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  • 03/06/2012 10:52 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    We are Celebrating Kiwan Fitch for Women History Month

    Kiwan Fitch, Confessions of a Welfare MomAuthor of Confessions of a Welfare Mom

    Kiwan N. Fitch is one of the founders of My Sistahz Keeper Association (MSKA).

    She has worked with various populations and organizations in the Social Service Industry for the last 16 years. These areas of involvement include: Domestic Violence, Adult and Children’s Mental Health, Incarceration and Parole, and Family/Community Organizations just to name a few.

    Ms. Fitch is a graduate of Seton Hall University’s Non-Profit Leadership Institute and Rising Tide Capital’s Community Business Academy.
    In November 2010 Ms. Fitch launched, Kiwan N. Fitch, LLC. A company she created to continue her work with women in transition as well as offer her expertise to others.

    Her first book, "Confessions of a Welfare Mom", launched fall of 2011. Currently, Ms. Fitch is a facilitating “Confessions of a Welfare Mom EmPOWERment” series workshop at the Department of Social Services in Columbia, South Carolina.

    Ms. Fitch graduated from New Jersey City University with a Bachelors degree in Sociology. She has 3 sons, ages 19, 8, and 7. She is also a foster parent to a 19 yr old young lady. Ms. Fitch recently relocated from Jersey City, NJ to Columbia, South Carolina.

    Visit Kiwan on Facebook
  • 03/05/2012 10:28 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    We are Celebrating Lissette Torres for Women History Month

    Lissette Torres

    Lissette Torres

    Member Since 2010
    Bronx Chapter President

    Community Advocate, Event Planner,
    & Independent Associate

    Lissette Torres is a phenomenal woman. Celebrating her for all she does for her community. Ms. Torres has marched for many causes for her community and people rights. She is very passionate about seeing a positive change in our world.

    Lissette is an Ind. Associate with Legal Shield and our Bronx Chapter President.

    When we think of Lissette Torres we think a Woman with Power.

    Thank you Lissette just for being you!

    Visit Lissette on Facebook

  • 03/04/2012 10:12 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    We are Celebrating Amina Carter for Women History Month

    Amina Carter

    Amina Carter

    Member Since: 2009
    DMV Chapter President

    Life Coach to Women

    WomanSphere by Amina, LLC is a premier consulting firm that specializes in "creating a space for women to be..." I am your Safe Space Specialist Amina Carter!

    WomanSphere by Amina is a "Woman Powered" Company dedicated to assisting women manifest their destinies and live their best lives.

    We offer premier consulting services to women who are looking to make significant, positive transformation in their lives.

    We are dedicated to healing from the inside out, it's the only way for REAL change to occur!

    Our mission is to heal and empower women from every walk of life. We are committed to providing information and tools to help women MANIFEST your DESTINY and LIVE your BEST lives!!!

    WomanSphere by Amina is a force by itself and an even more powerful vehicle when partnered with others.

    Our organization is forming alliances with other "WOMAN POWERED" groups to facilitate change and healing for women here in the United States and abroad.

    Life Consulting, Workshops, Tele-Seminares, Webinars, Retreats, Lectures, CD's, Podcasts,....and the list continues to grow.

    Visit Amina Carter on Facebook

  • 03/03/2012 10:00 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    We are Celebrating Bonique Harris for Women History Month

    Meet Bonique Harris

    Bonique Harris

    Member Since: 2010
    Advisory Board Vice Chair

    Moving and Empowering through Education and Training

    CEO of Entrepreneurs Round Table Network, Author of Soon to be released book “Success Grows in Brooklyn” Motivational Speaker, Strategic Planning Coach and Co-Chair of Real Sisters Rising, LLC.  My passion is taking Communities from Poverty to Power by helping them manifest their dreams into existence, with Small Business Ownership, Strategic Financial Goal Setting and Social Development.

    Awarded a City Council Citation for Exemplary Volunteer Service by Councilman Charles Barron of Brooklyn, NY 2009 Awarded Angel Entrepreneur by Angel Power Holdings LLC. 2011, Awarded Rising Star Award by Real Sisters Rising, LLC 2011.

    Before all of the Current Public Success I started off as a Successful Mother of two beautiful girls and because of my dedication to ensure their progress in school I started volunteering for the PTA and became President of Head Start PAC which opened my heart to becoming an entrepreneur. While working for a Civil Service Agency I also started working on my Civil Duty to become a better citizen. Hearing how unhappy my co-workers were I decided I could help them realize their dreams. When you’re working on the behalf of someone else riches it’s hard to maintain your own happiness.

    Meet Bonique...visit her website

  • 03/02/2012 12:10 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    We are Celebrating Ms. Andrea Cleveland

    Andrea Cleveland

    Andrea Cleveland

    Advisory Board Secretary
    Member Since 2010

    Andréa Cleveland
    is a Brooklyn native, author, dancer, actress, and Certified Professional Coach, and the CEO of Tru Transformation Coaching.  Her dedication to the true transformation of her clients and creating powerful, positive breakthroughs is what got her the name "The Butterfly Queen." Her workshops and tele-classes have proven themselves to be both dynamic in presentation, and thought provoking in nature. As a result of her drive to influence her community and the unique quality of her work, Andréa has been invited to be part of various events, locally, nationally, and internationally.

    Andréa uses her straight forward, yet friendly personality to make her clients feel comfortable all the while urging them to take the control of their lives that they need in order to realize the breakthroughs that will bring about real change. Through personal experience and professionalism, Andréa not only teaches her clients about their own personal power, but also creates a genuine atmosphere for transformation.

    Her newest endeavor, Powerfully Positive: The Power Players Club (since February 2011) is a club for young, forward thinking urbanites who are serious about creating powerful lives in all relationships and in all aspects of our lives.  The club incorporates professional life coaching through teleconferences, empowerment events and workshops.  Exclusive members are also invited to meet ups where they just mix and mingle with like-minded individuals...a fun and genuine atmosphere, with an integrated way to gain real and tangible power in their lives through the art of masterful coaching.

    Contact Andréa at or 917-386-3034.

    Request us at Powerfully Positive: The Power Players Club on Facebook!

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  • 03/01/2012 12:42 AM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    We are Celebrating Ms. Robin Ransom

    Robin Ransom

    Member Since: 2006
    Position: RSR Advisory Board Chair

    Small Business Mentor & Authentic Career Calling Expert/ Lifestyle Coach

    Robin Ransom works primarily with women who have been in the workforce who are ready to create a job or career transformation, either through advancement, repositioning or even starting their own business. As a Career Calling Specialist, she brings a special blend of nearly 15 years of corporate human resources experience, as well as her education with a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Labor Relations Management and her training and expertise as a career coach to her clients.

    It is by the degree of passion that people feel and exude in their careers that Robin knows she is successful. Throughout her career, she discovered that, when people are lacking passion & purpose, people are also lacking in other life areas. Her business reinforces that it IS possible to express authentic personality, passion purpose, enjoy work on a daily basis, make a difference in a meaningful way AND earn a good living at the same time. There is a dynamic relationship between how people choose to show up in their careers and the quality of the rest of their lives – if the career is stuck somehow, it is an indicator as to the health and well-being of the rest of life. Her commitment is to helping people discover where their careers are holding them back (in effect, hostage) from having more of what they want and enjoying life. Today, among his professional colleagues, he is known as “The Career Diva who gets the Career that matches your lifestyle, values, passion and purpose”. She is a highly motivated, results-oriented leader, focused on excellent customer service, also is a Certified Facilitator in Outplacement Services, Women in Management and Youth Issues and Life skills.  Works with clients in career transition resulting from layoffs to develop and execute a full life cycle career search, including creation of resume and complete communications strategies, development and execution of a career marketing plan and practice of winning interview and negotiations skills. trained in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Instrument MAPP and other assessment programs and strategies. She loves to teach /train workshops on leadership, professional & personal development.

    When she discovered that her passions, energy and skills would help others to have productive and passionate careers, she knew that she needed to create her own proprietary coaching system, based on her teachings and experience, to support others in making those changes.  Robin is a trainer, speaker, facilitator, human resources professional, and has conducted many training sessions, workshops and speaking engagements for corporate companies, employees, individuals on variety of topics: career transition, career directions, Reinvention, start a business and management classes across the country university and organization.

    She is currently a member of the Harlem Chamber of Commerce, Career Coach Institute, Women Business Owners of New York, National Career Development Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM).

    It was this impetus that created Robin Ransom’s company as you see it today. Dedicated to personally supporting women in the midst of career transition to make big changes, Robin’s focus is on bringing the best resources, information, and practical strategies available for positive career transformations, as well as her own expertise, to her clients. In her down time she love to cook, read novels, travel and meet you people and learn different cultures, and Mentor youth and women.

    Like Robin on Facebook

    Come hear Robin Ransom at L.A.C.E.S. 3rd Annual Women Empowerment Brunch in NYC


  • 02/28/2012 12:24 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    Membership Benefits from Real Sisters

    Real Sisters Rising is a National Networking Org. for Women Entrepreneurs. Our goal is to educate women to become successful entrepreneurs with members participation.

    Real Sisters RisingWomen have become the head of the household, the one everyone has to depend on, and / or the bread winner. In doing so, we have had to start home businesses to keep up with the bills and the lifestyle that we know will make our families happier.

    Real Sisters Rising has a great educational program that will assist our members with becoming a Master CEO. The CEO System.

    We also partner with expert members to bring a variety of training calls to our community.

    Some of the other benefits of becoming a member of Real Sisters Rising are:
    • Well established organization. One of America's Premier Organizations.
    • Each member will receive Orientation emails to assist with the understanding of your membership.
    • Online and Live Workshops to help you to start, run, and grow your business.
    • Member can submit their press releases to posted on our site.
    • Personal Profile Page.
    • Listing in our Public Member Directory
    • Speaking Opportunities
    • Become a Blog Contributor
    • Discounts for Coaching Programs and Upcoming Events
    • Leadership Opportunities
    • Community Building with other members
    • We make mistakes, learn and grow from each other together
    • We have formed a sisterhood.
    • and there is so much more.
    In order to take full advantage of membership, you must be an active member. No one will see you if you don't show up.

    Putting our members in the spotlight for their great accomplishments have been a pleasure for us. Will you be the next Rising Star Honoree?

    Become a Member Today! It's very affordable!

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  • 02/23/2012 3:22 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)

    Motivating the Motivators


    This weekend I attended an event that was suppose to be for the community to inspire those women who are on Welfare. It was a spin off of the book Confessions of a Welfare Mom. The event was titled "Beyond Welfare"

    The creator and visionary Kiwan Fitch did an awesome job putting it all together with you her phenomenal team, which were all family members. Now you know how hard it is to get your family just to believe in your vision, so get them to be hands on it's a whole other story. It's simply Great!

    Although we have a plan and we do everything in our power to make this plan happen, God has another plan!

    The panel of presenters was powerful one. It was called for these women to come together under one roof. This event was the most powerful one I been too thus far in 2012.

    All the presenters were in attendance and we had a few guest. The event become one where we the motivators where motivating each other to the highest power.

    We share our stories and we shared tears. There is no doubt that I have now a new family in these queens.

    ShaChena GibbsEntrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs.

  • 02/05/2012 10:21 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    Women Entrepreneurs | 2011 Business Breakthroughs


    ast year was amazing for my professional growth. I learned so much information to help my business to soar for 2012. Some were negative activities that I turned into a positive lesson for myself.

    Some situations that occurred helped me to realize some items I needed in my Bylaws to protect myself and my business. I also rebuilt my Advisory Board to a fabulous team of women. They each have special skills and talents that will support the growth or Real Sisters Rising. Most important I learned how to manage my time with work and spend more time with my family.

    Maintaining a balance life can have an impact on your success. Less stress for you, your family and your team. Life is not perfect, however I learned so much in 2011. It will all show in 2012.

    When I was thinking of this topic, I just knew that I am not the only one with great stories to share. There are a few of my friends who want to share their business breakthroughs for 2011.

    Read their stories….

    Leaping Into Full Time

    JP JonesThe year 2011 for me has been monumental as my business grew the place where I was confident enough to launch into it full-time without affecting my finances. Previously, I had been running myself ragged by also holding down a demanding full-time job. While I do not regret the time spent burning the mid-night oil, I'm glad to be able to work with my customers during the daylight!

    JP Jones | Collipsis Web Solutions |


    Did I Actually Do ALL THAT?

    Aime Hutton2011 was a crazy year. With only having been in business for not even a year, I was asked to speak at a provincial level conference for eWomen Network in Alberta! I had 50 women up and feeling amazing about how they feel in their body. I also secured my first private client by the end of 2011. As well as I was a nominee for the Fierce Women of the Year Awards for Alberta, and a nominee for the Calgary Choice Awards in 3 categories! Bring on 2012 with love and grace! I'm ready!

    Aime Hutton | Awakening Goddess |


    Do You Have A Hobby Or A Business?

    Cheryl PullinsAfter spending 3 years struggling in making my business work, one of the huge changes I made was my mindset and how I viewed my business. If you are thinking of your business as something you just do or your "side hustle", that's all it will ever be. You must think of your business as a business - a profit making entity that allows you to serve the world. Create a strategy, set goals, make projections, market your business to your ideal client and then you will have a business, not a hobby.

    Cheryl Pullins | The Woman Entrepreneurs Mentor |


    Walking Boldly Into My Passion

    Ms. Davis, Royalty DesignsMy Breakthrough in 2011 came because I pushed everything aside and stepped into my destiny. No matter what trial was presented I looked at it and made strategies to go around it. I called, emailed, texted, Facebooked: friends, associates, acquaintances ASKING for connections, referrals and business. It paid off! I received two clients that way and my success rolled on from there. Don't be afraid of rejection or let it deter you. Seek what you want, for it won't come to you unless YOU try.

    Ms. Davis | Royality Designs Consultants |


    ShaChena Gibbs, Real Sisters RisingEntrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs.

  • 01/25/2012 1:22 PM | ShaChena Gibbs (Administrator)
    Women Entrepreneurs | Are you an aspiring Speaker?


    re you an aspiring speaker? Do you find it difficult to get paid gigs? Are you just seeking a little support from experienced speakers?

    Well you are not alone. All speakers have the same problem whether they are new or experienced. It takes determination and passion to keep going. You must have faith in your craft and know what you know. Speaking is an art and it’s great when you can get paid to share information to people and you know in your heart it can change their lives either professionally or personally.

    We asked a few of our friends who are experienced speakers to share their best kept secret for mastering the art of speaking.

    Eula YoungKNOW YOUR CRAFT  by Eula M.Young | COO

    Whatever you are speaking about you should know your craft.  My best keep secret is to know the latest information about my field before the masses hear of it and talk about it in my speaking engagements this establishes you as an expert in your field and educate your listening audience. 

    Griot's Roll Film Production & Services Inc.

    Melanie BonitaSHARING AND CARING by Melenie Bonita | Author

    Sharing and caring is what has been the thing that has helped me master the art of speaking. When I share my testimonies, they are very genuine and heartfelt, so people can usually relate to what I'm talking about. Sometimes when I share information, it is so impactful that it changes people outlook on life. Caring is very key when speaking also. Because I truly care about people, it shows when I speak. They know I want them to achieve their dreams by how passionate I am by sharing and caring.

    Melanie Bonita Enterprises

    Carol SankarDON'T ASSUME! FIND OUT BEFORE YOU SPEAK! by Carol Sankar

    Do your research. Find out more information on the target audience in the room; are there seasoned entrepreneurs in the audience, what is the age range, what area are they from, what associations are they a part of, and/or their marital & education status. This information is key when you are developing a presentation to your audience so you can speak their language and form a presentation that will deliver all of the elements that they came for. Research never ends!

    Happy Speaking!!

    Carol Sankar Enterprises

    Rachel Berry'DOING IT FROM THE HEART & SOUL.' by Rachel Berry

    I've been speaking for over 10 years and the one thing that helps me to prepare is: taping my speech during rehearsal. Whenever you read out loud you hear what your mind's ear misses. Recording yourself and then playing it back then takes your senses to the level of clear interpretation and allows you to hear a close version of what others will hear. When you practice with conviction you will deliver with conviction and others will hear and see that you're 'Doing it from the heart & soul!'

    The VOW Network - Voices of Wisdom LLC

    Dana BeasleyDITCH YOUR NOTES! By Dana Beasley

    Letting go of my notes has been the number one thing that has improved my speaking. I used notes as a barrier between the audience and myself because I lacked confidence. But I knew I needed to do better, to really engage the audience and speak from my heart. I started by just doing an outline. I put these points into a slideshow. Now I don't use the notes except for a brief outline of the order of topics to be covered.
    Now I am gaining confidence and doing a better job!


    Victoria JohnsonPRACTICE by Victoria Johnson

    Practice in the mirror everyday with body movements and facial expressions.


    ShaChena GibbsEntrepreneur, mentor, and Small Business Educator, ShaChena Gibbs is helping women across the US with starting a successful business from home. ShaChena Gibbs is the Founder of Real Sisters Rising, LLC an award winning National Organization for Women Entrepreneurs.

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