Hi! I’m Rosetta. Thank you for being here :) In 2010, I created Happy Black Woman as a personal blog to document my journey of going natural and becoming self-employed. Today, it has grown into a supportive community of women who are committed to living their ideal lives. This is my story…
Why I’m here
I absolutely love helping other people succeed. (I also love bourbon and cupcakes.) I’m what you might call an “extreme encourager.” I believe in infinite possibility, the idea that you can have absolutely anything you want in every area of your life. Deep down? I’m really just a poet on a passionate journey to fulfill my true purpose and help others do the same.
From humble beginnings…
Originally from the Midwest, I grew up in the public housing projects right outside of Cleveland, Ohio, where I was raised by a single mom and a very protective grandmother. My father was a drug dealer who died before he had the chance to teach me how to ride a bike. My family was so poor that every year, a woman from a local nonprofit would come and take me shopping for school clothes because my mother could not afford to.
To a career in the nonprofit world…
I was fortunate in that I was able to attend good schools and benefit from many kind teachers, special enrichment programs, and the Girl Scouts (I was a Brownie!). As a result, I became the first person in my family to graduate from college. Yet, I always knew that I needed to do something to help people who weren’t so lucky. Otherwise, what the hell was I here for? That feeling is what led me to volunteer at local afterschool programs as a reading tutor for kids living in poor neighborhoods during all four years of college. It was philanthropy that had provided me an enhanced education as a child. It was the community that had come to our aid when we couldn’t make ends meet. Somebody did it for me, and I wanted to help someone else. That’s how I got introduced to the nonprofit world and I’ve wanted to commit my life to helping people ever since. Fueled by my passion for social change, I worked in the nonprofit sector for eight years as a fundraising professional and leadership development consultant before making a major turning point in my life.
To quitting my job to work for myself full-time…
After years of working for nonprofit organizations and raising money for good causes, I realized that my true purpose was in leadership development – helping others figure out their own personal mission and create real impact in their careers. So, in 2010, I quit my job to take my consulting business full-time. Thurman Consulting was an education company that provided personal and professional development to empower a new generation of leaders to change the world. That’s right, I left my well-paying 9 to5 nonprofit job (along with my expensive PhD program) all in one fell swoop to work for myself. My grandmother thought I was crazy. To be honest, I thought I was crazy! But guess what? In my first year of working for myself, I earned the same amount of money I was making in my previous full-time job. And that’s when I knew I could build a successful business doing what I love.
To my current business that empowers women all over the world…
As I began to blog about my experiences from going natural to dating in DC to quitting my job and starting my own business to traveling, I connected with many other women who were on the same path. Through the stories and lessons I shared, I discovered that lots of women wanted to live a similar lifestyle of happiness and freedom. Slowly, the site evolved into a supportive community of women with big goals and beautiful dreams for their lives. I became so passionate about empowering the women in my community that in 2013, I decided to focus solely on building Happy Black Woman as a lifestyle brand and personal development company. Today, Happy Black Woman reaches thousands of women every month through weekly articles, books, courses, workshops, events and coaching programs. I am honored and humbled to be able to inspire and motivate women all over the world to live the lives they really want!
Join my community!
I invite you to join me as I explore what it really means to be happy, successful and whole in every area of your life. As an author, speaker, mentor and coach, I firmly believe in the power of personal development and entrepreneurship to transform women’s lives. OK, enough about me . . . I wanna get to know you! Sign up below to join my mailing list so we can stay in touch :)
Rosetta’s Official Biography
Rosetta Thurman is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, mentor and coach dedicated to helping women create their ideal lives through personal development and entrepreneurship.
Over the past five years, Rosetta’s books, workshops and coaching programs have motivated thousands of women to:
- Discover their true purpose in life
- Take action on their goals and dreams
- Build businesses doing what they love
- Live with greater authenticity
- Become happier and more fulfilled
Rosetta’s lifelong desire to help others was born out of humble beginnings. Originally from the Midwest, Rosetta grew up in the public housing projects near Cleveland, Ohio, where she was raised by a single teenage mom and a very protective grandmother. Her father was a drug dealer who died before he had the chance to teach her how to ride a bike. Despite these challenges, Rosetta was able to attend good schools and enrichment programs (including the Girl Scouts; she was a Brownie!), benefiting from many kind teachers and mentors along the way. As a result, Rosetta became the first person in her family to graduate from college.
Rosetta’s childhood experiences fueled a passion for social change and volunteerism, leading her to work in the nonprofit sector as a fundraising professional and leadership development practitioner. After more than 10 years in the nonprofit field, Rosetta founded Happy Black Woman, a lifestyle brand and personal development company that empowers women to create their ideal lives. Rosetta’s work is guided by her belief in infinite possibility, the idea that you can have absolutely anything you want in every area of your life.
Rosetta is the author of 31 Days to Reset Your Life: A Practical Guide to Personal Transformation and co-author of How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar, 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career, an accessible, do-it-yourself guide for how to build a successful career in the nonprofit field. She is also the creator of several popular online courses, including The Blogging School, a step-by-step program that teaches people how to create a professional blog to promote their brand, grow their business and accelerate their career.
Rosetta is a professional coach with a certificate in personal development coaching from The CAPP Institute. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Trinity Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rosetta has also taught leadership, business and management courses as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Professional Studies at Trinity Washington University.
Rosetta has been featured in numerous media outlets such as JET Magazine, BBC London, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Forbes Woman. She is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council and has been recognized as a Top 25 Urban Entrepreneur to Follow, Top 100 Most Desirable Mentor, Top 25 Online Influencer in Leadership and a New Leader in Philanthropy.
When she’s not writing or teaching, Rosetta enjoys good food, good bourbon and good music. Preferably all at the same time. You can find Rosetta on Twitter @rosettathurman. Get Rosetta’s FREE Life Mapping Workbook at: happyblackwoman.com.
Rosetta’s Short Biography
Rosetta Thurman is a nationally-recognized author, speaker, mentor and coach dedicated to helping women create their ideal lives through personal development and entrepreneurship. After a decade of working in the nonprofit sector, Rosetta founded Happy Black Woman, a lifestyle brand and personal development company that empowers women all over the world to live the lives they really want. She is the author of 31 Days to Reset Your Life: A Practical Guide to Personal Transformation and holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Trinity Washington University.
Rosetta is a member of the Young Entrepreneurs Council and has been featured in numerous media outlets such as JET Magazine, BBC London, The Washington Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Forbes Woman. When she’s not writing or teaching, Rosetta enjoys good food, good bourbon and good music. Preferably all at the same time.