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Inspiring Conversations with Dr. Angela Kenzslowe of Kenzslowe Consulting

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Angela Kenzslowe.

Hi Dr. Kenzslowe, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I began life in California born during a time when interracial families had recently become legal. The majority of my childhood was spent in Southern California with great times at the beach, beautiful weather, diverse people, and many adventures. I have many great memories of going to the beach with my family and friends. We would spend the day playing in the waves, building sand castles, and picnicking on the shore. The weather was always perfect for spending time outdoors, and I loved being able to experience all sorts of different cultures. I am grateful to have grown up in such a beautiful and diverse place.

In my late teens, I moved to Arizona and completed my senior year of high school in Mesa. It was a culture shock, as the diversity that I knew was almost non-existent. It was a challenge for me, as I was often asked to place myself in a box, but had always been an out-of-the-box thinker.

Two years later, I joined the Army. I had the opportunity to live in both Asia and Europe. I had my beautiful son while in the Army, I also continued my college journey as education was always important to me. The experiences I had while in the Army helped to shape me into the person I am today. I am thankful for those experiences and for the lessons I learned along the way.

Although I originally joined the Army to see the world, I ended up finding my home in Arizona. After my discharge, I decided to put down roots and begin my corporate career. However, I quickly found that the traditional nine-to-five lifestyle wasn’t for me. As I was still pursuing my college education, I started a residential cleaning company so that I could have more flexible hours and still be home with my son when he was out of school. After that, I knew that entrepreneurship was my true passion. Starting my own business allowed me to be in control of my own schedule and really set my own success goals. It was through this experience that I realized that I loved being my own boss and helping others achieve their dreams through my businesses.

Since then, I’ve earned my undergraduate degree, a Master’s in Business Administration, a Master’s in Psychology, and a Doctorate in Psychology.

It’s been quite a journey since I was that little girl with big dreams. I’ve worked hard to realize those dreams and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. But, more importantly, I’m grateful for how my work has allowed me to help others. Every day, I get to use my knowledge and skills to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Whether I’m helping someone heal from trauma or teaching leaders how to create a healthy workplace, I know that my work is making a difference. And that’s what matters most to me.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I’m grateful for my journey even though it wasn’t smooth. When I started out, I thought it would be a straight line from point A to point B. But I quickly learned that life is anything but predictable. There have been many times when I’ve had to stop and reevaluate my goals. And that’s ok! The most important thing is to keep moving forward, even if it means taking a few detours along the way. Some of the struggles were balancing motherhood, school, and creating income. Throughout it all, I remained focused on my goals and continued to move forward.

It definitely wasn’t easy, but I’m grateful for the support of my family and friends. They’ve helped me through some tough times. So, even though my journey wasn’t smooth sailing, I’m grateful for all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
At Kenzslowe Consulting LLC, we specialize in promoting inclusion for Veterans, Women, and People of Color. We believe that organizations that foster an environment where their workforce feels welcomed, appreciated, and valued attain higher employee retention. In order to help organizations create a welcoming and profitable environment, we offer bespoke keynotes, workshops, leadership training, and educational programs. Our goal is to help nurture an organizational environment that is both welcoming and profitable.

My team and I bring decades of experience from a variety of industries including military, business, entertainment, and education. This experience gives us a leg up when it comes to creating solutions that work for our clients. In addition, we are committed to staying abreast of the latest research in the field of diversity and inclusion so that we can always offer cutting-edge solutions.

Being featured in well-known national media outlets such as Oprah Magazine and the Today Show with Hoda and Jenna is definitely an honor that I’m grateful for. It’s been an honor to have well-known national brands trust me with their audience, but it didn’t happen overnight. I didn’t get lucky – I worked hard and strategically planned my way to success. I bring this same tenacity and strategic thinking to my corporate clients.

I want your readers to know that people and business are my passion. I have worked in a wide range of organizations, and one thing I have learned is that no two are alike. Each organization has its own unique culture, and the people who make up the organization are also unique. That’s why it’s so important to understand the different personality types, genders, races, cultures, education levels, and social economic statuses of the people in your organization.

When someone asks why to work with me, I explain that by understanding these differences, you can learn how to best work with each individual. And when everyone is working together harmoniously the whole organization benefits. Members of your organization will hone their interpersonal skills and be better equipped to interact with both those inside and outside the company. This leads to improved communication and increased customer satisfaction. So if you’re looking to take your organization to the next level, give me a call. I’ll be happy to help you better understand your employees and create a more harmonious workplace.

The clinical practice that I’ve founded is Purple Heart Behavioral Health. Purple Heart Behavioral Health is a private, for-profit, mental health online outpatient practice that offers treatment services to those who can benefit from the structure of a well-delivered trauma program. Our team of professionals uses evidence-based therapies delivered in a 5 week-intensive online program to assist our clients in getting back in the fight of life quicker. We specialize in providing treatment for adults struggling with anxiety disorders, panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and trauma. Our goal is to help our clients regain control of their lives while caring for our client’s emotional health with compassionate understanding.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs, or other resources you think our readers should check out?
As any professional knows, one of the keys to success is always learning and expanding your mind. With that in mind, here are a few business books that I found to be great reads;

“The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries is a great book for anyone who wants to start their own business. It’s full of practical advice on how to get your business off the ground quickly and efficiently.

“The Millionaire Fastlane” by MJ DeMarco is a must-read for anyone who wants to build wealth quickly. It’s packed with actionable tips on how to create passive income streams and achieve financial freedom.

“The 4-Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn how to work smarter, not harder. It’s full of tips on how to optimize your time and productivity levels. If you’re looking for ways to make your work life more efficient, this is the book for you.

There are a lot of great mental health books out there that can be extremely helpful for people struggling with their mental health. A few of my personal favorites are “The Body Keeps Score”, “Getting Past Your Past” and “The Happiness Project”.

“The Body Keeps Score” is a fantastic book that explores the ways in which trauma can impact our physical and mental health. It’s an incredibly eye-opening read that has helped me understand my experiences with trauma and anxiety. “Getting Past Your Past” is another excellent book that offers practical advice on how to work through past traumas. And finally, “The Happiness Project” is a wonderful book that helps readers to identify areas in their life that they can work on to improve their overall happiness. If you’re looking for some great mental health reads, I would highly recommend checking out these three books.

I’ll admit, when my son first recommended that I read The Name of the Wind, I was a bit hesitant. I’m not usually one for fantasy novels, but he assured me that I would love it. And he was right. I ended up devouring the entire book and then the second in the series. The story follows the life of Kvothe, a talented wizard and musician who is struggling to find his place in the world. While the books are certainly fantasy, they are also incredibly well-written and character-driven. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for an engaging and enjoyable read.

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