Walker’s Legacy Profiles recognize unique women of color in business who embody the legacy of Madame C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire. In this installment, meet Brandey Rodgers McDonald, Walker’s Legacy Foundation Moms Who Hustle Instructor in the Washington, DC Kenilworth-Parkside Neighborhood.
Moms Who Hustle: A Financial Planning and Entrepreneurship Program for Millennial Moms will provide a financial literacy and entrepreneurship curriculum that helps single mothers of color take their finances and businesses to the next level.
Brandey is an executive with over 15 years of building, leading, and advising corporations in construction, real estate finance, and corporate finance. An accomplished leader in structuring and negotiating transactions and favorable terms with owners, contractors, and commercial banks, she is known for her excellence in leadership with a track record of documented contributions leading to improved financial performance, heightened productivity, and enhanced internal controls. Learn more about Brandey and why she is working with the Walker’s Legacy Foundation Moms Who Hustle program!
Why is working with women of color in business is important to you?
Women of color are so very powerful! We often times fail to realize we come from a long lineage of strong women who not only carried us on their backs, but sacrificed tremendously in order for their legacies to continue forward in greatness. This is why I believe women of color in business are a vital asset to the overall corporate world. Our knack for overcoming diversity combined with our ability to endure various
Our knack for overcoming diversity combined with our ability to endure various obstacles and hurdles in life have prepared us for the ability to not only climb the corporate ladder but break glass ceilings like no other.
Why is working with young moms of color is important?
In this day and time where our young moms of color are so easily influenced by the negative examples displayed in various avenues of media, it is extremely important for these young women to be presented with examples of successful women of color who can guide them down the correct paths to accomplishing their career goals and creating a better way of life for their families.
For me, it’s very personal because working with young women of color helps me create social impact in my very own community. Working with these young women increases their financial awareness, their ability to create jobs, and the betterment of their local communities. There is no greater feeling than the joy I feel when I know my personal experiences have served as an aid to a young mother who is in search of her own destiny as an entrepreneur.
My favorite quote is, “Let us not act out of fear and misunderstanding, but out of the values of inclusion, diversity, and regard for all that make our country great.” Loretta Lynch
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