Jan. 13, 2021

41. How She Did It: Shifting Your Business Focus Midstream with Launch Lab Grads Ahlia Kitwana, Founder Little Black Buddha & Julia Firestone, Founder Julia Firestone Coaching.

41. How She Did It: Shifting Your Business Focus Midstream with Launch Lab Grads Ahlia Kitwana, Founder Little Black Buddha & Julia Firestone, Founder Julia Firestone Coaching.

Welcome our new podcast series, How She Did It! This series focuses on conversations with Launch Lab grads who are new to entrepreneurship and making and turning their passions into profits. Today Deb speaks with two impact-focused entrepreneurs - Ahlia


✨ Little Black Buddha is about the critical transitional moments in a person's life. 1:34
💪 Pathways is a platform for young people to help them retool and reskill the middle-skilled workforce, providing economic growth and better lives. 2:39
⭐ Julia is committed to helping people who have been stuck and left behind in their social impact work to make big moves towards leadership. 4:29
👩🏽‍💻 Ahlia was a reliable engineer, but she found that her work was at odds with her moral compass and she realized she needed to leave. 6:53
🧘🏽‍♀️ The pivotal moment when Ahila decided to quit her engineering job.  9:46
🏝️ Julia accidentally “workshopped” herself in her Bali retreat and then decided to quit her job. 13:17
🌫️ The murkiness is part of the journey because things aren’t always clear. 17:24
💃🏼 Entrepreneurship is better than you can imagine, and being your own boss is excellent. 18:34
💵 Using grant money is a great way to build your products, services or projects -  so start locally. 21:42
😮 Ahlia chose two paths: developing a software platform and coaching individuals, and why that didn’t work. 28:32
👔 Startup vs running a real business. 30:01
🫂 The Launch Lab community helped Julia realized the gap is in the market which caused her to switch focus. 31:30
🔬 Replacing your corporate paycheck is easy if you do the research. 34:23
💡 Market research is golden and applicable to every business owner or idea holder. 36:19

Connect with Ahlia and Invest in Pathways
https://ifundwomen.com/projects/pathways-create-your-own-way 
https://littleblackbuddha.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ahlia/

Level up your leadership with Julia:
https://juliafirestone.com/league
https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliafirestone

Join the Life After Corporate Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/launchlabforwomenentrepreneurs