is doing to support young girls on their journey to succeed in every area of their life!
Name: Michelle Collins
Location: Southern California
Business Name: The Persona Program | MomSuite
Years in Business: 8 officially
Are you a full or part time business owner?
I live and breathe my passion full time.
Why did you start your business?
The Persona Program was created out of my innate love and connection with youth, specifically girls. At the time, I realized that the foundation that I was laying for my own first born 5 year old daughter ( I now have 3 children – two girls and a boy), the values that I would share with her, the hope and opportunity that I couldn’t wait to create for her, it dawned on me that I could share and support other girls with this same information and more. I initially started with teaching Life Skills, Etiquette and Basic Manners. I soon discovered that many of our girls were dealing with heavier issues like low self esteem and poor body image. So I adjusted the focus to include the lessons of self esteem, self love and self value. These are incorporated in the three “C’s” of our mission: Building CONFIDENCE, Developing CHARACTER and Promoting proper CONDUCT. I needed to teach these girls how and why they should accept themselves as they are but improve by working on the characteristics that count the most and will yield success in the future. Over the last couple of years, we have included entrepreneurship as an awareness of the importance of living bold, sharing your gift with the world and creating a successful mindset towards money. Finally, Social Entrepreneurship is also our focus. Girls need to understand that while they are talented and do have gifts and abilities to share, they also have a responsibility to leave the world a better place with those gifts.
What has been the most rewarding aspect of having your own business?
The most rewarding aspect of having my own business is I have designed and created a space, a platform and a community that I can share myself, and what is divinely downloaded to me. It takes many forms and could be an event, mentorship, coaching, encouraging, supporting… With that, I work with God to transform lives, mindsets and behavior. What could be more rewarding than that? Oh yes, I am an example to my children as I encourage them to live not only for themselves but to serve others as well, which should be mutually beneficially.
What are your biggest challenges?
My biggest challenge is sometimes there seem not to be enough hours in a day! Like most women I wear many hats and I am completely fulfilled. However, I am learning to listen to my body, practice self care and be proud and okay with even the smallest of achievements or the tiniest task crossed off my list.
What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?
The best business advice is the following: Define Your Own Success. You Are Your Only Competition. Work Hard and Pray Harder.
Do you have a team or are you a one man/woman show?
I am the force surrounded by my cloud of family and supporters.
Where do you see your biz in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years my business, personal brand will explode. My goal with God’s help is to remain consistent, pure, effective and relevant.
What advice would you give to other Moguls in the Making?
1. Write down everything! Your brain will contain information only for so long, before you soon forget.
2. Pace yourself by slowing down if you must, adjusting when needed but never completely give up because remember, you have a responsibility not just to fulfill your assignment in the earth realm, but to be a blessing to others with it as well.
3. Encourage your own self. Today the crowd will root for you and tomorrow they may leave you stranded. Stand in your own power, pat your own self on the back and keep it moving in good times and bad times.
Michelle is hosting a wonderful event for teen girls called “I Imagine Me Beautiful” THIS Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10am-3pm. The interactive workshop will include hands on activities geared toward empowering girls to understand who they are, the responsibility they have to share their gifts with the world, creating a healthy space and knowing that they are enough. It will be an epic day designed to support her on a journey to succeed in every area of her life! Grab your ticket at http://www.iimaginemebeautiful.eventbrite.com
(I have personally attended a few of Michelle’s past events, and both my daughter’s and I absolutely LOVED them! Your girls will be in for a real treat!)
For more information on Michelle Collins, connect with her online at:
The Persona Program: Website | Instagram
MomSuite: Website | Twitter | Instagram