In these pages, you find out from go-getters who have businesses in areas such as software, marketing, coaching, hospitality and tourism, event planning, chiropractic medicine, martial arts, radio broadcasting, professional organizing, trade show consulting, naturopathic medicine, and many more.
Each of the following business owners and entrepreneurs gives you a glimpse into the real world of business ownership, mistakes to avoid, lessons learned, and a piece of advice that speaks directly to the aspiring business owner or entrepreneur—something they wish they had known prior to making the bold move to redesign their 9-to-5:
Karen Barno • Christina Bellman • Michelle Blanchard • Jim Cermak • Bianca Chandler • Shyla Collier • Roy Cotton, Jr. • Wendy Coulter • Nicole M. D’Agostino • Elizabeth Dillon • Sithari Edirisooriya, D.C. • Michael Fritzius • Chandra Gore • Florence Gaspard • Damon Givehand • Kiala Givehand, MFA, EdS. • Jacqueline Griffin • Molika Gupta • Kelly Hale • Clinton Harris • Marcus Hinschberge • Eric Holtz • D. Kay Hutchinson • La’Vista Jones, CLBC • Shawnte Jones • Ruchi G. Kalra • Vered Kogan • Christina Kumar • Monika Labbé • Dr. Ana Lara • Darryl A. Lasker • Scott Leeper • Bilal Abdus Liggins • Diamonique Lundy • Kevin L. Maevers • Patti Lynn Mamalis • John Mapel • Deah Berry Mitchell • Simone E. Morris • Rachael Mazvita Nyamwena-Sabondo • Tisha Marie Pelletier • Niki Ramirez • JW Rayhons • Joan R. F. Robinson • Samantha “Sam” Root • Elaine Simpson • Kristina Swift • Hope Phillips Umansky, PhD • Amber Taggard, MS • Kyira Wackett, MS, LPC
Paperback: 336 pages
ABOUT THE COMPILER
Bridgett McGowen is an award-winning international professional speaker, a Forbes contributor, and the founder and owner of BMcTALKS Academy where she helps professional women be the most engaging, dynamic, incredible communicators ever!
Bridgett has spoken on programs alongside prominent figures such as former President Barack Obama, Deepak Chopra, Major League Baseball sensation Alex Rodriguez (A-Rod), Oprah Winfrey, and Shonda Rhimes. The prestigious University of Texas at Austin has presented her with a Master Presenter Award, Canada-based One Woman has presented her with two Fearless Woman Awards, and she has facilitated hundreds of presentations and webinars to thousands of students and professionals positioned all around the globe.
Bridgett’s presentations have been sought after by companies and organizations such as Vanguard Investments, LifeLock, Symantec, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McGraw-Hill Education, LinkedIn Local, and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She has been quoted by Transizion, has contributed to Up Journey, and has appeared as a guest on The Training and Learning Development Company’s TLDCast as well as Phoenix Business Radio to showcase her expertise in the professional speaking industry. Her work in professional speaking and public speaking coaching has been highlighted by VoyagePhoenix Magazine; award-winning branding and consulting agency, Catalyst; The Startup Growth; and her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, the second oldest institution of higher education in the state of Texas. Bridgett has also taught for the Texas A&M University System, Lone Star College System, and University of Phoenix. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree, and she is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Bridgett’s mission now is to help as many professional women as possible get the tools and skills they need to master their messages so that they can turn their voices into powerhouses, inspire millions, and build serious skill sets and mindsets that will lead to more and more opportunities. Bridgett lives with her family in the Phoenix, Arizona area and loves beautiful sunsets.