Meet Quiana Agbai
I am a connector by nature thanks to my Midwestern roots with an affinity for city life. A mompreneur with a background in advertising, I'm passionate about championing other small business owners, especially women.
Harlem Lovebirds grew out of my journals I've kept since I was 7 years old. Once I married my college sweetheart and we moved to Harlem I thought it would be a fun way to document our journey. Since then it's grown from an urban family blog in New York City to now back in Boston as new homeowners 18 years from when my husband and I first met here. Harlem Lovebirds has been a fantastic springboard for other opportunities such as the consulting company I run with my sisters. We champion small business by providing them with PR, Marketing and Graphic Design services.
Why is it needed in our world?
Having a background in advertising has given me a unique perspective in blogging and social media. I've been on both sides of the table and especially as a wife and mother I'm empathetic to the needs of other small business owners in similar positions. When I first meet new clients they often breathe a sigh of relief that we're walking the same path. There's value in that! In our current climate I've felt the responsibility to be more vocal in sharing how to navigate the difficulties as a parent and how to make real change, especially in stepping from behind the screen. Anyone can have keyboard courage, but since starting in 2009 I've learned face to face-to-face interaction is top priority for making progress.
Both brands and bloggers are realizing that engaging with social issues is no longer taboo - it's about how it's done. There's an expectation for social responsibility that as high profile brands demonstrate involvement, bloggers who are brands in and of themselves will be able to follow suit. Staying silent and being tone deaf in the midst of what's going on will come at a cost.
What she hopes to accomplish:
My greatest achievement has been learning to improvise. I've made strategic moves, learned from my mistakes and have done my best at rolling with the unexpected curves motherhood, being a wife and small business owner has thrown my way. I'm proud of the path I'm on.
Ultimately, I want to inspire other women to feel confident in the choice they make. The phrase, "Life is not a dress rehearsal" has driven me in all I do ,and I love being able to encouraging others to make brave choices.
How we can support:
Facebook: Harlem Lovebirds