- At 8 years old, Shatoyia [Founder / CEO] started her own business selling snacks to her peers and charging them $0.25 a day for snacks in advance. This is where she found her love of entrepreneurship, problem solving and people / money management.
- 2012-2015: At 12 years old, Shatoyia started a successful consulting organization (Born to Be Unique Consulting), a podcast and a blog to unique people leverage and monetize what makes them unique--while working at a local library and focusing on her studies. She won multiple awards and honors for her leadership and work (including public speaking) in 2015. She also wrote a book titled Myth of the Self Made, which was unofficially published and then removed by her to be published at a later date.
- 2015 - 2018: Shatoyia started consulting organization, Ordinary x Influence, a branch podcast and blog named RealTalkYSE [Young social entrepreneur] ) while studying full-time and being active in the community for change-makers and social entrepreneurs to be more efficient, effective, diverse, inclusive and sustainable in their operations and practices. It was not very successful in the first year but more successful the following years. She won multiple awards and honors for her leadership and work (including public speaking) between 2015-2019.
- 2018: She halted her entrepreneurial endeavors, except as a public speaker and worked in a restaurant part-time, bought self-education courses in real estate, financial literacy and other income opportunities and worked SOLELY in educational institutions and literacy / community programs, from private to public to charter, as an instructor, admin and in leadership. She also worked as a peer support advocate in a crisis respite focused on mental well-being and acceptance. She then decided to become an independent educator and started brainstorming a foundation where she could put all of her passions for the arts, travel, coaching/mentoring/consulting, self-development, mental health, poverty alleviation, education-education reform, diversity, equity and inclusion, communications, strategic development and management and public speaking all into one place.
- 2019: She launched First Ladies of Poverty Foundation as a not-for-profit organization and had the launch party May 25, 2019. Between the launch and December 2019, First Ladies of Poverty Foundation had secured 10 independent mentors as partners [including the first male partner], there had been various community workshops taking place, online events and some courses for a higher quality life and financial stability for women of color. By January 2020, First Ladies of Poverty Foundation had expanded its offerings to all people of color, not just women of color with special programming for people of African descent.
- 2020 First Ladies of Poverty Foundation wins 4 awards, COVID-19 hits and Shatoyia rebrands the organization to focus on game-changing entrepreneurship and investing trade programming for BIPOC / minority communities. First Ladies of Poverty Foundation becomes First Ladies of Poverty Foundation, LLC with 5 new entrepreneurial and investing trade programs and launches virtual remote learning and working solutions consulting services in response to the digital movement initiated by COVID-19.
Community development and programming committee
The community development and programming committee serves to increase FLP community involvement, create strategic partnerships to maximize impact and the increase awareness of our programming and services in under-served communities around the world. Works in collaboration with the fundraising, public relations and PIS committees as necessary.
Meets once a month virtually and/or in-person.
PARTNERS IN SERVICE COMMITTEE
Anyone partnering with the FLP to offering other services and/or skills/talents not specified that would benefit the programming and communities served by the First Ladies of Poverty Foundation. Meets once a month virtually and/or in-person.
PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE
The public relations committee serves to keep the team informed and up to date on industry events and changes, develop strategy for creating awareness and promoting the values, programming and impact of the FLP Foundation. The PRC also seeks partnership opportunities, including by not limited to FLP trainings / workshops.
Meets once a month virtually and/or in-person.
DeAngela Dothard, Shop Down South
Sama Jashnani, Down to Dash, Promo
Elizabeth Sullivan, Marketing and PR
The fundraising committee serves to increase external sponsor-ships and partnership opportunities, as well as strategize, create and get involved in FLP fundraising opportunities and efforts so as to scale the programming and reach of FLP programs. Meets once a month virtually and/or in-person.
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