TyKiah Wright, Founder/CEO of WrightChoice, Inc. and DiversAbility Publications, LLC is passionate about diversity recruiting, talent development and disability inclusion. She has a track record of building relationships with institutions of higher education and the business community to promote experiential learning opportunities for underrepresented populations including students with disabilities. Ms. Wright partners with employers to design intentional engagement strategies to attract, include and advance individuals with disabilities in the workplace. As a motivational speaker, she travels nationally sharing her story of uncommon success, self motivation and the power of “no”. TyKiah currently serves as a Commissioner for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and City of Columbus Community Relations Commission. She also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for Wright State University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. Ms. Wright received a B.S. and an MBA from Wright State University.
HOW DID YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN? Faith and resiliency. I would not take no for an answer. When one door closed I always looked for the second opportunity.
BIGGEST CHALLENGE STARTING OUT ? My biggest challenge in the early years was the need for approval by others. I allowed my perceived disadvantages to create false insecurities which demanded the approval of others. As time progressed I became more confident in my personal and professional self, realizing my uniqueness and using it as a position of power.
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? My greatest role model is my mother, she’s where I get my strength, resiliency and passion to serve others. We often share stories of how good we feel when we are able to bless someone with a kind act or words of encouragement. I have learned the importance of servant leadership and how giving your last ensures a greater return.
VISION FOR YOUR FUTURE: Professionally, my vision is to establish additional WrightChoice branch offices in areas where there is a progressive approach to diversity and disability inclusion. I also want to design a social enterprise that will serve as a job creation model for clients that we serve. Within the next 10 years, I will also grow the vision of diversability publications into a nationally recognized media platform for professionals with disabilities. My personal vision is to be happily married with a family.
ADVICE FOR GIRLS
On ACHIEVING YOUR DREAMS:
I am a dreamer and goal setter. I can remember being in high school writing in my journal a list of goals and dreams then intentionally aligning my activities to match my desired outcomes. Ladies, I encourage you to write down your dreams and keep them close to your heart. Identify potential mentors who can champion and challenge you to achieve your fullest potential. And remember it is always important to choose your friends wisely. Choose to hang around like-minded people who dream and set goals because together you will go far.
On REACHING YOUR FULL POTENTIAL:
Figure out your passion and turn it into a business. Even if you establish a not-for-profit organization, it is still a business that must be ran with a for-profit mindset to ensure maximum impact.
On DEFINING YOUR OWN BEAUTY:
My beauty is defined by God because I am who he says I am. My beauty is embraced and magnified by my confidence, integrity and ability to positively influence others. Because I have confidence in my personal self, I am not swayed by others thoughts and opinions of who I am. I am beautiful. My integrity and trusted leadership attracts like-minded people. I am beautiful. My position as an influencer causes many who are deficient in love, support and guidance to value my advice and genuineness. I am beautiful.
ADVICE TO YOUR TEENAGE SELF:
Girl, you cannot change who people are and when they tell you who they are, believe them and move on.
LEAVING YOUR MARK:
I want people to remember me as one who always amplified the message of inclusion. A champion of those with perceived disadvantages, someone who became a cheerleading section to those who needed to hear “You can do it!” A giver – of time, resources and opportunities that ultimately change the trajectory of people’s lives.