Frenita Amerman, our featured speaker for the July Luncheon, is a prime example of no matter how well you plan your life; sometimes your vision doesn’t work out.
Her parents raised Frenita and two siblings in Little Rock, Arkansas. She grew up watching old Hollywood movies and fell in love with the silver screen. After a brief stint in college, Frenita accompanied her sister to San Francisco, California. Once there, she tried out in open auditions and received several parts; her acting career was launched and she was working with the stars! Frenita was living her dream!
However, when she returned to Arkansas to visit her parents, who noticed a lump on her neck; she was diagnosed with cancer of the thyroid. After her surgery, she discovered that she had no voice!
Frenita was devastated but refused to accept that her voice was gone, so she sought alternative solutions which led her to holistic medicine.
Frenita made a choice to overcome this adversity with her deep faith and self-discovery journey. After three years she began to speak again, even though her voice wasn’t always strong and dependable. In taking control, Frenita had decided to no longer dwell on what was taken from her and focus on what was given —looking at the positives rather than the negatives. She decided to build her own business as a speaker and founded Entrepreneurs International to help women launch a career.
Her constant question to attendees at the luncheon was, “What’s holding you back?”
Frenita reminded us that what we say to ourselves, we become. Also, when we change how we see ourselves, we change the results.
Several ProWIN members shared their negative self-talk with the group. Her advice was to let fear go, know your strengths and weaknesses, and live your vision. Learning who you are and playing to your strengths is important in both relationships and business.
In conclusion, Frenita helped us discover the limiting beliefs that may be holding us back from achieving our true potential both personally and professionally.
By Arlene Ingram
Be sure to join us for our next luncheon in September. Stephanie Espy will talk closing the gender gap in STEM: It takes a village. Non-members are welcome – it is a wonderful way to learn about all the benefits of ProWIN.