Meet Emily Katz

EmilyKatzHer illustrious career has spanned decades, truly as a celebrity image designer, not just having met and perhaps worked once with the stars, but right with them creating their “looks” in an ongoing basis.

Emily is recognized as an authority on Image, Style and Beauty. Her extensive background in the Entertainment Industry gives her unique perspectives and abilities.

Her latest clients are Martin Sheen, Selma Blair and Brett Butler. She has worked with Sharon Stone, Minnie Driver, Michelle Williams, Robert Redford and Bradley Cooper among many more creating their on camera persona.

Emily now speaks internationally with the strength of her background to inform, inspire and work with us all to help polish our presentation.

She welcomes private and corporate clients who are strategically revamping their visual presence and image.

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Meet Monique Caradine

MoniqueCaradineMonique is an award-winning TV & Radio personality, Speaker and a thought leader on women, money and influence.

She uses her nearly two decades as a producer and on-air personality and 10 years as an entrepreneur, to help women in business be seen, make an impact and make money.

Monique has been featured on the top national media outlets including CNN, National Public Radio, FOX News, ESSENCE Magazine, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, the Chicago Tribune, Black and many more.

Her international roster of clients includes globally recognized brands such as INC. Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, the National PTA, United Way, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Nielsen.

Having mentored dozens of entrepreneurs on how to become influential high-earners, Monique is now seen as one of the most respected experts in the coaching industry when it comes to Visibility and Money.

Monique is a mom and wife who now lives full-time on the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico.

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Meet Kricket Harrison

Kricket.Harrison_0357FWKricket Harrison is a professional speaker, trainer, business productivity coach and the author of Focus to the Finish Line, 5 Steps to Follow-Through and Finally Make Money. She utilizes cutting-edge training, knowledge and personal experience to help her clients maximize their potential by developing strategies for success based on individual learning styles. Kricket helps clients get focused and finish what they start.

Through her work with individual clients, Kricket identified that within traditional business systems, many talented and innovative individuals didn’t “fit in” – and the harder they tried to do so, the more they (and their business) shut down. She knew that these creative and innovative individuals not only needed permission to work in their own way, they also needed help to create strategies and structures to support their unique working style.

Kricket is known for her dynamic and interactive presentations. Understanding that creative thinkers need space to process and create, she delivers engaging workshops that are both informative and entertaining, often to standing room only crowds. Kricket has been featured in Forbes Woman Online and interviewed by USA Today. Speaking engagements include small businesses, networking groups, radio interviews, telesummits and national conferences.

You can visit Kricket at

Meet Shayla Boyd-Gill

Meet Shayla Boyd-Gill

ShaylaAs a successful entrepreneur of 11 years and recent honoree of the 2013 Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund Forty Under 40 award for “exceptional contributions in business”, 2013 Hell Yeah Six Figure Year award winner, 2013 Savvy Entrepreneur People’s Choice Award Winner, Shayla Boyd-Gill, owner of LABOR Business Coaching is recognized for her ability to empower women and helping them to ditch their money guilt and break through the six and seven figure barriers in their businesses.

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Boost Your Business with Powerful Partnerships

Many solo entrepreneurs take “solo” to the extreme. As a solo entrepreneur or small business owner, it is so easy to get sucked into your ownPartnership concept little isolated world. Unfortunately, so many entrepreneurs struggle to grow their businesses because they are trying to do everything by themselves. Creating a profitable, sustainable, and powerful business requires a lot of support and resources.

As I’ve mentioned before, if you are “going it alone” in your business, you are stunting your business growth and minimizing your impact. You cannot successfully grow your business without growing relationships and guess what … your cats don’t count (Yep, I know, I say that a lot). You must connect with people in a meaningful way. The truth is, not one single successful entrepreneur has ever built his or her empire completely alone. In fact, they all have had an enormous amount of help from others.

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Ignite a Movement and Set the World on Fire

Most businesses are like white toast—totally indistinguishable from one brand to the next. Sure, they all have a different logo on the package, worldonfirebut take that away and they all look the same. And they all leave you with the same bland taste in your mouth.

Don’t be white toast. It’s boring and forgettable.

To really make an impact on the world around you, you have to be memorable and you have to inspire people to do business with you and support you.

If you want to make a difference, you have to get people on board with your mission and ignite a movement. Businesses that lack a mission and a movement are just commodities that blend in with all of the other clutter in our everyday lives. They are so easy to ignore. On the other hand, businesses with a clear mission and a movement stir things up and get people to take notice and take action. A powerful movement will skyrocket your success and allow you to make an explosive positive impact!

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You Don’t Change the World by Trying to Save the World

Most women-entrepreneurs are very caring people and truly want to help everyone. This is very noble and, at the same time, it’s one of thesavetheworld most common reasons why many business owners stink at attracting clients and customers.

You know you’re in trouble if when asked, “Who is your ideal client?” your answer begins with “Anyone” or “Everyone.” You need to be as specific as possible if you want people to self-identify as potential clients and/or send you a referral.

A lot of women entrepreneurs are overwhelmed, overworked, and underpaid because they are struggling to find enough clients or the right clients. Often, this is because they haven’t actually defined who their ideal clients are. If you don’t know exactly who you are looking for, it makes it a lot harder to find them.

As a result, you end up trying to market to and enroll everyone who has a pulse. This is a huge time and money drain. Being a small business owner, it’s highly unlikely that you have the marketing budget or manpower to market to the masses. You are not Walmart, Coca-Cola, or Pepsi. You have to be much more focused in your approach. Not narrowing your focus will keep you from serving the people you are truly meant to serve.

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Your Business Needs Structure

Many entrepreneurs are lacking the foundational structure they need in order to achieve business success. Their days are filled with chaos,Man and diagram stress, and overwhelm because they lack structure and are constantly re-creating the wheel each day. They’re working very hard but not getting enough done. Their business processes are inefficient and it’s costing them loads of time, money, and energy. They feel like they never have enough time in the day and they certainly can’t take a vacation because their business would come to a standstill.

Many people think of the term “structure” as a “four letter word.” I can’t tell you how many people have told me they are afraid of being boring or losing their spontaneity and creativity if they create structure. The fact is you can’t do anything without some structure. Even the

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A Terrific Way to Give Back

This blog post is written by BrightFire Expert, Kyra Howell. You can check out more of her work at The Business of Abundance and Foundations for Giving.

Many entrepreneurs have a consuming passion in their heart to share their love and gifts with the world, or at least with those whom they can best affect. This desire is to be celebrated, supported, and given the legs with which to walk into that dream. 

There is a misnomer around philanthropy that only those with a lot of money ($1 million or more in investable assets) can be true philanthropists, and the rest of us simply must fill in where we can with our heartfelt donations here and there. Gerbera in women hand. Spa resord.

But philanthropy isn’t just about giving money. The money feature is merely a tool used by some who choose that method to express the love and service they want to provide. Another terrific way to be a philanthropist is through the use of your time and your gifts. The best way to give back, using your time and your gifts, is through what’s known as a “private operating foundation.”

The private operating foundation is a unique creature in philanthropy. Many people who embark on creating their own charitable organization are not even familiar with its existence. I don’t want to bore you with minute details in this article, but I will give you some indication of why you might want to look into one and what they’re all about. 

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Make an Impact by Giving Back

I love Thanksgiving because it’s a great opportunity to spend quality time with family, be fully grateful for my blessings, and of course, enjoy some good food!  I’ve never cared to indulge in the Black Friday fanfare and I shop online all the time, so I don’t really get that jazzed about Cyber Monday, but I am super excited about #Giving Tuesday.

#Giving Tuesday, November 27th, is like the kick-off party for the season of giving.  While you don’t have to wait for an official invitation to show your generosity, it is awesome to acknowledge the act of giving back and making a difference.

Seeing how the core values of BrightFire Women’s Business Network is giving back and making a difference, I couldn’t let this day go by unnoticed.  Most service-based women entrepreneurs that I know go into business, not simply to make money (although it definitely is important), but also to help people and to create positive change in the world.

Here are 10 ways that you can give back and make a big impact:

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