We are happy to have received such a wonderful and inspiring collection of articles from some amazing women in business. Our writers and contributors are from Canada, United States of America, Australia, England, Lebanon, Philippines, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. This wonderful blend of culture and shared experiences has added depth and a multicultural perspective to this publication.

Scroll down or click on the names below to learn more about our contributors:
Tai Aracen
Simmone L. Bowe Mullings
Dr.Cheryl Cottle
Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby
Lissa Cowan
Judy Hoberman
Shelley Jarrett
Judy Joseph McSween
Charley Leetham
Shayla Logan
Lyn Lucas
Pat Matson
Laura Putman
Gillian Wilba
Allison Valentine-Joseph

Tai Aracen, is a bilingual Spanish/English speaker and coach in personal development, entrepreneurship and marketing. Her company, Tai Aracen International, LLC focuses on creating entrepreneurship and personal development training specifically for Latin and Black women. Tai graduated from high school at the age of 15 and entered college soon after. After graduating form college she embarked on achieving her childhood dream by becoming a lawyer. In 2007 Tai left her career in law and devoted her time to the community and started a nonprofit organization that supported economic development in disadvantaged communities. That same year, Tai begin working as a business consultant providing support to minority women by providing entrepreneur training.


Simmone L. Bowe Mullings: Keeping Your Dreams Alive

Simmone L. Bowe Mullings is a transformational business consultant, trainer, ministry leader, songwriter, recording artist, and an author. Simmone is the Founder of Horizons Academy, an alternative school for at-risk teens. She is also the host of a five minutes motivational radio and TV show called Ready4Change. Simmone uses her work experience in education, corporate training, human resources, and management to manage her more than 20 years career.

Born in Miami, Florida and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. Simmone provides training in leadership, customer service, career development, personal growth, work readiness, and wholeness. Her academic qualifications include a diploma in Hotel, Catering and Tourism Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Science in Career and Human Resource Development. She is a Certified Hospitality Educator, Certified Hospitality Department Trainer, and Certified Path Facilitator.

Lissa Cowan: You Own Your Business, But Do You Own Your Story?

Lissa M. Cowan is an author, storyteller strategist and coach. She is always looking for fresh ways to generate buzz for a marketing campaign, brand, idea or product. At Go Small or Go Home Communications, Lissa advises companies, NGOs and small businesses on crafting authentic and persuasive narratives in a hyper-connected world. She speaks and writes about storytelling, creativity, work-life balance and creative spirituality. As a social entrepreneur she is a member of the Centre for Social Innovation with offices in New York and Toronto. She has received awards for her writing, and her debut novel, Milk Fever, comes out this fall.


Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby: Turning Your Craft Into Business

Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby has been a creative entrepreneur for over twenty years. She is a designer, maker, instructor, web designer and creative business consultant. Yvette-Michelle owns and manages two businesses. She established Verona Collections in 1994 and designs limited-edition fashion accessories. In 2011 she started Crafted Spaces which provides creative design classes, workshops and other services that helps others to explore their creativity.

Yvette-Michelle is also a member of Dr. Cheryl Cottle's team. She works extensively on the various projects, including the Women in Business Mentoring Programme and the development of this journal. Her expertise in web site design and development, graphic design and social media has been invaluable.


Judy Hoberman: Do You Have A Plan?

Judy Hoberman is a Founder and President of Selling in a Skirt, a company that addresses gender issues that affect corporate America. Her company presents a method, a philosophy and a way of life for the next generation of sales women. She is committed to helping women in sales use their own gender-based talents. Judy has created workshops, seminars and coaching programs that compliment her book – Selling in a Skirt.

Judy is also the host of a weekly Radio Show – Selling in a Skirt.  She is also the author of many books including, Selling in a Skirt, The Secrets Women Don’t Know They Know About Sales....And What Men Should Know Too and Famous Isn’t Enough; Earning a Living as an Entrepreneur.

 Shelley Jarrett: A Business That Builds From Head To Toe

Shelly Jarrett is a specialized employment image consultant. She conducts workshops, seminars and provide one-on-one support to women and women groups. She also as a passion to see women succeed, by giving a helping hand to bring about positive change in all facets of their lives. Shelley is a business strategist and an Internet TV Host. She is also a mother, actor, fashionista and blogger.


Judy Joseph McSween: I Know About Transitioning To A New Career Later In Life

Judy Joseph McSween is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MMI. Judy holds a Certificate in Organization Development from NTL USA, a Certificate in the Frameworks® Coaching process from InnerLinks Associates, an MBA from the City University Business School - CASS, England specializing in Export Management and International Business and a BSc in Industrial Chemistry, specializing in Plant Economics and Process Design, attained at City University England.

Judy launched her independent consultancy practice, Judy Joseph & Associates Ltd. using her analytical skills, theoretical knowledge and practical experience in strategy and system development to facilitate organization success.

She also founded an import and distribution business - Hajude Ltd., negotiating with foreign suppliers and manufacturers to import products from Venezuela and Suriname to position them in major supermarkets, hardware and retail chain stores in the face of an aggressive marketplace.


Charly Leetham: Overcoming Adversities

Charly Leetham’s goal is to assist small business owners realize the power of the Internet as a channel to market their organizations in a cost effective manner. She helps solopreneurs and small businesses map their business processes and plan their web presence. Charly has a passion for IT and helping people overcome their technology challenges. It is this enthusiasm that appeals to her audiences and makes her such an inspirational teacher. Charly has more than 20 years experience in the IT industry, ranging from hands-on technical, to high-level business management.


Shayla Logan: Filling The Cracks In Your Business Foundation

Shayla Logan is a motivational speaker, best-selling author, coach, and honored Love Ambassador. She went from homeless to 100K in 5 years and then went on to pursue her passion of bringing more love into the world. She does this by empowering and mentoring women who want to make a difference in the world.


Lyn Lucas: Creativity In Business: The Importance Of Passion And Challenges Faced By Women And How To Overcome Them

Lyn Lucas is an experienced, compassionate and expert Family Lawyer, based in Australia. Lyn is focused on providing simple solutions for difficult divorces, resulting in a saving of thousands of dollars in legal fees. Her efficient services assist her clients to experience an amicable divorce, give certainty in the time it takes for their property settlement to be resolved, for a negotiated fixed fee, and lessening the grief and trauma of a separation and divorce.


Pat Matson: Is Being An Entrepreneur Easy Or Hard? | Generosity Generates

When teachers told her she was a good writer, Pat Matson knew they were wrong because she didn’t have to work hard for it at all. That’s how one’s gift comes disguised! Tightening up her copy writing skills and weaving them into her experiences in corporate America and Virtual Assistance, Pat revels in the writing of blogs, e-zines and articles with a moral or spiritual message for entrepreneurs, especially life coaches or spiritual coaches.


Gillian Wilba: Creating An Effective Business Plan

After honing her skills in customer services, psychology, and human resources development in the corporate world, Gillian Wilba decided to create her own business, Ruth & Naomi Consultancy Limited. Through her company she has created and implemented three training seminars for her cadre of clients: (1) The Ins and Outs of Customer Service; (2) Introduction to the World of Work; and (3) Elements of the Professional. Through her company, Gillian uses her skills in graphic art design to create company logos, business cards, and Business Plans for her entrepreneurial clients who wish to obtain financial backing for their business ventures.


Dr. Cheryl Cottle

Dr. Cheryl Cottle is the founder and editor in chief of Simply Inspirational for Women in Business™. She is also the founder of Cottle's Professional Consulting and is based in Canada and the Caribbean. Dr. Cottle has dedicated herself to living a life that is meaningful and she strongly believes that women can be great examples for each other. She also believes that women entrepreneurs regardless of where they are from globally, can learn from each other, become educated, inspired, motivated, and empowered.

Dr. Cottle offers a range of educational, professional and business development services. She has developed Women in Business and has recently launched Women in Business Mentoring Programme.


Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby: Photography

Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby loves the art of photography and loves taking pictures of nature. Many of her images capture flowers at various stages of bloom. Yvette-Michelle's work has been primarily used in our section that refers to as "A Nook of Simple Quotes".

Laura Putman: Photography

Laura Putman contributed to our journal by providing photography of nature. She has been involved in photography since the birth of her son. She said that "I wasn’t very good at it, but I loved taking pictures of him and the variety of life events that every parent wants to capture of their child’s life".

Throughout the years, Laura continued with her hobby and in 1999 after moving to Florida that she was captivated by the abundance of wildlife and flora that were so different from the Southwest where she had moved from. Using her Polaroid camera she was able to capture nature and family events. With the dawning of digital cameras, she bought a small Nikon that easily fit in her purse. In early 2012 she was given a camera as a gift from her son. Laura says, it was a "beautiful camera with a zoom lens and a variety of settings". To hone her skills in photography Laura  mimicked a friend who also love photography and today she has found her own niche and creative style. Laura, loves capturing that moment in time in nature and in her own words "my love for capturing nature fuels my imagination and the unique way I capture what I see"

Allison Valentine-Joseph: Poetry: Enthusiastic Is A Woman

Allison Valentine-Joseph was born and educated in Trinidad and Tobago, WI. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two children. Allison is the author of: Jan’s Mysterious Adventure – Juvenile Fiction – published 12/2006. Sandy – Romance Fiction – published 8/2007. Leigh’s Story - Romance Fiction – published 4/2009 and Coming soon – A Near Fatal Twist Romance Fiction. The Forest Is Our Home - Juvenile Fiction

Photography by Laura Putman
A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself. ~ Mathatma Gandhi