10 years ago, I started my business on the side of a highly demanding corporate job… with a huge dream and no clue how I was going to make it happen.
I didn’t have the connections. I didn’t have the “secret.” I didn’t have an inside track to get me there.
What I did know, was that I wanted to make a difference in the world. To do work that impacted people’s lives, families, and future generations.
Today, that side hustle has turned into a multiple 8-figure company (with a team of 30+) that is responsible for over 70 clients ACROSS THE GLOBE surpassing $1 million in revenue – and 2 surpassing 8-figures.
I also host a top marketing podcast, The Kelly Roach Show, and have authored 4 best-selling books.
I didn’t come from money – I was on the free lunch program growing up and money arguments happened DAILY in my household (my dad worked for a nonprofit, and my mom was a stay at home mom to 5 kids).
I didn’t go to a big name college and get a fancy MBA – I graduated with my communications degree from West Chester University.
I was the youngest NFL cheerleader on my team in college, and I held multiple jobs since I was old enough to work – starting with cleaning my dance studio to pay for lessons there. Yes, we couldn’t afford lessons at one of the top competitive dance schools, so I made a deal with the owner.
I wasn’t handed what I wanted in life – I went out and worked HARD for it.
I started my first job at a Fortune 500 firm making $30K a year. But, I was committed to proving myself and becoming one of the top sales performers in my organization. I eventually earned 7 promotions in 8 years, became the youngest VP in the company, and managed hundreds of people across 17 locations, leading them to record-breaking sales (without a single layoff during the ’08 recession).
I have since been able to take my business full time, retire my husband to stay home with our daughter, and move to our dream home in Florida, start a charitable foundation (The Human Family Foundation) and partner with organizations from SoGal and Black Girls Code to Charity:Water and St. Jude’s.
I am also co-founder of The Courageous Brand, designed to instill courage, confidence leadership skills and entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation.
I didn’t get to be part of “the club” growing up. But YOU can.