LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday Meet Kay Hutchison, Author and Founder of Belle Media

Uncategorized Mar 25, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I had a successful career in radio, television after gaining an MA and BMus at Glasgow University.  I worked for Decca Records in London and then BBC Radio as a Producer. In television, I led the launch teams for Disney TV and Channel Five.  In the build-up to the 2012 London Olympics I successfully led the legacy partnership that delivered a long term future for the multi-million pound Olympic Broadcast Centre. I founded my own company, Belle Media and launched Belle Kids in 2015 producing multi-platform conservation-focused content for children.

I am the author of My Life in 37 Therapies (published by Red Door) and narrated the audiobook which is released this year.

 

What message do you promote?

It’s possible to have it all (successful career, beautiful home, loving husband) and still feel something’s not right. I started again and began to search for what was missing...

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LIFESTYLE: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Billie Jo Flythe

Uncategorized Mar 18, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today? 

 

Weight loss surgery 2013- lost 135 lbs –Major life event for me. I began a transformation mentally as well as physically. I promised myself I would not hold back anymore, I would try new things and most importantly, show my daughter that women can do anything they put their mind to. I learned through this that having confidence isn’t bragging, or showing off, or asking for attention, it is being true to yourself. 

 

What message do you promote?  

Summer 2019 we had a  “girls trip” which included my 15-year-old daughter, Mallory, and her friend Riley. I challenged them to give 5 complete strangers a compliment. Not the normal “I like your shirt” compliment, but something that would really brighten someone’s day. Neither had ever done anything like this so the challenge was set. Once the first compliment left their...

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LEADERSHIP: A Closer Look at the Brands Paving the Way for Female Empowerment

Uncategorized Mar 12, 2020

In 2020, a brand must do more than simply sell a product. Each company needs to go above and beyond to retain customers and establish its place as a market leader — involvement with wider political matters is a big part of this effort. When brand ethics shine through, customers will
appreciate the company’s commitment when it comes to championing inclusivity and empowerment. When brands wave the flag of empowerment, consumers are bound to listen. Some brands go above and beyond to ensure that both their staff and their customers feel supported. Whether that’s through the initiatives that they support, employee benefits to ease the strain on working mothers, or a range of makeup that is inclusive of all, every step towards inclusivity and empowerment represents a huge milestone. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the businesses that are championing empowerment in 2020.
Bumble
Bumble focusses on female empowerment down to its very core. This game-changing...

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Lisa Erickson of Chakra Empowerment for Women

Uncategorized Mar 09, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

My passion these days is helping women connect to their energy body through mindfulness and meditation work for stress management, healing, goal attainment, and empowerment. But that wasn’t always the case – I began my career in technology, and worked long days against tight deadlines for years. It took a toll on my mind and body, which led me to meditation. Chakra (energy center) meditation, in particular, was life-changing for me, validating energetic and intuitive experiences I had had my entire life, but never had the language to understand. I began seriously studying energy healing and chakra meditation on the side and did that for many years.

A health crisis after the birth of my first daughter triggered a bigger shift and ultimately led me to my current work. The medical establishment wasn’t able to help me, and so I had to truly draw upon the energy healing training I had...

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LIFESTYLE: Curve Balls and My New Story

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2020

The last week in December through me a few curve balls.
Not that I hadn’t had curve balls thrown before. I have. And I’ve survived. Always with a little help from my friends.
In one week, in the space actually of two days, three interesting balls lobbed my way.
First, after weeks of my car sometimes starting, sometimes not, I had dropped it at my favorite mechanic, Car Docs, knowing something was up. Hoping against hope each time I got in my car those last few weeks that my car would start!
That little car started in order for me to get it to Car Docs. It was one of the last times it would start. It was unfortunate; however, my 2009 Ford Escape Hybrid would start only one more time. Speaking with Ed at Car Docs, I had to have it towed to a Ford dealer so that the computer systems could be checked out. My insurance kicked in and the Escape was towed, with no promise of them looking at it until next week. My intuition told me this was probably it for the little car that I had...

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Alice Combs, CEO of Vulcan Wire

Uncategorized Mar 02, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

I morphed from a food stamp recipient to the CEO of my own corporation. The trajectory in my book, The Lady with Balls: A Single Mother’s Triumphant Battle in a Man’s World begins when I was fired from my planned career path as a clothes buyer. It was explained that I was neither management nor corporate material. Fearing another humiliation of being fired again, I experimented by trying to sell a variety of products - none of which were lucrative enough to support my two daughters and me. I began to ask “what do you need that you can’t get” until one man said, “Honey, I need baler wire. Even the farmers can’t get it.” Now my business, Vulcan Wire, sells over $10 million of wire used to bale recyclable products.  

 

What message do you promote?

My message is of perseverance. To succeed in life or in business one must persevere despite...

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BUSINESS: 5 Things You Shouldn’t Do On Your Work Computer

Uncategorized Feb 26, 2020

5 Things You Shouldn’t Do On Your Work Computer

Nowadays, most modern jobs provide work computers. It is essential to get things done. But sometimes people start to loosen up and use a work computer for work-unrelated matters. And that is not a good idea. Here are 5 things you should avoid doing on a work computer.

 

#1: Don’t Log In Into Open Wi-Fi

If your work computer is a laptop, you probably bring it home or to meetings outside of work. But wherever you are, avoid using a WiFi network without the password. Open WiFi means that anyone is able to get all the details you are filling in on your computer. It’s especially risky to be checking sensitive business data. 

Arnas Stuopelis, Chairman of the Board of hosting provider Hostinger, warns: “One of the most common threats on an open network is an attack called Man-in-the-Middle. When a computer connects to the Internet, data is sent from the computer to the website. Open Wi-Fi can allow an...

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Dr. LaTarsha Holden, advocate, motivational speaker, workshop facilitator and children’s book author.

Uncategorized Feb 24, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today? 

My story is one of overcoming the odds and inspiring others to change the narrative for their lives. Within ten years I’ve gone from being homeless with six children in the streets of Atlanta to a political candidate in the “2017,” election, from a GED to a Doctorate degree in Leadership Studies and became a 12x published author. As a motivational speaker, I’m known as a phoenix who has risen from the ashes. I’m in the process of launching my inspirational products online store. I was recently recognized as the honoree for Georgia Mother of the Year “2020,’ by American Mother’s Inc.

What message do you promote?

I promote service, love, and compassion for others. “Our legacy will speak louder after we’re gone.”


In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?

I Lead Up in my community as a community advocate, motivational...

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Danielle Williams, sharing her lung cancer journey through positivity

Uncategorized Feb 18, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

Well, my story is one of overcoming and turning a sour life situation into a sweet beautiful expression of love, joy, and inspiration.  I’m a go-getter and I have lived my life with the belief that I can do anything. It wasn’t always that way when I was younger I didn’t know who I was and I lacked a sense of self-confidence.  

As I matured and took hold of my life, I started to live with the mental mindset of being my own cheerleader.  I worked really hard at training myself and my brain to look at things through a positive lens. I don’t allow drama or negativity to be a part of my life.  This has helped me tremendously in handling difficult situations and it also brought me a sense of peace in my life. I live by the model Mind of Matter. I don’t mind cause it does not matter.  This way of thinking and keeping a positive outlook on life...

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LEADERSHIP: #Thrive Thursday: Meet Leslie Baer Dinkel, Executive Director, Local Hope Guatemala

Uncategorized Feb 13, 2020

What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?

In my early thirties, I was a relatively happy person, but I felt as if something was missing in my life. A friend suggested I volunteer, collecting and distributing food for families that had fallen on hard times. Although I wasn’t sure that would fill my empty spot, I tried it—I felt like I had nothing to lose—and loved it! I felt incredibly gratified being able to help a family in a small way, and often, recipients would tell me that the groceries they received made a big difference in their lives. Over time, this led me to volunteer on Skid Row in Los Angeles, in places I never thought I’d visit. But there was an incredible need. I met so many hungry people, including families. With all the blessings in my life, I realized I had plenty to share, and that I should.

Through people I met volunteering, I ended up doing similar work on Skid Row with the Brothers and Sisters...

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