Sweta Vikram: Mindset & Wellness Coach, Speaker, & Best-selling Author

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My Native AdMission Statement: Hi, I’m Sweta Srivastava Vikram! I’m a mindset & wellness coach, global speaker, and best-selling author of 12 books. I listen to your stories and help transform your life. I understand the unique challenges you face as a human being, employee, employer, entrepreneur, provider, parent, and partner. Executives and entrepreneurs hire me to make critical mindset shifts, so they can use time more effectively, improve relationships, and lower stress levels. The real secret to living your best life is change in MINDSET. Voted as “One of the Most Influential Asians of Our Times,” and raised between North Africa and the foothills of the Himalayas, I now live in New York City and work with clients from all over the world. As the winner of the “Voices of the Year” award (past recipients have been Chelsea Clinton and the founder of the #MeToo movement), in my spare time, I use mindfulness and yoga to empower female survivors of trauma.

My Biggest Success?

Through my writing and coaching and speaking engagements, I have met with diverse groups of people from all over the world who have confessed that my words have transformed their lives. A gentleman read my book in the prison and then attended one of my speaking events (after he was released)—only so he could tell me in person how one of my books had helped him cope with his personal loss.

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Christine Michel Carter: Writer, Speaker, Consultant & Creator of "Mompreneur and Me"

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My Native Admission Statement: As a writer, speaker and consultant I work with companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of female consumers. I have been featured in, and guest contributed to several global digital publications, including Forbes, TIME, The New York Times, Harper's BAZAAR, Parents, Health, Ebony, Women’s Health and have been called "the exec inspiring millennial moms," a "branding mastermind" and "the voice of millennial moms." My writing has been quoted in four books and I have advocated on behalf of Mom Congress and Senator Kamala Harris for the Maternal Care Act. I also created Mompreneur and Me, the first national free mommy and me professional development event for moms who can’t afford time away from the kids to network or develop professional skills. I aspire to raise happy, confident, well-rounded children personally. That’s my only goal. And in business, I would like to be a published author and have my events (Mompreneur and Me) expand internationally. I’m a Donald Draper kind of marketer. I love bringing retro practices back because these young whippersnappers nowadays want to be the first to market themselves in a disruptive, groundbreaking way. I still believe two things: content is king, and no one will purchase a product or service that someone else hasn’t endorsed

My Favorite People/Role Models?

Beyoncé. There is no other role model in the world. Both business and personal. #beyhiveforever

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Brittany Finkle: Happily Ever Borrowed Founder

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My Native Admission Statement: I am the the founder of Happily Ever Borrowed, which helps women to rent their bridal accessories for their wedding day. Our mission is to not only help brides save money, but to also help reduce the waste of the wedding industry. She continues to juggle her work life in the luxury fashion industry with her startup venture. I’m still hustling and working 2 jobs! I’d love to grow Happily Ever Borrowed and maintain it as my sole role. My biggest success so far is serving over 1000 brides! We hope that brides at the end of the day feel beautiful in their accessories and don’t feel guilty about the price! We want our bride’s experience to be stress-free and for them to have a seamless day.

How did you get into the industry?

I have three older sisters, and from the age of 12, I was helping to plan their weddings. When I was in college and designing bridal gowns, my one sister asked me to make hers. That was far too much pressure for me, but I offered to help shop with her. When I saw the poor quality and construction of the cheaper gowns, I was horrified. All women deserve to wear quality products on their wedding day. We were also astonished at the high prices of veils, headpieces and jewelry. After spending their entire budget on their dress, most women forget that they need to accessorize as well! This is one of the most common instances where brides exceed their budget. My sisters begged me to find a solution. I let the idea sit for quite a while, but after my 3rd sister got married, the idea started to materialize.

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My Native Admission Statement: If someone can feel like they’re being talked to as a person or understood on a human level, that’s all I can ask for. Even in my merchandise, I’ll have small details like a tag or a thank you postcard that lets anyone who receives it know that I see them as a person with needs, and that I am the same. It’s the small stuff that makes all the difference in the world. The first round of merchandise I ever made, I wrote everyone’s names in calligraphy and hand wrapped every hat and shirt. It was an immense amount of work but I think it’s equally important to have that careful intention regard- less if I’m hand-packing something or not.

How did you get into the industry?

I started posting dance videos on YouTube which turned into making personality-forward videos to help give people a break from their daily stresses. Now I’m uploading weekly to YouTube and also helping via my comedic advice podcast called Just a Tip.

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