Women Who Empower Women: Dr. Jacqueline King, Founder of Black Women Empowered
Women who empower other women are top tier! We had the pleasure of interviewing a woman who empowers millions around the world.
Dr. Jacqueline King was born in North Carolina and now resides in Indiana. She went to college and majored in Business Administration and worked for an Electric company for over 25 years. After retirement, Dr. King founded Black Women Empowered over ten years ago after watching Black Girls Rock on BET. She started in a group on Facebook with just over two hundred women. That same group today has over two hundred thousand women. Since then, she’s launched several FB Pages with millions of followers. She has over seventy thousand followers on Instagram, over one hundred thousand on Pinterest, over two hundred thousand on LinkedIn, just under three thousand on Twitter and over ten thousand on TikTok. Black Women Empowered is a Social Media Ministry/Network. Dr. King has spent years empowering women and men to have a relationship with God to love themselves and to love and support one another. She started the Non-Profit, Black Women Empowered Safe Haven to help homeless/struggling women, specifically veterans with a strong focus on domestic violence and mental illness.
How do you differentiate your brand from others in your industry?
Dr. King: I believe that most in the industry focus on the money before anything else, we focus on empowering people through the Ministry of Jesus Christ. I’m not sure anybody is doing this on the level that we are.
Who is your business role model? Why?
Dr. King: I always say that Dave Daly who was my mentor when I worked for the Electric Company was my role model. He believed in me when nobody else did. He helped me grow and develop. He was committed to diversity and excellence. My current day mentor and role model is Dr. Mathew Knowels, (father of Solange & Beyonce) and my new business partner. He is a business mogul, extremely intelligent and very knowledgeable in many areas of business.
What do you feel are some challenges that specifically women entrepreneurs face?
Dr. King: I think the biggest challenges for women entrepreneurs, specifically women of color are racism, funding and fear. First if you allow fear to hold you back you will never do too much of anything. I have been told no more times than I care to remember but I never let it stop me. My motto is NO= Next Opportunity. Racism, I believe will always be with us however you have to keep moving forward until you can find those who see talent, not skin color. As far as funding, I believe that networking allows great opportunities to explore different funding avenues. Networking is crucial in business and life.
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