Excel in Business

Weekly business tips curated just for you.


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Do you ever feel like you are on the outside looking in? It appears everyone has it together and is moving forward in their business.

As an established entrepreneur with a service-based business, you are ambitious and smart with a big vision to help others. You have the determination and patience which is how you have made it this far. However, you are looking for something extra….

You are looking for a group of women on your level or slightly above who will challenge you. A group of women who will hold you accountable, be your sounding board, and provide guidance so you can up your game in business.



Join a group of women who will challenge you to raise the bar and excel in business!

Standing outside only increases the frustration of feeling alone and unable to accomplish as much as you want. 


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Will I look a hot mess to people whose referrals are important to my business?

I’m going to tell you something you probably already know. “No one has it all together.” We all have personas to project on social media. This is a part of marketing and should not be confused with real life.

When working with other businesses part of creating relationships is building trust.

Trust comes from showing up, honoring your commitments, letting your work speak for itself, being professional and respecting their time. If you do these things, then the potential for referrals and collaborations increases because your character shines.

Why pay for a Mastermind when I can meet with local friends?

You are right you can do it yourself for free. You get to choose what works best for you. Multiple women have come back to me after trying it on their own and comment how challenging it is to get their friends to show up consistently. They find it difficult to get responses and meetings tend to turn into vent sessions which are not productive nor empowering.

Over the past 4 years, I see women achieve better results when they two things occur.

  1. A financial commitment is made by each member.
  2. The meetings are focused and structured.

These set the foundation for members who are serious about growth to create forward progress and achieve milestones in their business.

Will a Mastermind waste my time and leave me feeling even more drained?

The key differences that set apart high performing Masterminds from free Masterminds is the leadership of the facilitator and the structure of the meetings.

An experienced facilitator knows how to direct conversations so everyone has an opportunity to share and receive feedback. They know the strengths of each member, read body language, and draw engagement from both introverts and extroverts.

The facilitator guides the conversation so it stays focused on the topics being discussed and provides a takeaway for the member who has the hot seat.

Have another concern not addressed above? I am happy to have a conversation and answer your questions. EMAIL ME


What most of us desire is support from women we trust and accountability to help us move our business forward.




Hi, my name is Melissa.

For the past 4 years, I have had the privilege of leading Masterminds and helping women like you move forward in their business. During your membership, my role is to hold you accountable to your goals and challenge your growth through questions, information, and shared experiences. My goal is for you to grow as an entrepreneur and achieve the results you desire.

During the Mastermind meetings, each woman has the opportunity to share and receive feedback. We all have something of value to offer. There are many variables in business and no perfect solution. Listening to each woman allows you to create a solution that works best for your business.

Many times our best ideas come from listening to the conversation between women at the table. The best part of being in a curated Mastermind is the collaborative energy.

My 17 years of leadership experience helps me understand different personalities and pull the best from each woman in the Mastermind. I lead by example, sharing my experiences, goals, and progress with you along the way. We are on this journey together!

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Past Members Include

Business Coach | Caterer | Content Writer | Event Designer | Fashion Stylist | Floral Designer | Graphic Designer | Lawyer | Makeup Artist | Owner of Modeling Agency | Photographer | Realtor | Sales Coach | Social Media Consultant | Stationer | Wardrobe Consultant | Website Developer | Wedding Planner | Wellness Coach…and more



Join the 2019 Masterminds waitlist to learn about our next goal planning session.



I gain so much from my Mastermind and my business growth shows. I have clarity on where I’m going, how to track my metrics and LOVE that Melissa and her team find the “need to know” articles for me on trends on social media and small businesses…it saves me amazing amounts of time. Your business needs this!

– Steph | FoodCoach Me

Another benefit of the masterminds is that I have been able to soak up the conversations traded back and forth and have received an unexpected education regarding structuring my day, productivity, and the use of surveys, to just name a few. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that just because you are a solo entrepreneur, doesn’t mean you have to do it all by yourself.

– Laura | Heart Splash

When running a business, it’s difficult to stay focused and determined when there are several moving parts, and LBD helped to ask the question “What is most important and HOW are you going to accomplish that and what feedback do you want from other business owners on your direction/ideas/specific project/etc.?”…Many times I had an idea, for example, that I wanted to implement, but after getting the chance to present it at a detailed level to the group, realized it wasn’t such a good idea for reasons I hadn’t even thought of!

– Kim | Howard Homes Chicago

I have met and created strong, supportive relationships with business owners all over the US. It is a community of like-minded woman looking to share encouragement, information, and motivation with one and other!

– Ariel | North Detail 

 I’ve been in a few mastermind groups, and I love two things about LBDS: the women, and the structure. LBDS members are unfailingly wonderful, empathetic, crazy smart, driven, thoughtful human beings and it’s such a relief to have hard, meaningful, complicated conversations when that’s who you’re having them with.

– Sam | Wag + Gem




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STEP 1: Complete the application form. Your completed application helps me curate a Masterminds group of similar women. 

STEP 2: Submit payment. Payment link is in your application.

  • Individual – $750 pp for 6 months
  • Partner – $600 pp for 6 months (when you register with a friend)
  • Payment Plans are available (Deposit upfront with the balance split into 6 equal payments)

STEP 3: Once application and payment are received, you will be sent a link to complete registration.

STEP 4: Once enrollment closes, you will receive a non-disclosure to sign that is between you and the women in your Mastermind.

For additional questions about membership, visit our FAQ page.


  • You will receive your 2019 Membership Welcome Guide.
  • Schedule a Welcome call with Mastermind facilitator and founder, Melissa
  • Sign your Non-Disclosure Agreement
  • Attend Quarterly Goal Planning Session
  • Complete your Monthly Business Review
  • Added to Private Group in LBDS Academy




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