KISH: Tell us about you.
My name is JohnRae’ Stowers. I am a wife of 21 years, a mother of two beautiful daughters, an educator at one of the most prestigious universities in Wisconsin, an instructor, and a boutique owner.
KISH: What is your dream and how will accomplishing your dream benefit you and others?
JohnRae’: My dream is to have the number one statement making boutique in the city of Milwaukee. I would like my store, JazzyRae’ to be a “place to visit” when coming to the area. In addition to that, I would like to continue utilizing the boutiques platform to create a safe space for women to not only shop but connect and network. The dream is to build on what has been created with women empowerment, scholarships, cancer awareness, and community connections.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to pursue this dream?
JohnRae’: The boutique has been a space used to capture all of the things that are close to my heart. The store itself was created from my love for fashion and networking. Raising scholarship dollars has always been important to me because not only was I a first-generation student, but working daily with students I understand the financial obligation that comes with higher education. Providing resources and awareness for cancer is near and dear to my heart because my mother transitioned in 2014 fighting the disease.
KISH: What challenges have you encountered while pursuing your dream?
JohnRae’: The main challenges to pursuing my dream have been my ability to bounce back from the learning curves, finding proper mentorship, and connecting with the right resources. I have learned a lot from my mistakes. Unfortunately, but fortunately, I have learned that you do not know what you do not know until you stumble upon it.
KISH: Who or what inspired you to keep pushing regardless of the challenges you’ve encountered?
JohnRae’: My late mother is my greatest inspiration. She was the epitome of a strong Black woman. I watched her push through a lot of things with strength and perseverance. Being a mom of two daughters, I have a “women and girls can do all things” energy. Knowing that they are watching me certainly gives me the push that I need. I also swear by the poem “Don’t Quit.” Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
KISH: Please provide final thoughts/advice for others by finishing this sentence… dream.
JohnRae’: DREAM BIG and don’t let fear stop you. Connect with the right people and resources that will assist you with your dream. Hold tight to not only have your dream come alive but thrive.