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

Hi Shirley, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I started B.A.D. Brilliant Ambitious Dreamer, I wanted my brand to inspire people. The thought process behind starting this business wasn’t just about being an Entrepreneur or obtaining some from of financial freedom. It was all to inspire people. Often times gifts and visions are given to us; placed on our hearts even and we only focus on the money and populiarty aspect. I want to leave a legacy behind while being intentional and impactful. I want to remind people that they are all Brilliant, Ambitious, Dreamers. We possess greatness and the goal is to leave this earth while leaving a positive imprint. That is my thought process behind starting B.A.D.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As I mentioned earlier; I am currently a Director. That didn’t happen over night. I have been with my company for 10 years. I started off as a Sales Assistant and in less than a year got promoted to be a Sales Manager. Shortly after, I was promoted to be a District Manager and relocated to Chicago from New York. I was then relocated to Maryland as District Manager. In 2021, I was asked to travel to Utah to train employees. For 6 months, I trained well over 80 employees on a platform that is used in our Staffed locations and in our Call Center. I was then offered the opportunity to relocate to Utah as a Director. I currently manage a 4 Million Dollar Back Book with 70 employees. My Team and I help manage Delinquent Accounts, BBB Complaints, Inventory Reconciliation, Recoveries/Inventory Returns, Refunds, etc…

If you told me 10 years ago that this Is what I would be doing now, I would’ve doubted you! LOL But here I am today, loving everything about my Career. The greatest part of it all is being able to challenge my team while coaching and developing them to reach their highest potential.

I look forward to going into work every day so that I can pour into my team the same way my Mentors and Leaders (Jeremy, Keiron, Chris and Michael D.) have poured into me! I live a life of gratitude and I am so honored that I had people believe in me. Truly! What I do during the day pours into B.A.D. Believe it or not. It’s all about being impactful and that Is what I aim to do. Be Impactful.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have so many people to shout out on this journey that I am on. During the day I am a Director for a Company that I’ve been employed with for 10 years. I was fortunate enough to have great mentors and leadership that molded me into who I am today. It is because of my Career that I have been able to gain a great deal of Business Acumen. Ironically, understanding Business the way that I do today has and will continue to help me with my Personal Business.

I won’t name every single person that has been impactful in my life and or role. They all know who they are! But I want to give special recognition to Pastor Karen. In 2018, I was battling severe depression. I was at my highest weight and was told that I was diabetic. So much was going on. I was overwhelmed and decided to go on LOA from my job. During that time, I decided that I wanted to do something outside of work that would potentially be impactful. After updating my vision board and sitting in my thoughts, I received a random text message from Pastor Karen. OUT OF NOWHERE! She asked me if I was starting my own Business. When I responded “yes”, she told me to start the Business. Verbatim she texted ” I saw your first customer. Pray on it and start it” She had confirmed the vision that God placed on my heart and in 2020, I created B.A.D. Brilliant Ambitious Dreamer.

Website: Badblaze.com

Instagram: B.a.d.apparel20

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shirley-blaise

Facebook: Shirley Blaise

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