Today we’d like to introduce you to Janise Monee.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Janise. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I grew up in between Madison, WI, and Chicago, IL. Chicago is home. From a young age, I became infatuated with the idea of success and everything that I have done in life has been to get me closer to defining and achieving success.
I graduated cum lade with a marketing degree from Marquette University. I am thankful for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) that nurtured by academic and professional skill. During my time there, I studied abroad in London, England, participated in some great internships and internship programs including Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP) and I joined my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Directly, after college, I got my first job… which I hated. After getting fired in less than a year, I dropped everything and moved to LA. I lived on a blow-up mattress in Crenshaw for two months and it was the most pivotal time in my life thus far. Eventually, I got my first job in LA as a Reputation Management Advocate or what most would call a customer service rep at Fashion Nova headquarters. A year later, I was promoted to Copywriter at Fashion Nova. I feel so blessed to be working at such a well-known company. The fact that they trust me to speak directly to customers is humbling. A few months after that, I started freelancing and doing contracted work in addition to my full-time career under my brand name Unrivaled Ambition.
I’ve always been a writer. I started with poetry then experimented heavily with blogging. It has been my pleasure to watch this gift go from a hobby to a flourishing career.
Has it been a smooth road?
There has been struggling involved in my life from as far back as I can remember. Whether I was falling off of a bike, trying to find money to live or battling a spurt of depression/anxiety… the struggle seems to have a permanent place in my life and let’s be clear, it is welcomed. You see, every time I have struggled I have gained strength, I have gained knowledge, and I have gained character. A struggle is not something I shy away from. The same little girl that was in love with the idea of success grew into an adult who is in love with growth and wisdom. Which often times, are by-products of struggle.
My advice to young women would be to treat every piece of coal like a diamond. Only the wise can see potential before it is realized. Give every opportunity your all. It is in preparation for your next adventure!
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Unrivaled Ambition – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am a copywriter and brand coach. I build brands through words. I help to bring businesses alive in the eyes of their customers through written content. I write visions. I write dreams. The power of words is undeniable. I love being able to help entrepreneurs, especially black female entrepreneurs, harness this power.
As a copywriter, I specialize in all things customer facing. From emails to blog posts to product descriptions. It is my pleasure, to take on the voice of each and every client and speak directly to their beloved customers.
As a brand coach, I walk alongside budding entrepreneurs in their journey to build a valuable business.
Often it feels as if the media, by and large, is only focused on the obstacles faced by women, but we feel it’s important to also look for the opportunities. In your view, are there opportunities that you see that women are particularly well positioned for?
Malcolm X once said “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is a black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” This has been my experience as a black woman in America and there is no media coverage on the truths of that. However, there is media coverage providing examples of its validity.
I am very proud to say that black women have not lived with this on our backs. We have created our own opportunities. We have positioned ourselves for success via education, entrepreneurship, and ownership. That is my reality and that is why I love what I do. To help these entrepreneurial women speak to the world.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @janisemonee & @herunrivaledambition