This was about 16 years ago, and I thought I was fresh. Nope, I knew I was fresh. ♀️ I was 19 or 20 taking new shots for my modeling comp card (more on that in a sec) in front of a strip of abandoned shops near East Atlanta.
For those who are new around here, I'm Titilayo Tinubu Ali, and I run Own Your Expertise, a career and lifestyle brand for women of color.
I'm an attorney, writer and education policy wonk. I ventured into entrepreneurship early launching a communications firm for nonprofits just a year out of college which I would go on to grow in three major southeastern media markets (Atlanta, D.C., Charlotte). So I have lessons learned as a baby CEO, legal counsel to large and small businesses and 15 years of freelancing experience to thank for giving me the tools to work for myself.
These tools have particularly come in handy now that I have a hubby and twin toddlers to love up on, and I'm at a place in my life where I want to shape my work around my family and not the other way around.
My mission is to help women of color develop the skills of entrepreneurship so they can prioritize their wellness and values and choose to opt out of the 9-to-5 workday whenever they want to or need to.
Random fact: I dabbled in modeling during my late teens and twenties and never had a real shot (because 5'2" shorty), but it was such a fun time. Growing up, I was the only girl with three brothers and I had no clue about fashion, makeup, etc. (TBH, I still don't), so it was such a fun and educational escape.
What's one crazy job or hobby you had growing up that is such a far cry from what you currently do? Tell me in the comments!
credits: I can't remember the photographer or makeup artist, but my friend @cicidionne styled me. Fun times.
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