We had the good fortune of connecting with Renika Atkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Renika, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
You know to keep going when everything in your being says you are too scared, too inexperienced or just not good enough. That’s when you know to keep going! And you never give up, you may have to adjust, restart or pivot. But you never give up!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a multi-preneur! I am the Founder and Executive Director of RISE a nonprofit organization with the mission to brdige the gap for youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. We are the only organizaiton that has the sole and single mission to end youth homelessness and empower youth who age out of foster care. As a former foster youth I experienced the gap that seems to widen every year for our youth who age out. My pursuit of a nonprofit led me to create Atkins Powerhouse Consulting LLC a start up haven for small businesses and nonprofits that want to make an impact in the community. I am also a Certified and Credentialed Healthcare IT Professional. I got to where I am today through traditional education, I have a Bachelors of Science, Masters in Social Work and current EdD candidate. I also have over 8 years of experience in the nonprofit industry and over 5 years of expereince in Healthcare IT. Business-wise it was not easy, because a lot of what I do has never been done especially in my family so sometimes the journey can be lonely however I know I am not alone. Every day I get to meet and connect with women who kill it in tech, nonprofits and business. I have learned that the greatest investment I could ever make was in my ability to be teachable. PERIOD. As long as you are teachable you will be employable, payable, marketable and any other -able. I want the world to know that there are many little Black girls other there just like me and they have a responsibility to make sure they succeed.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am super laid back but love a good advanture so I would start with a tour of downtown Fort Worth and of course we have to hit the Stockyards for a little jump back in time. We can’t leave Fort Worth without a visit to Jubilee Theatre. Then we will head out to Arlington to drive around the stadiums before heading to Dallas, first stop is Deep Ellum for some eclectic adventures, we have to then head over to Cake Bar to have the BEST red velvet cake! And we will end the night walking around Downtown Dallas while all the buildings come to life with lights!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would love to dedicate this shoutout to my girls, specifically my girls who are experiencing foster care and have an interest in Science, Tech, Arts, Engineering and Mathematics. Beautiful flower child I see you trying to bloom and blossom in a system that is trying to deprive you of the light of knowledge, WE are here for you, keep fighting, I love you! I would also like to thank Temeisha Hoalland for the referral and thank you to all the WOMEN who have mentored, trained and guided me in my journey. I don’t think there is any coincidence in the fact that my life has been directed by women!
Other: Check out my nonprofit at weriseandinspire.org