WHAT HBCU YOU ATTEND?
Coppin State University/ Interdenominational Theological Center
WHAT MADE YOU ATTEND YOUR HBCU?
HBCU is embedded in my lineage. From a young girl matriculating thru school, I was intrigued by history and culture. Having the opportunity to connect to a unique rich culture and experience at an HBCU sets the foundation to embrace rich history and academia. I knew attending a HBCU would give me the priceless cultural experience to solidify my foundation. The nurturing experience provided allows you the space to stretch and grow mentally and emotionally. Most of all, it’s gave me the fortitude to be the authentic me.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN DURING YOUR TIME A YOUR COLLEGE?
I learned identity, strength, tenacity, resilience and grace. Gleaning from history and culture taught me how to not only face obstacles but to survive and conquer them. The strategies, structure and community I was able to learn through my years matriculating thru my HBCU journey at both institutions, have shaped me to be the powerful and confident woman I am today. It ignited a level a strength in me that failure is never an option.
HOW DID YOUR HBCU EFFECT YOUR LIFE?
When I entered my first HBCU, I was a young woman trying to figure out life. I honestly didn’t know what my next steps in life would be. The unique learning experience I had at Coppin State University helped me embrace the total me. The diversity presented in class and campus life helped me to appreciate my uniqueness and my heritage. Being infused with the richness of culture and history made it easy to select another HBCU when it was time to complete my doctoral studies. The unmatched learning experience allowed me to become the strong black woman I am today. It strengthened me to withstand any obstacle that I come up against. Knowing the stock that I come from, fuels me to go after and achieve every goal, dream and vision I have.
SHARE 3 OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL THING YOU HAVE DONE SINCE LEAVING COLLEGE?
I launched my Life and Empowerment Coaching – The MORE Experience. I help woman of all walks of life break the box of traumatic chaos and show up as their authentic selves. Through coaching, I’ve discovered the power of resilience and the importance of SELF: worth, love, confidence and respect. I wrote 2 individual book as well as contributed to many published best selling bodies of work. My first book entitled “I Am MORE Now” Empowerment Journal and my second entitled “The Cutting That Made Me Whole” – my journey to rediscovery and healing. I became a member of the greatest sorority – Zeta Phi Beta – The Finer Way of Life. The service and advocation for justice help me to continue to reach and transform through love. It allowed me to embrace sisterhood and service with depth and power.
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE OTHER ENTERPRENUERS?
Be Authentically YOU! We all have a unique calling, destiny and passion. You can glean from people but never compare or alter who you are. Give yourself the grace and space to stretch and grow. It’s not about perfection, it’s about progress, so no matter what keep going. The journey will have twist and turns but never forget your “why”. Your “why” Will keep you rooted and grounded.
WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU WITH IN 5 YEARS?
I am The MORE Pusher. As I continue to build the MORE brand, it’s is my goal to take The MORE Experience globally as well as our Restore Your ROAR Experience as we continue to impact the lives of women of all walks of life. I’m determined to help women heal and walk in their wholeness. MORE stands for Motivated Overcomers being Restored and Empower. ROAR stands for Restore Overcome Affirm and Release. This is not a moment, this is and will forever be a movement.
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