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Meet Dr. Jatun Dorsey of The Commend Her Network in Frisco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Jatun Dorsey.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Dr. Jatun. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My journey to becoming the woman and business owner I am today was not a direct path. Born to a teenage mom and in turn the only child and oldest grandchild on both sides of my family, there were high expectations placed on me early on. Though from a modest upbringing, I was taught to recognize my talents, skills, and ability to do anything I wanted to. Even more so, everyone around me wanted me to do better than they did.

Because of this, I have always been up for the challenge, ambitious, eager, and uber excited to grow, hence, all of my successes to date. I truly believe that my life – the absences, the losses, the gains, the lessons, the unexpected and the expected prepared me to be the leader I am today. In essence, everything I experienced was pertinent to my initiation into greatness and every experience was an ingredient to my recipe of leadership characteristics. I had a passion for helping others and teaching others even as a child.

Growing up as a preacher’s kid (PK) added to the natural desire to help others. That desire grew organically over the years to the point that people often looked to me for advice. Throughout undergrad, graduate, and doctoral studies I always aimed high but did not always have a clear goal. For this reason, I was always open to trying things to increase my awareness and learn hands-on whether that thing was something I wanted to do or not. One thing I did know was and still is that I wanted to help people become better, and I wanted to be an entrepreneur.

My dad had always worked a day job, ministered and ran a business so my exposure to his work ethic infused the idea that I could take the same route. As a result, I tried many business ventures (while working and in college) to find what best fit. After learning the initial ventures were not what excited me I kept testing the waters while building a career and advancing my education. You see my plan was to have options and taking on the many endeavors simultaneously allowed that.

The more I tried the closer I got to arriving at my passion, or in better terms, the closer I arrived at how I would implement my passion. Eventually, it dawned on me that I was already functioning in my passion of helping, inspiring and encouraging people but never thought of it as a business. Moreover, that’s when I was introduced to the business of coaching, speaking and writing. My life nor my business has never been the same again.

My coaching and speaking business then influenced the development of my non-profit 501c3 organization, The Commend Her Network (TCHN). Through all of the twists, turns, and uncertainty, I continued to push and over time became intentional about my next steps, which returned great successes. Each success reignites the fire in me to go harder and higher as a visionary and servant leader. Therefore, the exciting evolution journey continues.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not a smooth road by far. There have been many business mistakes, career mishaps and personal blunders along the way. Unsuccessful business endeavors, failed relationships, career disappointments and more. Pressure creates diamonds, therefore, challenges come with the desire to enlarge your territory. Honestly, no one wants to experience challenges when striving toward goals, but it is inevitable.

What matters most is how you get up, how you grow, and where you go from there. I had to quickly change my view on those challenges faced and realize that if I changed the way I looked at things, then the things I looked at would change. In other words, when times get hard, I search for the lesson. When I feel like I’ve failed, I trained myself to think of how much closer I am to where I want to be. It’s truly a mindset thing.

When I look back over my journey, despite the difficulties experienced everything always worked out. It may not work out the way I envisioned, or at the time I wanted it to or even with who I desired it to happen with, but in the end, it always worked out.

Please tell us about your businesses.
As an award-winning entrepreneur, four-time best selling author, transformational speaker, podcaster (Date With The Dorseys) and founder of The Commend Her Network 501c3 I share my expertise with the world, expertise that required large investments of time and money to obtain. I am known for encouraging intentional living in every aspect of life.

My signature annual event is the Intentional Living High Tea (ILHT) hosted every June where guests experience delectable bites, a classy ambiance, elegant entertainment and speakers providing talks on love, life and business. I coach parallelpreneurs (individuals working full-time and running a business) and new business owners on cracking the code to launching a business, optimizing time, and living in full potential.

As a speaker, I present talks on goal setting, planning, leadership, business development, mindset conditioning, confidence and more. I’ve been recognized as the Media Mentor of the year (2018) with Women of Visionary Influence (WOVI) organization, awarded the Social Media award with 10 Shades of Success, and the Economic Development award with the National Council of Negro Women.

I’ve been featured in Dallas Weekly, 97.9 The Beat and a host of other platforms sharing my business and expertise. The Commend Her Network, non-profit sector of my business endeavors, is positioned to empower girls and women in personal and professional development through networking, workshops and mentoring.

What I’m most proud of as a company and what sets me apart from others is my ability to over serve in an effort to ensure every client realizes their goals with less stress and guessing. I combine my 15-year corporate leadership experience, academic achievements and lived experiences to create an elixir of knowledge that returns significant returns for clients.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
My journey was designed for me before I ever made a step in any direction. For this reason, I wouldn’t take back anything that I’ve done to arrive at my current position in life and business. All things worked out as they should have and indeed worked out for my good.

Starting over and doing things differently comes with new challenges and issues. As mentioned earlier, challenges are inevitable and knowing this only confirms that though I could have done things differently, that doesn’t remove the occurrence of an error, challenges, or losses — every experience made for a stronger foundation upon which I’m building.

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Nikki G Productions, Photography by Crystal Chatmon, LaTashia Gordon, Tavia Whitlowe with For Beauty Sake

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