1996: I started my first lemonade stand
2001: I spent time living and modeling in Paris
2003: I spent time vacationing and ultimately working as a model in Buenos Aires, Argentina and quickly learned Spanish
2004: I returned to New York City and began my collegiate studies at The Fashion Institute of Technology thinking I was going to launch a fashion brand
2006: I decided to turn a successful grape-growing vineyard operation into a winery and began building and overseeing the construction of a winery and tasting room. I was also busy planning my wedding and got married that Spring
2007: What a year! I opened the winery and tasting room doors of Sugarleaf Vineyards to the public in August, I graduated Magna Cum Laude from FIT with a Bachelors of Science in International Trade and Marketing in December and I gave birth to my first child, my son Jayden days after completing my studies in December!
2009: I had my second child, my mini-me, Chloe entered the world in September! My life as I knew it suddenly changed; my marriage ended and I immediately became a single mother with 2 children under the age of 2.
2011: I was honored at The White House with an Empact100 Award by the Kauffman Foundation for being one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30 in the United States.
2011: I started Luxury Market Branding and became heavily involved in the technology, venture and startup communities as an advisor and investor. At the end of the year, Jeremy Johnson and I started Gen Y Capital to invest in early stage consumer facing technology companies.
2012: Sugarleaf Vineyards was acquired; I sold my interest in the business — my first major exit as an entrepreneur!
2013: Essence Magazine named me a “Shot Caller” to watch in business.
2014: My book, The Path Redefined: Getting To The Top On Your Own Terms, was published by BenBella Books and became an instant best-selling business memoir.
2014: The New York Urban League’s Young Professionals awarded me the honor of Philanthropist of the Year for my charitable involvement and dedication to giving back.
2015: Kia Motors and UPTOWN Magazine named me as one of their Inspirationally Crafted entrepreneurs for my leadership and fearless entrepreneurial journey and Smart CEO Magazine honored me as a 2015 Smart CEO Brava Award Winner.
2016: I officially began my career in media, on your television, with my new tv show, Quit Your Day Job premiered on Oxygen (NBCU) March 30th 10p/9C
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