The BOSS Network Founder Cameka Smith On Her ‘Ladies That Lead’ Tour
Last night CEO and founder of The BOSS Network, Cameka Smith brought some of the most influential and powerful women in business together to share their stories and inspire women with entrepreneurial pursuits. The BOSS Network “Ladies That Lead” sold-out event was staged at the Prudential Financial Towers in Newark, NJ.
With a panel of business experts including award-winning television writer-producer and author, Susan Fales Hill; EVP & Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, RWJ Barnabas Health, Michellen Davis, Esq.; VP Strategic Recruitment & Engagement, Prudential Financial, Christina Schelling; gospel artist and Destiny’s Child member and entrepreneur Michelle Williams, Cameka Smith in her own right, and so many more, the night was an electric evening of powerful, intelligent and beautiful women networking, learning and supporting one another through their exchanges. The featured speaker was Lauren Maillian, founder and CEO of LMB Group.
Michelle Williams delivered a very personal and poignant account of personal trials and triumphs as she finds her footing rebranding, redefining and reconnecting with herself as a creative and a business woman. Michelle confessed that her team initially laughed at her when she brought plans for her home decor line, Believe at Home, to the table. As a result, Michelle rerouted the negativity with positive thoughts, restructured her team and her faith.
Some of the world’s most successful women shared stories of racism and sexism in their fields during the panel discussion. Susan Fales Hill, a seasoned and notable writer, and producer of major works such as the TV classic “A Different World,” expressed that she used her passion for “disseminating information that reminds us of our common humanity” to rise above the negativity.
MommyNoire got to sit with Cameka, and the lovely panel exclusively, and this is what they shared:
Women in business empowerment groups are really trending right now, what do you think makes your approach unique?
Cameka Smith: After being laid off as a teacher, I knew I didn’t want to leave my fate in someone else’s hands again. Because of that drive and wanting to take my destiny in my own hands, it put me in the position…to begin to create a lasting legacy.
What are some of the top mistakes women make in starting a business?
For many of us, we are serial entrepreneurs, which is great, however often times we do not do our due diligence researching our target market, and what our customer needs, and problems are.
How have you been able to keep The BOSS Network ahead of the game and grow such a large network of women?
I think we have been able to become so successful because we are always adapting and looking to serve our women. We are truly interested in our networks needs and meeting them. We are committed to not just growing the network, but engaging and servicing them.
What are some key points to networking, in order to make a lasting impression and genuine connection towards building a relationship?
In my workshop, Connecting Beyond the Business Card, I talked about how it’s about building your network, not your rolodex. You have to consider how you can be of service to others–how are you valuable?–so that you have opened the door to a mutually beneficial relationship. Being authentic is so important–compliment someone’s outfit, ask them what brought them out to the event… As women I think it is most easy for us to relate to one another when we stay true to ourselves.
Tickets for upcoming Ladies That Lead tickets in Dallas and Charlotte are available at LadiesThatLeadTour.com.
ABOUT THE BOSS NETWORK
BOSS™ is an acronym for “Bringing Out Successful Sisters,” and the Network’s mission is to promote and encourage the small business spirit and career development of women. TheBOSS Network is an online community of professional and entrepreneurial women who support each other through conversation, online and event-based networking. To find out more about theBOSS Network, please visit TheBOSSNetwork.org. The BOSS Network was named as a Forbes’ “Top 10 Career and Entrepreneurial Website for Women.” With over 50,000 women globally subscribed to the mailing list and active members throughout the United States.
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