Enjoy these private interviews with our millionaire moms as they tell us their story. You will be surprised and inspired on what is possible for your life after hearing how they overcame major obstacles to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
Nadja Piatka is the founder and President of Nadja Foods, the Ultimate Girls Getaway and the author of 2 Best Selling Books. She has appeared on many TV shows including the Oprah Winfrey Show. Nadja found herself as an unemployable single mother of two. Plagued by creditors and no income she began baking muffins at home and testing them on her two teenage children. She was soon selling her muffins to local coffee shops, and when her customer base grew, she commissioned a local bakery to "out source" and deliver her products.
With a one hundred dollar investment she grew her business from her kitchen to becoming a international supplier to the food industry. Today Nadja Foods supplies her great tasting Healthy Brownies and Petite Angel Cakes to customers across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Nadja tours as a motivational speaker sharing her amazing professional and personal story of building her business, surviving leukemia, being an unemployed single parent and cherishing every moment in life.
Kayla Fioravanti is the Vice President, Chief Formulator, ARC Registered & Certified Aromatherapist for Essential Wholesale and its lab division Essential Labs. Wife and mother of three, Kayla runs her company along with her husband Dennis. In 1998, Kayla started creating products in her kitchen using essential oils. Her first glimpse into the world of essential and botanical oils was by means of a personal trial; one of her children had a case of ringworm that would not go away. After trying every over-the-counter ointment and even some prescriptions, she looked into the natural way of healing and discovered essential oils. The ringworm was gone in three days and Kayla was hooked on aromatherapy. She was unable to find any companies that would work with a start up business or that formulated truly natural bases which could add to the essential oils. So, she and her husband decided to fill the missing niche by creating Essential Wholesale - today's leading supplier of raw ingredients, bulk personal care products, mineral makeup and aromatherapy at wholesale prices.
Until she decided to make a 180-degree career turn and follow her passion to create music that motivated her (and others) to lose weight and get in shape, Heidi Roizen was a well-known technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
Even as a child, Heidi was an entrepreneur, running a puppet show for childrens parties and retail establishments from the early age of twelve well into college. With the earnings from this and other jobs she put herself through Stanford University, receiving both her BA and MBA.
Catching the Silicon Valley bug, she co-founded, ran and ultimately sold a software company called T/Maker, a pioneer in early personal computer software -- making Heidi one of the rare women CEOs in the technology industry. She was also honored to have been elected to the leadership of the two largest trade associations in the software and venture industries. For the last ten years, Heidi has been investing in start ups, and has served on more than 20 boards of companies ranging in size from 1 to 2,000 employees.
One day last summer, the idea for SkinnySongs popped into Heidi's head, and she decided she just had to do it. So here she is.
Heidi is married to orthopedic surgeon David Mohler and has two daughters, Niki and Marleyna. You can also read more about Heidi at www.Heidi.Roizen.com.
Cordia Harrington nickname is "The Bun Lady." Listen in to her amazing story as a single mom to three boys ages 1,3,& 5 years old as she struck out on her own. Cordia was one of the first female McDonald's female franchisees. She packed up her family and moved to an unfamiliar town in order to run her business. Cordia says she used to cry her way to work and back just about everyday due to sheer overwhelm. She perservered and ultimately succeeded.
She owns the Tennessee Bun Company and makes more buns than anyone on earth! The Tenessee Bun Company produces over 1,000 buns a minute. 60,000 buns an hour. Cordia was not always the "Bun Lady". She started as a realtor. She began with a modest $587.00.
This woman is truly amazing! Listen to Cordia tell her story and apply her wisdom to your life.
Dr. Kathleen Hall
Dr. Kathleen Hall, internationally recognized lifestyle expert in stress and work-life balance, is the founder and CEO of The Stress Institute (www.stressinstitute.com ), Alter Your Life and The Mindful Living Network (www.mindfullivingtv.com ). During times of stress and crisis: the West Virginia and Utah coal miner tragedies, Katrina ravaging the Gulf Coast, Air France crash in Canada, London terrorist bombing, the Runaway Bride, the national television and print media consistently seek the authoritative knowledge, information and direction of Dr. Kathleen Hall.
Dr. Hall's advice has been featured by all the major national media including NBC's The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Paula Zahn Now, CNN Headline News, CNN International, ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC, ESPN.com, Oprah & Friends, Good Morning America Radio, Martha Stewart Radio, Fortune, Money Magazine, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, Business Week, Body + Soul, Parents, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Real Simple, Working Woman, Woman's Day, and Parade.
Dr. Hall is a contributing writer for PINK Magazine. She is also the Global Ambassador for the Unilever/Knorr Soup Campaign -- Eat Soup, Live Healthy; World thought leader to Fortune 500 Corporations; Electronic Arts spokesperson (Pogo.com); Darden Restaurant spokesperson, Tempur-Pedic spokesperson; and, stress and work/life balance expert for ClubMom.com, w2w, and Momcorps.com. In fact, Martha Stewart Publications coined her as the "Stress Queen."
Author of A Life in Balance: Nourishing the Four Roots of True Happiness (AMACOM, January 2006), 2008 Mom's Choice Book Award winner, and winner of the prestigious 2007 Nautilus Book Award; and Alter Your Life: Overbooked? Overworked? Overwhelmed? (Oak Haven, April 2005), she offers simple methods for reducing stress, creating balance and living mindfully.
Dr. Hall earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Jacksonville State University, a Masters of Divinity from Emory University and a Doctorate in Spirituality from Columbia Theological Seminary. Her diverse background of study with medical pioneer's including Dr. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Dr. Herbert Benson at the Harvard Mind/Body Institute as well as illustrious Nobel Peace Prize recipients including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter. Dr. Hall has perfected her expertise in these related fields--where science meets the soul.
Dr. Hall lives on a horse ranch with her family where she maintains a bird sanctuary and rescues animals outside of Atlanta, Georgia, and spends her weekdays working at The Stress Institute in Atlanta.
Marcia Firestone founded the WPO in New York City in 1996. Today the organization boasts 1,000 chapters countrywide, including groups in Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse, and three in Canada."Programs existed for start up businesses, but there was nothing for already successful businesses," Firestone said."The success of the Women Presidents Organization will testify to the need." Because she saw that the needs of women business owners changed as their companies grew, she sought to draw entrepreneurs in similar situations together.
In 1984, Dawn Barnes enrolled herself and her two young sons in a karate class with no idea of the adventures that awaited. By signing up, this former ballerina and stunt woman started down the path to becoming a third-degree black belt, successful entrepreneur and well-known leader in the martial arts industry. Fascinated by the physical/spiritual balance of martial arts, Barnes trained diligently and, about 10 years later, opened the doors to her own school.
Mind, body, spirit: Described by some as the "Four Seasons of karate," Barnes' four schools are lavishly equipped with leather seating, wall murals, Olympic judo mats and colorful equipment. But the schools' true beauty can be found in the life skills emphasized during each class. Focusing on respect, patience, kindness and honesty, all 1,200 students, ages 4 to 14, finish each class with a single thought: "Every day, do something to make your mind strong, your body strong, your spirit strong."
No fear: Barnes's next step is to take the phrase she coined "positive dialogue response" meaning motivating children with praise rather than fear worldwide. She has written instructors manuals and produced DVDs used by teachers worldwide, she spreads her teachings by speaking at national conventions, and she has written a new children's book series--soon to be turned into a feature film--titled The Black Belt Club. Says Barnes, "If one seed of self-esteem can be planted in one child, that child is going to grow up and make a difference for other people."
"The Dynamic Diva" Elon Bomani is a self-made millionaire. Her rags to real estate riches story will astound you. This single mom went from homeless to over a million net worth in a matter of 18 months starting with just $36.00 in her checking account and a dream.
Elon is owner and founder of The Dynamic Diva.com & Papyrus Publishing, an innovative publishing company dedicated to writing books, CD, DVD, creating e-commerce website and services that will educate, empower and inspire individuals to fulfill their greatest dreams beyond their imagination. The core of the self-help, how -products and services deal with wealth, health and spiritual subjects. Her goal is to inspire women to become more healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Most recently, Elon Bomani has a cameo appearance in the newly released movie, "The Louise Hay Movie" where she shares her rags to riches story. Elon Bomani has been featured on KXTV Channel 10, the Sacramento Bee Newspaper and Sacramento Observer. She has spoken before the Black United Fund and sponsored an event supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Marry rich! That's what Alicia Dunams set out to do. But instead of marrying a millionaire, she learned the secrets of becoming one--turning her dates with fame and fortune into the ultimate wealth-building school. Join us as we learn how she turned her knowledge into success. Alicia is a true "outside the box" thinker.