I am an entrepreneur, CEO of Rising Media LLC, Author, Speaker, Founder of Woman of Power Leadership Conference, TV broadcaster, Huffington Post contributor and Wellness Advocate. I have many credits clipped to my resume but I haven't always interpreted that as a good thing.
Coloring inside the lines didn't work well for me. While I tried a couple different career paths, something else tugged on my heart. Without compromising my values and beliefs, I longed to make sense of my work and how I could contribute to the world.
Before landing a TV news anchor/reporter position, I worked a variety of jobs (my very first gig was as a janitorial assistant) in sales and marketing. I engaged with managers, helping them see my potential through proposals, pitching ideas, staying late and volunteering. They oftentimes did not seem to recognize my skills. At first, I thought it was me. I began to repeat an old habitual cycle of playing myself down to make others feel more comfortable. It didn’t work; it never worked. People can miss out on seeing who you really are and all the stellar things about you, but what’s important is that you see yourself.
During a time of reflection I thought about the days when I was a kick-ball playing kid in Ohio rallying friends up for a business opportunity. Kids dropped their coins into the Sun-Maid Raisin boxes I taped on cupboards, and secret doors. In exchange for their payment they got a sneak peak behind the doors (canned goods and cheap figurines). My family didn’t have much; in fact, those kids probably had a lot more than I did, but they bought into my idea. Then, when I was 15 I wanted a hometown talent show. I created one and the $3 tickets sold out our community center with "Boogie Nights". I paid myself and donated some to the center. These lessons from my youth fueled my desire to get back to dreaming (and living) outside of the box.
I came to accept the truth: I had to get out of my way. I transformed rejection into resources and negative emotions into opportunities.
I erased societal (and personal) predictions and limitations. I coined the phrase "Possibility Broker" and forced myself to see what I was afraid to fathom. I also wanted to help other erase the agony of being confined and restricted. There is a whole world beyond what we know and that idea became an obsession for me.
While college taught me about Journalism ethics, I didn't learn much about self management or emotional intelligence. That knowledge was gained through leadership forums. That is when my eyes opened, heart shifted and life changed for the better.
Interestingly enough, it was also the worst time of my life financially and career wise. After I left a fast-growing TV news career, a recession rolled in. Like many others, I lost nearly everything: downsized to an efficiency apartment, sold my dream car and pampering services made a quick exit. It's a funny thing about being stripped of all the artificial stuff: when the shiny stuff is gone, you're there, alone. In that space of ruin was one of most sacred times of my life. I gained clarity. I packaged an action plan. I began leading keynotes and executive training series. I started my communications company, Rising Media LLC and founded the Woman of Power Leadership Conference.
I've created this website to help us all get strong and get going. Thank you for being here. I'm excited to share tips and techniques on life optimization. At times, we all get off track, we mismanage our emotions, relationships and careers. It’s called being human. We don’t have to suffer emotionally and drain ourselves spiritually while seeking a quality life.
We Can ...
So I ask you, what's possible for you if you ___(feel in the blank)? Don't just fill it; feel it. What would be possible if you went for the promotion, took the course, stop making others wrong, stood up for yourself, released toxic people? Imagine taking that possibility and aligning it with your skills and your talents. That is the world you can create for yourself. I'm here to help. Together we can change ourselves and transform the world.
Yes, it's scary, but let's do it anyway. We can team up and tackle fear, and walk boldly into a brighter future. We can erase harsh judgments and help others along the way. I hope you will subscribe and partner with me.
We Can Do This. We Got This. I’m glad you’re here.