Valeri Bocage Founder of-Powerful Women International Connections

“Stand for what you want and your core values. Never deviate from who you are and what you want.”

Meet Valeri Bocage

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Valeri Bocage started Powerful Women International in 2006 after moving to San Francisco, a move that was prompted by the loss of everything during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Valeri lost everything except her indomitable spirit to help others. Initially, Powerful Women International was formed to help women live their dreams and to begin to support each other worldwide to fulfill their utmost dreams and expand themselves as leaders worldwide.

In 2012, Valeri realized her childhood dream of wanting to change the world so that people can have the things they needed like better education, and necessities especially our children. It took 2 1/2 years for the company to rebrand. In 2014 Powerful Women International Connections was born. . The company connects, collaborates and educates women humanitarian leaders to make a Bigger Impact. PWIC want to reach more people to change more lives in the world. PWIC members are doing such things as stopping human trafficking, empowering developing countries, changing under privileged communities to become thriving communities and reducing recidivism etc.

Valeri has spent her life working with people to assist them to do their ultimate best and actualize their unfulfilled dreams.


How long have you been an Entrepreneur?

Since 1981.

Did you leave a job to become an Entrepreneur?

Yes

What is the name of your current project / company?

Powerful Women International Connections

Please describe for us in 1 sentence your current project.

We are working with women humanitarian leaders so that they make bigger impact to change more lives.

Where did the idea of your current project come from?

When I was a child around eight years old I saw that one very cold day many children did not come to school. I over heard the teachers talking about it and said it was because the kids did not have coats. At first, I thought the parents took away their children’s coats as a punishment. I thought that was really mean of the parents. Well, I was only eight years old. Then the teachers spoke more and said that the parents did not have money to buy coats for their kids. Then it all clicked that people did not always have what they needed in life. I thought it was wrong and that something was wrong with the world. I said that I was going to fix it and make sure that all people had the basics and children all had whatever they needed Always. I did not want anyone to suffer or get hurt either. I wanted to change the world and had to figure out how to do that. Since I know women and that they are natural nurturers I wanted to work with women. I believed the women working together will help balance the men and men would begin to help too.

That is the way I figured that I could change the world. It maybe a slow process and it would take years and long after I am gone however I am up for the challenge.

Why do you do what you do?

I love seeing people get what they want and dream of. I also want our children to grow up feeling safe and knowing they are in a world where they can be anything they desire to be. I want the children to know they can be doctors, lawyers, own thriving businesses, astronauts, scientist with no limitations in a safe and peaceful environment.

I want adults to be able to have successful healthy fulfilled lives so that they can be the best they can be to guide our children in the right directions. I foresee a world that works for everyone.

What’s the one thing you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?

Let go and let God guide you in all that you do!

What’s the most important piece of advice would you give to someone just starting?

Get a clear vision of what you really want to do. Select you team carefully and make sure that they are people you can work with.
Some people may have the expertise you are looking for, however they are not a match for you to work with. Stand for what you want and your core values. Never deviate from who you are and what you want.

What is the hardest thing you have had to do regarding your business?

Trusting in yourself and gut feelings. When you feel you need to change or stand your ground do so. No business is a cookie cutter sometimes you have to do what your heart is telling you and not what all experts say to do. Especially if you gut feeling is to do it another way than the norm.

What does your typical day look like?

I LOVE my days! For me, I start all my days off in prayer and ask for guidance in my day. It seems to help me through the times I have challenges.
I make a to do list and make it a game to complete it. I do all of my priorities first and crisis preventions. Then look to see what other things have to be done. I take a break and walk in the evenings. I then eat and see what things I have to get done before I close shop for the night. I work mostly from home so in between work many times I can do some house chore things. I make sure I eat healthy too. That is a Big priority. I cannot change the world if I am ill. So I make my meals fun too.

If you were to start again, and could change one thing, what would it be?

I would trust more in what I want to do and not get influence by experts that want take my vision in another direction.

What is the most important thing in life?

Family and people.

What is one problem you encountered as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?

One problem was working with people I thought was a good fit, then finding out they were not.

I would do interviews differently and ask about their core values and about different situations and how they would handle it. I would also do a month’s probationary period to see if they work out and an additional three month.

I would not be afraid of hurting their feeling by letting them go. I realized it hurt me more to try to keep someone that was not working out. I have learned to stand for what I believe and what I want and be straight with people. I learned how freeing it is to be straight.

Tell us something unique about yourself.

I love having fun when I am doing things. I make sure my team have fun too. I make my days fun. I love to surprise my family when I show up to visit. Once my mom was sound asleep and I got at the foot of her bed under the cover. I tapped on her leg and when she opened her eyes she was not sure of what she saw. She said, “Val”???!! I said, “I am in your dreams go back to sleep.” She started laughing soo hard!
I recently visited my grandkids in Atlanta. They had not seem me for a few years. I hid in the wash room. When they came home from school I knocked on they door of the wash room. Their parents told them to see who was in there. When they opened the door they just froze! They were soo excited they could not move. I loved looking at their little faces.