An Interview with Lucinda Cross: Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur & Mentor
Sylvia: Lucinda, welcome! Please tell us a little about yourself?
Lucinda: My name is Lucinda Cross and I have a degree in Organizational Management and Business. I established my first New York based company named ‘Business In Progress Inc’ where I worked directly with small businesses developing creative successful strategies to bring their products and services to market. I have a vast array of experience and an accomplished problem solver, working in and out of the box in order to resolve client’s issues.
With several years of operational, organizational and management experience, I have developed a sharp eye for how businesses get bloated with inefficiencies, cross-purposes and miscommunication — and how they can retool for a sleeker, smoother, strategically focused organization. As an entrepreneur, I quickly built my own successful consulting business, empathetically helping other business owners set priorities and create the balance they want between life and work.
My clients have ranged from media companies, marketing firms and inspirational speakers to Mom-and-Pop retail shops, with most having 10 or fewer employees and up to $2 million in annual sales. I also had a “Mind Your Business” segment on WWRL 1600 and have written numerous articles for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Harlem News as well as sat on the Board for the Eastern Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
Corporate Mom Dropouts (CMD) is designed for any Mom who wants to work from home and raise their children, any Mom who wants to have the time and money to contribute to the support, of their children’s future and create a legacy. A CMD is looking for financial independence and freedom. CMD’s are grandmothers, Nana’s, a Stepmother, or a Single parent who is looking to operate at a HIGHER level and looking to network with HIGHLY successful mompreneurs and experts. “Who Am I?” is the question we should start and end the day with.
Sylvia: Wow, you are an impressive young woman. I want to thank you for an autographed copy of your book, ‘Corporate Mom Dropouts.’ It is very informative and a great read. I am a ‘Corporate Mom Dropout.’ In 2000, I decided to pursue my own business, raising 4 young children at the time and having to juggle taking care of them and having little support from my employer when emergencies arose. My husband traveled a lot as well as had irregular work hours, so I found myself in dilemmas with my job, missing my children school events, etc. So, I left Corporate America and started my business as well as had my 5th child.
Lucinda: I was inspired to write this book based on my own challenges and success in business and wanted women to hear from others who looked like them and who were dealing with similar challenges and have succeed in becoming successful in their business regardless of their challenges.
Sylvia: I found myself thinking back to my days in Corporate America and found myself screaming YES, YES, YESSSS to the following 5 questions in your book that was posed to your readers:
- Does the thought of leaving your newborn home to work over 40 hours a week cause anxiety?
- Do you feel like your worth more than your 9am-5pm?
- Tired of making money for someone else?
- Did your boss just take credit for the new procedure you devised?
- But most of all, did you miss your child’s last sports game or dance recital because you just couldn’t get the time off?
I remember the frustration of being stuck in the ‘rat race’ working for a very large corporate company in Southern California. So, I can definitely relate! Is there a message in your novel that you want your readers to grasp?
Lucinda: The message I want readers to grasp is that as a women and as a mom we must move beyond names, symbols, logos and labels. We are on the journey to discover what “Who Am I?” means and “What is my purpose?” and that is what this books message is all about.
Sylvia: Do you have any advice for other authors?
Lucinda: Everyone has a story to tell, everyone has an inspirational light burning that can change one person. The goal is to write as if you are talking to one person, having an intimate conversation. It helps you out when you write your story or your message.
Sylvia: Why should we buy your book?
Lucinda: You should buy my book if you are looking for financial independence and freedom. If you are looking to operate at a higher level
Sylvia: Lucinda, you are an incredibly busy lady. I commend you on your work to help other women live their passion. I wish you all the best. Thanks so much for taking the time for an interview with us.
Lucinda: You are very welcome. Thanks for interviewing me.