As the Director of Community Affairs/Strategic Alliances with the State Fair of Texas and a speaker, trainer, author, and instructor/adjunct professor through her business Soulstice Consultancy, Froswa’ Booker-Drew Inspires, Empowers and Impacts those around her every minute she can. She counts a number of women, both in history and in her personal life, as her own Modern Muses, so we thought it fitting that their legacy and spirit continues through her life and work and is featured here!
Be sure to watch Froswa’s powerful message in the video below, bringing hope and positivity during a time in the U.S. when there seems to be none.
What inspired you to do the work that you do/motivates you today?
“I always saw my parents helping others. My parents were great role models. My parents were entrepreneurs, which was instrumental in my development. My parents worked so hard, and I was there with them. It was not easy running a restaurant, but I learned very early the value of dedication, risk-taking, and discipline.
“My mom in her spare time was always invited to speak at churches in my hometown. Watching her not only made me so proud, but also I did not realize that I learned so much about engaging the audience and the power of words.
“I was fortunate to have had some incredible experiences (both good and bad) that have made such a difference in my life. If it were not for my faith, I don’t think I could have made it through. I remember being bullied as a kid and feeling dismissed. I remember as a teenager, when our home caught fire. I remember as an adult, losing so many loved ones who shaped my life.
“Those experiences made me so sympathetic to the struggles of others because of how difficult it was for me. As a result, I have spent a lot of my life committed to standing with (not in front of) others.
“Life can be so hard and yet, I am thankful that there have been so many during the difficulties who have been there, standing with me. My faith is a lens for my life. Without it, I could not have endured.
“Lastly, being a mother motivates me. My daughter motivates, inspires and challenges me to be my very best. All of these things remind me, especially when life gets tough, that it is worth it to keep moving, not to give in or give up.”
How did you get to where you are and what challenges did/do you face?
“I am a firm believer that ‘I am because we are.’ I have a wonderful community of family and friends that consistently support me. I could not do anything without standing on the shoulders of amazing women and men, girls and boys. There have been so many that have encouraged me, offered wisdom and love.
“It would take another book to list the many challenges I’ve faced, LOL! Getting a PhD was one challenge of many that was not easy. It was challenging to work full-time, manage a team across the country (during my time at World Vision, US Programs), raise a child and have a family, attend residencies across the country and work on my research. Despite how time consuming the process was, it transformed me.
“Having my daughter was challenging. I had so many health issues during my pregnancy. A job I really wanted fell through and I was blessed with one that was even more amazing instead at St. Philip’s School and Community Center. I was on bed rest for several months and had three different induction techniques to have our gift. She is such a brilliant, talented, insightful young woman and all of those issues mean nothing when I consider the result of this wonderful addition to our lives for the last 15 years.
“I wouldn’t trade this journey I’ve taken, I am grateful for the setbacks because they were only set-ups for several phenomenal opportunities and blessings.”
Who is your she-ro?
“Wow. My mom. My aunts. Grandmothers. Cousins. My friends. There are so many women who are not well-known who have inspired me. It is hard to just offer one. These women sacrificed so much for me.
“If we are examining historical women, it would be Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Fannie Lou Hamer, Septima Clark, Barbara Jordan, Juanita Craft, Shirley Chisholm. There are many other women I admire but some of these are folks that are not often always recognized in media.
“Some might ask why only African American women. There are women from a variety of backgrounds that I admire (another long list). Growing up, I did not see many women who looked like me in history books. It wasn’t until I was in college that I discovered women who looked like me, who fought for my rights as an African American and as a woman. It was this new knowledge that gave me confidence and realized that I could do and be anything because of this legacy of strong, brilliant, and bold women who made a difference.”
What does the term”UGauGrrl” (“you go girl”) mean to you?
“It is two-fold: Women are capable of making things happen. We are not still. It is about movement and contributing to being a part of something bigger. It also about women encouraging one another.”
What is the message that you would like to share with the world as a woman or girl?
“Thing of the tag line, INSPIRE, EMPOWER, and IMPACT. Purpose. You have one. Passion–Find yours. Possibilities–Don’t limit yourself or your networks. Position–Where you are doesn’t determine where you are going. Determine where you want to go and make a map. Plan–The map–how you will get to the place you want to go using your purpose and passion and possibilities to light the way. Remember, you can’t go alone. Walk with others.”
“Go to the people. Live with them. Learn from them. Love them. Start with what they know. Build with what they have. But with the best leaders, when the work is done, the task accomplished, the people will say ‘We have done this ourselves.’” – Lao Tzu
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