Through our work we have had the good fortune of seeing firsthand how success comes in every shape, size, color, faith, and orientation. More importantly we’ve learned that success is often the result of people embracing their unique backgrounds and so we’ve asked the community to tell us about their background and how it has impacted where they are today.

Tamika Stewart aka Mik Da Builder | Black Woman Builder

I’m born and raised in Harlem, NY. Harlem has a certain feel about it. It’s like style, confidence and swag run through the proverbial veins of 8th, 7th and Lenox Avenues. Uniqueness, strength and plenty of game ooze out of the pavement from 159th to 112th. Harlemites are go getters, hustlers, and trendsetters by nature. We are not afraid to take risk and step outside of the box. Matter of fact, we either built the box or sold it it you. Read more>>

Jennette Powell | Natural Hair Instructor , Entrepreneur & Master Loctician

Jennette Powell is from Fort Lauderdale Florida.Jennette Powell is the proud of owner of Ti’Maya Naturals (Natural’e, Locs, Coils, Twist, Salon), a company that specializes in servicing the natural grooming community. After diving into the haircare industry in 2006, Jennette quickly found her passion and purpose in the cultivation of healthy hair. Read more>>

Angela Brown | HR Professional & CEO of Summer Angel Boutique

I am from a small town in Alabama called Phenix City. I lost both of my parents before the age of 10. Going through so much trauma and fighting depression from 10-18 years old, I told myself that I will always push myself to be successful in honor of my parents. Read more>>

Kiawana Leaf | Founder of Empower Too Inspire, LLC & Best-Selling Author

I am from the DMV area. Born in Silver Spring, Maryland raised in Washington, DC. My background and upbringing impacts the woman that I am today by molding me into passively living and defining my purpose. Raised by a single mother, eager to become daddy’s little girl. Read more>>

Jaryl Holmes | Financial Service Specialist & Business Mentor

I am from Marietta,GA. I lost my mother to Lupus at 4 years old. My father became addicted to cocaine and alcohol after her death. Me and my sister lived with family members. I became a teenage mother and had 2 children by 19. I never wanted them to see struggle like me. I push them to strive for what God has for them. All 3 are now successful adults and I have a thriving financial service business. That is what impacted me who I am today!!!!!!!!! Read more>>

Jared Fields | MOVE MAKER

I am from Riviera Beach, Florida. Growing up there help mold me in the man that I am today. My passion for public service started there when I worked on election campaigns with my mentor and past Councilman Donald Wilson. From there it influenced me to become active in college and professional organization’s. I am currently continuing my mission as a public servant by holding the position as the President of the Emerging 100 of South Metro Atlanta with the 100 Black Men of South Metro Atlanta. Read more>>

Brooke & Victor Horn | Flip This Meal with Brooke & Victor

I’m Brooke! I was born and raised in Birmingham, AL (the Magic City) . Being a girly girl I was never really into cooking; but, I always watched my aunt and grandmother in the kitchen whipping those pots! Fast forward, I got married to a football player so I had to cook.. the peanut butter and jelly sandwich’s wouldn’t work too much longer. So reaching back to my childhood I started remembering everything they taught me. The more I cooked, the more I loved it! Cooking for others is definitely a love language for me.. and here we are! Read more>>