Today’s featured entrepreneur grabbed life by the horns and kicked it in the gut. She didn’t allow a setback, something that would devastate most people, defeat her. She has taken the art of being a woman, being confidant, and being a go-getter work for her…and for others.
Shanel Cooper-Sykes has been a lifelong entrepreneur. Her first business that truly prospered was SCS Media Publishing, which was started in 2009 and still exists today. Her highly acclaimed book, Stilettos in the Kitchen, was first published as an e-book in May of 2009. (Might I add she began getting orders for the book before it was even finished.) The first edition printing was done in August of that same year and is almost sold out. Shanel’s book, which is a mix of recipes, financial advice, make-up tips, and so much more, was inspired by her mentor Les Brown. After moving to New York, she became depressed. She would cook and stay in the kitchen, but she stopped speaking to people and became a hermit. After reconnecting with her mentor, he told her that in order for her to help herself, she was going to have to help others. That is how her book was born.
Her book has now grown to Stiletto University, which will open for enrollment during the Summer of 2011. This school will consist of extraordinary women who will be taught by Shanel in a weekly on-line course. This will allow women from all over to experience the knowledge of Shanel first-hand. There will be activities and homework that the ladies will need to complete as well as participating in community service. With Stiletto University, Shanel hopes to create a sorority of women who are educated, independent, and empowered women who will be recognizable to all just by the way they carry themselves.
I appreciate Shanel for allowing me the opportunity to interview her. It was a pleasure to speak with her. If you want to know more about Shanel, you must go to her site here. Everyone can learn a thing or two from this extraordinary and amazing woman. I might cook in some stilettos this weekend! 😉 Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!
Today’s Black History Month fact is about Harriet E. Wilson. Wilson is credited as being the first female African-American novelist. Her novel “Our Nig” was first published in the United States in 1859 and was rediscovered in 1982 by professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.