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Big Deal, Bigger Agape | Amanda Bocik of Agape Therapeutic Riding

"Trust is the foundation of every great team."


Amanda Bocik is the Executive Director for Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, a non-profit therapeutic year-round horse back riding center in Cicero, Indiana.  


She's making the Indy area better by aligning her passion for the outdoors, animals and serving people and sharing her mission or mantra... "that lives can experience healing and joy in an environment where unconditional love and the wonderment of a horse connect, creating a haven for unbridled hope."

Amanda is the essence of a Woman of Indyfluence and describes her career goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of people in her community.

What advice would you have for  women starting an organization or their own business? 


First, know that you are not alone nor are you meant to accomplish your goals alone. We all need our community and our community needs you.

Second, know that making money is not evil or bad. You need to make money in order to grow your business and serve others. Business is about serving people and money is simple the symbol of appreciation for service well done.

Lastly, giving and gratitude can be phenomenal multipliers. Never leave these out of the business plan and strategy you develop to grow. 

That smile. ❤️#unbridledhope

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Have you figured out how to be a successful career woman and balance your home life?

I don't believe this is a black and white subject. To me, work/life balance varies by woman and self-awareness is critical. When you love what you do then you want to do it and that keeps your energy and vision motors going to get through the difficult times. It's essential to prioritize family, healthy eating, exercise, and personal development but there isn't a formula that works for every woman

What steps did you take to ensure you were set up for success in your career?

I think ensuring succes is a continual process. I am, and have been for many years, intentional about learning and growing. This takes humility, self-awareness, others-awareness, relationship skills, and goal-setting but these are practices that are a part of my daily life, not steps that I did at one-time and then stopped.

I believe complacency is a death-trap for business and it starts with a complacent leader.


What's the best piece of advice you've ever recieved? 

GOLDEN RULE: "Do to other what you would want them to do to you."

It's a phenomenal way to think about how I lead at Agape and in all my relationships through empathy, understanding, trust, respect, grace, and service. 

Can you share any advice on maintaining successful professional relationships?

Build genuine friendships with colleagues and develop trust with one another. Trust is the foundation of every great team.


Successful women come in all types ––– here is a little more about Amanda:


Who's your idol? Mother Teresa
What's your meeting must have? Notebook & Pen
Late Nigher or Early Riser? Early Bird

Favorite Social Media Platform? Instagram
Beverage of Choice?  Caffine Queen, Coffee

Thing you wish you knew how to do?  Garden
What is the last book you read?  Visioneering by Andy Stanley

What's the best way to blow off steam? Working in the barn & going for a bike ride

What's your workplace pet-peeve?  When the trash is thrown on the ground, or dishes left in the sink for someone else, or there is an underlying disrespect for others and the property/areas- the result of an "all about me" mentality instead of the greater good.



"Agape is my happy place, it's so peaceful and beautiful"


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