FOUNDER, CEO AND HEAD COACH
Honored by the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce with the Clara Brown Award, the Aurora Chamber of Commerce "Women in Business" Unsung Hero, and recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Region and State of Colorado in 2007, Makisha Boothe is Founder and Head Business Coach of Sistahbiz Global Network, a business accelerator for Black women entrepreneurs.
Sistahbiz Global Network helps Black women solopreneurs and microbusinesses build scalable, sellable businesses. As a rapid improvement coach, Makisha helps small businesses rethink their revenue strategies, brands, systems, resource allocation, and human capital strategies.
As principal of Pivot Innovation Solutions, a strategic facilitation and planning agency in Denver, Colorado, Makisha is a sought after strategist for organizational development, community engagement, and diversity, inclusion and equity work.
Before founding Pivot and Sistahbiz, Makisha co-founded and led the Denver Public Schools Innovation Lab, Imaginarium. The lab was the first district-run lab of its kind in the nation, and was designed to help principals redesign their school models and test new instructional strategies in the classroom.
Makisha has worked in politics and education reform on the national, state and local levels, to pass landmark innovation and choice legislation. She also served as the Senior Adviser to the Colorado State Senate President. She also owned and operated Ya Ya Spa, LLC in Denver, Colorado. Ya Ya Spa was featured in Black Enterprise and was known for its nostalgic atmosphere and specialty pedicures.
Meet The Leadership Team
Hans Cooper Chief Operations Officer
Hans is our dynamic operations leader with over 15 years of management experience in strategic planning, logistics, compliance, budgeting, and project management. Having led various departments and large teams in both the public and private sectors, Hans possesses keen business insight with a particular focus on collaboration and operational efficacy. In addition, as a grants writer and administrator, he is focused on leveraging funding resources from private foundations and government entities to support the advancement of Black women entrepreneurship.
Natasha Taplin Chief Data and Technology Officer
Natasha is our results-driven Digital Leader with over 18 years in online, computer, tech, UX, design, software, apps, websites, and automation. Her experience spans from start-ups to Fortune companies. She’s relentless in her attention to detail and follow-through to get the job done. She has a knack for eliminating tech dramas. In her spare time she loves to learn, which lends to her long list of credentials including a Masters in Information Technology, an MBA, and Project Management Professional certification.
Jenny VanBuskirk Executive Assistant
If you send an email to Sistahbiz, Jenny is who you will reach! Customer service is her specialty, and making sure you are taken care of is her top priority. She started her virtual assistance business over 6 years ago and uses her administrative skills to help support creatives, small businesses, and nonprofits reach their goals.
As you may remember, during our Book club at the top of the first quarter, I was manifesting location #2 forThe Drop Zone. Signed the lease, and received the keys today. You CANNOT know how impactful you are in the lives of the women you encounter.
KALISHA ABERCROMBIE TUCKER
The Drop Zone, NC
This year, MamaBird not only hit our financial goal, we crushed it. And baby when I say crush, I mean CRUSHED. Having the support of Sistahbiz helped me build a support system in my own organization that I absolutely love and trust.
BIRDIE EVANS JOHNSON
Mamabird Maternity Spa, CO
As I sit here, I just wanted to extend the most heartfelt thank you. I landed Homegoods in US, TJ Maxx/Winners/Homesense in Canada, and this April, Hustle & Hope cards will be in all World Market stores across the US. I remember when my "Market Traction" slide was looking a lil bleak...but wow, what 2 years has done! I could not have done it, in part without getting accepted into the Sistahbiz retail cohort.
Hustle & Hope, TX
With the loving guidance and support of SGN, I just cross walked my quarterly sales projections with current status. I’m half way to my quarterly target of with solid prospects to close out the quarter.
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