We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Keena Mosley and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Keena, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
This question is tricky for me because I believe that any lasting success comes from a series of steps. However, there is one decision that made all of this a reality. In 2006, I took the leap to become self-employed. It was both scary and short-lived and in 6 months I went back to the same job that I resigned from. Fast-forward to 2019, I had much more experience, greater connections, and better resources. I also had a failed attempt at business under my belt. The decision that I was forced to contend with was whether or not I should try again. What I needed to do was to forgive myself for the previous failure and trust myself to succeed.

That was a struggle, but one that I overcame with prayer, conversations with myself, hearing from my village and affirmation of who God had created me to be. In October 2019, I took the leap, but I also gave myself a deadline. I gave myself one year and if I had not had any profit in one year, I was going to start filling out job applications. Gladly, things are continuously getting better, and business continues to grow (and so do I)!

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Momentum Leadership Group provides organizational improvement and leadership development strategies for non-profit organizations and child development programs. Non-profit and education leaders are some of the most divided people ever. When I say divided, I mean they are wearing multiple hats (at the same time) and having to navigate a myriad of needs and challenges. I know this because I have done the work myself.

Good leaders are successful from the inside out and that is what I focus on for myself and those that I work with. Leadership is less about task and more about behavioral traits and knowledge. Sadly, many leadership roles are filled by the most successful person in the preceding position. However, a good teacher doesn’t always make a good leader. The roles have different skillsets and needs.

I take great pride in supporting those that are striving to bring their best selves to leadership. The work that I do positions me to be both a sounding board and a trusted guide through challenging times. This isn’t always easy. Coaching leaders presents a number of personalities and at times resistance to the work that needs to be accomplished, but in order to make a breakthrough I have to focus on the end goal and massage the situation until results are achieved.

The things that have helped me to sustain success, are consistency, communication and compassion. First off, I am consistently the same person in every setting. The role of a leader isn’t something that I put on, it is who I am. I communicate with my team so they are aware of what is going on and have a general understanding of the climate. I lead with compassion and I’m not above apologizing. Even when I disagree with someone, I believe that ultimately they are attempting to do what they think is best (until I see otherwise). I’m also aware that everyone has something that they are carrying and my interaction with them can bring relief or injury.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am such a homebody, but when my loved ones come to visit, I typically go full tour guide. We really do have a little bit of everything in LA and I try to tap into their interests. Most recently, I took my family to visit the Korean Friendship Bell in San Pedro. The bell is exquisite, but the views are just breathtaking. We also did all of the “Hollywood Blvd. stuff.” I was so impressed with Madame Tussauds Wax Museum the statues are so detailed. I’m also a good eater so we went to Barton G’s for dinner which is always a good time and Roscoes’ because the waffles are incredible. Strangely, I also like to take visitors to Skid Row. Not only do we get a reminder of how fortunate we are, but it allows us a chance to give back.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a slightly plagiarized saying – “It takes a village to raise a Keena.” Legitimately, it does. I have people that I lean on for so many different things and so many that have supported me over the years that dropping names would get me in trouble. I’ve also had some really great mentors, therapists and Pastors.

However, there are four people that I will acknowledge…
Dino Mosley – my husband, who supports me, grounds me and loves me. With every move he asks “how will this get you closer to your ultimate goal?” Well babe, the goal is right at our fingertips…
Carrera Titus – my cheerleader, who makes me think I can do just about anything and isn’t afraid to pull out the evidence if needed. Thanks sis for all of the Black Girl Magic!
Jamie Reese – my sister, who sits in the background and always reminds me of what she calls “my lane” and also lets me know when I am out of my mind.
Aunt Mae – the spark. I didn’t know it at the time, but you modeled what it was like for a black woman to live life on her own terms. I only recently realized where the spark to do it my way came from, to travel the world and to always keep moving…thank you for that.

Website: www.drkeena.com

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Image Credits
Dino Mosley Photography

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