Woman Power: Entrepreneur Summer Bryan-James has the balancing act at her fingertips | New
A MULTIGENERATIONAL household with strong, enterprising, independent and fearless matriarchs in their efforts to shake things up laid the foundation for the powerhouse that is Summer Bryan-James.
From her work in the banking, airline and liquor industries, to management and leadership roles in the fashion and real estate industries, Bryan-James has made her mark as a go-getter.
Currently a fashion consultant at Anita Elizabeth Boutique, a property management consultant at Superior Realtors Ltd and a brand ambassador for an international retail company, this boss says she has always been a creative who loves a challenge.
“The thought of a challenge piques my interest in unlocking and conquering. I see fashion as extremely personal and fluid. It allows you to be the version of yourself you wish to represent and that can be extremely liberating. gives you a voice and very often fashion is the only way for a woman to have permission to express herself, so it’s much more than clothes thrown at a figure.In this way, it is closely linked to my strong opinion on self-love and self-expression,” she said.
Attributing his initial love for fashion to his mother, who worked on a cruise ship and bought unusual gifts and clothes in exotic places, Bryan-James said his imagination was captured and therefore a desire to have a vision fashion eclectic.
But above her accomplishments as a business professional, with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from UWI and a Masters of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University’s Wayne Huizenga Business School, the 40-year-old said her biggest and most important role is as a mother to her two daughters, aged 12 and 8.
“My greatest achievement was motherhood. My children taught me vulnerability, fearlessness and, in a culture of comparison, I had to make them recognize that their uniqueness should be celebrated. also reminded of this fact. I also take great pride in being able to say no to situations and things that no longer serve me. The ability to show off outweighs any material gain.
Having learned to balance all the hats she wears, noting the dangers of pouring from an empty cup, Bryan-James said she recognized that success in any field is only possible when her first commitment is towards oneself.
“It requires great sacrifices and society expects women to perform in all areas. I learned to separate the roles and the first commitment I make is to myself. I recognized the relationship between gut health and mental health, and the importance it plays in having a positive and motivated mindset. So I try to watch what I eat. I don’t eat fast food; I stay away from meat. I mainly eat whole foods, fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and healthy.
Stressing the value of family, she said taking daily walks with her husband doing everything possible to be physically active and having dates with her daughters are ways to ensure that the needs of each member of her immediate family are individually satisfied, as is the personalized service she provides to her clients.
“My family is extremely supportive. My husband and I are not limited by gender roles. My days start at 5:30 a.m. with meditation, our morning walks, and the 7:30 a.m. outing for school. Between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., cleaning, smoothie and meetings with customers, suppliers and contractors. A working lunch from 12.30 p.m. to 1 p.m., appointments/additional consultations and at 2.30 p.m., school bus service. During pickup, I spend quality time with each child to learn about their day. Everyone is usually home between 4:30 and 5 p.m., which is when we play and relax before homework and dinner. On the calmer days, we go by car, to the cinema or to a game night. »
Inspired by her children and understanding that there is something much bigger for everyone, Bryan-James said she can’t wait to see more, learn more and grow.