Hi! I am Belinda and I am glad that you are here. I wrote a blog post some years ago about how as a kid, I wanted to be many things – lawyer, dancer, television anchor, movie star, fashion designer, professor, entrepreneur, talk show host, diplomat plus more. One thing I certainly didn’t have on my list was preacher. Dear Lord!
Alright, let’s get serious now.
For many years, people have approached me [and they still do] to help them figure out the best strategy for their next assignment or project. For example, before they launched out, they came to me to have the final look.
Before they signed agreements, they talked to me, to figure out if their next step made good sense. Today, it still happens, more than before. If they want to start a project (new business model, write a book, solve difficult problems, etc), they contact me.
I launched this personal online platform many years ago because I wanted to be authentic. I needed a digital domain to incorporate all that described me. I was at the “no more point.”
I already had enough of people’s questions.
Oh, but you have your LLM, why are you consulting in IT? Why aren’t you practicing law? Which profession are you in now, law or IT? Why are you switching from one profession to the other?
I decided that I wasn’t going to downgrade my gifts and expertise anymore and JUST BE ME.
It is interesting how one bold move can lead to several destiny encounters, business deals, faith awakenings, profits, new territories.
I pitched my cyber tent and began to write blog posts that shared part of my story, which touched on issues and provided solutions.
Then I saw an increasing trend and people reaching out to me, inviting me to speak, offering business deals because they read my blog post or heard me speak somewhere, watched my videos or listened to my Destiny Chats Podcast.
There are many men and women who are gifted, skilled and experts in diverse fields who would like to start and operate their own platforms too, be themselves and just strive to enjoy this blessed life. However, many have placed their gifts on the back burner for so long, and are afraid of launching out into the deep.
If you do not operate in your full capacity, you will wake up one day and regret your life. Who has time for that?
I realized that if I wanted change, then I needed to do something about it. After law school in England gazillion years ago and after doing several temp jobs, I saw the handwriting on the wall that technology was the way forward and upward. So, I learned how to code.
I worked in the IT industry (front-end development, web programming, software testing, analytics). I worked in the legal industry. Then I sought a way to combine both skills and experience. I didn’t want to choose one over the other because I loved both (and I still do).
What did I do next? Remember I said I wanted to be many things as a kid? ☺
I became a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). If you want to know about US data privacy related laws, the European GDPR, cyber privacy, cyber security, cyber warfare, train your staff about data privacy and security awareness, click here and let’s start the conversation about helping your organization.
Today, I am blessed to operate with a unique blend of law and IT in data privacy and security industry.
I often teach that authenticity opens doors and no experience is wasted.
What you know today will be useful tomorrow. What I learned in law school and working in the industry is very useful in the data privacy and protection, IT, business, non-profit arena and vice versa.
The experience I gained from consulting in multinational corporations across Europe (London, Copenhagen, Germany, Switzerland, Amsterdam) and here in the US is very useful when I communicate with clients and help build organizations. Hence, why I speak to leaders about the power of authenticity and how to enhance workplace culture.
How I can help you win (because you didn’t land here by coincidence)?
I teach profitable strategies from inception to launch to operations.
I am a mentor to professional women who enjoy their jobs but desire to thrive in their gift zones too, start, build side gigs [monetize their knowledge, create multiple streams of income]; operate with excellence in all their assignments. I am passionate about helping women because when they win, I win.
I am an author and I have written five books [and helped others publish too, edited and restructured many manuscripts including doctoral dissertation]. I build online courses from scratch too. However, that’s not all.
I host global conferences that bring sharp minds together that help people soar. I am the convener of the annual iEmancipateMe Conference. In addition to being the visionary, I speak at these events, moderate panels and in other conferences too.
Click here for my speaking topics and to invite me to speak at your event or participate as an analyst or TV commentator.
Photo from iEmancipateMe Conference Maryland
I am an ordained pastor and I often use biblical principles to teach how to succeed, work on relationships, handle life and be persistent in your faith.
Often I am asked how I am able to wear many hats. Here’s my answer: “You have one life to live. Regret happens when you place your life assignment(s) on the back burner, declaring ‘later.’ There is no time like now. Now is a gift; maximize it. People are waiting for you; don’t disappoint them.”
I love to have a good laugh because laughter is good medicine for the soul. I love to watch replays of “Steve Harvey” on YouTube, “Undercover Boss,” and “Greenleaf.”
PS. You can do whatever you set your mind to do with the right strategy and people in your corner.
In addition to all the stuff you just read, I can help you with mapping out the best strategy for your project, monetization plan for your gifts and talents, identifying your audience and really using authenticity to impact lives.
Are you ready to start and finish?
I activated my START, determined to keep pushing forward and upward. You can start too. It’s your turn. Contact me One of the favorite testimonials I have received was from a lady who told me that my start empowered her to start. Oh, how blessed I am!