Who or what influenced your decision to work in the social good space?
Today, our communities are calling for bold change-makers to address social issues that challenge people daily. Environmental concerns, racial inequity and equality, poverty, mental health, homelessness, the list goes on. I am driven to be in the social good space by the need for us to have committed people to address these issues and who can create better conditions today, and potentially for generations to come.
The work and legacy of social entrepreneurs like Fannie Lou Hamer, Madam CJ Walker, Annie Malone, and others inspire me and give me hope for the work social “do-gooders” today can build upon to address and maybe solve our communities greatest problems.
Since generosity is one of DO GOOD X’s guiding principles, can you share what generosity in entrepreneurship means to you?
To me, generosity within entrepreneurship means to give your commitment, time, and resources to building and operating a business that creates better conditions for all people to flourish and thrive.
Generosity isn’t confined to what you’re doing with your financial resources. It can mean that you are giving a little extra time to help a customer who walks into your boutique who wants find the perfect gift for a parent. Or chatting with someone who visits your coffee or tea shop regularly and always sits alone. Or treating an employee who is struggling with a health challenge with a bit more compassion and grace.
What do you find most rewarding about the work you do?
It is rewarding to watch social entrepreneurs leave the DO GOOD X accelerator program and advance their work—continue to later-stage accelerators, secure investors, launch their businesses, win national awards, scale their venture, etc. However, the true gift for me is in witnessing the transformation during their journey in our accelerator program and the clarity that emerges as they discern what they are deeply passionate about, their sweet spot in their businesses, pivots, and how they will make a positive impact.
What would someone be surprised to know about you?
I love martial arts and am currently training for a kickboxing fight. Bonus: I have nine siblings and 20+ nieces and nephews.
What movie title best describes your life story?
What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for inspiring people to see, embrace, and live into the gifts they possess and their own greatness. Ultimately, I want to help people to align and become in tune with their purpose so they might share their gifts with communities and maybe the world for good.