Black women have been making money moves and creating history in their respective industries for years.
From Lilla St. John, the first black woman to pass the New York Stock Exchange exam, to Maggie Walker, who became the first woman ever to open a bank, the legacy is massive and filled with firsts.
It is imperative to recognize the women making significant financial strides amid the United States’ expanding wealth inequality gap.
Whether you’re trying to manage your student loan debt, looking to support Black-owned businesses or wanting to better your investing game, check out these trailblazers for some major inspiration.
Armani is the first lady of Griselda Records and a successful entrepreneur in music, business, and philanthropy.
Apart from being a thriving female emcee who prevailed in the entertainment industry in 2020 and a renowned philanthropist, Armani has helped women succeed in business amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She recently launched a 7-day manual to guide aspiring entrepreneurs on how to create businesses in seven days. Armani started her first business in 2016 in seven days, and now she wants to help others do the same, especially with the economic hurdles African Americans are currently facing.
The manual is a one-stop-shop that guides women to apply for their L.L.C, develop their websites, and stay motivated all year round.
Armani is also the CEO of a successful boutique, Armani’s Closet, that made its debut with B.E.T. when Megan Thee Stallion graced the red carpet with an Armani collection.
B.E.T. named Armani’s Closet one of the ‘Black fashion entrepreneurship to watch in 2020. Since then, the fashion brand has had over 100k Instagram followers and is now popular among celebrities like Trina, Toyko Stylez, Reginae Carter, and others.
The avant-garde Dallas-based empowerment connector aims to equip and support professional businesswomen along their journeys into entrepreneurship.
As a wearer of several ‘Tiaras’, Tucker is an international speaker, social justice activist, panel moderator, P.R. strategist, event creator, mental health advocate, live show producer, and founder of several empowerment novelties.
Tucker is also the visionary creator and president of Speak That! Movement Inc., a charitable institute that is making award-worthy strides in women empowerment, social justice, peace and mental health.
The brilliant and successful trailblazer is also the C.E.O. of Tiara PR Network L.L.C., her boutique P.R. firm.
She also has over two decades of experience with a Fortune 50 company where she focuses on corporate responsibility, public affairs, event planning, communications and community engagement.
McKenya is a renaissance woman in several interests.
As an art enthusiast, the successful entrepreneur is making history by fueling the legacy of her mother’s theatre, the Morning Bishop Theater Playhouse Inc., and dedication to arts in Indiana through the launch of Bishopboxes, a virtual STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) Program.
The Out-of-School Program aims to engage kids and youth in pro-active forums with virtual instruction.
McKenya was responsible for the first-ever T.E.D.X. event in Gary city in 2020 and continues to make a difference in her community through arts, community engagement and services.
The green movement patriot also co-owns the J&M Excursions company alongside her partner, Jeffrey Smith.
The firm is an urban eco-tourist kayak, canoe rental and environmental tour organization based in Indiana.
The devoted wife, a mother of three and a marketing expert started her spiritual journey at age seven, and since then, she has lived for Jesus.
For 16 years now, Taquoya has been the youth pastor at Turning Point Family Worship Centre, where she manages the programming. She is also accountable for the spiritual well-being of over 150 youth in her church.
Taquoya is also responsible for the T.M. Youth Camp, TM Children’s Camp and coordinates overseas mission work.
She recently launched the PRESS (Prayer Reaches Every Single Situation) Campaign, which has led to over 100 PRESS clubs in the country. The revolutionary Movement has also impacted over 20,000 people in the U.S. alone.
Dr. Nakita Nicci
The Covid-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on small businesses, with most being forced to close down.
As a seasoned entrepreneur, Dr Nakita Nicci, the former Bravo TV star turned CEO offers business filing services to entrepreneurs through her firm, High Society Management.
With businesses failing to qualify for assistance in 2020 due to lack of compliance, Dr Nikita was compelled to start H.S.M. to help business owners thrive even during pandemics.
The firm provides business filing services needed for several business requirements like forming a limited liability company, filing a Fictitious Business Name, and maintaining existing businesses in corporate compliance in all 50 states.
Lora is a registered nurse with a passion for philanthropy. In November 2020, Lora and her husband Cedric started the Williams Career School of Excellence (W.C.S.E) in Texas.
The school is committed to equipping underprivileged individuals and minorities in Hays County and surrounding regions with the skills needed to offer excellent healthcare.
The transformative program aims to be the catalyst in making a significant impact in Central Texas.
Lora hopes to make a generational impact by helping its graduates accomplish economic stability with equitable access and outcomes.