We had the good fortune of connecting with Dionne Greaves and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dionne, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I am from Barbados, a beautiful island in the Caribbean.
I was born and raised there by two beautiful, amazingly strong, hardworking women – my mother and grandmother.
I grew up in a neighbourhood where most people had menial jobs. Many of them were not interested in pursuing education or business because to them it was reserved for the wealthy. For most people money was not forthcoming and entrepreneurship was not even a real thing.
Seeing this propelled me to become my own boss – because I did not want to be a slave to anyone and I wanted to have control over how much money I made. I wanted to break the recurrent cycle that was happening to women around me.
What should our readers know about your business?
My business is called The Mompreneur CEO. It was inspired by my vision of transitioning from a corporate career to becoming a stay at home mom and entrepreneur.
I launched my business, The Mompreneur CEO, while balancing marriage, motherhood, ministry and my career during one of the biggest world crisis the world has faced to date. It was a crazy leap of faith but it is paying off and I have no regrets.
Launching a business while working form home and parenting my toddler son was not an easy task but eventually, I found a rhythm and groove that worked for us as a family. I learned to ask for help when necessary and to extend grace to myself throughout the journey. Having a good support system inclusive of people and processes made it less difficult but I also had to be intentional about prioritizing various needs and tasks to minimize the impact.
One of the key lessons I’ve learned is that success is only as good as the people you are privileged to empower along the way. I have been able to do this daily through my interactions with others whether in my business or life in general. Because of this desire to empower and enrich the lives of others, I have been able to create a long-lasting positive impact.
Some of the other lessons I’ve learned are:
If you change your narrative, you can live your best life. Life is all about the choices we make and the opportunities we take. You are in control of your destiny, no one and nothing determines that. You have to choose the life you want to live and go after it. Nothing in life is handed to you, you’ve got to be intentional about taking the necessary action to yield the results. You are unstoppable so where there is no door, don’t be afraid to build one and as you enter make a way for others to follow you.
One thing I want the world to know about my brand and story is that I am passionate about helping moms fulfil their purpose. Whether it is launching a business, writing a book or sharing their story, whatever their purpose looks like, I am here to help them launch and live! As moms, we put our dreams on hold for various reasons but now is time for us to reignite those dreams and passionately pursue the things that set our soul on fire.
My mission is to create a global movement of women who are not afraid to go after their goals and dreams while navigating marriage, ministry, motherhood and their career. I want them to know they can have it all and live life on their own terms.
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.
If I wanted to show my best friend a good time in Barbados, we’d start with a trip to the South Coast. The first stop would be Oistins – it is a small town, filled with bustling nightlife – know for good Bajan food (especially fried fish) and culture. Our next stop would be St, Lawrence Gap – this is another hub of restaurants, bars and food located on the South Coast. Staying on the south of the island we have many restaurants to choose from but here are some of my faves: Champers, Tapas and Buzo and I can’t forget Bubba’s Sports Bar – they’re my homies….lol!
On the West Coast, we have Second Street in Holetown. This is another great hot spot to enjoy nightlife, it is like one big street party filled with bars and restaurants to keep you entertained all night long. If you want a more laid back experience you can enjoy the ambience of Platinum Coast Cigar Lounge on the second floor Limegrove Lifestyle Center, our most immaculate shopping mall on the island.
We’d definitely have to do an Island Safari Tour, Atlantis Submarine Tour and Tiami Catamaran Cruise. Other places of interest we would also have to visit are Harrison’s Cave, St. Nicolas Abbey and The Railway, Bridgetown and The Garrison Historic Area, Bathsheba, Pebbles and Brown’s Beaches, Barbados Wild Life Reserve, Farley Hill National Park and Welchman Hall Gully.
It would be a busy, fun-filled week but when they leave, they’d be wanting more!
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?
This ShoutOut is dedicated to my mentor Samantha Gooden.
I was not always the bold, confident and empowered woman people know today. I was afraid to speak and felt powerless especially in the corporate space when we first met but Samantha created a safe space for me to discover and embrace the very essence of who I am.
She empowered me to unearth the best authentic version of myself, while recognizing that it was OK to be me and that I didn’t have to live life as anyone else. I became confident showing up as me and it was only then that I began to thrive fully. Because of my authenticity my business began to reach new levels and new opportunities were chasing me. Samantha has been a catalyst in my growth and development in many areas of my life, business, and career.
Andrew O’Dell, Design Central Studio