What does Empowering Women in Industry mean to you?
Empowering women means to humanize them while opening doors for them to dream out loud. Often women are placed in positions to carry and do it all, be a mother, be a spouse, be a friend and we often do not get to tap into our self-love until later in life when everyone is grown or taken care of. This is not healthy for Black women. We need to be able to love on ourselves and flourish as individuals as well.
How did you get started in your field?
I was 20 years old when I started my very first company. Less than a year after my mother took her last breath in front of me, I took to my writing and eventually self-published that book. Nine months after my debut I won self-published author of the year in New York City at the African American Literary Awards and caught the attention of a major publisher, Kensington Books. I would eventually land a major book deal without an agent and would go on to be the owner/CEO of a six-figure grossing publishing house. I have been a full-time entrepreneur ever since and I now inspire others to live out their dreams.
What do you love most about your job? What are you most proud of?
I love the fact that I do not have a job. Every position or opportunity that I have been able to experience has been from my own work or my own networking. I have been blessed to live out my days on my own terms and continue to mentor others on how they can do the same.
What advice would you give to someone considering this line of work?
To know exactly who you are as a person. Your limits, your boundaries, your aspirations, and create realistic goals that you can reach and conquer over time. There isn't a timeline or a deadline to success, so don't rush your journey and don't dwell on what isn't happening yet. Trust your path and find ways to enjoy your present days.
I was a PK kid, having preached in front of audiences of 300 or more as young as nine years old. I was once prophesied over and it was revealed to me that I would inspire the masses and somehow lead a lot of people, and ironically that is what I am doing even to this day.