Audrey Woodley is a mother and teacher from the Westside of Chicago, who grew up without a father. She was raised by her mom Rita and grandmother Beatrice Sanders. Setting out to be extraordinary, Audrey graduated from Texas Southern University with a B.S in Mathematics and B.A. in School of Leadership. With her love for buying the latest
Audrey Woodley is a mother and teacher from the Westside of Chicago, who grew up without a father. She was raised by her mom Rita and grandmother Beatrice Sanders. Setting out to be extraordinary, Audrey graduated from Texas Southern University with a B.S in Mathematics and B.A. in School of Leadership. With her love for buying the latest fashion, working in retail, and learning from family owned businesses, she would give passion a try and open her own resale shop, after working at Bloomingdale’s and Nordstorm as a top salesman. She became a successful entrepreneur and started two companies (Changing Oasis, Inc, and Better Destination Media, Inc.) as well as a two times Best-Selling author. Driven by her passion of giving back and empowering women, she created Beauty For a Cause Legacy Brunch after losing her mother to cancer after 10 years of her strong fight. Woodley strongly believes that faith is how to live and lean on the promise of God.
Fancy: How would you describe your swagher? What makes Audrey, Audrey?
Audrey: I am a go-getter, I don’t allow challenges break me, but I use them to help give me a compass of what I need to strengthen or maybe change.
Fancy: What inspired you to share your story in Delayed But Not Denied: Real Stories about Hope, Faith and Triumph?
Audrey: At a time of coming into my womanhood, I found myself searching for help and guidance to build and heal myself. After losing, my mother to cancer, my job of teaching, and in bankruptcy, I had to lean on the promise of God and find a path that would help me gain confidence and get back on track. I was losing myself and fighting to help keep the family legacy after my mother passed, being taken to court for guardianship, and even called a scam over an insurance policy that my mother left my step-dad. My son was going under the knife because they broke his jaw at the funeral. My life was spiraling down, losing life, family, and money all at the same time. 7 CPR was my way to get my spiritual guidance that saved me from a nervous breakdown.
Fancy: Outside of being an author you wear several other titles. Can you list those below?
Audrey: Founder and CEO of Changing Oasis, Inc. Better Destination Media, Marketing, Media, and PR Consulting.
Fancy: What made you decide to start your resale shop?
Audrey: I was always into fashion, and my mother and grandmother were the most stylish ladies. My mother used to sew me and my brothers clothes. When I was in the sixth grade my grandmother gave me my first credit card. I have been in style since the 6th grade. I’ve always wanted to be in magazines or model, but when that didn’t happen, I just worked at retail stores, like Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, and later opened my own resale shop.
Fancy: Was it the experience of owning and operating your shop that compelled you to coach?
Audrey: My background is in teaching so, that’s automatic change- changing people lives in the classroom and seeing my students successfully graduate high school and college was a sign for me. I wanted more than just coming into the classroom and teaching, I wanted to walk on stages and empower women to move to the next level. I worked on getting my Master’s in School Leadership and getting my principal license, but I was always looked over for leadership opportunities. So, with my background in retail and entrepreneurship, I sought out coaching programs and created my own company and programs.
Fancy: Please share a little about the 7CPR Principles.
Audrey: There are seven stages of personal brand development. It’s a tool to help you personally and spiritually map out your desires of becoming a god-fearing woman.
Fancy: Of course we all think our mothers play a big part in us growing into who we are, but we noticed you honor your mother in many ways. What type of woman was she?
Audrey: My mother was nurturing, compassionate, and a community leader. She was very resourceful and always knew how to help you get a phone bill, light bill, or gas bill paid. She was very charismatic, but at the same time she would feed you, cuss you out, and put you out after you finished eating. She knew how to bring the family together and always loved cooking soulful food.
Fancy: Please share a little about your second book, 7 Ways to Captivate, Convert, & Build Your Brand Identity, and what you want readers to take from it.
Audrey: Yes, my second book is my solo project set to release in February. 7 Ways to Captivate, Convert, & Build Your Brand Identity is an outline of how to create your brand style, vision, and position to build partnerships, and signature style. More importantly, it helps women understand that branding is not just a website, but your everyday actions you’re doing. The connections you make and how you want to communicate with others to leverage your company is key.
Fancy: What are two of your favorite quotes?
Audrey: Quote 1: “You have not, because you’ve asked not.”
Quote 2- “I don’t wait for opportunities, I create them.” – Audrey Woodley
Fancy: Do you have any other projects or events that you care to share?
Audrey: April 21st, Chicago Author’s In Business with Desire Lee.
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