We had the good fortune of connecting with Myra Brown-Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Myra, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from South Florida in the Broward County area from a small town known as “Carver Ranches”, now known as West Park. What I loved about this area is that everyone knew you or your family, which caused you to act accordingly while being out. My neighbors were like my second parents and they chastised me and loved me just as passionately as they loved their children. Values and morals were instilled and expected to be upheld. People were genuine and kind and that shaped me as a person. The expectation was that you were going to grow up and be great, it wasn’t optional. Therefore, I knew that success wasn’t an option for me but was a part of my destiny. My upbringing and community made me proud of who I was and I wanted to shine brightly. When I would visit home from college and would share my experiences and triumphs, people would share how they expected nothing less. This motivated me to push past my comfort and simply become!
What should our readers know about your business?
Kingdom Classy, is my consulting business that helps propel people to the next level or simply start their business. I enjoy assisting people in ascertaining their dreams. I write grants as well as teach grant writing classes to educate others on the benefits of grant funding. This was a natural business for me to start as I was a former CEO and Director for several nonprofit organizations. I realized that I had assisted organizations on how to acquire millions of dollars with my leadership and writing abilities, however I was not assisting myself. I remember sitting at my parents and my father said to me, “how many millions did you get this time”, and before I could answer he said, “you realize that could be for your business.” It was powerful and poignant. I then knew it was time for me to step out and simply try. I have learned that the best clients will be strangers! The biggest challenge was reminding people who were familiar with me that my services were not free! I desire for the world to know that this takes courage, strength and wisdom but it is totally worth it. My brand is about excellence and freedom and I am the queen of next steps. For many people it’s not that they don’t know what to do they simply don’t know how. I have been blessed with the gift to share the “how”!
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 would start with a fabulous breakfast at the Old Florida Breakfast House and then spend the day in the sun at Fort Lauderdale Beach. I would end the day at Houston’s In Pompano and sit on the water and people watch. We would spend some time on Las Olas Blvd in Ft. Lauderdale and have lunch at Bar Rita, upstairs with a wonderful breeze. I would hang out in Wynwood down in Miami and enjoy the art and culture. We would spend some time in Coconut Grove and do some light shopping while tasting all the tropical flavors of South Florida. Finally, we would spend a day at City Place in West Palm Beach and catch a show at the Improv and end the night at the Blue Martini for dinner and dancing.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
As a young girl, I remember visiting my sister in college at University of Florida and fell in love with one of her friends, Lolita Files. She was an Alpha Kappa Alpha woman, stylish, popular, and extremely smart. She was an excellent writer and full of life. I never forgot her and wanted to be just like her. She became a famous author who now lives in California. When I entered college I was determined to join the same sorority, which brought me so much joy and developed a love for writing. A few years back she visited my sister and I was almost in tears to just witness her greatness in the flesh. I have always admired her and relished in the moment, when I got to share with her just how greatly she influenced my life. She has always encouraged me to be great in my own way!
Photo by: Jacques Durand Jr.