We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharah’ Nicole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharah’, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind the Go4It Communications and GreatHER Purpose brand is to recognize that you can always start over. Challenges are going to come however, it is all about how you bounce back. Resiliency is the key to being successful and I have learned the importance of keeping yourself focus and not giving up. I never thought I would have a podcast or a business and with faith, focus and understanding I now get it. Success is being able to look back on your journey and remember what it took to get there. It further reminds me that you never know who you are inspiring with your story. Keep pressing forward and take the no’s and learn from them. My day job keeps me grounded as I serve as a Program Manager for HIV Prevention.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
During the beginning phases of serving in NCNW, I worked with Dr. Phronie Jackson through the S.O.S. initiative of NCNW at that time (Saving Our Sisters). The initiative focused on providing resources and materials for HIV awareness and prevention. I had no idea at that time that I would later on be working as a Program Manager for HIV Prevention. When I was in college, HIV and STD prevention was accessible. However, being a native of California I did not know the challenges of working in the field until this opportunity in Georgia arrived. The biggest challenge is debunking alot of myths and stereotypes of HIV. People still think HIV can be transmitted through touch or kissing after all these years. Being over the prevention team, I am so proud that we can provide factual information and resources to people who may not understand that you can live a long healthy life with HIV.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to recognize the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. I served as the organizing President of the Valdosta-Lowndes Metropolitan Section from 2010-2016. From there. I became the first elected State President of Georgia-NCNW in 2016 where my term ends at the end of August of this year. NCNW afforded me the opportunity to serve as the National Young Adult Vice Chair (2016-2020) and now the National Health Equity Chair of the organization under the leadership of my mentor, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, our national Chair and President. Dr. Cole Dr. Lois Keith of the DeKalb Section, Katrina Royal of the Valdosta Section, our state Secretary of Georgia NCNW, Theresia Carrington, and so many women encouraged and supported me in the various leadership roles. I was considered young while serving in these capacities of such a historical organization however, my mentors and many others believed enough in my leadership potential that they opened many opportunities for me to serve and lead, Those opportunities as a millennial have catapulted amazing relationships with women and leaders across the country and in other organizations. I am truly humbled by the women who poured wisdom and guidance in me. I couldn’t have done anything without their support, advice or prayers. Serving in these roles built my confidence to jump out on faith and start my podcast and business.
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