What is your story? Or in other words, what made you your awesome self you are today?
I like to say that I am the most perfectly imperfect coach. I have used my own foibles, miss-steps, and teachable moments and turned them into usable advice for my audience to benefit from in all areas of their lives, from relationships to career. Through my own journey, gaining multiple certifications in personal development and consulting with various experts, I developed the first comprehensive self-empowerment series of courses created specifically for Black women. Whether through geography or self-segregation, many of us are not exposed to important social, romantic, and professional skills and opportunities, which has historically limited us. My courses undo many faulty programming that has sabotaged too many of us when we should be winning. Everything from how far we feel we deserve to get in life, to who we feel we can marry, to what activities we can partake in and what opportunities are available to us, I challenge all of these self-limiting belief systems with The Pink Pill.
What message do you promote?
I encourage Black women to become the best version of themselves, and I teach practical tools to help women reach their highest potential, both personally and professionally. My slogan is, "The world is waiting to receive the best version of you, so give it to them."
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
My community is the Pink Pill community, and I lead up through my courses: The Pink Pill, The Pink Pill For College, and The Pink Pill For Business. I also lead through my YouTube Channel and my other social media platforms, and my blog, BeyondBlackWhite.com, which addresses socially relevant issues that affect women of color. I stay with current events to identify the unique challenges that Black women face so that I can address those issues, whether through my blog, my social media platforms, or my Pink Pill courses. I aim to be a counter-voice to the negative programming and negative messages that Black women get about who they are supposed to be and how they are supposed to show up in the world.
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to
You go into a new venture with so much enthusiasm, and specific goals about you want it all to go. There is this false expectation that everything will be successful right out of the gate. It is important for people to understand that failure is one of the best stepping stones, and certainly the best teacher, to get you where you need to be; some might even say, where you are destined to be. I created other courses before creating the Pink Pill that was not as successful. I needed to hone my message and the information that would best serve my community of women.
It all led up to The Pink Pill, which has been extraordinarily successful. You may have goals regarding a singular trajectory, but you need to be adaptable and nimble to pivot as new data becomes available to you. Keep what is useful, throw out what is not, and keep moving forward.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
Every day, I see women who have taken my course thriving and making positive shifts in their lives. I have gotten emails from women who have said, "Thank you. You saved my life." We all work to make money, but not everyone gets to make money while changing lives. I have a lot of gratitude that I am changing the world in my own small way, one woman at a time.
How do you SHOW UP?
I try to present the best version of myself. I show up with accurate and comprehensive information through my Pink Pill courses, my writing, and in my YouTube videos. I always set an intention for what I want people to walk away with. Setting a clear intention helps me to crystallize my message. I also teach the way I want to learn. I teach in a way that I wish somebody had taught me. My courses go far beyond just homespun common sense. I am always working on expanding my credentials. By upgrading myself, it helps me to upgrade others. I have to be a living example of what I teach, so I hold myself to the highest standards, and people can see that.
If you could give one piece of advice for women who are entering the workforce or launching their own business what would that be?
Cultivate your personal brand. Everything you communicate, from your appearance to the way you speak to your style of correspondence, is important. Ask yourself what you are trying to present to the world. Whether you are looking for a job or looking to start your own business, ultimately, people are buying from you, and you have to be the best product you can be. I wish the world only cared about a great mind, but that is not how it works. The whole package is important. Cultivating yourself is also going to give you confidence. Your brand should be authentic to you so that you can project confidence to your potential audience of clients or consumers.
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