We had the good fortune of connecting with Cari Crossley, J.D. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cari, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was to create an entity that solves a problem with the black community. Specifically, the high black maternal maternity rate is the problem that my business would solve by supporting women as they prepare for birth and during labor. Secondly, to impact and sustain the black community economically through entrepreneurship.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got where I am professionally with a seed planted by my parents as a young girl to go to college and pursue education. I’ve gone as far as earning my Juris Doctorate because of the investment and support of my family. It was not easy at all to get that far in education because it required great discipline and a lot of my time where I inherently made a lot of sacrifices to stay on target to finish. While earning my JD, it took me five (5) years to finish because I worked a full time 40 hour a week job as an investigator for the State of Michigan, started a family and ministry/church at the same time. I had to remain disciplined to finish, but I was able to do so with the support of my husband and family.
Although I am not practicing law, I am actually pursuing entrepreneurship and philanthropic work. I know without a doubt that the process itself and discipline I had have molded me professionally to be able to excel in other areas outside of law.
I want the world to know that this work is a manifestation of something I told myself that I later understood was a deposit into my spirit to later manifest: I don’t want to be great at something, I want to create something great. The brands that I am building with my husband, we desire them to be excellent. In everything we do, every problem we solve, every need we meet, and every innovative effort we launch, we do it to create a culture of excellence within the black community.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is kind of a hard one, I’m typically the one visiting friends outside my area.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My husband, David, who consistently gives me the ideas to elevate and enhance the business. He’s been my most interested and invested supporter of this business.
Linkedin: Cari Cooper Crossley
Cari Crossley David Crossley Photos taken by JMTPD.com