Let’s all congratulate and say hello to this sensational beauty Nikisha Banks our Featured DivaGirl for March!! Nikisha is the Owner/Founder Kingsley Data Management and Landscape Transformation. As a lover of all things technology, Nikisha founded Kingsley to provide innovative, customized, customer relationship management software to business owners to help them keep track of their most valuable assets, their data and their customers. She has been a part of the DivaGirl community for four years and has served as the registration desk lead for DivaGirl Philly events. Additionally, she is the lead for the DivaGirl monthly meetups. She is currently working on her MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics and in her free time, she can be found doing something fun with her four children.
“Can’t is a word I don’t allow myself to use”
What is your definition of a leader? Please provide an example of when you had to lead a group or empower a community?
My definition of a leader is someone who inspires people to come together as one to make change happen. As the lead for the DivaGirl Monthly Meetups, I encourage the women in the group to be there best selves, not only professionally, but personally as well. During our meetups, they can be around women from diverse backgrounds and come together for a good cause.
What is your regimen for self-care?
Daily positive self-affirmations
Rest when needed
Drink Plenty of water
Exercise and eat well
What do you do to get fit, have fun and feel sexy? I go to the gym in the morning and do an exercise video with my kids at night. I also recently started weightlifting to build muscle mass, which is more important the older you get.
What are (3) staple outfits in your closet?
An all-black suit
Plenty of suit jackets that work well with jeans or dress pants
A versatile dress that enables you to go from the office to happy hour
What is your definition of a Divagirl? How does being a DivaGirl make you feel empowered and inspired?
A DivaGirl is a woman that has confidence in her ability to “Crush It” and is not afraid to help other women do the same
What are your three major accomplishments and why?
Going from poverty to a well-paying job that enables me to support my family and provides the base that I need to start my own company.
Being the only person in my family to get a degree and now having children who are following in my footsteps, my oldest daughter graduates this May.
# 3 is still in progress (building my empire)
Aside from your family and close friends, who are your other outside influencers and how have they changed you?
I am blessed to have a wonderful network of people in my life, both inside and outside of my family. They are there when I need them to offer sound advice (even when I don’t want to hear it), they encourage me when I have doubts and they force me to go out when I’m more work than play.
If you can have dinner with someone from past, present, or future who would it be and why?
Past- Eleanor Roosevelt and Ada Lovelace (first woman programmer)
Present- Oprah Winfrey
Future- my future self
What is the last book you read?
Lol I’m a geek, so the last book I read is “VBA programming for Excel”
What has been challenging for you as an entrepreneur? How did you overcome it?
So far, the most challenging aspect of being an entrepreneur has been the acquisition of clientele. Networking is very important for getting your name out there and growing your business, so I have been making it a point to go to more social events and networking.
What is the ONE word that best describes you? Driven
What is your favorite song?
I don’t have one favorite song, I like pretty much any genre
Intelligent, beautiful, mother, entrepreneur and an amazing addition to the DivaGirl Community! Connect and follow her on FB – Nikisha Banks-Gantt