Nadia Lindsey- Francois is a divorced mother of four boys and a hard working entrepreneur. She is a hairstylist for the last 10 years, a Mary Kay Consultant, founder of Sistars of Empowerment, Inc., and owner of Legacy Medical Transportation, LLC. Nadia holds several licenses in the cosmetology field and also holds a bachelor of science in Business Administration. Her children are her purpose and her motivation. She believes that with God all things are possible and knows that He is the one that has brought her thus far.
What inspired you to start the Mr. and Miss Empowerment Pageant?
Working with children as well as being a mother made me realize that our children need a positive outlet to encourage and motivate them to be themselves. I didn’t want the pageant to be based on looks or clothing but to build on their intellect and their self esteem. A lot of kids are shy or scared to show their true personalities, and I wanted to give them the opportunity to eliminate fear.
How has the pageant grown over the past 3 years?
The pageant has grown in participation and community involvement. We have gained supporters and contestants which are the backbone of the pageant.
What obstacles have you overcame with it?
Some obstacles that we had to overcome included the low registration of our males, consistency, and the acceptance that this is not a beauty pageant.
What do you want children and parents to take away from the event?
I want the children to first off enjoy themselves while participating in the pageant and the activities that surround it, but most of all elevated self confidence, the feeling that they can do anything they set their minds to and that they have a chance at a bright future regardless of their circumstances. The parents should take pride in their children and realize that they are our future, and we must expose them to great things that will impact them for life.
Why do you feel such events are important?
These events are important because they give children the opportunity to express themselves in ways that they would not normally have. This event allows the children to speak publicly, participate in community service, youth entrepreneurship and it also allows them to work as teams and learn valuable life skills during the empowerment sessions.
What words of inspiration would you care to share with our followers?
No matter what the world throws at you keep the faith that God has your back. Every day is a fresh start….
Nadia lives by the golden rule “treat others as you would like to be treated.” She strives to leave a legacy for her children and instills in them the importance of helping others and treating people right.
Registration is now open for the 2016 Mr & Miss Empowerment Pageant which will be hosted by AV Mitchell. For more information visit, http://www.sistarsofempowerment.org/.
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