Note: This interview was originally published in The Glambitious Magazine on April 21, 2020. You can read the original article here.
Please introduce yourself to our readers:
Janea is the host and creator of H.E.R. Story Podcast, LLC, which is a women empowerment podcast focused on highlighting women of color. She is a firm believer in the power of storytelling and creating various platforms for women to share their resources. Her journey of self-acceptance led her to establish Kloset Fitness, LLC–a fitness apparel store focused on creative designs for women of all sizes. Janea is a Louisiana native and has a passion for advocacy and uplifting the voices of communities who have been historically neutered. She is the 2020 Census Director and Program Manager for the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice, the 501(c)3 civic engagement table for the state of Louisiana. Her work includes the statewide growth of the Power Coalition and the implementation of core programming, including She Leads! A leadership program for female leaders of color; Black Men and Boys Statewide work; and policy/advocacy work. She also oversees the Power Coalition for Equity and Justice Census work, including conducting research, work planning, convening, programming, and evaluation.
Before her position with the Power Coalition, Janea worked at the East Baton Rouge Metro Council as the Legislative Assistant to Councilwoman Erika L. Green (D-5) and Court System Supervisor for Assumption Parish. She spends much of her time volunteering for nonprofits such as the Butterfly Society, St. Vincent De Paul, Big Buddy Program, and Dream Works Louisiana. She is a 2019 BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership & Dignity) Fellow and also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Janea earned her B.A. in Political Science from Southern University and A&M College, where she also received a Masters of Public Administration (MPA). Through a commitment to service to a cause greater than self, she hopes to inspire millennials to take an active stand in their communities.
What makes you a visionary?
A visionary is someone who can hope and plan for the future. I am a firm believer in the power of the tongue and creating the life I want to live. Personal experiences taught me to create my pathway and dreams, even when it seems impossible. It is essential to accept the “now” and find innovative ways to create a better future for your life and the lives of others. Never remain complacent. James Allen said it best, “A person is only limited to the thoughts that he chooses.” Frankly, I always choose to WIN, and within that journey of winning, I also want to educate and help others along the way.
Share the 3 key steps that helped you bring your vision to life:
Affirmation, Prayer, and Meditation. Even if you don’t have the full details of the plan, first believe in your vision. The path to getting there is all within the journey. Affirm and understand what is to come and align your vision with God through prayer and meditation.
What is next for you in 2020?
2020 is the year of my voice. At the height of the new year, I decided to do nothing without intention. My voice and power of influence are one of the many gifts that ignite my passion for helping others. I will continue to leverage the voices of others and create power building structures through community organizing, advocacy, and women empowerment.
How can readers connect with you online?
My Instagram handle is @janea_claire13, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.