1. So our readers can get to know you, please introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us what you do and your ideal perfect day.
Certainly! I am an introvert, goal oriented, with a sincere love for God and my family. Born in Guyana and raised in Mandeville, Jamaica, my family emigrated to the United States for better educational opportunities.
After earning my Ph.D., I now work as a scientist in the cosmetic industry and became a Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) Trilogy published author of the book, The Diamond Formation.
In the book, I share the highs and lows in my academic journey as well as the transition to the job of my dreams. Because this transition is a difficult one, I’ve started my career mentorship program. Where the goal of each session is to equip young people with the right tools to be positioned in their life’s calling. For those who know me, I’m typically viewed as the advisor. Through mentoring I am able to share my insights with the world.
A perfect day for me involves a massage, a trip to the mall, watching the sunset by the ocean, and cooking my favorite meal (curry goat and rice & peas). I also love to watch Broadway plays, sing karaoke, go salsa dancing, and reading a new book. In the future, I aspire to travel to countries like South Africa and Greece, to name a few!
2. What is your business all about?
I’m all about helping people to fulfill their purpose in life through a closer connection with God. Whether it’s through motivational speaking, career mentorship, books, or music. Specifically, in my book, The Diamond Formation: How to Thrive & Survive in Tough Times, I share my academic struggles and correlate them with the growth stages of a diamond. This book gives a new perspective as to why we must embrace the pain in order to reach the other side of our destiny.
3. What inspired you to get started?
There are so many women who have inspired me. First, my mentor, Tera Carissa Hodges, who provides so many key strategies, helped me solidify my vision and ultimately publish my book. Also, role models like Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts, one who understands the pressures of being a Pastor’s Kid, has inspired me to find my voice and speak to young people thirsty for a deeper relationship with God. Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Heather Lindsey, and Dr. Cindy Trimm have all helped me to manifest my dreams.
4. What is your educational background?
I am a proud product of an HBCU, Oakwood University, where I earned my bachelor’s in Biochemistry. My continued love for chemistry inspired me to earn my Ph.D in inorganic chemistry with a concentration in nanoparticle research. In this area of study, I have published 7 first author papers and received the Chemistry Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research from the Stony Brook Chemistry Department.
5. What are your motivations?
My greatest motivation is seeing individuals empowered to do exactly what they were born to do.
6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?
For those who would like to start a business or work in corporate America, be very clear on what you are passionate about. I believe that life is too short to earn so many degrees only to be unhappy with your job. This is not to say quit right away but use your time at that job to get clarity on what will fulfill your passion and your purpose. Then pair with mentors to help you through the process of getting that job.
For those who would like to write a book, I highly recommend purchasing How to Write a Book in 5 Days on my website (www.crystalslewis.com). The tools I mention enabled me to write the book and publish within 7 months.
7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
There was once a time, where I would have provided a vast array of goals I plan to achieve. Now, I ultimately want to fulfill everything God wants of me. However, I see myself leading the research & development department at a cosmetic company.
8. Any present or future projects?
Yes, I will be heading to Kenya this summer to inspire young girls to pursue their dreams. And help them to grasp that if they can think it, believe it, and see it, they can achieve it.
9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?
As a person of color, the biggest challenge I’ve experienced was silencing my inner critic. Yes, racism may be present wherever you go, but what ultimately affects your performance is how you internally view yourself.
10. Are you married or single?
11. How can we connect with you on social media?
- Website: www.crystalslewis.com
12. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Silencing my inner critic and allowing the real me to SPEAK UP!
13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?
Run your race, don’t look to the left or to the right. Don’t use the energy you have to focus on negative situations. In my experience, the more I focused on the negative, the more I encountered negative circumstances. However, as I developed a more positive outlook, my world reflected that change.