Meet Stephanie Nickolich, The “Millionista Mentor” & She Is Fierce! Mentor

Meet Stephanie…

 

Stephanie Nickolich is the founder of StephanieNickolich.com, a mamapreneur, a Yorkie lover and a fashion aficionado who splits her time between NY and Miami and can always be found in her private FB group of 11,000+ women worldwide at: Female Entrepreneurs Collaborate

She is a doubt-crushing, confidence-creating, cash-catapulting sales funnel strategist, that teaches online entrepreneurs how to shift their money mindsets, capitalize on their greatest strengths and create solid sales funnel strategies for long term sustainable success.  Stephanie’s no bull, to the point approach drives entrepreneurs straight to the success they desire. Never one to blend in, Stephanie first made heads turn as a Sales Strategist in corporate America building a $1.2 million wholesale business in just one year’s time. Stephanie’s fun, outspoken style has garnered national acclaim.  She has appeared on Good Day Austin and Twin Cities Live and in The Huffington Post, CEO World, YFS Magazine, The Miami Herald, Hustle & Heart TV, Empowering Women Radio, The Brave Entrepreneur, and Mentoring Women’s Network.

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Here’s what Stephanie has to say about She Is Fierce!

You are known as the “Millionista Mentor,” how did that nickname come about?

 

The “Millionista Mentor” was born because I wanted to show women worldwide that they can be, do and have anything they want in life and business. The Millionista Mentor was born to help women take ordinary ideas and transform them into extraordinary outcomes.

 

You coach entrepreneurs to help them move from where they are mentally and financially to a higher level… what is the most important message or skill you try to impart to them and why?

 

I teach entrepreneurs to step into their power, to use their God given gifts to create worldwide impact. The most significant piece to all of this is the belief in themselves that anything is possible, because it truly is. There are infinite resources available when you decide that you want something. This mindset is necessary for success, it’s a non-negotiable.

 

Stephanie Nickolich, Millionista Mentor

 

How did you find the courage to make the leap into being an entrepreneur, and then to change your business and become a coach?

 

I worked for nine years in corporate America until about 5 years ago when I officially resigned. At the time I was part of a two man team that designed and developed private label home accessories and home furnishings for national retail brands and within the first year of launching this company, I was able to build up the revenue to over $1.2 million dollars. Huge WIN right? Wrong…After the end of that year my bosses sat me down to analyze WHY they were paying me so much. Holy mother of god moment, was this what I was actually hearing coming out of their mouths? I built this company to 5 times the projected sales goals in one year’s time but what it seemed was happening was that my income was being slashed by ⅔ as a result…and Yes, that’s exactly what was going on.
At that moment, I had many feelings but what stood out stronger than anything I had ever felt before was the fact that I was not willing to let anyone control my time, my freedom or my level of success again, and so…I resigned.

I quickly went on to start my own business, and it was a huge success, right? Hahah, wrong…Within the first year, after working 16 hours a day, 7 days a week, I ended up right in a big ole pile of debt, to the tune of $100,000 +. My three business partners, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express were calling for payment. WHOA…another reality check. What the heck happened…I went from being a 6-figure earner to 6-figures in debt.

Once I was willing to get real with my circumstances, I hired a private mentor and I did a ton of inner work to make sure the outside matched. During this time period I was also aligned with my greater purpose (a lot of crazy stuff comes up when you start digging). That purpose was to help women overcome themselves because I had experienced such a powerful transformation by doing the work and I really wanted to share this with women all over the world. I felt like I had been called into my purpose of helping others step into their own self worth. And so I put all my eggs in one basket and started showing up and within just 45 days…I hit my first $20,000 month. It might sound crazy but I was so aligned at the time that it truly felt effortless.

 

 

Stephanie Nickolich, Millionista Mentor

 

You’re a new mom, and have talked about the impact your unexpected pregnancy had on you and your business.  Can you share a little bit about baby Mila and how you have adjusted to life as an ambitious entrepreneur with a baby at home?

 

Yessss! I love mommyhood, it’s truly made me a better human! She rocks my world. Things were hell of scary when I found out I was pregnant. I had no idea how I was going to make this all work but Mila coming into the world is what got me to where I am today because I had to learn how to leverage my time, while scaling a business which equals sales funnels and passive revenue. I am now a full time mommy, working 2-hours a week, serving thousands of entrepreneurs monthly, and making a heck of a lot of money doing WITHOUT sacrificing the things that I love the most. Yes, you can have it all.

 

 

You talk a lot about changing your mindset to get what you really want.  What does a change in mindset mean to you, and how do you create your own mindset shift?

 

When I was in over $100,000 of debt, I felt paralyzed daily. I had to learn how to look at the outcome, to keep my mind set on the vision. I had to also get grateful for where I was before I could start moving in the direction of where I wanted to be. I show gratitude to EVERYTHING in my life on a regular basis. This keeps me centered and allows me to receive tons of unexpected gifts.

 

Stephanie Nickolich, Millionista Mentor

 

You’ve had huge growth in your business in the last few years – what’s in your future?

 

YES! I went from $100,000 in debt to having goals of $3.2 million in my 2nd year of business. My future is continuing to travel, living my dream, helping others create systems and strategies to live theirs, being happy, continuing to systemize everything in my business and build on sand castles on the beach with my baby.  #PureBliss

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Brenda Jackson: NY Times Bestselling Romance Novelist

ABOUT BRENDA…

Brenda Jackson has published more than 100 novels and novellas and has more than 3 million books in print!

Her professional writing career began in 1994 when she signed on with Kensington Arabesque. Her first book, Tonight and Forever, became a huge success, introducing the Madaris Family. Since then, she has introduced the Bennetts, the Westmorelands, the Montgomerys, the Masters, the Savoys, the Steeles and the Grangers, just to name a few.

She has received numerous awards and made many trail-blazing accomplishments by being the first African-American author to have a book published under the Harlequin/Silhouette Desire line of books and the first African-American romance author to make USA Today’s Bestseller’s List and the New York Times Bestseller’s List for the series romance genre.

She was a 2012 NAACP Image Award Nominee and has received numerous awards for her support of African-American sororities Delta Sigma Theta, the AKA and the Zeta Phi Beta. She is a strong believer in the power of education established the Josiephine Streater Threatt Scholarship Foundation at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida in honor of her grandmother. Over $150,000 has been donated to this Foundation to provide scholarships to students wanting a college education.

Brenda has received a Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest literary awards an author can receive in the romance genre.  She has received the Mary McLeod Bethune Community Service Award from the Jacksonville Alumnae Chapter of Bethune Cookman University, the Pioneer Award in Writing from Romantic Times Magazine and was recognized by the mayor and the city of Jacksonville as being a Trailblazer in the literary field.

In 2015, she was awarded the Humanitarian Award from Florida Memorial University and her book A Lover’s Vow, was selected by Essence Magazine as one of the best books for 2015.

In 2010, she collaborated with her son’s production company, Five Alive Films, to turn one of her books, Truly Everlasting, into a feature film.

Brenda was born in Jacksonville, Florida, went to William M. Raines High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jacksonville University.  She married her high school sweetheart and has two sons.  As if being a prolific writer wasn’t enough – Brenda also worked in management for a major insurance company for 37 years before retiring to write full-time.

 

Brenda Jackson

You have more than 10 MILLION books in print and you’re a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author, and you only fairly recently retired from a professional career as well… What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? 

 

For me my greatest accomplishment is being married 42 years to my husband.  I believe all my other milestones and trailblazing achievements are a result of having such a supportive spouse who believed and encouraged me to follow my dreams.  Gerald passed away two years ago of cancer and as I reflect how strong and loving our relationship was, I know that the reason I can write so strong about  love and romance is because of him.

 

You have broken so many records for African-Americans in the publishing world!   How did you break into the industry?

 

It wasn’t easy because at the time the concept of “Black Love” wasn’t readily accepted or embraced by major publishers.  Kensington Publishing took a chance and started a line of romance novels features African-American heroes and heroines called Arabesque.  I truly believed they were even shocked by how well the books were received and how they broke sales records.

 

You are also incredibly prolific, with more than 100 novels and novellas published – how do you consistently create new characters and stories?

 

My books are character driven versus plot driven.  That means I get to know my characters before establishing a plot or situation to place them in.  And I love writing about family, so the majority of my books the characters are connected to a family such as the Madarises, Westmorelands, Steeles, Bennetts, etc.  I get to know the family as well.  For me that make writing the stories easier and the plot I create for them flows quickly through my mind while I write.  And I love introducing new family members and their friends to my readers.

 

Which is your favorite character you’ve created and what about them speaks to you?

 

I think my favorite character is the first hero I created which is Justin Madaris from my first book Tonight and Forever.  A lot of Justin reminds me of my husband since I wrote about a man I would want every woman to love and admire.   And since Justin was my very first hero, he will always hold a special place in my heart.

 

You also give quite a bit back to your community, what began your desire to help those around you?  What charities have you chosen to work with and why?

 

Both my sons got degrees from Ivy League universities.  My oldest from Columbia University and my youngest from Cornell.  Whenever they needed anything all they had to do was pick up a phone and call home.  My husband and I were there for them.  I often wondered how it would be for a student who didn’t have the luxury of calling home when they needed something.  Who didn’t have parents they could depend on?  Or how it would be if they wanted to go to college and couldn’t.  That’s why I started my scholarship foundations.  I have 3 in my name and one in my grandmother’s name to honor her memory.  I’ve established the Brenda Jackson Leadership Scholarship; the Brenda Jackson Literary Scholarship and the Brenda Jackson Empowerment Scholarship.  All three are awarded to high school college bound seniors in the Jacksonville area.  The Josephine S. Threatt Scholarship is a full scholarship at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Florida.  The reason I chose Florida Memorial is that it’s a private Baptist college that my grandmother help support many years ago when it was founded in Jacksonville and the campus was in St. Augustine.

 

You have a chance to travel the country and meet new women all the time… what kind of woman most inspires you? 

 

Women who try to make a difference in someone lives.  Women who are successful and have no problem reaching back and sharing that success or inspiring others to be as successful.

 

If you could give a piece of advice to someone who is struggling to start their dream career, as a writer or in any other industry, what would it be? 

 

One of my favorite quotes isIf you don’t build your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.   My advice is to follow your dream and never give up.  Build your own dreams and believe in yourself.  You will never be successful if you don’t encounter failure.  But don’t let failing be the end result.  Keep trying and believe in yourself.  Believe that you can accomplish anything you set your mind to doing.  Then work hard to do it.  If you can perceive it then you can achieve it!

Meet Snowden McFall, Fired Up! Founder & Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

Snowden McFall

SNOWDEN IS THE WOMEN’S WEDNESDAYS SPEAKER ON JUNE 15, 2016!

 

Join us at this year’s Women’s Wednesdays series, presented by Bozard Lincoln, for Cocktails, Connections & Inspiration – every Wednesday night this June at The Treasury on the Plaza in downtown St. Augustine, Florida!

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Meet Snowden…

 

Snowden McFall, professional speaker, trainer, and author, is a 30 year entrepreneur & owner of Fired Up Professional Speaking.  A business expert who speaks on motivation, stress management, productivity and employee engagement, Snowden has authored and co-authored 6 books, including Fired Up!, which has sold over 65,000 copies. Her newest book is Stress Express: 15 Instant Stress Relievers and she is currently writing one on productivity.

Snowden received her BA from Vassar College and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Brown University.

Growing up with alcoholic parents, public humiliation was Snowden’s biggest fear. In spite of that, she began speaking professionally 20 years ago and has since Fired Up! thousands.  She does keynote presentations, custom trainings and executive coaching for clients like Pepsico, Fidelity National Financial, Vistakon, small businesses and professional associations.

As co- founder of the non-profit group “Success for Women Entrepreneurs” in NH, Snowden’s volunteer work led to national media attention. The Small Business Administration named her National Women in Business Advocate of the Year which led to a White House ceremony & Congressional luncheon in her honor.

Snowden has appeared on 320 radio shows, CNN Financial News, The Home Shopping Network and Bloomberg Television.  Featured in Success Magazine, Investors Business Daily and Foxnews.com as an expert on burnout.

In the North Florida area, Snowden has been named a Small Business Leader of the Year by the Professional Women’s Council and is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville. She received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from President Obama and was named a Woman of Influence by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

 

 

You are a highly sought after motivational speaker and stress expert – and your mission of inspiring people to take action in their lives fits so perfectly with She Is Fierce’s mission.  Can you share some of the best success stories of people you’ve worked with and mentored?

 

One is Dana Stallings, owner of now 3 businesses.  I was an Athena Powerlink mentor for Dana, and at the time, she was working through challenges with her franchise business, Kilwins Chocolates at the Town Center in Jacksonville. She also owned Little Britches child care center and both were co-owned with her husband. We were able to help delineate  key roles for each spouse, maximize visibility and PR within the franchise structure, work on long-term planning and marketing.  Just a few years ago, Dana opened Jax Kitchen, where she not only hosts ice cream socials for corporate groups, but she also rents cooking space to small manufacturers of homemade food items.  All 3 companies are truly thriving.

 

Another is Lou Ann Hill-Davis, who relocated here and was working as a professional organizer.  She had some family issues, and we worked together to get clarity about what truly brought her joy. She wanted to create a way to help others think more positively. She launched LiveinFlip Flops.com, which is a successful business with flip flop key chains, calendars, and inspirational gifts for individual clients, companies and cruise lines.

 

Snowden McFall

 

In the past, you’ve shared your experience growing up in a home with alcoholic parents and deeply fearing humiliation… and yet, you went on to conquer one of the biggest fears out there – public speaking – in a BIG way.  How did you go from fearing humiliation to becoming a public speaker and author?

 

With a great deal of work on myself.  After a few disastrous personal relationships, I took several personal growth workshops, got into therapy and support groups, developed a spiritual practice that I still use to this day. I still meditate and work on myself daily.  I took speech courses, joined National Speakers Association and took many, many classes there.

I still don’t like public humiliation- who does?  But it is not a paralyzing force in my life.  I think we can all do better when we face our fears and overcome them. With God’s grace and our own willingness, I believe we can overcome anything.

 

You were honored by the White House for your non-profit work… can you share a little about what you did to receive the honor?  And what it was like to be honored at the White House! 

 

I helped co-found a non-profit group in New Hampshire called Success for Women Entrepreneurs. At that time, there was very little support for women business owners, and it was very difficult to get financing and help.  We started this organization to help women get into business and stay in business, with education, networking and on-going support. I served as President of the organization for several years, and my ad agency donated all the marketing, newsletters, etc.  That led to me being named National Women in Business Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration.  There were 7 advocates of different kinds, one for veterans, one for the disabled, etc.  Now they call them Champions. We were all honored at a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House and a Congressional Luncheon.  It was surreal.  Had my father in law not videotaped it, I might not have believed it.  My congressman was amazing.  He sat with me at the luncheon and entered a page into the Congressional Record lauding me. I was deeply humbled and honored. I still am.

 

Snowden McFall

 

You have a powerful message of authenticity – what does that word mean to you? 

It means truly being yourself, and being true to yourself, living life according to your values and not trying to be like everyone else.  We live in a world of falseness- false eyelashes, false body parts, false statements and illusions. Somehow we have been made to feel that we aren’t good enough as we are. That simply is not true. I believe each of us has unique, rare and wonderful gifts, and when we own them and share them with others, we bless the world.

 

Your books have sold more than 65,000 copies around the world!  What is the core message that you hope those many thousands of people have received from your work?

That they can make their dreams come true, regardless of your background, circumstances, challenges and issues.  I believe that when you do what you love, your natural Fired Up! enthusiasm comes present and it ignites the flames of others.  It’s contagious.  By living your dreams, sharing your gifts, you lift the world.

 

Fired Up!Stress Express

 

You’ve been honored so many times for your entrepreneurial skills and for the businesses you’ve created – what do you think are the characteristics that help women entrepreneurs thrive in their professional and personal lives?

 

Women are gifted with strong emotional intelligence, which enables them to have empathy and compassion when working with others.  They are natural collaborators and prefer peace to conflict, which means they find ways to compromise and create win-win situations.  I also believe women entrepreneurs are courageous- it takes guts to risk it all on a business. Women have tenacity, strength, and passion- all of which are necessary to succeed.

 

 

SNOWDEN IS THE WOMEN’S WEDNESDAYS SPEAKER ON JUNE 15, 2016!

 

Join us at this year’s Women’s Wednesdays series, presented by Bozard Lincoln, for Cocktails, Connections & Inspiration – every Wednesday night this June at The Treasury on the Plaza in downtown St. Augustine, Florida!

BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!

 

Here is our full Women’s Wednesdays line-up:

 

JUNE 1 – Donna Orender, Former WNBA President & Generation W Founder

JUNE 8 – Stephanie Nickolich, The “Millionista Mentor” Global Entrepreneur & Coach

JUNE 15 – Snowden McFall, Founder of Fired Up! & Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

JUNE 22 – Brenda Jackson, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Romance Novelist

JUNE 29 – Cindy Chaconas, Cancer Survivor & Founder of Pink Up The Pace!

 

 

Meet Donna Orender, Former WNBA President and Generation W Founder

Donna Orender

DONNA IS THE WOMEN’S WEDNESDAYS SPEAKER ON JUNE 1, 2016!

 

Join us at this year’s Women’s Wednesdays series, presented by Bozard Lincoln, for Cocktails, Connections & Inspiration – every Wednesday night this June at The Treasury on the Plaza in downtown St. Augustine, Florida!

 

BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!

 

Watch Donna Deegan’s One on One Interview with Donna here:

 

Donna Orender is an innovator, trailblazer, a game changer and highly respected business executive.

She has been recognized as one of the top 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports and one of Newsweek’s 100 most influential people in sports.  She served as the President of the WNBA for six years and worked with the PGA TOUR for 17 years, ending up in the Office of the Commissioner.

Donna’s business career began after playing 3 years in the Women’s Professional Basketball League, the WBL where she earned All-Star status. That experience enabled her to work in network television sports at ABC and later in cable television at SportsChannel before forming her own production company.

 

Donna Orender

 

She has been honored for her dedication to community development, diversity and leadership and is a sought after speaker on issues such as teamwork, motivation, gender/diversity and leadership.  Her commitment to supporting women can be seen in her GENERATION W initiative.

Founded in 2011, GENERATION W is a brand focused on educating, inspiring and connecting women and girls. The annual event is held in April and features over 40 national speakers and 1500 attendees in a very unique and motivating day of programming.  In addition to the signature Generation W event, a mentorship program for high school girls called Generation WOW was launched, as well as a leadership volunteer event focused on community change, Generation WORKS.

 

Donna Orender

 

Donna’s role at the WNBA included oversight of all league operations including both the business and competitive aspects of the league. During her tenure, with her focus on revitalizing the brand, its value and relevance, the league experienced four years of consecutive attendance growth, after many years of decline. She successfully guided the league to increased television ratings, digital growth, and merchandise sales. The league continues to benefit from an eight year contract extension with Disney/ABC/ESPN, which for the first time included broadcast rights fees and an unprecedented six year Collective Bargaining agreement.

At the PGA TOUR, Donna led the negotiating team that changed the paradigm for how PGA TOUR golf was both packaged and sold for television resulting in significant growth for the TOUR. She was responsible for developing strategic direction across all business lines including direct oversight of brand management, advertising and digital strategy. Before she moved into the Office of the Commissioner, Donna oversaw the TOUR’s global television and production businesses and led both the creative scope and business depth of PGA TOUR Productions domestically and abroad.

If you’re interested in the WNBA, me and my friend love taking part in fantasy games to get more involved in the game. I’d recommend it!
 

DONNA IS THE WOMEN’S WEDNESDAYS SPEAKER ON JUNE 1, 2016!

 

BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW!

Join us at this year’s Women’s Wednesdays series, presented by Bozard Lincoln, for Cocktails, Connections & Inspiration – every Wednesday night this June at The Treasury on the Plaza in downtown St. Augustine, Florida!

Here is our full Women’s Wednesdays line-up:

 

JUNE 1 – Donna Orender, Former WNBA President & Generation W Founder

JUNE 8 – Stephanie Nickolich, The “Millionista Mentor” Global Entrepreneur & Coach

JUNE 15 – Snowden McFall, Founder of Fired Up! & Inc. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

JUNE 22 – Brenda Jackson, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Romance Novelist

JUNE 29 – Cindy Chaconas, Cancer Survivor & Founder of Pink Up The Pace!

 

 

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