Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeannette Roberes.
Hi Jeannette, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
Detroit has been home since before I existed. My grandparents found refuge here as they took on roles within the education system and automotive industry.
After graduating college, I decided to work within the intersection of education and technology. My work has taken me across seas and within countries where my work has been touted as inspirational.
As the founder and chief academic officer of Bearly Articulating, my mission is to ignite conversations across multiple dimensions of neurodiversity; with a vision that marginalized narratives matter and that our environment succeeds only when the community includes and welcomes people of diverse abilities.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
A survey by a coalition of Federal Reserve Banks found that Black business owners were the most likely to draw from their personal funds to help keep their businesses afloat. This has been the case for my business. I have continually invested in my work and outside lending has been scarce. So, when we talk about a smooth road or a rough road, I’d say the true distinguisher between the two is financial backing. I have had to maintain multiple opportunities outside of the one that I was creating for myself so that I could pour into my business.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am an author that has worked as a speech pathologist, software engineer, and educator. My work is found at the intersection of education and technology. This includes online courses, digital resources, and in-person and virtual facilitations on topics such as digital accessibility, assistive technology, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices. I’ve earned recognition in The Washington Post and US News & World Reports among other media acknowledgments. My commitment to life-long learning is noted through her LETRS® Early Childhood facilitator certification and PROJECT READ® Curriculum certification. Further, my debut book Technical Difficulties: Why Dyslexic Narratives Matter In Tech has received starred reviews across Goodreads and Amazon. It is available on any online platform where books are sold.
Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I don’t believe in luck, but before you write me off as a pessimist, listen up. I think energy has played a major role in my life and business. I believe that if you begin each experience with gratitude, then energetically you will align with opportunities that are worth further gratitude. On the other hand, if you inhabit an energy of entitlement, despair, or unworthiness, then more opportunities that fall within those categories will be magnetized to you.
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