Shareza J. Wilkerson is Bold and unapologetic; she is a fierce leader. From teen mom to serial entrepreneur. Shareza knows how to get things done and “secure the bag.” As an inspiration to many, Shareza hosts Divas Don’t Do Drama Summit; she also works on a workbook for inspiration and journaling. All of this while managing her many businesses, including the only black-owned “The Best U Now” Cosmetic Surgery in South Florida and The Best U Now presents Lounge 360 Wellness Spa. Shareza is truly a force to be reckoned with.
On her days off, Shareza spends most of the day empowering young girls by coaching, teaching them the value of self-love, and pushing them to become successful.
We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with Shareza.
What do you enjoy most about being a mompreneur?
Shareza: Instilling BOSS values in my daughters is so important to me, As I watch them become bosses and walk in their purposes unapologetically, it gives me drive and motivation to keep going Taking total control, (whatever is within my control) Accountability, and creating the lifestyle I deserve for my family (husband and children). Creating a legacy and Bossing up in all areas of life.
How do you balance career, family, and mental health?
Shareza: A whole lot of God, prayer, and meditation. I must start with “this” in my daily routine. Also surrounding myself with those that want to see me win and succeed. You see you have to be careful and mindful of your energy and it must be protected at all costs. My husband and daughters are my biggest cheerleaders and motivation. Balance is the new Black (LOL) and it can also be BS.
However, time management is the name of the game, and making sure I take time out for myself at least once a month keeps me sane. Helping others is what I love to do and when you love what you do, it never feels like work.
Please tell us about the Divas Don’t Do Drama Summit and how it came about?
Shareza: In all transparency- I got tired of seeing women HATE on one another. Business Women, Career Women, women in general. I also got sick of hearing the stereotype that women are bitter angry and emotional. I shared this with my friend who understood my stance and frustration.
One day she saw a Meme.. maybe like 6-7 years ago and sent it to me. I screamed YES!!! There is it … No Drama Just Business. When I say BUSINESS I mean internally and externally. We must take care of ourselves from the inside out
What type of feedback do you receive from those who become a client of The Best U Now Cosmetic Surgery and The Best U Now presents Lounge 360 Wellness Spa?
Shareza: As one of the only black-owned and operated Accredited Level 3 Cosmetic surgery Centers, we have figured out a way not only to combine Beauty and Wellness but to also use mathematics and bioinformatics into creating the desired look and feel of the body, We are a Boutique, not a Factory. Therefore, we ensure Quality over Quantity.
We have created a safe space for our clients to WANT to feel good and become their BEST U. Our Besties (clients) absolutely love the way we operate because of our standards. Our Wellness Spa is just a plus and exactly what is needed. We once heard a patient say “ You are the Disneyland of Cosmetic Surgery” The standards we set allow us to set ourselves apart from others in the industry.
How has your journey been so far from a teen mom to a serial entrepreneur?
Shareza: It’s been a rollercoaster with ups and downs; more ups than downs. When I decided to take the road less traveled, I knew it would be challenging. There were times I “thought” about how much easier it would be to fit in rather than stand out. However, looking at those two little girls depending on me, made me want more and more for them.
I also thought about that little black girl from the inner city that used to sell candy for-profit and knew the Hustle was in Me.. Ownership was in Me… Creating the lifestyle I deserved was in me! So while the journey has been WILD it has all been worth it. I decided to just ENJOY THE JOURNEY … despite the circumstances.
When you think of women empowerment, what comes to mind?
Shareza: Collaboration not Competition. Encouraging your sisters to create their own definition and not allow anyone to tell them who they are. Building one another up as opposed to tearing them down. Helping others understand success is not limited to LOVING ON YOUR SISTER – BECAUSE SHE NEEDS IT – WE NEED IT.
What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?
Shareza: I love the fact that it doesn’t feel like work BECAUSE I love what I do. I really cannot pinpoint what I love MOST. Everything I do, I do it because I want to because it’s a passion, and where passion meets purpose lies PROFIT. Strengthening others be intentional about their purpose and embracing their mind, body, and soul, and is fulfilling.
What do you want your legacy to look like?
Shareza: When it’s all over, all said and done. I want my legacy to be purposeful. So purposeful that it will be continued for generations onward. While my ultimate goal is to leave behind generational wealth, I don’t want it to be just about $$$ I want it to be more about Service. Making others feel good about who they are and what they do.
What advice would you have for aspiring mompreneurs?
Shareza: Get in the proper mindset. Your children are your stepping stone, not a stumbling block. Remember they are one of the reasons you are doing this; creating your legacy. Don’t give up or allow dream
killers to hinder you. Stay around positive, like-minded people. It will not always be easy but it will always be worth it.” YOU GOT THIS GIRL!”
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Multimedia Creative and Personality Tammy Reese is an award-winning Writer and Journalist. Writing and Directing short films on social issues to spread awareness through the arts gained Tammy the Makers: Women Who Make America Award honor on International Women's Day 2019. Tammy currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television. She is also the Founder and Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media.