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Top Authors To Watch Out For Winter 2020

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Taurea Vision Avant

www.TheVisionAvant.com

IG – @VisionAvant

Taurea Vision Avant is a computer science graduate from Hampton University. She is an author of more than 15+ books and the latest is “Don’t Go Broke Trying to Be a Business Owner”. She has been featured on ABC, Fox, CBS, TEDX and more! In 2009 she founded Show Your Success where she has helped more than 5000+ speakers, coaches and network marketers to write books to grow their business. She also created a club called Book Profits Club™ which was created to help authors and future authors learn how to promote, profit and get their books to perform. In 2019, she founded a non-profit called Urban CEO Network™, whose mission is to help empower and educate men and women from the Urban Community in a non-intimidating way. Her mission in life is to impact more than 10,000,000 men and women in mind, body and soul.

Dr. Cheryl Wood

www.cherylempowers.com

IG – @cherylempowers

Dr. Cheryl Wood is the CEO of VOCALIZE Women Speakers Academy, an international empowerment speaker, 12x best-selling author, and master speaker development coach. She equips women entrepreneurs with the tools to unleash the power of their voice and transform lives with their story. Dr. Wood has trained countless women leaders & influencers across the United States and abroad in South Africa, India, France, United Kingdom, Canada and the Bahamas. Dr. Wood has been featured on ABC, Radio One, Forbes Magazine, Huffington Post, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise, Rolling Out, Sheen Magazine, Good Morning Washington, Fox 5 News, Fox 45 News, The Washington Informer, The Baltimore Times, Afro-American Newspaper and numerous other media outlets. She has delivered riveting keynote presentations for organizations including NASA, The United Nations, the FBI, Verizon, United States Department of Defense, United States Department of Agriculture, National Association of Legal Professionals, Federally Employed Women, Blacks In Government and eWomenNetwork.

Jeff & Janella Simpson

www.supremeentllc.com

IG – @jeffsimpsonjr

Jeff & Janella Simpson are multiple 7- figure earners , having 14 years experience in the industry of Network Marketing together they have gotten to the top of several Network Marketing companies. Some of their accolades include: Published Authors, Keynote speakers on the Association of Network Marketing Professionals, Featuring Guests on The Word Network Channel, Featured in Business for home Publication & Guest speakers on MLM Nation They have been highly successful at coaching and creating dynamic & diverse cultures all over the world to effectively build their Network Marketing business. Prior to their success in Direct Sales they were both highly successful insurance agents for 16 years. The Simpsons are parents of 3. With their tenacity & team-building capabilities they continue to develop upcoming leaders in the industry of Network Marketing . Jeff & Janella have been a married couple for over 20 years and reside in Miami FL.

Isabel Rojas’ Lopez

www.isabeltheauthor.shop

IG – @isabeltheauthor_

Isabel Rojas’ Lopez is a career woman with an entrepreneurship spirit. A Dominican born and raised in the Bronx. Isabel holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Her background is in Law enforcement and project management. A wife and mother to a fourteen-year-old daughter Arianna. The multi-talented, five-time published author also founded her book publishing agency Rojas Publishing in 2020. Isabel encourages others to embrace their purpose and go after it with everything they have. She is a lover of all things that empower people to be the best version of themselves. Isabel’s mission is to empower people to believe in themselves and not allow their past to determine their future.

LaTonya Jackson, Ed.D.

www.thelayofflab.com

IG – @CareerCoachJackson

Dr. LaTonya is a dynamic forward-thinking coach, speaker, and trainer with extensive experience in talent and workforce development, thought leadership, change management, instructional strategy and facilitation. Dr. Jackson leads leadership focused mastermind groups, serves as a design strategy consultant, and facilitates workshops on conducting informational interviews, investing and marketing yourself, resume writing and interviewing skills. She is passionate about helping women leaders grow their careers. Dr. Jackson has authored and co authored several books, The Layoff Lab: 7 Strategies to Navigate a Layoff and Career Transition (2020), No Dead-Beat Jobs: 7 Reasons Why It’s Time to Start Thinking About a Career Change(2019), I Am Called with Sydni Jackson (2015) and 5 Blinders to Seeing Color with Angela “Doc” Courage (2020). LaTonya holds a Doctor of Education in Workforce Development and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership both from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR and a BSBA from Nebraska University.

Angela Patrick Wynn

www.angelwritellc.com

IG – @angelwritellc

Angela Patrick Wynn is a national best-selling author, speaker and writing coach who helps matriarchs recreate memories and make money by writing a memoir. As the CEO of Angelwrite LLC, a company specializing in personal development and performance-based instruction, Wynn uses her “Become Unforgettable” online writing masterclass to teach women 50+ how to embellish their memoir reflections into an engaging novel that reads like a movie. “At our age, we’ve all got a story to tell,” says Wynn. “Why not make it a blockbuster.” A favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you, ‘says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Wynn is on a mission to make sure matriarchs step up, step out and show out.

Mr. Kelly Cole

www.Publishingadvantagegroup.com

IG – @mrkellycole

Known to most as “The Publisher” Mr. Kelly Cole is a 2X #1 Best Selling Author, Speaker & Entrepreneur. Born in the most notorious housing project in the world “Cabrini Green” in Chicago, IL, He went from working at Wal-Mart and Blockbuster and almost homeless to owning one of the fastest growing book publishing company in the US. Kelly has authored over 50+ paperback, audio, and e-books to date. He has been seen on NBC, FOX, ABC, The CW, Gospel Updates Magazine & more. In 2014 he was even elected in to the GrindMoves Hall of Fame. He has been labeled a Business Guru for his knowledge in book publishing and marketing that he has used to help people all over the world! He is also the proud father of three, 1 Boy (Aaron) & 2 Girls (Alexis & Alove).

Glenesha Webster

www.neshadaauthor.com
IG – @Neshadaauthor

Glenesha Webster is a Motivational Speaker, Life Coach and A Tax & Credit Specialist. She is an author of 3 books and the lastest is ” Journaling From The Soul” where she created a 30 day Self Love journal. She is a mentor and advocate where she works with families and children who have gone through Trauma and Domestic Violence. She is the host of her Podcast called BECOMING U, where she has built a platform where people from all walks of life can have a voice to speak about Mental Health, Finances and more… Her mission is to bring awareness and educate through her Life Coaching program to men and women in her community that it’s ok to BE U!!

Lindsey Vertner

www.LiveAFirstClassLife.com 

IG – @LindseyVertner

In 2007, a “fatal” car wreck left Lindsey Vertner brain-dead and paralyzed. Medical experts were amazed at Lindsey’s miraculous, full recovery. Her expertise teaches ambitious, busy women how to master their mindset and increase their self-care, self-worth, and self-discipline (the “3 Pillars of Self”). She uses her unparalleled perspective to push her clients toward success in their lives by empowering them to maximize their potential and unapologetically pursue their passions. As an award-winning peak potential strategist, transformational speaker, and multi-time Amazon #1 best-selling author, Lindsey’s mission is to teach women around the world how to create their First Class Life™ full of purpose, fulfillment, and happiness. Lindsey is also the co-founder of The Unleashed Woman – a nonprofit organization that uplifts women of all backgrounds through empowerment and networking events. With a master’s in Professional Counseling, Lindsey is a graduate of both Indiana and Liberty Universities.

Rue Mayweather

www.ruemayweather.com 

IG – @ruemayweather

Rue Mayweather is a prominent speaker and international bestselling author. Her published work as a seven-time author is comical, inspirational and relatable. Rue guides you in your astounding gifts of RUE to impact the world. Your gifts of RUE are Rare, Unique and Essential. Rue believes that everyone has Value. Rue is a Mom and MiMi. She is a retired military Command Sergeant Major (CSM), thirty-six years, U.S. Army; also retired with seventeen years in law enforcement. Rue is a founding member of SASA (Sisterhood of Sexual Assault). Rue has a MSE from Amberton University. Rue’s first favorite passion is spending time with her favorite son and grandchildren and other family members. She also loves to read, travel, grow rare plants, collect antique furniture and jewelry and listen to various genres of music. Her only complaint about being on earth is “her servings of cheesecake slices are too small.”

Alethia Tucker

www.joleaseenterprises.com 

IG – @joleaseenterprises

Alethia is the CEO of Jolease Enterprises. As a Journey Strategist, her focus is on empowering and equipping women as they navigate their journey. By creating community experiences, she provides opportunities for women to network and capitalize on the energy and wisdom that makes them unique, yet similar. She offers programs, group coaching, and one on one coaching to address personal and career development. She wears the titles of author, speaker and certified life and career coach. She uses all of these signature attributes to craft her “total woman” approach. In speaking and in coaching, her approach helps women to unearth and plug into their unique powers, gain clarity around their purpose and move into the space where they can reach the personal and professional lives that they dream of having.

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Get To Know Upcoming DJ “DJ JSav”

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Meet DJ JSav an upcoming DJ born & raised in Nashville, TN. Growing up in the Parkwood Apartments JSav went through the Nashville Public School System kindergarden through 8th grade while spending his 9th grade year in Rutherford County Schools before finishing & graduation back in Metro Nashville at McGavock High School. During High School not only was JSav a top DJ, but he was also ranked #5 in the state at wrestling. Beginning to DJ in High School J Sav decided to throw his first party at the age of 16. Ever since then things have taken off drastically for JSav & don’t seem to be calming down anytime soon. We got to connect with JSav & ask him a few questions about his come up!

How Did You First Get Started In Your Career?

“Djing is a generational hobby in my family. My pops Dj’d in the Philippines when he was in the Air Force, also my cousin “DJ Benji Rich” who still DJ’s originally got me interested into picking up the family hobby. I ended up throwing my first party at 16 & packed out the whole building. I just kept throwing parties and Djing more & more at 17. I finally started Djing college parties & club events & that’s around the same time I met my manager “DJ TexasTrill”. Now at 19 I’m one of the most known DJ’s on the campus of Tennessee State University.”

As A DJ What Are The Top 3 Things You Make Sure To Do To Keep A Crowd Engaged & Happy?

•“The first thing I would say is I make sure I look & read my crowd to see what their feeling or to see what the vibes are looking like. I don’t like when DJ’s keep their heads in their macbooks & dont pay enough attention to the crowd.

•The second thing I do is I always make sure to have something up my sleeve in case I need to get the crowd moving real quick. I don’t know about these other DJ’s, but I always have a quick mix I can do that will get everybody moving. I can do some 90’s, 2000’s, dance mixes, Tik Tok mix, and even an R&B mix. You never know when I’m Djing I always got a surprise.

•Last but not least I always feed off my crowd, if their singing their hearts out then we’ll sing til we cant no more, If we turning up then we’re going to turn all the way up. As a DJ you have to know when to switch it up, just know were gonna be switching it up alot if you’re partying with JSav.”

What Would You Say Has Been The Hardest Challenge For You Since You’ve Started?

“The hardest challenge to me is trying to get to that next level at such a young age. I feel it’s different when your older & you’ve been doing it for so long, but when your the young bull trying to be a radio DJ or a platform DJ things can be difficult getting it but worth every bit.”

How Did You Meet Texas Trill & Eventually Become Apart Of “The Ring”?

“I met Trill when I was still in High School I was either 16 or 17. We started off with “The Ring”High School Edition which started off pretty damn good packing out each time. Ever since then it’s been lit she became my manager & has introduced me to alot of people. As a young DJ coming into the industry she showed me how to properly brand myself.”

What Are Some Things We Can Expect From You In The Near Future?

“I have so much coming up soon! JSav Merch is dropping soon, more mixes are coming I’m just trying to figure out a way to upload mixes directly to youtube without it being copyrighted.”

The future looks very bright for DJ JSav. If your interested in staying tapped in with JSav be sure to follow his social media linked below!

https://instagram.com/iiamjsav?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

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Life and Leadership Lessons Learned in the Military

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Among my favorite people I love to interact with are fellow veterans. When I was 22 I embarked on the greatest journey (so far) of my life. I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was immediately assigned to be a Radar Technician. After tech school, I was sent to my first duty station Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. I was assigned to an Air Control Squadron (ACS) specializing in being self-sufficient and capable of going to the middle of nowhere and building everything needed to provide a sky picture of 240 nautical miles to identify friend or foe aircraft. This squadron deploys every year, and that is why I was sent to Syria as my first deployment where I completed my on-the-job training while being responsible for Preventive Maintenance Inspections (PMIs) and keeping the radar running as much as possible. 

Experiences like that puts things in perspective. I learned how to be ready for anything that came my way, how to work as a team with a lot on the line, how to be a leader, and how to “embrace the suck”. 

Why do I hold those who served our nation in such high esteem? 

The answer is simple: Military service builds character and character is the primary requisite for leadership. On a personal level, I know that my determination to grow my public relations firm into a national, highly respected seven-figure business stems directly from the resilience I developed while joining the Air Force active duty without being completely bilingual (my english was not the best), two deployments where I got delayed on both of them for a total of 15 months overseas, and while dealing being a leader of projects on multiple occasions.

A fundamental lesson of serving in any of the military’s six branches (I’m including the latest addition, the U.S. Space Force), is learning to rely upon others and being accountable to everyone in your squadron. That means those above you issuing orders, and those in the trenches (or cockpit) beside you. The maxim that “we’re all in this together” has never rung more true to you than when you’re enlisted. 

Another axiom which is equally valid is “business is war”. It may seem harsh or a bit theatrical, but it is fundamentally true. Those working alongside you and on the same team are engaged in combat with your competitors, and the objective is not a desolate hill or far-off village – it’s winning the patronage of a prospect and their loyalty as a customer. 

A long time ago someone once said that soldiers fight for their country but die for their fellow soldiers. In other words, while a cause will lead a soldier to the battlefield, it takes camaraderie and a great leader to inspire that warrior to throw him or herself into harm’s way and take the hill.

The difference between wanting to win and winning is Leadership. This is the lesson everyone who serves should learn. Most do and those who don’t have missed out on the greatest educational and personal improvement course of a lifetime. My great friend and business associate Michael Jackson (which goes by Mike Jackson) took his service in the Green Berets as exactly this type of priceless learning experience. In this account, he describes his own journey from boot camp greenhorn to seasoned operations professional, first in the Army and now into a successful business career as a Veteran. Today, Mike Jackson is the author of several popular business books and a consultant with the Department of Defense where he is an advisor for Special Operations training in the medical field. Incidentally, he’s also the Director and VP of Sales of the Strategic Advisor Board, the groundbreaking business incubator for the nation’s most driven and innovative entrepreneurs.

Mike Jackson on How the Military Helped Him Become a Leader and a CEO

Michael Jackson, CEO of SF Business Consulting
Director & VP of Sales of the Strategic Advisor Board

Lots of people talk about leadership. Business coaches, ‘success consultants’, politicians, talk show hosts – just about everyone with a book to sell, course to promote, or an opinion are happy to talk your ear off on the topic. That’s all fine and well, but as one of the people I admire most, Jason Miller, CEO the Strategic Advisor Board, will tell you “talk is cheap, results matter”.

When I’m invited to address a business group, make a keynote speech, or lead a seminar, I cut right to the chase when it comes to my views on leadership. Unlike many innate talents or abilities honed by experience, leadership is a learnable skill but it’s worthless unless you give it the benefit of character. 

Let me explain.

When I enlisted in the Army I was young and probably a little arrogant. Youth often imbues us with a strident confidence which can be useful as you embark on life’s many adventures. Unfortunately, this obstacle is usually tinged with misplaced self-importance. Upon arriving at Boot Camp, I quickly discovered your Commanding Officer and fellow enlistees will happily disabuse you of such misplaced beliefs forcefully and ruthlessly.  

As I learned the ropes during my military career, I saw over and over the importance of leadership. In all sorts of situations, both in boot camp and during operations, the power of sure-handed, quietly confident leadership made its presence known.

It’s not something you can see exactly or even put your finger on as you watch those around you do their duty, selflessly and with quiet determination. Leadership does not strut about proclaiming itself. When you’re in the presence of it, Leadership is invisible. It envelops you like a mist on a morning meadow or a gentle breeze on a battlefield at dusk. It’s something you just become aware of like knowing there’s air in your lungs when you breathe. As I grew into the mindset of being a soldier, not simply a recruit wearing the uniform, my senses became heightened in my interactions with my fellow enlistees, my brothers in arms. Detecting leadership was one of the learned abilities which came with the territory.

As the days passed I realized when I was in the presence of true leadership; it made its presence known in subtle, almost indefinable ways. I could feel it emanating from the people around me. It may be pitch dark and not a word is spoken, but those with you are unified by a common mission, a shared purpose. To act as a team, work in unison, often without anything more than an exchange of glances, the silent motion of a gloved hand, you are connected at a base level no one else in the world could possibly understand. Leaders and those under command become one, united by Trust and Belief. Trust in each other and belief in their leader.

I started out in the Infantry and ended up in Special Operations. Back in the day it was called the Light Infantry. Historically, Light Infantry is a designation applied around the world to foot soldiers. This typically refers to troops with lighter armaments, making them able to move quickly and gain a strategic advantage from their mobility. 

In war movies and actual battles, the infantry includes scouts and actual infantrymen. These are the soldiers who forge ahead of the masses of men behind them to gather intelligence about the location of the enemy and even cause disruption to supply lines and challenge the scouts sent out by the opposition. In the U.S. the first light infantry was decreed by General George Washington in 1780 when he sent out orders to deploy a corps of light infantry under the command of General Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristocrat and military officer who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

In my experience in the light infantry in the modern U.S. Army, we moved without the benefit of vehicles and set out on foot, carrying our weaponry, ammunition, water, batteries, other gear and supplies, accounting for roughly 70 pounds of personal cargo. When combined with the average weight of personal protective equipment of 27 pounds, ground combat troops are burdened by 90 to 140 pounds or more as they walk mile upon mile. 

Taking these experiences in consideration, I think you will understand when I say that all of what I learned in my adult life was at least based on my time in the military. Most, if not all, of those lessons were learned due to my favorite technique: blunt force learning, also known as the school of hard knocks. Some of those were figurative, and some were literally hard knocks. Those hard lessons kept me alive in Somalia, 1992 – 1993, all the way to my last combat deployment in Iraq in 2010. 

After I was injured for the second time overseas, I realized that I would no longer be able to continue fighting for our country. I had to transition to teaching Special Operations medicine to the next generation of warriors. Due to the recuperation time necessitated by my injuries, I was forced to consider my future. Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to do with my life after the military. I figured out early on in my career that I was really good at being a soldier and not much else. 

A few years later, I was talking to a very good friend of mine, Jason Miller, about that problem. About 14 years prior to that conversation, Jason and I were assigned to the 1st Squad, Reconnaissance (Scout) Platoon, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. Both of us were sniper-qualified and had a lot in common, so we got along well. He worked for me for several years, doing everything from training missions in the deserts of California and the swamps of Louisiana to fighting wildfires in Montana. While fighting wildfires, Jason and I actually lived in a two-man tent for three months. 

Fast forward to the conversation in question. Both of us were coming to the end of our careers, and I had a future which stretched out without direction. Jason was always smarter than me  and he had planned better for his upcoming exodus from service. He was already a successful businessman and owned several businesses. He explained to me the correlation between being a successful leader in the military to being a successful leader in business. Initially, I was not sold on the idea. While he was convincing me, he said, “The only difference is that no one is shooting at you. If you can lead men in combat, you can lead men in business.” I realized that I might actually be capable of becoming a successful businessman myself. Years after that conversation, I am the CEO of my own business and now I work for Jason. 

Some of the leadership lessons I learned while in the military seem very simple but will serve you well in your own chosen career path:

If your people are carrying something, you should be as well. Do not have your people doing something that they have not seen you do or do with them. This will build trust and a cohesive team.

Sometimes seconds equal minutes, and minutes equal tears. Time truly is money. In the military, sometimes money equals blood, sweat, or tears. Sometimes speed is security.

Likewise, ounces equal pounds, and pounds equal tears. Weight in the Infantry is absolute. If you distribute the weight across your entire team, then everyone is carrying something, and the load seems a little lighter, whether it is or not. If everyone is suffering together, you are strengthening your team.

People use the word “no” because they either do not know the answer or that they are unwilling to do something. There are a very few questions where no is the appropriate answer. Most of the time, it just takes someone to do some critical thinking to solve the problem. Trust your team, and they will solve those problems.

The maximum effective range of an excuse is zero meters, so don’t use them.

If you mess something up, own it. Mess-ups do not get better with time. 

These lessons may not seem like they have a direct connection with business, but they definitely do. I would like to think that I was a good leader and taught Jason a lot back in those days. However, he has taught me so much more while I have been working for him. 

Michael Jackson, Director & VP of Sales of the Strategic Advisor Board

I trust you have found Michael’s experiences and his recounting of how he grew from a naive recruit to a capable soldier and then to an entrepreneur as inspirational as I do. As I’ve gotten to know Michael and his tireless work on behalf of clients of the Strategic Advisor Board, I’ve seen him in action leading others and advising organizations large and small on revenue cycle management, systems analysis and design, staff training and development, and, of course, leadership. It really is true that great leadership inspires others to do extraordinary things. Michael provides evidence of that with every client engagement. 

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Tolga Akcay-The Redefining Entrepreneur of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a profound shift in the way we live, work, and interact with one another. It is a new chapter in human history, made possible by extraordinary technological advances comparable to those of the first, second, and third industrial revolutions. The Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to physical, digital, and biological barriers. It was attempted by artificial intelligence, 3D printing, quantum computing, and other technologies. It is the driving force behind a slew of goods and services that are rapidly becoming indispensable in today’s world.

Entrepreneurship plays a critical and vital role in the emerging Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) economic dispensation, which is marked by increased digitisation and interconnection of products, value chains, and business models. One such entrepreneur is Tolga Akcay is an entrepreneur with a wealth of experience. Not only is he an excellent business consultant, an expert in digitization, blockchain technology, and artificial intelligence (AI), but he is also a published author, with another series of books set to be released soon after the four he has already published.

He has put his knowledge to paper with the successful books THE BLOCKCHAIN COMPASS – WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF BLOCKCHAIN and THE AI COMPASS – WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. THE FATE OF GLOBALIZATION – IN THE NEW WORLD ORDER (about the consequences of the Ukraine War, Industry 4.0) by the author is already generating a lot of interest.

Mr. Akcay specializes in developing custom solutions that help businesses succeed; he believes that sharing your knowledge with others enriches us all, so that is exactly what he does. Akcay has established an international network of over 200 companies and freelance experts involved in analysis, programming, enforcement, and marketing. From this network, tailor-made teams are formed to get everyone to their targets and goals more efficiently. This network is still expanding and will do so in the coming years.

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