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Community Member Spotlight: Shajuanda White | Entrepreneur & IT Consultant Manager

Today we’re excited to introduce you to Shajuanda White. Shajuanda is an entrepreneur and an IT Consultant and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Shajuanda below.

Please briefly introduce yourself to our readers. 

It’s time to end the stigma of mental health in the black communities and start addressing our traumas so we can work collectively, productively and fruitfully, contribution to wealth building in our communities. Abu Simbel, LLC event company (Instagram) is a Dallas based business that held a series of events (Post COVID-19) that provided the community with networking opportunities which centered around wealth and health. The events, which showcased panels of community leaders discussing prevalent issues in the community such as healthy eating, mental health, healing traumas and wealth, grew rapidly from 40 to over 400 participants. It blossomed as one of Dallas’s most premier health conscious events which landed rapper, actor and activist, David Banner as its keynote speaker.

What are you doing differently as an entrepreneur?

Amazingly, the events were simply a prelude to a bigger vision which is the wellness resort in Belize The events served a real, live interactive survey which would give the participants a taste of what they would experience at the resort coming winter 2021.

Me and my college best friend Al-Nisa Edwards, are building the resort and merging Technology and Mental Wellness. With over thirty years combined experience in IT industries, and leadership for Fortune top 10 companies, private businesses, and government contracts the two of us have decided to collaborate with the industry’s best IT developers and Analysts across the globe for a virtual work from home experience. We want to ensure that health is the key in work life balance for all our collaborations and partnerships, in allowing family time, travel and still achieve excellent work. The primary focus and passion is the multi-million-dollar conglomerate vision for Abu Simbel, LLC which houses an events, Abu Simbel wellness resort, and technology company Thrive.Network.

What advice do you give to entrepreneurs starting up?

Mentorship is key, and I have been blessed to have mentors such as Quincy Smith ( who is an international business leader that has achieve billions in contracts and settlement arrangements globally. Learning how to pitch to investors in less than 5 minutes, researching and believing in my vision. My advice to young entrepreneurs would be to have a strong foundation in believing in yourself and never allowing critics to say your dream is too big to achieve.  I passionately believe that consistency, working hard, but working smart with impeccable execution is invaluable.  I also emphasize partnering, collaborating, and working with friends, or businesspersons you trust that can help you in achieving your goals, and not going at it alone. I encourage study and research into your chosen field and surrounding yourself with intelligent people who may have skill sets you do not have, but who have the same determination and drive that you do. I also believe in reaching back, and the value of meaningful mentorship, as I have mentored, and mentoring young developers into becoming entrepreneurs.

What’s your vision and passion?

I have built a successful career that has been forged through resiliency and strength.  My journey recalls one of my favorite quotes by Iyanla Vanzant, “the trees with the strongest branches and deepest roots are those that have withstood the heavy winds and stormy weather, season after season.  My current ventures as the founder of Abu Simbel events, wellness resort and a technology company are simply another endeavor for an innovative entrepreneur! The former owner of “Kemet Kitchen,” which was a health-conscious restaurant in the heart of Dallas’ Deep Ellum area, I spent many years in IT usually as the only African American woman in a senior program management position. Although I thrived in this industry and was able to command a high, 6 figure income, I knew I had a greater calling to cater to my culture by offering platforms for collective creativity, expression, healing, along with innovating technology and community building and outreach.

Abu Simbel Wellness Resort 

  • The wellness center is a private, peer to peer resort, that is a quick three-hour flight from the US.  It offers a relaxing vibe amongst our ancestors, with abundant fruit and mystical blue waters as the backdrop.  It is nestled away from the hustle and bustle of tourism and as touted as a must experience destination for healing and transformation in 2021 
  • It is a non-medical retreat center that provides education on ancient wellness techniques that benefit participants today. To promote health and wealth. To inspire, transform and uplift personal and spiritual growth. Located amid the southern part of the Island of Ambergris.

Thrive. Network Online

  • Thrive Network to bring a new innovating social media platform blockchain that allows our voices and stories to be heard authentically and unapologetically without censorship or ambiguous algorithms. 

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