Last December, I had a blast on the much anticipated Create & Cultivate Vision Summit. Create & Cultivate, known for their celeb-studded conferences geared towards women in businesses, gathered visionaries in fashion, food, art, culture, and business for a one-day event of panels, workshops, pop-ups and more. The summit hosted conversations on topics including media, career, marketing, entrepreneurship, the digital space, and life as a modern woman.
I attended the event as ‘Press’ covering it not only for my own platform but for a magazine I collaborate with as well. Also, it served as the perfect excuse to meet with some of my Miami friends (female bosses that inspire me day in day out!) and to just absorb the positive vibe that always takes place at the C&C events.
I’ve been talking quite a lot about my experience of being an entrepreneur, a female founder and everything that entails. And as I prepare to launch a very special brand new immersive health & wellness mentoring experience for female bosses I’m leading this October (releasing all deets next week, soooo excited!)… well, I thought about sharing these wonderful insights I gathered at C&C Miami Vision Summit.
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But first some background…
I met Jaclyn Johnson (Founder & CEO of Create & Cultivate), back in 2017 in Miami when she hosted a Create & Cultivate Pop-Up for Aerie. I was immediately amazed by how hands-on she was at the event, and how down to earth and welcoming she was with everybody. Since then, I make it a point to attend as many C&C events as I can.
While at it, had the immense pleasure of interviewing some of the amazing female powerhouses that were speaking at the conference, and presented one of the questions we almost always want to know when it comes to successful female bosses:
What’s the best business advice you can give female entrepreneurs out there, that you wish someone gave you when you started?
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1. Jaclyn Johnson, CEO & Founder, Create & Cultivate
Know your worth!
We’ve seen all the studies out there how women get paid less than men (Latinas & Women Of Color, even less). So definitely, Know your worth, Know your Value, and Stick to your gut. It’s time for us to bring our voices to the table, and push back!
2. Courtney Nichols Gould, co-founder, and co-CEO, SmartyPants
In the beginning stages of your entrepreneur endeavors, be prepared to not make money. In other words, save up! If you think you’re going a start a business someday, use your credit card to slowly build up credit.
And keep in mind that growing your business will cost twice as much, and take twice as long than you thought.
3. Pauline Lhote, Lead Wine Maker, Domain Chandon
Do something that makes you happy. I’m very passionate about my work, and that’s why it makes me happy. So find something you love, but follow your intuition and believe in yourself. Don’t let anybody get in the way.
Also, don’t be afraid to start at the bottom, learn from the ground up. As you move up within the organization you work for, or in your own business, you’ll know all the details that are needed to succeed.
4. Maria Molland, CEO THINX
See every failure as a step forward. The journey is not always upward and to the right, so it’s important to learn to be OK with setbacks. Find a way to keep moving forward!
5. Gabby Guzman, founder of Las Comadres Community
It’s not going to be a very sexy answer, but I wish I would’ve been smarter about setting up my business’ systems and processes and automating things as much as possible. Definitely also, outsourcing and bringing people to my team as soon as I could even if at the moment it felt like a little bit of a push.
That’s the only way you get to the next level when you stop doing the things you’re not good at, and you start paying someone else to do it for you. That way, you can focus on the things you are actually good at executing!
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About their wellness while being a BOSS
Something I asked each one of them was how important was their health & wellness to support their careers, and the success they’ve had so far (hey, it’s me. I HAD to squeeze in some health-related questions, all right? Lol).
And what I LOVED about their responses was that they were all SUPER aware of the role health/wellness plays in the life of a female boss. Each one of them had their own journey, realities, different levels of health and wellness literacy and how they integrate it in their daily lives. What I noticed they all agreed on (withouth knowing, I interviewed them separately) is the fact that without health, sustainable success would just NOT be possible.
As I tell all my female bosses coaching clients all the time…
Your overall wellness as a busy woman is the single most important aspect of your business and career.
High-powered female bosses treat their bodies like their businesses. They take their workouts as seriously as their boardroom meetings. When they feel good, when they have more energy, they can do more for others.
Do you agree?
Did you like the tips shared by these AMAZING women?
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