Award winning International speaker for Iconic women leaders in 2017. Frances holds her Master’s Degree in Executive Business Administration with honors. Frances is a Published Author who recently released her book “BUMPED” to the world. She holds speaking engagements on supporting those who have or is currently suffering from Traumatic brain injuries such as Post-Concussion-Syndrome.
She was born and raised in Philadelphia and currently resides on the outskirts of the City. She’s currently serving on the Advisory Executive Council for the Women’s Economic Forum. AVP Branch Manager in Banking & finance with over 15 years of leading, lending, coaching a diverse team of bankers. Frances provides years of community advocacy through Financial Literary at Universities, and Community organizations.
Served as Keynote speakers and mentors for youth organizations. Frances is the Founder of Get OnBoard Technologies, an Ed Tech organization that focus on augmented reality and S.T.E.M. and Smart Skirts Inc. a mentorship program established to advocate and provide resources for young girls and women ages 13-25. Frances has collaborated with small business associations throughout City and Counties in Pa. She has served on committees for the Chamber of Commerce and is an active member of the Local chamber of commerce organizations and the African American chamber of commerce. Frances has been the president of the Rotary club of Springfield and is currently a member of the Rotary International. As an Executive Coach, and an advocate for a better society she has recently finished several key Note speaking engagements in New Delhi India with Award winning talks on “Been there, done that now do this” based on how to create ideation and using life’s experiences for betterment.
Based on Frances’ recovery from post-concussion syndrome and her book “Bumped”, she does additional coaching and talks on “You are your best seller!”; presenting yourself for the win. Frances has been an advocate for physical fitness and many local marathons, run for heroes and other not- for profit support groups. She has run the Philadelphia Broad street run (a 10-mile run) a few times, completed a half marathon and had signed up to complete her first full marathon (26.12) miles in November 2016 before her car accident August 2016. She volunteered to register runners and give out medals that year to all who crossed the finish line.
Frances enjoys spending time with her family. Fran has a husband Maurice, who she has known since High School, a 15-year-old son Maurcus and a 21-year-old daughter Iyona. She spends a lot of time advocating for them in their activities.
1. Tell us where/how your entrepreneurial journey began.
Frances began her entrepreneurial journey at the age of 13 when she realized she had the gift of art and a God given talent to do hair and make-up. She started doing neighbors, and friends hair until she eventually went to school to get her cosmetology license. She always enjoyed the art of Cosmetology, but unforeseen circumstances would only have her occasionally assisting friends and family for weddings and special occasions. She does assist her Daughter who is a performer with her professional Make-up and hair before her shows as a professional musician and a singer for the Delaware Valley Opera Company. After completing her Masters Degree at Temple Fox school of business, she was able to really put the entrepreneurial journey in perspective from the planning, pitching and implementing infrastructures to run a business. She has a gift of ideation which allows her to see creativity and opportunities that others might not be able to see. Like Einstein, she can visualize new concepts and believe they can work with the right teams.
2. What does it mean to embrace the advocate within and how do we go about that?
Frances believes in embracing the advocate within. The thing that drives you or that natural ability to help, believe, or want to be better at is the passion that we all carry. Sometimes, life has a way of showing us that our plans or path can be shifted to focus on other and new adventures.
3. Why is this particularly important for female entrepreneurs?
In my case, I enjoy being around people, I enjoy speaking and I was also injured in an accident, no fault of my own. I took a bad experience, accepted it, embraced it and started to advocate for those who could not advocate for themselves about Traumatic Brain Injury. This was not a part of my original plans, but I embraced the passion that I felt for anyone suffering from it. I cared before, but when it happened to me, I decided to research since that is another internal gift that I have genetically and the statistics of those who suffer were unbelievable. I said that I would be a voice and that started a new chapter of advocacy. No matter how big the cause or how small, if you have a passion for it embrace it and start the journey of advocating for it. Turn it into your why everyday as I have.
4. What steps does one take to go through this process?
One way to go about embracing the advocate within is think of the one or two things you have a natural ability to do no matter what it is. This can be a 5 step process or increase it if needed.
- Write or type down what brings you the most joy in life and how would you like to give more to it outside of your own family.
- Ask yourself what will your legacy be in life. How do you want to be remembered?
- What mission are you looking to fulfil and are you equipped with the tools needed?
- Can you do this for the rest of your days or is it short project (One can advocate for many things)
- Will you feel fulfilled and can you live without doing this?
This exercise helped me in many circumstances when I decided to advocate for many different causes. It is important for female entrepreneur’s because as a woman, the first and the last thing that we tend to advocate for is family. There are other beautiful passions in life that we enjoy but can at times feel guilty or unsure about going after these passions for fear of giving too much of ourselves to anything else other than family. We have beautiful minds as nurturers and have the natural ability to help with an overwhelming desire to.
In my case, my unforeseen circumstance was when I was hit from behind in a car accident. Since that incident, I have been battling with a Traumatic Brain Injury called Post-Concussion- Syndrome. I started writing down a journal of what was happening to me right after the accident. Months later, read these notes and journal as a stranger. I didn’t remember the things that occurred. I decided that more people should be aware, and they should have support. I decided right then that I had to publish this journal as soon as possible even though I was still recovering. I felt that every moment that it was not available to the public, I was doing a disservice to them. It talks about my experiences, what my family endured, memory loss, hallucinations, and more. It told my story and the ugly truths of what has happened. It also shares the therapy, and the tools I used throughout my process. It is a quick read and has been listed as a Best Seller on Amazon’s Site for “Self-Help Journals”.
5. Tell us more about your latest book Bumped, and how it can help the women in our SBHQ community.
As professionals, there are always “Bumps” in the road. “Things” that hinder us or stop us from what we think our mission or goals are. And as professionals in the SBHQ community, we have all taken a Bump or two in a direction that was not planned. But when we embrace that unforeseen “BUMP” and realize the power it has given us as nurtures, givers, creators, as entrepreneurs the desire to continue is unstoppable. I call myself the “Motivational Survivor” because I have embraced all of the “Bumps” good and indifferent and used them to help others. Each of us in the world and in the SBHQ community has had a BUMP or two and it has sat us down for a while only to ponder, and struggle within ourselves to eventually blossom into this new beautiful flower that the world has never seen before.