Vision Without Action is Just a Dream

Memphis boasts a poverty rate that has only improved from 30% to 26.4%. It takes many efforts to move the needle-- the entrepreneurs, the side hustlers, the dreamers, the leaders, and those who don’t view themselves as leaders (yet).


I had the honor to be the keynote speaker at Level Up Conference, a professional development conference in Memphis, TN hosted by successful Gen X entrepreneur, Cynthia Daniels.

The conference focused on professional development and entrepreneurship best practices for professionals. It included topics about branding, women and minority certifications, finances, and funding the conference. The sessions and keynotes provided the resources that most minorities looking for opportunities for growth cannot access. The rooms were full of entrepreneurs, social justice advocates, and executives. They sat on both sides- in the audience and on the stages. My daughters, Jennifer Richardson and Whitney Hardy, led a panel around Faith and Family and kick starting your entrepreneurial journey, respectively. I was excited to see them in action, and to see how cultivating the next generation from home really provides change for the future of Memphis.

Like Cynthia I encourage you to take the first steps to put your vision into action, and to assemble a team of thinkers, doers, and go-getters. Thank you Cynthia for giving me the opportunity to meet so many new faces.

Carolyn Chism Hardy