Wise Women Wednesday: Jada Monica Drew

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Q. Who are you? What is your background? 
A. At my core I am a servant leader. I am a North Carolina girl, born and raised. I’m a problem solver and an encourager. I’m a lover of people, great food, and travel. My father and mother taught me the value of giving to others and the importance of being a lifelong learner. They also encouraged me to travel and explore the world, which I love to do. With that, I’ve decided to make Greensboro home. I guess you can say that I’m a world traveler with a small-town heart.

Q. What is your work?
A. Practically speaking, I am a trainer, strategist, and consultant. Each day I get to train people to learn applicable skills in communication, leadership styles, conflict resolution, planning, healthy dialogue, and professionalism. But what makes my work so engaging is that these skills are taught with a focus on diversity and inclusion.

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Q. What is one project you are excited to be working on right now?
A. I’m launching the Bloom: Innovative Solutions for Inclusion Seminar on September 21st. The Seminar is a huge breakthrough in my industry. It’s designed to customize solutions and to provide actionable tools for participants. They’ll experience speakers, a “swanky mastermind,” and a design-thinking process leading them toward inclusion solutions.

Q. What is one thing you've done recently that's scared you and took courage, but you're glad you did?
A. About 6 months ago, I traveled to Brooklyn, New York for a book signing event. I was extremely nervous! Why? Because it was NEW YORK! The big apple. The city of dreams. If you can make it there you can make it anywhere. I’ve worked and traveled there before, but never hosted a signing. The book More Than Enough: Step Into the Next Level of You is so personal and intimate. I was nervous that the critics would be brutal. With millions of events going on in the city, I was also afraid that people wouldn’t show up. Writing the book was scary enough, now I’m actually talking about my deep fears and short-comings out loud. Not only did I survive the event, I thrived! It was wonderful and the lessons of the text were re-affirmed as the readers shared how much they learned and the specific ways they were inspired by the text.

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Q. What is the work you most want to be doing and are you doing it?  If not why not?  What's stopping you? 
A. I have a special gift of bringing people together and of catalyzing growth and excitement within people. This is the work I’m doing and I love it because of the feeling I get when I observe the process of developing meaningful relationships... even through conflict. My entire body smiles when humans feel more capable, confident, and ready to execute their dreams.

Q. What would you tell your high school or college self?
A. It’s not that deep. Get over it and count your blessings.

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Q. What's one piece of advice or motto you love and use in your daily life that you would like to share with my sweet readers?
A. “Life is not a trajectory. I am always becoming.” -Ruby Dee Davis. This quote reminds me that there are no boxes and that I can live out any dream.

Q. What keeps you creating when you don't feel like it?
A. Listening to old records on the record player, dancing, traveling, and exploring nature.

Q. Anything else you'd like to share?
A. I’m a lover of learning! Each opportunity I have to learn a new craft or innovative ways of living, I soak up the knowledge like a sponge. With my hectic travel schedule, audiobooks and podcasts have become my solace. 

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Q. What's your favorite yoga pose? 
A. My favorite yoga pose is the Vrksasasa- Tree pose.

Q. How do you live a life of abundance?
A. A life of abundance is all about deeply believing that your purpose and your life was meant to inspire others. This belief catalyzes a giving spirit. It feels so good to give to others. Whether it’s a smile or a surprise gift, I find joy in giving. As a business-woman who seeks success in all areas of life, I’ve learned that there is no winner when you compete. The only person I compete with is myself. Plus, there is enough business to go around and partnerships to create. I’d rather enjoy what I do and not stress over things I cannot control.

You can find Jada Here
Jada Monica Drew
Social Design Consulting

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