Women who engage with Walker’s Legacy through membership are aspiring and existing leaders in business and entrepreneurship who are looking to enhance their knowledge of achieving success in corporate America. Walker’s Legacy members join a global network of like-minded progressive women of color and our Member Spotlights highlight the journey and achievements of our members. In this Member Spotlight, meet Aisha Taylor.
Bio: Aisha Taylor is a single mom of twins, personal financial coach, and #1 Amazon Best Selling Author of the book 5+5 FNPhenomenal Ways to Save $100 This Week Without Killing Your Lifestyle. Aisha has been featured in ESSENCE, Jet Magazine, and Black Enterprise. She has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and two Master’s degrees from the University of Michigan. She is the Founder of FNPhenomenal (Frugal – n – Phenomenal), a movement designed to develop single moms to become financially free.
Current City: Detroit, Michigan
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Social: Twitter: @FNPhenomenal / Facebook: @FNPhenomenal / Instagram: @FNPhenomenal
Getting Your Start
First Job: Sr. Financial Analyst
What has been the biggest inspiration behind your career? I want to walk in purpose and help people. The funny thing is that initially, I wanted to climb the corporate ladder, make a ton of money, shatter the glass ceiling, and show black women that they could thrive in Corporate America. I chased career advancement, and it was cool for a while, but I wasn’t fulfilled. I realized that I needed purpose. I needed to know that my efforts were going to positively impact people’s lives. I didn’t think that I could do that in a cubical creating spreadsheets.
Your Business and Inspiration
Tell us more about your company/organization/effort… I help single moms to develop a vision for their life, create a financial plan to achieve the abundance they desire, and to show them that phenomenal living is possible.
What was your inspiration for creating/supporting the company/organization/effort? I started FNPhenomenal because I wanted help women reduce stress, improve money management, and live a more fulfilled and phenomenal life. However, once I became a single mom, I started to understand the unique challenges that single moms faced with money management. As I worked through my new financial challenges, changed how I managed my money, and adjusted to my new life as a mom, I realized that I had some wisdom that I could share that could really make a difference to another single mom. I also refused to accept the single mom stereotype, and therefore I’m on a mission to teach single moms that they can be financially free, live phenomenal lives, and build a legacy for their children. I truly view FNPhenomenal as my ministry.
What accomplishment are you most proud of in your professional life? I’m most proud of getting the courage to change the focus of FNPhenomenal to focus on single moms. I was so scared to share my own story as a single mom, because of the fear of judgment. However, I realized was that my story wasn’t a story of defeat, but rather a story of triumph. Even though I’m still going through the process, I know that I have wisdom that I could share with other single moms who are looking for hope. I’m just proud that I found the courage to use my test as a testimony and turn around and help other moms.
On Women of Color in Business
What advice do you have for women of color who are starting their careers? I would tell women of color to “know your worth” and get good mentors. I think that people in the workplace can be intimidated by our credentials and knowledge, and some may decide to use that to belittle you to make themselves feel better. Don’t fall for it. I went through a situation, when I was still in corporate, where I was belittled, harassed, and talked down to because of the color of my skin and my gender. Unfortunately, I started to internalize what was being said and I believed the negativity. Over time, the stress started to impact my health. It wasn’t until I started to ask for advice and solicit the help of mentors that I realized that what happened to me wasn’t unique and that I was highly intelligent, and a valued employee. I tried to deal with the harassment in a vacuum and it didn’t work. Get mentors, consult them, and use their advice.
What are your thoughts on the importance of women of color in business? Women of color are important in business because we bring more to the table because we have to work twice as hard to get the same recognition and opportunities as others. It makes us stronger, more qualified, and more resilient.
I also think that women of color have a unique opportunity because of our background as women and our background as a person of color to bridge the divide. Being a woman of color in the finance field has shaped my perspective about team building. I know how it feels to be dismissed and treated unfairly, so I’m very sensitive to making sure that people have an opportunity to be heard and treated with respect regardless of their views. I would caution women of color, especially those who have been discriminated against like I have, to be careful to not become intolerant of the intolerance that we are against. We can encourage input from people of different socioeconomic groups, other underrepresented minorities, and people of majority because diverse experiences, views, and leadership styles will help you to get a better outcome in businesses.
“I realized was that my story wasn’t a story of defeat, but rather a story of triumph. Even though I’m still going through the process, I know that I have wisdom that I could share with other single moms who are looking for hope.”Aisha Taylor
What’s your favorite place to unwind? This is a hard question. I would either say at church in Bible study or at home.
What’s running through your mind before you begin a presentation? I want to make sure that I deliver a message that is impactful and that the audience can implement immediately in their life and make better decisions. Before I deliver a presentation, I always ask God to use me as a vessel to deliver His message, because only He knows what the audience needs to hear right now.
What are your thoughts on balancing work and life? I don’t know if it is possible. I think that you can focus on one area, and do well for a period of time and then you can switch to the other area and then to well. I view it more as a pendulum where you constantly move between work and life. However, if you do what you love, then work becomes a part of your life. I think that is what we should strive towards – doing what we love so it doesn’t feel like work.
One tip that I would tell the readers is to pick 1 day per week where you focus on family. You may have to do errands that day, but get your family involved and then give them a little reward for coming along for the ride. Work is such a major part of our lives, and we can get so focused on money that we forget about those who mean the most to us. Taking a day to be fully present shows our loved ones that we do care and that we do love them. I don’t get this right every week, but that is my goal.
Why Did You Join Walker’s Legacy?
Why did you decide to join Walker’s Legacy? I love the community of Walker’s Legacy and the commitment to helping women of color. I think that we have unique experiences and unique needs, and it is so much better to connect with and learn from others so that we can all grow.