Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
Hi readers! My name is Dr. Catrina Pullum AKA The Strategist. I have been called a Trailblazer, a Transformer, a Visionary, & The Chain Breaker. My life’s mission to help women heal and grow their greatness by loving themselves and walking into their purpose! I serve an Executive for Puissance Maison Productions where I create a platform for women to share their stories of Triumph through the Arts & Entertainment Industry. I am also the President of PullCorp Media & Business Consulting Group. PullCorp Media and Business Consulting Group is a boutique PR , Media, and Business Consulting Firm. I have been featured Essence Magazine’s April Issue & Black Enterprise Magazine. I recently shared my platform as an empowerment speaker for Bishop TD Jakes’s Megafest.
I serve as a mentor for US Chamber of Commerce. I oversee Creating Opportunities For Excellence Mentorship Academy. The academy features influencers who mentors young women from 15 to adulthood in various areas of their lives. I am the Founder & Board Chair of Center of Empowerment For Families & Youth, Inc. Center of Empowerment for Families and Youth, Inc is committed to diminishing the risks of underserved and youth who have been exposed to some type of trauma. I travel the country advocating on the behalf of Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, & Domestic Violence Victims.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
My inspiration has come from my passion to see people cultivate and walk in their purpose. Inspite of the challenges that I have in life, I was determine to pursue my dreams. By freeing people to achieve their life’s purpose, they show those around them that they do not have to be held back, that anything is possible, despite circumstances and with God.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
I would say surround yourself around others in the area that peeks your interest. Never be afraid to be the student and keep a level of humbleness about yourself. Be willing to invest in your future. Keep a positive people in your support circle.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
Transitioning from being an employee to being an employer & individuals asking for discounts upfront has been challenging. I had to change my mindset on how I run my company as compared to me running another company. The most challenging thing was building a clientele who were able to afford my services and stick to the contract agreement. I found that individuals didn’t value the meaning of being under a contract. So, I took a year off from pursuing my business fulltime and went back to contracting. That gave me time to think about and restructure my business. I change my clientele and built a phenomenal team who truly supports my vision. I have learned that it is just fine to walk away from a deal that will not benefit my company. Sure, we all love discounts, but discounts for me comes when you build a business relationship with others. Or at least let us initiate the discount based on your session with us.
What is next for your brand/business in 2017?
Wow! So many awesome things are coming. The expansion of my nonprofit, Center of Empowerment For Families & Youth, Inc. Serving as an Ambassador for www.educateourmen.org. No donation is too small.
I am preparing for the 2018 The Chain Breaker Weekend GetAway. I am working with my son, The Jr. CEO, to launch his new clothing line in August. My new book collaborative, The Journey of The Chain Breakers will be release on August 1, 2017. The Journey of The Chain Breakers is the resource solution for individuals to release the hurt and/or situations that’s holding them back. The book tour starts in August with the kickoff in NYC. I am currently in preproduction of my documentary. Please feel free to visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1850647480/the-chain-breaker-documentary?ref=nav_search
How can readers connect with you online and through social media:
Readers can connect with me on my website: www.drcatrinapullum.com
They can also connect with me on the following Social Media outlets:
Instagram: @drcatrina & @pullcorpmedia