We had the good fortune of connecting with Otisa Eads and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Otisa, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
Well I am from Kentucky originally. I grew-up in a small town and rural area, called Westport. I loved living in a small town and my family enjoyed living there as well. My parents were hardworking and always instilled in me at a young age to always have a good work-ethic no matter the “job”. My mother would tell me things, like “Stay a child as long as you can” and “Learn all you can learn” everyday before she would drop me off at school. I was able to see the impact the community had when they would rally together for any reason/cause and how the small businesses relied on the community for support. I was able to work for small business owners growing-up and seeing first-hand how important the role of the community had played for them. Now, I am a small business owner/entrepreneur and I am beginning to see how important it is to be involved in my community. Not just for the growth of my business, but because I care about the impact my business can make within in the community and vice versa. I have a strong work ethic and care about my clients as if each of them were my only client. I always infuse fun, open-mindedness, and heart-centeredness in the mission of my business. I am obsessed with learning new things and that has only propelled me further not only in business, but in life.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business name is Otisa Eads LLC and I provide Human Resources, Systems/Operations, and Training services. What sets me apart is the fact that I make HR, Operations, Strategy, and training fun for organizations and their staff. I started my business a year ago, even though I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do. I just knew that I had the skills and expertise to offer that would benefit someone! I originally started working in the Virtual Assistant/Online Business Manager space while I was working as an HR Manager for a local catering company. I began to surround myself with business owners and fellow entrepreneurs. They would introduce me to other folks, networking groups, or give me tips to help me with my business. That was the motivation I needed to really conceptualize what I wanted in a business and then create steps to pursue it. No, it was not easy! I had a full-time job, a side-hustle that became a business, and I was networking. It was very hard, and there were times I wanted to throw in the towel. Instead, I would practice self care or call a business owner friend when I felt really low. That is what gave me the encouragement to keep going forward and pushing through the obstacles, and not be defeated by them. Lessons I have learned along the way (I am still learning): 1.) You are not alone in business! There are many women and men who are doing what you are doing. Find them, become friends, and have regular chats! 2.) Know when to outsource, when to hire someone, and when to DIY. There are some tasks you are not going to be able to do on your own! Find a contractor or hire someone, and make the investment. 3.) Practice self care on a consistent basis! Take time off, it is OK. The more time you spend taking good care of yourself, you are able to show-up even better for your business/clients, and so forth. I want the world to know that I am here and I am excited to be able to help business owners and organizations with their Human Resources, Operations, and Strategy needs. Also, if I am not able to provide what you need, there is a greater chance that I know someone who can. I love connecting folks with one another. I am passionate about community and impact. My brand expresses my authentic self and how I will add my personal touch to everything I do when providing my services. Also, I do all of my HR & operation services through a DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) lens.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Exploring Denver: Start my day going to BookBarn for tea/coffee and find a new book to add to my collection. I would visit the nearest shops and boutiques in the area! Grab lunch at Angelo’s Tavern! I would take my bestie to Apothecary Tinctura-just love going in there! It is a great place to explore or grab gifts for family/friends. Explore the Cherry Creek Mall and have happy hour at Kona Grill. Start our next day with a spa day at Succulent Skin Studio for a massage or facial! Go visit S. Broadway and check out all of the shops and boutiques. find a spot for lunch like Capitol Tea or The Hornet. Then go to B’s Nail Salon or The Hive Nails for a mani/pedi. Explore Colfax Ave! We would have dinner at Prohibition or Jamaican Grille. Then plan to have the remainder of our week in the mountains, but where to begin? (There so many places to choose from and some I have yet to visit.) Perhaps stay in Idaho or Glenwood Springs for a few days and then spend the remainder of our trip in Grandby, Winter Park area while exploring the Rocky Mountain National Park. Grab a cabin! Oh and then I would demand that we visit the Stanley Hotel before we go back to the city, this is on my bucket list.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to dedicate my shoutout to Magenta Freeman, owner of Digital Mark PM. She is a consultant that provides expert technology and diversity implementation assistance within in organizations. She is a dear friend and co-conspirator on projects etc. https://www.digimarkpm.com
Youtube: Coming soon!
Diana Aqra, owner of Intentional Marketing and Andrea Gerstenberger Photography.