Latika Vines is a Baltimore, Maryland native, currently residing in the Southern part of the state with her husband and four young daughters. Latika empowers working mothers, in male-dominated industries, to lead and grow in their Careers while strengthening Organizations to retain them. Latika is a firm believer that everyone has a career vision, and although that vision can get blurry and put on the backburner at times, it must be picked back up and turned into an initiative (ACTION)! She teaches working mothers how to do so by being the B.O.S.S. of their Careers.
As an 5x Author, Career Development Strategist/People Developer and Work-Life Balance Advocate & Educator, and CEO, Visionary Initiatives, LLC, Latika partners with Tech, Law Enforcement, and Professional Services Organizations to develop their Workforce, particularly their Working Mothers, through Career Development Workshops, Strategies, and Coaching to increase Employee Satisfaction, Improve Productivity and Retention and Career Mobility. Additionally, Latika is the host of The Latika Vines Show, a work and life balance podcast for working moms.
Latika has over sixteen years of Career/Workforce Development and Learning & Development experience and has been certified in Human Capital Strategist and Strategic Workforce Planning from Human Capital Institute, and Performance Consulting for Trainers from The Training Clinic. Latika has also received her certificate in Women Entrepreneurship from Cornell University.
In addition to growing her career and empire, Latika is the International Association of Women – Waldorf Chapter President, providing mentorship and guidance to women in the Southern Maryland area to achieve their life, career and business goals.
Being able to sit down with women making Herstory in their lane of expertise is always amazing to us. We had the pleasure to catch up with Latika and ask her a few questions about her journey thus far.
What inspired your start in entrepreneurship?
As a working mother of 4 and wife, I struggled with balancing life and work and didn’t enjoy the job I had. When I was diagnosed with postpartum depression I realized that I was unhappy because of not having career mobility and flexibility to be with my family. Once I was able to overcome and get off the mommy track, I was able to obtain both flexibility and career mobility and have a sense of peace and happiness in my life, and in my family’s life. I realized that other working mothers struggled like me and I wanted to help them. So, I combined my Career/Workforce Development experience along with being a working mom to start Visionary Initiatives, LLC.
What has been the highlight of your career thus far?
The highlight of my career has been helping executive directors achieve their career success and watching them retire. It has been an absolute pleasure helping so many people get to the next level in their careers.
If you could tribute your success to any in your life who would it be?
I tribute my success to God. It is because of God that I had the opportunity to heal and recover from postpartum depression and be able to help working mothers.
What message do you hope women take away from your platform?
I hope that working mothers can gain the insight and inspiration to be the B.O.S.S. of their Careers while being present at home. It’s possible to do both, with strategy and support.
What is your go-to quote for motivation?
My favorite quote is “surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.” – Oprah Winfrey
What does being a woman making Herstory mean to you?
Being a woman making Herstory means that I am creating a legacy for my children and making a difference in the lives of working mothers. It means that I am confident in myself to overcome challenges and move forward in my life.
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