Belinda Enoma, The Purpose Activator, Lets Freedom Ring on Nation’s Capital

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It was a glorious gathering in Annapolis, Maryland. Outside the nation’s capital, women and men from various locations in the country met under the auspices of a common purpose and cause: intentional emancipation.

Now some may suggest that we are free; we are no longer slaves. That may be true from a physical perspective, but there are many areas of our lives that still may be in shackles. Some are still chained to past trauma or financial failure, and some are still caught in the thicket of crippling fear and limiting beliefs.

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The iEmancipateME Conference challenged attendees to eliminate the excuses, activate their purposes, employ life strategies to get unstuck, and walk out their destinies. An expert cadre of speakers and presenters showed attendees how to take their businesses, organizations, careers, health, faith, finances, and brands to the next level of freedom. In the spirit of celebration, there was a diversity of artists ranging from liturgical dances to saxophone selections, to soulful, contemporary and traditional gospel renditions. Attendees left the conference fired up to live more abundantly and whole– emotionally, financially, physically, and spiritually.

The iEmancipateME movement is about experiential freedom, whether serving in family, community, career, ministry or marketplace. It’s an experience that induces a metamorphosis in people’s lives that are solely based on biblical concepts and principles. At iEmancipateME, people were shown that; despite challenges, they have been equipped to win. The first step to being free from bondage, baggage, and unnecessary weights is to use your mouth to declare: ‘I emancipate me. Yes, me. Myself. I free myself. I refuse to live this way anymore. I choose to be free. I must change and I need help.’

Born in England, the conference host, Belinda Enoma, is an international speaker, purpose activator, TV personality, pastor, and business consultant. Her husband, Dr. Ben Enoma, is also a great proponent and pillar to the iEmancipateME mission and vision. Enoma has worked on various technology projects in several Fortune 500 corporations across Europe and the USA, such as PWC, Aetna, Medtronic, and SONY. The author of several books published by Dunamis Press: The Bilhah Moment, The Exalted Horn, 7 Great Business Ideas You Never Thought Of, You Can Be Set Free: Purposefully Unleash Yourself and Reclaim Your Joy; Enoma’s transformative seminars and conferences for personal, business and executive elevation are igniting many worldwide to take action, walk boldly, and be ready to win. She has taught and been featured on several internationally syndicated television networks, including TBN and LeSea. Enoma’s book, You Can Be Set Free, reveals popular excuses people make for not taking bold steps for the necessary life shift they need. The book reveals that people want to live more abundantly but do not want to take that necessary leap. People pray and believe, but do not want to take action. “You can have all the faith in the world. But if you do not act on what you believe, you will not get the results you desire,” says Enoma. The book challenges you to get off the back burner, firmly hold on to the wheels of life and confidently drive in your lane to a flourishing finish. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, business owner, preacher or professional; regardless of your title or status, you are equipped with keys to quickly make the shift, be unleashed, and reclaim your joy. It is time to intentionally walk into the full freedom of purpose; without regrets or limits.

 

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5 Ways Joining a Professional Network Can Help You Get Established in a New Country

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I was beyond excited to have been offered an amazing job opportunity, enabling me to transfer from London to New York three years ago.

The big move went smoothly with everything falling into place. I’d even managed to dodge Hurricane Sandy by a couple of days. There was just one obstacle to overcome: how was I going to build my professional network all over again?

I’d spent 10 years cultivating a solid mix of contacts back home in London. However, they couldn’t do much for me in the big ‘city of dreams.’ I was faced with the challenge of having to build a new network.

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Becoming a member of various professional networks has proven an invaluable resource for me as an expat.  Whether or not you’re new to a country or just want to further your career, professional networks are a great way to build contacts, stay abreast of industry developments, and accelerate your career.

“All professionals irrespective of seniority, need access to a network that will help build their expertise and propel their career to the next level.  Through ColorComm, women are not only given the opportunity to share common experiences, but also learn from the best in their field while supporting each other,” said Lauren Wesley Wilson, CEO and founder of ColorComm, Inc.

Here are some of the advantages of being part of a professional network:

1. Mentors – membership comes with gaining invaluable access to a pool of accomplished professionals in your field. Recently, I was about to get advice from a fellow board member of Toastmasters, ahead of a big speaking engagement I had coming up. Whether you’re looking for a formal mentoring relationship or just need a sounding board, you’ll be able to tap into the expertise of your peers and the senior professionals within the network.

2. Job opportunities – Most professional networks share job listings that are exclusive to the network. Being a member gives you first dibs on the jobs that often aren’t advertised publicly. Having that visibility is a great way to stay ahead of the curve in the competitive job market.

3. Professional development – A huge benefit to being a part of a professional network is the ongoing development opportunities that will be presented to you. These may be in the form of seminars, conferences, or coffee meet-ups hosted by the ‘movers and shakers’ in the industry.

4. Leadership skills – In my communications director role for the New York chapter of ColorComm, I’ve been able to learn about the overall strategic direction of the organization. Even if you’re not looking to lead the organization, taking a leadership role in some capacity will accelerate your leadership expertise.  You will also gain greater exposure to all aspects of the network and its members.

5. Friendships – I’ve built solid friendships with some of the people in the networks I’m a part of.  These friendships are invaluable to me; particularly as I’m so far away from my friends back home.

 

 

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Star Jones Reveals the Financial Mistake That Was Her Greatest Teacher

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By the time Star Jones graduated from law school at the University of Houston Law Center in 1986, she had $75,000 in student loan debt and all her credit cards were maxed out.

“When I was in college, they were giving out all of those free credit card offers. It was like they were giving out free money,” Jones recalls. She was also struggling with the all-too-human inclination to “keep up.” “I was trying to keep up with the Joneses, and the Joneses didn’t have any money,” she adds.

Jones was a prosecutor with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, New York, until 1991, the same year she began her television career on Court TV. She also became a correspondent for NBC’s The Today Show and NBC Nightly News, and led the coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder as a legal analyst for Inside Edition. Then, in 1997, she became one of the original four co-hosts of daytime ABC talk show The View.

Now sitting atop the corporate ladder as president of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), which trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol IPDN, Jones understands the financial implications of the opportunities that came her way.

“Financially, I got a second chance,” says Jones, who paid off all of her student loans and credit card debt in 1992. She didn’t just change her finances, she changed her financial behavior, avoiding the trap that many who come into money fall into—making the same mistakes with bigger sums.

“I had to get real with the fact that I am my own backup plan,” she continued. “Women across the board who are raising children or are sandwiched between childcare and eldercare become everybody else’s backup plan. You have to know how to prioritize yourself.”

For Jones that meant no looking back. No more credit cards—with the exception of a card she has to pay the full balance on every month—and no more debt.

Jones says if she hadn’t taken control of her debt levels early in her career, she would not have been in a position to capitalize on the opportunities that came her way. “When opportunity meets preparation, there is no job that is out of reach,” she says. “People think preparation is just about having the right educational background. It also means having your financial house in order. You can’t relocate, move, be flexible, etc., if your finances are out of control. I’ve had to move, take lower paying jobs—you name it. You have to come to terms with the fact that that means you have to be financially prepared.”

Jones says she hopes her story can teach others in the black community that they can make different choices.

“Our community is burdened with a post-slavery syndrome,” she says. “That syndrome is the ‘I’m never going to have anything syndrome.’ I was not raised with money and knew that, in good times and bad, I was going to have to work for it. Black people are not afraid of hard work but they also need to think about the mindset and behaviors they need to adopt to become their own backup plan and be ready for opportunities.”

If you struggle with credit card debt, create a debt plan so you can free yourself to make choices that represent your goals and priorities. If you have more than one credit card, any account that is already past due should be the top priority when allocating extra money for payments. In addition, planners point to two strategy options:

1. Debt Snowball:  Arrange your debt in order of balance, from lowest to highest. Start by power-paying the lowest account balance until it is paid off, while making minimum payments to the others. Once the lowest debt is paid off, allocate your money to the next largest balance. This can be very motivating for those who need to see faster results in order to reach their goal of debt freedom.

2. The Ladder Method: This method involves prioritizing debt in order of interest rate, from highest to lowest, without regard to the amount owed. Start by allocating all extra money toward repayment of the debt with the highest interest rate while making minimum payments to the rest. When the highest interest debt is gone, all money should then go to the account with the next highest rate. The ladder method is often promoted as the one that saves the most money over the long term, because high interest rate debts are eliminated early.

While there are no guaranteed results, negotiating fees and interest with a creditor can make a big difference in how fast a debt is repaid. This can also result in hundreds and even thousands of dollars in savings over the long term.

Credit counseling experts also echo Jones’ advice when it comes to knowing how to prioritize yourself. “It remains important to stay in the habit of paying yourself first,” says Bruce McClary of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. “Having savings in place for emergencies will help you avoid going deeper into debt at a time when you are trying to get debt out of the picture. It is just as important to continue saving for retirement since any interruption in the process can deliver a major setback toward reaching that goal.”

 

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Feature: Michel Wright

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Hear the name Michel Wright and the first thing you think is, “I heard her on the radio.” True! Recognizable and distinctly friendly, hers has been called ‘the voice that makes you smile.’ Michel is currently the mid-day host on Majic 102.3 and she host a show on SiriusXM’s most popular Adult R&B channel, Heart & Soul. Her weekend show, “The Suite Spot” is filled with artist interviews & performances, lifestyle topics, news items and some of the best R&B music from the 80’s, 90’s & today.

Michel Wright is also the ‘voice’ of the syndicated “Cafe Mocha Radio Show” which is co-hosted by legendary rapper MC Lyte. Michel’s other voice and radio work has included feature reporting and announcing with Premiere Radio Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET Networks, DC Cable Television, Colgate, Mercedes Benz, SHOWTIME Television and MHZ TV Networks where she created, co-produced and hosted a LIVE nighttime talk/variety show. Known for her laugh, her love of music and her big heart, Michel is also known for being a positive genuine soul that cares for her community.

She participates and speaks at many women’s empowerment events, and has a personal connection to issues relating to women and breast cancer, joining the fight against breast cancer for her sister Cookie whom she has supported in her survival journey.

Check her always thoughtful, encouraging and sometimes humorous posts on her social media using her own hashtags – #getWright #OneMic #happyhour #SoulStar, Connect with Michel Wright, IG: GetWright; Twitter: @IamMichelWright and Michel Wright on Facebook.

And hear her on the radio #mymajic1023itful

 

 

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