Teen Life Coach Sharon Carter believes that it is every girl’s birthright to be happy, and she has made it her mission to see to it that every girl believes that too. Her Girls for Greatness workshops cover everything from body-image and self-esteem to healthy relationships and effective communication. With a focus on fostering an environment of love and acceptance, Sharon is encouraging young women to chase their greatness.
FG: Did you always know you wanted to work as a female advocate or was there an “Aha!” moment that led you down this path?
SC: No, I didn’t always know that I wanted to work as a female advocate. My passion for empowering girls began when I was a mentor with an organization called Dreams Into Action years ago. The goal of Dreams Into Action was to empower teen girls from urban areas by exposing them to different things that were outside of their current surroundings. I loved how we made a difference in girl’s lives. When I was in a career transition, I was looking for a way to reinvent myself and I found Teen Wisdom, and immediately signed up to become a Life Coach for girls. I knew deep within that this was the “something new” I was looking for.
“Writing my mom’s story encouraged me to keep pressing forward and it also reminded me that I come from greatness!”
FG: Tell us about the evolution of your female empowerment brand Girls For Greatness.
SC: My name for my company Girls for Greatness was an idea that I had when I entered my mom for a feature about Mom’s for Mother’s Day. I was going thru a difficult time in my life and writing is very therapeutic for me. Writing my mom’s story encouraged me to keep pressing forward and it also reminded me that I come from greatness! That’s where and how it all began and as the saying goes, the rest is history!
FG: Our girls are culturally conditioned to be at war with themselves and each other. How do you address that toxic messaging and encourage them to embrace a “power and success through sisterhood” philosophy?
SC: You hit the nail on the head! Yes, we are culturally conditioned to be at war with ourselves and with others. I honestly believe that self-love is the root of every fruit in a person’s life. Every relationship/friendship and decision that a person makes in their life stems from the foundation of self-love. The only way girls can embrace “power and success through sisterhood” is by first embracing the ability to love themselves unconditionally. I encourage girls and people in general to really love themselves because the better you love yourself, the better one can love others. Sisterhood is such an important part of life for every female because I know when females who are empowered with purpose and passion get together in unity, they can change the world.
“I know from personal experience that exposing a teen girl to a college tour can change the trajectory of her life.”
FG: As a woman who holds an MBA degree you certainly understand that access to education is a critical issue facing women globally. What can each of us do to help ensure that all of our sisters have the opportunity to better their lives with access to basic and higher education?
SC: Education is very important and that was a foundation that I received from my parents from a young age. We can encourage our young girls by talking to them about their educational goals, encouraging them to read books that expand their knowledge and broaden their horizons, as well as getting them engaged in college tours. I know from personal experience that exposing a teen girl to a college tour can change the trajectory of her life. It’s never too early to get a girl excited about the power of education and learning!
FG: You are a role model for all of the young women whose lives you’ve touched. Who are your role models?
SC: My role models are my mother and grandmother. They are amazing women! My Mother, who is over 60, reinvented herself and recently graduated from nursing school. My Mother and Grandmother exemplify love and strength on a daily basis and I wouldn’t be who I am today without them.
FG: What is your most memorable “Girls For Greatness” experience thus far?
SC: My most memorable “Girls For Greatness” experience thus far is when I spoke at a workshop in Washington, DC. One of the attendees told me that she learned so much and that she was going to share what she learned with her students. That really touched me. The idea that something I said will have a lasting impact on the lives of her students made me happy. Making a positive difference is what life is all about!
“I encourage girls to develop relationships with people that bring out the BEST in them.”
FG: What piece of advice would you like to share with all of the Functional Girls reading this?
SC: I would say that it is imperative to have friends that truly love and support you. With the advancement of social media today, the word “friend” is constantly misused over and over again. I encourage girls to develop relationships with people that bring out the BEST in them.