the deskside series

THE DESKSIDE SERIES: MEAGAN WARD

Meagan Ward is an entrepreneur on the rise, taking the marketing and branding industries by storm. The CEO of Creatively Flawless and the Founder of Powerful Women, Meagan is the epitome of what every entrepreneur should be: Innovative. Driven. Kind and Passionate. I had the privilege of chatting with her for our Deskside series this week. Check it out!

What inspired your journey to entrepreneurship?

My family. My mother and grandfather were entrepreneurial driven. They named their investment company after me. I thought it was cool. It inspired me to use my gifts and what I was good at to create my own business.

How do you deal with the stress and high demands of owning a business?

Balance is very important  for me. I've learned to meditate, remove myself from the world, focus on my thoughts. It's important to have a positive atmosphere from support system to clients. We have to have a great energy. I'm pretty selective as far as who I work with and why I work with them.

What were some of your biggest obstacles and how did you overcome?

Not getting a raise from my corporate job sparked something in me. It showed me I had the power to decide.  Once I made my decision, things in my life changed for the better. I took a risk, but I wasn't content knowing that someone had that much control over my self worth. It's all about pursuing purpose. Leaving my job served people, it inspired them to fulfill their purpose also.

What new projects do you have coming up? 

In addition to Creatively Flawless, I created The Powerful Women Networking Group. Our 2016 conference and we are excited. Women from all backgrounds will be attending our 2 day weekend event. They will be able to listen speakers, do lunch, and brunch together.  I created  the Powerful Women  because I feel like sometimes society puts negative stereotypes of women working together in business. I believe we have the ability to work together to achieve our goals. I've met some of my closets friends to date at the conference so I'm really looking forward to it

What would you say to your 20 year old self?

Stop thinking about age and what everyone else is doing. I could have started my business at 19-20 years old but I was too busy prioritizing my social life . I would tell myself to go for it! So often a path has been created for us; we don't have to take it! It's very doable to create your own path.

Where do you see yourself 3-5 years from now?

Being a mom. It is important to me and my husband. Being a mom exudes womanhood to me. I also want to be a serial entrepreneur. I have a lot of ideas so why not start them and have people run them? I also want to have global brands in Asia and South America. I definitely think that there is a demand there for getting women involved

 

THE DESKSIDE SERIES: KOEREYELLE DUBOSE

Koereyelle Dubose is definitely a game changer and a female entrepreneur activating her hustle unlike any other. She is the Founder of the Single Wives Club, an organization dedicated to single women who desire to be married. Koereyelle is also the founder of Ready To Werk, a creative design agency that also provides classes for the DIY Entrepreneur. With her new book,  "WERK 101: Get-Your-Life-Together Guide ", we were eager to catch up with her. Take a look at the awesome gems she had to share!

Congrats on your new book! What inspired you to write it?

WERK 101: Get-Your-Life-Together Guide is actually the 3rd book I have written but the first one that I've published. It  is the ultimate handbook sharing health, wealth, and lifestyle lessons for the modern-day woman. I'm talking about everything from how to deal with negative people to uncovering your purpose. I want women everywhere to find their purpose, discover their dreams and live a life that they love

You are a DIY entrepreneur, how do you stay focused and productive when developing new products launches etc?

I make an effort to find a common denominator in everything that I do. I organize myself according to specific days. So one day I will schedule all my emails for the week, the next day I may write my blog posts or meet with my team. 

What are 3 key things you attribute to your success this far?

My determination, I don't take the word "no", it motivates me to push harder until I get a yes. I would also say my faith, not only in God but I have a very strong faith in myself. I know that I can do whatever I set my mind to. Lastly, having my team; people that understand the vision and add value to me and my brand.

What's next for you and your many endeavors?

My book tour. I am currently in the planning stages. I want to work around the world, taking my book on the road. I want to impact as many people as possible; empowering women everywhere

What would you say to your 25 year old self?

Be patient. I don't have to be in control of everything or know when it's going to happen as long as I have the vision. I know it will come in time.

Words of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs?

My number 1 rule for anyone who thinks they want to be an entrepreneur is figure out what you love to do and then build a business around it. The Single Wives Club is the  6th business that I've had and it's been successful because it's my passion project. I love what I do and I know I'm walking in my purpose. 

 

THE DESKSIDE SERIES: I'SHA GAINES, EDITOR/CEO OF HONEY BE NATURAL MAGAZINE

We at PR Mentality,LLC LOVE Honey Be Natural Magazine! They are an awesome publication for natural hair and beauty lovers around the world! So I had to catch up with CEO and Editor I'sha Gaines! Not only is she an editor and founder of a magazine, but she is also a photographer and creative director of CreateHerStock.com, a stock image site for women and creatives of color. Check out her interview below!

What inspired you to start Honey Be Natural Magazine?

When I first went natural, I had a hard time shuffling through blogs for information. I wanted to create a hub where information and features could be filtered through so I started HoneyBeNatural Magazine. 

 As a photographer, editor and creative director, you wear a lot of hats! How do you find the time to manage everything?

I honestly alternate weeks that I work on projects. I try and dedicate a week to each "Hat."

3.) Describe a typical work day.

I teach at Duncanville High School during the day as a commercial photography teacher. After work depending on the day I'm either prepping for an afternoon photoshoot or I take a nap. YES A NAP! From 4 to 8p.m. on most days I shut it down. I do this because I get up and work through the night on the magazines or editing photos. Alternating weeks for each of my business has worked for the most part. I use lunch breaks, afternoon times and late nights for posting on social media. 

What types of story ideas do you love to receive?

Stories about business owners! Especially if it's kids!

What do you want publicists to know about working with you?

That I have new ideas daily that need to be cultivated. 

 

What's next for I'sha Gaines and Honey Be Magazine?

HoneyBeNatural: Turning the magazine into something more memorable for 2016. It'll be a surprise(:

Createherstock: CreateHerStock we are soon going to have photo packs that subscribers can download at a low cost! 

IshaGainesPhoto: Is about to be heavily involved in HoneyBeNatural photoshoots. Call it crazy, but the photography vision for IshaGainesPhoto is changing dramatically.

Words of Wisdom for aspiring entrepreneurs in the creative and literary industries?

Create Daily, Take Risks.... Don't wait too long to implement your ideas! 

 

THE DESKSIDE SERIES: STEPHANIA LAGUER, CREATOR OF BOU'JAE VODKA

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I was so excited to be able to chat with Stephania Laguer, creator of Bou'Jae Vodka. Now, this is not your ordinary vodka. What makes Bou'Jae so unique you ask? It is the ONLY organic Ultra Premium Vodka in the U.S that is GMO free. Stephania came up with this awesome concept to fit her gluten- free lifestyle. Check out her interview below.

 

What inspired you to create your own Vodka line? My friends, they will miss a meal so they would have room to intake calories at night when we went out. I though it was the stupidest thing and wondered why there wasnt a healthy vodka out that would allow you to drink and not have to worry about calories or the aftermath. 


How do you feel as an African American woman in the organic spirits industry?
I feel intimated at times, but im not a quiter. Im constantly trying to educate my self on the Industry and the people in it. This industry is filled with men so me being a women and african american at that could go eithier way. 

 What separates Bou'Jae from its competitors? 
Bou'Jae is a lifestyle. In my opinion is the most healthiest vodka to date. Its gluten free, non gmo and allergen free. Over 100 people have tested it and non have had sideaffects or hangovers. 

 Who is your ideal consumer for Bou'Jae?
We would target the gym rats, organic/ natural people aswell as people with health issues. Its alot of people who cant drink certain brands because of the ingredients in it.

 Where do you see yourself and Bou'Jae in the next 5 years? I see Bou'Jae being a top spirit in the industry with several awards. I see Bou'Jae being a Distribution/manufacture as well. I want to help distributeother peoples brands as well. Bou'Jae will be a movement