Dr. Adair White-Johnson is the The Empowerment House and Johnson Tribe Publishing House. photo courtesy of mistuhwill.com.
ATLANTA — For the last five years Dr. Adair White-Johnson has been empowering others to live in their purpose so they can make positive changes in their lives. White-Johnson gives the power of voice to those who were once silenced by teaching them how to turn their storms into stories via the written word at The Empowerment House and Johnson Tribe Publishing House. As executive director at The Empowerment House, the retired school counselor didn’t consider herself an “entrepreneur” because, “I merely thought that I was following my next dream, but as my business continued to grow and expand I realized that I actually was an entrepreneur,” White-Johnson said. “ My dream led me to this point. I was not on an active path to find it.”
Lioness caught up with White-Johnson to find out more about her work, her motto as our Entrepreneur of the Day.
Lioness: What was your last, “why did I go into business for myself” moment?
White-Johnson: Hmmmmm. I honestly don’t believe that I’ve had those moments. I’m a “fixer” type of woman. If I don’t understand something then I find out how to fix it. I don’t question my decision to follow my dream.
Lioness: Every female professional should have _____.
White-Johnson: Faith, patience, confidence, humility, flexibility, honesty, a lil’ “ratchedness.” (She laughs) Mixed with class and more dreams to follow.
Lioness: If you could steal some business mojo from another mogul, who would it be and why?
White-Johnson: Marshawn Evans Daniels, because she instilled in me how to “start before you are ready” and to “do it afraid.” I learned to consistently let my faith be stronger than my fear in this new professional arena (business) and that it was OK, that everything didn’t have to be “perfect” before I allowed myself to make my next move. This is critical information in the business world.
Lioness: What is your business motto?
White-Johnson: I don’t really promote one motto but my life’s mantra is, “I am. I can. I will. I do.”
Lioness: If you could give other entrepreneurs three tips, what would they be?
White-Johnson: Live in your purpose. Do it afraid. You are already equipped and empowered to persevere in your passion so go ahead and make the next move.
Lioness: Has there been a piece of technology or software that has been a lifesaver to you? Since I edit a plethora of articles and books, I would have to say the software program, Grammarly, has become a lifesaver. It definitely helps with the editing process because it identifies the smallest errors in grammar usage and mechanics.
Lioness: What is your goal for the next year?
White-Johnson: I would love to be on the stage at the Essence Festival to motivate, empower and inspire women. I would also like to appear on a talk show to motivate, empower and inspire women as well.
Lioness: When someone is telling their friend about your business, what do you hope they say?
White-Johnson: That I am authentic. That I care. That I “know my stuff.” That I really helped them.