I believe I was born an entrepreneur.
Always thinking about the next project…and delighted with the thought of success!
I launched my first business venture at the age of 12. I’ve never had a JOB or worked for a company, which leaves me unfamiliar with security and structure and very familiar with taking risks and winging it. However…I believe that experience is the best teacher and have experienced the intricacies firsthand from businesses such as Marina Mermaid, A Models Media, Lookin’ Good productions and Celebrity Auctions to only name a few. Including a successful career in real estate since 1989 as a broker, investor and creator of a seminar series entitled “From Babies & Bills to Riches in Real Estate”.
As a divorced mom of two awesome sons, I saw that very capable, intelligent women were letting outside forces stand in their way of perusing their investment choices. So in 2006, I started inviting women into my home for champagne brunches, and speakers to speak on subjects such as “Getting Out Of Your Own Way”, “Destined for Greatness”, “Finding the Diva in You”, “Unstoppable Women” and more. My intention was to empower women to pursue their dreams and to buy real estate.
Little did I know that the beginning of An Empowered Woman was the end of my real estate career.
After nine months of continued growth I moved the concept to country clubs, yachts, five-star hotels and polo clubs to accommodate audiences of over 300 on the Second Sunday of the month. We would dine, shop, network, and celebrate different themes, such as “Women in Business”, “Self Made Millionaires”, “The Look of Love “, etc. We featured fabulous speakers such as Lisa Nichols, Cynthia Kersey, Bobi Leonard, Les Brown, Dr. Pat Allan, John Assarof and many other notables who shared their personal stories, challenges, victories and secrets to success. They left everyone educated, motivated and inspired.
An Empowered Woman has developed into an exclusive global networking community and resource center for women professionals and entrepreneurs. We support women who are starting, fixing or building their businesses with web TV and radio shows, MasterMinds, tele-classes, seminars, coaching and unprecedented live events. Thanks to the collaboration with our affiliate associations and Board of Influencers, we have a reach of over 1 million women worldwide.
We have traveled as missionaries to Haiti and Brazil to support women in starting their businesses and implementing a computer lab to further their education, ultimately qualifying them for better jobs.
In 2011, we launched the Foundation of Empowered Women, our non-profit division and the Association of An Empowered Woman, which consists of chapters that they are launching throughout the US and Canada.
In 2012, we launched “Us Girls Productions” and produced our “Take Five” series to gain more visibility and credibility for our members worldwide. We still have aspirations of producing “Cover2Cover”, “Breakdown to Breakthrough”, “In My Opinion” and other programming featuring women in business.
With a growing concern on the amount of, or lack of, positive media portraying women in business we launched “Let’s Talk Success” in January 2015. This is a digital magazine — or, as we call it “MAG” (because it is short and sweet) — where we spotlight women who has achieved the millionaire status as they share their Story, Challenges, Victories and Secrets to Success.. while we tour the comforts of her home.
It’s Modeled after the show “Cribs,” or if you’re old enough to remember, “The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”.
We also include their podcast, photos, lessons learned, a page donated to the charity of their choice, and our best partners, aka business solutions. I’m still in the process of refining the MAG and securing partners and donors to finance the project with hopes that one day we will secure syndication to even a broader audience. It’s the messages from the largest, most powerful decision makers in the world: Women in Business.
There is still SO VERY MUCH I want to do. SO MANY PLACES I want to take this message and SO LITTLE TIME.
YES, we’ve been blessed to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and know that there are thousands of women, worldwide, who have been impacted by what we’ve done. So much has been put into motion, but if you ask me…this is only the beginning.
A self-declared knowledge seeker, I believe every woman is empowered and just needs a platform for them to shine and empower others.
That’s what we’re up to, and WOW…that’s empowering!
I’m best described as...
Mother, Friend and Advocate for Women in Business
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, Radio and TV Show Host
Founder/CEO, An Empowered Woman
Producer & Publisher, Let’s Talk Success Magazine
Dancer, Hiker, Traveler and Yoga enthusiast!
For Speaking, Producing and Multi Media Management
Contact me at Desiree@AnEmpoweredWoman.com