We had the good fortune of connecting with Genesis Amaris Kemp and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Genesis Amaris, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Stepping outside of my comfort zone, being willing to pivot, and listening to feedback from trusted sources such as mentors who are established in their respective areas. Not waiting on others to co-sign my dreams and start taking actions today to secure a better future.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am an Author, Creative Content Writer, Self-Development Advocate, Motivational Speaker. Most proud of being able to overcome my fears, learn from my mistakes, making an impact in my community, and changing lives. When I see the seed that I plant reaping a harvest it makes me feel great because I can see the fruits of my labor coming to fruition. It was not easy to get to where I am today, but the roller coaster ride was fun. Highs and lows but they made me who I am and I am still learning and growing daily. I spent a total of 15 years in Corporate America, 12 of those years was spent in the Oil and Gas / Energy sector. All the experiences I learned helped me establish insightful knowledge and allowed me to recognize my passion and how it weaves into my purpose. I endured various trials and tribulations which stretched me, made me wise up, and helped me recognize that you can’t place all your eggs in one basket. Being laid off effective February 14, 2021, reminded me that jobs aren’t guaranteed. So you must diversify yourself and develop multiple streams of income or at least have a back-up plan. My plan B was my book. My 1st edition of Chocolate Drop in Corporate America: From The Pit To The Palace was released on May 27, 2020, and the 2nd Edition was released on February 21, 2021. However, had it not been for the experiences I faced in Corporate America such as Systemic Racism, pay disparity, etc then I wouldn’t have had the fuel to write my book. Let alone the weight to truly advocate for social justice, Diversity Equity, and Inclusion, and teaching others how to take ownership of their careers, etc. Some of the lessons I learned from working in Corporate are: Network internally and externally, know your company policies, always understand what your return on investment (ROI) is because the company knows theirs, stay current with industry knowledge and make sure you stay ahead of the curve, don’t be afraid to ask questions, take ownership of your career and life, stop waiting for others to validate you when you already know your worth, find trusted mentors that will call you out on your BS, make sure you have a Sponsor and/or advocate and push you outside of your limits because they see your potential. There are so many things I learned along the way. Here is what my brand offers: 1. God Fearing 2. Caring 3. Leader 4. Smart 5. Funny 6. Motivated 7. Talkative 8. Reliable 9. Energetic / Bubbly 10. Detailed Oriented
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Reunion Tower – Great scenic views Excursions throughout downtown – Shopping, Ebikes, Mom and Pop restaurants (I am Foodie hands-down)– I love some authentic Mexican food such as Enchiladas, Tamales, Quesadillas, good chips and salsa, Margaritas, etc. I would also ask my friend what kind of food they are craving and then we can go from there. Drive to Austin for either a day trip or two days to explore all the cool things…Lady Bird Lake, Zipling over Lake Travis, maybe 6th Street, Houston – Turkey Leg Hut they have AMAZING fall off the bone turkey legs, The Breakfast Klub has delicious breakfast you can even share a plate with your significant other because they give you great portions, there are also some great Escape Room places, etc Activities: ATV, Go Karts, Wine Tasting, Painting with a Twist, Arcades, However, with this pandemic, some places still haven’t opened back up
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents for instilling great morals and values in me. My dad was one of my biggest supporters may he RIP. My husband for being my backbone and sounding board. My siblings for always challenging me to go to higher levels. Mentors & Friends that have influenced me along my journey, provided constructive criticism, and supported me no matter what.
Other: Platform Links https://www.instagram.com/genesisamariskemp?r=nametag https://www.facebook.com/genesisamaris.kemp.3 https://www.facebook.com/Chocolate-Drop-in-Corporate-America-100398178399193/ https://linktr.ee/GenesisAmarisKemp 2nd Edition – Chocolate Drop in Corporate America: From The Pit To The Palace www.amazon.com/dp/1948853205 Chocolate Drop in Corporate America: From The Pit To The Palace is a MUST read. – Overcoming Limitations and Knocking Down Barriers – Beating Systemic Racism in Corporate – Taking Ownership of Your Career – Inclusion and Diversity – So much more… a good quick read 1st Edition https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08924DHBF
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