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#GoingBold :: Aleshia Patterson of Aleshia.Co

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Aleshia Patterson of Aleshia.Co
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold Feature with Aleshia Patterson of Aleshia.Co

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

Hey! My name is Aleshia Patterson, and I am from Saint Louis, MO. I am a digital and social media manager by day, and by night I am a social media and content strategist at Aleshia.co. 

My journey to digital and social media marketing is a bit unique because I started my career in the nonprofit sector in 2009, where I worked in youth development. Fast forward to 2016, and I had a huge tug on my spirit to find a job in the field that I went into so much student loans for. Long story short, I put in my two-week notice at the nonprofit I was working at and left. However, I left without having another job lined up. One of my mentors reached out to me during that time and asked if I would be interested in doing some email marketing consulting work, and at that moment, I learned the power of entrepreneurship. Three months later, I landed my first marketing and communications job at another local nonprofit. 

Two-and-a-half years later, I was laid off from that job. However, I learned so much about social media and digital marketing that I decided to launch a social media marketing business.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

The day after I was laid off, I had a presentation to give to a group of local nonprofits. I thought I was going to crumble, given the circumstances, but I slayed. I did so well that an audience member approached me about teaching at a local university. I said yes, and now I'm starting my first teaching position as an adjunct professor.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Trust yourself. Often, we go to others when everything goes wrong, but there is power in trusting your intuition and understanding that you have the answers you seek.

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#GoingBold :: Dai Baker of Dai Baker Creative Group LLC

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Bold & Pop :: #GoingBold Feature with Dai Baker of Dai Baker Creative Group LLC.png
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Tell us your bold boss story!: 

I am Dai Baker, the founder and lead at Dai Baker Creative Group LLC. DBCG is a marketing, branding and public relations agency catering to small businesses, freelancers and influencers. I am a child of an entrepreneur and grew up watching my dad own his own business. Since childhood, I always knew I would own a business when I became an adult. I actually started my business during my undergrad. As a public relations major, starting a creative agency made the most sense. Before formalizing my business I was actually freelancing and then decided this would be my first real business operation. I was also a college lifestyle blogger at the time working with brands as an influencer. The agency has allowed me to use my education and creativity. I enjoy working with my clients and being able to use my skills to help grow their businesses.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

My biggest achievement I'm most proud of is hiring my first staff member. Being able to hire help was an indicator that my business was growing at that time. Hiring someone to help work on various tasks in my business allowed me to be able to have more free time. Now I have two staff members and a host of interns that assist me. Another moment I am truly proud of is helping my staff launch their side hustles. I encourage my team to follow their dreams and try to assist them in the best way I can. Because of this, one of my team members is finally publishing a book and the other is releasing the first collection of their fashion line. It's very powerful to be a part of others’ dreams.

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What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

Remember to practice self-care. Being a boss is tiring and can take up all of your energy if you let. Do not be afraid to take a day, weekend or week off to relax and indulge in your favorite self-care activities. Your business will not automatically close down because you took a day off. Neglecting your health and not sleeping does not lead to success contrary to what the social media posts say.

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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#GoingBold :: Nanci Norelli Smith of Espresso Yourself

Bold & Pop : #GoingBold :: Nanci Norelli Smith of Espresso Yourself
Bold & Pop : #GoingBold :: Nanci Norelli Smith of Espresso Yourself

Tell us your bold boss story!: 

My path to art was not traditional. I earned both a Masters and a Doctorate in a Biological Psychology field from UCONN. For the last 18 years, I was at home, educating my 6 children. While teaching them art, I taught myself. We integrated art into all aspects of learning. It was fun!I believe strongly in the healing power of art. Art played a huge role for my family in coping with issues around my son's autism. Now it's time for me to pursue my passion as a career. I'm so happy to be a Certified Grumbacher Art instructor. I also do pet portraits.

We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!: 

I got to meet one of my she-roes, famed colored pencil artist Ann Kullberg, when she came to an art show in Tacoma. I walked right up to her and called her by her first name, and asked her to take a picture with me. We chatted and exchanged emails. I ended up doing some freelance work for her! . I was a project manager for one of her many art books, in which I got to contact artists from all over the world to be included in her book. I also wrote two articles for her COLOR Magazine (November and December 2015) on the healing power of art.

What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?: 

I always thought either you had confidence or you didn't; not that it is a learnable skill which includes pushing through your fear. I saw this quote from Gayle King who interviewed a 13 year old Youtuber in an Oprah Magazine "Confidence is a choice....a big part of being confident is being brave, and you can't be brave unless you're scared".

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Have an awesome bold boss story of your own? We want to hear from you! Check out the dets and submit your story for consideration.

P.S. Exciting news! We launched a free #GoingBold Facebook Group and would love for you to join us! Come on over!

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