MizCEO Spotlight: Stephanie West

Please introduce yourself to our reading audience.

I’m Stephanie Wilson I am the CEO and Owner of the only Black-Owned cleaning company in Portage, Indiana. I am a wife and mother of two children. I have  accomplished a great deal even though I have only been in business for two years. In this short time I have published two books, starting my own cleaning line and launched a hand sanitizer product to go with it.

What is Your Definition of Influence?

To me the definition of  influence is that you are a person with great character. You want to help build someone else and show them that you can do the same thing that you are doing. Never tell someone “you can’t”!

How have you used your influence to enhance the lives of others?

It’s my passion to speak to as many people as  can and help them learn how they can start their businesses. I also help other business owners that needed advice or help with their projects. My next book is going to give advice on how to start your own business. It is important for me to show them that it’s doesn’t take much to start – you just have to want it bad enough!

How do you keep going when you want to give up?

I rarely give up, it just not who I am.  When I do feel like I want throw in the towel, I  just talk to God or someone who can encourage me. I try and look at everything that I have accomplished and then look at were I want to be.  I love what I do so I would not give this up to go back to a 9-5.

What are you currently working on for this next quarter in 2021?

I a currently working on a few things my cleaning line, I want to have a cleaning calendar that you can have at your home or job , that can also show you different tip or things to do during you week. last but not lease I want to go on a book tour to tell me my story of where I came from and where I’m going and to never give up on your dream.

What is the mantra that you live by?

I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me. I have been saying that since I was a little girl in youth church. God will give you the strength you need to get it done.


How can people connect with you?

 You can connect with me different ways: 

  • My website ( letscleanupyourmess.com

  • Contact me by phone ( 219-318-0209)

  •  Facebook ( Stephanie Wilson or clean it best cleaning company)

  • Instagram (wecleanitbest or Stephanie Wilson


MizCEO Spotlight: Micheale Eccleston

Micheale Eccleston purpose is bigger than just Fashion! “How you dress affects the way you feel” and she wants to help, encourage, empower, and mentor women to “Be Their Own Kind of Beautiful” embracing their flaws and all while looking fabulous. With this passion being so close to her heart, Micheale is impacting the lives of women all over the world through Motivational Speaking, her book “Driven by Imperfections,” and just every day interactions!  Micheale truly wants to help women with their confidence by sharing her story and providing step by step tools so that women will learn how to love their “Own Brand of Uniqueness.”

Influence: Please introduce yourself to our reading audience.

 Hello Everyone! My name is Micheale Eccleston and I am a Fashion Designer, Speaker, Author, Wife, and Mother of two, who was born in Kingston Jamaica. I love bigging up my hometown of Jamaica, because it is the reason, I design the way that I do today and what gives me my unique, sexy, feisty, flare about myself.  I have always loved the Fashion and Entertainment business from a very young age. I have been in the Fashion Industry for over a decade, but my days in the Fashion Industry started off as a teenage girl desperate to walk the runways of major Fashion Brands. Early on I realized that it probably would never happen due to my height, but it never stopped that fire inside of me to keep going. I became the youngest Modeling and Acting Instructor at John Casablancas at the young age of 16 and I started to pursue my acting career. In the quest of pursuing my dreams in the Acting Industry, I was featured in movies and TV shows like Mean Girls 2, Vampire Diaries, and Footloose. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   As I got older my passion for fashion or acting never went away, but I took a pause to get my college degree, get married and have a baby. Everything seemed so perfect on the outside, but deep inside I felt like something was missing. I searched my heart and followed my passion back into the Fashion Industry and now I am the proud owner of two different Fashion Brands. I have always said that “Everything happens for a reason,” and I know that through my life journey despite the ups and downs that I talk about in my book “Driven By Imperfections,” that it has made me the Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer, Speaker, Author, Wife, Mother, and Woman I am                                                                                                                                                              


Influence: What made you want to become an entrepreneur?

  There are some people in life who are fortunate to have talents, gifts, or even desires of things they want to do or accomplish in their life and I was one of them. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be or dress the stars I saw walking the red carpets of their movie premiers or award ceremonies. It is really kind of hard to describe, but I knew I also just wanted to be my own boss! I truly think it was the leader in me. Growing up in school or even when you on on job interviews, people like to ask the question, “Do you see yourself as a leader or a follower?” My answer was always a leader! When you the know the type of person you are, be proud of it and don’t shun from it. Even though I graduated at the top of my class in college in receiving my teaching degree, I did not have the passion to teach anymore and I was tired of working in cooperate America doing a regular 9 to 5 that brought me no joy, passion, or purpose. I had a desire deep in my heart that I wanted to fulfill and that is what made me walk out of my job 2 1/2 years ago on the brink of a promotion. 


Influence: What would you tell your 21 year old self?

 I would tell my 21-year-old self that the “Sky is the limit.” You can do anything you put your mind to and you do not have to wait until you get older to start pursuing your dreams. As a matter of fact, I wish I started my Entrepreneurial journey earlier because of so much time I waisted doing other things. We sometimes follow this road map that society tells you to follow: When to go to college, when to get married, when to have babies. We need to stop following the road map others have mapped out for our lives and follow the road map you feel pushing you or driving you in your heart. If I could go back in time, I would tell my 21-year-old self to not let anyone tell you that you are not good enough, old enough, or even smart enough, because anything you set your mind to you can accomplish!


Influence: What do you want to say to the woman who doesn’t feel like she’s good enough to make it in the marketplace?

There is room for everyone to grow and prosper in whatever industry you desire. If every competitor felt the way you felt, then we would not have multiple fast-food restaurants, clothing stores, gas stations, and the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, people love variety and choices. Your tribe will find you and follow you, and if you have a dream then you should pursue it with all your heart and live life to the fullest with no regrets. 


Influence: What do you want people to know about you?

 I want people to know that even though I come off as a very colorful, exuberant, and outgoing person, I am actually an introvert at heart that loves spending time at home with just my husband and kids. I also want people to know that I am someone that goes through pain, struggle, stress, and everything else just like the rest of you. I titled my book “Driven By Imperfections Flaws and All” because despite my adversity I push on. Despite my flaws and struggles, I persevere. Life is not always going to be easy, but having a close relationship with God and like-minded individuals around me is what has and will continue to keep me strong.


Influence: How can people stay connected?

 If you want to stay connected with me, you can always follow me on Instagram at @ME_TheCEO, or you can stay connected with me at any of my websites below:





MIZ CEO Spotlight: Lady Tammorra Golder

Please introduce yourself and your business to our reading audience. My name is Tammorra Golder, founder of Bishop Golder Academy Youth and Family Restoration, INC, SMART Grow Kingdom Assignment, and Kingdom Assignment International Prayer Call: “The Return of the Prodigal Son which she and her staff have partner with men and women in 9 states and one country believing God for restoration and reunification for their prodigal. Overall, Tammorra’s assignment is to lead people to a place of refuge, restoration and reunification with God and family.

Tell us why you feel compelled to help others2019 Indiana Kids Count Data Book reported, in the state of Indiana there are 282, 000 children in poverty and 412, 000 children’s parent who lack secure employment. These two factors are the leading cause of children being displaced outside their home, decrease in high school graduate rate, increase in juvenile delinquency which leads to pipelines to prison. 

What can people expect from you in 2020?  The past 10 years positioned me for this new decade 2020. As I migrated into year 2020 it declared a clarion kingdom call my life from preparation, to possession and occupation. In 2020, I’m positioned to take hold of my kingdom responsibility and occupy the assignments God has given me. 

What is one motto that you live by? I am an Advocate for Relationships, Restoration and Reunification for Marriage and Families. I believe in the Power of Love.

What would the 21 year old Tammorra tell the Tammorra of today? The 21year old Tammorra would tell the Tammorra of today, I’ve been waiting on you to embrace me and to discover me. Thank you for finding and setting me free.

How can people stay connected with you? For additional information about Bishop Golder Academy Youth and Family Restoration please visit: bishopgolderacademy.org

Tammorra Golder

Tammorra Golder

Tammorra Golder is the wife of Pastor Cecil E., Jr., and from their union they are the proud parents of two sons, Joseph Cecil and Elisha Michael Golder. Tammorra Golder the founder of Bishop Golder Academy Youth and Family Restoration, INC, SMART Grow Kingdom Assignment, and Kingdom Assignment International Prayer Call: “The Return of the Prodigal Son which 9 states and one country participates in this prayer call. Overall, Tammorra’s assignment is to is to lead people to a place of refuge, restoration and reunification.  Tammorra is an ordained minister with Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW).  Currently, Tammorra is a Doctoral Candidate, Ph.d student at Indiana State University, Bayh College of Education. She has served in public education for the past 25 years in the Metropolitan School Districts of Indiana.


MizCEO Spotlight: Tamara Barnes

Please introduce yourself and business:
My name is Tamara Barnes and I’m the owner of 2BVET’D Sports & Entertainment. 2BVET’D is a full-service Sports & Entertainment agency.  We specialize in athlete, modeling and artist management. 
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
My pursuit of this business came from my love of sports! I absolutely enjoy watching football and boxing. The business side of it really intrigued me as well. I feel that my passion for sports, my tenacity for helping people coupled with my business and finance background led me to open this business. 
What does “Influence” mean to you?
Influence to me means the art of persuasion. 
Share a tip for ladies interested in a similar pursuit:
Network with other Agents by joining ‘Women in Sports’ groups and attend sports conferences.
What is next for you in 2020?
2020 is the Year of Signing for my agency.  We’re looking for Boxers and Music Artists this year. You can find us on Social Media:
Facebook: @2BVETDSPORTS 
Instagram; @2BVETDSPORTS 

MizCEO Spotlight: April Sheris

Please introduce yourself and tell us about your organic luxury skincare line:  I am a bona fide serial entrepreneur. I have successfully launched books and businesses over the past decade. I’ve partnered with Barnes & Noble for children reading initiatives, assisted youth in developing and launching their business through the Young Entrepreneurship Initiative and so much more. However, that lifestyle led to burnout and took a toll. I needed to readjust my busy lifestyle to focus on living in the present moment as well as nurturing my body from the inside out. It’s been a long road back to the centered life that mimics the peace I hold most valuable and opting for conscious living brought me there.
April Sheris Skincare is a clinical grade, conscious skincare line that accentuates a natural glow while promoting a conscious lifestyle. We go to the highest measures to ensure our line is cruelty-free, vegan, phthalate-free, paraben-free, talc-free, silicone-free, BHT free, BHA free, has no artificial dyes, no artificial fragrances, are all-natural, and are responsibly made in the U.S.  
What inspired your entrepreneurial interest in the beauty industry?  I’m a fish out of water. I’m a Louisiana native that has called New Mexico home for over seven years. The days of warm, humid weather was long gone and my skin suffered in its absence. I truly needed products that wouldn’t further dry my skin out, would allow my skin to breathe in the hot climate, and also that wouldn’t be filled with additives and chemicals. I soon realized that stating my needs was easier than searching for it. So I connected with a few people in the industry to assess my skin needs but also something that many skin types could use because my children would also need to use it. I found what we needed and so much more. This entrepreneurial interest is more of a passion to share the same great benefits with other skin types but without all the ‘extras’ that come along with product longevity.  
Are there any beauty myths you’d like to dispel? 
There are two beauty myths I’d like to expel. The first being oil-based cleansing. Some people believe that because I’m an oily skin type that adding excess oils would lead to breakouts. However, that just isn’t the case. Sebum can get into the pores along with dirt and bacteria causing breakouts and water-based cleansers aren’t going to cleanse alone. There are harsh additives that can strip moisture from the skin potentially leading to other skin nightmares. Using an oil-based cleanser allows plant-derived oils to dissolve the sebum trapped in pores while maintaining natural moisture. This will leave you with a more balanced complexion.
The second myth is the idea that topical solutions alone will give the results you are looking for. Flawless skin is a direct reflection of what’s going on in the body. We couple every purchase with suggestions of dietary needs that should accompany our product. A part of conscious living is being fully aware of what goes into your body as the foundation so that topical recommendations can take it even further. So it doesn’t matter how much you place on the skin if the foundation inside isn’t there one couldn’t support the other effectively.


What is next for you and your brand in 2020? 
2020 is our year of expansion. We look to curate more immersive experiences allowing us to connect with our customer base in real life while raising brand awareness for attendees that may be new to us. There is truly no better way to share who we are as a brand and what our customers are looking for from us. We also will be partnering with boutiques that align with our ‘conscious living’ mission making it even easier to purchase the line.
How can readers order products and follow the brand online? 
April Sheris Skincare products can be purchased at www.aprilsheris.com and we look to connect with everyone on all social outlets as @aprilsheris.glow

MizCEO Spotlight: A’Driana LaFaye

Please share a bit about your journey to becoming a Published Author.

 My journey started over 20 years ago. I started writing my first book in 1999 as just a hobby, which means I wasn’t consistent with it at first. It wasn’t until I let a few people read the book and give me feedback that I considered publishing it. I launched the book, w this year. As you can see, it took 20 years for me to build up the courage to publish, set fear aside, and get out of my way.

 What piece of advice would you share with anyone who feels hesitant to pursue their dream?

 Wow, great question! That goes back to what I mentioned previously. It took 20 years for me to build up the courage to move forward and realize the only thing stopping me from getting to my dream was me! Don’t let fear stop you, and don’t be your stumbling block! If this is truly your dream, the only way to make it happen is to step out and do it.


What does the word “influence” mean to you?

Influence, to me, is a powerful word that carries much responsibility. It gives power because people look up to influential figures. For example, you have Barack Obama, who influenced a generation just by showing young boys and young men how to treat his wife.

What is next for you in 2020 and how can readers support your brand?

I will be a featured Co-Author of a book titled “Glambitious Guide to Winning in 2020”, which will be released this month. I will be a panelist at the All White Glambitious Atlanta Expo in March as well as a panelist at the All White Brunch in New Orleans for Essence Fest. I’ll be attending the National Black Book Festival in Houston in October. And so much more! Readers can support my brand by purchasing Tryals and Trybulations, which is available on my website www.officialadrianalafaye.com as well as Amazon.com.

Follow A’Driana LaFaye on all social media platforms @tttellsitall.