Today we’d like to introduce you to Regeanie Corona.
Regeanie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My current life as a social entrepreneur and community influencer was birthed five years ago in May 2013 when I made a gutsy decision to walk away from a successful Information Technology/Cyber Security career. This was a difficult decision because I was giving up two things that were important to my identity at the time: (1) financial stability and (2) being a successful minority woman in the tech field.
I was comfortable, successful and good at what I did, but I realized that I was unfulfilled. In late 2013, I began experiencing this strange, unsettling feeling in my job. Something that I absolutely loved was becoming something that I questioned and wasn’t sure that I was still in love with. After this questioning became a common weekly occurrence, I began to think what it really meant to me and my two children. After eighteen months of “deciding” my next best move, I left my comfortable job with consistent pay and transitioned into life as a social entrepreneur.
In 2013, I started a strategic planning and capacity building consulting firm to help community leaders plan for healthier communities for their residents. In 2015, I started Advancing The Seed, a nonprofit whose purpose is to reduce poverty by developing strong leaders for business and community engagement so that they can positively impact the economy within their families and their communities. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I now happily live a life of purpose, doing what I absolutely love every day, positively impacting the lives of others and hopefully making the world a little better for everyone.
Has it been a smooth road?
Oh my goodness, I think I can write a book about all of the challenges and hurdles encountered along the way. Everything from how to pay the bills and keep the income coming in consistently, to knowing when to value me enough to be willing to say “no” to those things that don’t make me happy.
I think that as women, especially when we are younger, we live in our heads with thoughts filled with self-doubt and acceptance addiction. We are trying so hard to please everyone and be what everyone else wants us to be that we forget to identify who we were truly made to be. Learning to accept ourselves, and love and embrace everything about who we are is the path to freedom and joy. This is part of discovering purpose.
Once I was able to look at my true identity and be happy with the woman I saw in the mirror, my life opened up to really sharing her with others in a genuine way. It allowed me to tap into my natural abilities and my passion to show up every day with authenticity. And you know what, a really cool thing happened after this self-awareness and development process, I was able to then show up and positively impact communities of like-minded people, as well as, to consistently have a positive transformative impact on society. I had suddenly discovered my purpose and how to walk in it every day.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Advancing The Seed – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I wear multiple hats. I am the Founder and CEO of Community Impact Ventures, a social enterprise consulting company that gives a portion of all revenue to support youth development and community development.
I am also the Founder and CEO of a 501(c)3 nonprofit, Advancing The Seed, that works with disadvantaged youth, young adults and women to introduce them to career pathways and asset-building opportunities all through training, coaching and mentoring in financial management, entrepreneurship, life skills, leadership development, and social responsibility.
Finally, I have a personal brand called Regeanie, where I coach, write and speak on the topic of learning to live in purpose and bringing your best self forth in your personal life and the market place so that you have joy and are fulfilled.
I’m most proud of how in every aspect of my work and personal life I consistently show up to have a positive impact on others and in that transformative space, I am fulfilled. And, that it is contagious and is the culture in all of my businesses.
There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
This is a hard one because I have never liked networking. Traditional networking always seems so empty and disconnected to me. People running around shoving business cards at each other and practicing how well and fast they can “pitch” their business in the first minute, all with the purpose of connecting to your bank account versus your “emotional” account first. I’m a “connection” person and want a genuine connection with people, not their pitch.
I think the best networking opportunities come when you can have a genuine conversation with another person and it feels comfortable, not forced. I am still learning how to go to networking events and make a true connection. However, I think smaller, more intimate gatherings with like-minded people are much more productive networking opportunities.
As for finding a mentor, I think you must first break the traditional views around mentors (older, more experienced, larger network, etc.) and open your mind to the fact that mentors come in different forms. Some may be younger than you, or might not have a larger network than yours, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t have skills and experiences that can be of benefit. Mentorship can also come through books and distance learning.
However, it is always important to have actual people in our lives who serve the traditional mentoring role as well. When looking for these individuals honor their time and what they bring to the table. Ask if they will consider mentoring you and how you can help to make that a fulfilling experience. Most people want to help others through mentoring.
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