Women on the Rise: Mothers Edition

  1. Nia Wood (@niamichelle_)

Nia Wood is a mother of one, founder, and fashion designer of Nia Michelle. She started Nia Michelle in March of 2019 with the goal of encouraging women to feel confident through fashion, by offering clothes that are unique and made just for them. Since starting, she has launched a total of three collections and presented her most recent collection (Concrete Rose) at Atlantic City Fashion Week 2020. Her most recent efforts have been towards creating protective masks for COVID-19 relief.  Most importantly she is proud to say she is a mompreneur.

Nia is a Woman on the Rise because she is the definition of a BOSS. Throughout her pregnancy (and even now), Nia has put in endless hours of hard work and dedication towards her brand/collection. She is a very determined woman who is very passionate about fashion design. This can be seen through her wonderful pieces. Ever single design is handmade by this amazing mommy. She can literally make something out of anything, and she does this effortlessly will raising a family. This Queen is truly unstoppable.

2. Serifat Fapohunda (@dreamlover25)

Serifat Fapohunda is a 26-year-old mother to a beautiful one-year old named Amira. She believes her daughter is her biggest blessing, and the best thing that has ever happened to her. In 2019, Sheri received her master’s degree in Business Management. She is the founder and CEO of LEWA BROWS LLC. She is a brow artist and the owner of LEWA BROWS studio. She founded a non-profit organization called P.O.P SICKLE CELL. POP is a non-profit that was created to uplift and help children who suffer from sickle cell.

Sheri is a Woman on the Rise because despite all she faces, she continues to keep pushing. She is hustler and a go-getter. She is the definition of getting things done no matter what. Her daughter is her life, and her existence alone pushes Sheri to achieve the impossible. Many people believe she’s superwoman but, she struggles like everyone else. Despite these struggles, Sheri has made a way for herself. She describes being a single mother as challenging, but she’s thankful for it all. If you’re ever in Miami and need a brow/beauty makeover….THIS is the mother to see!

3. Erica Sullivan (@mom.e.planner)

Erica Sullivan is not only a wife and a mother but also a business owner. She started her journey as a single mom blogger over 8 years ago. When her family grew, by a husband and two kids, she relocated to the Philadelphia area and put her fear aside and started working for herself full-time.

In 2018 Erica decided to expand her momE brand to talk more about her new lifestyle. She grew from a single mom blogger to talking more about step-parenting, marriage, cooking, traveling, mental health and so much more. It was with these changes that her brand grew from a mom’s blog to a lifestyle blog.

In 2019 momEplanner launched their Believer clothing line. This line was created to show others that we aren’t just followers of Jesus but Believers in him! With the growth of her clothing line and the success that she started to see from her social media platforms, Erica decided that it was time to start hosting events. Having been an Event Planner in her earlier years, momE wanted to curate events for women to celebrate themselves on Mother’s Day. So she birth the momE Mother’s Day Wellness Social.

At the start of 2020 Erica has began her coaching courses. From teaching women how to brand themselves on Instagram and how to grow their blog traffic to match her views of 7-10K a month. momE is now working on the release of her third digital magazine and in the works of creating her own all natural and chemical free cleaning products.

Erica’s mission is to help women learn to live on purpose in business, motherhood, marriage, and life!

Erica is a Woman on the Rise because she is unstoppable. She uses her own life experiences to help women everywhere. She believed in herself and chased her passion of blogging full-time. She uses her platform to help different types of mothers such as single moms or step moms. She is a strong woman of faith and an amazing mother. We can’t wait to see what she has in store next!

4.Tiana Dickerson (@tianabreexo)


Tiana Bree is a self-taught makeup artist, founder of Beat2aTi, boutique owner and mother-to-be. Her sole purpose in life is to bring the beauty and confidence out of each woman she comes in contact with, in more ways than one! Tiana has spent the last 7 years sharing her gift of artistry, style, and confidence, and knows that when you look your best, you feel your best. She makes it her mission to inspire others daily. 

After the loss of both of her grandmothers, Tiana decided to curate something to carry out their legacy, birthing her online boutique, The Seven22 Collection. Each item from her collection is handpicked for the chic, versatile and fabulous, sure to have heads turning with every item purchased!

Tiana’s work has been featured on the MAC Cosmetics website, several news stations and has shared her knowledge as a Makeup Expert at empowerment events for women across the DMV.

Tiana holds a B.A in Communications with a focus in Public Relations from Morgan State University and will continue to inspire other women through her platforms, Beat2aTi and The Seven22 Collection.

This mommy-to-be is a Woman on the Rise because she uses her gifts and inspires women everywhere. She promotes confidence and self-love, and the items in her collection portray that message as well. If she’s not promoting her online boutique, she beating a face. Her talent speaks before she does, and her captivating personality draws you in. We know that motherhood wont slow this Mom-boss down, it’ll only fuel her!

5. T’ana Patterson (@tinyfaces_)

T’ana Patterson is a Montessori Teacher and Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist. She graduated from Morgan State University in Spring 2018 Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. After graduation, she moved back to PG County and gave birth to her beautiful daughter, Tru Taína.

She is currently getting ready to pursue her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology while building her brand as an MUA. She also has a beauty and lifestyle blog on the way. Her focus is helping women to heal mentally and emotionally by recognizing their power and purpose. She wants every woman to feel their incomparable beauty from the inside out!

T’ana is a Woman in the Rise because she is living in her purpose and inspiring other mothers to do the same! Aside from pursuing her passions, she is furthering her education and using it to help other women heal and grow. Through her makeup artistry, every client who sits in her chair leave feeling like a brand new woman. She sets the example of what it means to be a great mother while chasing your dreams. She’ s a mother any daughter would be proud to have!

6. Mariama Smith (@thekoolmominc)

Mariama Smith is a mother, educator, and business owner. The 24 year old has a five year old daughter named Karter. She describes her daughter Karter is her ultimate bestie. When she’s not having a great time playing dress-up and having makeovers with her five year old, she’s surrounded by many others everyday in the classroom. Mariama is a kindergarten teacher at KIPP DC and her students are her joy. She loves teaching and watching her students grow and develop.

Between “mommying” and teaching, she started her non-profit The Kool Mom Inc. during her last semester of undergrad. She is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Studies. Graduation was a huge accomplishment for her because statistics will show that teen moms do not tend to make it to their college graduations, but she beat the odds!

She started the Kool Mom Inc. to create emotional and financial support for teen and young adult mothers to be able to strive and succeed in a society that tells them success is impossible. The values for The Kool Mom are to encourage, inspire, uplift, and love. She currently has 51 members. Although its been hard to keep in contact due to COVID-19, Mariama and her members keep in touch and uplift one another with their daily group chat, weekly prayer calls, and zoom chats.

Mariama is a Woman on The Rise because she has allowed her own journey to motherhood be the driving force to her fulfilling her purpose. She is a living testament of doing the impossible, but she doesn’t stop there. instead, she empowers and inspires other beautiful women to do the same. She shows her fellow mothers that being a teen mom doesn’t stop you from accomplishing anything, rather it propels you. We STAN!

7.Kemi Ajibare (@styledbykemi)

Kemi Ajibare is a Personal Stylist in the DMV. She is also the founder of StyledByKemi, LLC, providing shopping and image consulting services to her clients. Her goal is to help women discover their true authentic style!

Kemi was born in Nigeria but came to the US as a toddler. Most of her life was spent growing up in Baltimore, MD. She has a degree in Business Technology, but her real passion is fashion. She is an IT professional by day and mommy to an amazing 3 year old boy. She is a proud mother of Nigerian descent who celebrates the beauty of individuality; in life and in style.

Kemi is a Woman on the Rise because she is proof that you can do it all. She shows women you can have a career, chase your passions, and have a family. The best part is she ALWAYS looks bomb while doing so! Her individuality sets her apart; she can walk into any room and own it. Her style is eye-catching and we stan her creative style. Her love for fashion and personal style can be seen on her various social media platforms, so make sure you follow!

We hope the stories of these amazing mothers have inspired you. As you can see, they dominate any lane, whether its fashion, education, beauty, blogging…..the list goes on. We hope you are empowered through this post. These beautiful mothers have shown us that nothing is impossible. All it takes is hard-work, sacrifice, grit, and determination. To all the mothers out there who do the impossible daily, we dedicate this post to you. We appreciate and love you! Happy Mother’s Day! ❤

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