FOUNDER AND HEAD COACH
Honored by the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce with the Clara Brown Award, Recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Region and State of Colorado, Makisha Boothe, “Queen of the Quickstart”, teaches entrepreneurs how to build systems and rapid improvement structures that grow their businesses and foster smooth daily operations.
Before founding Sistahpreneurs, the business haven for Black female entrepreneurs, 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 re-design 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 owned and operated Ya Ya Spa, LLC in Denver, Colorado, while working in the political world. Ya Ya Spa was featured in Black Enterprise and was known for its nostalgic atmosphere and specialty pedicures.
As a rapid improvement coach, Makisha helps small businesses re-think their brands, systems, resource allocation, and human capital strategies.
Makisha’s expertise spans a wide range of strategic consulting solutions:
Business and organizational startup and turnaround
Innovation and design thinking programming
Strategic planning and visioning
Systems analysis and design
Community and family engagement
Policy and political strategy
Through her work at Sistahpreneurs, she has combined her love for seeing small businesses succeed and passion for helping black female entrepreneurs like her fulfill their dreams. Coming from a matriarchal Caribbean family, she follows in the footsteps of her grandmother, mother, and many others, paving a way for coming generations by creating and supporting local businesses.
Senaiet Mesgun has worked for the past 10+ years as an Executive Assistant for top Fortune 500 companies. In her EA roles, she has provided support to high-level executives as well as oversee logistics and communications support for startup companies and providing virtual assistance to busy executives remotely. Through volunteering, she has gained valuable experience in decision-making, leadership, interpersonal relations and community awareness. Senaiet has been involved with the Colorado PeaceJam foundation, Africa Agenda, The Eritrean Community Center and The Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation. She developed a passion for the arts and community involvement as a child growing up in Denver to immigrant parents. Her love of learning about different cultures and world affairs continued through college at the University of Colorado at Denver.
After finishing her degree in International Studies focusing on business, she has furthered her studies internationally by being selected to attend conferences in Berlin with the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. She hopes to help lead an effort to develop a community focused on creativity, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. In her spare time Senaiet loves to work on creative projects and enjoy Colorado’s beautiful scenery, hiking or biking.
"Years ago, when I first began my business journey I was excited and felt unstoppable, but as time passed and life happened, I put it on the back burner where it laid dormant until Makisha founded Sistahpreneurs. After working with Makisha, it felt like a weight was lifted because she helped clarify my goals, define my purpose and re-imagine the potential outcomes."
"Every year I set goals that I struggle the remainder of the year to accomplish. Largely because I don't have a clear and realistic plan. This year, I registered for Goal Digger and the few hours we spent together was so amazing! I left feeling not just motivated, but PREPARED!"
Ion Real Estate
"Let me tell you how Sistahpreneurs is helping me get my ENTIRE BUSINESS together ???? Day 1 of Retail Coaching yesterday and #MindBlown. I am so excited about this program and I'm ready to do the WORK??????. If you're a business owner in Denver, you want Makisha Boothe in your corner ?? #ChubbyCurlsLevelUp"
Chubby Curls, Owner
"Awesome!!!!! This first session gave me life and confidence and direction and if you missed it you should have been there!!! I can't wait to do more Goal Digging with you all! Sistahpreneurs is where it's at if you need some help taking your business to the next level!!!"
"I’m blessed by the blood sweat and tears poured into us by Sistapreneurs founder Makisha Boothe. I can't express my gratitude for our group coaching space and the amazing women I shared it with. I can't wait for 2019, to tackle the goals I set, the strategy I created toward my vision and the systems I am putting in place to support them."
Herbal Honey, Founder
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