We had the good fortune of connecting with Alechia Reese and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alechia, what role has risk played in your life or career?
For me, risk is simply opportunity in disguise. Risks are synonymous with sacrifices, and sacrifices are simply choices. We’re all finite beings who have to make choices and with every choice we weigh risks. It’s always a question of, “What are you willing to sacrifice in order to achieve what you desire?”

My faith in my source, myself and my tolerance for risk go hand in hand. I’ve been willing to take on bigger risks and make greater sacrifices because I have no doubt that whatever path I take I’ll achieve whatever I desire because I believe in me, my abilities, and that the universe is in support of whatever decision I make.

I took one of the biggest risks, or leaps, of my life by leaving an abusive marriage, selling my home in Florida, and moving to NYC. Although incredibly challenging, it proved to be one of the most impactful sacrifices I’ve ever made. It led to some of the greatest opportunities for me, including working with Zendaya Coleman, Soledad O’Brien, Flaviana Matata, Verizon, UPS, Buzzfeed, Bank of America, Vogue Italia, and so many more. I will forever and always embrace risks (aka opportunities) knowing the God who created me supplied me with the skills I need to thrive and the support of the universe He created.

What should our readers know about your business?
I’m most proud of my willingness to pivot. I owned a marketing and branding firm for over 8 years. During the pandemic, I was forced to honor my truth. I began the steps to close down the business that had sustained and supported me and my family in order to thrive in my zone of genius. Although I was excellent at what I did, I didn’t enjoy it nor did I feel fulfilled. No matter how great the achievements were — I didn’t like it. I decided to serve from my purpose and established my learning and development firm, RGLP Group, focused conscious leadership development for high-level executives and leaders.
My experience working in what didn’t fulfill me inspired me to coin the term “conscious valueship.” It’s the deep understanding of how one’s personal skills, know-how, talent, purpose and intrinsic essence adds value to any entity served in, engaged or connected with. The difference in what we do is that we focus on the individual first. Our framework marries purpose, impact & each person’s intrinsic value creating team members who are not only aware of their individualized purpose, but clear on how their personal mission aligns to organizational objectives.

My path has not been easy, but so very worth it. I learned trusting myself and operating in excellence will always provide a place for me exactly where I’m supposed to be. I have spoken for and hosted events with attendees from 50 to 50,000. Working with a myriad of organizations from UPS, Verizon, and Bank of America, to Vogue Italia, Essence, Buzzfeed, Jazz in the Gardens and more.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I like to curate my experiences, and I’m a total foodie who loves a good libation and a dope vibe. My besties are also over 30 so we don’t have the energy of our 20’s, being together a week means we plan things for 4 days and rest for 3. Don’t judge us – rest is revolutionary! We’d do drinks at Jojo’s Beloved speakeasy, then take in a “Owning the Sensual” class with Iman from @ibdivineyoga. After a day of rest, we must grab some of the best wings from The Local, and the next night get fancy for my favorite ATL restaurant — Marcel. We’d brunch at The Beverly before escaping to the Chattahoochee River to explore the Bamboo Forest, and end our week in northern Georgia at Chateau Elan’s spa for the weekend.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
One of my most impactful mentors, sponsors, and friends is Sonia Jackson Myles, founder of The Sister Accord. She was dubbed as Essence’s $20 Billion Woman because she used to manage the budget for P&G and Ford Motor Company. She was one of the first high-level female executives I met who embodied kindness. She was about her business, a leader among leaders, and she served as a sponsor and a friend when I took my own big leap to move to NYC. She orchestrated my opportunity working with Zendaya and she has continued to help guide me as I’ve grown in life and in business. I can never truly repay her, so instead, I pay it forward.

Website: rglpgroup.com

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Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/alechiareese

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