I’m a daughter, sister, mother, and wife.
I’m a truth seeker and storyteller.
I am a smart, black, and brilliant woman.
FOR YEARS I REFERRED TO MYSELF AS THE LITTLE BROWN GIRL FROM THE INNER CITY.
Most brown girls from an inner city like Philadelphia, where I grew up, don’t graduate from college and end up working in Fortune500 companies. They don’t leave abusive relationships, get a master’s degree and land six-figure jobs while being a single parent. And they definitely don’t walk away from six-figure jobs to start a business.
But I did. And I didn’t do it alone.
In addition to a close circle of girlfriends that took me under their wing, there were mentors, teachers, coaches that helped me along my journey. There were also authors and motivational speakers who challenged and inspired me to pursue my purpose aligned passions. The words these women shared with me through conversations, books, and example is how I know that walking in your purpose and sharing your message has the potential to change lives. Those women that so graciously shared their message with me changed my life. And there are people hungry for transformation that need to hear your message.
I am passionate about helping women of all shades and from all neighborhoods build bankable businesses around their message. I do this by teaching women how to increase their impact, influence, and income with integrity and creating virtual and live communities that create opportunities for women to connect and collaborate. The result: they change lives and communities. And the World. Is. Changed.
MY BACKGROUND + PROFESSIONAL HISTORY
My resume includes titles such as teacher, administrative assistant, employment coordinator, and principal e-learning designer over a 20-year span. I have worked in New York’s financial district, and for two Fortune500 companies, Barnes & Noble, and a global software development company. I have a B.S and M.S. in education, and I keep a copy of the six-figure offer letter from Canon that I turned down because I knew it was time to start my own business. In 2007 I launched my business while working full-time and officially stepped away from the paycheck in August of 2012. In January 2013 I was named to the Small Business Influencer’s Top 100 List. Not bad for a single mom, first generation college grad and little brown girl from the inner city of Philadelphia.
On a personal note:
- I live in Minnesota (though I am originally from Philadelphia).
- I am addicted to books – I’d rather go book shopping than shoe shopping.
- I’m a former school teacher and I served in Americorps for two years.
- The Walking Dead is one of my favorite tv shows.
- My first writing was published when I was 8 years old; it was in the local Philadelphia Tribune.
- I would eat sushi or Chipotle everyday if my husband would let me.
- There are over 8 bookshelves in my house and I am running out of room for more books.