MEET STACEY FERGUSON
TDR: What issues are you most passionate about in your community?
Stacey: Empowering bloggers to use their platforms to gain financial and creative freedom. Equalizing the brand budget playing field for influencers of color. Creating a platform for sisterhood and support for women of color in social media.
TDR: What are most of your philanthropy efforts typically directed towards serving?
Stacey: Want-raprenuers who desire to start businesses following their passions. I also have a heart for the hungry and the homeless.
TDR: How do you define leadership?
Stacey: I define leadership as a divine responsibility! It's a role that I take very seriously. Leadership means that you've been gifted with the ability to lead others to a higher ground, whether it's in business, relationships, or any number of things.
TDR: How would you define your leadership style?
Stacey: This I know for sure - I'm a Democratic Leader. I learned this from reading T.D. Jakes' "Instinct". This means I like everyone to participate, weigh-in and engage in open discussion.
TDR: What would be the most painful lesson that you've learned in life that has helped you become who you are today?
Stacey: Not to underestimate the damage that egos can do. They can end relationships, undermine business opportunities, and derail your aspirations. I've learned to be mindful of people's egos and how to manage them. It sounds silly, but I've learned the hard way that they are what make this world go 'round!
TDR: What would people be surprised to know that you had to overcome?
Stacey: Health issues stemming from stress, depression and anxiety. Self-care is a REQUIREMENT for everyone, but especially high-achievers from whom much is expected.
TDR: What is your advice for emerging leaders?
Stacey: Know your lane and be clear about your moral compass. Be kind to everyone and give, give, give.
TDR: Name 3 leaders that you look up to.
Stacey: President Obama, Oprah, and Malala Yousafzai.
TDR: Name 3 of your favorite books.
Stacey: The Help, The $100 Startup, and anything by Emily Giffin!
TDR: Complete this sentence…5 years ago I was…
Stacey: Working full-time as an attorney for the federal government while working my business on the side AND raising a 2 year old, a 4 year old, and a 7 year old.
TDR: Complete this sentence…5 years from now I hope to be…
Stacey: Thriving with my family and walking in my purpose.
TDR: If you could describe yourself in one word, what would it be and why?
Stacey: Genuine. I strive to be genuine in everything that I do; I believe that it sets me apart of many.
TDR: What are some of your current initiatives people can help you with?
Stacey: Great question - I have several things in the works....stay tuned!
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