Interview With Stephynie Malik, Strategist And Entrepreneur Coach & ChiqueSpeak’s CEO
"1) Hello Stephynie, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Sure, I would love to. I am excited to be here discussing ChiqueSpeak. I founded ChiqueSpeak.com to align with my true passion for serving others. Through my career I have been asked by many High Performers how I was able to show up and serve, with grace and an immiscible attitude, considering everything I had been through in my life. The answer was, a positive attitude, great determination, an insane amount of tenacity and no Plan B. When you have other options, there IS option for failure!
I was fully emancipated at the age of 15 years old. My Mother had severe, untreated mental illness. My Father drowned when I was a baby. I was truly on my own even before I was 15 years old. From there, with clearly little to no guidance, I chose the wrong husband! I became a single Mother at 23 years old, and since I chose the wrong husband, my family was less than happy with me! (smile) so, I didn’t get a lot of support there. I WAS MY OWN support system, and my daughters too. After working my ass off at several sales/ business development positions, the requirements became more strenuous… travel, business dinner, late-night brainstorming etc. I was sick of either bringing my daughter into the office or leaving her in childcare. This was no longer an option for me. So I decided I had to create a business, that would prevail at all costs. The business needed to somehow align with something the world needed, and my expertise. From there, I started MalikCo, LLC. In a little under a year, MalikCo became a Global Consulting Firm with clients such as American Express, Toyota, Oracle, Accenture, Deloitte, Nike to name a few. I successfully ran the firm for nearly 16 years, and I still remain involved as Chairman and Advisor.
2) What are your focus areas and why?
We currently run 3 lines of business:
1- Entrepreneurship Coaching, which teaches High Performers, and former Executives how to develop and launch they’re own 6 figure business they are truly passionate about, once again, aligning with their talents and expertise, while serving their specific, and targeted audience (which we help you define). We teach our clients a step by step system, as well as guide them through a roadmap and methodology on how to build a successful business doing what they love, giving them the freedom they have craved. There is no stone unturned in this program.
2- We coach Executives how to realign with their careers. Maybe negotiate the salary package they are worth, be top of mind for a promotion they have been passed up for, remaining relevant through Brand or skills or possibly re-connect with their teams for better performance. Really this is a tailored approach depending on the need of our Executive client.
3rd- MDV (Million Dollar+ Ventures) This is a Highly Select program, not offered to the public. There is an extensive application process to go through to be accepted into the program. We have to be assured you have the skillset to build a Million Dollar+ Venture. This has been so exciting to watch Executives I have known for years leave their cushy senior level position, trade in their badge and their reserved parking spot for more time with their kids and families and actually start to develop hobbies that were on the back burner for so long. Just to hear their voice and feel their energy is more than I could ever dream of. So far, this has been the largest impact on our business."
Interviewed by Cherihane El