Q and A with Cassandra, from Boston, MA, living in Tampa, FL
“Don’t be afraid to sacrifice who you are right now to become who you are meant to be.”
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I love to help people win! Learning about other’s backgrounds, what experiences happened along the way that made them who they are, and helping them get to the level they want to be is what brings me joy.
Working since the age of 14, I’ve explored careers in a variety of industries from fast food to fast fashion, and I’ve been exposed to quite a bit of unique situations. It’s the people that keep me going, especially the underdog. After years of working in HR and witnessing multiple workplace discrepancies, I decided to start my own company to help those discriminated against have a fair hiring process.
In December 2020, I started my company RAAISE Staffing Solutions, an IT recruitment firm that works with companies making Diversity & Inclusion a priority on a direct hire basis. We support the career advancement of all professionals of color, emphasizing on the Black community.
Q: What were your younger years like?
A: I’m an only child that was raised by my mom, grandma, and auntie. They definitely kept me active and made me the woman that I am today. I did ballet, tap, lacrosse, and martial arts! My mom, grandma, and auntie were huge advocates for education and traditional work structures.
I graduated with honors from Johnson & Wales University, Providence Campus, and worked in my major of fashion for a few years. Creating fashion weeks, appearing on radio stations, TV shows, and even walking the runway; I did it all and loved it!
Once I started working in HR, it made me a better person, so I knew it was what I was meant to do. It was a lot for them to take in that I decided to leave the 9-5 life for that of an entrepreneur, but they are getting used to it and are very supportive!
Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?
A: Eventually, we all have to burn the boat and storm the island. Transitioning from the workforce to self-employed has been a remarkable journey full of ups and downs. I’ve learned that in order to reach the next level of my career, I have to makes changes and let go. Don’t be afraid to sacrifice who you are right now to become who you are meant to be.
Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A: Equal rights, equal pay, equal opportunities for us all!
MORE FROM CASSANDRA:
I use motivational quotes for keeping me strong, a good laugh on the rough days, and to remind me to never to give up on me. These are a few of my favorites:
“Deny yourself nothing in life.” – Wendy Williams
“Save your heart for love, use your brain for business.” – The Office
“You got champagne taste and beer money.” – 30 For 30, Broke
“Never allow a person to say no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“True leadership must be for the benefit of the followers, not the enrichment of the leader.” – Robert Townsend
Thank you for reading!
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