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Conversations with the Inspiring Khadijah Nimrod

Today we’d like to introduce you to Khadijah Nimrod.

Khadijah, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Brooklyn bred with Grenadian roots, my culture and upbringing has greatly influenced who I am today. I moved to Washington DC from Brooklyn, NY in 2009 to pursue my bachelor’s degree in International Business and Hospitality Management from the illustrious Howard University, and furthered my education at George Washington University where I received my master’s degree in Events and Meeting Management.

I initially went to Howard with the intention of becoming an entertainment lawyer, but God had other, greater plans for me to pursue a career in hospitality as a special events planner. Sometimes, when I reflect on the stages of my life, I can’t help but smile at how God was configuring everything in my favor to lead me to these very moments.

I’ve always been a leader. I’ve always had a deep love & desire in my heart for serving others. I was always the person who others called on to start, lead or manage something. In 2010, I started getting involved on campus by doing things that came naturally to me. I was involved in multiple organizations (simultaneously), held various positions and planned and organized many events that helped to nurture and guide me towards my passion for event planning. I became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Alpha Chapter, which helped shape my community of other boss women and fueled my desire to be of service to others. I switched my major from “Undecided” to International Business/Hospitality Management, interned at a few event planning companies, and continued to plan events both on and off-campus.

Over the past several years, I’ve been so fortunate to serve in a wide range of capacities for different organizations, companies, and clients, which granted me first-hand exposure to key players across the industry. Fast forward 10 years later, I quit my corporate job in January 2019 and transitioned from Washington, DC to Los Angeles. I am now a full-time business owner and CEO of The Superior Collective–a bespoke, bicoastal special events company. As you can imagine, taking this great leap of faith outside my comfort zone to do what I truly love can be quite a challenge. However, I am constantly seeking new ways to expand and enhance my company and to develop my brand here in Los Angeles, and abroad.

My commitment to “making it personal” and building meaningful relationships is the foundation upon which my work in event production and design is rooted in. Managing intimate and large-scale events from inception to execution, my meticulous eye for detail, teachable mindset and commitment to making the impossible a reality are witnessed by every client and vendor I work with.

Has it been a smooth road?
There is no such thing as a smooth road to success. In fact, if there was a smooth road, I’m pretty sure it would lead to nowhere fast and nothing sustainable in the long run. Like many people, growing up, I had “this plan” for my life and I just knew where I was “supposed to be” by a certain age. There’s this saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans”, and I’m pretty sure I’ve made Him laugh quite a few times in my life. I wish I could say that I’ve gotten from point A to Z with no struggles, but then life would be boring, I wouldn’t have learned from my mistakes and I wouldn’t be wiser and better. Life wouldn’t be as adventurous and I wouldn’t be able to relate to anyone because people don’t want to hear about or care about how perfect your journey was (that’s unrealistic and not relatable). People want to know about those obstacles and how you’ve overcome them despite the odds against you. They want to know that through all their struggles, they have a chance at success too!

I believe some of the struggles I’ve faced are nothing uncommon to those who came before me and are on a similar journey as me. This is why I believe in community and (reciprocated) mentorship, so that we can make this journey much easier by having each other to learn from, support and lean on. I’ve had to overcome so many things along my journey & I know there are others who have had similar experiences. Being of Caribbean descent, growing up there were but so many acceptable career paths you could take. If you’re not a doctor, lawyer, or POTUS, anything else seems quite unimpressionable. I’ve had to learn to be secure in the path and purpose I know God has called me to walk in and not let the opinions of others sway my thoughts. I’ve gone through the motions of not finding a job in the field I love right after graduation and thinking about working “just any job” for money. Once I graduated from grad school and found a job in the corporate world, I had to adjust and fight to prove my worth to others who didn’t see me beyond my administrative title. Once I decided to launch my own company, I had to deal with the struggles of not being financially positioned to do so, coupled with the doubts of others and the “crabs in a barrel“ mentality from other women (event planners) I’ve considered to be role models. I’ve struggled with learning how to operate my business and not selling myself short because I am a Black woman. I’ve struggled with people questioning my value, pricing and ability to get it done flawlessly. There are so many obstacles I’ve faced, which at the moment felt like hell, but because of those obstacles, I am wiser, stronger and I am confident in my God-given purpose and career.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Superior Collective story. Tell us more about the business.
The Superior Collective is a full-service, bespoke and bicoastal, event planning company distinguished in curating special events and ineffable experiences. The Superior Collective is a trusted resource built upon the foundation of creativity, collaboration and commitment and prides itself on developing and maintaining authentic relationships with clients and vendors alike.

Here at The Superior Collective, we take a personal approach in everything we do and each client’s experience is tailored to their specific needs and expectations. We are fully committed to our clients from inception to completion, serving diligent detail with a distinct design. No detail is left untouched as we work tirelessly behind the scenes to seamlessly execute your vision. Whether it be a high-profile event, business launch, destination getaway or private birthday experience, The Superior Collective will make your milestone celebration truly unforgettable!

Exceptional, personalized service is our top priority and we believe it’s the power of relationships that fuel the fulfillment of our purpose and create the foundation of our reputation!

Do you have any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general? What has worked well for you?
The RIGHT Relationships are EVERYTHING! People hear “mentorship” or “networking” and it automatically becomes what someone else can do for you. We get so consumed looking for others to bless us and help us but rarely do we consider what we have to offer others or what others can benefit from their interactions with us. Mentorship should be reciprocated. Both the mentor and the mentee should gain from and give to the relationship in their respective ways. Not everyone is fit to mentor you. A mentor shouldn’t just be someone you look up to or respect, but it should be someone who actually knows you, believes in you and is along a similar path as you. Someone who is experienced and knows you well enough to help steer you in the right direction. It also needs to be an organic relationship that isn’t forced. As a mentee, it is also your job to reach out and offer assistance as needed. I’m also a faithful believer in networking. Your network is your net worth and who you align yourself with is key in how far you will go. Again, sometimes it’s not always about who you know, but rather who knows you. Networking isn’t a one-way street and you should be able to offer something to those you are networking with. Lastly, network ACROSS. Sometimes we get so accustomed to “networking up” and getting our names into those doors and having seats at the table… but don’t discredit those who are also on this journey with you, because you will need each other. Network across and find those who you can build with.

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Photographers: Jeannie Roberts, Taylor Nickens, Khadijah Nimrod

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