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Career


About Me

 

The road I have taken in life has not been because of my great plans, creativity or extraordinary vision. In my flesh, I'm just a hustler making the most of opportunities.

But when I look back on where I've been and where I am going, I see and I know that I am calling qualified. I didn't go to a fancy business school to become an entrepreneur. God called me to it—unknowingly at times—and so He qualified me for the task. I did not go to seminary school, but God called me to love Him and His Word and to use my gifts and talents to teach His truth, and so He alone qualifies me to do just that. 

Entrepreneurship is something that I stumbled into and because I have a husband that wouldn't let me quit. I've pursued this path since 2005, becoming a serial entrepreneur.

I own Brand Calling, formerly SW Creatives, a brand consultancy serving ministries and nonprofits. And born out of a desire to help other creative entrepreneurs grow, I launched Creative Colony, a coworking space where creative people work. I am also a personal branding photographer, taking headshots and portraits of fellow women who hustle. 

Certified by the Brand Academy, I have a proven process for developing an authentic brand for organizations, resulting in trust and engagement for my clients. My unique process can help you reinvent your company or polish off the hidden gems to really make it shine! I have a knack for helping business owners prioritize, build their business on brand, and cutting to the chase while being gentle, humorous, and gracious.

Like many entrepreneurs, I learned from the school of hard knocks. There are many things I've done the wrong way, and many things I learned from reading books, seeking advice from other enterprising women, attending conferences, and getting training through workshops and seminars. I love to learn and I highly encourage others to take advantage of every opportunity to grow in their craft.

I graduated from Howard University in 2004 with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Electronic Studio Art, and I completed my Master of Arts in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2011. Upon completing my graduate degree, I was hired by Johns Hopkins University and Howard University. I thoroughly loved teaching, but found being a full-time professor at Howard and a full-time entrepreneur was challenging, and left no room for ministry. So I left my work as a professor to focus on my business and being available for Kingdom building. 

To get the rest of my resume, check out my LinkedIn profile. 

 
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Bio


Branding Expert. Strategy Consultant.
Creative Maverick. Coach. Christ-follower.

Bio


Branding Expert. Strategy Consultant.
Creative Maverick. Coach. Christ-follower.

 

A Little Southern Girl

I was born to Daryl and Isabel Wilson in San Diego, CA. My father, an African-American Navy sailor, met and married my mom in the Philippines. I grew up in my father's hometown, Louisville, KY, with my parents and three brothers somewhere between poor and middle-class. I lived several year "in the hood" as some would say with food stamps and government cheese, until my parents were able to buy a very modest 1 bedroom single-family home for about $38,000.

The house had no insulation in the walls, no hallways, and was heated by two old fashioned furnaces. My parents renovated the house as best as they could afford, tearing down all the walls and putting in insulation themselves, and making a bedroom out of the living room, and a living room out of the dining room. I often struggled with envy as my classmates all seemed to have nicer homes, and felt insecure when they teased me for sharing a room with my brothers.

My parents' diligence in working allowed me to excel in my studies, earning the title of valedictorian in middle school and high school while pursing a myriad of extracurricular activities from cheerleading to yearbook to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I was a classic overachiever who was awarded a full-scholarship to any college that accepted me. I ultimately chose to go to Howard University. 

Howard University is how the Washington, DC area became my new home. The most important part of my college career was studying the bible beyond head-knowledge and choosing to make Jesus Lord. At the young age of 18, I was baptized and eager to live out my faith. I served as a leader in my campus ministry, and spent time studying the bible with women and discipling women.

After college, I met and married my husband, Adrian, a DC native. We met through church playing ultimate frisbee on the national mall. It didn't take long before I was smitten by his generous spirit, his compassionate heart, his infectious sense of humor, and his passion for God. We were married in November of 2005 and have made a home in Silver Spring, MD.

 
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Childhood


Childhood