Allison Harvey, CEO of WOMAN ON FIRE Global Network
Founder of the International Event: WOMAN ON FIRE
Founder of H.O.P.E. Crossing Borders Canada Foundation (An Initiative helping Haitian Women & Children)
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Avid Traveler, Foodie & Intuitive Connector, so many hats and living my best life every day. I coordinate the WOMAN ON FIRE event in 2 cities, Toronto & Atlanta, I also produce the annual WOMAN ON FIRE Entrepreneurial magazine featuring our nominees, business articles and advertisements for small businesses, I am a Travel Concierge which connects with my love of travel and run the Ayitian initiative HOPE Crossing Borders. My next venture is to open a manufacturing company in Ayiti, producing sanitary pads at an affordable cost for the women in Ayiti, which will also provide jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for them.
My gift is connecting and bringing phenomenal people together from all walks and levels of life, my moniker, “The Networking Diva”, came about because of my uncanny ability to quickly connect and create rapport with total strangers regardless if its online of offline, speaking with people who I have never met for as much as 4 hours in the first phone call, people regularly say to me after connecting “You make me feel like I have known you for a long time.” They share intimate secrets, fears, hopes and dreams without thinking twice. My business is truly my life, as my door is always open to make a new connection. Now for the fun stuff.
Hailing from the lovely twin island of Trinidad and Tobago, known for its annual Carnival, Steelpan & Limbo, I got my first taste of business when my Mom (God bless her, still alive at 81) refused to buy me rollerskates, dating myself here, but I asked her if I earned the money if I could buy them and she said yes, mind you I had no idea how I was going to do this, lol – so my first business was door to door sales with a catalogue, well needless to say I made way more than I needed to pay for those rollerskates and did that for a few years earning extra money. Although I had a full time job there was always the part time hustle, so it was never a decision it just happened out of need.
When I moved to Canada many years ago, I continued on the same trend with a full time job and a side business. I fully transitioned about 5 years ago putting on monthly Networking Events, which led to small business consulting, working with people who have very little money but wants to get their business off the ground.
A few years after the earthquake in 2010 devastated Ayiti – the need to give back became a calling and the event WOMAN ON FIRE was born, to Celebrate, Motivate and Elevate female entrepreneurs in the community and thereby raise funds to provide supplies to orphans in Ayiti. Now the drive is to help women and girls in Ayiti to walk with Dignity through Project RAGS 2 PADS. Learn more at www.hopecrossingborders.com I wish I had known about getting coached, teaming up with mentors, really taking the time to learn about all the aspects of business good and bad before jumping in.
Being in business you don’t realize that you become the go to person for all aspects of your business and having to do it all yourself, this is where the burnout and failure happens and one learns that to delegate is the key to creating a successful business cause you truly cannot do it alone.
For an upcoming entrepreneur I always say, research what you want to do, discuss it with people in the same industry, put in the time and effort to learn as much as you can before you make a large financial commitment by just jumping in, discover the business before you bring forth the Passion.
My message and theme for this year is DARE TO DREAM, live your best life now because tomorrow is not guaranteed!
Contact: Allison Harvey aka The Networking Diva – 647-713-0719
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