Go Build It with Sheri Kurdakul

Go Build It with Sheri Kurdakul

Sheri joins me, Naketa Thigpen today to share the story of how VictimsVoice came to be. She discusses how her daughter turned an unpleasant experience at school into an opportunity to learn new skills and make a major difference in the lives of abuse victims. She explains the challenges of dealing with domestic abuse, why it is a pertinent issue for both men and women, and how culture affects the way we handle such problems. She also shares her own experiences with domestic abuse and why enabling victims to take control of their healing process means so much.

Sheri Kurdakul is a business owner, professional consultant, and the founder and CEO of VictimsVoice. Driven by the desire to give back and honed by over 5 years of working with startups, she specializes in coming up with effective solutions to complicated issues. She has spoken and written at length about her experiences and areas of expertise. She has used her learnings from 29 years of domestic abuse to become a figurehead in helping victims – whether male or female – to take control of their situation, rebuild their lives, and hold their abusers accountable.


“When you are a victim of domestic violence, that’s something very, very personal.” – Sheri Kurdakul

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • How and why Sheri’s 10-year-old daughter developed an anti-bullying app
  • The “big miss” or critical mistake of many anti-bullying apps
  • How the personal nature of domestic abuse makes it hard for us to speak out when we’re on the receiving end
  • Why it’s important to give domestic abuse survivors the power to talk about their experiences if and when they want to
  • The difference between our culture and other cultures in handling such sensitive issues
  • Her personal experiences with domestic abuse
  • How finding an old journal that she tucked away showed her just how different she is now from the person she used to be
  • Why abuse is not just a female problem

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • I stick my hands in the dirt and garden like crazy. I love to garden and I wanted to learn the science behind it. In the winter, you’ll find me sitting somewhere with a glass of wine, reading.

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On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.   

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Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But remember, do it, BOLDLY!

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How Embracing Your RAW Can Lead to Your Success with Dr. Yashima

How Embracing Your RAW Can Lead to Your Success with Dr. Yashima

Dr. Yashima White AziLove is the founder of YWA Enterprises where she equips entrepreneurs and influential people to transform their businesses, organizations and personal lives using the power of Elevated Communication and Branding. Aside from working with Fortune 100 companies around the globe, Dr. Yashima has been a key player in the marketing industry – ever since she started blazing trails at age 35 when she built her $1 Million personal and professional development agency. As a provocative speaker, Dr. Yashima finds herself on stage with celebrities and other cultural influencers as she shares her gift of being a fantastic storyteller to the marketplace.

 

 

Dr. Yashima joins me today to share why she embraced her rawness and how this process led her to success. She discusses the importance of the reinvention process as well as why reinventing yourself is vital in your everyday life. She also shares the developmental process and journey she had to go through to come to a place where she makes no excuse for who she is as well as how she moved from the space of denying and deflecting the word ‘raw’ to a space of reinventing herself so she can embrace it.

“We should at least be trying to speak out of love.“ – Dr. Yashima

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • How Dr. Yashima convicted me about having the humility to be coached
  • Why it’s a good thing when people compliment you or your work as raw
  • Why she encourages people to go through their journey without sugarcoating what’s happening
  • How she connected her current rawness to her childhood experiences
  • How she knows when to check herself when something is in misalignment in her spirit
  • What we need to tap into to achieve success and balance in your life
  • Why it’s necessary to fill your cup first so you can ultimately be the blesser you were called to be

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • It’s about permission, calendarizing, and being intentional about the time you spend with yourself.

Connect with Dr. Yashima:

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On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.

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Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @balanceboldly on IG, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But remember, do it, BOLDLY!

Thank you for listening!

 

How to Avoid Being Smothered by Emotions with Beth Lawrence

How to Avoid Being Smothered by Emotions with Beth Lawrence

Beth Lawrence is an event producer and experiential marketing expert who has launched several brands and provided PR services to many small businesses. She is the CEO of a events production, marketing, and PR firm based in Philadelphia as well as the co-founder of The Industry Formula, a company that offers sales and marketing templates as well as consulting services to small-to-mid-sized companies. She is a human rights advocate who served as the former Silent Auction Co-Chair for the Human Rights Galas and the campaign manager for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Women of the Year for two consecutive years. Additionally, she is a founding member of the PartyPartners of Philadelphia.

Beth joins me today to share how she understands her body, so she doesn’t feel trapped by the things that are going on around her. She explains why you need to listen to your body and how her closest relationships help her manage stress and avoid burnout. She also shares why controlling her emotions to look at things more pragmatically is daily work for her as well as how she deals with her ‘little glass box of emotions.’

“Come at things from a place of value and a place of learning.” – Beth Lawrence

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • What experiential marketing is and how it should impact customers and clients
  • The difference between an event planner and an event producer
  • Why connecting with her husband is one of the effective ways she handles burnout
  • How journaling, meditating, and guided meditation help her recharge
  • Why she feels the need to break her routine and do something else
  • The challenge with wanting to be the best at everything right away

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • Look at your week and pencil in a FREE DAY.

Connect with Beth Lawrence:

On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R.Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.

If you like what you hear on the BalanceBoldly for Ambitious Women Podcast, Please subscribe, rate and share to help us ensure the ambitiously bold and brave have access to valuable life, love, and business balance tools.

Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @balanceboldly on IG, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy.

Thank you for listening!

Breaking Through and Becoming with Kyana Brathwaite

Breaking Through and Becoming with Kyana Brathwaite

In this episode, Kyana shares how she had her breakthrough while dealing with her own identity issues. She shares her identity journey, the challenges she faced and how she dealt with them as well as the significance of knowing what you want to give, what you’re open to receiving, and what you refuse to receive. She also shares why it’s crucial to break expectations and how honesty helps her continue to heal and have better relationships.

If you heard last week’s interview, you understand why we absolutely had to follow-up with Part-2, today!

If you are new to the show or missed last week, let me reintroduce you!

A registered nurse, Kyana Brathwaite founded KB Caring Advocacy & Liaison Services (or KB CALS) to help people, families, and businesses find the best wellness plan that suits their various medical needs. Kyana’s clients go through an interactive and participatory process as she connects with health systems and the medical community, including insurance providers, to coordinate assistance and support for her clients. When she’s not busy helping others, she spends her time taking care of her husband and two gorgeous children.

“Because I’m starting to get to know me — because there’s a process, I can now open up and give other people grace and share that love.” -Kyana Brathwaite

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • How Kyana used to define success
  • The effect of growing up in a single-parent household
  • The negative statements she made herself believe growing up that contributed to the notion of her identity
  • Why she felt the need to cling to her relationships for her identity
  • The difference between listening and taking heed
  • How you can share your gifts
  • How knowing herself affected her relationships and connections
  • What she does when people get uncomfortable with her honesty

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • Give yourself permission to not plan and go with the flow.

Connect with Kyana Brathwaite:

On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R.Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.

If you like what you hear on the BalanceBoldly for Ambitious Women Podcast, Please subscribe, rate and share to help us ensure the ambitiously bold and brave have access to valuable life, love, and business balance tools.

Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @balanceboldly on IG, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy.

Thank you for listening!

Breaking Boxes and Letting Go Expectations with Kyana Brathwaite

Breaking Boxes and Letting Go Expectations with Kyana Brathwaite

Kyana Brathwaite is a registered nurse and the CEO and founder of KB Caring Advocacy & Liaison Services (or KB CALS), a company that partners with their clients and assists them in an interactive and participatory process of discovering the best customized health and wellness plan for individuals, families, and businesses that will best fit their needs. In addition to planning, her company also coordinates support in the medical community, health systems, and with insurance providers. While giving her best to help others, she is also a wife and a homeschooling mother to two beautiful children.

Kyana joins me today to share how she broke the boxes she has put herself in as she learns to let go of expectations set by others and our society. Kyana shares how she started a bottom role as a nursing assistant, how she broke expectations along the way, and how she found herself helping others as the CEO of her own company. She also shares some compelling stories that exemplify being mindful of what others say so you can break expectations as well as being careful yourself so as not to put others in a box.

“It’s not just about you breaking your own box, but being mindful that you don’t put other people in the box because it’s comfortable for you.” – Kyana Brathwaite

This Week on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women In Business Podcast:

  • Why Kyana’s mentors were a significant part of her career path.
  • The first box others have put Kyana in regarding the pace she’d have to do as she becomes a critical health care provider.
  • The box she broke that allowed her to blossom in her work.
  • Rich lessons to learn when she put herself in the apology box because of her pregnancy.
  • The opportunities that opened her up to want to have more autonomy and explore her nursing skills.
  • How her reputation preceded her and its effects on her career and working environment.
  • How her injury affected her career and her identity.
  • Why her next job turned out to be a total disaster.
  • The release she didn’t know she needed – until she got it.
  • What she dealt with as she became an entrepreneur.
  • How her career change affected her worth and the way she sees herself.
  • What she did to fill in the healthcare gap between the health system and care seekers.
  • How she was able to listen to patients individually at KB CALS.
  • Why she finds comfort in floatation therapy and hanging out with her mother-in-law.

A Little Permission to Pause:

  • Sometimes, somebody else has to allow you to be you before you can really see who you are.

Connect with Kyana Brathwaite:

On the Balance Boldly Podcast, host Naketa R. Thigpen talks with ambitious women in business (and a few brave men) from a wide array of industries about their pursuit of success, how they face business burnout and what work/life balance looks like for them. Not your conventional self-help podcast, Balance Boldly uncovers real solutions to real problems afflicting real people at home and in the workplace, daily.

If you like what you hear on the Balance Boldly for Ambitious Women Podcast, Please subscribe, rate and share to help us ensure the ambitiously bold and brave have access to valuable life, love, and business balance tools.

Connect with me, Naketa R. Thigpen @balanceboldly on IG, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Now Go. Create Your Balance. Create Your Joy. But do it, BOLDLY!

Thank you for listening!