We had the good fortune of connecting with Charisse Drakeford and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charisse, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
The most challenging decision I had made was to leave everything and everyone, including my family, Travel to another country on a mission assignment.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Qingdao Entrepreneur, Speakers, and Training YuanJian International Trade Co. LTD. is my first international business. Currently, I have returned to the United States networking to rebuild my clientele. In 2018, I left the USA to do ministry and teach abroad in China. My mindset was to build my marketing material and expand my business mindset as an author and speaker. After 14 months, I returned to the USA for my first book tour. In 2020, before the pandemic, I was presented with an opportunity to own my international business. Now, I have a Chinese employee and myself, looking to expand in the United States. While life has its challenges, I am confident that in 2022 business will grow, and my worth will increase. I continue to delve deep into learning more and networking with the best of the best.
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.
Let’s have fun! I will take them to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth home and museum if visiting Atlanta. A historical landmark. In addition, to Afro Soca Love- Atlanta Black-owned Marketplace. Lovely dining at restaurants in Buckhead. Have a little fun at the Georgia Aquarium and in-door rock climbing or visit Stone Mountain. However, since I am currently in the Chicago area, I will visit Navy Pier, Buckingham fountain, in the summer. And the Chicago Museum of Science. Giggiano, Harold Chicken, and Luke’s Lobster City Hall are the best pizza to name a few.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my spiritual road to my guardian Angeles, The late Rev. Jerome K. Drakeford and Barbra Mallet, and Annie Mae Jackson. My aunt and uncle are the only ones here today that keep me grounded and molded, Apostle Pamela Hardy, EITI ministry for spiritual leadership.
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