”The glass ceiling that once limited a woman’s career path has paved a new road towards business ownership, where women can utilize their sharp business acumen while building strong family ties.” – Erica Nicole, who left Corporate America to start YFS Magazine

Throughout my career, I have often been the only female in the room. I can’t say that it phased me too much, but it did strike a nerve once in awhile. There is a subtle balance to being considered credible in the business world while also maintaining a level of femininity. And then add in the challenges of motherhood and trying to have it all, and professional and personal goals become even more complicated to achieve. Luckily, I had great role models in my life – a successful businessman as a father and a wonderful and nurturing mother. I have tried to emulate both of them, and have a foot in both my professional life and in my incredible role as a mother to three children.

As the above quote states, there is in fact a glass ceiling that every ambitious woman will face at some point in her career. I have been fortunate enough to work for incredible companies that have given me the experiences to be where I am today, and my last employer was very generous in my need for a flexible schedule. I am extraordinarily grateful for the employers that I have had over the years, which has led me to being the owner of my own marketing consultancy.

For the last eighteen months, I have learned how to be an entrepreneur, day by day, sometimes hour to hour. Some days have been better than others, but I sit in a place of being pleased with what has been accomplished today, and enthused for what the future holds.

And on that note, I am proud to announce that The Paulson Collective was recently certified as a Woman Business Enterprise. This certification was granted by the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC), the first national certifier of Women Business Enterprises. Over 700 public and private sector individuals participated in establishing the standards and procedures of this certification review, and I can assure you that it is a rigorous and thorough process. The goal of the certification is to streamline the overall process and increase the ability for women business owners to compete for contracts at a national level. To me, this program will enable us to develop relationships with larger companies and create opportunities for future partnerships with private and public companies.

I will certainly share more updates on the WBE certification as this all evolves, but I am more than pleased to share this news with all of you. More to come!