BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:
Chicks with ChequesMaryland
ABOUT THE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION:Chicks with Cheques is all about branding and women's empowerment -- I provide career-based women the tools and strategies to get unstuck and use their passions to get paid. I help them achieve the dream of making more money in less time than 40 hours a week.
What sets me apart from most is my career in nursing; I've been a licensed registered nurse since 2009, but my dreams outgrew my degree. Starting my travel nurse journey six years ago is what helped me discover my passions, my gifts, and helped me build my tribe and personal brand. Living in 15 different cities in five years made me a strong and fearless woman. I began to see the world in a different light and I kicked depression and insecurities to the curb!
I began my entrepreneur road in 2013 with MeMe House of PR, a freelance publicist brand. Although it was a great business, I discovered my calling was for women in nursing/career areas. I began to feel a shift in my purpose to assist the hundreds of women who had been watching me live a passionate life on social media, but were at home feeling stuck and lifeless. These women wanted more for themselves, but they just didn't know how to do it. That is when I birthed the global network, Chicks with Cheques, three years ago. It is extremely special to connect to career-based women in the world to let them know it's okay to go beyond their degree to live a passionate life.
THE STORY:I got started in business when I moved to Atlanta in 2012. It was the first time that I was surrounded by so many business owners who looked like me, and rose above some of the same hurdles I overcame. My good girlfriend, Janet, saw something in me that I didn't see in myself. She saw the talent and the drive and passion in me when I would leave the hospital to help her with her brand. She encouraged me to give entrepreneurship a try, and that is when I launched my publicist brand.
I was proud of the outstanding achievements I provided for my clients, but I was pulled into my calling by the messages I received from my social media tribe; the majority of who were nurses. They would reach out to me say, "Thanks for living your life. I can't believe you are a nurse doing all of this. I'm inspired by you!" I began to teach nurses how to be a travel nurse and begin a journey of self awareness.
Shortly after my ministry to nurses and other career women grew, I announced that I was closing MeMe House of PR in 2015. That same year, I launched Chicks with Cheques. Through empowerment events, girly t-shirts, girls trips, virtual summits, online training programs, and an impactful Facebook group, we have reached over 15,000 women to date.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS / ACCOLADES / AWARDS:2014: I was recognized by AID Atlanta Foundation in Jezebel magazine for the most notable people in Atlanta
2017: I received the Healthy Heart Award from Charge Up Campaign in Atlanta
2017: I was recognized on the cover of Glambitious magazine for the Chicks with Cheques movement
2018: I was recognized in Sheen magazine as the top people to look out for in 2018
2018: Chicks with Cheques reached a milestone with its first international women's conference in the Bahamas