1. Please, so our readers can get to know you, briefly introduce yourself to our audience.
Absolutely! I am an ambivert. I’m extroverted when it’s needed, but I will slowly find a nice quiet spot to fall into once it’s all said and done. I love God! He is the lover of my soul! I give him my “yes” daily.
I am a complete “foodie.” This is hard for people to believe until they see me in action. Cooking and sipping hot tea relaxes me, and I feel massages are so necessary. I love God’s people. I’m a fighter for the underdog. I liken myself to Esther. I was chosen for such a time as this. Esther was positioned to save her people and her family.
I was raised by my grandmother. My circumstances were seemingly not ideal or even conducive to success, however, God has plans that will override what may appear to be a disadvantage. I try to share this fact with everyone who crosses my path. I’ve also worked in a variety of corporate and nonprofit roles as a financial professional.
Besides Gospel, I love Hip-Hop/R&B from the 90s. I am a low-key rapper/singer. My dad even wrote a rap song for me when I was seven years old. I am prior Air Force. I’ve traveled all over the world, but I am truly an east coast girl at heart. Additionally, I am a minister of the Gospel and a self-published author of the book I’ve Got to Comb My Hair.
2. What is your business all about?
My business is about healing, restoring, and releasing. I am the executive producer and host of the Shawnte Mckinnon Show. The show is about bridging the gaps present in the community. What are the gaps? The gaps are the issues surrounding family, health, business, relationships, spirituality, and the marketplace.
I am all about utilizing the village to heal, restore, and release. Thus, my village (community) consists of thought leaders, spiritualists, authors, health experts, mentors, community activists, entrepreneurs, and more.
3. What inspired you to get started?
There are many reasons! My own journey showed me a tremendous gap in finding what I needed to be healed. Pain birthed my purpose. As the word states, we overcome by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony.
Communication is the first step in healing and understanding. I love getting down to the bottom of it. According to my family, I came out of the womb talking. Needless to say, talking got me in a world of trouble in my formative years. But, what is a challenge in one season, can be a blessing in another.
Access to knowledge is essential to our growth process. If someone can’t afford or have immediate access to an appropriate mentor, counselor, or coach, I am bringing the information to them via my media platform. I want to give people a safe place to heal, release, and be restored. Additionally, I am giving a platform to voices that need to be heard.
4. What is your educational background?
My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration, and I’m currently completing my MBA. Additionally, I am a trained life coach and minister.
5. What are your motivations?
I have seen many people stop once an obstacle presented itself because of the limitations they have built up in their mind. Being prior military, I understood that obstacles are merely designed to build up your endurance and your capacity to formulate successful strategies.
I love helping people to get beyond those mental limitations and thrive in all God has purposed in them.
6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?
a. Seek God for instruction and strategies
b. Step out in spite of fear.
c. Learn from those who are already blazing the trail.
d. Know God purposed you to be here and there is a need of your gifts, talents, and skills. There is room for you!
7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Expanding my business
8. Any present or future projects?
Yes, my team and I are currently booking exciting guests shows for 2019.
9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?
Having the appropriate support network within our community.
10. Are you Married or Single?
11. How can we connect with you on social media?
Facebook: Shawnte Mckinnon
12. What is your greatest accomplishment?
I would have to say giving God my “Yes!”
13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?
As a people of color, we have to remember to be our authentic selves and not apologize for it! Additionally, stay the course.