Genma Stringer Holmes To Speak At Vanderbilt University

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As an exsisting business owner are you tired of the same old grind? Maybe you are a start-up and afraid of the not knowing what lies ahead. This seminar is designed to rejuvenante and ignite the passion within while focusing on the company's bottom line.

Success comes by taking one step at a time. As Christian business owners, we often do not allow God to guide our steps in our business. It is not about being the biggest, brightest, or fastest but enduring through the tough times and duplicating ones successful actions by teaching others. Sometimes we want success to be instant and that is not the average business owner

Entrepreneur, actress, model, and speaker Genma Stringer Holmes to speak at Vanderbilt University on November 15, 2005. Holmes, who has been featured on the covers of Southern Women, Minorities and Women in Business and Purpose Magazines, will share heartfelt stories about her victories and struggles with entrepreneurship.

‘Too often we hear messages ‘be successful like me’ or 'I have made it'. I want to teach that there will be obstacles encountered on our way to the top. Many times, I have left a conference wondering what happened between the idea and the success story. I will try to focus on the middle. ‘Real life’ issues that can happen to anyone, especially entrepreneurs. The business and the marketing plans are necessary to start a company. The balance sheet and the cash flow projections are equally important but we need to also remember to sharpen ourselves with sheer determination. I want to speak to the heart of the entrepreneur. Going into business to make money is good but that should not be the main reason. I always encourage entrepreneurs to look beyond the dollar signs.”

Holmes will encourage existing business owners and start-ups to look for purpose and passion. Holmes believes running a company without passion and prayer will leave you out of balance with God and out of touch with reality. “Success comes by taking one step at a time. As Christian business owners, we often do not allow God to guide our steps in our business. It is not about being the biggest, brightest, or fastest but enduring through the tough times and duplicating ones successful actions by teaching others. Sometimes we want success to be instant and that is not the average business owner,” stated Holmes.

Holmes has many accolades but she is the first to admit the glare of the spotlight does not always give you the total picture. “Being wife, mother, entrepreneur, activist, and friend can be overwhelming at times, but I keep reminding myself to much is given, much is expected. I am learning balance. I had a few setbacks this year but I also realized how much was accomplished this year as well. I also realize that setbacks are nothing more than success delayed," said Holmes. In 2005, Holmes was the recipient of the Madam C J Walker Award, Top Forty under 40, Bethlehem’s Possibilities Award and the named one of Nashville Twenty-five Most Beautiful People.

Genma Stringer Holmes has not let delayed success postpone her destiny. Holmes has continued to model and is a sought after speaker while running her extermination company, Holmes Pest Control. She shares with her audiences about being a blessing to others. "Giving back and serving others are part of becoming successful; a servant heart is needed more than ever in the business world." Holmes works with several charities in the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area. The Girl Scout’s ‘Income of her Own’, BCN, YW, and the Oasis Center are some of the charities that Holmes has given her time and talent.

Holmes stated her audience will leave inspired and motivated to build relationships instead of making contacts. And is better equipped mentality and spiritually to handled the real world of entrepreneurship.

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