Ladies Leading Ladies : Nikki Henry
It’s always great connecting with other women in business. I think it’s important we encourage and empower each other, and I’m excited to share stories of other women so that we can grow this community of women entrepreneurs!
Today, I’d like to introduce you to Nikki Henry who runs the amazing Ladies Leading Ladies. It’s Nikki’s dream to help women all across the world find their voices and grow as supportive leaders. This girl is after my own heart – she’s a lover of The Bachelor(ette), a hardworking woman and she too is trying to embrace ‘the love of exercise.’
Check this out, she was an honoree of Fresno’s 40 under 40 at the age of 28 and recipient of the Women’s Empowerment Award at Central Washington University. This lady knows a lot about women in leadership – and I’m thrilled we get to hear a little behind the scenes on this amazing ladyboss!
What your business offers:
I run an in-depth online leadership course called The Leadership Project, provide free weekly leadership development tips each week on my website and through my email list, host women’s leadership training and networking events like, “Sipping in Slippers”, and provide customized keynotes and trainings for companies and events.
What makes your business unique?
There is a lack of viable leadership development training and courses out there outside of a mastermind that cost 5 or 6 figures, or are a degree program through a University — especially for women. I created my course after years of trying to find something like it for myself, where I could learn to be the best, supportive leader I could be while still being myself and being kind. There were half-day or one-day options through big national companies, but again were in the thousands of dollars for just a few hours! My business focuses on the innate strengths we hold as women and how that actually makes us even MORE qualified for leadership positions if we just allow ourselves to tap into them and feel confidence in them. Every training I provide includes pre-work and follow-up, and The Leadership Project is an 8-week course with over 40 modules that my students have lifetime access to so they can turn their development into a lifelong learning commitment and access the content as I update it and make it better.
Life + Business Challenges:
As many of us journeying into entrepreneurship, I am working full-time as the Programs & Policy Director at the Central Valley Community Foundation AND running my business in my “free time”. It’s a heck of a balance, but when it’s a calling you just KNOW that you have to make it work. All of the hours working after work are energizing and well spent knowing that I am making even a tiny difference for women in their pursuit of happiness. It’s forced me to really maximize my strengths, my time, and my focus. I’ve put a larger focus on self-care rather than pushing it aside, because I know while it’s precious hours each week it is necessary to build my mindfulness and focus to bring my best to both of my “jobs”.
I’ve also learned that there never is the “perfect” time for anything. Our lives never get less busy, less hectic, or more set up to take on more. We can make intentional choices and focus on what is important, but it’s always going to be hard. There will always be sacrifices. So we must all be really rooted in our “why” to best serve our dreams and serve those around us.
How you define success:
If each day I can sit down and think of 3 things that I’m thankful for, I feel successful. No matter how hard things get, if we can stay rooted in positivity and abundance we will be successful. Each day that I can be thankful is a day I have not given into negativity and overwhelm, and that is success! I am working to grow that abundance mindset with others realizing that it allows the best foundation for a great leader.
Proudest business moment:
Any day that a client shares with me their success, when they crush a goal, or get that promotion, or keep their cool when someone has tried to get under their skin at work is my proudest moment. I think specifically to one gal that I worked with a few years ago who struggled with her confidence, felt “too old” to promote, and always put others in front of herself. We worked hard on identifying her “why”, on building her confidence, finding her strengths, and setting goals for her. She made some great strides, but I was most proud when we caught up a couple of years later and she had promoted into her dream job and had gone back to school. She is so happy and kindly attributed that success to our work together, but I had to remind her that it was all her who did the hard work of getting there. She had to believe in herself and if I could help her get there I was honored to do it!
Things you wish you knew sooner:
That no matter how much you plan, how much you have conversations with your loved ones about your time commitments, you are going to feel like you’re failing A LOT. But you have to continue focusing on those that you’re serving and why you’re doing this. When you get those emails, comments and calls from your clients who are making big moves in their lives because of your work that needs to be what energizes you and what you focus on. Make sure that you make time to unplug even though there never is enough time in the day. Your loved ones deserve it, and you deserve to enjoy your time with them and to care for yourself. You can’t serve others if you aren’t serving your own needs.
Patience! It’s hard work and does not happen overnight. I have to remind myself to celebrate every small win, take my time, and balance my hard work with play as well.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – MLK Jr.
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