We had the good fortune of connecting with Kisha Howell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kisha, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Three habits have contributed to my success: (1) writing my goals and steps down, (2) ensuring that my goals are in my schedule, and (3) networking across.

Every Sunday evening I spend time planning my week through the lens of my many ventures. I dedicate each day to a particular venture and map out the actionable steps towards that venture. Thinking through the steps in writing helps me to affirm that my goals are attainable. I also believe that if your goals are not factored into your schedule it won’t happen. That might seem like an obvious tip, but I have come to find that often people are expecting their dreams to materialize without actually dedicating time to those dreams. I also firmly believe in networking across more than networking up. Working alongside people who are just as hungry as you is powerful! I love finding people who are at the same stage in their business as me to learn with and from the.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I first want to say that I believe that we are designed to pursue all of our dreams. Because of this I like to describe myself as a multi-passionate entrepreneur. My career started in education over a decade ago and since then I have started my own education consultancy, The Thought Partner, which supports education leaders and administrators in clarifying or shifting their school culture. I am also graduating with my doctorate in the fall of 2021 and my research is designed to create transformation in teacher education. I am the founder of The Harambee Collective, which is a community exclusively for womxn of color. Our community curates monthly experiences, mostly virtual, for WOC nurture their whole selves in the company of other WOC. In addition to being an education consultant, doctoral student, and community founder, I am also the owner of Bold Hues, a boutique consultant business that guides creatives and small business owners in developing stronger productive and organizational habits.

I am most proud of being able to allow myself to do it all. I believe we are conditioned to believe that we must choose one venture. I refuse. I let my heart and creative energies pursue what makes me happy and because of that all of my ventures bring me joy!

Transitioning into entrepreneurship wasn’t necessarily a challenge, but it was a journey that required more personal growth than I expected. I did not start my full entrepreneur journey until May 2020. Since then I’ve had to learn a great deal about being my own boss. It has required me to be honest, vulnerable, and reflective. All qualities I’ve had before, but none of which I’ve had to use when running my own ventures.

I want the world to know that across all of my ventures, The Thought Partner, The Harambee Collective, and Bold Hues, are the themes of listening, inspiration, and endless possibility!

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh I love this! I live in New York and there is so much to do. When I have friends visit I take them to some of my favorite happy hour spots. For drinks I would take them to Verlaine in LES, 67 Orange Street, Ode To Babel in BK, ROKC. For food I love Smorgasbord in BK, Handcraft Kitchen, Sunday In Brooklyn, Soco, The Grange, ROKC, and Calle Ocho. There is also something to do in New York. From museums, pop-up shops, festivals, theres Prospect Park and Central Park, the Botanical Gardens, bike rides, paint-n-sips, yacht rides, shopping, you name it!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my mother, Estelle Howell. She has shown me the power of maintaining persistence and resilience despite all odds. Her love always pushes me to dream bigger every day. I am grateful for her legacy and I can only hope that I continue to make her proud. She is someone who I can be my most vulnerable with and who also demonstrates her own vulnerability. It is through her that I’ve learned the art of listening which is essential to the work that I do across all of my ventures.

Website: www.theharambeecollective.com

Instagram: @boldhues @theharambeecollective @thethoughtpartner

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kishahowell/

Twitter: @kishahowell3

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfeeCqhNsCvwA7h4cBJcUEw

Image Credits
The images of me alone were taken by Marta Skovro (IG @martaskovro).

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