Writer, Speaker, Consultant & Creator of "Mompreneur and Me"
My career in marketing started in 2006, when I was the director of marketing for a retailer in Baltimore. I enjoyed providing leadership to and advising the CEO, director of operations, and other stakeholders on effective communication strategies and messages so much, I decided to open a retail marketing firm. Over the years I’ve been labeled a thought leader because I’ve headlined workshops, seminars and panels, instructing, educating and inspiring organizations on successful marketing to black millennials and millennial mom consumers. I’ve also trained organizations on launching more effective and cost-efficient events and content to reach a millennial audience. This includes finding the right influencers for their brand.
As a writer, speaker and consultant I work with companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of female consumers. I have been featured in, and guest contributed to several global digital publications, including Forbes, TIME, The New York Times, Harper’s BAZAAR, Parents, Health, Ebony, Women’s Health and have been called “the exec inspiring millennial moms,” a “branding mastermind” and “the voice of millennial moms.” My writing has been quoted in four books and I have advocated on behalf of Mom Congress and Senator Kamala Harris for the Maternal Care Act. I also created Mompreneur and Me, the first national free mommy and me professional development event for moms who can’t afford time away from the kids to network or develop professional skills.
I aspire to raise happy, confident, well-rounded children personally. That’s my only goal. And in business, I would like to be a published author and have my events (Mompreneur and Me) expand internationally.
I created Mompreneur and Me events in 2015 for moms who just couldn’t find the time to get away from their kids to learn professional development skills. This is my answer to the wage gap, as women can’t climb the corporate ladder and close the gap if they don’t have the skills to do so. We’re going to six cities this year and have major sponsors committed to working moms supporting our cause. For one hour, moms and their children exercise together, doing anything from bowling to cooking classes to yoga. For the second hour the kids are watched by trained childcare professionals and the moms work on activities to develop themselves professionally, from advocating for yourself to resume writing. We work on these professional development activities because impeccable networking and communication skills help moms get noticed by prospective employers, and communicating new innovative ideas in a clear and confident way can set moms apart from their peers without children.
My most challenging moment was the decision to separate from my husband, and become not only a racial statistic, but a generational one as well. I was going to be seen as the millennial who didn’t want to settle down, or a black baby momma. Eventually I got over what others would think about my decision, because it made more sense for me to worry about the happiness of three people (myself and my two children) than 7 billion others.
“Remember who loves you most.” This is something my grandmother used to say to me every day, and it’s my constant reminder that family, above all else, is what you should preserve and protect.
Beyoncé. There is no other role model in the world. Both business and personal. #beyhiveforever
My Daily Thoughts:
Goal of the Day: To see the next one.
Thought of the Day: What small lift can I do today to reach my ultimate goal?
Action of the Day: Slow down and live for the moment.
Deed of the Day: Put a smile on another person’s face.
Tip of the Day: You can light another woman’s candle and still be lit.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
My city seems to have a hint of ambition in the air, but unlike New York, it seems to also have grit and guts. Baltimore is a blue-collar city, and yes, there are pockets of tech and pockets of gentrification, but it is honest. And it’s not perfect, but it won’t apologize for not being perfect.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Glory muffins (breakfast meal) and Liquid Earth in Baltimore (restaurant)
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Convincing children to wake up and get dressed for school.
10:00 AM – Answering emails and trying my best to focus on completing at least one task for the morning. I try to complete at least three per day.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
I’m vegan, so anywhere I can grab something fast but still know the ingredients in the meal. So, all too often Chipotle or Qdoba.
7:00 PM – Spending quality time with my children, winding down for the day.
11:00 PM – Honey, by that time I’ve been asleep for two hours! My children and my job tire me out!
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Chai tea. I think I drink four cups a day, which is pretty bad. I’ll drink it in iced tea and latte form with coconut milk.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Most used app is Gmail, by far. Favorite Instagram account is @mompreneurandme, because I like seeing all the working moms who are rocking corporate America.
What should everyone try at least once?
Coconut ice cream with pineapples and crushed Oreos. That, and not caring what people think about them.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
On country roads in my city with my children, with the windows down, singing a song playing on the radio.
What Else to Know?
When it comes to my advocating for millennial moms- If we don’t learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. I look at the way Spike Lee drilled this message into our brains through film, and how Beyoncé does so through her music, and I’d love to be able to say I contributed to the conversation via my writing. It may sound trite but Malcolm X once said, “The mother is the first teacher of the child. The message she gives that child, that child gives to the world.” I feel by giving working mothers positive, insightful content, I’m doing my part to reduce their stress, raise loving children and thus- change the world.