Angelita Steele . CEO/Camp Director. Camp S.A.S.E Hair & Fashion Boot Camp. Belhaven College


EnrichHER 2018 Spark Conference held last March 14 at Atlanta Technology Village. EnrichHER, founded by Dr. Roshawnna Novellus are local initiatives designed to help entrepreneurs with coaching, capital, and connections.  In business, the saying is “it’s not what you know, but who you know.”  EnrichHER Spark allows entrepreneurs to advance their businesses by making meaningful face-to-face connections with local leaders, investors, business coaches, and like-minded entrepreneurs.  

According to Dr. Novellus, one of the biggest issues that women-led businesses face is access to capital. For this reason, InrichHer program presented an entrepreneur showcase that included a grant to a lucky entrepreneur with shared resources that will increase success of gaining capital.

Meet the EnrichHER 2018 Spark Conference Finalist

Angelita Steele . CEO/Camp Director .  Camp S.A.S.E  Hair & Fashion Boot Camp.  Belhaven College

What was your first job ever? I landed my first job through at an inner city program in Memphis TN at Mud Island as a cashier at age 14. My track coach Herman Adam helped make this opportunity a reality. I worked for them 3 summers.

Who are your mentors and icons that have influenced you the most and why? Such a great question, but I have several mentors. The one that sticks out most is Deborah Townsend. For almost 10 years she has been the voice behind me encouraging me to keep winning. Her mindset, realistic conversations, strategies to maneuver through business, and her friendship is priceless. Icon that I admire is Arianna Huffington. Her name and accomplishments speak for itself. However, I'm in love with her book Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life if We'll Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

When did you first realize that you were born to be an entrepreneur / business leader and what course of action did you take in terms of following that passion? At age18 I was given a company credit card, salary, bonuses, and named part owner of a flower shop. I learned sales, customer service, how to interact with different cultures, and knew then I wanted more. My mom & I launched a business decorating cakes. The earnings in a week was an exciting trip to the bank. However after college and not getting my degree, I aimed for beauty school, graduated, and opened my first salon. I found being my own boss was awesome and the earning and being in charge of my schedule was what I desired. I've never looked back, but have created so many open revenues for myself.

Being an entrepreneur is a gift and a curse. We have to work 20 times harder and learn to sacrifice a lot to arrive to our destination. What advice would you impart to future entrepreneurs and to strong business leaders? Advice I'd like to impart to future entrepreneurs & strong business leaders is to be well balanced. The entrepreneur lifestyle is great, we try to attend to so many things, but selfcare is important. Never neglect your body, spirit, & Family. Your body will let you down one day, your spirit man needs fuel to keep going, and families want to aid & support you.

Leading a successful group is a challenge. How do you consistently inspire and motivate the team to extract the most optimized version of themselves to bring to the table? I often say that great leaders build great teams, so to keep a team motivated I have to find ways myself. We all listen to motivational podcast, go to conferences that builds us up, and do round table events together to reflect, build, and extract.

When you have to put out a fire, what process do you have that's proven to be effective?  When I have to put out a fire the method I choose is using perception. I ask myself is it really a fire or just smoke. However to answer the questions I try to find the baseline problem and work from there. I reflect to see how my mentor would handle the situation, and go from there.

How do you decompress in order to keep that balance? Decompressing is most important to me. I like to keep balanced. There's several things that I do and they're going for walks, reading books, hiding away at beach, and meditating.

What's been the most gratifying business or personal role that you had that led you to be where you are now? The most gratifying role that has led me to be where I am now is through my vlog I host live on Facebook called Let's Talk with Angie Steele. I use this platform to push all my events, my girls camp, because it's free and has a great reach. I bring on other entrepreneurs and interview them so that people can understand the work it takes to build a brand, yourself, and keep balanced. This has helped me network with some great people, build my own personal brand, and has given me the courage to keep going. It's encouraging to me that people inbox, see me out, and tell me how my vlog has helped them.

Life lessons learned that you carry with you to keep the fire alive to stay on top of your game? The reason why I do what I do are for the generations to come.
My grandmother taught us life lessons in storing up for later. The methods she used was gardening, canning, and preserving. I apply that in everything I do in business. Not storing up will catch up with you one day. So I try to never become to complacent; this is my fire. I tend to my businesses and reap the harvest whether big or small from them and preserve them over time.

How do you define success? My definition of success is when what I imagined to be has manifested. Success is the outcome!

What's next for you? What's next for me prayerfully is planting Camp S.A.S.E in Atlanta, Chicago & Seattle. I'm in contact with connections to make it happen, finish my degree in business, & grow.

Originally Published on WireTap Media. Interviewed by Maryan Aiken. Publisher. CityBox Media. PaperGlass Media. WireTap Media.

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