The coaching world's “Moxie Maven,” former Miss Junior America Alexia Vernon, may seem like she's got it all – she's successful, she's smart, she's witty and she almost has 5,000 Facebook followers to boot.
But this career coach, media personality and twice-published author had to jump through her fair share of hoops before she could build her Step Into Your Moxie platform.
In her personal life, she endured some serious trauma, from debilitating depression to physical ailments. “For much of the first quarter of my life, I was just plain ole angry and cranky,” she admits.
But when she realized it was her attitude holding her back, not her past, Alexia began to work on changing her life for the better -- and paying it forward to others in similar situations.
As she's quick to point out, those challenges -- which once seemed insurmountable -- actually helped get where she is today.
Today, as the creator of Step Into Your Moxie, a women’s empowerment platform that teaches presentation skills, negotiation strategies, conflict resolution and interpersonal communication, Alexia has shared her advice with CNN, NBC, the Wall Street Journal, FOX Business News, CBS MoneyWatch, Mint.com, CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com and Forbes.com.
She is the author of 90 Days 90 Ways: Onboard Young Professionals to Peak Performance and Awaken Your CAREERpreneur: A Holistic Road Map to Climb from Your Calling to Your Career.
She's also passionate about empowering women to be the best they can -- and empowering the next generation to become high-impact, ethical, heart-centered leaders.
So what's her secret?
Being honest with yourself -- and staying true to who you are, no matter what.
If you want to learn more about how to turn your talents into a high-impact consulting career (or book) of your own -- or how to leverage personal challenges for professional success -- tune in this Thursday, February 7th at 3 PM EST for our hour-long #StartupLab live chat with Alexia, presented by Citi. She'll answer all of your career, leadership and business-building questions -- so bring your best!