Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Weathersby.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I grew up in Detroit living in a neighborhood where two gangs were always trying to recruit us to be apart of their group. You could say that we had the perfect dynamics for these groups because my parents had four boys and four girls. As a family, we could move illegal products and perform illegal acts with guaranteed support of each other. This was not an option by any means seeing that we were heavy into the church with my dad being a gospel preacher and my mother a preacher’s daughter. Growing up, I never understood the power of words and encouragement until one day, I witnessed an incident. The house I lived on was located on an intersection with stop signs that seemed not to exist for ongoing traffic.
One evening when my parents were not home, I heard voices shouting outside of the house. A few of my siblings and I were peeking out of the window with the shades down, lights out and curtains closed. I was able to identify that there were two gangs outside arguing. You see that intersection was neutral turf. As the argument escalated, I noticed a black BMW with tinted windows drive up. I was surprised who came out of the car. A Caucasian man with glasses. Why was it a surprise? Because the neighborhood I lived in was 99% Black. I heard his words and how calm he was. He stated that there were enough territory and products for everyone to sell and make money and there was no need to argue and fight.
As I watched him make his speech, I later realized that he didn’t have to threaten anyone. He only had to give the “strengths” of selling products in destination areas. He was able to present options that were beneficial for everyone. Looking back at the situation I realize that no matter the situation if the rights words and influence is presented then an uncomfortable situation can turn into a profitable one.
Within my practice helping others to articulate their strengths in resumes, LinkedIn profiles, portfolios, and workshops allow others to find the skills to go to the next level in their lives. God has given me a gift to see great potential in people and then allow me to help them express it within their professional environment. I know everyone has a voice and they look to have it validated and heard when it is their time to shine and be upfront. This can be during job interviewing, meeting participation, or during a community function.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. People who you think that should be routing you on for success tend to turn a blind eye to your struggles or validate your struggles and don’t celebrate you as you begin to succeed. I know I received warnings from colleagues and articles to state that family and friends could turn on you as move into your gifts and talents but I was so sure that my circle was stronger than that. Also, the conventical cashflow or investments are not always there for a woman of color so other options have to be considered to ensure that your dream will live. For example: Having a part-time job to fund marketing, doing odd jobs outside of your profession to pay needed fees and bills.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am in business to help others succeed. I found to do this properly it was important for me to obtain my BA degree in Human Resource Management, a Cornell University certification in Women Studies, being certified as a professional life coach and working to complete my dual MA this year in Leadership Studies and Human Resource Management. I can provide coaching & consult through workshops, seminars, and books. I help people in their career and leadership aspirations. This is done through helping to update or revise resumes, LinkedIn profiles, portfolios, and any other professional platforms that expressions person professionalism. As a company, I am most proud of people realizing that they have always had the skill or gift needed to go to the next level but the only needed a coach to help them see it. I think what sets me apart is not just completing a project for the client but seeing the growth during the project that the client(s) have achieved.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Many have told me I could do it even though it was not always evident and it is God and my children who helped to keep me sane. Without the constant support from friends & family who knows God as their head and my children who told me to keep my head in the game, I was able to continue moving forward. Right now, I have a few coaches, advisors, and mentors who have come a long because I am moving to different levels in my life and business. Having wise consul is not a luxury but a necessity in your life to help with the good and the bad. As I continue working on the brand “Michelle Weathersby Enterprises” I know that I am helping everyone else who is a part of my circle.
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