Walker’s Legacy Profiles recognize unique women of color in business that embody the legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, the first female self-made millionaire.
In this installment, meet Rachel C. Hampton, communications and special projects wiz, and the newest member of the Walker’s Legacy team!
From examples like my mother and school teachers, to my peers and mentors at Howard University, I’ve always surrounded myself with Black women who were movers and shakers in their own right.
Who is she? Whether in front of the camera, behind the editor’s desk, or with a strategic communications plan, you can find Rachel discussing the latest in black business, entrepreneurship, and entertainment. Rachel has worked with nation-wide events such as SXSW Interactive and the Annual Essence Music Festival; and organizations such as National Geographic Television, LINK Strategic Partners, and Walmart Stores Inc. Rachel is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School Venture in Management Program – an experience that provided a look at the impact one can have on communities through business leadership. With a passion for storytelling, Rachel has earned a B.A. in Journalism with a Broadcast News concentration from Howard University in Washington, DC and is passionate about utilizing her education in multimedia journalism to tell the stories she believes matters.
She recently joined the Walker’s Legacy team full-time and handles all things Communications and Special Projects.
What is your favorite quote? One of my favorite quotes is “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style,” Maya Angelou. It’s the inspiration behind the mission of my professional and personal life, and blog, AndSomeStyle.com. In each and every endeavor, I strive to be the very best Rachel I can be, and do so with passion and personality.
Why are women of color in business important to you?
Whether it was managing a household, a classroom, or connections made at a networking event, I’ve witnessed the women in my life make strides to be the best versions of themselves in their lanes and create a few of their own.
I have been very intentional to surround like-minded women, and in business and today, women of color comprise the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs. This notes the immense creativity, resilience, and strategy existing in this ecosystem of women and why its important to me to cultivate this space. Because of this monumental advance, its important for women of color to be empowered by the accomplishments and aspirations of others. I’m passionate about leveling the playing field while creating opportunities for women to create these spaces of their own.