Janet Dickerson: Breaking Barriers, Defying Stereotypes, and Creating Opportunities

"Together, we can break barriers and create a more equitable and diverse business landscape."

What does being a Black Female Entrepreneur mean to you?

Being a Black Female Entrepreneur means breaking barriers, defying stereotypes, and creating opportunities not only for myself but for others in my community. As a Black woman, I understand the importance of representation and the need to pave the way for future generations. Being an entrepreneur allows me to be a role model, showing other Black women that they too, can achieve their dreams and pursue their passions.

When the atmosphere becomes challenging, what drives you to keep going?   

As an entrepreneur, I have learned that setbacks and obstacles are inevitable. However, I believe that every challenge is an opportunity for growth and learning. I remind myself of the progress I have made and the impact I am making in my field. I also draw strength from the support of my mentors and mentees. Taking on both roles has been instrumental in my journey, as it allows me to learn from experienced individuals while also giving back and nurturing the next generation of Black women professionals.

Being resourceful is another key factor that keeps me going. As an entrepreneur, I have learned to adapt, pivot, and find creative solutions to problems. I believe that being resourceful is a powerful skill that can help overcome any obstacle. Trusting the process is also crucial. 

Entrepreneurship is a journey filled with ups and downs, and it’s important to trust that the hard work and dedication will eventually pay off. Having faith in myself and my abilities allows me to persevere even when things get tough.

What advice do you have for Black Women who may be considering entrepreneurship?

My first piece of advice would is in knowing that you have unique perspectives and experiences that can contribute to your success as an entrepreneur. Surround yourself with a supportive network of mentors, mentees, and like-minded individuals who can provide guidance and encouragement along the way. Take advantage of resources and opportunities available to you, such as networking events, workshops, and business incubators. 

Lastly, remember that you have the power to create opportunities not only for yourself but for others in your field. Nurturing and supporting other Black women professionals is essential in building a strong and inclusive entrepreneurial community. Together, we can break barriers and create a more equitable and diverse business landscape.

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