Christy Pruitt-Haynes is a speaker, coach and consultant who has been a featured speaker at numerous Women’s Business Center events and a mentor for Cohort graduates and Ignite 360 program participants. After attending a few events, she knew she wanted to apart of Pathway WBC.
What is your career and business?
I am a speaker, coach and consultant who works primarily with female and minority entrepreneurs to equip them with knowledge and strategy to define and exceed their goals.
What’s the best part of your job/ what motivates you?
The best part of my job is the “aha” moment when a person “gets it.” Being able to help people take something from idea to implementation is an incredible feeling. Helping them do it in the most effective and efficient way is what brings me joy!
What drew you to Pathway WBC?
In one word- Courtenay! Seeing a person who believed in the mission of helping entrepreneurs as much as I did was addictive and made me want to be apart of it. Once I attended a few events, I saw the level of commitment was matched by every person affiliated with Pathway WBC. That energy was contagious and I knew I had to be a part of improving the entrepreneurial landscape in Tennessee, one WBC client at a time.
Describe your involvement with the WBC.
I am honored to be involved with the WBC as both a mentor for Cohort graduates and Ignite 360 program participants. I have also been a featured speaker at numerous Women’s Business Center events, including Power Surge and International Women’s Day.
Why do you like working with the WBC?
I like working with the WBC because I walk away from every mentoring session, speaking engagement and Ignite 360 session feeling better than when I walked in. The energy, excellence and accomplishments of those events leave me feeling encouraged and excited for what’s to come for every entrepreneur involved.
How has the WBC helped your professional growth?
I learn something in every session or event I participate in with the WBC. Whether it’s other participants on a panel discussion, audience members, or mentees, everyone has something to offer. I am fortunate to be able to soak up all that knowledge while imparting some of my own, and to also expand my network to include a lot of brilliant minds I may not have otherwise met.
What advice do you have for new entrepreneurs?
Start with your “what” and know it like the back of your hand. Many entrepreneurs don’t create a well-articulated mission statement and don’t have a road map to determine what opportunities to say yes and no to. A well-written mission statement becomes the go/no-go test you can run all decisions against to make sure you are on the right path. Without that defined X on the map, it is easy to veer off course and misuse precious resources.
Who inspires you?
I could be cliché and say Oprah or my mom inspires me, both of which are true, but I think the stronger answer is my daughter and my niece. My goal is to live my life in such a way that they are proud to say they know me (and impressing 15- and 19-year-olds isn’t easy). Knowing they are watching pushes me to be better every day and in every way.
I am a very random thinker, and my mind jumps from one subject to another quickly. That skill (as I have come to look at it) makes me a wonderful coach because I am able to mentally move from one client to another quickly. It also makes for some really fun Facebook posts.