Name: Pegine Echevarria
Business: Team Pegine Inc., motivational coaching and consulting
Industry: Coaching & Consulting
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Reason for starting: I was leading a not for profit, raising two small children, and working in the media when Montel Williams pulled me aside after a show asked me “What was I doing?” He said, “There is no one out there doing what you do and speaking the way you do. Why are you playing so small? When are you going out on your own?” I had the desire to go on my own and his words were the push. I knew I could serve female leaders and grow my business. I was willing to stake everything on it. It is and was a calling, a purpose and something I had to do.
How do you define success? I define success as being 100% authentically me while being prosperous, purposeful, proactive and joyous, using my goals to evolve and grow daily. How that manifests depends on our current strategic plan. Everything we do is about serving female leaders globally.
Biggest Success: Receiving a Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System rating of exceptional from the Department of Defense for our project managment skills. We were the project managers and lead event production company for a major event on the National Mall. I was able to pull together a management team in less than 3 weeks, provide jobs for over 1,000 people and pay everyone on time with no debt incurred. Networking, strong relationships, strategic thinking enabled us to pull off a first class event.
Related: A History of Extraordinary Women
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? We were federal government heavy and had gotten off our core purpose (serving women leaders and those organizations who support them). 2013 became a challenge (sequestration and government shut down) and in a way became our blessing. We have reorganized the company, become leaner, developed a new business plan and strategy, invested in new websites and are developing online resources for women leaders who influence policy, profits and productivity.
Who is your most important role model? In business I would have to say the 3 women in my master mind group. For the last four years we have met monthly and have a retreat yearly. They each run multimillion dollar businesses, have families, are in long term relationships and have dealt with so many challenges (personal and professional) that I am in constant awe of their magnificence, courage, strength, perseverance, gratitude, giving, loving, persistence and focus. They are tremendous philanthropic leaders and keep me going.
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