Discover Your Talent Interview: Embrace the Moxie Within–Lori Robinson Talks Having No Apologies for Nurturing Big Dreams
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Don Hutcheson of Discover Your Talent podcast. I have to say, this was probably one of the best interviews I've had. Thank you for allowing me to share my talent and my passion for helping people through Corporate Moxie!
Here are some highlights:
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Lori has a clear memory from age three. “I saw a picture in a magazine and said, "I want to be a business woman." After college, she started at the bottom as a Human Resources assistant. Bumps, bruises, promotions and a master’s degree later, she founded Corporate Moxie on her own.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
The sudden passing of her mother when Lori was 35 brought the realization, “You’ve been pushing and pushing. You have to put some living in your life!” She earned a master’s in organizational leadership because she’d seen it was a missing element in the corporate world. “After that, everything changed.”
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"Dr. Bisa", as she is affectionately called, is definitely a woman to behold! Determination and confidence are just a couple of attributes that explain how Bisa Batten Lewis, EdD is one Moxie professional. She is Founder and Managing Partner of an educational consulting firm, Ideal Early Learning, and a curriculum company, W.I.N.G.S Curriculum. She is a published author of education and parenting articles, college textbooks, children's books, early childhood curriculum, adult training curriculum, early learning handbooks and more.
With a wealth of information and great advice to share with women who find themselves wanting to take the shortcut to success, I sat down with the Education Expert, to get her insider's secrets to success and why success is more than a destination. Check out our interview below.
When did you decide you would get your EdD in Adult Education?
In undergrad, I loved math. I changed my major four times before settling on education. I remember when I was studying computer science we would learn a program and soon after the program would become obsolete. Change was so frequent and constant and I knew that I could handle it, but I had to make sure it was what I wanted to do.
You're a successful business woman. Where did you get your entrepreneurial spirit from?
I was inspired by my grandfather, who had no college education and little formal education, but owned several successful businesses, properties, and was quite wealthy during his time. When I was a little girl I would sell candy to other students. I supplied a demand to the military kids who did not have access to the same type of candy that I had. I did not know it back then, but I always had a business mindset and an ability to see opportunities for business.
Do you have advice for women who are just starting out with their own business?
Yes. You don’t have to pay someone to do something you can learn to do yourself. You can save so much in overhead if you try and involve yourself in as much of your business as possible. You can always pay someone to do your payroll or marketing, but you can put time in and learn some things for yourself.
What do you think are some of the common mistakes women make when starting their business?
Some start without being prepared. They just jump out because of someone else’s story or success. Every successful business owner has to pay their dues. You will not just instantaneously start a business and within 30 days, have a thriving scaled business. You have to be patient and resilient.
What one life lesson would you like to share with women?
There are no shortcuts in life. If you are looking for something that will get you something you truly desire quickly or with very little effort, it most likely will not get you respect. For instance, when searching for a doctoral program, some choose less reputable institutions and when among colleagues they often find themselves in precarious situations where they don't even feel confident sharing where they earned their doctorate. If you're going to work that hard, make it count and be proud of how and where you earned your education! Choosing educational and career opportunities that are fulfilling avoid the need to overcompensate to prove one's relevance.
Also, don’t try to be something you are not. Do not buy-in to the notion of only looking successful and not trying to be successful. You have to be confident and be both. Also do NOT try and impress others, but keep focused and work hard to establish yourself. A true professional allows her work to speak for itself!
That's definitely great and MOXIE advice - as Oprah would say, a 'tweetable moment'. You can find Dr. Bisa leading certification programs, in the classroom and keeping us in the know on her website and you can find her on Twitter and Facebook too!
Let me just say I thoroughly enjoyed my convo with Ms. Natt Taylor. She is just awesome and knows her business! This creative and determined entrepreneur used her stint in Corporate America to her advantage. She paired her accounting skills, with her creations to co-workers that began spreading the word beyond her inner-circle to become Natt Taylor Collections, a sassy, sophisticated womenswear that celebrates the natural feminine form. Natt is a true inspiration and learned early on to take the road less traveled.
I began sewing in high school and continued throughout college creating pieces for friends. After graduation, I began working in corporate America where I was presented with a dress code akin to the traditional corporate look of dark and muted colors. My attempts to break up the corporate monotony with hot pink and vibrant blazers failed as I was told that my bright pieces and general use of color was against the company’s dress code. So, I began sewing for myself, replacing the lining of my blazers with bright colors. I even decorated my work space with vibrant colors and other creative artwork to keep me going throughout the day.
My coworkers began to notice the pieces that I designed for myself and started placing orders at my cubicle. After saving my money and really working towards starting my own business, I ventured out on my own and after nearly nine years, I have not looked back since
The Importance of a Support System:
You have to believe in yourself because not everyone is going to understand your vision. Your vision is YOUR vision and you have to do all that you can to make it a viable career. You will always find some resistance, however, you cannot get caught up in that. Sometimes people just don’t fully get it because it’s not theirs to understand, but they will still support you and help you achieve your vision. My family is supportive and they are there for me; that support has helped me tremendously along the way. At the same time, I was able to show everyone that this was not, “just a sewing thing”.
When doubt creeps in I…
Pray. I encourage everyone stepping out and starting a new thing to pray. When you have a business and everyone sees that things are going well, they tend to not understand how much work goes in to making the business successful. It’s a whole lot of work. There will be lean times and you have fight through.
Can’t forget mentors
I have a few mentors. I encourage everyone to get a mentor. Most importantly, do not limit your mentors to your specific industry. Realize there are some people in your life that can only help you get so far. You will need to seek out someone who knows their stuff and really want to see you succeed.
To the everyday woman I say…
If you desire to go to the next level or start your own thing, surround yourself with people who can help you. If you are starting your own business, you have to learn business. It’s never too late to chase your dream, but be prepared. I had accounting experience and the business side was easy for me to grasp. Also, don’t regret the path you took to get to where you are today. You can always pull from what you have experienced.
Don’t you just love it! Sometimes we can be in an office environment and waste time trying to change the company. Maybe we should stop trying to change certain things and change the way we see ourselves and our thinking. Just a thought!
Natt let me in on a little secret I am passing on to you, she is expanding her basics line to include pieces under $100.00, so let’s put our coinage aside for our Moxie wardrobe.
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Eva. Jane. Bunkley! What can I say? She is spiritual and realistic. She is creative and a uber successful entrepreneur. She has worked with the most prominent such as Emmy nominated, Judge Hatchett Show, as well as President Jimmy Carter, Usher, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tichina Arnold, Jennifer Holliday, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Charles S. Dutton, Cicely Tyson, Creflo and Taffi Dollar and many others but yet remains very humble. She is a wife, a mother, and a beloved faithful friend.
How did the world come to know Eva Jane Bunkley?
Eva Jane Bunkely, the inventor of The Makeup Bullet, has been self-employed since 1996. During this time she was already a successful make-up artist and was a burgeoning producer. Eva Jane holds dear the saying, “slow and steady wins the race”. She is very strategic in her brand and built her freelance business by purposefully making connections one face at a time. She strategically worked for four years in production because she knew that it would benefit her filmmaking career.
In 2003, Eva Jane Bunkley, wrote, produced, and directed her first documentary, “My Mother Was A Butterfly”, which in 2008 won 1st place in the KingDomWood Film Festival. Which was added to her two yes TWO Emmy Awards for her make-up artistry. What a dynamic woman!
Where does her CONFIDENCE lie?
Eva Jane knew that she was on to something special, but like anything, it took a while to come to fruition because she would pick it up and put it back down. She also talked to someone who she felt would be excited about the product, and was not. She said this made her doubt her invention, but she eventually spoke to someone else and they were just as excited as she was, so she felt that she was on to something. With this, Eva Jane gave sage advice by saying that [paraphrased] "...Sometimes when people are not buying into your business, you may be talking to the wrong people."
What advice does Eva Jane have for entrepeneurs?
"Make sure your idea is marketable. There are a lot of things you can do and some of those things are not necessarily good business ideas. Some things we love to do will never be profitable; therefore, it’s a hobby."
Make-Up, writing, directing, and producing are ways she expresses her creativity, but she also developed her craft and was able to parlay her gifts into profitable businesses.
Eva Jane advises that you keep your day job and begin to work on your business, or idea before making it full time to 'test the market'. She reminds us all too often people see where they want to go, but they compare their journey to other’s journey, when they really need to keep reaching for their goals.
Also, you can’t expect success overnight. Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Not everyone is against you like you might feel at times. You have to make sure you are talking to the right people and keep realistic expectations.
How she does she do it ALL?
Eva Jane says she stays spiritually in tune, strives for discipline, remains motivated, and has realistic expectations. Sounds like the perfect plan for success.
Oh yeah, I ‘ve got my Make-Up Bullet and everyone comments on how great my makeup looks! Now get yours at http://themakeupbullet.com/.