It takes more than just passion and dedication to be featured on our #30Over30PHL list, and today’s profile proves that. Alycia Kinchloe Esq., MBA is a woman full of ambition and a true entrepreneurial spirit of which we could all aspire to be like. A family woman with a strong commitment to her career and helping others achieve success, Alycia wears multiple hats each day making us wonder how she handles it all! Read more about her below in today’s #30Over30PHL feature.
Name: Alycia A. Kinchloe Esq., MBA
1) What neighborhood in Philadelphia do you call home? I would call North Philadelphia home, though I currently reside in Montgomery County. North Philly is where my parents are from and where I lived during college and law school before moving away a few years ago.
2) Tell us about what you do professionally: I am an attorney and the founder of Kinchloe Law. My law practice is dedicated to providing solutions to entrepreneurs and small business owners as well as providing solutions in the area of family law. I am also a member of a business coaching organization, Business Babes, which provides business coaching and other resources to help women develop and grow their businesses. I also recently founded a non-profit organization, Sowing Ambitions, that strives to teach children entrepreneurial skills and provide access to other educational resources. In May, we held our first mini MBA class and business plan and pitch competition.
3) What makes you happy? I enjoy helping other people realize their business and professional goals. As a managing attorney with my previous employer, I enjoyed assisting my attorney and non-attorney staff in their professional development. As a business coach and business lawyer, I continue to have an opportunity to help people realize their business and professional goals.
4) Who inspires you and why? I am inspired by other successful business men and women. My business coaching group, Business Babes, consists of four other awesome women. All of them are exceptional, smart, serial entrepreneurs. Having such a tangible group of real, amazing women inspires me to keep moving forward.
5) What’s your biggest regret and why? I don’t have any real regrets. I feel like I have lived my life so far doing what I want to do and trying not to have any regrets. I feel that most of my experiences, even the uncomfortable ones, have made me into the person that I am today, and I really like that person.
6) What is your life motto? My motto is that I do not regress. Knowing that I will not allow myself to move back to a former place of comfort, gives me the motivation and courage to move forward. For me, regression also means staying too long in the same place. If you are not actively learning and growing in the place you currently are, you are effectively moving backward. Keeping moving forward.
7) Name a guilty pleasure: My guilty pleasure is binge-watching tv series on Netflix. I watched the last season of House of Cards not too long ago and am now watching all of the seasons of A Different World. This is an easy way to lose an entire weekend so I try to do something constructive like cleaning, while the tv is on.
8) On what occasion do you lie? Like most parents, I tell little lies to my children. I try to not to do this often. They’re at the age where they’re questioning the existence of fairies that collect old teeth (along with the market rate) and old men that dress in monochrome and leave gifts for children he doesn’t know and why this all happens in the middle of the night. As a parent I want them to enjoy these little rites of passage in their childhood, but I don’t like to lie to keep up with it.
9) What’s in your purse right now? Aside from the expected purse items, I have an action figure. I am not sure which one it is as it is not one of the main superheroes. My son gave it to me when he was four to protect me. I keep it with me all the time.
10) What is your greatest extravagance? My greatest extravagance is traveling with my husband. We don’t get to do it often, but it’s wonderful when we make the time to get away.
11) Where is your favorite travel destination? My favorite travel destination is Lawton, Oklahoma. My father is retired military and settled outside the military base there. He continues to work as a civilian on the base. My three sisters, brother and their families are also there. It’s by no means an exotic location, but it feels like home and is a nice break from the city.
12) How do you take your coffee? I like my coffee with cream, extra sugar, and very, very often.
13) What is your most treasured possession? My most treasured possession is my home. It represents the life that my husband and I have built with our children.
14) What is your favorite magazine? My favorite magazine is Fast Company. I enjoy reading about developments in entrepreneurship and seeing how I can apply them to my law practice.
15) What advice would you give your 20-something self? I would tell my 20-something self to make time to indulge just a little more. I worked really hard in school and work (at the same time), but probably should have taken time to travel more and have a little more fun.
16) Where can we find you on a Friday night? On any given Friday night, I am usually at home with my husband and three sons watching movies and eating junk food.
17) What motivates you? I am motivated by a desire to help people. I feel that there are many ways of doing this. As an attorney, I can help my clients achieve their desired result. As a mother, I help my children to become intelligent, responsible and successful adults. As a member of my community, I have responsibility to help the next generation do more and better than my generation. These motivations keep me from getting comfortable and motivate me to continue to do better and more.
18) What’s something unique that we can find on your desk or around your workspace? In my home office, I have a large black erase board. It’s about 6 ft x 8 ft. I got this idea from the IT guys at my last job. The board helps me to map out my projects and to keep major projects in front of me.
19) What’s the best relationship advice you’ve ever gotten? The best relationship advice I have ever received is to be patient with your partner. Often, we expect our partners, friends, etc. to be perfect versions of themselves in their roles. We have to understand that they are growing in their life and the relationship, just as we are. We often have no problem extending this curtesy to ourselves, but expect everyone else in our lives to behave perfectly all of the time. Being patient and reflecting before reacting is one of the best pieces of advice I have ever received.
20) What’s your favorite thing about Philadelphia right now? My favorite thing about Philadelphia right now is how it seems to be a breeding ground for entrepreneurs. It’s so refreshing and motivating to see so many people following their dreams and doing it on their own terms.
21) If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why? If I could be any superhero, I would be Storm from X-men. She is arguably one of the most powerful superheroes given that she can harness the power of the earth. Since her emotions can cause her powers to react, she has to be aware and in control of them. Her level head and strength has also caused her, at times to be the de facto leader of the mutants. I also like the fact that she is one of the most recognizable black superheroes.
22) Do you have a fashion icon? I don’t have a fashion icon. I love fashion and a few designers, in particular. There are plenty of people whose style I enjoy, but I really have always liked to wear whatever I thought was stylish, comfortable and made me feel good.
23) If you could go back to one decade in history, which one would it be and why? If I could go back to any decade, I would like to go back to the 1960’s. Aside from the inspiring sociopolitical climate of that decade, I would like to meet my grandparents during that time. All but one of them have passed now. I enjoyed receiving their pearls of wisdom growing up and would love to meet them as younger adults about my age while they were working and raising my parents.
24) Where’s your favorite place to eat? My favorite place to eat is anywhere I can get a really good burger. I’ve been doing a burger tour based primarily on a list from Philadelphia Magazine trying to find the best burger place in the city. I am still in research phase.
25) How do you stay sane balancing your life and career? I stay sane by reminding myself that everything does not have to be perfect. It’s ok that the house is a little messy sometimes or that kids are up past bedtime. As long as the important things are in tact; that’s what really matters. I also take some time to myself to just do nothing. That doesn’t happen often, but I make sure to set up some time to do it. Aside from that, I try to stay organized and use prioritized lists to help me focus on what must be done.
26) What’s your favorite drink or cocktail? My favorite drink (aside from coffee) is a cabernet sauvignon from Argentina.
27) What is your favorite movie? Most of the movies I watch right now are rated G or, if I’m feeling dangerous, PG. The Lego Movie is my current favorite movie to watch with the boys (and sometimes without them). I love the sarcasm and the “Everything Is Awesome” song is, well, awesome.
28) Tell us about an embarrassing moment you recently had: An embarrassing moment I have had recently is getting someone’s name wrong. If someone is not a client and I don’t have frequent contact with them, it can be hard for me to remember their name. I try not to use names when I am not absolutely sure I’ll get it correct. I completely butchered a medical provider’s name the other day that I had met a couple times and felt really bad about it.
29) What’s your favorite app right now? Aside from being mildly addicted to Instagram, my favorite app is Evernote. It keeps me and my endless lists organized on all my devices.
30) If you could, what would you say to yourself fives years from now? I would tell myself to make sure that I am taking time to enjoy my family and accomplishments. Also that my current self is praying for my 5-years-from-now-self, which will be in the early teenage years for two of my sons.
#30Over30PHL is a month-long series highlighting Philadelphia’s most ambitious women. Created in collaboration with Melissa Alam of Femme & Fortune and Alex Kacala of Fayme Problems. #30Over3PHL is being presented with support from Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia.