Entrepreneur Kisha Mays is on a mission to create as many millionaires as she can from female-run businesses.
The founder and CEO of Just Fearless, her business-development consultancy helps women entrepreneurs scale up and expand into international markets.
To do this Mays is often on the move all over the world. Based in Hong Kong and Los Angeles, she travels about eight months out of the year making connections and working on projects across the globe from Europe to Asia and beyond.
The author of “From Failure to Fearless: Still Completely Flawed BUT Thriving Fearlessly,” Mays has a goal of helping 1 million women entrepreneurs generate at least $1 million in annual revenue by Dec. 31, 2025.
Kisha Mays told Moguldom just how she plans on achieving this goal.
Moguldom: How can you help 1 million women entrepreneurs to earn at least $1 million in annual revenue?
Kisha Mays: I plan to accomplish this through global partnerships that will expand our reach, through my Angel Fund to support and invest in female founders, and through the creation of a grassroots movement that is happening now. Thanks in part to the movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp, women are showing that they will do what is necessary to see change and they are doing it fearlessly. The time is now. You must be the change you want to see and that is exactly what I am doing. Rather than focus on the negative, I would rather focus on the positive and make an impact to change the course of where we are heading.
Moguldom: Why did you want to do this?
Kisha Mays: I built my business working with women around the world, but I knew that by continuing going business-to-business, it would take a very long time to create change. I also knew if there were more women in power we would not see the division, poverty, and the like that we currently see in this world. In order to make that happen, we need more female-founded and -operated profitable businesses which will change families, communities, cities, countries, and generations. With more profitable businesses, jobs are created, poverty can be eliminated, and we can support women running for political office. They need not only our votes, but also our financial contributions which is a lot easier when you when you can eliminate the financial challenges in life.
Moguldom: What led to the creation of Just Fearless?
Kisha Mays: Anyone who has ever known me has always said that I am just fearless. I have always pushed it beyond limits. I have always been one to jump off a cliff and build an airplane on the way down. Sometimes I have crashed, but most times I have soared. I am not afraid of failures, aka lesson learned. It makes me better and creates growth for business and personal development. To some people, most importantly myself, that is Just Fearless.
Moguldom: What exactly is the business of Just Fearless?
Kisha Mays: The parent company helps businesses to take their business global with massively increased cash flow. Our teams are based in Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. There are subsidiaries that are focused on multiple industries from publishing and angel fund investments to real estate investments and others. We are expanding the company into different realms and I am loving the process.
Moguldom: Why do you encourage entrepreneurs to have an international scope?
Kisha Mays: We live in a global economy. You can communicate, do business, send and receive money, etc. virtually. With that in mind, why should we limit ourselves to one area of the world? That is not saying that everyone must go global as it is not of interest to every entrepreneur. I just want to change the mindset so that entrepreneurs will go from “Why?” to “Why not me?” — especially when it comes to understanding why they deserve to have an extremely profitable business that can be global if they want it. This sounds cliche but “the sky is not the limit” is a great viewpoint from the top. Another aspect is that I want more people to travel outside of their comfort zones and that be done not only in leisure but also in business. I have lived all over the world, from Hong Kong to Thailand to the United Arab Emirates to Spain, just to name a few, and it was life-changing. If we experienced other cultures on a more personal level I believe it would eliminate a lot of the chaos and division we currently see.
Moguldom: How does technology now help entrepreneurs?
Kisha Mays: The ease of access and low costs levels the playing field for all entrepreneurs. There is no reason why you cannot scale your business with even seemingly limited resources. A new startup may not have the money but if they look closely they have all the resources needed and sweat equity is all that is required to execute and reach success. For those who have technology challenges, there are resources available to make it easier for you. Seek and you will find. Ask and you shall receive.
Moguldom: What’s next for Just Fearless?
Kisha Mays: Taking Just Fearless from behind the scenes to the forefront. We are positioning Just Fearless to be an internationally known company and brand in multiple industries. I admire what Richard Branson did with Virgin and I am following that blueprint and taking it to the next level. Watch me and my teamwork.