Who We Are

Black women are the central nervous system of society. Our resilience, brilliance and beauty is evidenced in all facets of life. While we embrace our innate ability to impact the world differently, we share a common thread; a sisterhood that runs deep and wide spans across continents and cultures, ages and stages of life and socio-economic status.

Black Girls Rising fosters a safe space where Black women can RISE and be supported, celebrated, and uplifted. 

Black Girls Rising is a community that seeks to educate, support, and empower working professionals and entrepreneurs. 

Meet Jalezah Shoats

Jalezah Shoats is an 26-year-old Women's Empowerment Specialist, Educator, and Creator.  In 2016, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Studies from Florida Gulf Coast University. After graduating FGCU, she served as the Chief of Operations and Educational Specialist for a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Literacy Connection, Inc. In addition to serving her community, Jalezah enrolled in graduate school. In 2018, Jalezah earned her Master of Science in Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.  

After moving back to her hometown, Jalezah found herself existing in old, stagnant environments that never served her. She searched high and low for a community specifically for Black, like-minded women. For a few years, Jalezah contemplated on starting a women's empowerment organization but she allowed fear to dissuade her. As she evolved, the burning desire to unleash her dreams moved her to break free from all that hindered her and embrace what was inevitable; walking into her purpose. She knew that other women were experiencing the same growing pains, so she decided that her journey needed to include like-minded women who were on the rise.     

 In March of 2020, Jalezah launched Black Girls Rising, LLC (BGR). Where she stands today is directly related to the awe-inspiring women she's connected with through her platform. Jalezah is the voice for Black Girls Rising. HERstory is still being written...​