“I’m 27 and I’m a black girl in Macon. That meant a different thing, you know, decades ago. But it still has, especially in the business world, it still has some down sides.
I’m a military brat, so I lived here when I was 3 to 15, and then we moved around a lot. And, then I came back here for grad school.
And I figure, ‘Whenever do you get to be in a place that is on the verge of its complete economic development?’ It’s like Macon’s having its own revolution, and we get to experience it and work for it.
So, I decided to stay and grow my business here.
My fear is that my business will not grow because of the network that is perceived Macon is. But, I am happy to be in a place where it’s different than it was in my parents’ time.
I would say…[to] business leaders…You don’t have to be afraid to have that conversation with a young black person. You don’t have to be afraid to talk to a millennial about millennial stuff. Because, it’s not that I’m gonna bark at you. It’s not that I’m gonna start a riot.
I think conversation’s necessary. I think sometimes in these meetings, you know, there’s a lack of respect in that. Because I wanna be a part of that conversation. I want to be at the table. I want people to respect me and my company as it deserves to be respected.
But I also understand that with business comes some hard conversations, and I think that if more people realized that you don’t have to be, you know, a straight black female to speak to me about certain things, then we can really get going somewhere. You know?
I just look forward to being in a space in my business and life where I can bring joy to people, whether it be through my economic consulting or if it just is through volunteer work or even just my friends.
My rent on this earth is, the way I see it, to give something back to people. That brings me joy.
We’re stronger together. And…let’s not just bitch and moan about what’s wrong. Let’s just actually get together, form an LLC, and do some stuff…
Just be a…good person. And then the city will be better for that. But, that’s just me ranting.”