Get Authentic with Marques Ogden
Get Authentic with Marques Ogden

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Get Authentic with Marques Ogden- Nicole Simpson


Nicole Simpson, a biochemist and licensed aesthetician, has more than 20 years of experience in the aesthetics industry.

Nicole started her work in education with Glytone and Avene USA, training physicians, aestheticians, and nurses in the USA and France on achieving successful treatment outcomes with a broad range of treatments and products, as well as with business strategies to increase revenue in medical aesthetic practices. Nicole was recruited to a global role by L’Oreal/SkinCeuticals, where she was the AVP of Global Business Development and Education in 37 countries.

Nicole decided to leave to pursue her entrepreneurial interests and formed her consulting company, followed by the formation of her skincare company, Amethyst Skincare. She has since consulted more than 17 well-known companies in the beauty space, and focuses her time working closely with other female founders to help bring their businesses to scale.

You can follow along on Instagram @nicoleknowsskin, and you can always send an email to

To check out more podcast episodes, please click the website link Marques Ogden | Keynote speaker - Executive Coach

Marques Ogden | Keynote speaker - Executive Coach

Ogden became a SPEAKER to help others succeed where he failed. As a keynote speaker, executive coach, and corporate trainer his passion is to create value for every client. Ogden’s clients consist of AXA Advisors, The Home Depot, JP Morgan and Chase,

A must Win is the leader an athlete, name, image and likeness and life preparation. Our international best selling book Foundation for Financial Excellence lead us to creating personal finance and life skill content that takes the trial and error out of life. We then developed our n I L and Beyond brand building program, in which we use our custom personality profile to identify strengths, weaknesses, career alignment, and more to leverage that and help athletes create a personal branding game plan built on authenticity to help them secure n i L deals as well as successfully transition after sports. And our n i L Engagement program helps non revenue athletes discover how to cultivate n i L opportunities and also educates businesses on how to more efficiently and effectively reach their target market through the utilis a shin of name, image and likeness and student athletes. Message Ryan at a must win dot com to learn more. YEA All every One Well In the special episode number eleven or the Gift Often Tip with Marcus Show, I'm your host Marcus Olten and today on special number eleven, we're joining my great friend CEO Nicole Simpson. We're going to bring the call to the stage. Let's say hi to a few of our amazing sponsors. Century twenty one Connect Realty with Lee Ballet, a realtor brand out of Atlanta, Georgia. Nationwide. Exteriors are roofing brand iv Ro Orlando, Florida, Deflect Tech LLC, a shoulder protection device brand. I'm Colorado, bill Keeper An Associates, a consulting brand, Eve Ohio, Big l Speaking, a speaking brand out of New Jersey, and a must win financial literacy. They help athletes with brand building and how to shop and fish in the Nile space. And now we bring up my great friend and CEO, Nicole Simpson. Nicole, how are you? I am so wonderful today, Marcus, thank you for having me. It is an absolute honor to be here. Nicole. You know your high energy, You're awesome, You're outstanding. So before we get to the internet, Nicole, what does the word authentic slash authenticity mean to Nicole Simpson? Oh my gosh, I knew this question would come, and I still don't have a wonderful answer. Frank, Um, I feel like that definition has changed for... over the years, right, it has, Um, you know, being authentic. I think the younger versions of me was about like always telling the truth, and I don't think that that's not that's changed so much, But now I feel like there's just so much more authenticity. I think of it as like being true to yourself and in really showing up every day, like in truth with who you are, where you're going, who you want to be, who you want to be five years from now, and just having that backbone and that code that keeps you true to that. I love, love, love how you said having that backbone and being okay and true to who you are. That's the first time we've ever heard someone say having a backbone. Let's elaborate on that. How does Nicole Simpson maintain her backbone through a world, especially the world that you're in. You know, you're in aesthetics and makeup, and people always wanted to which is not a problem. I always want to look and be their best, but sometimes it's to the point of over the edge and beyond it, which there's so much pressure to always look a certain way and be a certain way. And so work you feel, is your position to have that backbone or what you do? My God like this is that's actually a really good question. So I feel like, you know, when I was a kid, I grew up with a dad who was very very strict, and we didn't have a lot of wiggle room to be who we were. We had to show up as as who he wanted us to be, whether it was through our grades or through our behavior or whatever. And even like kind of like some of our career past, me and my siblings were early on like dictated by by my dad and growing up like that that that really laughed like an impression, and that stuck with me even through like early on in my career, like I'll never forget. Like the very first skincare company I ever worked for, UM, I moved from Florida to New Jersey to take on the position. I was working in marketing, education, different positions in the company, and it was a French company and all of the bosses were like these very strong alpha males and they were so much like my dad that when I showed up at work, my performance was like through the roof off the charts. Like I remember being twenty seven year old and being a director level position because UM I performed so well because I was people pleasing. I was so afraid to disappoint my bosses. And I was always so like into like, what do they expect from me in terms of results? What do they see for me? Where do they want me to go? That Like when I showed up to work, I molded myself into like what my job wanted from me, what my bosses wanted from me, what people expected from me. And I did that...

...for a long time. And even when I transitioned from there, like into Loreal, a lot of that came with me. And when I was working in Loreal, I was working a global role. I was the associate vice president of Global Education and Business Development for skin Suticals, which is one of their big brands in a in a special division that they have, and I was in charge of thirty seven countries. So I was always traveling around the world. You know, where are you? I don't know money unitifis somewhere UM working different countries. People ask where I live, like United dot Com, Like I really don't know UM. And I just got to the place of burnout, and I was burnt out from the travel. I was burnt out from the work I was doing. Not that I didn't love what I did, because I did find myself in the field that I absolutely love, and I'm still in that field today, but today having the ability to look back, like they say, hindsight is to look back. During that time, I was burned out because I wasn't living for me. I was living for everybody but me, and that drained my energy so much that my hair fell out. Um. I was thirty two years old, having panic attacks, um, infertility challenges, like troubles in my marriage, like all of these things were happening because like I wasn't living for any I was living for everybody, but I wasn't living for the most important person, and that was myself. And so one day I woke up and I and this is where the backbone story comes in, Like it just hit me out of nowhere that I realized, like, you know, I'm approaching my mid thirties, I still don't have the things that I want inside of me, meaning children, building my family life, etcetera. And I don't know if I can keep living like this. I always wanted to have my own business, but I was so afraid to even leave my job because I was afraid of what my male bosses would think. So I confronted every single fear because I couldn't take it anymore. I literally hit rop bottom and I said, you know what, even if I step out and fail, at least I'm failing for me and not for anybody else. And I found it. Took a while, but I found that strength, and I found that courage, and I had dug in and I resigned from my job. I started my consulting company. I can tell you literally the day I resigned from my job, we conceived our first child, my daughter, after multiple failed IVF attempts, And there was just this huge shift that happens when I decided to start living for me and for nobody else. And so every single day it took strength and courage to not go back, you know, when building the business got hard, or when I got faced with challenges of being a mom and raising a business and a baby. You know, there's it's always easy to want to turn back and go to what's familiar. UM. But finding the strength to keep living for what I want every single day and for the best version of myself every single day, for me and not for what anybody thinks of me,... really like what defines what I call backbone. UM. So hopefully that answers your question. That was the long version. But if that can help even one person, I'm happy with that. Well, I can tell you this. I just took a note that I just took to know. What he said is that you were just tired of trying to please everyone around you, especially your male bosses. And let's get authentic and real for a moment. A lot of people, especially I feel I'm not don't want to, but I would say a lot of women feel in corporate America. But you can answer this way better than I can. Are trying to please their boss, and especially the male boss, because they want to make sure that they're being seen by their boss and their peers as competent. And it's unfortunately because you're already in the role. But a lot of times it's the like you said, the pressure, and it's the anxiety, and it's the stress that we put on ourselves that puts us into a state where worlds looking on our shoulder. One of our bosses think what do they think? You know, what do they think? What do they think? And then you're not living for you? Right. So here's a real question that I can't answer. You can't. That's why I'm asking as a female in corporate America. Right, you got into a high ranking position in a globally recognized brand in your early late twenties, early thirties, which is actually vice president. Unreal? Okay, perfect, you're you're thirty one years old, right, female, EVENO it's a female dominated industry, you're an executive is probably more male than female. So you broke the chain. You came in and said, you know dates things opened up. Get the fout my way. Here's Nicole Simpson. Let's go to work. Right. For women that are listening to this show, we have a true as amount of women list who were so grateful for How can you give them advice on what you did at thirty one years of age to get a position that's normally not helped by being not at the same time not usually helped by a young female as well. Okay, so, actually I might get canceled for saying this, but we just spoke about being authentic, so I have to give the real answer, right, Um, so it is what it is. But I actually did what I would never encourage a woman to do today and what worked for me at that time as I acted like a dude I acted like a man. And here's the difference, right, Um, and again this was kind of part of like me, you know, wanting to perform. But if today in corporate America, I'm sure women will relate with this. If you watch the dynamic of what happens in the room. A man will walk in, he can dictate what his objectives are, what he wants from his team, he can dictate,..., the goals for the company, and he will do it the time without any emotion. Um. He'll show up and it will be completely objective. This is what I want, this is what I expect. And he will not apologize for being direct in his communication or for painting clear expectations for his team and also enforcing those expectations of things aren't going where he wants to go up with women where we are inherently nurturers and it's very easy. And and again this happened to me like young young on and didn't end well for me at the time. But you know, when you go in, for example, like a meteor review, and you get a piece of feedback that's not necessarily like something you wanted to hear, wasn't It was more constructive and less positive. You know, women feel that. Like for a guy, he's like, all right, thanks, bro, like that was a great piece of advice, I'll change it. But for a woman where like, oh crap, like we um, you know, he saw me less than I wanted to be seen, and like we carry that with a lot of emotion. And so when I was younger, I actually would turn those things off and I learned how to be very objective also, so I learned to walk into a room full of guys and be like, cool, these are my expectations, these are my goals for the company. I'm not apologizing for them. I'm not apologizing for holding my team accountable. And it really gave me like thick skin. So at the time, it really worked for me because they knew that I was serious and I was there to just get the job done. But today is very different because you know, as more and more women are climbing the ladder and um finding themselves in more of these executive level roles, there is more awareness that they're not Women are not supposed to act like men, and it's okay if we show up to a boardroom and show emotion because actually a lot of companies need that like, there's a lot more than a woman can bring to the table to make a role or a job, or or a performance richer than if we all just show up like robots and make it just all about the objective or or all about the goal. And so the advice I think that I would give is, um, don't leave your emotion behind. You know, be who you are and bring all of who you are into that board and bring all of you you are when it comes to managing your team. Um, but don't get I would say, don't be shy of the authority that you have. And I think, you know, it's kind of like one of those things where m I want to pull a quote, but I'm forgetting who quoted this, so I may not. But it's along the lines of, like, you know, if you see yourself in your mind as unable to or being hindered from, like speaking about your objectives and speaking about what you want to do and what you want to achieve. If you're not feeling confident that like you are able to set those objectives and get your team to help you hit them and bring success to the company, you know you're there's something already, you know, stopping you it starts in our minds, and so I think that's the advice of a give just like go into it being very confident, knowing that... can do it, and you can do it your way, and your way might be different than his way, but as long as you deliver those results, don't change who you are. But that brings the second piece of it, and that is and Marcus, I know that you do a lot of this, like with your coaching clients, making sure that you are working in a role or working in a job that aligns with like what your values are. So this way, when you show up, your being your whole self to the table too. H M, ladies and gentlemen. Just tremendous information about being competent, being who you are, and being okay with who you are and accepting that you are good enough. But I love what Nicole said just now, aligning of values. If your values don't align to the company you're working SPPCE values, at some point someone's gonna break out of your performance, your your attitude towards the company, it's just gonna way shatter. So let's transition to what you're doing today. That's entrepreneur extremely successful. You have a lot for an hats you wear in your role with Amethyst, other things that you're doing. How did you transition from corporate America's being an entrepreneur and what are you doing now in that space? This is an awesome question. So the transition was hilarious, Like, how do you go from being a vice president? It's okay, laugh, everyone can laugh. Um, how do you go from being like the vice president of a huge brand in one of the world's actually the world's biggest beauty company to like, oh, I now have a consulting company and I have to send an invoice? How do I do that? And just trying to figure everything out. So the transition was interesting because you know, in the corporate world, they're you're likely resource, You've got teams of people. Um, you know, you perform, You're segmented into a specific role and you perform there. But like when I started my consulting company, it was just me and there were so many things that I had to go back and learn and I made so many mistakes, which is awesome because it makes me who I am today. But the transition was fun, and it took a It took a while, and there were so many times where I was like, oh my god, what was I thinking? And then other times I was like, thank God, I did it. And I have to tell you today, six years later, I will never look back like entrepreneurship is what I've always wanted. I just never had really like the confidence to do it. And I'm so glad that, you know, that burnout actually saved me because it gave me what I needed to step into my truth. And and now that's you know, every single day I do that, and I inspired my team to do that as well. So I have a consulting company and I helped skincare companies UM from around the world grow their brands UM, whether it's maybe in an international company who wants to come into the States or a States based company that wants to scale maybe product development. I helped UM startups, I helped with fundraising things like this. At the same time, I started my own skincare line UM called Amethyst Skincare. And this was really with respect to you know, being... my mid thirties to early forties now and you know, being an aesthetician and in the skincare world for so long, and also you know, having studied science, I started to see like living the lifestyles that the lifestyles that we live today, all of us men and women. We are time poor, we don't sleep enough. Our food isn't that good most of the time. You know a lot of times we're working late and we're grabbing take out. UM. You know, cortosult spikes are prevalent. Like all of this shows up on our face. And So while there's amazing skincare products out there, I've worked with many of them. I love them, they work. Most of the brands that exist today, we're missing like that key component that would help us manage the stress that gets inside of our skin from the stress of our lifestyle. So I created Amethyst to kind of bridge the gap and give the skin what it needed and what it needs to age gracefully UM for the years to come by managing a chronic component that just isn't addressed today. So um Amethy Skincare is growing. We are now sold in several countries around the world. We just started a couple of years ago. UM. You can find us online. We're in talks with some major retailers. UM will be fundraising pretty soon, so we're really excited about that. UM. But I have to say that it took all of those adversities for me to get here today. If my career would have been Rosie, if I never would have faced that burnout, if I never would have climbed the ladder, I probably never would have left. And so I just got to that place where I had to embrace all of those things and just remember the lesson so that I can take the companies that I started today and grow them to where they deserve to grow. Ladies and gentlemen, This is an authentic story of a woman who was tired of doing things to please others. She took her amazing credentials and say, you know what, let me transition and let me start my own brand, my own company. And you know what you did. Because i'mna ask you two questions. Do you feel that you created your own breakthrough story? I do. I do um And I know it's not something we could cover in twenty or twenty five minutes on a podcast, but I believe that I did because it was it was one decision that changed the entire trajectory of my life for the better. And I think anybody who does that will experience breakthrough. And number two did she stick to your breakthrough story no matter what. Yeah, every day and that's exactly why you're with Because ladies and gentlemen, She created her own breakthrough story. She upgraded her story to upgrade her life. Again, she upgraded her story to upgrade her life. Created her own breakthrough story, stuck to her breakthrough story. Like she said, it wasn't easy, It wasn't Rosie Ray. She no mean, this... my client, I coach Nicole. I'm are to call her a friend and client. She's kicking made your bus as I've known her because she's just that type of person. But I create my break the story started speaking. I got told over two and a half years. Here we are today. Nicole was tired of trying to please others. And again for anybody listening, especially females and corporate executive, you heard Nicole saying best, don't break away from who you are. Being confident in who you are. You are your best asset. When you realize that, that's when great things happen. Nicole, How can people get in touch with you by your products? How are you for consulting? How can people get in touch with Nicole Simpson? Oh, that's a good question. So you can follow me on Instagram at Nicole no skin um and you can always send me a DM there. I manage my own account so it's always me um. You can also send me an email Nicole at skin by Amethyst dot com amethist just like the gymstone Um and you can also visit our website skin by Amethyst dot com as well. Fantastic ladies and gentlemen. The authentic tip for this amazing interview be confident in you and always, no matter what, never give up faith or that you have to do. You have to see it, you have to feel it, you have to believe it. You gotta let it go to the universe. See it. Visualize what you want, Nicole visualize. When she was at Loreale, she wanted more out of her life for herself. Okay, she felt it. She felt the positive energy jokes that were telling her it was time to move on, and she did that. Her child was conceived, not wrong after believe it. She's gone through a lot of hard times like any entrepreneur has, but she's still here, stay in and because she believed in herself to her core no matter what, and now she's letting it go to the universe. She now has a team down in several different countries. She is kicking, but she has all these people that want her for consulting and coaching and her products. Why Because she saw it, she felt it, she believed it, and she let it go again. If Nicole can do it, so can you again. This was special episode number eleven of the Get Authentic with Marcus show. We had all my great friend just so proud to serve as her coach client Nicole Simpson. She's doing great things. I learned lock from her interview. I hope you did. Thanks for tuning in, Have a great day.

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