Jaisa Minor Empowers through Speech
Words are powerful. We can will and shape things into reality simply by affirming our hard work with words. Amazing, right? Impactful words from leaders who aim to inspire and awaken audiences has long been one of the greatest positive forces in many different communities. 23-year-old Jaisa Minor, born in Washington D.C. raised in Atlanta, GA, tells us how she plans to make a career out of powerful public speaking.
Tell me a little bit about your academic background. (i.e. Where you went to school, what you studied, why)
I went to Howard University then transferred to Uiniversity of Hawaii at Manoa. I got a degree in finance and international business. I chose to go to school for business because I have a dream to open a school one day. I am a Gates Scholar, which gave me a full ride scholarship to any school I wanted. It was the blessing of a lifetime, but I feel like I received it with the responsibility to be a vessel to serve others in my career.
How would you describe the work you are seeking to do through public speaking, who is your target audience? What led you to do this?
My target audience is girls and young women between the ages of 13 and 21. I am on a mission to help them address the challenges and societal gender stereotypes they face that prevent them from wanting to lead in the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Through motivational speaking, I use my personal leadership experiences as a student and professional to help aspiring female leaders identify and eliminate personal limiting beliefs rooted in gender biases. Furthermore, I create dialogue in their communities about how to build and maintain a supportive environment for them to do so.
What is the significance of this kind of work? Would you encourage more women of leadership to participate in public speaking?
Public speaking is important because it is a skill that teaches how to influence, persuade, and create change. In many areas of society, the voices of women are underrepresented, even in decisions that significantly influence their wellbeing. By teaching girls to embrace their voices and use them to serve a greater cause, we help them become women who help to solve the problems of our society. The women of leadership have a critical role in this goal because they are the role models who will shape this new generation. I feel like my attraction to this kind of work came from watching women who were making a difference in the world, and I want to pay it forward by continuing to be the person I needed when I was younger.
What keeps you encouraged or let's you know that this is what you were meant to do?
The response I get from my audience after I speak always helps to keep my fire burning. I am usually my worst critic, but when students tell me how my message impacted their way of thinking, I feel reassured that I'm on the right track.
Ultimately, what is the overall goal you wish to achieve with the career path you have chosen?
I want to find as many ways as I can to increase the reach of my message, do my part to break the cycle of gender inequality, and create a world where all children have the confidence and capacity to lead.
What advice would you give to other women who are interested in pursuing the same career?
Take the time to figure out who you want to speak to and why. Grow your message using that foundation, and do everything from a mindset of serving your audience.
What is the best advice you have received along the way as it pertains to your career?
There is no growth in your comfort zone.
Anything coming up next that you would want people to know about? Any updates with your site?
My site is up and running at www.jaisaminor.com. It's a great way to find out more about my background and reach out to me for speaking engagements. I will be in Atlanta in February, and I will be speaking at a few places, as well as hosting a FREE women's empowerment session at an organic juice bar called Juiceheads ATL. I'm finalizing all of the details this week, and I'll be posting updates on Instagram soon. My username is @jaisaminor.
What comes to mind when you hear "Dangerous Woman"?
A woman who walks confidently in her purpose and is rooted in her values. A women who is secure in her worth and manifests her aspirations with actions.
To keep up with Jaisa and her future engagements, be sure to follow her on her social media!