Unique and inspiring is how I’ve chosen to look at this issue of Lioness Magazine. Why? Because you can’t be the co-founder of a company named Abnormal Ariginals or a president/CEO whose personnel picture is of her smiling coyly while wearing a tiara without raising some eyebrows.
Tiffany Crenshaw, our cover story this month, is indeed the aforementioned president and CEO with the unorthodox profile photo. Her ingenuity, however, has led Intellect Resources in North Carolina, a recruiting and IT firm for the healthcare industry, to revenue streams of more than $30 million a year. Not bad at all for a woman who had originally planned to use her degree in journalism to become a reporter in New York City. I encourage readers to flip to this article by Tara McCollum because she’s amply illustrated Crenshaw’s management style and it’s one we can all learn from – to inspire those around you by leading the charge screaming “heck yeah!”
The uniquely named fashion line Abnormal Ariginals can be attributed to co-founder De’Hollie Wood Gelin of South Florida. As if one business weren’t enough she’s also the founder of HLPR Group International, a public relations and brand management company. Aliyah Cherrisse shares Gelin’s spunky business practices as part of her ongoing “Dream Catcher in Heels” series. Suffice as to say, Gelin rocks the business world by blending her proud cultural heritage – Bahamian and Haitian – with the attributes of the eclectic South Florida.
I hope that this issue, with its accounts of some real female trailblazers, spurs you onward in your business endeavors. If nothing else, I encourage you to take a page from Crenshaw’s book and throw caution to the wind screaming “heck yeah!”