Thriving Woman Spotlight

Each week we feature an innovative and in-action woman with massive value to bring.

Read about her to get inspired and begin to consider some new possibilities for yourself.

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Thriving Woman Spotlight: Nancy Mueller

Nancy Mueller, of MasteringYourBeliefs.com, is here to help raise the vibrational energy of the planet; of that she has no doubt! Nancy has the absolute privilege of accomplishing this as a Life Coach. She’s not here to tell you how she did it; She’s here to show you how YOU can do it!

How long have you been in business?  Since 1998 part-time and full-time in 2009.

Why did you begin your business?  Because I wanted to share a message with women to let them know that their past does not define who they are. It’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s what you do with what happens to you!

What is your mission for your business?  To make a positive difference in the lives of others through my teaching, speaking, writing and how I show up in my life by shining my light as brilliantly as possible.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? That the saying, “If you build it, they will come” should never be the foundation of your business.


What is a guiding principle that you use in your business?  
That I am not here to be a strength for others, but to make sure I am giving myself everything I need so that I have the energy, self-love and Spiritual well-being to share a message that has the potential to plant seeds of inspiration about what is possible in our life!

What makes you a thriving woman in business? I have learned to fill my own cup before I offer the contents to others. When I have high amounts of self-love, I feel unstoppable.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business? Before I started my business, my mother and I had an estranged relationship. As my mother started following me on social media, one day she called me and said, “Nancy, I am watching what you are doing for all of these women. I think it could also work for us if you are willing to teach me.” I never dreamed that my business would give me my mother!

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? I have had so many women tell me they want to work with me but can’t afford the investment. I am working on an affordable coaching platform that will give people the benefit of my coaching with an affordable price tag.

How can our readers connect with you? You are invited to visit my site at www.MasteringYourBeliefs.com and if anything you read inspires you to connect with me, please follow your intuition and schedule a call with me. You can also reach me on FaceBook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Thriving Woman Spotlight: Dr. Madeline Ann Lewis

Dr. Madeline Ann Lewis is President/CEO of the Executive Women’s Success Institute located in Maryland. She’s a career strategist, coach, trainer, speaker, author, and business consultant. Dr. Lewis conducts professional development training, workshops and seminars that have been presented throughout the United States and abroad.

How long have you been in business? Since 2012.

Why did you begin your business? To help other women excel in their career or business.

What is your mission for your business? The Executive Women’s Success Institute (EXWSI) seeks to empower individuals, primarily women, in their career and personal lives by providing them with a fast-track, yet comprehensive toolkit of lifetime skills and abilities.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? Understanding the importance of have a funnel system.


What is a guiding principle that you use in your business? 
Integrity in all things we do.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? Knowing that recognition provides the opportunity to speak about and showcase our experiences as women exhibiting strength in the “business world.”

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business? Helping other women to reach their full potential!

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? To have a 2-day retreat that will have an impact on the women attending. Providing information and resources that they will be able to implement and follow through on.

How can our readers connect with you? Email: info@exwsi.com  Website: www.exwsi.com – I am also on Twitter, FaceBook, & Linkedin!

Thriving Woman Spotlight: Shelly Gupta

Shelly Gupta is a motivated entrepreneur with a passion for creating new software products to address day-to-day problems. She has launched multiple successful products from scratch, worked with teams all over the world and travelled a lot while relishing every moment! She is the Founder and CEO of GiftVolo, a gift-giving business that allows you to give convenient, thoughtful, last-minute gifts from the convenience of your home.

How long have you been in business?

I incorporated my company in the US in Jan 2015. However, given that online marketplace development can be costly it took me a while to take the next step. Reason being it involved leaving my 5 year old daughter and husband for a year to get the platform developed in India. I created a subsidiary company of the US company from scratch in India – probably one of the hardest things I have ever done in my professional life. India has too much bureaucracy which causes unnecessary hurdles.

Why did you begin your business?

Gifting is an emotional bond that brings joy to both the sender of the gift and the recipient of the gift. But with the busy lives we lead, it is neither joyous nor convenient for the sender to find a thoughtful gift. In nearly 40% cases, it can be non-joyous for the gift recipient as well, because they end up returning the gift or giving it to someone else. I wanted to create an online marketplace that allowed senders to send meaningful gifts of services and experiences conveniently from the comfort of their home even at the last minute. Also giving recipients the opportunity to enjoy a new service or experience completely free of cost.

What is your mission for your business?

Bring the joy back to gifting. Senders can conveniently send thoughtful gifts from the comfort of their home even at the last minute; Recipients can enjoy a new service or experience completely free of cost; and local service providers also get a piece of this large $500 Billion+ market, which they currently do not have.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be?

Patience and fortitude. Paulo Coelho wrote “Straight roads do not make skillful drivers.” Believe me being an entrepreneur is like crossing one curvy road after another. In my case the number of curvy roads compounded significantly because of the India subsidiary.


What is a guiding principle that you use in your business?

I use three principles
1. Honesty in my work, to my employees and to my customers
2. Passion and unwavering faith that things will work out.
3. Persistent – failures happen and they sabotage your plans but you got to be resilient and bounce back.

What makes you a thriving woman in business?

My persistence, although I might complain or cry but I bounce back with vengeance and figure out new ways to solve the problem I am facing at the moment.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business? 

It is by far the most gratifying accomplishment. It gives me a sense of purpose, drive and resolve. I hope I am setting an example for my little girl that she can achieve anything that she sets her mind to.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business?

To make GiftVolo a thriving marketplace and the only destination people think of when they think about thoughtful gifts and convenience.

How can our readers connect with you? 

You can email me at shelly@giftvolo.com or text/call me at (650) 665-9365. I’m also on LinkedIn and FaceBook.

Thriving Woman Spotlight: Kimberly Schehrer, MA

Meet Kimberly Schehrer, founder of Academy for Independence. In this role, she empowers teens through their academic and everyday challenges. Through this process, Kimberly helps them strengthen their resilience, independence, accountability, and self-esteem so that they begin to make breakthrough choices on their own, beyond what they previously considered as possible.

How long have you been in business? Academy for Independence was founded in 2007.I have over a decade of experience working with teens and young adults with developmental and learning disabilities, gifted teens, and talented individuals.

Why did you begin your business? I respect diversity and my perspective stretches beyond labels. My belief is that every individual possesses capacities and abilities, regardless of a medical, psychological, or educational “diagnosis.” My gift lies in listening, connecting, and bringing cognitive awareness of my clients’ brilliance into their everyday reality.

What is your mission for your business? Empowering teens from all walks as a head start to conquer their limiting beliefs and acknowledge their potential to fulfill their dreams. In the process, they become an inspiration and invitation for others to acknowledge their gifts and create change on the planet as well. This process transforms them.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business? My intuition. My acknowledgement of my awareness. My heart. The world grabs at us. We can choose to succumb to this or Breathe and trust our awareness, I choose to Breathe, not suffocate!

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? To get a top business coach. I began with $150. If you don’t have money to invest in a coach, save until you can. Never give up! I followed my heart and while overcoming many business/logical mistakes along the way, listening to my heart has given me the most joy. I embrace the unknown because it allows me to explore and be more creative. The one thing, looking back, would be to have started this sooner than I did.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? My authenticity creativity, and self-confidence.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business?  Simplicity. Self-confidence. Inspiring others.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? My dream is to have a global impact from the heart. Impact doesn’t just mean money and doesn’t mean fame. Impact for me means delivering value in changing lives with authentic passion for those for whom I feel compassion, because of my own story, experiences, and lessons learned.

How can our readers connect with you? You can e-mail me at kimberly@afi4me.com or call/text me at (831) 239-2788. You can also visit my website and connect with me on FaceBook and LinkedIn!

Sandi Bowman is our Thriving Woman of the Week

As a Boomer Realtor, Sandi Bowman wanted to offer something that would truly make a difference in peoples’ lives. Cohousing is a wonderful option for many of us and this has become her passion. People are happier, healthier and live longer in cohousing. Learn more about Sandi at BoomerCohousing.com and MarinLifeStyleHomes.com.

How long have you been in business? I have been a Realtor for 11 years. I have been a co-housing advocate for 4 years.

Why did you begin your business?  Making a house a home is what I do best. Finding the best solutions for my clients makes what I do unique. Our homes are extremely important to all of us.

What is your mission for your business? My mission is to assist people in finding the home that makes them happy every day they live there.
What is a guiding principle that you use in your business?
Listening to what people want. How they want to live. How I can help them achieve their vision.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? That things take longer than planned and that patience and perseverance is the key. Never give up! It will happen.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? Caterina’s support and the way she genuinely cares about all of us.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business?  How I can always improve to be better. Having the support of Caterina and the wonderful women who want all of us to thrive in all areas of our lives. The support is invaluable.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? Creating cohousing throughout Marin and Sonoma counties. To witness people happy, healthy, and living wonderful lives in community.

How can our readers connect with you? You can e-mail me at sbowman@sandibowman.com or call me at 415-215-4848. I would love to hear from you!

Jaya King is our Thriving Woman of the Week

Jaya King is a professional artist, instructor, and inspiration. Her enthusiasm for painting is infectious and it propels her students, as well as herself, down a path of inspiration and understanding through creation. Learn more at www.jayasart.com

How long have you been in business? From a very young age I knew I was put on this planet to be an artist. I grew up with a crystal clear vision of what I was going to do. I officially began showing, demonstrating and teaching my art throughout the Bay Area in 2003. Art is my life, however I never thought of my art as a “business.” In the last 5 years I have embraced the CEO mindset and am now running my life’s purpose as a thriving business.

Why did you begin your business? When I show my art the question that always comes up is “Do you teach?” Teaching came naturally and after each class students would ask, “What’s next?” and before I knew it I had a full schedule of classes and workshops. It took me a while to realize that this was actually MY BUSINESS! Once it dawned on me, I began to run it like a business.

What is your mission for your business? My mission is to transform the world by inspiring creativity and fearlessness in my community.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? As an artist I am versatile in many mediums. In the beginning I wish I had focused my energy on one particular style to build up a strong, consistent body of work.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business? My art is a reflection of me. I only put my best work out there and I stand behind my prices because I am worth it. If you are open to learning, I will teach you.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? I am a force. I paint with purpose. When I create, I am thinking of what the whole series will look like on a gallery wall. When I teach, I bring my personality to the classroom. I make sure to encourage each person sitting in front of me. My students gain more than the knowledge of how to paint, they gain confidence and this is why they keep coming back.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business?  It is important for me to embody artistic freedom and empowerment. I take the term “working artist” to the next level: I love being a role model for my students. I want them to see what is possible and that they can live their dream.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? I will have the most amazing studio/gallery space where I can paint BIG! The space itself will be 2,500 square feet with ample parking. I will have a classroom where I can teach up to 8 students. The gallery will be beautifully lit with natural light where my art can be seen from the street. This is going to be a state-of-the-art space where inspiration and creativity flows without boundaries!

How can our readers connect with you? My website is www.jayasart.com and you can directly e-mail me at jaya@jayasart.com. You can also follow me on Instagram @artchickjaya and connect with me on my Facebook page.

Kathleen Mulligan is our Thriving Woman of the Week

Kathleen Mulligan is a fierce advocate and champion for women who are ready to own their unique value and brilliance. She brings over a decade of high-level, solution-focused transformational coaching and multiple modality expertise that support women in upleveling their level of self-confidence, so they feel fabulous about standing out in their world – boldly, bravely and with pride. Learn more at KathleenMulligan.com

How long have you been in business? Coaching and consulting amazing women for over 10 years – entrepreneur for over 30.

Why did you begin your business? About 17 years ago I experienced an intense physical and emotional ‘crashed and burned’ which led me on a long healing journey. I moved to Mexico and spent years as well as over $50,000 studying and becoming certified in a multitude of high-level, holistic Wellness and Transformational programs. My intention was to heal and recreate a new life while supporting others to do the same.

When I returned to the United States after living abroad for 13 years, my work shifted. I began meeting so many bright and talented women who were quietly (often secretly) suffering from an unsustainable speed of life and the same pressures and overwhelms that had crashed my life over a decade earlier.

It wasn’t until then – that I realized how dramatically I had changed. I had become a woman who had ‘learned’ how to deeply respect, honor, and even celebrate herself and I wanted other women to feel that same sense of self-confidence and self-celebration. I wanted women to learn how to feel fabulous in their own skin – to breakthrough their limiting beliefs so they could break free to create the personal and professional success and fulfillment they deserved.

This is my passion, and I’m also privileged to call it my work.

What is your mission for your business? To help each woman cultivate a powerful personal presence – one that is grounded in self-confidence and high self-value. To teach each woman to see herself through new eyes – eyes that learn to marvel at her own magnificence and uniqueness. To support each woman to live into her fullness – boldly.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? That I didn’t have to build my business using everyone else’s blueprint for success. That I could instead – craft my business to feel luscious, spacious and joyful for both my clients and me. Happy to have finally gotten here.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business? Integrity. Service. Witnessing/Affirming others. Bowing in humility and deep gratitude for the privilege of working with the amazing women I do.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? My fierce dedication and unabashed passion (those who know me – know I cry just talking about it) in support of women stepping into the fullness and brilliance of who they are.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business?  Being part of a community of SiStars who are here to create powerful and positive impact in our world.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? Luscious ‘Reboot Your Bliss Retreats’ in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and the Northern California Wine Country.

How can our readers connect with you? Email me at Kathleen@KathleenMulligan.com, or come join me on my FaceBook page. I am also on Linked In

Janet Janssen is our Thriving Woman of the Week

Janet Janssen is the owner of Janet Janssen Coaching & Consulting. She is a fun, creative, tenacious, and focused entrepreneur who helps others achieve their goals, overcome their obstacles, and move in the right direction. She holds certifications in hypnotherapy, neurolinguistics and meridian tapping. Learn more at www.janetjanssen.com

How long have you been in business? I’ve been in business four years and counting.

Why did you begin your business? Because I turned 60! I decided it was time to share with the world what I had to offer. To help people understand how they can overcome any obstacle towards achieving their dreams.

What is your mission for your business? Teach others that “Yes, you can” really means you can achieve your goal. It is not just a quote, it is the truth. Go after what you want in life, because the journey is the juicy part.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? After every goal is achieved there will be another challenge. Don’t be afraid or discouraged, it is not personal.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business? Say what you mean, mean what you say, and do what you say you will do.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? Attitude. Compassion. Skill.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business?  The energy that the women have and share. I love to hear about their successes and the lessons learned from them. No failures allowed. 

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? To stand on stage speaking to a group of five hundred or more. Ok, one thousand!

How can our readers connect with you? Call me at 831-335-0553Email me at janet@janetjanssen.com.Visit my website at www.janetjanssen.comConnect with me also on my Facebook page, Twitter or LinkedIn. I would love to hear from you!

Sonya J. Wells is our Thriving Woman of the Week

Sonya J. Wells is a Liberator and Solutionist… You will not find a mentor, coach or minister who is more passionate about you and your spiritual enrichment and personal development than this woman here…she feels you and sees you when you cannot see yourself. A woman simply on a mission to transform, heal and empower women from all walks of life. Learn more about Sonya.

How long have you been in business? I’ve been in business over seven years.

Why did you begin your business? I was following my calling and passion to empower, transform and set women free.

What is your mission for your business? To liberate women who feel oppressed spiritually, emotionally or mentally.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? Yes, for sure…I wish I knew my value.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business?  Be heart-driven and the money will follow.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? I am mission driven first and for most, and I would do this even if I never made a dime- I thrive off of serving women.

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business? The liberty to choose my own path and financial income.

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? To launch my own radio show.

How can our readers connect with you? Email me at sonya@sonyajwells.com.Visit my website at www.sonyajwells.comConnect with me also on my Facebook page, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Tracy Lynne Principi is our Thriving Woman of the Week

Tracy Lynne Principi is a psychic business coach for spiritual entrepreneurs who are struggling with limiting beliefs around money and self-worth, who instead want to get off the hamster wheel and create a soul-aligned money-making biz they love! She is the owner of Healing All Beings.

How long have you been in business? I’ve been in business about a year.

Why did you begin your business? I started my business because I want to teach others how to thrive in their business and step out into their power and purpose without the fear and doubt that keeps so many from ever obtaining success.

What is your mission for your business? My mission is to empower women to harness their own power and strength and see beyond the self limits, of fear, doubt, judgement, self confidence and being visible.

If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be? The time and commitment it takes and to constantly work on my mindset daily.

What is a guiding principle that you use in your business?  Authenticity, trust and honesty.

What makes you a thriving woman in business? I never let fear stop me. I felt the call to help more people on a larger scale so I sold a business, jumped in my car and moved to Los Angeles at the end of November 2016 and the magic is on the other side of fear. My biz is thriving and I’m making an impact, reaching more people!

What do you love about being a thriving woman in business? I get to help others and see the potential that they do not yet see in themselves. I love the wins!

What is the next big thing or dream for you in your business? Speaking engagements with rooms full of people!

How can our readers connect with you? Email me at tracy@healingallbeings.com. Visit my website at www.healingallbeings.comConnect with me also in my Facebook group, my Facebook page, Twitter or LinkedIn.