Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittani Sade.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Growing up, I had to deal with being a black girl who spoke properly and acted “differently” than my peers. I was a bit of a book worm. All I did in grade school was read, do homework, study, and play sports. I guess you could say that I was a bit of a nerd. No matter how hard I tried, I never fit in. I was accused of acting “better” or trying to be someone I wasn’t. Little did everyone know (until later in life), I’ve always genuinely been myself. After graduating from college, I began working in corporate finance. Who knew that I would be facing similar obstacles with a different set of peers? Working in a predominately white, middle-aged, male industry, I had to work extremely hard to prove myself and earn a seat at the table. As a black woman in corporate, you really have to be cognizant of your tone, dress, and hairstyles. After years of experiences, and overcoming several challenges, I felt obliged to share my story through blogging. The Corporate Black Gurl brand brings light to “be pretty and smart.” My goal is to empower all of the black and brown girls out there to love and unapologetically be themselves, provide tips on how to navigate through the industry, and let them know that education, self-sufficiency, and corporate professions are still appreciated and considered accomplishments.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, but the challenges are what make me appreciate my brand and business even more. For the first time in my life, I felt exposed when I began blogging. I’m a relatively private person, and I quickly learned that in order to truly inspire others, I have to tell my story raw and uncut. Not only that, within the first year my frame of reference changed. I became fearful of coming off as a walking contradiction, and it didn’t help that certain people were telling me I wouldn’t be successful. I can’t lie, it caused me to take a small break from blogging. But, with each message and email from women (and some men) telling me how I’ve inspired them in different ways, I became more and more compelled to continue. I realized that growth/change is inevitable, and imperative in reaching your highest potential and following your purpose. I also accepted that everyone won’t see the vision, and that’s OK. Corporate Black Gurl has and will continue to evolve, and I am excited for all to come along this journey of empowerment.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Corporate Black Gurl – what should we know?
As the Corporate Black Gurl, I am a blogger, financial advisor, public speaker, and “the professional plug.” What started as a blog of stories blossomed into a lifestyle blog that also offers tips on style and financial literacy. After realizing the need for basic fundamentals of finance and all of the comments on how stylish I am in the office, I decided to expand. Corporate Black Gurl is now a brand that promotes self-love, financial literacy, womanhood, and networking as well as helping the community. Financial stability is the key to living a happy and healthy life. Not being “rich”, but being financially well. Studies have shown that a major cause of stress amongst Americans is related to finances. I help friends/acquaintances with basic budgeting techniques, volunteer at the City of Refuge, Nicholas House, and public schools across Atlanta teaching financial literacy courses, and I speak about how financial stability correlates with self-love and overall wellbeing at various events. I started “Working Women Wednesday: Corporate Black Gurl Addition” on social media to promote girl bosses and businesswomen across the states who offer various products and services. This has allowed my network/followers to connect with each other, share services, and provide opportunities for collaborations. Regardless of your background, status, or place in life, who wouldn’t want to meet the Corporate Black Gurl?
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel that having the will and confidence to promote yourself effortlessly is important. I’ve always been self-driven and I don’t mind pushing the envelope. When I set my mind to something, I won’t stop until I’ve accomplished it. Passion is also a key to success. When you’re passionate about what you’re doing, it doesn’t feel like work, and the hours you put in will never be an issue for you. The most important of all though, to me, is prayer. Realizing that God is my source, and simply asking him for the proper resources has been imperative throughout my journey. Faith with works will always prosper.
- Corporate Black Gurl T-shirts: $10.00
- #badhairday Hats: $10.00
- Website: CorporateBlackGurl.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: Brittanisade
- Facebook: Corporate Black Gurl
- Twitter: Brittanisade
Johnathan Roberson “The Slim Creative”