I am an entrepreneur plain and simple. In one six year period, I co-founded one nonprofit organization, created two others and founded a for-profit business. I remain proud of the milestones and successes that I’ve experienced and while on this path I ultimately learned the vital importance of self-care.
In 2005, my work began in the nonprofit sector. My sister Deborah and I set out to make a difference in our local community by co-founding Sisters of the Community, (SOC) a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit org that connected people who wanted to give household goods with those in need.
Arm-in-arm we would take items to families in need. Soon after, we opened a physical warehouse and within our first 18 months of operation we distributed over 20,000 items. In 2007, the need for developing a web based solution increased so we decided to roll out a dynamic website that ended up exceeding expectations.
Next, in order to sustain our nonprofit as well as engage our youth, I created and facilitated an innovative volunteer youth learning project for students of Riverdale High School. My “Groovy Interns” took on leadership roles at our nonprofit ranging from marketing and fundraising, to social media and web development in order to experience real life outcomes. The result was a two-fold gift: both the interns and our nonprofit thrived!
In 2013, local operations and our involvement with the organization came to a complete end. The entire platform and its functions were assumed by our friends in the mid-west nonprofit association.
I remain humbled by the accolades received which include the Regence BlueCross BlueShield Hero Award, Portland Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, Safeco Foundation National Hero Award, Delta Sigma Theta Woman of Excellence Community Service Award, Symetra Community Champion Award, eTown e-Chievement Award, AFP Outstanding Innovative Project Award, and being featured as a “Local Hero” in the national publication Family Circle.
During the years of driving and developing the nonprofit, one common theme I noticed was a gap in conversation and space as it relates to women and “self-care”.
In the Fall of 2009 I founded the Wild Women Society (WWS), events that bring together women of diverse age, race and background to encourage self-care. Definitively, I found my true calling with the formation of this organization.
In 2012 I wrote “Little Book of Self-Care,” followed by “Little Book about a Gift” and “Little Journal.”
Today, I move forward in the world as an advocate and radio host with the strong belief that self-care is essential to everything 100% of the time.
Blessed is the woman whose feet hit the ground knowing her purpose and believing it matters.
Your Relentless Advocate,