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Empowering Voices: The Journey of Entrepreneur and Catalyst Christina Long

In a special edition celebrating Women's History Month, the spotlight shines on Christina Long, a remarkable entrepreneur with a stirring tale of perseverance, dedication, and innovation. Coming from Wichita, Kansas, Christina's journey is a testament to resilience and vision. As the founder of CML Collective, she spearheads efforts in diversity, inclusion, and economic empowerment, driving real change in her community and beyond.

As we dive into Christina's story, it's clear this isn't just about business. It's about creating impact, fostering growth among minority-owned businesses, and setting an example of what it means to thrive against the odds. Christina's commitment is unwavering, whether leading the Create Campaign to cultivate urban entrepreneurship or envisioning a future where communities of color uplift each other.

One of the most captivating parts of Christina's journey is the launch of Miss Lady, a t-shirt company turned design powerhouse. What began as a venture in positive communications blossomed into CML Collective, a firm that embodies Christina's ethos of professionalism and creativity. It's a story of recognizing potential, seizing opportunities, and transcending boundaries.

Christina's vision extends beyond her enterprises. Her work through the Create Campaign is laying the groundwork for a future where minority entrepreneurs no longer just dream but actualize their visions. As we delve into the challenges and triumphs of bridging gaps between ideas and execution, Christina's insights on the essence of a business plan, the power of consultation, and the importance of community support are invaluable.

The narrative is not solely about achievements; it's about resilience, operating in a space filled with both encouragement and adversity. Christina addresses the complexities of entrepreneurship, including mental health, acknowledging the highs and lows that accompany creating a lasting impact.

Christina Long's journey is not just her own; it's a beacon for all aspiring entrepreneurs and community leaders. She embodies the spirit of empowerment, demonstrating that with determination, support, and a clear vision, it's possible to rise, thrive, and leave a mark on the world.

Here's a quick recap of the episode:

00:00 Announcing the 2024 Rise and Thrive Conference!

00:47 Celebrating Women's History Month: The Inspiring Journey of Christina Long

03:59 From Journalism to Entrepreneurship: Christina Long's Story

04:49 Launching Miss Lady and the Birth of CML Collective

06:32 The Importance of Strategic Branding in Business

09:24 Creating Opportunities for Black Entrepreneurs: The Create Campaign

11:47 Bridging the Entrepreneurial Gap: Advice for Aspiring Business Owners

19:39 The Power of Community and Passion in Entrepreneurship

22:45 The Drive Behind the Struggle: Finding Purpose and Perseverance

23:22 The Impact of Business on Lives and Communities

24:50 Navigating Mental Health and Personal Growth

26:19 Embracing Imperfection and Focusing on Progress

27:52 The Journey of Becoming an Author: Sharing the Blueprint

32:55 Designing a Decade: Setting Goals and Living Your Legacy

36:36 Understanding Self-Worth and Confidence

41:40 Concluding Thoughts: Embracing Worthiness and Moving Forward

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