FROM HOMELESS YOUTH TO SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEUR
When I was a little girl, I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do for a living, but I knew I wanted to be a "business woman". I envisioned holding a briefcase, walking into a corporate office building looking fierce and confident. Fast-forward to today, my vision wasn't far from the truth; but instead, the building I am walking into is my own business.
From the age of 10 to about 16, my family was almost always homeless. We stayed with family members, multiple shelters and were forced to move every few years. I managed to graduate high school with a 3.9 GPA and was determined to not have to live that way ever again. I knew education was key, so I went to college to take over the world. After graduating from NIU with honors in 2007, I soon found out the harsh reality - we were in the middle of a recession and 'job security' was a thing of the past. My corporate job was not fulfilling, so within a year after graduating from college with my degree in Corporate Communications, I decided to start my own business. I embarked on the road to entrepreneurship as a Wardrobe Stylist and Personal Shopper and launched, A-line Style Services in November 2008.
I grinded to build my business; attending networking events after work and working on my business late at night. About a month later, I was laid off from my corporate job and my "side hustle" became full-time. Letting go of fear and uncertainty, I decided to go all in with my business, dedicating all my time to building it. Within six months, I got a phone call from the producers of the Rachael Ray Show to style on-camera wardrobe makeovers! That moment I knew: I was exactly where I was supposed to be and I was headed in the right direction. Entrepreneurship was "it" for me and has been ever since.
I still offer wardrobe styling, but have developed my brand into much more -- speaker, author and entrepreneur coach to fellow female small business owners. From doing countless speaking engagements, to writing my first book, "STANDOUT STYLE: The Shopping + Style Guide for Real Women", to opening STANDOUT STYLE Boutique, I kept pushing myself outside my comfort zone. I challenge my clients to do the same through positive thinking, strategic planning and execution.
Since launching my coaching business, I have coached hundreds women through group strategy sessions, speaking engagements and one-on-one coaching sessions. I am so passionate about helping fellow women entrepreneurs grow their businesses! I encourage you to MOVE and take the first step or next step in starting/growing your business. Be unapologetic and relentless in your growth! Now let's get to work and break down barriers together...
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