South Carolina’s Odessa Young shares that she “dreams in color and lives out loud”. The Walker’s Legacy member is dedicated to helping others create a life centered around wellness and achieving all around, whole-body health. Odessa wears many hats as she is a wife, mother of three daughters, a Licensed Professional Counselor, an author, poet, and wellness coach!
We caught up with Odessa to learn more about her story as a woman of color in business. Keep reading to get inspired!
Odessa’s Passion + Mission
Odessa Young provides therapeutic services with the Well Center and Points of Origin counseling centers. She also published her first book, O Survival by Grace, in May 2019! Odessa has a goal to assist others in achieving whole-body wellness to their fullest potential. She is inspired to set a new standard for both her daughters as well as her entire community.
We often decide to create change based on our own personal experiences and situations. Odessa shares with us that she joined the health and wellness industry because of her adverse childhood circumstances. She sees the work that she provides for her community and it motivates her to keep going and continue inspiring others.
Women of Color in Business
We asked Odessa a few questions about her take on women of color in the business industry. Here are her responses:
What advice do you have for women of color who are starting their careers?
“Own your authentic self and strive to do the work you are passionate about.”
What are your thoughts on the importance of women of color in business?
“Women of color add images of what the overall workforce should represent. It is important for children to see women of color in leadership. It is especially important for girls to know women can be successful also.”
Agreed! Representation is so important for women of color in the workplace. That is why at Walker’s Legacy, we strive to highlight the stories of successful minority women such as Odessa to inspire other women and let them know that they can do whatever they set their minds to!
Not only is it important to work hard, but we as women of color must also keep our mental health in mind. Since health and wellness is Odessa’s specialty, we decided to ask her for her thoughts on maintaining a work-life balance:
“It is vital to balance work and life to avoid burnout, debrief and maintain mental health.”
Joining Walker’s Legacy
Finally, we were curious to know what motivated Odessa to take the step to becoming a Walker’s Legacy member. Here’s what she tells us:
“I am inspired and energized to be a part of a group of powerful women of color who seek to empower and lift each other up.”
We are so glad that we are able to provide that space for entrepreneurial women of color such as Odessa! Start your journey and network with women from all walks of life through our national organization and join Walker’s Legacy today.