Childless and childfree women come in lots of shapes and sizes. We are all colors, all cultures, and all ages. As much as we have in common, we are also very different, and we define ourselves without the label of ‘Mom. And if you’re not a Mom, who are you?
This series by TheNotMom writer and childfree blogger Laura M. LaVoie features interviews with the women presenting at The NotMom Summit on October 6 and 7, 2017.
Meet Rasheda Kamaria Williams at the Philanthropy and Volunteering discussion of legacy at the 2017 NotMom Summit.
Rasheda is a communications professional and a mentor on a mission to transform the way young people relate to one another. As the founder and chief empowering officer for Empowered Flower Girl LLC, Rasheda works with schools, communities and families to create positive solutions to aggression and other social/communications challenges facing teens and children.
Committed to making a difference in the lives of women and children across southeast Michigan, Rasheda has earned many accolades, including Kumon North America’s “Impact Award,” and Super Woman Productions & Publishing’s “Make It Happen Award.”
A survivor of bullying, Rasheda shared her story in the May 2011 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Her journey motivated her to launch Empowered Flower Girl in 2010. She is a graduate of Wayne State University’s Journalism Institute for Media Diversity. Rasheda also completed Landmark Education’s Graduate Program and extensive training in youth development, community relations and interpersonal communication.
Tell us about yourself and your work.
My life’s purpose is empowering the next generation – teens and those who work with youth – to live powerfully. Over the past 15+ years, I’ve personally mentored seven girls ages 5-17. After experiencing grief and loss issues and a bout with depression during college, I decided I wanted a do-over in my life. I simultaneously wanted to make a difference for others. So, I became a mentor.
That life-changing experience led me to launch my company Empowered Flower Girl, a social enterprise on a mission to transform the way young people relate to one another. We work with schools, community/faith-based organizations and associations seeking solutions to cyberbullying, drama, relational aggression and other social and communications challenges facing youth. In 2016, I published my first book, Be EmPOWERed: How to Live Above & Beyond Life’s Drama, a guidebook and journal written for an inspired by girls.
Do you consider yourself a NotMom? If so, are you by Choice or by Chance?
Yes. Although I love kids, I do not have any biological children – by choice.
I’ve never wanted to have my own children. As a child (fourth or fifth grade), I fantasized about adopting children. I always knew that I’d contribute to the planet by helping children in some way. My focus is helping the young people in my life and my community. I have a marvelous mentee, a wonderful goddaughter, three lovely nieces, a dashing nephew and an incredible great-nephew.
Why did you want to get involved in the NotMom Summit?
Where do I begin? After I learned about this Summit a year ago, I was intrigued. I love sisterhood and networking with powerful women. The NotMom community is unique and a great force in our society that often is overlooked.
I have so many friends who are childless and this is a great place and space for us to be fully self-expressed. I am honored to be among the speakers.
What are you looking forward to the most?
I am most looking forward to meeting a diverse group of women who have a lot to offer society. I’m also excited to check out the other workshops.