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

Hi Stephanie, what do you want people to remember about you?
I want people to remember my Tenacity. I want people to understand my desire to empower Black communities and lift multicultural voices worldwide. Few people are able to stay alive to watch what they’re doing come into fruition. I get emotional thinking about it. It’s truly a gift to be able to see your early ideas and investments help create fertile ground seeding the change we’re pursuing even still today. And I must give recognition to the people who saw this some time ago and encouraged me to carry the mantle. I want my legacy to include creating sustainable development plans to enhance underserved communities. Executing bold leadership with the goal of pushing progress forward..

What should our readers know about your business?
I’m the CEO & Principal Publicist of Empower Media Group. Publisher of WE Magazine and Hustle and Soul Magazine, Black Media Honors, Founder of Black Influencers Guild & the Our Sole Purpose 501c3 nonprofit organization, owner of The Elle Elle Collection luxury lifestyle brand and SCORE.org Business Mentor. Tenacity, perseverance, hard work and a relentless desire to rise above my past has allowed great success as an executive and entrepreneur. Believing that if she can, others can too, I now seeks to empower the masses; To help break those cycles and ceilings, to banish those “labels” and to pursue their divine purpose through God-centered leadership and by being kingdom driven in the marketplace.

From teleseminars to keynote addresses, with topics formulated to fit the audience and needs, Participants walk away with a sense of confidence, empowered and driven to action. A recognized leader, I’ve hosted my own empowerment events and numerous functions under the Empower umbrella. Additionally, have served as a speaker, panelist, thought leader for Mercer University Business Department, Old Dominion University, Clark Atlanta University and the Art Institute of Atlanta.

Branding my Purpose changed the trajectory of Entrepreneurship for me. It made me be more intentional with business. I didn’t always make the right decisions or handle things the best way. The results of such caused me to adopt a spirit of excellence and raise my business standard. I held myself accountable and became more protective of what God had blessed me with.

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.
Right now I’m in a place where I’m focused on nurturing the right relationships so we’re going somewhere memorable, phones off and no children (laughs)! A place that requires a passport and has a tropical breeze. I have yet to go to Jamaica so that sounds like the ultimate trip. It might just be a baecation (laughs)!

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?
Recently, Black/African American women have experienced a sort of Renaissance within their communities as well as on the global and national stages where Black culture has been at the forefront of influence. This resurgence has sparked a renewed sense of pride with generations of Black women such as myself. Many would say this new confidence and time of celebration began with the election of former President Barack Obama, whose wife, Michelle Obama, presented a strong, elegant portrait of what it means to be a Black woman in America, greatly contrasting negative stereotypes that have historically plagued women that look like me.

During President Obama’s tenure in 2006, Beverly Bond established a special awards celebration for Black women called Black Girls Rock. which was created to celebrate Black women of all ages who are spearheading social change and making contributions to Black culture. The show filled a void for young Black girls who longed for positive representation and inspiration in all societal facets of their lives. Additionally, Black Girl Inc. (founders of Black Girls Rock) spearheaded a women’s mentoring program/camp to help pass on confidence and to inspire activism among younger generations. In the same vein, “Black Girl Magic” is a viral social media movement that was popularized in 2013 to empower young Black girls, celebrate their beauty and resilience, and to counteract the negativity society places on women within this community. Harnessing the power of social media, this movement highlights women who have contributed to or accomplished much in their respective fields. Yet, this revolutionary mindset hasn’t stopped there. I won’t let it! These concepts inspired me to grab a hold of my voice, pursue purpose greater than myself and create opportunities for others to do just the same!

Website: www.ourblkwoman.com

Linkedin: http://linkedin.com/in/stephanie-d-7575b1122

Image Credits
Antoinne Jones

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