We had the good fortune of connecting with Evingerlean D. B. Hudson, Ph.D., affectionately known as Dr. Eve, and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dr. Eve, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
I believe the most important thing entrepreneurship has taught me is if you want to be successful, then confidence and positive mindset are absolutely necessary.
What should our readers know about your business?
Evingerlean Worldwide is a leading development entity specializing in personal transformation and entrepreneurship. We were founded by Evingerlean D. B. Hudson, Ph.D. (*raises hand*), a Black woman who is the oldest of three and was raised by a single mother in a low-socioeconomic household, but went on to become a first-generation college graduate who earned a Ph.D. at 28.
We are on a mission to inspire, empower, and uplift first-generation college students and graduates across the globe. We achieve this through impactful, engaging, and transformational initiatives such as our signature programs (Pass the Mic), podcasting (The First-Gen Lounge), training (Tra1lblazer University), and online store (The First-Gen Shop).
We believe that by providing the right mentorship, resources, and tools, we can help first-gens overcome obstacles that litter their road to success. Thus, we are committed to helping millions of trailblazers overcome obstacles, make their dreams come true, and leave their legacy.
It’s certainly not been easy getting to where I am today because I’ve had a lot of learning to do–I did not come from a business background nor could you have even convinced me that I’d one day be an entrepreneur. Yet, as an academic and lifelong learner myself, it’s been a lot of fun; I take education seriously and continue to give time to grow and space to figure things out.
I have been able to overcome several challenges by keeping my focus on who I am serving–it keeps me going because I refuse to let them down, and I can’t help but remember who I needed as a young Black woman who was a first-generation college student and now graduate.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
“Let’s get something to eat!” is one of my love languages. So, if my folks are coming in from out of town, it would be a food tour. We’d have to hit up the best chicken and waffles spot ever, Dame’s, first. The next stop would have to be Beyú Caffè. BBQ would be a must, so we’d have to check out The Redneck BBQ Lab where the beef tips are next to none. Manning’s would also have to be on the list. In an ideal world, it would be nice outside and the timing would be right, so we’d hit up a food truck rodeo. Outside of that, it’s likely that we’ll drop by the fairgrounds, catch a good movie (at the house), and chill (unless there is a festival going on) or get a really good game night going!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am grateful to have had so many people to help me along the way. So, I want I would like to acknowledge my life partner and absolute best friend (Dr. James M. Hudson), “Puppy” (Maxwell Alexander), Mommy (Norma J. Blakney), family, friends, mentors, sorors (Delta Sigma Theta), The Evingerlean Worldwide Team, BlkWomenHustle, ISupportBobs, The Black First-Gen Collective, FLIP National, Women Empowerment X, Shaw University, The University of Southern Mississippi, and my favorite people of all–the first-generation college students and graduates across the world who continue to blaze trails!
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