Woman Wednesday: Olivia

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Q and A with Olivia, from Charleston, SC, living in St Louis, MO

“You will always have a problem if you look for one.”


Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am most passionate about people and natural disasters. I love helping women come out of their shells and become the person they want to be.

My obsession with natural disasters came after I lost 80% of my possessions in Hurricane Michael, Panama City Florida, October 10th, 2018. In December of 2018, I partnered with a close friend and helped with the #ComeBackStrongProject. We hosted the event at a local mall in Panama City. We gave toys and supplies to those in need at the event. It was a kick start to my humanitarian efforts. 


In February of 2020, I volunteered in the Bahamas to help with the hurricane Dorian relief efforts with the organization All Hands and Hearts. I plan on volunteering every year going forward. I am also writing a hurricane survival guide for tips and supplies after the storm. 

 

IMG_20200220_112549Olivia has lived in a lot of places; her husband is in the Air Force. She’s lived in Charleston, South Carolina; Panama City, Florida; Atlanta, GA; and St Louis, MO. But her favorite place is wherever she is helping rebuild communities after natural disasters.

 

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was born a Buddhist in South Carolina. My mother was born Catholic and converted before I was born. My father was an atheist. His parents were Jehovah’s witnesses. Needless to say, I have much respect for people with different religious views. 
We were not wealthy by any means. We always had the cheapest house in the best school district. My mother and father were very big in our education. Despite the lack of funding, my parents always found ways to share life’s experiences with us. We went on vacations and tried a variety of foods. 
My father was addicted to drugs, and my parents divorced when I was 8. A little about my family dynamics. My mother was 35 when she had me, and I’m the oldest of 3. She didn’t have children in her first marriage. My father was also married previously, but did not have any other children. When my parents were first divorced, my mother went to college. She actually got her double masters while being a single mother of 3 with minimal family help. (That is part of the reason I have the drive that I do. I honestly feel extremely privileged to be able to build my dreams without the same obstacles she had.)   

 

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I started working when I was 15. My father moved back into the house when I was 16 for two years to help my mother co-parent. They weren’t together; they just loved us more than they disliked each other. They were actually friends “sometimes.” I did pageants and went to 6 proms and was relatively popular in my town and city. My dad moved out when I was 18, and I moved in with him when I got out of high school. My father passed away when I was 20, and I paid for his funeral. I was also in an abusive relationship at that time. 
I did a lot and learned a lot on a little, but it is definitely a part of what made me the woman I am today. 
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Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Never give up. No matter how hard it gets. You will always have a problem if you look for one. Your perception is your reality and sometimes you get in the way of your own growth.

 

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Q: What does feminism mean to you?

A: Equal treatment of men and women. I’m very textbook definition when it comes to this topic. My thoughts have developed over the years and I fear that women are losing touch with their individual power.

 

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Woman Wednesday: Najiva

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Q and A with Najiva, Jamaica–>New York–>Florida

“Your values and beliefs have a lot to do with how you lead the people around you.”


Q: What are you passionate about?

A: I am passionate about adding value to people’s lives through personal and professional growth and development. I have worked in leadership and management for 15 years for Walgreens Retail and Pharmacy Operations. My people management skills and leadership skills cultivated a passion in me to help my team members grow, develop, and advance to new levels, which led me to start my own coaching practice, The Consult Table. The Consult Table inspires new, experienced, and future leaders to maximize their potential to achieve the results in their performance. I also have a girls group mentoring program, Girls Dig Deeper Initiative. Girls Dig Deeper Initiative’s mission is to foster, guide, support, and encourage at-risk middle school girls within the schools and communities to empower them to dig deep within themselves to maximize their full potential.

 

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Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was born in the beautiful country of Jamaica, and I moved to the United States when I was 9. From then on, I lived in New York. I left New York after I graduated from high school and moved to South Florida, where I met my husband. We have four beautiful children today. Growing up in my younger years, I always believed in the power of education because my mother was an educator for 24 years in Jamaica and teaches now in the United States. I grew up fascinated with learning, and self-development was important to me. I believed knowledge is power, and once you have that, no one can take it from you. My Jamaican culture plays a major role in the person I am today. Our food, music, dance, traditions, family ties, and etiquette help me to embrace my values, beliefs, and self-love.

 

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Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: Something valuable I have learned is that your values and beliefs have a lot to do with how you lead the people around you. In leadership, what I have learned over the years is that if there is something that you value and live by and your team believes in it, they will follow you. If you reflect on what’s important to you as a leader with your team, they will know what to expect from you.

 

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Q: What does feminism mean to you?

A: I view feminism as women having equal access to opportunities, authority, and influence as men. Women should not be turned down from gaining access through the “open door” because someone feels like their gender makes them incapable.

 

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Woman Wednesday: Lisa

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Q and A with Lisa Maslyk, Winnipeg, Manitoba

“I truly wish I had gotten into it when I was younger, but it felt like such a big leap that I wasn’t ready to take at the time. Now that I am in it, I realize that it wasn’t such a big leap at all.”

 

Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was born in England and moved to Canada when I was 10. I grew up in an entrepreneurial family. My mom and dad were always trying new businesses from full-size kit cars to online t-shirt designing. This is probably where I got my business mind. I ended up going the college route into a steady job but always yearned to do something else. It wasn’t until my kids were old enough and didn’t need me or my time as much that I finally ventured into network marketing and acting. It’s funny because both of these careers have really served each other!

 

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Q: What are you passionate about?

A: [Because of] acting and learning, I am way more comfortable presenting myself online and doing videos. My network marketing business has given me an income stream when I am in between acting jobs. Currently, I have several streams of income online. I have one direct sales company that I have been with since September of 2019. I am with this company because I absolutely love the product, so it made sense to me to sell it. I also am an affiliate for several other companies. 

My main focus for my business development and growth right now would be Pinterest and YouTube. I do like Facebook and Instagram, but feel there are too many restrictions in place, and Pinterest is growing so fast that I think everyone should be there! I am very seriously thinking of putting a course together to help other entrepreneurs understand how to use Pinterest for their business!

 

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Pictured: Me on set, ready for acting! I played a doctor in the 2020 movie, “Rage Can Kill.”

 

Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: I absolutely love network marketing! I truly wish I had gotten into it when I was younger, but it felt like such a big leap that I wasn’t ready to take at the time. Now that I am in it, I realize that it wasn’t such a big leap at all, in fact, it runs very parallel to the business world that I stepped away from. It’s just that now the earnings and the income go to me instead of the company that I work for!

 

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Q: What does feminism mean to you?

A: To me, feminism is being able to earn the same amount of money as any other person for the job that is being done. I like what I do because the effort I put into it gives me the same rewards out of it. There is no discrimination of any kind.

 

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Woman Wednesday: Jerusher

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Q and A with Jerusher, Atlanta, Georgia

“Time is priceless. Experiences are priceless. Memories are priceless.”

 

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: I am Jerusher Wiggins, motivational speaker, radio personality for a global internet radio station, and a business coach in network marketing/direct sales. I worked full-time for corporate America at CNN NEWS. My degrees are in communication and public relations.

 

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After I had my first preemie son, I wanted time-freedom because he had many difficulties. I started a business, and I left that corporate job within a year and replaced my salary. I am passionate about inspiring and motivating women to live up to their full potential. I work with women who are looking to find their passion in life and who are ready and willing to take the steps to achieve their dreams. I get excited about helping women who have been working for corporate America for years and who are ready for a change. These women may be transitioning to motherhood or refocusing their life to concentrate more fully on what makes them happy. I am currently developing 100 new online leaders within my industry.

 

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Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I am from South Carolina, and I grew up in low-income housing. My parents are my heroes. They provided love and support that helped me and my three sisters excel in life. Education and activity were priorities growing up. I participated in all sports, cheerleading, dance, band, class representative, etc. My parents expressed so much love and belief in me. I knew I could be successful.

 

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Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: What I know for sure is it takes grit, courage, confidence, and unwavering belief to build and maintain a successful business. I value my time with my 2 boys and my husband. I made the decision to leave corporate America to spend time with my family. I sacrificed to give my boys the same love and attention my parents gave me. Time is priceless. Experiences are priceless. Memories are priceless. I can provide a private education. I can attend class trips. I can travel with them around the world. I can leave a legacy. I believe anyone who is willing to do the work can make a difference…not just in their lives but in the lives of others. Women are amazing creatures.

 

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Q: What does feminism mean to you?

A: From my experience, feminism is allowing people to dream and explore what they could be.

 

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Woman Wednesday: Ruby B. Johnson

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Q and A with Ruby B. Johnson, Sierra Leone, West Africa

“Three things: take care of your mental health, control your narrative, and work smart and do your research.” 

 

Q: What are you passionate about? 

A: I am a mining engineer and currently work at a gold mining operation. I am also the founder and editorial director of STEMher by Ruby B. Johnson Magazine. Premiered in September 2018 with its autumn issue, STEMher Magazine is a print magazine showcasing the education and experiences of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics (STEM) academia, careers, and programs. STEMher celebrates women thriving in their careers and inspires others to fuel their curiosity and interests in STEM; the status of individuals featured range from middle school through retirement. In one year, STEMher has featured more than 50 STEM girls and women worldwide from countries like the United States of America, Australia, Ghana, Canada, South Africa, India, France, Nigeria, Channel Islands, The Bahamas, Sierra Leone, and England. All magazine issues are available for purchase on stemher.com and Amazon Marketplace.

 

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Q: What were your younger years like?

A: I was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone [in West Africa]. I moved to the United States when I was 12 years old, which meant growing up and completing my middle school and high school education in Maryland. I graduated from Virginia Tech with a BSc in mining engineering and a minor in women’s studies leadership. While in college, I founded When You Believe Foundation, a program that empowers women and girls through social media engagement, workshops, and donations. In 2012, I competed in my first pageant, Miss Sierra Leone USA, with the platform of advocating for the recruitment and retention of girls and women in STEM fields, since I was a STEM college student at the time and women’s empowerment was something I was passionate about. I won the pageant and with that title, I was able to travel across the country as well as in Sierra Leone, encouraging girls and young women to pursue STEM. After the crowns and titles, STEM advocacy and women’s empowerment continues to be my lifelong platform. I wanted to take this platform to another level to be able to reach women and girls I may never cross paths with, so I created STEMher by Ruby B. Johnson Magazine last year. 

 

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Q: What is something valuable you’ve learned that you’d like others to know? 

A: Three things: take care of your mental health, control your narrative, and work smart and do your research. (1) From Monday through Thursdays, I work ten-hour days and a two-hour commute to and from work. Additionally, I am an entrepreneur who runs her own business creating content and putting together each issue for STEMher by Ruby B. Johnson Magazine. I also serve in a couple of ministries at my church. Life gets busy. In the last year, I’m being intentional to prioritize my mental health. Making time to rest and slow down when necessary. In order to be productive with work, I have to take care of myself by sleeping, eating healthy, exercising, spending time with God through prayer, and meditation as well as reading my Bible. I have to be intentional about making time for myself, family and friends, as well as work. It’s okay to say “no” or “not yet” sometimes. I cannot fill the cups of others when my cup is empty. It’s also okay to ask for help—whether it’s in prayer, family and friends, community, or therapy.

 

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(2) As I navigate through the professional world and life in general, I’m realizing how important it is for one to control their narrative. Of course we cannot fully control what people say about us or how they feel about us; however, I believe we can play a role in those things. The way we carry ourselves is very important. We have to learn wisdom on when to speak up or be silent. We must be our biggest defenders and tell people how we want them to treat or address us. (3) Running a business is no easy feat and it’s time-consuming. In college, I learned to not study hard but study smart. I believe that’s important to do when you are a business owner. Being that I don’t have a business or journalism background, I spend a lot of time learning—asking questions, reading articles, listening to podcasts, and everything else in between. I want this magazine to go beyond, so that means I have to put in the work. I may not see harvest immediately, but sowing seeds each day counts. All in all, I believe it’s important to know who you are, stand firm on your values, always remember your why, and never lose your humanity no matter what environment you are in. 

 

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Q: What does feminism mean to you? 

A: To me, feminism means being my authentic self, living out my God-given purpose, and being intentional about making a difference in the community. While working on my women’s studies leadership minor in college, I learned about intersectionality. I am a Christian woman, born and raised in Sierra Leone, a naturalized American citizen, a woman in STEM, usually one of few or only black people in some professional settings, and a family-oriented individual. I thrive because of these lived experiences but also have a heart and a curious mind to learn about those who are different from me. Feminism to me is never compromising my faith and also being compassionate to others. To me, feminism means to reach for excellence and nothing less.

 

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