When I was growing up, it was hard to get me to say much of anything. I was painfully shy. Nevertheless, I always loved Language Arts classes, creative writing and reading.
It was in my Junior year at Lindblom High School in Chicago’s Englewood community where I first learned that I had a powerful voice. Mrs. Sylvester (one of the toughest teachers in the school) commanded that I take to the podium in her Speech class and give my very first public address. I was petrified but I knew that it was “do or die.” If I didn’t deliver a powerful speech, I could fail the class.
So I prepared my speech and delivered on my assigned day and it was in that very moment that I knew I would become a broadcaster. Once the nerves went away, I spoke eloquently and with impact. I can’t remember what the heck I said, I just know that the toughest teacher in the school gave me an A+ on that speech!
That moment changed the trajectory of my life. I went on to study journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where I was given carte-blanche to create any kind of TV or radio show I wanted. I thrived there. I fell in love with using media as a way to empower, entertain and educate my audience. I became an activist campus journalist. I dealt with the tough issues. My inner star was born!
On the air
Fast forward to today and I can say my career has been both challenging and rewarding. I’ve stayed true to my activist tendencies by working in meaningful media positions. I spent 4 years as the host of an urban-oriented public affairs television show. I was blessed to work at the legendary WVON radio for 10 years as host of the Monique Caradine Show and along the way I’ve built Momentum Media Group, an award-winning, multi-faceted company that allows me to do all the things I love! Including:
produce and host empowerment-centered programs
provide media training and coaching to high-level executives and
mentor dynamic women leaders who want more visibility, influence and profits and
speak to groups of all sizes on everything from getting in the media to creating a business you love!
MY FAMILY IS WHAT MOTIVATES ME
I am also a mom and a wife. My son is a black-belt in the martial art of TaeKwonDo and my husband is one of the most brilliant and successful businessmen I know.
In my free time, I love to read, enjoy time with people I love and a good glass of wine never hurts! :)
Life certainly has not been without lots of big challenges but I must admit, I am enjoying it all and excited for what’s to come.
The best part about my life is that I know exactly why I am here. God chose me to be my husband’s wife, my son’s mom and to use media as a platform to inspire.
Additionally He gave me the awesome assignment of combining all my other experiences (good, bad and otherwise) to help other visionary women reach their goals and create a life they can fall in love with. I’m happy to say, I’m enjoying my assignment!