Check out our CEO Chick of the month, Adrienne Hughes-Jackson. We were able to ask a few questions on her journey... Here is what she said
Why entrepreneurship? Entrepreneurship is rewarding and comes with levels of freedom that cannot be obtained in a 9-5. Entrepreneurship allows me the opportunity to control my boundaries. It is a lot of hard work and not for everyone, but thus far I have found this journey to be very rewarding. I don’t mind the long hours or sacrifice that it takes because it is for our brand, my legacy.
Did entrepreneurship find you or did you find it? I think that it is a combination of the two; basically we found each other! I am a firm believer that everyone has a calling, something that you are destined to achieve in your life time. The key is to discover your purpose and relentlessly pursue that. I am blessed to share this journey with my daughter, who shares my love for fashion and beauty. We are successfully able to incorporate our love for the fashion industry and our desire to want to encourage women weekly via our podcast.
As a business leader, what’s some of your greatest challenges? Because patience is not one of my best attributes, getting exposure to our brand has been my biggest challenge.
When you’re not in business mode, what do you do for down time? I love to cook! I am constantly looking for and trying new recipes. I also enjoy reading. I am very close with my family, it is not uncommon that we get together, enjoy a meal and a few laughs. When time allows, I will sit on my deck, no music or distractions, listening to nature and quiet time with God.
As a CEO Chick, how are you dominating your industry? I am dominating the industry by being one of a few mother-daughter duos that simultaneously (1) hosts a radio show; (2) write for a magazine; (3) own a body care line; (4) obtaining certification in makeup artistry and fashion styling.
What your number one advice to a fellow CEO chick or aspiring business leader? The best advice that I would share would be to always operate with integrity, let your word be your bond. Seek God for wisdom, ask Him for divine connections and opportunities. Surround yourself with like-minded people and distance yourself from toxic relationships. Do not be intimidated when you do not have all the answers. Always remain humble in any level of success you may have!
What’s three things you would tell your younger self in business? (1) Do not be afraid the pursue your dreams; (2) do not allow the opinions of negative people to get in your head; (3) know your worth.
What keeps you creative in business? Knowing the importance of staying relevant, staying current with the trends and current events. Not becoming complacent with my current situation. I set weekly goals for myself which include learning something new, trying a new app, I am constantly seeking new opportunities that will expand our brand.
What can we expect next from you? Completing the certification of makeup artistry and fashion styling. This certification includes theatre and special effects; I would love to explore the opportunities that would allow for me to work within that atmosphere. Additionally, I am planning to become a certified esthetician and further explore the opportunities in the fashion industry that will take our business and brand to another level.