BUSINESS GROWTH STRATEGIST.
"Stop worrying about the economy, what others think and other outside influences. They are NON-FACTORS. Empower yourself so that you can succeed no matter the climate.
Sometimes in order to grow, you have to scrap everything down to the studs, and start over from a place of new beginnings. Then the REAL growing can being.
I give it to you straight with no chaser. I don’t accept excuses. I keep it real, honest, and raw. I help people get out of their own way so they can focus on growth and results. By the time clients come to me, they know they have no other options but to succeed."
-Adrienne Graham, CEO
I help small business owners scale and grow their businesses into profitable companies. I’m a serial entrepreneur who lives and breathes entrepreneurship. I believe we all have the ability to create our own economy…and thrive.
Yes, I’m THAT author of No, You Can’t Pick My Brain (on Forbes & the book).
I founded Empower Me! Corporation, a Growth Strategies consultancy, because I believe if you want it badly enough, anyone can grow in ANY ECONOMY. I provide Strategic Business Growth consulting and Talent Advisory services to companies with high growth potential. I assist clients in creating processes and strategies to effectively run, grow and position their business for success. I work with clients to get to the root of the problem, then fix it by leveraging their knowledge, skills and brands to get paid more by giving away less for free, allowing them to be more profitable. I help you NOT be a broke brand.
I’ve learned lots of hard knocks business lessons along the way that set the foundation of who I am today. I succeeded some times. I failed some times. But I’ve always taken each experience and used it as the learning lesson it was meant to be, and set the bar higher each time for myself and my company.
I saw lots of people starting businesses, but only a handful of them succeeded. There were plenty of professionals, services and sites that helped people start businesses. But very few resources to help them sustain, scale and grow.
I used my business acumen to create trainings, write books and mentor small businesses. I was a businesswoman in every sense of the word. So I decided to build a company that focused on helping small businesses scale and grow to become companies.
I’m an innovator & not afraid to aim high.
I’ve been in publications, blogs, and on TV & radio shows, called on for my expertise in entrepreneurship, recruiting, social media, networking, branding, small business & career management. I’ve been in MSNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Inc Magazine, Fox Small Business, Financial Times, Essence, Time Magazine, Fortune, Jet Magazine, Publishers’ Weekly, and more. I have spoken on a variety of panels and have keynoted.
I currently serve as a Mentor to startup companies in the Straight Shot Accelerator Program, which is an accelerator in Omaha, NE dedicated to rapidly developing technology startups in e-commerce and SAAS.
In 2010 my radio show was selected a Top 100 Heavy Hitter Radio Show for Small Business by Small Business Trends. In 2013, once again Small Business Trends awarded the show Small Business Podcasts Top 100 for 2013. I’ve been quoted in Success Magazine, Fast Company Magazine and the Dylan Ratigan Show (MSNBC). I have written for Forbes.com, Examiner.com, Project Eve, Hiscox Small Business, and Business Knowledge Share by American Express.
What makes me qualified to work with entrepreneurs to grow their businesses into companies?
I don’t just talk the talk, I walk it too. I’m a serial entrepreneur. My first company was a recruitment firm in 1994. I ran that company for 6 years, then opened Empower Me! Corporation. I started a recruitment consultancy, which I ran for 11 years. I have launched a magazine, online radio station and publishing company under the Empower Me! brand.
I currently co-own a romance lifestyles company with my sisters, in which I serve in a behind the scenes partner. I launched my first tech startup in 2014- Curvy Girl Closet, a place for plus size women to shop, swap, consign or rent clothes, accessories and shoes. And it also allows them to turn their closet into commerce.
I am fully immersed in the startup scene and am an entrepreneur who has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt…literally!