First Generation: Leading So Others Can Succeed
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First Generation: Leading So Others Can Succeed

A first generation college student is making sure creative entrepreneurs of color feel empowered to reach their full potential.
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Manal Jakhar is the founder of She Community Rhode Island, a social club where she hopes women of color and entrepreneurs can thrive.

1)     What inspired you to launch She Community RI?

Over the past few years, I've noticed there is so much female talent in Rhode Island. From creatives to entrepreneurs, I wanted to create a space for these women of color to thrive. She Community is a club designed for intention, growth, and healing. I believe when we're given the tools and space to explore ideas, we create new worlds when we come together. My mission is to provide the tools and space to encourage equity, inspiration, and communal care.

2)     What are you most proud of?

As a woman of color, it's really hard to remember to take pride in the things I do. Lately, I've been proud of the independence I've worked to gain for myself. Being first-generation I felt the pressure of needing to succeed, I grew up constantly doubting myself and my capabilities. Now that I am able to see that I actually am capable, I feel like the possibilities are endless.

When people are not able to show up as themselves, I really feel like it's a huge disservice to humanity.

3)     What motivates you?

This may seem intense, but when people are not able to show up as themselves, I really feel like it's a huge disservice to humanity. What motivates me is being someone who helps people envision the fullness of who they are and what their impact is. I believe when people are able to show up as themselves, we as communities are able to create greater impact and greater solutions.

4)     What is one piece of advice you wish you could tell your younger self?

I would advise my younger self to do always do what fuels and fulfills you. I have found the most success and clarity when I do what feels in alignment to me and not just what seems like the right thing to do.

Off the Record:

If you could choose one type of food to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Biryani because it feels and taste like home.

Any podcasts you'd recommend to college students / recent grads / aspiring entrepreneurs?

"Dropping Gems" with Devi Brown.