Meet Rose Wilkerson
I have a long history, 20 years, as an educator. I’ve taught at the elementary school level as a bilingual 3rd and 4th grade teacher. I’ve also taught at the college level from liberal arts colleges to big research institutions. I’ve also spent a few years in graduate school obtaining my master’s and doctoral degrees. I have a Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College; and a Masters and Doctoral degree (both in Linguistics) from Indiana University. And even though I have all this educational training and experience, I choose to work for the best cosmetics company that empowers and supports women to be entrepreneurs!
Why would an educated person like myself choose to be a beauty consultant?
You did hear about the economic depression we’re in, right? It’s been hard at the college level too, especially when hiring new faculty. The number of positions open for new professors is not the same as it was four years ago. Although teaching as a lecturer is an option, having them teach more than 1 or 2 classes a year is rare. You have to at least teach 2 classes per semester in order to qualify for health insurance. Unless I put together several teaching jobs, which most of the money would be spent on gas driving to the various campuses, what am I supposed to do until the economy gets better? Wait it out and hope that by some miracle money appears out of the sky? It was time to use all of my knowledge and training to create some economic stability. Out of chaos comes opportunity, which is why I chose to be a beauty consultant in one of the top cosmetics companies in this country that makes a real difference in the lives of women worldwide.
My philosophy in life is to use my knowledge and skills to help others succeed. As a person who’s spent many years as an educator, helping others is in my blood, it’s a part of my DNA. It’s what I’ve seen my parents do, my siblings, and ultimately myself. I’m a beauty consultant with one of the top retail customers in the cosmetics industry not just because I want to make money (I do), but in order to truly succeed in this business you HAVE to help others! Going into business for myself also allows me to contribute to worthy programs that help others who haven’t had the kind of opportunities that I have had.
Do you know how many wonderful projects are out there that I’d love to fund that would contribute greatly to those who haven’t had the same opportunities that I’ve had? There are many philantropic institutions and non-for-profit organizations with worthy causes that need financial support. I do what I do because I want to do more. At my church, we have a saying, “Give more so that we [the church] can do more!” I want to be one of those who can give more. Although some of the volunteer work that I do is worthy and helpful, I’d like to be able to contribute financially to quality programs that will be able to do that which I cannot. For example, helping children in disadvantaged neighborhoods to be in the twenty first century age by learning how to create their own cell phone and computer apps based on Kingdom principles; this type of programming helps them to get excited about school, give them a ‘leg up’ and prepare them for a growing global economy.
Being a beauty consultant is what I do and, don’t get me wrong, I love it! But it’s not the end all be all of what I’m up to in the world. It’s a wonderful means, a great opportunity, and a way for me to take care of what’s important to me, my family, my bills (of course), my community, and hopefully… maybe one day the world. There’s so much work to be done in helping others… I can’t possibly do it all through my volunteer work, but given the right company, with the right focus… I can ‘do’ more through financial contributions.