January’s AfrocentricX Notable Woman of the Month
YP Empire honors and celebrates women from across the country! This monthly award highlights strong, bold, sophisticated, dedicated, and innovative professional and entrepreneurial women of color for their leadership and commitment to personal and professional growth. We are thrilled to present Monique Phillips with our inaugural award and look forward to highlighting more women in 2017 as the AfrocentricX Notable Woman of the Month!
- Tell us your name and who you are.
My name is Monique Phillips and I am the CEO of MP Consulting Group.
- Tell us more about MP Consulting Group and your brand.
MP Consulting Group is a grants and professional writing company that services nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and small business owners. My principle offerings are fundraising consultative and business development services. Your audience can visit my website at www.mpconsultinggroup.com to learn more.
- What birthed the idea of your company?
I’ve always possessed an entrepreneurial spirit, however the lack of growth opportunities at my prior organization and the vision I had for a business of my own led me to step out on faith, take the plunge, and start MP Consulting Group in June 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
- What are three goals you have for 2017? and/or What do you have coming up in 2017?
I have some very exciting projects I’m looking forward to fulfilling in 2017. My primary goal is to continue to grow my business and increase my exposure within the philanthropic communities in metro Detroit and beyond. Additionally, some major projects I’m most looking forward to are:
- Facilitating eight grant writing workshops with Bamboo Detroit; In 2016, I facilitated two and they both sold out;
- Commencing a new relationship with a major Michigan- based real estate developer, where I’m using my skills and talents to build a charter school in Dearborn, and;
- Partnering with a local municipality to write grants that will enhance city services for its residents
- You received a bachelors and masters degree. How has your education helped propel your career?
I am fortunate to have had earned a Bachelors degree in Journalism from Oakland University and a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from Clark Atlanta University. I’m a huge proponent of post-secondary education as those experiences helped to shape the woman and professional I am today. Simply put, I am a more well-rounded business owner because of my education.
- Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, why did you choose this lifestyle?
I chose this lifestyle to see if it was right for me. I knew that if I didn’t try, I’d live with that regret for the rest of my life. My faith is strong, and I knew that if I was willing to do the work and remain dedicated and committed to my business’ success, I could succeed. I’d spent years developing my craft and I had an incredible support system, so there really was no excuse not to become an entrepreneur. Most importantly though, I am my own boss– something I always desired to be.
- What advice would you like to give other women looking to create and grow their brand?
The most solid piece of advice that I can give to women looking to start or grow their business would be for them to surround themselves with other experienced entrepreneurs who can help guide them and avoid making the mistakes they made. I was (and am) fortunate to have a talented graphic designer who created my entire brand for me, not for financial gain, but because he genuinely wanted me to succeed. I have mentors who I can call who own businesses of their own, similar to mine, and they proudly offer me advice and guidance whenever I need it. There isn’t a price tag you can put on that kind of love and support. I’m definitely a more prepared business owner because of them.
- One reason, of the many, you were chosen as the AfrocentricX Notable Woman of the Month is your commitment to your professional growth. What keeps you going?
Success keeps me going—without a doubt! It’s an incredible feeling to see my vision for my company slowly unravel, and know that it’s because of the hard work and sacrifices I’ve made to get me to this point in my career. I am having the time of my life on this journey. Starting my own business is hands down the BEST decision I have made in my entire life.
- What does it mean to you to be named the inaugural AfrocentricX Notable Woman of the Month?
It’s an incredible honor to be the inaugural AfrocentricX Notable Woman of the Month. I have a tremendous amount of respect for this organization and what it stands for so to receive this award is truly a gratifying feeling.
- What is one last thing you’d like to share with our audience about Monique Phillips?
One thing I’d like to share about myself with your audience is that I am a firm believer of taking risks. The funny thing is, however, that barely four years ago I would have confessed to being the complete opposite. Life has taught me that true liberation, the pinnacle of happiness and achievement, happens through entrepreneurship. Never again will the fate of my career and livelihood be dictated at the hands of anyone else, only I have that power now, and there is no other feeling in the world that can compare.
Written by: Shenise N. Foote-Vann
Founder and Editor-in-Chief for YP Empire, Shenise N. Foote-Vann, has a sincere passion for the empowerment and enrichment of her community. Mrs. Foote-Vann earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication and Journalism graduating from the Honors College of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. There she researched, The Effects of Hip Hop Culture on Black Women and the Black Culture.” Since, she’s written a plethora of cultural articles, led numerous discussions and workshops on Black America, and worked with several urban based community organizations. Mrs. Foote-Vann founded The AfrocentricX in 2016 as a means to educate, entertain, and empower Black America, more specifically, black women.