Tai Beauchamp: Entrepreneur, Media Personality, Style Influencer, Lover of Life

 

“I think it’s important to acknowledge your gift at that moment in time, but then move forward to the next hilltop to climb.” – Tai Beauchamp

Who is Tai Beauchamp?

An entrepreneur, celebrant of women, lover of life and champion of others.  

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What makes you jump out of bed every morning?

Knowing that there are new possibilities to do something great, to impact the world and others.

How do you define inspiration?

Inspiration is a word that is so overused. So many people say, I feel “inspired” by this or that. But real inspiration is not just hearing something that resonates with you, it’s both hearing and learning something that makes you want to change. Inspiration moves you to be better, be more and do better.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?

Don’t be so hard on yourself when you experience failure. Learn from that experience and keep it moving. Don’t linger on it. 10 to 15 years from now that small failure that you’ve encountered won’t matter as much as you thought it would.

Who is your role model and how do they inspire you?

I have a lot of role models. I look to different people for different things. Some of them are people that are far reaching like Oprah, and others are sister friends of mine who I look to and learn from. Those are people like Tiffany Warren of ADCOLOR, (she’s a quiet storm), Bozoma Saint John of Apple, Latham Thomas of Mama Glow, Lesley Goldwasser, my mentor Ray Chambers, my grandmother, my mother, the list goes on. I look to different people for different reasons. For some it’s because of their profound business acumen, for others it’s because of the ability to balance family and life, for others it’s because of their unwavering faith. My god children are also role models of mine. I learn a lot from them. I think it’s important that everyone have role models who they can reach out and touch. Those are the people who will not only champion you but also hold you accountable.

What is an accomplishment you’re most proud of and why?

I’m proud that I’m still here! Being an entrepreneur for 11 years is not a small accomplishment, but I’m also the type of person that doesn’t rest on my laurels. After an accomplishment, I celebrate and give thanks for a moment, then I’m on to focusing on the next thing. Over the years, I’ve felt pride at various moments but pride can also be crippling. I think it’s important to acknowledge your gift at that moment in time, but then move forward to the next hilltop to climb. I think that’s the Capricorn in me.

If you could share with the world something interesting about yourself, what would it be?

People don’t believe me when I say this, but I can be rather introverted. I don’t mind staying at home, cooking, watching movies and being by myself. Growing up as an only child (I have siblings from my Dad and a step brother) could have also helped me be this way I’m sure. I enjoy people but I also enjoy being alone and going inward.

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How do you overcome fear?

I look at fear as my friend. Being an entrepreneur, it’s not always pretty. You’re worried about paying your employees, opportunities for new business, being innovative to make sure the business continues to strive and so much more that comes with the day to day stress of being an entrepreneur. But that’s just career. Fear can encounter your personal life as well. While treating fear as my friend and taking it head on, physically I pray and meditate to help me overcome it.

In what ways has travel positively impacted your life?

Travel is truly such an inspiration to me. I’ve been fortunate to travel extensively across Europe, Africa and the US. But there is still so much I want to see. Any time I think of travel in particular, I think of my first trip to Africa. I traveled through four countries in a 13 day span. It was life changing. While I was traveling to impoverished places and it was very hard to see, it wasn’t the poverty that struck me the most.  It was the spirit of the people. It was the joy and the zeal for life. It was their exuberance and appreciation of community. It was their pride that stood out. So many of us are told and taught (directly and indirectly) that “things” are necessary. The people I met showed and proved the exact opposite. I was and will always be forever changed as a result of this learning. It has impacted not only how I travel now (I make it a point to spend time with locals), but it has also seeded how I aim to connect with people every day be it through my work or on the subway.

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What does the phrase “Keep Shining” mean to you?

Remaining bold and steadfast in your purpose and power.

I am unapologetically authentic because…?

 I am comfortable with being who I am.

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ABOUT TAI BEAUCHAMP:

An internationally recognized media personality, public speaker, style authority and creative director, Tai Beauchamp inspires women around the world to celebrate their inner and outer beauty. A publishing industry veteran, Tai has expertise in media, fashion, and beauty that has been solidified through her experience as an editor at top publications, including Harper’s Bazaar and Good Housekeeping. She was also a founding fashion and beauty editor at O, The Oprah Magazine and later became an executive level editor at Seventeen—where she made history as the magazine’s youngest and first African-American beauty and fitness director. Tai frequently presents on topics ranging from entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, culture, lifestyle and philanthropy for universities and organizations including Harvard Business School, Dress for Success and The Clinton Foundation. In 2006, she launched her media company, Tai Life Media, LLC to holistically connect style and empowerment and has since worked with Fortune 100 and 500 consumer brands including P&G, Walmart, Estée Lauder, Christian Dior Cosmetics, and Time Inc. Currently, Tai is a judge on GSN’s latest retail competition show Window Warriors.

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Kevin Lee: Marketing Manager, Mr. ADCOLOR, Visual Arts Enthusiast

“Don’t be afraid to bring your whole self.”  – Kevin Lee

Who is Kevin Lee? 

I’m a Marketing Manager at Digiday in New York where I lead strategy and execution of the Digiday Careers brand. I’m also an active leader and board member of multiple non-profit organizations including The Chinese Youth Club of Washington D.C. and advisory board for ADCOLOR.

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What makes you jump out of bed every morning?

I look at each day as an opportunity to create and learn. Whether it’s just coming up with a simple idea or reading about the latest tech gadget, I’m always intrigued and excited about what the day can bring to me, especially while living in a city like New York. There’s a unique creative energy here that surrounds the people, almost to the point that they want you to join them – and sometimes I do! It’s the moments that happen when I least expect it that have an impact on my day and to live in that sort of environment is definitely worth waking up for in the morning.

How do you define inspiration?

For me, inspiration is my number one tool and that’s what keeps me motivated to continue doing great work and striving to do more. What I love about inspiration is that it can come in many different forms and no matter how big or small, it can be pulled, created, thought of or spoken from just about anything. There are countless times I’ve relied on my inspiration to push me forward or pick me up.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?

Don’t be afraid to bring your whole self. What’s funny is that I don’t think I truly understood what this meant until recently, but nevertheless, it’s something that has resonated with my core beliefs. The idea emphasizes the mantra that you should be confident in sharing who you really are because if you don’t believe in yourself and your abilities, how will anyone else?

Who is your role model and how do they inspire you?

I have many different people in my life who I consider to be role models, but if I were to choose one, it would be probably be Mr. “P” aka Michael Piechocinski. Mr. P, was my visual arts teacher back in high school and he is probably the single greatest artistic influence I have. Everything I have learned to love about visual arts and creativity came from him.  His vision and skill inspired me to pursue a creative career path and to never lose sight of the lessons I learned in his class.

What is an accomplishment you’re most proud of and why?

I would have to say that being selected to join the ADCOLOR Advisory Board and then to be named Mr. ADCOLOR were certainly two of my top moments. Thinking about my path into the organization and my involvement now, that experience has contributed greatly to my personal and professional life and I am truly grateful for ADCOLOR for introducing me to the movement.

If you could share with the world something interesting about yourself, what would it be?

In addition to my work life, I’m also a visual artist and love working with acrylic/oil paints and pencil. I try to keep up with my skills when I get the chance and sometimes I’ll take the day to visit a museum to refresh my mind. I usually look for exhibitions from the French impressionist era, because those were the masters that I studied. My favorite artist is Paul Cezanne.

How do you overcome fear?

I overcome fear by trying to get ahead of it. I believe that if you already have an understanding about what it is that’s holding you back then you should also know what it will take to turn that fear around. It’s like learning to master dribbling a basketball with your weak hand (my left). You know it’s a weakness, so you practice and drill yourself until it becomes natural and you don’t have to think about it. By acknowledging that weakness, you’re already taking the first step to overcoming it.

In what ways has travel positively impacted your life?

Having the opportunity to travel has definitely enriched my life in many ways. While I believe any sort of travel is good travel, I also think being in a new place and experiencing the world outside of your bubble teaches you not only about what’s unfamiliar, but also a lot about yourself. I believe that travel has the power to transform and shape your views of the world. The more and more you get a chance to see other parts of the world or even just another part of town, you learn that in some ways, we have more in common then we think.

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What does the phrase “Keep Shining” mean to you?

“Keep shining” is the positivity that my industry needs. To me, it means to keep going, to keep producing, to keep being creative and most importantly, to keep being me. Never stop!

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I am unapologetically authentic because…?

I believe in the power of my ideas and my beliefs.

ABOUT KEVIN LEE:

Kevin Lee is currently a Marketing Manager at Digiday where he leads the strategy and execution of the Digiday Careers brand. Prior to joining Digiday, Kevin worked at Nielsen and earned a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to his day job, Kevin is an active leader and member of multiple non-profit organizations, which include serving as a board member for The Chinese Youth Club of Washington D.C and on the advisory board for ADCOLOR, where he was most recently recognized as 2016 Mr. ADCOLOR. He also contributes his time as a writer and producer for Asian Cinevision and The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), where he helps to tell the Asian-American narrative through film and video.

Kori Coleman: Creative Strategist, Part-Time Socialite, Creator of Experiences

“That’s the beauty of authenticity. You have to ferociously seize the day using the talents and gifts you were given.” – Kori Coleman

Who is Kori Coleman?

I’m a woman who wears many hats.  For my day job I’m an Associate Creative Strategist at a brand agency – agencyEA. I help brands develop the most engaging experience for their events. I let my creative juices flow by thinking through various elements of an event such as décor to activities to provide clients with the best results.  I’m also the founder of a luxury lifestyle website TheChicagolite.com. You can find me around Chicago at practically every event whether it be food or fashion. I also create experiences for creatives and influencers. I currently have something up my sleeve as we speak, so stay tuned for the launch of my newest endeavor.

What makes you jump out of bed every morning?

I believe every day should have something different and unique about it. Just the prospect of looking forward to something I’ve never done before is exciting to me. I try to break out of routine so I’ll try to implement something in my day that I didn’t do the day before. It could be something as simple as reading an article about something new or trying something different for lunch. This is also why I believe in having a robust social life so I definitely include some parties/events in the mix.  You never know what can happen in a day and a lot can happen within 24-hours so the unknown of what the day will bring gets me out of the bed. I’m always excited about what’s ahead.  

How do you define inspiration?

Inspiration to me is being able to use the world as your oyster. You can find inspiration anywhere from looking at your surroundings, reflecting on your experiences and see what you can create from that.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?

The advice that I would give my younger self is the same advice that I would give myself today. I have a serious case of impostor syndrome so I’m still learning how to accept my successes and not doubt myself so much. The best advice I can give is don’t doubt yourself and be more confident in your abilities. You are still learning, you aren’t meant to be perfect. It’s ok to be a work in progress.

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Who is your role model and how do they inspire you?

Anyone that goes against the grain and doesn’t abide by the status quo is an inspiration to me. I admire people who didn’t follow traditional paths and achieved success their own way on their own terms. I can probably name someone from every industry that inspires me. If I had to pick one person it would have to be Genevieve Jones. Her trajectory is one of the reasons I have a blog. I thought it was so cool that this non-wealthy girl was able to sashay her way into the New York socialite scene. Now she’s just relaxing and enjoying the high life with a gorgeous jewelry line to show for it. I feel like we are somewhat similar except I’m not besties with Marc Jacobs *smirks*

What is an accomplishment you’re most proud of and why?

There’s a lot I’m proud of honestly. Major one being that I focused on being a blogger for a year in hopes that it would lead to a career. I was unemployed, didn’t like any jobs listed on career search sites at that time, and thought to myself, “There just has to be something that fits my skill set and is interesting.” Fast forward to now, my blog is the reason I’m an Associate Creative Strategist at agencyEA and there’s not a day that goes by where I’m not grateful for that opportunity. I created my blog from scratch not knowing where it would lead. I honestly just wanted to go to events, network with lots of people, and live a very glamorous life on a budget. I just had a lot of faith that everything would work out and thank God it did. 

If you could share with the world something interesting about yourself, what would it be?

I realized I can’t name just one thing that is interesting about me. Throughout my life I’ve always possessed a strong curiosity towards the world around me. I like art, I like music, I like food, I like fitness, there’s so many things of interest to me. I believe in trying EVERYTHING at least once. I’ve risked my life on more than one occasion just so I can say I’ve tried something new.  For 2017, I hope to become an amazing burlesque and aerial silk performer. I can’t tell you my stage name though *winks*.  I also want to up my DIY and cooking skills so I can become the next Martha Stewart.

How do you overcome fear?

I always tell myself that you only get one shot.  That’s the pep talk I give myself if I’m ever feeling fearful. You never know when opportunity will strike so you have to take advantage of every interaction and every opportunity you are given. You can’t count on having that opportunity again so I act as if I only have one shot.

What does the phrase “Keep Shining” mean to you?

To unapologetically be yourself. Regardless of how that looks or regardless of what people think, don’t ever be afraid to be you.

I am unapologetically authentic because…?

I’m Kori Coleman. There is only one Kori Coleman and there will never be another Kori Coleman. All I can be is myself. I know we can all become victims of the comparison game, but I try to see myself as no less than Oprah or Beyonce. What makes Oprah special is unique to Oprah and what makes Beyonce special is unique to Beyonce. We all just bring something different to the table. I think realizing that is what makes someone unapologetically authentic. No one has walked in my shoes, we don’t all share the same perspective, our experiences vary, and that’s great. That’s the beauty of authenticity. You have to ferociously seize the day using the talents and gifts you were given. That’s something I try to abide by each day.  

BIO:

Kori Coleman is an Associate Creative Strategist at agencyEA. She helps brands develop unique concepts for their events from beginning to the end. In addition to her role as a strategist, she is also the founder of a luxury lifestyle website called TheChicagolite.com. Throughout Kori’s notable career she has attended numerous high profile events where’s she had the opportunity to interview some of the nation’s top movers and shakers. Kori is expanding her endeavors to include creating unique experiences for young professionals with her business The Chicagolite Presents.

Adu: Associate Creative Director & Creative Leader

Keep Shining’s goal is to spotlight inspirational individuals who are positive influencers, movers & shakers, creating movements and are unapologetically authentic in a world of sameness. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that we are enough and not be afraid of letting our amazing talents shine!

We’re excited to spotlight Adu – Associate Creative Director of Digital and Social Media at Carol H. Williams Advertising (CHWA) in this very special edition. His work continues to create striking visuals accompanied by brilliant ideas as a commercial designer. His work has impacted brands including the Coca-Cola Company, NBA, Pizza Hut, PepsiCo, Dallas Cowboys, JCPenney, Spotify, AT&T, T-Mobile, Dannon and SXSW (South by Southwest). He’s been honorably recognized for his work by BET, CNN, Revolt TV, Blavity, Ebony, San Francisco Egotist (32 Under 32 Top Advertising Professionals), American Advertising Federation Awards, Huffington Post and most recently The ADCOLOR Awards Show and Conference (2015 Rising Star Award).

Today marks the official launch of his new book Don’t Insert Title Here: The Guide Toward Creative Freedom & Success sharing some of his most personal and professional experiences within the creative industry to help motivate aspiring professionals looking to break into the creative world and beyond.

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“Stay focused on your own reality and not that of others.” – Adu #Aduism

What is an accomplishment you’re most proud of and why?

To date, I would have to say completing my book. I’ve had the idea for about 10 years. Between working at an agency, multiple art exhibitions and social media campaigns curated, I’ve been working on the book on and off for about three years. What’s interesting about my book is that it’s more of a visual journey in which I tell a story, also featuring my top 100 #Aduisms. I love the outcome of the book and where I landed.

When and where is your book available for purchase?

Currently the book is available on the Apple iBook store. Why only Apple you might ask? I self published the book as creative ownership was essential to me and making sure that I provided buyers with a creative experience. The book is only the beginning *spoiler alert* but I’m always up to something. To stay in the loop, visit my website www.aduyou.com to learn more.

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How has your experiences being in the creative industry inspired you to launch your book?

HA! I don’t even know where to start. The entire book is based off of my creative experiences. Since I was younger, I have always done a variety of things and I think that having a way to foster and combine all of your creative talents is a skill.

What advice would you give to inspire young professionals looking to break into creative industries?

Put in the work and also know that what is meant to be will be. Unfortunately we live in a generation of creatives who want all of these things in life when it comes to positions, accolades and so many other things. However, they have nothing to show when it comes to having an authentic portfolio of work. My advice would be to NEVER stop building your portfolio or updating it. You should want to have new work and projects you’re involved in that pushes your creativity out of its comfort zone.

How do you define creative freedom?

Creative freedom is being able to think of any and every creative idea and/or concept and bring it to life, without anything or anyone stopping you.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?

Stay focused on your own reality and not that of others. #Aduism

Who is your role model and how do they inspire you?

My life is filled with so many influential people. Also people who believe in the power of creativity which is all energy we receive from God. So my answer would be God.

If you could share with the world something interesting about yourself, what would it be?

I’m on just about every single social media channel. I think I have shared just about everything *laughs*

What does the phrase “Keep Shining” mean to you?

The part of this phrase that becomes interesting is how do you continue to shine? I think this comes into play for individuals who are passionate about what they are doing. For me, when I hear someone say “Keep Shining”, I feel it means keep designing, keep being creative, keep pushing the envelope of creativity.

I am unapologetically authentic because…?

Being yourself is the easiest thing you can be in life.

ABOUT ADU:

Justin Adu (Adu) is currently an Associate Creative Director of Digital and Social Media at Carol H. Williams Advertising (CHWA). Prior to leading the digital and social media executions for clients like General Motors at CHWA, Adu’s diverse career has impacted notable brands, organizations, and public figures. He  earned his BS in graphic design with a minor in marketing from Alabama A&M University. He later earned a MA in advertising with a concentration in art direction from Savannah College of Art & Design. He has made huge successful strides in the advertising industry and made a foothold in the art world by curating and exhibiting original art in ten solo art exhibitions. His projects include “African Amedia”, a performance piece that addresses the negative portrayal of African Americans in the media, and “Unsung Changemakers” a mix-media installation that celebrates the untold stories of African American heroes. Adu’s work has impacted brands including the Coca-Cola Company, NBA, Pizza Hut, PepsiCo, Dallas Cowboys, JCPenney, Spotify, AT&T, T-Mobile, Dannon, SXSW (South by Southwest), and several other Fortune 500 companies and organizations.

He’s been recognized for his stellar work and talent by local and national outlets such as BET, CNN, D Magazine, Dallas Weekly, Soul Train, Revolt TV, Blavity, CW 33, In Transit, Forty Magazine, Dallas Observer (30 Under 30 Honoree), Ebony, Rolling Out, The ADCOLOR Award Show and Conference (2015 Rising Star Award), San Francisco Egotist (32 Under 32 Top Advertising Professionals), American Advertising Federation Awards and Huffington Post.

Jessalin Lam: Generator Of Positive Vibes, Relationship Manager & Diversity Advocate

“If you really want to grow, be comfortable with the uncomfortable.” – Jessalin Lam

Who is Jessalin Lam?

I’m a Relationship Manager at a creative business school called HyperIsland based in New York. A Queens, NY native, a 2016 ADCOLOR Futures inductee, diversity advocate and a jetsetter.

What makes you jump out of bed every morning?

I get up every morning to continue creating my life’s story. The world is what you make of it. So every day is a gift and we decide how we want to unwrap it.

How do you define inspiration?

It’s something that makes you want to take action after having a creative spark. It also fuels you to share those ideas with others.

If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?

I would remind my younger self to be selective with who you let into your life since there are so many people who rather see you fail. I used to want to be friends with everyone and I have learned that it’s all about quality over quantity. It makes a phenomenal difference when the network around you are all there to help you and cheer you on.

Who is your role model and how do they inspire you?

I never really had a role model in life. I’m not sure if it is weird to say, but I am my own role model. I aspire to be someone that my future kids will look up to and that motivates me to continue to seize my potential. With that mindset, I’m prepared to share my experiences and stories with my future kids to inspire them do great things in life. Ultimately, I inspire myself by reflecting on where I have been, where I am today and thinking forward into the future.

What is an accomplishment you’re most proud of and why?

It means the world to me to be a 2016 ADCOLOR Future this year! I am extremely honored to be 1 of 30 young, minority rising stars setting the stage for the future within the media, marketing, advertising and public relations industries. The ADCOLOR community is a valuable resource to have as you’re surrounded around people who champion diversity and inclusion. This accomplishment has triggered my passion for diversity and I look forward to partnering with other diversity leaders to make a positive impact on others.

If you could share with the world something interesting about yourself, what would it be?

My boyfriend Will and I are jetsetters! We’re always traveling and planning our next trip. We just came back from Japan and we’re off to Dubai in two weeks. We love traveling the world, creating travel itineraries, stumbling upon deals and enjoying the perks of free hotels thanks to our little life hacks.

How do you overcome fear?

If you really want to grow, be comfortable with the uncomfortable. The uncomfortable could be defined as fear. I overcome fear by thinking about what would happen if I took a leap of faith rather than being scared. I think about the many benefits to that specific situation if I took action and how it would help me grow as a person, adding a new life experience.

What does the phrase “Keep Shining” mean to you?

For me, when I tell people to keep shining, I think of telling someone to stay bright as the star they are. To keep creating incredible movements to positively change our future. When you are a star, you light the way for those in darkness.

I am unapologetically authentic because…?

I’m not afraid to share my personal experiences. Especially through my blog the Joy of Jessalin. My goal is to  encourage others to exert positivity and do what makes them happy.

ABOUT JESSALIN LAM:

Jessalin Lam is an enthusiastic jetsetter, diversity advocate, and passionate philanthropist who loves inspiring and connecting people. She is currently a Relationship Manager at Hyper Island, a creative business school with consulting services to empower people to become better leaders through tailored learning and development programs. Jessalin is also a 2016 ADCOLOR Futures and active member of The Advertising Club of New York and She Runs It.