Young Black Entrepreneurs & Innovators Share What Inspires Them To Succeed
Kaiela Kirkland-Fuentes: Business Owner, African-American, born and raised in Queens, NY.
Kaiela Kirkland-Fuentes is the younger daughter of business owners and spent a great deal of her childhood working for her parents’ marketing research company. From a young age Kirkland-Fuentes was inspired to own her own business and started early by selling cookies. At the age of 29, after finishing graduate school, Kirkland-Fuentes opened her own company, Ebony Marketing Systems.
Kaiela Kirkland-Fuentes: I would say Harriett Tubman is an inspiring role model. She was a fearless leader who changed many lives. We can all learn so much from a woman who risked her own life to help others. Recently, Michelle Obama has really inspired me to be comfortable in my own skin. She has such poise and grace, but always remains true to who she is. What an inspiration to all, plus we share the same birthday!
As an African-American female business owner, I feel I have to constantly prove myself. I have learned that I must perform at my optimum. This is how I conduct both my personal and my business life.
My advice to those coming behind me is to dream BIG! Do not be afraid of failure. While others may doubt your abilities, remember to never give up. Only you can see your dreams to fruition!