The Black Girls Hustle Harder expo was hosted by Keosha McNeal and went off without a hitch, but only to the naked eye. The founder, Keosha McNeal, is definitely a woman that you need to know. Our conversation should have been 15 minutes but it turned into an hour. Keosha and her family lost their Mom approximately seven (7) years ago. So as a single mother to one (1) little girl and guardian to her youngest brother, she knew she needed to make some changes.
What started the Black Girls Hustle Harder movement? I was working for Catholic Charities but the schedule didn’t allow me the time I needed to be an active mom.
Where did the name come from? Working for Catholic Charities, selling sunglasses, and making signature drinks while juggling being a Mom. I also watched friends, family and the average black woman just working hard constantly.
With the stigma society places on women, but especially black women, how were you able to gather multiple black women without drama? It’s my humble personality, I’m honest and detailed, but it wasn’t easy. People were skeptical initially but we made it work.
What is your vision for Black Girls Hustle Harder? Just to grow even larger. It initially started with nine (9) vendors only and now we have more than tripled that number. I also want to take it to other cities and states, incorporate traveling.
What are your keys to success? Have a humble work ethic, stay focused and keep hustling.
Due to the overwhelming response, when and where is your next event? It is June 9th at 4:00 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom, 6351 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL 60637.
Black Girls Hustle Harder movement hires high school girls so they see and understand that they can have and run their own business(es), if they choose. This movement wouldn’t be possible without the help of her brothers and their security company;
her sister who is the bartender; nieces who sell the tees, and daughter who does the raffles!
Keosha, with ambition and initiative such as yours, I can see a truly bright future for you!