We had the good fortune of connecting with Leomise Allen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Leomise, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind me starting my own business, was really just a thought. I had a vision for many years to start my own business but procrastination and fear kept me for pursing it. It was in 2018 that my sister put the fire under me to get up and start the business. After all , I was already doing the work in the community as a mentor.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My career background is in healthcare. I have worked for the UM Health System for the past 12 years as a Revenue Analyst. I have obtained my BS in Healthcare Administration in 2013 from Barry University and I am certified professional coder through the AAPC organization 2015. I also hold a MA in Human Service Counseling with the concentration of Addiction and Recovery from Liberty University 2017. The most challenging part of my academic learning was first returning to school after 17 years.I was intimidated by the younger students in the class. However, I realize that we all were here for the same purpose of gaining a higher education. My most challenging time was adapting to a 100% online curriculum that was very demanding and I wanted to quit every day. I cried almost the entire program. However I had a advisor by the name of Dan that would check on me weekly and pray for me to keep pushing. I know the work that I do as a mentor is totally opposite of my career path, but mentoring is my passion. What I want the world to know about my brand is that its authentic and its not forced upon anyone. The young ladies that is apart of my program came willingly. They reached out to family, friends and even my church for someone to talk to and I was recommended. Since my program has been established we have grown from 6 girls to 25 girls and that was based on the mentees recommending the program to their family and friends.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love the beach, I can go there everyday if I was offered the opportunity. However I would take them to the best seafood place ever, The Rustic Inn, yes I’m a seafood lover as well. We would definitely visit Wynwood. The scenery there is amazing and it’s very diverse in culture. Including food choices and the night life. Vizcaya and the PAMM musuem is another place we would visit. These are great photo opportunities. Because i love to have family fun, we will enjoy a night of bowling at Sparez or skating at Galaxy. I’m truly youthful at heart. If you like comedy as I do, we could visit the Shoppes at Doral for a night out on the town.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this shout out to all of the mentees of BE Girls and to The Miami Bridge Family. The Miami Bridge afforded me the opportunity to volunteer with a group of mentors every Tuesday night. It made my passion grow deeper to helping our youth overcome the challenges that they are up against. To my mentees, you all continue to show up workshop after workshop with the willingness to grow and learn from one another. Your tenacity and resilience speaks volume that we can create a safe, healthy and learning environment. A foundation that is built on accountability , integrity and humility.
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