I grew up in Andrews, SC, where most of my ancestral family still lives – Andrews will always be “back home” to me. Now I live in Hemet, CA along with my husband Scott and my dog Rudy. My five adult daughters are scattered about the world, one daughter lives in Southern California, one lives in Malaysia, at least for the next year and the others live somewhere in between.
I enjoy walking, hiking, dancing, traveling and cooking when not in the office. Fortunately, I have been able to merge my love for travel with my passion to help entrepreneurs achieve their dream. Much in the same way that I have used my joy of hiking to express how a new business starts at the bottom and take steps to climb to the top.
In a session with my business coach and publisher, Raymond Aaron, he suggested that my book should offer guidance to entrepreneurs in a way that is easily relatable to both me and the readers. Rising to the top is what I do personally and professionally -- that’s my life! When I mentioned my love for hiking, Raymond came up with the title, “Plateau To Summit.” So when I say that “Plateau To Summit” is more than just a book, that is because it has been a real life journey for me and a journey I want to share with you.
The concepts in Plateau To Summit are used in my everyday life from my morning and/or evening hikes to how I run my businesses and especially how I advise my clients to run their businesses. If you’re not in it to make it to the top, to be the very best you can be, then what’s the point? Entrepreneurs typically have a hunger that is never completely sated. Which is what keeps us scaling up seeking more and more.
For instance, and I’m going to use myself as an example. I grew up as a poor black girl from the south ticking all the stereotype boxes. I was a teen mom having my first daughter at 14 and pregnant with my second daughter when I graduated high school. One week after I graduated high school, I got married at 17. I wasn’t even legal, my parents had to sign for me to get married. My rough beginning did not and does not define who I am or who I will be nor does it limit what I can achieve.
No matter what setbacks or obstacles I have faced and continue to face, I continue to rise. My story did not continue with me being a statistic. I had dreams and determination and nothing was going to stand in the way of my ascension. Two failed marriages, three more daughters and a few states along the way, I’m now living an arguably enviable life. My accomplishments are many – 4 college degrees, a successful business for 20+ years, 2 published books and another in the works and now I’m speaking on stages internationally helping entrepreneurs worldwide. My family life is pretty awesome right now as well. I’ve been with the love of my life for over 18 years and we just celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary. My daughters are doing well and finding their way in life and my goal is to bring out the entrepreneurial spirit in each of them.
This brings me to my next project. Two of my daughters have tried entrepreneurial ventures with differing levels of success, but they didn’t come to me for help. My clients pay for me to help them with their ventures and my daughters ignore all of this expertise. The problem is that not only did they not seek advice from me, they didn’t seek advice from any other professional. This was my failing because I didn’t discuss what I do with my daughters – they saw me as “the tax lady.” Well I’m more than just the bean counter my husband calls me. How many other women – female entrepreneurs are unaware of resources that are available to them? While I continue to work with entrepreneurs in general, I have created Fempreneur Academy specifically to help females navigate the global entrepreneurial landscape.
My newest mission is to help women RISE, SHINE and SOAR!