• PROPER PREPARATION IS KEY TO A GREAT CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

    Chemistry is the goal, and preparedness will get you there.

    PROPER PREPARATION IS KEY TO A GREAT CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE

    Chemistry is the goal, and preparedness will get you there. Conferences are an amazing way to learn about your industry, nurture relationships, meet with people you’ve only communicated with online and, perhaps, become business partners or collaborators in new ventures. There are many articles on how to prepare to meet the right people, research your keynote speakers and make sure your social game is on point, but I want your personal approach to be flawless.

    I’ve been doing this for more than 15 years, in multiple industries and, trust me, business preparation is important, but personal preparation decreases stress and makes an impact. If you’re new to the business conference world, events can feel overwhelming, awkward and downright nail biting. Don’t worry.

  • Red Carpet Confidence

    Tips to finding the best fits for your body type for black-t

    Red Carpet Confidence

    Tips to finding the best fits for your body type for black-tie events

    Supplier diversity professionals can be inspirational, transformational and dedicated change agents. Sometimes, they are viewed by their colleagues as someone to hide from because they enforce unpopular policies and processes. Most times, people forget that they are caring individuals with personality, a personal brand and style.

    This year’s Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) National Conference and Business Fair theme, “Discover the Difference” is fitting because the women’s business enterprises (WBEs), corporate members and WBENC educational approach are all different. As a corporate member, with beauty, brand and style training, I appreciate people’s differences from a personality, body type, leadership style and sales approach. While WBENC has grown the schedule of events, evolving our fashion approach only seemed natural. Whether you’re an award winner, platinum sponsor or single ticket attendee, I’d bet my next check that your black-tie attire needs to be on point.

  • Overcoming Financial Fear and Anxiety

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    Overcoming Financial Fear and Anxiety

    Money is the currency of exchange and symbol of success in today’s world and society. So much stress, thoughts and discussions revolve around money. I assure you that it might not bring happiness, but it definitely secures a peace of mind—well, to some extent. But how much is enough?

    Student loan payoffs seem to begin the first day of work. All of a sudden it’s important to save to buy a house, pay for daycare, save for healthcare, in case of emergencies, save for your kids’ college fund, as well as start building up retirement funds. When does it stop? It doesn’t. No matter how much money you make, there will always be the fear of not having enough. And, for those who make enough to live comfortably, there is a fear of losing it.

    Fear and anxiety about the future eats you up from inside. In either case, fear of not having enough or fear of losing it all, the issue is centered around our inability to control the unplanned events that trigger how much money will be needed on any given day. So, instead of asking ourselves, “How much do I need?” the real question is what tools do we have to manage a situation where more money is required?

  • Redefining Who We Are

    We make decisions every day and many things can drive them.

    Redefining Who We Are

    We make decisions every day and many things can drive them. They are mainly driven by fear, love, greed, generosity, anger or compassion. But in reality, many times, we question our decisions, which can lead to sleepless nights and indecisive feelings.

    Wouldn’t it be great to never look back and feel uncomfortable about all the decisions we have made? How could we do that in a world that is constantly changing, while simultaneously constantly changing ourselves?

    Our culture and society provide us with rules, which we choose to adhere to or not. Nonetheless, we create beliefs that then make up our point of view and drive our decisions and actions.

    Beyond that, an identical situation can appear “good or bad,” “right or wrong,” depending on which perspective we look at it from. What is the real constant here that we should base our decisions on? Each decision we make has a direct impact on our lives and environment. By looking at our environment and life, we can see where our decisions have taken us and then question, Is this who I want to be? Is this reflecting Who I Am? Is it conflicting with what I show that I am? Thus, every time I make a decision, I should really question: Will this reflect Who I Am?