We had the good fortune of connecting with Tracy Thorpe Scott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tracy Thorpe, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
“Still I Rise” from Maya Angelou’s poem titled the same, is an affirmation that I live by. I have even created a program for young Black girls that named I Rise.
Still I Rise speaks to our natural resilience as human beings, particularly those who have live the Black experience. The phrase lets me know that nothing can hold me down. That no matter what, I can rise to live, to celebrate, to laugh, to win, to fight, to conquer whatever life presents. It is an affirmation that celebrates the strength and power of who I am and who we are as a people.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business, TTS Coaching & Development, LLC is the culmination of a dream that begun when I was in my early twenties. I remember wanting to make a difference for young girls that may have similar challenges to the ones I faced during adolescence. Through the persistence of a young lady who I had coached, I developed a more indepth version of a program I piloted to help Black girls with confidence and leadership. That was six years ago. Since then, I have expanded my business to include one on one coaching, business strategy consulting, group facilitation and clinical hypnosis.
My business me great joy and satisfaction from watching people become more confident in their own abilities and achieving their dreams. It has also been the most challenging thing that I have done outside of motherhood. An entrepreneurial lifestyle is filled with roller coaster moments related to your individual endeavors. From developing programs, investing in the business, creating a pipeline for clients, and making a livable income has been a wild ride so far. I wouldn’t change it for the world however. It has afforded me a greater sense of professional accomplishment than I ever had from 25 years working for Fortune 500 companies.
Through my company, I seek to inspire and hold accountable as many people as I can touch to invest in themselves and get the most out of life. To assist in breaking unproductive patterns, to change negative thinking, to trust that they can make their dreams reality. My company’s mission is to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people. This mission gets me out of my bed everyday, excited to make a difference.
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.
I don’t live in Atlanta
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to shout out a young lady who pushed me to stay committed to my purpose. When Kyra was about 13, she was unable to attend a program that I had been testing. While that test run seemed to be successful, I dropped the ball on pursuing further until Kyra’s persistence made me develop a more indepth version of the program. She was in the next workshop I held. From that workshop, I was able to have non-profits, charter schools and afterschool programs book me to share the workshop with Black girls in their programs. Kyra’s persistence was pivotal to the establishment of my business.