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Latoya Bullard-Franklin’s destiny has brought her from humble beginnings in New Orleans, LA to a successful Entrepreneur in Houston, TX. She is an experienced Master Black Belt Facilitator of Lean Six Sigma, Change Management, and Organizational Strategy Development. As an Agent of Change, she believes the best way to achieve business success is to “remove barriers and think outside of the box.” She is Founder and CEO of The Bulsard Group, LLC-a firm focused on partnering with clients to uncover value, create value, and deliver value in the pursuit of Operational Excellence.

She has a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University, and a Masters of Science in Project Management from Boston University. Her career as a leader in the Oil and Gas industry began with Texaco and bp oil as a Reliability Engineer. As an Engineering Lead with Raytheon Company, she supported the development of products for major Army and Navy programs. Transitioning to a Quality Assurance lead for high impact initiatives, she developed strategies to maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of the Quality organization in enabling people, processes, and technology to work cohesively. It was during this time that she became an advocate of Supplier Diversity through organizations such as Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). During her tenure with Chevron Company, she has led the execution of many projects with a strict focus on delivering millions of dollars in value and enhancing growth. Throughout her career, she has also developed and instructed numerous training courses focusing on Lean Six Sigma basics, voice of the customer, and building total organizational capability. Recognized as a trailblazer by Fortune 500 companies, she continues to leadglobal teams of top executives and mid-level managersto maintain the efficiency and effectiveness of their organizations.

As a visionary with a keen eye for results, she has led the Bulsard Group to be recognized by Fortune Magazine as 31st on the list of the top 100 successful inner city businesses. As a “Inner City 100”, Fortune Magazine has identified her as a role model CEO for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices, and job creation in America’s urban communities. She also has been featured in Forbes Magazine as one of the “Texas Top Business Women” to watch, Black Enterprise as a “Power Player”, and Essence Magazine as one of “40 Next” young entrepreneurs to “Transform” the world.

Locally, the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce has recognized her as a Pinnacle Award recipient for her success as an entrepreneur and support in the Houston community - the youngest ever to receive this honor. Who’s Who in Black Houston has also recognized her as a catalyst to motivate the achievement of excellence for organizations such as WBEA, NSBE, HMSDC, AABE, Bilateral Chamber of Commerce, AKA Sorority, Inc., and GHBC where she serves on the Board of Directors.

In her spare time, she instills excellence and provides scholarships to young studentsthrough her non-profit, the Girl POWER Network with Principles to ensure success: “Persevere, Own, Win, Empower, and Respect.”

She obtains encouragement and inspiration from her husband and four daughters, “They are my guiding light and beacon of hope to lead me through the uncertainties that may exist as an entrepreneur.”

In pursuit of her ultimate dream of becoming a published author, she provides insights into becoming a greater you and achieving your goals through her “Lean Your Life” campaign.

2017 The Year of Empowerment - Principles for February-Financial Diligence

Book: “Girl, Get Your Money Straight!” by Glinda BridgforthWebsite: www.thefourcups.comEvery year in celebration of the new beginnings, it is Southern tradition to prepare a special meal to usher in a prosperous new year.  So we pull out Aunt Bea’s secret recipe for what we think will help us gain financial prosperity.  It is legend that this special meal of black-eyed peas and cabbage greens provides good luck to help us see more clearly into the future; and an abundance and overflow of money that will find its way into our lives.  But, what about the right recipe for financial success?  How do we grow this abundance and overflow of money into sustainable wealth?Simply, we must be good stewards, and be very diligent with the money that we are honored to receive in our lifetime.  It’s not about how much you make, but what you do with it.  If we can’t show diligence in how we manage the $100 we have today, what makes us think we will be able to maintain more blessings and riches tomorrow?The 2015 US Census determined that the US median household income is $55,775.  Now, close your eyes and just take a second.  Think about how much you make in a year, now multiply that by 4, now multiply that by 10.  That’s a very nice 7 figure income!!! Oh, how exciting it is for the revelation that we are already millionaires!  This exercise shows us that we all have the potential to have a million dollars that runs through our hands in our lifetime. Instead of being concerned on how to obtain our million, we should readjust our focus to being diligent stewards of the riches bestowed upon us in order to reap our full harvest.

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2017 – The Year of Empowerment How to Master Your Goals

Life is all about a healthy balance, the positive force to balance the negative, an equal give and take. In our lifetimes on this earth, we are only given a finite amount of energy in a finite amount of time, and how we use this energy is up to us. In the words of Dr. Maya Angelou, it is our duty to “if we get-give, and if we learn-teach”, and if I may be bold to add - if we imagine-create. We can only do so much in a given period of time-a day, a week, a month. So the questions become-how do we move the needle? How do we make it all happen? And most importantly-How do we avoid FOMO-the fear of missing out?! In this article, you will be provided with a sure-fire way to achieve your goals, and see your dreams and aspirations unfold right before your eyes.

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2017- The Year of Empowerment

Enterprising Women readers, this is your year, the year to focus on YOU! Your dreams, your goals, your aspirations! Every year for the past few years, I have noticed a central theme to manifest itself in my life throughout that year. This same theme manifested itself in the lives of many women in my circle as well. For 2017 it will be the year of YOU—the year of empowerment!

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Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.

The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.

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