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Influenc-HER Profile Series|Brandi Kellam

Today we have the honor to share our interview with this amazing woman who continues to excel in every goal that she sets for herself. Brandi Kellam is a MSNBC and NBC producer. She is also an instructor at the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Check out our interview with her as she discusses work/life balance, her inspiration, and the FBI.

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Influenc-HER Profile Series|Candice Crocker

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This year we are committed to releasing 24 Influenc-HER Profile Series of trailblazing women living out their dreams. We begin this series with thee amazing Candice Crocker. She is beauty, she is passion, she is influence. Here's our interview with her!

What is your name and what do you do? My name is Candice Crocker. I work in Public Relations professionally and I’m a Natural Hair and Beauty Vlogger/Influencer. Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today? Growing up, my friends would always ask me to do their hair, we’d play with makeup and take pictures after. I’ve been taking “selfies” since I had my first camera. I’ve always shared my beauty and hair tips with my friends because I love beauty and hair products. Becoming a beauty influencer/vlogger is just a natural extension of what I’ve always done and my personality. Where did your passion for blogging/vlogging come from? It happened organically. I’ve always shared my favorite beauty and hair tips/finds with my friends and family so it was only natural to do the same on social media. Once I started sharing, women gravitated to my platforms. I love to help other women and I’ve met many wonderful people by doing this. It’s definitely fun and so rewarding for me. candi 2 What has been your biggest achievement thus far? My biggest achievement so far was my first Instagram/Facebook Live Takeover collaboration with Creme of Nature and Cocotique. Being invited to work with brands I’ve loved and used since I was a little girl is amazing. Also, being featured on Essence.com was pretty cool. What is the secret to the perfect twist out? I’m still trying to figure that out! LOL! Click here to watch Candice's take on achieving the perfect twist. Are there any products you swear by? I swear by these products: Olive Oil Ecostyler Gel; Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner; Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Conditioner; TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask, Taliah Wajjid Curly Curl Creme candi 3 Who do you look to as inspiration? I look to my mother (Blanche Crocker), Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyoncé as inspiration. What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be where you are? Be you! Be confident in your abilities. There is someone, somewhere, who needs what you have to offer. Your talent/gift/expertise is what makes you special. You can accomplish whatever you want in life as long as you wholeheartedly believe in yourself and put in the work. Be willing to invest in yourself, open to learning new things and fearlessly follow your dreams.
I love that we can be strong and soft, feminine and androgynous, sweet and sassy, plain and glamorous, domestic and independent, flexible and rigid.
What do you love most about being a woman? I love that we can be strong and soft, feminine and androgynous, sweet and sassy, plain and glamorous, domestic and independent, flexible and rigid. I love being girly, how beautiful it is to be able to give life and that we’re the nurturers of the world. What is the key to finding balance in your personal and professional life?
The key to finding balance lies in planning well, communicating effectively and being realistic about what you can accomplish. You must carve out time to take care of yourself. If you don’t make self-care a priority, you’ll overwork yourself and have nothing to offer others. You must create the perfect work life balance for yourself and be unapologetic about it. Only do things that make you feel good inside and stay away from negative energy.
What is one thing many people do not know about you? I’m a huge fan of politics and love to get in deep discussions about it but only with close friends and family.   candi 4Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why? I would be a bird so I could fly anywhere I wanted at any given time. I’d go on vacation every weekend! Are there any projects that you're working on that we can look forward to? I will be taking over Eden Bodyworks Instagram soon. I’m super excited! What does the future hold for you? I’m not sure and I’m okay with that. I’m not putting myself in a box. I have many goals that I want to accomplish, however, I leave myself open to growing and becoming the best I can be. I’m looking forward to evolving, naturally, with my brand. Where can people find you? Instagram: CandiCoatedCurls Facebook: CandiCoatedCurls YouTube: Candice Arielle            
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Influenc-HER Profile Series | CEO Nikki

ceonikki   Today we have the privilege and honor to highlight CEO Nikki. She talks to us about her passions, her strength and her journey in becoming CEO Nikki, Check out how she conquers every opportunity   . What is your name and what do you do? I am CEO Nikki and I am CEO of Speak HER, one of the founders of HYPE HER, and a Certified Holistic Life Coach & Motivational Speaker Are there any childhood experiences that led you to where you are today? At a young age I was always one to use my imagination, now I see it was foreshadowing for my future 😉 I always imagined being on a big stage, talking to people and helping people, so I would say my experience that led me here was my imagination! Where did your passion come from? I was in a really bad relationship with myself in 2012. I was a single mom with breast cancer, depressed, suffering from anxiety if I've never hit the bottom before, that was surely it. I was in a place where I was tired of letting life push me around and backing me into corners and my spiritual sister Lana, taught me about oneness with self and meditation and loving my body and watching what I ate. It turned my life around. I became obsessed with healing self, and others around me. Little did I know this would become my new life. Tell us how you became CEO Nikki? One of my very best friends Carmel actually gave me that name. In one of our many conversations she mentioned how proud of me she was, and how far I had come. She told me I CONQUERED EVERY OPPORTUNITY (hence the CEO) and it stuck with me ever since. ceo-4 You have battled and won the fight against cancer FIVE times, where does your strength come from? The divine, God, the Universe, whatever you want to call it, this higher power has kept me and loved on me the entire time, even when I didn't love myself enough to carry on. This higher power, this entity, has instilled in me a vision of my life so grandiose, that I envision giving people life tools that generations can use and that's the thing that strengthens me. Even at my weakest moment, I can still find strength in that. What words of encouragement could you offer someone battling cancer, who's reading this interview? Laugh and dance!!! Laugh like no one is watching, dance like your life depends on it and do it OFTEN. I remember doing laughter yoga for the first time where you partake in laughing exercises that helps to decrease stress (my doctor's idea, I thought he was crazy at first). I laughed so hard and I don't even remember where the laughter erupted from, I was crying, sweating, my stomach ached, like this laughter felt so good it hurt, but in those few moments, I forgot I had cancer, I forgot I was broke and brokeEN, I was just.....laughing. Laughter heals. Just laugh! What are some of the services you offer and how have they helped your clientele? I offer one on one coaching sessions where we talk about manifestation, goal setting, living your best life and how to apply the law of attraction which is the theory of what you think about, you bring about. I also offer VisionBoard Bashes where I can teach you how to create an effective VisionBoard as well as retreat facilitation. I have had clients that are able to see their own visions clearly all while learning how to purge negativity to aid in the manifestation process. In the most recent VisionBoard Workshops held at Goodwill of the Southern Piedmont in Charlotte, NC, 2 participants saw direct manifestations of their VisionBoard within 3 weeks of creation. Who do you look to for inspiration? The universe. We live in such a fast pace society that we rarely take the time to notice the small things. I have moments where I'm just quiet and present in the moment and pay attention to what's surrounding me. The wind, the trees, people in a rush, people waiting, birds EVERYTHING, and I just wait for the universe to give me whatever lesson I need in that moment. ceo-2 What tangible piece of advice would you give young girls who want to be where you are? Trust yourself. You are way more powerful than you give yourself credit. Love yourself enough to ONLY surround yourself with people who will love you and celebrate you and tell you the truth and lastly Speak life into yourself. Words are powerful so choose the words that your ears will hear wisely. What do you love most about being a woman? That I am the giver of life! Any human that's on this earth must first pass through a woman first! How magical is that? What is the key to finding balance in your personal and professional life? Listen. All the answers are revealed to us when we are still. Listen to your body, listen to your heart, listen to God. Be still and listen. What is the gift and curse of being a CEO? The gift is I'm responsible for carrying out the vision. The curse is I'm responsible for carrying out the vision. The irony of the power being in my hands, I can make the right decision, I can make the wrong decision but either way I'll learn and grow. ceo-3 What is one thing many people do not know about you? I hate to see people run their bare toes through carpet, it makes me cringe EEEEK! Our fun question: If you could be any animal what would it be and why? I would love to be a bird. I'm not sure what kind of bird but birds are meant to rise and fly above. Story of my life. What does the future hold for you? The future holds a "Black Girls Rock" award with my name on it, connecting with some amazing women to change lives for the better, working with my husband to teach other married couples how to be happy and change their families lives, traveling with our daughters and laughing until hurts. Where can people find you? You can find me on Instagram @CEONIKKI on Facebook CEO Nikki and also follow my Company on IG @ispeakHER and @HYPEHEREXPO
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