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Check Out Marqui Lyons’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marqui Lyons.

Hi Marqui, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania, not far from Philadelphia. While my parents made sure I knew where our families came from, humble beginnings in the inner city, I grew up in a predominantly white area. As a bi-racial kid, no matter what room I was in, I knew I was different. Always the tallest, with big curly hair, brown skin, and a unique name. I stood out in the white rooms and I was never quite black enough in the black rooms. Although I always stood out, I somehow managed to fit in at the same time and made friends with everyone. Looking back, I think that is because I was able to relate to people on every level, except for what they looked like. Being different in every room will cause you to get to know yourself and be curious about the intersections you share with others, in a way that empowers you to have empathy and compassion for everyone. So in a lot of ways the inconvenience of being “other”, became my superpower at a young age.

This allowed me to create deep bonds and relationships with those around me, whether they were teammates, classmates, or the janitor at school, I prioritized making others smile and feel like they were valued, and I have carried that with me throughout college and life. That ability to really see and hear others helps me in the work I do today as a partnerships manager at Twitter. A role that requires me to build trusted relationships with some of the most influential organizations in the country and world by investing energy and time in understanding our partner’s goals, needs, and concerns while finding ways to support them. Like the people in my life, I want to see our partners thrive and know how important they are not only on our platform but to the world. While it’s work, helping a partner reach their goals and work towards their mission is something I am very passionate about.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It hasn’t always been a smooth road, every phase of life has come with its challenges, whether it was a loss, the microaggressions that come along with being black, the pressures of being a first-generation college student, financial obstacles, self-doubt, fear, the list goes on and on.

But at a young age, I knew my journey would be a different one, and there would undoubtedly be some lows for every high that I experienced. This is why Luke 12:48 is one of my favorite bible verses, it essentially says to whom much is given, much will be required. So I often remind myself that the path I am on won’t ever be easy but will always be worth it.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My background is in integrated marketing. I’ve worked for an NFL team, an ad agency, but it wasn’t until I worked for an organization that empowered me to build strategic partnerships and curate events around those partnerships that I realized what I was passionate about and loved doing. In my first job out of grad school, I partnered with artists, musicians, actors, comedians, and creatives of all kinds, programming events and experiences for thousands of people. The success of those experiences was determined by the strength of those relationships I had built, and I realized I was pretty damn good at it.

I’m proud of the impactful work my team does at Twitter every day with our incredible partners. But one of my most proud moments was my first curated art show called “I wish I knew (How It Felt To Be Free) “, by world-renowned artist, Hebru Brantley. Moved by his style and ability, I was determined to bring his work to the August Wilson Center, a beautiful venue, with massive gallery spaces, that I was entrusted to fill with art that people my age and that looked like me, could be inspired by. We began building a relationship with Hebru and his team and before I left Pittsburgh, PA to move to California, we presented a beautiful gallery show and even left behind a larger than life “Fly Boy” mural that will light up one of the most underserved communities in the area, for decades to come.

How do you define success?
To me, success is when you are living in your purpose and have succeeded in making an impact while also making a living. I know for me I will never feel successful until I am able to help others and have a significant hand in changing the lives of others.

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @ms_lyons
  • Twitter: @1ms_lyons

Image Credits
Lenny Santiago Chancelor Humphrey

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