MY STORY

The resilience of the human spirit has always inspired me.  PoorDisadvantagedBoldPerseveranceStrongCourageousOvercomerCommittedMotivatedInspired.

Every story has a beginning.  These are not mere words, but traits that best describe my life, my story, and my destiny.  Having my first child at age 17 and another child at age 20, it was an ongoing struggle.  I came from poverty and I know first-hand what it means to not have enough money to pay rent; I know what it feels to go to sleep hungry; I know how it feels to be turned away from a job because of there was no affordable childcare because I was not making a good enough hourly rate; I know how it feels to lose a job because of no childcare, a lack of transportation, and not having enough money to get to work.  I was told I was nothing more than another “statistic” and that I would never amount to anything in life.  These words resonated with me, but I refused to be a product of my environment.  That was then.

All it took was someone—a mentor, affiliated with a local nonprofit organization, to reach out to help me and assisted me in charting a path for my very own success.  Although I have had to overcome insurmountable odds early in life and experienced tragic events throughout my life, these circumstances never deterred me from achieving the goals I set for my future.

My journey started with the Bernie Scholarship Fund, a nonprofit organization who presented me with a $2,500 scholarship towards a Bachelor of Science degree in 1996.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in business management and pre-law (2000).  I was a first-generation college graduate.  I went on to complete an 18-month Executive M.B.A. program (from 2002 to 2004) and attending doctoral classes from 2013 to 2017.  I was conferred with a Doctor of Management degree on August 30, 2017.  A volunteer mentor from Montgomery County, MD’s Housing Opportunity Commission’s Family Self-Sufficiency program, took me under her wings, helped me develop self-confidence, supported my desire to rise above the poverty line, and most of all, she gave me hope.  She instilled in me that failure was not an option, and believed in me, and encouraged me to keep pressing forward.  This gave me the strength, determination, and motivation needed to overcome every obstacle that was thrown in my path.  Because I dreamed it and believed it; I achieved it.

Inspiring G-Style, Inc. was created from my PASSION, DESIRE, and COMMITMENT to pay it forward and help low-income and under-served individuals rise out of the poverty circle.  Everyone has a purpose and establishing this nonprofit IS my purpose.  My passion is helping others obtain success in every area of their life.  Because I received assistance from a nonprofit organization, I have a greater appreciation for life.  I spent more than 12 years volunteering and mentoring for a local nonprofit organization and can see critical role nonprofit organizations have in the community.  In 2007, I received the Henry L. Dixon, Jr. plaque for my service to the low-income residents in the community from Montgomery County, MD’s Community Action Board.  Because someone took time to support me, I am determined to give back to the community; a community that helped me and now the return on investment is realized.  Now I am a woman with a mission and a vision.  A go-getterA game-changer.  A positive influencer This is now.