Tell us your bold boss story!:
Hey! My name is Aleshia Patterson, and I am from Saint Louis, MO. I am a digital and social media manager by day, and by night I am a social media and content strategist at Aleshia.co.
My journey to digital and social media marketing is a bit unique because I started my career in the nonprofit sector in 2009, where I worked in youth development. Fast forward to 2016, and I had a huge tug on my spirit to find a job in the field that I went into so much student loans for. Long story short, I put in my two-week notice at the nonprofit I was working at and left. However, I left without having another job lined up. One of my mentors reached out to me during that time and asked if I would be interested in doing some email marketing consulting work, and at that moment, I learned the power of entrepreneurship. Three months later, I landed my first marketing and communications job at another local nonprofit.
Two-and-a-half years later, I was laid off from that job. However, I learned so much about social media and digital marketing that I decided to launch a social media marketing business.
We're all about bold boss moments, tell us about one of yours!:
The day after I was laid off, I had a presentation to give to a group of local nonprofits. I thought I was going to crumble, given the circumstances, but I slayed. I did so well that an audience member approached me about teaching at a local university. I said yes, and now I'm starting my first teaching position as an adjunct professor.
What advice or words of encouragement do you have for the Going Bold community?:
Trust yourself. Often, we go to others when everything goes wrong, but there is power in trusting your intuition and understanding that you have the answers you seek.