Today’s Class: January 27, 2017
Today’s guest was Olivia Rodrigues, entrepreneur, change agent, risk taker and Fashion/Style Consultant.
Olivia is the founder and President of a company called Olivia Rodrigues Stylist.
Today’s host was Sara Jackson.
Olivia spoke about growing up in the west African country of
Ivory Coast. She emigrated to America when she was in high school.
“It was a challenge. Making new friends. Speaking American English. I was a shy person” Olivia said. Olivia then spoke about going to college. “I majored in Spanish and Accounting. After college, I eventually got a job in Fundraising. And, now, I am fulfilling my dreams, my passion, for fashion. It wasn’t the path I originally thought I’d be on.
I kept pushing myself out of my comfort zone to meet new people and try new things.
I was fortunate to have a network of wonderful people; some became mentors who have guided me in my life.” Olivia then shared the story of a time when
a person asked her what she career would she like if there was no fear.
“I would be in fashion!” she immediately responded. “If there was nothing to fear, I would do something in fashion. I believe if you really want to do something and
you’re willing to work VERY hard, have perseverance and understand mistakes and failure teach you valuable lessons to fulfill your dreams,
you will be successful”.
The class then moved on to
a role play with two students acting as Olivia’s clients
at a session to determine the best styles and clothes for them to wear to enhance their personal brands.
The class ended with students networking with Olivia, exchanging business cards, to continue the conversation at a later date.