By Jeanie Summerville
Whatz up, babies?
As always, I hope all is well with you and yours and that, you’re still taking some time out of your days to bring yourselves and others some happiness because all of you deserve it, on our journey of love. On that note, your Women’s History Month Specialty Page has been postponed until next week due to the weather conditions caused by GOD. For I wasn’t able to get around in a timely manner but it’s okay, HE has to have some fun too. Now we salute another spectacular, wonderful and dynamic woman for this Women’s History Month and this is what she has to say:
“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Rae Pearson and I’m the president and CEO of Alpha Rae Personnel Inc., and I was born and raised here in Fort Wayne, Ind. I think that this business was definitely ordained for me because I’ve always wanted to empower and help people in any kind of way I can.
“Empowering people to find jobs and be trained for jobs feels wonderful and I feel that’s what I was called to do, a long time ago, even before I knew I was suppose to do it. We’ve been in business now for thirty plus years and our website is www.alpha_rae.com. On our website, it displays all the things we have to offer and about our company. The beautiful thing about being in Fort Wayne and having Fort Wayne as our headquarters, we’ve been able to get some national acclaim through working with businesses outside of here and we’re licensed to do business in 27 states. So we’re not just your ma and pa business. We’re a ma and pa business, going wild! It’s a beautiful journey, being able to do what I do and to do business all over.
“However, I did have many trailblazers along my way—so many that I can’t even list them all and they were from all walks of life. It’s been a wonderful journey to think about how many people were in my life, as a young girl and some of them are still in my life. I believe that as a women of color, we have to learn how not to become marginalized and we have to make sure that people know that we can empower our entire community. And, as a women owned, minority owned business we empower people in our community because we are an equal opportunity employer we make sure that we work with people who are veterans, women, men, minorities and non minorities, we work with everybody.
“As a woman of business, I have a role of being involved with policy makers and also supporting other women entrepreneurs and teaching entrepreneurship. I promote and develop other women-owned and minority-owned businesses and I think, as we learn how to do this thing called working with the economic climate that we should be working to help others. There’s a lot of obstacles out there and so creating an atmosphere of supply and demand is really important and that means that we increase the abilities of women to participate in our labor force.
“I have strong beliefs but I find so often, that there are so many discouragers out there and so many obstacles particularly in managing small firms and growing them and then you have to deal with the forces of finance and sometimes sex discrimination. So we have to keep our faith strong and we have to learn how to stay away from negativity and people don’t say that because that’s sort of taboo. But, it’s real out there to deal with negative forces and you need to stay away from it, if you have a goal to be positive. Some people have fear and GOD didn’t give us the spirit of fear, so we just have to move on and learn how to deal with those disparities. Whether they’re cultural or just mainstream disparities, we can overcome them.
“As I’ve grown, I’ve learned some of these things. It wasn’t something that I just looked up and magically knew about. But after traveling down this road, I’ve know been able to see a lot of things because my eyes are wide open so I have learned how to put my energy only into the positive and surround myself with positive people and positive activities. You have to learn how to do this because it‘s a learned process. Those who come into this world and had it, I wished I had known them years ago but I’m there now and nothing but the sky is the limit and with that being said ,that’s what we’re doing now and we’re achieving other goals and looking at international opportunities.
“I’ve written one book titled ‘Entrepreneurship’ and it’s available through amazon.com. I wrote this several years ago and people are still buying it. My book really takes off of the spin that. I’ve also been a columnist and a radio personality, so I’ve put some of those things in, as well as, my belief system and now I’m looking at writing other books about leadership. Because I’ve seen some negative leadership and now I can talk about what the difference is, in being leaders of negativity and positivity. There are so many things that I’ve seen traveling down this road and I want to make an impact. So I’m writing about leadership, my plate as a business owner, being a single mother and going through some of the trials and tribulations of life. I’m in that mode now and for the last year, I’ve been on this journey of asking GOD to tell me what to write next and something’s are materializing and I hope that everybody will be looking forward to my next book.
“Since this is Women’s History Month, as women we need to look at how we’re built into the economic mainstream and also how to help empower our children to move forward to be the best that they can be. The key is making sure that you’re involved in a positive environment like I stated earlier and that’s from churches to schools to friends even family members. We can all say that we have experienced or at least seen negativity in all those areas but at some point, you have to remove yourself and become very strong about it and move into a positive main steam. And, that can be a hard thing to do but you have to really want it because that’s the only time it’s going to happen. If people want to stay negative you can bless them, kiss them and love them but at a distance. You don’t have to be in it and I wish our community could get to that and understand that and be able to love. I live my whole entire life under love and if we can love each other and love yourself we’d be a better place. I learned that there are certain things that I can tolerate and certain things I can’t and I just can’t tolerate negativity. I have zero tolerance to negativity and I walk by faith and by love, it‘s hard work but somebody‘s got to do it.”
Now in closing I say, fantastic, Rae, I’m looking forward to your new book as well and it was a pure delight interviewing you because I enjoyed your personality and your sense of humor. So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie. Bye, bye babies.
P.S. If you would like the Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to email@example.com. I’d love to hear from ya.