Kenise Etwaru is definitely a woman on a mission! Her heart is huge and she is truly the definition of “my sister’s keeper”. She is a woman that wears many hats. Mother, Worship Leader, Author, Executive Coach, Mentor, Author, and Friend! Her drive to see others excel and do well in this thing called life is like none other! She let us in and gave us more insight into the pieces of her passion.
Why are you so passionate about helping others?
Kenise: I was raised with the mindset to do unto others what you would want them to do unto you. I feel we are placed on this earth to help others and not be selfish to only think of ourselves. I also believe that everyone goes through different experiences in order to share with those around them. Before going to a high-end restaurant, people like to check out the "reviews"...they like to see what others have experienced at that restaurant....I'm passionate about sharing what I've learned in my experiences in hope that it will help to empower, shape and touch the lives of people around me.
Tell us about your businesses?
Kenise: I have an executive coaching and HR consulting businesses where I work with companies in New York in building their HR departments or work on various projects. I work with C-Suite executives in helping them with compensation studies and also how to market themselves when looking for a new opportunity.
Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years? 5 years?
Kenise: In the next 2 years, I would like to be making my annual salary every month LOL. I would like to be on the road doing speaking engagements, seminars, etc. and having one on one coaching sessions, along with group coaching webinars. I would like to publish another book. In the next 5 years, I would like to work with other women in building an empowerment network for women ages 15 and up.
Tell us about your coaching practice? (If applicable)
Kenise: Right now I do one on one executive coaching with individuals that are looking for a career change, update their CV's, negotiate salaries, etc.
How do you handle setbacks?
Kenise: Every set back is a learning experience. I take a deep breath, dry my tears, maybe get a massage or go shopping, then I look to see what I learned from the setback and keep pushing. There's always plans B to Z remaining.
What advice would you give to that person who's business is no doing so great and wants to give up?
Kenise: If the person is passionate about building their dream business, then the words "give up" is not apart of their vocabulary. I would tell them that there are times when they will feel like nothing is happening, but you still have to keep pushing and then give them examples of people such as Michael Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, etc. Push Until Something Happens (PUSH)
What does it take to have a successful business?
Kenise: Commitment, Drive, Patience and a support system.