CATALYST SHOOT: SHANITA NICHOLS
So, for those of us not lucky enough to have met you yet, tell us a little about yourself.
I'm co-founder and co-owner of Sip & Sonder, the existence of the black lifestyle housed in a coffee shop. I am also a corporate attorney that works with startup clients and co-founder and President of the LA Black Investors Club.
The Catalyst Shoot was a unique experience where we highlighted incredible women and an object that reflected how they #CatalyzeCourage. What was your object and why?
My object was a coffee mug because it reflects the work I do with Sip & Sonder and the importance of being able to connect internally and with others over a cup of coffee or tea at a public space in ones own community.
What does “catalyze courage” mean to you?
Catalyze courage to me means taking the first step towards accomplishing your ambitions and living authentically in your passions.
What would you tell your 17 year old self?
I would tell my 17 year old self that it's fine to have fear but to overwhelm that fear with the knowledge that the universe will create circumstances and put people in your life that will astound you at what those forces will provide and how they will force progress.
What’s one “give” you can offer up to the InHerShoes community reading this?
I am open to make connections, talk through startup issues and tell my own story.
What’s one “ask” you have of the InHerShoes community?
I ask for openness in sharing talents and communication of everyone else's give.
What would you do if you were 1% more courageous?
I would travel the world experiencing coffee in different contexts.
You're incredible! What's the best way for people to contact you or get to know you more?
The Sip & Sonder Instagram is @sipandsonder, the website is sipandsonder.com and to contact us personally email, firstname.lastname@example.org!
BONUS! If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Basquiat because I would love to hear his story from him. I am in awe of his creative mind.
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