#Thrive Thursday: Meet Gila Archer, owner Gila Archer Pilates

thrive thursday Jan 14, 2021

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

I had always done a lot of exercises. I trained in ballet, dancing over 13 hours a week. I competed in Sports Acrobatics gymnastics until I was 23. I did Pilates and taught my own classes. I did circuit classes, body pump, Ceroc jive, etc. Right into my 30s, I did exercise consistently every day and felt invincible. 

Then I had children!!! 

3 children under the age of 4, and I loved it – still do – being a mum. My life became my children. Apart from teaching Pilates, I didn’t do any exercise – I had no time, and my priority was making sure my children were ok, and no-one else would be able to look after them as well as me!

After a few years, as they began to start school, I started feeling fed up with how I felt. My body had changed, obviously, and I no longer felt invincible. I felt achy, tired, old, wore the same clothes every day because it was easier than...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Shequana Hughes, CEO/Founder of The SAVA Group

thrive thursday Jan 07, 2021

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

I am the daughter of a teenage mother who knew no bounds. I saw her live without limits, although most people put limits on her, which helped shape me into the woman I am today. 

Because of this, I have been able to be bold in my vision.


What message do you promote?

Give yourself a break.  As female entrepreneurs, mothers, and wives, we very seldom take the time to give ourselves a break.  

Not realizing that it is during our breaks that we refuel to give the love that our loved ones deserve.


In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?

By working with women to discover their unlimited potential.


In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to. 

The desire to have everything right now.  Once I discovered there was beauty in the process, I  started to embrace the process and be present in it....

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Marie-Reine Seshie, Head of Marketing

thrive thursday Dec 03, 2020


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

To make a long story short: three things. Hard-working, open-mindedness, and having a support system. 

I have always been very determined, hardworking, and eager to do things for myself - even from a very young age. I believed If I put in the hard work, then God would make me flourish. So wherever I found myself, I gave it a 101%, regardless of what it was. 

Here's an example: when I finished my MBA, I interviewed for a job as a company's Head of Marketing. During the interview process, my interviewer made it known that I did not have the level of experience they needed for the role, but he could see how passionate and motivated I was. So: he was willing to take me on in a three-month internship period, and if I did well, I could be promoted to the Head of Growth. I would be given a stipend, not even close to a quarter of what I was expecting to earn after my MBA. Some people told...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet EB Sanders, Career Coach For Creative Types

thrive thursday Nov 26, 2020

What is your story?

I spent 12 years as a Humanities Professor at several fantastic colleges here in the Bay Area, teaching courses like ‘The History of Creativity.’ 

I loved my job. Capital "L" love, but as I'm sure you know, education/academia is not a cash cow, so I scrimped, saved, worked weird little jobs in the cracks between classes to make ends meet, but it all finally came to a head when my options were a) move across the country for a tenure track position and be struggling slightly less financially (only now in a place far from home) OR b) find a new career.

Once I came to terms with the fact that I really, yes really, had to pay the landlady, I fully pivoted into creative recruiting and staffing, where I racked up almost 10 years of experience. Was it "love" the way I loved teaching? Not quite (you only get one first love), but I really dug my gig. What I especially loved was directly helping women with their career development - I loved that part so...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Christelyn Karazin, The Pink Pill Franchise

thrive thursday Nov 19, 2020

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

I like to say that I am the most perfectly imperfect coach. I have used my own foibles, miss-steps, and teachable moments and turned them into usable advice for my audience to benefit from in all areas of their lives, from relationships to career. Through my own journey, gaining multiple certifications in personal development and consulting with various experts, I developed the first comprehensive self-empowerment series of courses created specifically for Black women. Whether through geography or self-segregation, many of us are not exposed to important social, romantic, and professional skills and opportunities, which has historically limited us. My courses undo many faulty programming that has sabotaged too many of us when we should be winning. Everything from how far we feel we deserve to get in life, to who we feel we can marry, to what activities we can partake in and what opportunities are...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Ariela Esquenazi, Founder Ariela & Assoc Intl

thrive thursday Nov 12, 2020

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

I came to NYC as a sculpting student. When I realized that I probably wouldn’t be able to support my family with a sculptor’s salary, I knew I had to switch gears. At 19 years old, I started working as an assistant in the underwear business and moved into sales. As a salesperson, I needed to really believe in what I was selling, so I insisted on designing everything I pitched. At 21, I got to work on my first business plan. Six years later, with just $15,000, Ariela & Associates was born. 

My father was a rabbi, and my mother was embarrassed to tell the congregation what I did. She said, “When will you make real clothing so I can tell people what you do?” I said, “When I master this.” Over 25 years later, I’m still perfecting my craft and continuously looking ahead to how we can aim to be better.


What message do you promote?

I believe the...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Melissa Deally, Integrative Health Practitioner

thrive thursday Oct 29, 2020

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

I am one of the lucky ones to have led a very blessed life, it doesn’t mean it was without struggle, but I look back on all aspects with gratitude because it has made me who I am today. I was born in Australia, raised in Japan, and moved to Canada 30 years ago for what I thought would be Whistler's season and have never left! I was the oldest of 4 kids, and at 13, my father suddenly died of blood clots after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. I became the second parent, as my sisters were on 3 and 5. I grew up fast but somehow had the wisdom to appreciate that while losing my Dad sucked (as I was a Daddy’s girl), he was still with me, sitting on my shoulder, guiding me. I also appreciated that I had been fortunate to have him in my life for 13 years; my youngest sister only had him for 3 years. 2 years after his passing, we moved back to Australia; I poured myself into my studies and...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Michele Wilson, Coach and Teach Entrepreneurs

thrive thursday Oct 22, 2020

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

I grew up in Simi Valley, California. I had big dreams of growing up. Dancing was my passion, and I wanted to become a professional dancer. At the age of seventeen, my dreams slipped away when I became a teenage mom. Fortunately, I was blessed with great parents who were very caring and believed in me. They encouraged me to go to college and get good grades. I graduate college yet still found myself struggling financially.

After two failed marriages and a broken relationship, I walked away from it all. I started my life over three different times; ,I found myself in abusive relationships and disempowered each time. Then the third time, at 43 years old, I flew back home to my parents’ home, with my 3-year-old on my lap. I had no job, no money, no home, and no car. I felt like a complete failure, hurt, and defeated. I knew if I wanted things to change that I must change.  

This was...

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#Thrive Thursday: Meet Jorgie Franks-Bell, CEO

thrive thursday Oct 15, 2020

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

I would say, my awesome parents! I knew my superpower to influence others in a positive way from a young age knocking on doors telling people of Jesus. Now I am an amazing sales consultant and business development leader. I help introverted, and ambivert business owners increase sales and gain confidence. 


What message do you promote?

I promote entrepreneurs and business owners living their dream and monetizing their talent. I challenge them to go from clarity to confidence in sales or let me do it for them. 


In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?

I have taken leadership roles on non-profit boards, and I am currently the president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Brandon. Leadership is taking a servant role and encouraging people to serve in their gifts. 


In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to


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#Thrive Thursday: Viktoriia Miracle, Energetic Time Management Expert

thrive thursday Oct 08, 2020

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

Let me tell you how, in my desperate search for my life purpose, I was missing the entire purpose of life. 

I grew up very poor in Russia, often eating only potatoes and onions. 

When I was 6, I stole money from my parents. I happily hid the money behind the closet, thinking that I would save it, so by the time I grew up, the money would magically multiply, and I would help my family buy a house and get out of poverty... 

My dream broke into pieces when my mom caught me. I felt so embarrassed and ashamed. 

At this moment, I decided, “I HAVE to make my own money.”

So, I started to work hard ever since I was 14.

By the time I was 24 yrs old, I was living an extravagant life. I worked for a billionaire. I managed his schedule and created systems in the company. I earned six figures and lived in Manhattan. I bought a restaurant, two grocery stores, and a house for my...

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