Today's Smart Women Conversations
Meet Tracy Chamberlain Higginbotham. I know her as the Founder and President of Women TIES, LLC (Women Together Inspiring Entrepreneurial Success), a company specializing in promoting, publicizing and uniting women entrepreneurs and their companies online and in person in order to cultivate strong economic relationships to advance their companies and eradicate pay inequality. She is also a runner and an author.
Tracy embraced her passion for supporting other women entrepreneurs in 2005 and established her Women TIES, LLC. Her goal was to create a stronger geographic buying network for women business owners across New York state. I was a member, when I lived in NY, back in the day. Before CO beckoned and lured me out West.
I remember one of her larger events in Upstate NY that encompassed the delightfully unique talents of dozens of women who made scarves, jewelry, handbags, or who sold make-up and kitchen gadgets, and some who were coaches. These were independent women entrepreneurs, and they attended the event to be seen. To be connected.
Being seen, being heard, being connected - isn't that what we're about, ladies? Isn't it time to raise our voices above the brouhaha going on around us, and get the world's attention? It doesn't matter what you do, what wonderful business you have, or how new you are, your voice matters. Your business matters. Your connections matter.
This conversation is unique.
Tracy is unique. Tracy has alopecia. It doesn't show in the photo above because that is how I remember her, and how I wanted you to see her, first. Why? Because it's important to know the difference between the photos - the before, above, and the after, below. It's in how she embraced this awful thing (my description) that happened to her that makes Tracy a worthy voice in today's kind of free-for-all world. Her story about losing her hair, yes, all of her hair, and how she decided to write Under the Rose Colored Hat, is worthy of sharing - because it's a great example of women coming together, connecting, supporting, and caring for each other.
Tracy is all about that. She shares an important bit of insight at the end of the show. About women and our names. How we carry our names. How important it is that we carry our names. Watch and learn.
In 2011, Tracy created a division of Women TIES called the “Women’s Athletic Network” which promotes athletic events for women entrepreneurs to participate in, train for or support as spectators. In 2017, Higginbotham also created a “Women’s Rights Equality Division” to Women TIES to unite women who are interested in being more involved with equality issues for women.
You can see already that this woman is a dynamo and is fully committed to serving her sisters in business, throughout the NY state region. It's one of the things I like most about her. We both have that passion, and have taken our talents to their logical conclusion, so to speak. Me in writing and coaching others to write books, and Tracy in creating opportunities to connect and share, for our benefit.
But, she didn't stop there.
From 2017-2018, Tracy was contracted by 261 Fearless, Inc., a global running organization started by running icon Kathrine Switzer, to help them grow across North America in the position of 261 Fearless North America Leader. She transitioned from that position into Head of Club Promotional Outreach in North America.
During this time, her passion for helping global women rose dramatically. As noted in the title, she is also a published writer Under the Rose-Colored Hat and inspirational short stories and articles in several national publications and books, including the 2009 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms and the 2019 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good.
Visit her on her website at (place to buy or hire women)
And on her blog Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs (inspirational and business blog started in 2008)