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

Hi Quanda, every day, we about how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I came up with the Idea for my business, because as a young girl there were things that I needed and there wasn’t any resources. I felt that young girls should learn to love themselves at a young age and not wait until they have grown up and experienced toxic relationships and traumas to find that love. I believe if we empower them at a young age we will help raise women who love themselves and understand their worth.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I have been a medical assistant for 10 years and I am now wrapping up my nursing student journey. I have always had a passion to serve others. I feel that my passion is what sets me apart from others. I give my patients my all. I genuinely care and want to see my patients thrive and get better. I build relationships with them, because sometimes a word of encouragement or just letting them know you care is healing in itself. I worked really hard to get to the place I am in today. It was from easy, because in this field as a black woman you have to prove yourself and at the same time not seem like an angry black woman. I had to find my voice and learn how to stand my ground no matter what. I overcame these challenges by learning to respond professionally and not allowing people to walk over me. What I have learned that no matter what I face , speaking up is not only for me but those I serve and my 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.
We’d hit Ponce City Market, Eat all along Edgewood, shop at Atlantic stations, explore different nature areas.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost GOD! He gave me the vision and connected me with those who would help bring it to life. I want to shout out my tribe. They have truly been my source of inspiration and motivation. They have encouraged me in my low times. They have spoken life into me when I wanted to give up. I have to give a special shout out to Ladonna Bacon of Designs by Ladonna. She helped me bring my vision to life. Not only did she help me create content that WILL change this generation and those that come behind it, she gave me tools that will help me to continue to become a visionary. Lastly, but not least my children, they have helped me heal in so many ways. They helped me become the woman I am today and helping me transform into the woman I desire to be.

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