KISH: Tell us about yourself.
My name is Ebony Jowharah Karim- a businesswoman, health care advocate, author, and STEM Educator based in Chicago, IL. I am the founder of the Embrakus Imprint, where I serve as Chief Executive Officer of Embarkus Solutions, an IT consulting firm; The Embarkus Project, a non-profit STEM organization and the Principal Founder of The Beauty Genie, a haircare vending machine brand. I attended undergraduate school in Chicago, IL, majoring in Pre-Medicine, and later pursued a master’s degree in Business Management from The University of Maryland, Maryland College, and continuing education in Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
Ebony :My dream is to create financial independence and freedom for myself and my family, enabling me to not only create generational wealth but also provide resources and tools for those in my community by empowering them to become the best version of themselves.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
Ebony :My mother has always been a huge inspiration to me and others. She is my biggest supporter and number one fan. Also, my children and family motivate me to continue to push the envelope and pursue my dreams and goals. I’ve always wanted to make a difference, a social impact for my community, culture, and myself, and entrepreneurship has allowed me to do just that.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
Ebony : Balancing responsibilities, lack of resources, and self-doubt can all be contributing factors. The journey toward achieving dreams is rarely straightforward. Unexpected challenges, setbacks, and failures can occur along the way. Maintaining perseverance and adapting to changing circumstances is crucial in such situations.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
Ebony: My family and close friends have always provided me a safe space to express myself and gain advice, wisdom, and support. They allow me to be myself while providing constructive criticism
and unwavering love.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream
Ebony: Dreams remain dreams unless you take action. Develop a bias towards action and consistently work towards your goals. Take small steps every day that align with your vision. Over time, they will accumulate into significant progress.