Monique is well-known for her long-term career as an Award-winning public relations and marketing expert. Over the past few years, she has become a leading advocate in developing early childhood education initiatives in underrepresented communities and fiercely promoting the advantages of diversity in early development learning.
So, if you came here looking for the run down list of degrees, awards, accolades and so forth, just scroll to the bottom ( that’s the section for the boring folks!) Now for all the cool kids, thought you would like to get to know me in a different way.
Hey Monique, What’s your favorite memory as a kid?
I was raised by my Grandmother. I loved to go grocery shopping with her because she would let me add up all the food we were buying (without a calculator and no Iphone in the 80’s) and then if I came within $5.00 of the actual amount, I got to choose a cool prize. I loved that time we spent together. I will always cherish the investment of love she gave to me.
What gets you going every day… what motivates you?
That’s an easy one. My passion for life and living each moment on purpose gets me going everyday. We waste a lot of time on things and people who don’t matter. At the end of the day, spend all the time you can with those who you love and care about. Life if short, time is precious and love, family and faith will always endure. This motivates me to be my very best for myself, my husband and daughter. My hope is that it will inspire others as well.
What do you do for fun?
I love to travel and experience new cultures and things. I got my first passport when I was 19. My first visit out of the country was to St. Petersburg, Russia. Yes… Russia! Two things happened, I fell in love with learning about the culture of other people in the world. And two, I knew I never wanted to visit Eastern Europe again! (that’s a story for another day) Other than travel, I enjoy writing, spending time with family and friends, sewing, shopping and reading.
What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
Well, I would say most people who think they know me, don’t know that I am super silly and actually very funny! Actually, I’m quite a bit of a prankster! Only people who grew up with me or my husband know that side of me. Because I spent so many years in the Corporate world, it became natural for me to put a shield around that side of myself. Being a mom and entrepreneur now, I’m more carefree and have a tendency to tell a joke or two at anytime. So watch out!
What’s your favorite quote of all times?
Well, that’s a hard one. On my UrbanMommyInc.com Blog, I actually list my favorite quotes by extraordinary women. But if I have to name one, it would be by my wise Grandmother Lucy. She said, “Just Keep living, the longer you live the longer you learn yourself.” Honestly, I didn’t know what that meant until I was about 30. It’s true, once I stopped worrying about what people thought, who said what, how I looked, how I was going to plan my life… things just fell into place. I started to fully love myself, my hair, my body and everything about myself. I realized the things that were most important and it shaped my outlook. I believe the most important lesson we can teach our children is a lesson of what it means to fully be “true to yourself.”
Still want to know more? Okay, partial bio below! If you still need more, email us for a full CV
Monique T. Joseph is 17 year entrepreneur veteran in public relations, communications and marketing. She attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and later graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. Several years later returned to complete her Masters of Science in Public Administration Management.
While pregnant with her daughter in 2012 she founded her third company Urban Mommy Inc which works to inspire mothers all over the country. From her extensive writing on all things parenting, motherhood and life, some of the works were published in local and national magazines. After the birth of her daughter she would soon begin her greatest work of affirming a strong, powerful and fearless daughter. She wanted to instill a passion for education, reading, loving herself and life. Soon, she was inspired by her daughters excitement towards learning and life and later began to chronicle those learning years.
Monique’s own fire and passion for reading and writing increased. Her daughters laughter, love for learning and passion of life helped to shape her vision of children’s literature inspired by images of cultural appreciation of black children. This turned into a series of writings entitled Zoie’s Adventures, which brings to life a toddler African-American girl who wears Afro-puffs and loves to share her everyday discoveries as she learns new lessons.
Monique shares her life with the two most important people in her world… her husband Sheldon and daughter Zoie. She is currently seeking additional distribution for her series of children’s books.
You may contact Monique through social media links above or via the contact page to receive an excerpt of the most recent work.