1,000 COSIGN’s: Meet Chasity Cooper, Writer & Digital Director of Her Agenda
Chasity Cooper was born in Texas but grew up in Evanston, Illinois, right outside of Chicago. After graduating from Syracuse University six years ago, she moved to Washington, D.C. and started a career in public relations. As a child, she knew that she wanted to help people for a living, originally wanting to be a teacher or doctor, but during her sophomore year of high school, she joined DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) at her mom’s encouragement, and found her passion for communications and business. Through DECA, she would create mock marketing plans for local businesses, and combined with her quarterly column in the school newspaper, she had found her path. “If it weren’t for those two experiences, I don’t think that entrepreneurship nor journalism would’ve crossed my mind as career options,” she says.
Fast forward to July 2015, Chasity was laid off from her job and was unemployed for four months. This is where she had to really make something happen. “I had to put myself out there, go through a number of trial and error exercises and accept constructive criticism with a grain of salt,” she says. “That period of my life taught me to ‘faith my fear’ and trust the process, especially when it is uncomfortable.” Out of this tough time, she was able to turn her writing into her livelihood.
Today, Chasity’s brand is constantly growing and changing. She was able to narrow her interests down to a few things and apply her talents to them. “For instance, with my writing, I’ve had the chance to write on a number of topics; everything from social and digital media to Beyoncé and the Kardashians and their influence on culture from a business perspective,” she says. “I think starting from wherever I was and just being curious really just allowed me to become intentional with how to use my voice in an influential way.”
As the digital director of Her Agenda, she tells successful women’s stories and is able to share voices and ideals that may not traditionally be given a platform. This has also allowed her to connect with entrepreneurs, businesses and potential mentors, to further her success. She’s even been able to partner with Capital One on a content campaign to highlight why women of color are important to the world of tech.
Even with success, she still has struggles. “I think the biggest struggle has been trusting my genius, not doubting myself when adversity arises and being patient,” she says. “I don’t know what I don’t know, and that’s completely okay, but I’ve learned that growth is a process and with that process, there will come times that I will fail and make mistakes. However, those mishaps aren’t who I am, so I have to be willing to dust myself off and look for other opportunities to learn if something doesn’t work out.”
Five years from now, Chasity sees growth. “I hope to have grown substantially in my career, preparing to start a family and still writing and connecting with my peers and those in the generation behind me. I absolutely love having the opportunity to give back, so I hope that I’m able to do that on a grander scale,” she says. And as for legacy, “I want to be remembered as someone who wasn’t afraid to act on the crazy ideas that came to her head. I want to be remembered as someone who cared about her family, friends and community, and was focused on supporting the greater good and not just self. I want to be remembered for the love I shared with others, my curiosity when it comes to telling a good story, and most importantly, unwavering faith in God.”
We COSIGN Chasity Cooper for her passion for writing (something near and dear to us) and the ability to use it to inspire.
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