Audra Garling Mika is Owner of The Write Fit Career and College Prep Coaching, which supports parents and their college bound teens in the college application process and college grads on landing jobs after college. During National Women’s Small Business Month, she shared her entrepreneurial story with MetroHartford Alliance Content Manager Nan Price.

NAN PRICE: When did you launch your business?

AUDRA GARLING MIKA: I launched my business in the fall of 2016.

NAN: How did you get the background and skills necessary to run your business?

AUDRA: In addition to working in public relations and communications jobs, I spent nearly 15 years teaching in Connecticut public and private high schools as an English teacher before moving into career development at Quinnipiac University. I’m a pro at advising and supporting students to launch a meaningful life after high school and college.

NAN: What does being a business leader mean to you?

AUDRA: Being a business leader to me is a responsibility and a gift that means the world as I’m able to use my talents and skills to support clients and my community by networking and encouraging others to dream big.

NAN: To what do you most attribute your success?

AUDRA: I absolutely attribute my success to my combined professional background as well as my constant networking and collaboration with people who encourage and challenge me to deliver my best consistently.

NAN: What role do women play in leadership and entrepreneurship?

AUDRA: I think women are the ones to watch in leadership and entrepreneurship because they are curious, critical thinkers and collaborators who problem solve and build bridges to create something bigger and better than themselves. Women like to leave their mark and build their legacy in a way that makes the path easier to travel for those who come behind them. Women naturally support and encourage other women. And, so many of us have children and a deep desire for flexibility and to be valued, which has lead us to the world of entrepreneurship.

NAN: What advice do you have for others?

AUDRA: For anyone going into business, I advise you to dream big and add a zero. Stay positive and patient and build a rock-solid group to hold you accountable. Get yourself a dream team and keep aspiring, networking, and collaborating.

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