Introduce yourself and profession to our readers: My name is Shannon Dee Walker and I deem myself a polymath. I am a fourth generation great grandniece of Harriet Tubman. While I do have a corporate career in property management working in both the Accounting and Operations departments for my company.
I, also have several entrepreneurial endeavors I pursue. I've done modeling, marketing and branding for over ten years and have transitioned into having a jewelry business, "Beautifully Adorned" Jewelry, as an Independent Consultant of Paparazzi and am a certified travel agent and own Elysian Lifestyle Travel affiliated with XStream Travel. I am also an Author.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest? I've always been interested in Real Estate and management comes naturally to me as I am great at project management and multi-tasking. Since a teenager I've worked in Real Estate and several other industries using the niche of skill that I have acquired in marketing, sales, operations, administration and accounting to become well rounded. Real Estate just happens to be my most favorite industry.
I love branding and being both in the forefront and background of my work so the beauty business with jewelry and my travel company grew from my modeling background. I've been a scholar since birth having acquired two Masters degrees and several certifications so writing has come easily, as with modeling, it gives me an outlet for self expression.
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit? Be a lifelong learner. Learn, grow and expand always. Don't just lock yourself into one thing or path. Never believe that starting somewhere is where you must always remain, that you are placed in a box, or that there is a such thing as a glass ceiling. One levels ceiling is just another levels floor. Always trust God and yourself and your path and journey of growth.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it: A professional challenge I've had is confidence and accepting my level of skill and my calling as a leader and owning it. I am often the youngest in the room and the youngest at the table and I have in the past let that make me doubt myself and my abilities as I am still becoming and learning and growing despite what I have already accomplished.
I realized I am actually in these places for a reason because of my value and my purpose is to simply share my gifts. I have come to have much more faith in God and trust him in where I am led in life both professionally and personally as the plan that he has for me and his will. Its really not about me.
What is next for your brand/business in 2018? In 2018 I am working on growth and expansion. I am a very hard worker and believe in taking baby steps to build. By the end of the 365 days in this year I hope to have gotten 365 x's better than I have started.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media? I have a main website www.shannondee.me as well as sites for "Beautifully Adorned" Jewelry (www.paparazziaccessories.com/133648) and Elysian Lifestyle Travel (www.paycationonline.com/Shannondee). My Instagram is @iamshannondee.