Congratulations Kristie Kennedy, Featured Successful Established Woman Entrepreneur
Sylvia: Hi Kristie. Thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to interview with me. I admire your work and thrilled to talk to you. You have a beautiful voice, I listened lot of great things going on. Tell me about yourself and your business?
Kristie: Thank you Sylvia. My name is Kristie Kennedy and I am CEO of Atara Enterprises, LLC. I am a highly creative, innovative visionary leader that operates in a multiplicity of gifts, talents and administrative capacities. I am currently the Director of WOAMTEC (women’s business networking organization). I am also a motivational speaker, Examiner freelance writer, Licensed Esthetician, Makeup Artist for Mirabella Cosmetics, Songwriter, Poetess, Recording Artist, Author, Jewelry Designer, Fashion Model and former Instructor for Barbizon Modeling, Acting and Personal Development Institute.
In 2006, I moved out in faith to operate Atara Enterprises Leadership Development full time with the desired intention of building, enhancing and empowering individuals to conquer their dreams. I am very daring woman and not afraid to take risks. I challenge individuals to live beyond self-imposed limitations that prevent the opportunity to taste the pleasure of purpose fulfilled.
Sylvia: Wow, you are very multi-talented. Of course, I am very passionate in the work that I do in helping women achieve success through entrepreneurship. Please tell us a little more about WOAMTEC?
Kristie: Sure, Women On A Mission To Earn Commission (WOAMTEC) is more than a networking group, we are a premier business building organization designed to appeal to the business woman who is already successful and simply wants to grow more. It is not designed for commissioned sales people only, rather any strong female who wants to increase her company’s bottom line and overall revenue while working towards the Greater Commissions in life.
Our philosophy is not to compete with any other networking organization, but instead to offer a pure social, stress free networking atmosphere, where women can simply be women. WOAMTEC also offers business building opportunities where women can focus on keeping their priorities in order of faith, family, and finance without feeling guilty about it!
Sylvia: Kristie, that is so awesome! It is women like you who I admire, so willingly to help other women in their entrepreneurial walk. Thank you Kristie for all that you do! What does ‘Success’ mean to you?
Kristie: Over the past few years I’ve had to redefine success after having enormous challenges in building my company from the ground up with minimal resources. Success for me is accomplishing predetermined goals that I set out to achieve each and every day. Success is conquering old mindsets that are unproductive to my growth and development. Success is dusting myself off and rising again after falling flat on my face. Success is a state of mind in which I have the power to choose each day to embrace.
Sylvia: The meaning of success is defined differently by people. Simply stated, it depends on what you are searching for in business and life. How do you create work/life balance?
Kristie: I balance my work/life by taking valuable time each day to reflect on my personal goals and dreams. It requires raw honesty during quiet times of introspection. There are many painful lessons that I have learned because of my life being imbalanced.
I am a solo-professional who wears many hats and as a result of having enormous responsibilities it can be a challenge to switch from work to play mode. I have to hold myself accountable to be committed to taking care of me. I have adopted Jim Rohn’s words of wisdom, he said, “When I change, everything changes.” I must change my mind about the value of drinking water each day. The value of exercising. The value of getting the proper amount of rest to replenish my energy in order to operate at my optimum capacity.
Sylvia: How do you give back to your community?
Kristie: I am passionate about empowering women to be the best that they can be. My volunteer experiences are broad, ranging from speaking in Juvenile Detention Centers, Nursing Homes, Home and Hospital Visitation for the sick and shut in. Most recently, I have accepted a leadership role for a women’s business networking organization called WOAMTEC.
Sylvia: What steps do you think are necessary for an entrepreneur who wants to move her business to the next level?
Kristie: The steps for an entrepreneur who wants to move to the next level will vary based on past success, present status and future aspirations. It is essential that they carve out sufficient time to assess and define what next level success means for them. Clarity is vital. Does next level mean taking your current client base from 50-100? Increasing annual revenue by $100,000? Then one must ascertain how do we plan to achieve this goal? Who will we need to assist in accomplishing this goal? What is the timeline for attaining this goal for the company? Are the established goals realistic? It is easy to set goals, but the commitment to constantly review them to keep momentum from dissipating is critical to their fulfillment.
Sylvia: What challenges and opportunities do you see in the present economic environment?
Kristie: I believe our present economic environment will act as a catalyst to inspire new entrepreneurs to come from behind the shadows of obscurity and those who have encountered economic hardships will rise like the phoenix from the ashes of failure. America in particular is a country that is known for producing innumerable champions who rise to the call of greatness and defying the odds stacked against them.
Sylvia: What advice do you have for women who are just starting out?
Kristie: My advice to women in business as entrepreneurs is to strengthen your influence by creating alliances with other women and pool your resources. It has been said that one is too small a number to accomplish anything great.
Secondly, it is essential that as a leader you are committed to learning and growing daily. Self-motivation is a great necessity in the face of obstacles. Attend conferences, seminars, tele-seminars, check out audio lessons from the library, read, read, read any and everything pertaining to your field to establish yourself as an expert.
Thank you for sharing your time and expertise with our members and subscribers.
Kristie: You are welcome!
Kristie Kennedy, Director of Tallahassee Woamtec
Living with Purpose, Leading Beyond Excellence