For Koereyelle DuBose, education has always been a pillar for success in any endeavor. Holding a bachelor of education degree from Tennessee State University and a master of education degree from Central Michigan University, DuBose began her career in a traditional classroom setting as an educator.
She has since transitioned from a traditional classroom to building a physical and virtual platform through ‘The Single Wives Club’ and ‘Ready To Werk’ organizations, which focus on empowering women worldwide to sharpen their skills in areas such as health, beauty, entrepreneurship, finance, and spirituality.
In addition to coaching, and facilitating workshops, DuBose recently published her first book entitled Werk101, and is currently touring the country on the Werk101 Tour.
As the tour makes stops in major cities across the country, DuBose is honoring Werking Women of the Year, in each city, who embody today’s modern working woman.
BlackEnterprise.com had the chance to catch up with Koereyelle between tour stops to talk Werk101, The Single Wives Club, and advice for today’s working woman.
Who is the Werk101 Woman?
DuBose: She is every woman. My goal in writing this book was to be a handbook for all women regardless of your age, your specific goal, or current stage in reaching your goal. Topics range from health and wellness, to entrepreneurship, to time management, so no matter what your goals are you will find something of value specific to your journey. There is no cookie cutter approach to success, and every woman will have a different experience along their way, so this book is very much about empowerment.
Tell us a little bit about the Single Wives Club, and Ready to Werk organizations.
Single Wives Club is an education and empowerment organization for single ladies who are preparing to become wives. We are a support group for single women whose chief aim is to create well-rounded women through resources which include spiritual, financial, home economics, and relationship readiness. We host physical classes, live virtual events, and a merchandise collection that is full of empowerment pieces for women.
Ready to work is all about empowerment for female entrepreneurs, and inspiring entrepreneurs. We provide classes, coaching, and consulting on topics ranging from how to create a website, and email marketing to building your brand online and offline.
When did you realize this was your calling?
Education has always been the foundation for everything that I do. Transitioning from a formal classroom teacher educating young children, to creating the Single Wives Club and Ready To Werk all have one thing in common, which is lifelong learning.
Throughout the last few years, and going through my personal engagement experience, really showed me the need for education for single women. I realized that I am who the Single Wives Club is for. When I got out of my engagement I was lost, didn’t know which way to turn, and how to better prepare myself. This was my wake up call that their are a lot of women feeling this way and going through the same thing.
How do you remain focused and productive on a daily/weekly/monthly basis?
I set goals. Vision boards, goal cards, and putting strategies in place to keep myself on track are imperative as an entrepreneur. I use a daily list, organizers, planners, and tools to keep my self accountable. These small things really help me to stay productive, and motivated to reach the bigger goals I have for myself.
What are 3 key pieces of advice you have for today’s modern working woman?
- Figure out what you’re passionate about. Unless you are truly passionate about something, it will be very hard to attain and sustain success. If you do not have passion for what you are doing it will be a lot easier to give in when the times get hard, and the money gets low. There are no shortcuts, or get-rich quick schemes on your way to success.
- Understand that everyone will not see your vision, or understand your goals and dream. Do not take this personally. As women we often times get caught up in what people have to say about us, or what other people think that we should be doing, and we lose focus on our goals. Get in the habit of not expecting people to always support you, but keep moving forward anyway.
- Find a way to stay cool, calm, collected, and connected. You have to have a connection to a power that is bigger and stronger than you. This is especially important during those times of doubt and frustration. Have faith to realize that a higher power is always working in your favor, and has your back.