Mar 5, 2018
"When building your network or social following, focus on
quality not quantity" - Cameka Smith
Speaker, trainer and award-winning entrepreneur - these are just
a few words that describe Cameka Smith, Founder of The BOSS
Network, a community of professional and entrepreneurial women who
support each other through conversation, online engagement and
event-based networking. Working towards one simple goal, BOSS® is
“Bringing Out Successful Sisters” to promote and encourage the
small business spirit and professional development of women.
Under Cameka’s leadership, The BOSS Network has become one of
the fastest-growing women business communities, garnering several
accolades such as a Top 50 Website for Entrepreneurs (Inc.
Magazine), 10 Best Career Sites for Women (Forbes.com) and one of 9
Twitter Accounts to Enhance Your College Experience
(BlackEnterprise.com). In recognition of her achievements, Cameka
was listed in Jet Magazine as a 40 under 40 Entrepreneur, named one
of the Top 40 Chicago Game Changers by Ariel Investments, The
Network Journal listed her one of their 2016, 40 under 40 Business
Leaders, and she was presented with a Rising Brand Star award by
the Adweek in 2017.
In today's conversation, Cameka and I discuss the power of
networking and building relationships. She shares why she launched
her business, and how she developed a business strategy to monetize
her brand and grow her business.
Connect with Cameka:
A few of the questions I asked Cameka:
- Who are some of the women in your life that you're grateful to
have around you and those who have really inspired you?
- What would people who you know today find surprising about you
as a teenager growing up in Chicago?
- What did you have to give up to glow up? Did you have to shift
your mindset, let go of people?
- What are some of the lessons you've learned about building
- How important is networking and social media to building and
nurturing these relationships and an individual's personal
Key Points from Cameka:
- I am grateful for my mom and those who came before us. Because
of them we are who we are.
- Our dreams and visions are tied to other people’s dreams and
- Cameka Smith used the power of relationships and networking to
build The BOSS Network, a community of professional and
entrepreneurial women who support each other.
- Find those who are looking for the same thing you’re looking
for and build the solution
- Cameka Smith talks about building the business strategy to
monetize the brand and grow her business
- Your business vision and desire to help people cannot be
sustained without a forward-looking strategy
- If you’re gonna be in business, you gotta know your “why?” or
you’ll be very easily deterred and distracted by everything else
that is going on around you.
- The “why?” of The BOSS Network is to give women of color a
platform to showcase their talents and their gifts and give them
resources and opportunities to help them expose their brands.
- You have to build relationships and not just your rolodex
- BOSS stands for "Bringing Out Successful Sisters," and its
mission is to promote and encourage the small business spirit in
- When building your network or social following, focus on
quality not quantity
- Here’s great networking advice from BOSS Network’s founder,
Cameka Smith: Do your research before you get into the room, so you
can drive the conversation and have something of substance to talk
- We must be sure we are operating with good character in our
professional relationships to build authentic connections
- Social media is the great connector. It allows you to connect
with an audience that you would have never otherwise met
- Connect the dots on all your media platforms
- Leadership does not always mean being out front, but it means
serving in a capacity where your work impacts more than just
- I operate from a servant leadership standpoint: looking for
ways to serve my clients, my tribe, and give women in my network
access and resources
- Great leaders are people who have crafted, molded and created
their own table to have that conversation, then taking that
information back to their communities
- Collaboration is so key: you can reach new audiences by
collaborating with people in your industry or even other
One Action To Blaze Your Trail:
Go out and serve other people. Serve someone who can't give you
anything in return.
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