If you saw Black Girls Rock this weekend, I know you are feeling inspired and motivated, and that’s exactly what happened at The Black Life Coaches Summit at the National Harbor in Maryland, March 20-22, 2015. Created by Howard University alum Towanna Freeman (HU – U KNOW!), the summit was designed to empower Black Life Coaches with winning business insights and marketing strategies to boost their sales in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Several of the who’s who in coaching poured into the participants, including keynote speaker, Paul C. Brunson who also received The Coach of the Year Award. Many “Black Women who Rock” also took center stage. I got to speak to several of them. First up, Towanna Freeman. We talked briefly about the Summit’s overall larger vision and uplifting agenda:
Women and men of vision not only spoke at the summit, they attended! I checked in with a couple of the participants to assess their perspective of the event. First was Patti Smith, an aspiring life coach who heard about the conference through a friend, and the more experienced Patrica Dinkins Green.
Influential business leaders such as Alonzo Kelly, Pam Perry and Thomas Blackwell taught participants how to monetize their coaching practices as well as how to build the infrastructure to sustain and grow their profits. It wasn’t just a bunch of dry technical talk though. Several of these dynamic business stars also relayed their personal journeys of transformation and success. One of them was national Reinvention Strategist, Howard University Professor, (and definitely a Black Girl Who ROCKS) Denise Joy Hart. Hear what knowledge she dropped & the free gift available through her website (HU BABY!)
I also had the opportunity to sit down and talk extensively with one of the premiere coaches in the country, Nicole Roberts Jones. National motivational speaker, author, as well as Director of Content Development for Lisa Nichols’ Motivating The Masses, (Lisa Nichols is Steve Harvey’s coach), Nicole is known as “The Inner Catalyst” for her ability to draw out what’s best in people and enable them to turn Big Passion into Big Profits. And she has quite a track record – starting with her own transformation of turning her $13,000 business to $240,000 within a year! Once you hear her 6 point F.I.E.R.C.E formula, you realize how such exponential success is indeed possible. So what was Nicole’s journey like – being a homegirl from the hood landing a dream job in entertainment, only to quit it to help countless girls and woman of color carve out their own destinies – and become rich in the process? I got to dig in and find out! Take a listen, be inspired and enjoy! Nicole is definitely a BLACK GIRL WHO ROCKS!
Rock ON and be blessed!
– Nikki Strong
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Her energy is infectious! "Edutainment" is her specialty. When Nikki Strong is on, you know you will get caught up in what's going down (and learn something new too)! From Soft Rock to Hip-Hop, Gospel to World music, Nikki's 15+ year radio career involves working in various capacities and formats. Currently Nikki serves as Producer of the Hang Suite on Saturday nights and the go-to Talent whenever anyone takes vacation time or needs a fun host for a remote event. She also host the news and entertainment show "The Scene" on SiriusXM 141 H.U.R. voices Thursdays at 12:30p. Engaging and informative, this Harlem native loves to have a good time with great music! One of her most fulfilling gigs was giving birth to the "Neo-Soul" channel, The Flow, at XM Satellite Radio where she worked as Music Director. She also served as Music Director and Air Talent for the World Music station XM100 WorldZone and then went on to help build an international Hip Hop music station for WorldSpace Satellite Radio. These last two positions, in particular, enabled Nikki to experience first hand how impactful African American culture, especially Soul, Hip Hop and Jazz have been on music from all over the world. Off air, Nikki loves the theater arts and also works as an actress/dancer/singer and voice over artist. She also teaches dance to youth in the DMV area. Occasionally you may catch her substitute teaching a Ballet, Modern or Jazz class for adults at several of the local dance studios, or flexing her acting chops on stage at one of DC's great theatres. Nikki is proud that DC has been her home for over 10 years. She is excited and honored to be a member of the WHUR family and its rich legacy.