This week’s Millennial on a Mission is not only an entrepreneur, but an international educator, life coach and world traveler. As the owner of Savvy Solutions Consulting, LLC, it is her mission to help women entrepreneurs and young professionals brand their greatness and profit from their brilliance.
We would like for you to meet Shade Y. Adu.
Hailing from Irvington, New Jersey, Shade received her bachelor’s degree from Morgan State University, her master’s in education from University of Pennsylvania, and she is currently a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. (You go girl!) “My passion of education and branding inspired me to re-brand my college and career coaching business (formerly TheSavvyLifeCoach.com) into my current personal branding and speaking virtual firm, ShadeYAdu.com,” she says. Prior to starting her business, Shade was a teacher and trainer in Kazakhstan for three years.
MOAM: What inspired you to pursue your choice of career? Who are some individuals you admire in and out of your field of work? What challenges have you faced in building your business, and what have you learned from them?
SA: I always knew that I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but I was afraid of taking risks. I was a star student and excelled at school. Becoming an entrepreneur forced me to relearn/unlearn some of the things that I had been previously successful at. I needed to learn new skills, so I invested in coaching with my superstar, power brander coach, Mrs. Marshawn Evans-Daniels. I truly believe that it is important to invest in yourself and in your brand. The investments that I have made in my life have truly made a difference. The biggest challenge for me was believing in myself. I needed to believe that I could be just as successful not even more successful at branding and an being entrepreneur as I was as an educator and student.
To Shade, being a Millennial on a Mission means that you have made a commitment to live life on purpose and truly enjoy all that life has to offer. “Being a MOAM means saying “no” to a life of mediocrity, and saying “yes” to creating an unimaginable, extraordinary, unrecognizable, happy, and fulfilling life,” Shade says. “Millennials don’t stop until they accomplish their goals, and they are always striving for more.” Her best advice to her millennial peers? Don’t ask for permission to be authentically you. “There is a story in your struggle, and it is the thread that is woven together to create you. Life won’t always be gummy drops and ice cream. There will be trials. But, you are the definition of greatness and will make it through.”