Adrienne Graham, CEO and Founder
Stop worrying about the economy, what others think and other outside influences. They are NON-FACTORS. Empower yourself so that you can live your best professional or entrepreneurial life.
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
Who am I?
That’s a very good question. For years I’ve had the standard, corporate, stuffy template of a bio and you know, that’s just not who I am. But if you must have an actual bio, you can find that on my Linked In profile.
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. I also help business owners leverage 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 host Views From the Top Radio Show, host web TV show Real Talk with Real Entrepreneurs on Empowered for Growth TV, I’m the creator Growthcademy (formerly Empower Me Institute), The Business Owners Club, and the publisher of Empower Me! Magazine.
I got my start in the world of business as a Recruiter in 1994 when I quit my job with a staffing company to start my own business. I was a young, single mom with no experience in business but I knew how to recruit. I learned along the way and built a sizable 7 figure business. So to say I know more than a little bit about recruiting is accurate. I worked with companies to create or improve their recruitment process, build recruitment teams and optimize their employment brands. I trained recruiters to optimize their performance and success rates. I have a knack for finding the right people for a start-up environment. I put the human element back in recruiting. Red Shoe Career, is a recruitment consultancy designed to recruit and retain more women in technology and engineering, and help companies strengthen their employment brand.
The moment I knew for sure that I was an entrepreneur was when I closed down my first company to figure out what I wanted to do, then immediately founded Empower Me! Corporation. Not only did I know how to recruit, I learned lots of hard knocks business lessons along the way that set the foundation of who I am today. I saw lots of people starting businesses, but only a handful of them succeeded. I used my business acumen to create trainings, write books and mentor small businesses. Then it hit me. 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 that next level.
My latest entrepreneurial venture is Curvy Girl Closet. It provides a place for plus size women to shop, swap, consign or rent clothes, accessories and shoes. And it also allows plus size women to turn their closet into commerce.
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 including MSNBC, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Inc Magazine, Fox Small Business, Financial Times, Essence, Time Magazine, Fortune, Publishers’ Weekly, and more. I have spoken on a variety of panels & keynotes.
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, Hiscox Small Business, and Business Knowledge Share by American Express.
Proud Founder, CEO, Mom, Empowered Woman!
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