Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: At my core I am Transparent, authentic, playful, truthful, faithful and loving. I am Compelling Change Agent, Nonprofit and Grant Strategist, Bestselling Author, Certified Fatherless Daughter Advocate and National Speaker who is on a global assignment to help women live and love beyond their titles, be more than their businesses/ministries and; transform their lives to manifest the mission they were created to bring forth.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? I am a conqueror of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and homelessness. I was looking for something fulfilling. At the time I worked in Corporate America. I ended up volunteering in a shelter for battered women and their children. As God would have it and left my Corporate America job and started working full time in the shelter. While in the shelter, I discover passion, speaking and teaching. Not to long after that I got the nudge to write my first book and I started traveling the country teaching faith base organizations about domestic violence and how to help the women in the congregations heal. Because of my background and training in the domestic violence feel, I started reviewing and writing grants. Everything I’ve done and am doing was all God’s plan. It really chose me. I just use my gifts to serve. I am now coaching, speaking and writing. It really was a God thing.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit? First, I would say be clear about your why. Spend some time in a quiet space to go within. Everything you need is within. This is where you get your marching orders. There are so many things I could have pursued, but is that where God would have me. It’s okay to be interested in pursuing something similar. I say make sure it brings you joy. Ask yourself these questions: Would you do this even if you were not getting paid? Does your spirit leap when you think about? Can others hear the passion in your voice? Alignment with your purpose is important. Be sure you are pursuing that.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it: I had to bridge the gap with a diverse group of people who wanted to implement the same goal, yet did not trust each other. I’ve received training with working with diverse people, but I was not prepared for this task or least that is what I thought. I had to call on my own personal experiences, put myself in the shoes of the community these two groups were attempting to help and devise a plan of action that would work. I also met with each group separately so that I could understand their challenges with the group and with each other. The end result was an advisory board of diverse people in the faith and nonprofit community meeting monthly to put together a program that could help women and children who were fleeing from domestic violence.
What is next for your brand/business in 2018? I am writing a book for non-profits – sharing some practical secrets to help with their bottom line. I am becoming certified as an author coach to others who have a book in them get it out and published.
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