January 2022 | Member Highlights


Meet Sharday Harrell, Business Strategist!

Tell us how you got into entrepreneurship: Well, my entrepreneurship journey did not come so easily, but I’ve always known I was a natural-born leader. And once I become successful in corporate America as a people’s manager, I had a newfound joy for cultivating and developing others and the passion became stronger after proven results in the workplace. I then saw an immense need outside the four walls of the office and started to support the community after launching my consulting firm in the fall of 2018.


What’s one of the greatest accomplishments you have achieved in your business and what was key to seeing this success? Aside from my clients and mentees gaining a new job opportunity or promotion after a 1 on 1 career coaching; I think when I received a call from my high school's current principal to present at an all-girl youth summit I knew then my gift not only made an impact on professionals, but also the community as a whole.

Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years? Operating in a signature brand where I organize funding for single mothers through my nonprofit, leading a team of real estate and finance professionals, and coaching and speaking for corporate events.

What do you love most about being a CEO Chick? Very simple; seeing a group of women from different walks of life Dominating is extremely empowering and inspiring!

Who inspires you? Who I was yesterday, inspires me. If I still have a pulse, I can still work the plan.

What is your favorite book/podcast you recommend to our CEO Chicks? One of my favs; "Understanding the Purpose and Power of Women" by Myles Monroe.


What advice would you give other aspiring entrepreneurs? That your gift is not just for you. Practice makes permanent. And there is someone waiting on the other side of your purpose to be fulfilled. It's as simple as ABC's; Active Believe & Conquer!

How has the CEO Chick network impacted your business? The inspiration that women can do, which is more than sharing tea, but can build their own household brands on custom MUGS they want!

How can people connect with you and your products/services?



Meet Cecilia Penn, Founder of The Cecilia J Collection!

Tell us how you got into entrepreneurship: My grandmother was a great inspiration. She taught me all about business and customer service. I was inspired to start my business as she was an entrepreneur when women in business were not a thing. She showed me how to make my own mark in the world and be profitable.


What’s one of the greatest accomplishments you have achieved in your business and what was key to seeing this success? During the height of the pandemic, I was able to grow my business by leaps and bounds. Making over 100k in 7 months. Being flexible and being able to pivot was key. Not being stuck in the old ways of doing business helped me grow as well.


Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years? I want to be the go-to person in the jewelry and accessory world while continuing to build and establish my own brand as a household name.


What do you love most about being a CEO Chick? The ladies! The genuine connections between us all and fight to want to see us all win.


Who inspires you? GOD and my family, I want to make them both proud.


What advice would you give other aspiring entrepreneurs? Keep pushing, if this was easy everybody would be doing this. It takes a special person to step out on faith. If you are called by GOD, then do it and be obedient to his word.


How has the CEO Chick network impacted your business? The connections alone are amazing. such a great and diverse group of women to know in any industry.


How can people connect with you and your products/services?


Meet Amanda Standard, Founding Director of The Divine Dance Institute!

Tell us how you got into entrepreneurship: I wanted to offer technical training in the arts that embodied excellence in motion applied to the full experience in faith.


What’s one of the greatest accomplishments you have achieved in your business and what was key to seeing this success? Finally seeing the launch of the professional dance company at the Kennedy Center on September 17, 2021.


Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years? Focused as the CXO of SoundXpressed Dance Company, Founding Director/Artistic Director of Divine Dance Institute. As well as Author, Choreographer, Educator, Consultant.


What do you love most about being a CEO Chick? The transparent information shared is uplifting and strengthening.


Who inspires you? God, TD Jakes, the children I teach.


What is your favorite book/podcast you recommend to our CEO Chicks? Don't Drop The Mic with Bishop TD Jakes and Pastor Steven Furtick.


What advice would you give other aspiring entrepreneurs? Stay focused on the why that fuels your drive into promise.

How has the CEO Chick network impacted your business? Confirmed the power of self-care and organization of thought.


How can people connect with you and your products/services?


Meet Tee Michelle, CEO of Glow Boutique!

Tell us how you got into entrepreneurship: The spirit of entrepreneurship has always been a part of me even as a teenager. I remember writing a generic business plan in my 20’s to start a babysitting service. I initially, thought I would earn my degree in Business Administration and own my own salon. I became an educator and writing children's books was my first entrepreneurial experience. I enjoyed the feeling of someone buying something from me. So I began my journey to start Glow Boutique. I stepped out on faith and I am currently steadily learning as well as growing my brand. I find it more rewarding earning my manner from people supporting my businesses than my 9-5 job as an educator. I will continue to push forward because I love being a CEO CHICK! Why Sparkle? Just Glow.


What’s one of the greatest accomplishments you have achieved in your business and what was key to seeing this success? One of my greatest accomplishments is just having enough faith to do it! Overcoming the negativity in my own head has been one of my biggest accomplishments. So, I recognize when there is doubt in my consciousness it is actually a signal to push forward and exercise my faith. If I think it. I can speak it to life.


Where do you see yourself in the next 3-5 years? In the next 3-5 years, I see myself Winning. Growing my business and expanding the brand to meet the demands of the market.


What do you love most about being a CEO Chick? I really enjoy the consistent reminders and opportunities to connect and grow. I am still learning and rewatching as well as taking advantage of podcasts, videos, and lives. The more I get this information in my spirit the more it will manifest in my life and business.


Who inspires you? I look within for more inspiration and pray for Godly, divine connections to complete areas where I have no answers. I totally depend on God to send me what I need and I am receptive when He sends it!


What is your favorite book/podcast you recommend to our CEO Chicks? My favorite book is the Bible but I have a goal to read more books this year that will feed my spirit and mind with fruit to become better spiritually and as a CEO Chick.

What advice would you give other aspiring entrepreneurs? I have learned that "Hard work pays off." If you work hard for your business, set goals, connect with like-minded people, do the work that you need to do to take your business to the next level. Climb the staircase don't look at it, take a step every day. Make moves to learn and do better. It will pay off.


How has the CEO Chick network impacted your business? I was entertaining the thought of giving up on my clothing boutique business. I didn't know where to go next with my business. One of my best friends Dr. Kym Lee suggested that I get connected with the CEO Chicks. The mindset of CEO Chicks, the hard work that I see, and the motivation that CEO chick has given me in this short period of time have given me the inspiration to push on with my business. I needed to be connected with like-minded businesswomen. It was just what I needed to spark my creativity and help me learn how to take my business to the next level.


How can people connect with you and your products/services?