Chief Empowerment Queen
“There are no limitations to your success. Chase your dreams and live FEARLESSLY!” – Ja’Lisa
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7 MSG
I am a native Pittsburgher, a mother, a daughter, and a career-woman. I am also a believer. I believe in the power of sharing the stories close to my heart and the lessons learned from my life with the hope that these stories will inspire, encourage and motivate you. It is my prayer that one day, these personal reflections will serve as a source of encouragement to women who may be going through various challenges.
As a young girl, I had to grow up incredibly fast. I became a teenage mother at the age of 16, during my junior year of high school. However, my aspirations and my mother served as my motivating bedrock. With my mother supporting me, I continued in high school, graduating and pursing a college degree. I spent my late teenage years and early twenties attending school, working and being a mother to two beautiful children – all full-time. In these times, it was the intersections of my faith and my support system that served as my anchor. Without these two, I honestly believe I would have given up on continually pushing forward.
Today, I am a graduate of Point Park University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Business and a MBA. Over the past few years, I have developed a passion for business, gained experience in navigating various corporate world spaces and positions. I have experience in financial services, human resources, and benefits and compensation. I am currently a Benefits Specialist with Alcoa Corporation, Pittsburgh. My love for learning has also led me back to graduate school where I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Human Resource Management.
My journey to my current position in life was fraught with many challenges, discouragements and set-backs. In those times, even though I had a personal support system in my mother, I often wished that I had additional support to understand how to navigate the professional world and where to seek resources. I felt this way for the longest time and became inspired to apply my experiences from my difficult times to become what I had often desired to other people instead.
My difficult times inspired me to create ‘A Queen with Purpose, LLC’, a brand geared toward the empowerment of women. It is my hope that my skills and experiences, both personal and professional, will help equip women to pursue their aspirations, without fear, hesitation or doubt. Through ‘A Queen with Purpose, LLC’, I hope to partner with women and provide unparalleled access to help them with the personal and professional skills and tools that they need to embody their aspirations.
I’m a Life Strategist, Motivational Speaker and Author. I currently serve as a Council Member for Vibrant Pittsburgh Next Generation Council, Professional Development Co-Chair for the Urban League Young Professional Pittsburgh Chapter and the Honoree of the When She Thrives 2019 Changemaker Award.
In short, my goal is for you be empowered, focus on your self-care, personal development, and spiritual growth. Reach out to me today, and we can begin working on changing the trajectory of your life.