30 Women Who Mean Business Wrap Up

Back in April of 2015 I had this crazy notion that I could gather and publish 30 interviews with women business owners in 30 days and I was going to call it, wait for it, “30 Women Who Mean Business”.  At the time, I had no idea how crazy.  If you’d like to dig into my madness, take a look at my original plan.

I created a Google form with a list of what I believed engaging interview questions and starting sharing it my immediate network (my tribe) and via social media channels.  I was so excited when the Queen of Networking herself, Louise Dewey, agreed to be my first interviewee.  I thought, wow, this is so easy.  I can do this!  30 interviews in 30 days?  No problem!

Big Problem.  Turns out, women do not really like to talk about themselves.  It took 19 months to gather 28 interviews.  Glenna Griffin filled out the 28th interview in October of 2016 which I just published last week.  I practically begged the women in my tribe for the last two interviews.  No luck.

I finally decided to just throw in the towel, and call it done.

30 28 Women Who Mean Business

Thank you to the amazing women who stepped forward to share their business stories. I am truly grateful to each of you.

Read all 28 interviews (listed by published date):

  1. Louise Dewey, Queen of Networking
  2. Erica Courteney-Mann, Social Media
  3. Jan Goulden, Rodan + Fields
  4. Claire Peters, Paparazzi
  5. Sharon Alfred, Chef
  6. Alice Gerard, Blogger
  7. Arletta Duke, Adult Toys
  8. Kelly Gadbury, Coach
  9. Abegail Navalta, Paparazzi
  10. Martica Sherman, College Scholarships
  11. Neesy Croft, Holistic Health Care
  12. Georgette George, Parent Advocate
  13. Tanieka Randall, Hair Care
  14. Rhonda Dallas, Coach
  15. Francine Clouden, Printables and Crafts
  16. Peggy Vincent, Pillowcase Designer
  17. Terri Ellis, Passion Parties
  18. Tangela Harris, Coach
  19. Suzy Snow, Jamberry
  20. Sagan Morrow, Writing Coach
  21. Teresa DeFord, Attorney
  22. Natasha Botkin, Healer
  23. Angela Hicks, Virtual Assistant
  24. Teresa Sisson, Tupperware
  25. Wytress Mitchell, Author
  26. Amber Munos, Paparazzi
  27. Carol Hackman, Mary Kay
  28. Glenna Griffin, Travel

Your Turn

Have you ever had a great idea that didn’t quite pan out the way you expected?  Do share.

Glenna Griffin has a travel lifestyle

How to have a Travel Lifestyle with Glenna Griffin

Glenna Griffin is a travel consultant with WorldVentures who teaches ordinary people how to have a travel lifestyle.

Note:  Glenna and I go way back.  She was one of the first women I connected with when I left my home office and started networking.  Check out our networking tips video from 2013.

Describe your business:
My business is a travel club, not just club, it’s a travel lifestyle. We show people how they are able to take affordable vacations.  I am passionate about travel and the need for people to take vacations.  Vacations are about memories and memories have no price tag.

How did you get started in your business?
My sponsor was visiting Linen ‘n Things just before they closed in Katy. Met my son, he said he wasn’t interested but thought I would be. He gave me her card and I set up a time to meet. After looking at the concept I knew it was for me. I previously worked in the travel industry and loved to travel and this gave me the opportunity for a travel lifestyle.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
My biggest hurdle I have had to overcome is learning how to network. I had never been part of a multilevel marketing company. I was totally out of my comfort zone.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I have learned how to network and be comfortable talking to people I don’t know.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude for me is being grateful for all the people who have touched my life, I feel really blessed.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
Linda Ballesteros and Bonnie Karpay, they were there when I first started networking and taught me all I know about how to network.

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Travel with Glenna Griffn

Travel with Glenna Griffn

Carol Hackman

Carol Hackman Believes Everyone Deserves to Feel Beautiful

Carol Hackman is a Mary Kay Consultant in the Greater Houston, Texas area. She teaches skin care and color cosmetics while building relationships with her customers. She believes that she is not just in the beauty industry but also in a relationship business.

“Everyone deserves to feel beautiful!” – Carol Hackman

How did you get started in your business?
I wanted to make a positive impact on others.

How has your business made you better?
I am now able talk in front of groups of women whether it be teaching, motivating or inspiring other.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude is more than just saying thank you or showing appreciation. It is a way of living.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate Mary Kay Ash and her gumption to go after her dream despite the odds.

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Amber Munos Helps Women Feel Beautiful on a Budget

Amber Munos sells Paparazzi $5 Accessories because she loves helping women feel beautiful on a budget.  Her business is aptly named Amber’s Awesome Accessories.

How did you get started in your business?
One of my friends was selling it and I saw how awesome it was and decided to buy my starter kit.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Being able to store my inventory and buying new inventory.

How has this hurdle made you better?
It helped me be more organized to be able to store it efficiently.

What does gratitude mean to you?
Being appreciative of any help received.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
My sponsor she is always there when I have a bad day and when I have a good day she hypes it up even more.

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Conversation with “Poised in Stilettos on the Front Pew” Author Wytress Mitchell

Wytress Mitchell is the author of “Poised In Stilettos on the Front Pew” and founder of Poised Ministries.

Describe your work.
I was diagnosed with LUPUS several years ago.
Just authored my first book.
I unwrap the enigma of Lupus and tell how you can survive and be poised.

How did you get started?
By writing a book.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome?
People telling me it was not a good idea.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I’ve done it now. I’ve accomplished my goal.

What does gratitude mean to you?
Being thankful for waking up each day.and knowing God’s mercies are new every morning.

Who do you appreciate?
Everyone that helped me along the way.

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Poised in Stilettos on the Front Pew by Wytress Mitchell

Poised in Stilettos on the Front Pew by Wytress Mitchell

One Bite at a Time | Conversation with Teresa Sisson

Teresa Sisson is the owner of Sisson Kitchen in New Caney, Texas.

Describe your business.
Sisson Kitchen is the culmination of all that I do and everything I do comes from the heart. I am a Tupperware consultant and with my husband, Ronn, I also have a food trailer. These two businesses allow me to combine my love of cooking and helping others.

How did you get started?
I started my Tupperware business because it was a great deal on amazing products, then I realized I could earn money & gifts too! The food trailer actually started as me trying to help fulfill my husbands dream of owning a baked potato business. My love of cooking kicked in and now we do gourmet potatoes and snack foods too.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
My own procrastination combined with my need to over analyze & micro manage everything. I can get stuck on the small details very easily. That turns into self-doubt and fear.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I am learning to let go of the reins and ask for help when I need it. Recognizing these traits as hurdles has been a major step for me. I’ve always known that no one is successful on their own, but I’m taking steps to collaborate with those around me.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

  • The Bible. I know it may seem cliché but it is the foundation I stand on.
  • Fish! (Best business philosophy ever.)
  • Think and Grow Rich is good also.

What does gratitude mean to you?
To me gratitude is the ability to be thankful for all that I have even in the midst of strife. Ronn & I have seen a lot of hard times in the last 10 years, but we never lose sight of how truly blessed we are.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
There are too many people to list and I would probably forget someone so I’ll just list a few:

I appreciate my husband Ronn. He is a good man and he supports me 150% in everything I do. No matter how hair brained my idea is, he is right there to back me up.

My Daddy & Momma are my greatest blessings. They taught me that success was not a title or financial statement; it is knowing that you did your best (with your family, friends, community, and work) and being able to sleep peacefully at night.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Never let anyone or anything stop you from pursuing your dreams. They may seem silly to everyone around you. They may seem impossible to accomplish. The journey is the important part, because it will change you.

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Teresa Sisson

Teresa Sisson

You Don’t Have to Run Your Business Alone | Conversation with Virtual Assistant Angela Campos

Angela Campos, founder of Virtual Assistant Services Team, provides traditional executive administrative services virtually.  Services are provided on project basis, one-time consult, or on retainer for when you need that “extra right hand”.

“Imagine the secretary or admin sitting behind a desk in a corporate office. That’s me, but I get to do what I love from the comfort of my home. I have experience with C-Level executives but don’t let that scare you away!” explains Campos.

How did you get started in your business?
My previous corporate job downsized the level of assistance it offered their executives thus laying off quite a number of us. My husband was soon to “retire” from the company he’s been with for 20 years. I didn’t want to be in a new position working my way up again and have to quit if relocating for my husband’s job required me to do so. Therefore, I chose to go into business for myself.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
The two biggest hurdles have been the amount of time I spent alone working from home and getting my name out there. Both reasons require motivation AND prioritization. Coming from the corporate level with a set schedule to creating your own schedule – even when there are no clients – can be quite daunting. Learning to network and to always be on the ready to give your business commercial is the only way to be able to build your business. So, you have to stay motivated and able to prioritize your days to make the most of them.

How has this hurdle made you better?
I’m more aware of what it takes to run a business and all the little nuances of the day-to-day in business. I’ve been able to hone my skills in customer service because without that and impeccable skills in other areas, you have not business.

Top books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
Gratitude means being grateful for each and every thing God has blessed you with. Every thing from your family, your job, your material possessions but also to be grateful for the trials and tribulations because that is when we grow.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I am blessed to know my Lord and Savior because without the family and friends He’s placed in my life, I would be sitting here today to enjoy and be grateful for what I have. I appreciate my husband for finding me when he did (God’s timing!) and for loving me through all that I am for supporting me in this business endeavor and having the confidence that I can do what I have set out to do even though it meant a huge financial change in our lives.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Thank you Kandas for this opportunity! Women helping other women to grow and prosper in every walk of life is something I strive to do, too.

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Transforming Heart and Soul with Creative Play | Conversation with Natasha Botkin

Gifted with the divine wisdom of guiding and transforming heart and soul with passion, creative play and healing energies, Natasha Botkin created Magical Blessings Healing Center in Tacoma, Washington. Natasha works closely with all the elements (Fire, Water, Air, Earth, Spirit) from a multi-dimensional healing of energies releasing patterns and blocks by helping one to shine their light and empower them.

How did you get started in your business?
I have these gifts all of my life and am stepping into a whole new light and allowing myself to be seen.

What was the biggest hurdle you had to overcome in your business?
Marketing this in a way that appeals to people with genuine sincerity that yes I am quirky, loving and real.

How has this hurdle made you better?
Sincerely genuine and true authenticity illuminate from with in and that I can show this to the world just as I am. They will either love me or dislike me; it is none of my business what they think, and to be the best me that I can be.

Top 3 books for personal and business growth?

What does gratitude mean to you?
I am grateful for the divine miracles that unfold to me.

Who do you appreciate? Why?
I appreciate the divine unity of all beings and what this brings to you, to me, to we in a loving light of creative play and joyful wisdom in the most harmonious of manners.

Anything else you’d like to add or include?
Thank you so much for this opportunity of the dear angel who brought this my direction. xoxo

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Natasha Botkin, Magical Blessings Healing Center

Natasha Botkin, Magical Blessings Healing Center