Davonna is passionate about promoting “all that is good.” Leveraging her extensive experience in marketing and communications, PR, and management, she has created Davonna Inc. The “Inc” stands for inclusive, as she believes inclusiveness is key to changing our world for the better.
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If you are an entrepreneur, what motivated you to start your own business?
I couldn’t continue working for corporate America and having to compromise my values and integrity. We do our best work if we are true to ourselves. Davonna Inclusive was founded on my love for leading through relationships and promoting good.
What does success mean to you?
When I can go throughout my day with ease, feeling purposeful and knowing I am showing love.
What is your mantra or favorite saying? (If it's a known quote, please let us know who said it first!)
In leadership, just love people and they will be drawn to you. If they are not, they will move on.
What failure taught you the most about life or business? What was the lesson?
The failure to put myself first and truly implement self-care into my daily routine certainly caused a lot of difficult times and strain on relationships that mean the most. I have learned the importance of giving myself permission to feel, do what’s best for me, and be in the stillness.
What's your favorite book - fiction or non-fiction! - in the past year?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, a novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
If you could teach the world one five-minute lesson, what would it be?
Everything is about perspective. Walk a mile in another person’s shoes and you’ll change your heart. There are always reasons to show gratitude.
Knowing what you know now, what would you have done differently when you were first starting out?
I wish I would have understood the root of anxiety more. Anxiety is really the intolerance of uncertainty, but there is actually a lot of beauty and peace in the unknown.
What does women's empowerment look like to you in action?
We rise by lifting others, and that’s what women must do if we want to reach equality with men. We still have a long way to go. To me, women empowerment is the constant reminder that we are able to do great things and we really do run the world. We must help each other learn and achieve their goals, and never hesitate to share or step out of the spotlight in order for other women to shine!
What would you tell 19-year-old YOU?
I would tell myself not to worry about the resume…. to work hard, build relationships, and trust the universe more.
Does anyone call you by a nickname? What is it?
I have two dear friends and when we are together, life is so good. We call ourselves a “Thruple” and we check in every day with “What’s up, Thrup?” via text or phone. I am so grateful for them.
Congrats! You just met a Genie in a Bottle. You get three wishes. One can be worth $0-100, one is worth $100,000, and one is worth $100 million. What are your wishes?
1) Spontaneous date night with my partner 2) Sunroom for my home where I can also entertain and enjoy nature 3) Cat rescue shelter
What is your favorite quote? (It can be yours or from someone that you look up to.)
Being at ease with not knowing, is crucial for answers to come to you ~ Eckhart Tolle