February Spotlight: Recognizing Black Entrepreneurs and Leaders

I feel so grateful to have met so many wonderful entrepreneurs and leaders over the last three years since starting the podcasts. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, I never for one moment thought that I would meet so many people from so many different places in Canada and the United States which the podcasts have made possible and for this I am truly thankful.

During this month of February, I would like to invite you to listen to the amazing guests on the Livewithirenia Stories and the Canadian Side Hustle and Business podcasts. To recognize the celebration of Black History Month, I would like to bring into the spotlight some of the Black Entrepreneurs and Leaders who shared their epic stories, provided some insights and lessons learned along their life and career journeys. These awesome humans are making an impact in their next of their neck of the woods one day at a time.

 Brendan Lee Young – Co-Founder SnapTrade – Canada/Caribbean Connection

Founder Brendan Lee Young shares the development of SnapTrade/team development/mentorship/seeking funding

 Dr. Suzann Snaggs-Wilson, Leadership Executive, Author – Canada/Carribbean Connection

Dr. Snaggs-Wilson shares about her building a family side hustle business/mentorship

Christian Hiscock – Founder, Kardia – Canada/Caribbean Connection

Founder Christian Hiscock shares his story of building a heart centred business/team building/mentorship – Part 1

Founder Christian Hiscock shares about building a heart centred business- Part 2

Renee Lindo, Founder, Let’s Get Dressed Now – Canada/Caribbean Connection

Founder Renee Lindo shares her story of pivoting from Pharmaceutical Industry to Fashion, Mentorship, Negotiating your salary

Kara Morgan, Founder PlanIt Efficiency Solutions Inc – Canada/Caribbean Connection

Founder Kara Morgan shares her story of creating PlanIt Efficiency Solutions Inc, office productivity, team development

 Dwania McLarty-Peele, Founder Canadian Small Business Women – Canada/Caribbean Connection

Founder Dwania McLarty-Peele shares her story of residence, her passion projects and building community

Big Up to all the Caribbean connections on the Canadian Side Hustle and Business Podcast. I love hearing the success stories of first generation and second generation of Caribbean decent immigrant entrepreneurial stories. This makes my heart full knowing that you are rocking it! Please do keep building people up and continue to contribute positively to society one day and one step at a time.

Now pivoting to the amazing entrepreneurs from the United States, who I got to cold connect with on my favourite platform Linkedin. Who knew what gems I would find during the pandemic from across so many States?

Dee Bowden, Founder BCS Solutions – Maryland, United States

Dee Bowden shares her story and gave some great insight into financial planning and knowing your bottom line

 Genein Letford – Founder,CAFFE StrategiesCarlifornia, United States

Founder Genein Letford shares her story and dropped many gems on the weaving intercultural creativity in business and life

Monica McCoy, Founder Monica Motivates Inc. – Atlanta, United States

Founder Monica McCoy shares her story, the importance of mentorship,
building your personal brand and knowing your North Star

Each guest from the United States have unique perspectives and stories which are so different depicting their journeys into the entrepreneurial world. My personal favourite is building one’s personal brand and knowing your North Star with Monica McCoy because when you know who you are, where you come from and what drives you every day you can enter any room with with great confidence and shine.

My community, please take the time to listen to inspiring stories ~ “Podcast and Chill” on the weekend or during your weekday. I promise you will find some great golden nuggets in each of episode as you listen their epic pivots throughout their careers and their genuine nature which brings out their humanity. Please do let me know what you think by sending me a message here.

Up next will be the “Author Spotlight” as there are so many fantastic Authors on both podcasts! One more thing as you know, I am still building out these podcasts which requires a lot of effort and hard work which I love. I am in the search of some fantastic brands, who align with my values and are interested in elevating individuals to achieve their full potential. If you are interested in having a further discussion, please do send me a message here.

Author: Irenia Roussel

Irenia is a dynamic business development executive who has been working closely growth oriented entrepreneurs for over fifteen years. She enjoys working one on one with clients to build their capacity as they start, grow and scale their businesses as well as connecting them to the right resources. She is also the Host and Executive Producer of Livewithirenia Stories and the Canadian Side Hustle and Business. These audio podcasts feature dynamic individuals who are not afraid to share their stories to give you the energy you need as you move along your epic life journey. You will discover amazing stories of dynamic individuals, practical tips for business and career development. Irenia is on a mission to inspire dynamic leaders to make seamless pivots in their life journey with confidence.

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