Welcome to “Meet Brazen Member” an exclusive Brazen series featuring our Brazen Growth Group Members. We are excited to share a little bit of their professional and personal stories with you!
Catherine Nkonge is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Masters of Education in counseling from the University of Missouri Saint Louis. Her specialization and focus is in career counseling/coaching with substantial experience in providing career development services to individuals and in workshop settings.
Catherine is the owner of Hazina Career Services which prides itself in providing excellent career development services to individuals in workshop and class settings for groups. Their services address: career exploration, transition, fit, dissatisfaction, uncertainty, integrating career and educational goals, the job search process, resume development, interview skills and more. HCS strives to provide insight, knowledge, skills, and tools needed to tackle your career concerns.
What is the inspiration behind your business?
I love and enjoy helping career professionals gain the insight, knowledge, tools and skills to address their career concerns. It is energizing and fulfilling when a client realizes they can do something about their career concern and that they are not stuck. I tell my clients, “your career concern matters, let’s do something about it.” And working together we do! Helping others find meaning and purpose in what they do is the inspiration behind my business. I love it!
What is your favorite book?
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.
Who from history would you most like to meet and why?
Nelson Mandela. He is a true man of integrity and character. He was a great example of personal sacrifice for the greater good.
One skill you’d like to learn this year?
Utilizing Google classroom, Zoom, Skype and also salsa dancing.
What is your favorite non-work related hobby?
Gardening, walking in the park, and leisure reading.
What is your favorite quote?
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do and He will establish your plans.” Proverbs 16:3
Which of your personal attributes do you think equips you the most to be an entrepreneur and why?
I am self-driven. You have to be able to push yourself to get things done because no one is coming around to make sure you get them done.
“You have to be able to push yourself to get things done because no one is coming around to make sure you get them done.”
How do you relax after a long day?
Chilling out watching a favorite show like This is Us or Blackish
What do you love most about being the boss?
The creativity I am able to incorporate in developing the services I provide.
What is your favorite app/software that helps you with productivity?
Microsoft Word Suite.
What is your favorite piece of business advice?
Reading and applying marketing concepts from Book Yourself Solid (illustrated) by Michael Port.
What is your favorite business / startup book?
Book Yourself Solid by Michael Port.
What service does your company outsource?
Website design and hosting.
How did you hear about Brazen and why did you decide to sign up as a member?
I was part of the initial Growth Group cohort. I was just starting my business and thought the support of other women entrepreneurs would be great.
“I was just starting my business and thought the support of other women entrepreneurs would be great.”
How has being a Brazen Member impacted or changed your business?
It has provided me the opportunity to connect and network. It is empowering seeing other women work and go through similar challenges as myself. It helps me realize that I am not alone.
What is the #1 benefit you feel you receive as a Brazen member?
Opportunity to connect and network and exposure to resources I might not be aware of.