We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandi Marsh and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brandi, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
One of the biggest habits I believe helped me succeed, is discipline. Discipline in working on my vision and not giving up . There were plenty of times when I wanted quit, but I had to get resolve in my mind, that no matter hard it would get I would not quit. I started, Non Profit, a mentoring program for girls in 2017. This program focuses on self-worth, self-value, and self-confidence. One thing that helped me stay disciplined to not only start but succeeding in the non-profit space is setting goals and establishing dates and deadlines. I believe this kept me focused on my goals for the non profit so that I can not only succeed but excel.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My name is Brandi Demetria Marsh; the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Ebony and Pink Pearls, an amazing faith-based non-profit organization. I am a California native currently holds a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from California State University, Long Beach. Brandi has over 10 years of experience serving as an educator in her local community. Ebony and Pink Pearls strives to promote and encourage young women ages 11-18 to live a life that passionately pursues their purpose. The organization’s mission is to empower women to walk in their purpose, pursue God in daily prayer, and honor God by living a lifestyle of purity. Every youth summer summits we host workshops on the developmental concept of self: (i,e self-confidence, self-respect, self-esteem, self-control). In February 2015, Brandi founded Ebony and Pink Pearls to support and challenge young women to rise above societal pressures and live for Christ boldly; regardless of their past hurts, failures or disappointments. The organization was established with the purpose of equipping women with a convicting hope- unashamed to speak about God and walk in who He created them to be! Some of the challenges I faced was just getting over the fear of failing. Just having an idea is one thing, but have the courage to actually start was very freighting. What helped me overcome the fear, is know that there was a girl out their in the world that needed to hear my story. And I knew that I could not put that responsibility on anyone else but myself. One lessons I learn along the way, is surround yourself with people that will push you to keep going. Also never, be afraid of seeking out help, ask questions and it is okay to make mistakes. I would pressure myself to have everything perfect, but I learned that through my mistakes, I gained wisdom and knowledge on how to make my organization better.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am a resident of Southern California, home of the sunny weather and beaches. If my best friend came into town I would take her to one of my favorite spots in Buena Park called, “The Boiling Crab”. This is an amazing seafood spot that serves, crabs, lobster, seafood in a bag, shrimp and crawfish; the food is absolutely delicious. I would also take me friend to beautiful downtown night life called the “The Pike”, this a very social area that has great restaurants , clothing shops and great scenery of water. One of my favorite restaurants is called “Claire’ Museum”. This place is absolutely gorgeous and the restaurant sit right on the beach, so the ocean views are spectacular. And one of my other favorite spots is called, Tantalum. This restaurant sits right on the marina, so the panoramic views are breath-taking. These would be a few spots I would love for my friend to check out.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank the encouragement of my friends and family. And two individuals in particular ( Ebony and Jael). I had the privilege of mentoring them for over two years. Thank you for allowing me to grow and learn the art of mentorship and challenging me on how to support young girls such as yourselves. It was through our conversations that gave me the motivation and encourage to start my non-profit.

Website: www.ebonyandpinkpearls.org
Instagram: @ebonyandpinkpearls
Facebook: Ebony and Pink Pearls

Image Credits
Image Credit – Photographer- Philicia Scott