Meet Featured Sister Semonna McNeil

Semonna McNeilIf you’ve ever wanted to escape the structure and pace of a corporate job, Semonna McNeil’s story will inspire you. Her journey from hobby to business wasn’t easy, but it was worth it!

Meet Featured Sister Semonna McNeil

Business Name: Run Leap Launch

Business Description: Runleaplaunch.com is a strategic launch consulting service specializing in list building, virtual events, and launches for both stuck and upleveling business owners.

Semonna’s Story: 

I am a reformed Corporate American robot. I started growing my VA business while employed, utilizing evenings and weekends to network and work on client projects. I believe I started off as a VA versus positioning myself as an internet marketing strategist initially because I suffered from severe impostor syndrome, but I desperately wanted more freedom in my life. My final straw: I remember asking my manager if I could leave work to go to urgent care because I was sick (this was so out of character for me), and she refused to let me take the day off. I went to urgent care after work to learn that I had been working with a sinus infection and walking pneumonia with a fever of 102. I began working on my escape plan that day. I prayed to God and shared my challenges and heart’s desire. Within a month, I was gifted a scholarship into an ‘escape your 9-5 job’ coaching course. This was my sign and I began to ramp up my marketing efforts to turn my freelancing hobby into a full-time business. After taking on several clients, I learned quickly that I was passionate about strategy and implementation, and I wanted to support more partners that really struggle with putting the two pieces together.

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Meet Featured Sister Laura Johnson

Laura JohnsonLaura learned the hard way that there are no guarantees in the corporate world. So she did what many women do – she created a business of her own, where she could call the shots. Now she uses her gifts to help other women in transition.

Meet Featured Sister Laura Johnson

Business Name: Hummingbird Wealth Management

Business Description: Financial Planning and Investment Management Firm

Laura’s Story: 

I started with a local bank as a teller in 1985. I worked for them through 12/12/12, when I was fired. It was an eye opener after 27 years. I was always honest, very hardworking, moral, and represented the company very well. In the end they didn’t stand by me the way I stood by them. Starting my own investment firm (this is what I did for the bank since 1999) was a simple decision. Unfortunately, I was unable to bring as many clients with me as I had hoped. However, this has been a blessing – I have been able to build my business with the type of people that I know I can have a long-term relationship and one in which we share the same visions, goals, and outlook on life. I primarily work with women in “struggle” – usually due to death of their spouse, or a divorce. I genuinely care about my clients, their families, and their futures and have been able to witness life accomplishments with man of my clients.
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Do You Belong Here? A Peek Inside the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs

Survey Results IGOne of the things I love most about what I do is getting to know some pretty fabulous women. When I stepped out in faith to create the International Christian Mompreneur Network, I was placing a call for help. I was reaching out to other moms just like me who were feeling overwhelmed and isolated as they juggled the challenges and joys of running a business while raising a family. These ladies answered my call for help and formed an extraordinary circle of support and encouragement for me and for one another. They’ve developed friendships as they’ve grown their businesses.

But lots of women wonder if they will fit in. They send me emails saying:

“My children are all grown and out of the house. Am I too old to join?”

Or…

“I don’t really have a business…it’s more of an idea right now. Can I still belong?”

Or…

“I’ve got a J-O-B but I hope to start my business soon. Is this the place for me?”

My answer is YES! Of course, you belong here! But sometimes it’s good to see the data – so you can really learn about the women God has placed in our lives. So, here’s a peek inside our circle.

The ladies in the Sisterhood of Christian Mompreneurs:

  • Live in 21 different states in the United States and one Canadian city.
  • Are older than you might think, with 57% of us in our 40s.
  • Have 2 or 3 children living at home – some more, some less.
  • Want to learn about a variety of different topics to help grow their business or ministry.
  • Take advantage of our private Facebook group for networking and support as well as our monthly group calls, opportunities to promote their businesses, training webinars and more.

(Keep in mind, these are just the ladies in our Sisterhood group. The full membership of the International Christian Mompreneur Network is even more diverse – with members from all over the world including Australia, United Kingdom, India, Philippines, Brazil, South Africa, Indonesia, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Nigeria and more!) [Read more…]