An inspiring interview with Tanieka Vance Randall
Tee’s thoughts on career path, family and God
Chemotherapy and hair loss combine to produce a natural hair care brand years later. In 2011 Tee was diagnosed with Leukemia and underwent five rounds of chemotherapy. She became cancer-free, but the chemotherapy left her completely bald. She started to research ways to naturally regrow her hair and created a hair and scalp oil to help along the way. During this time she also educated family and friends on proper hair care and maintenance.
Years later in 2014 she shared a shampoo bar on Facebook, and many people were interested. With glowing reviews and familial support, Tee’s Hair Secret was formed with her hair oil as the staple product. Listen in as we speak to this phenomenal woman!
Jess Mosley: Why is it important for women of color to lead and work in leadership and decision-making roles?
Tee: For too long we have been overlooked and treated as though we were too emotional or not smart enough to be in charge. We are showing the world that we are a force to be reckoned with. When younger women and teens see someone who looks like them in charge, it shows them that they too can do the same. So many women of color grow up in poverty. We are going to show them and the world that lack in the past does not automatically determine one’s level of future success.
Jess Mosley: How do you feel about the hashtag #CollaborationOverCompetition? What qualities or values do you deem indispensable in your business partners/collaborators?
Tee: I love that hashtag because there are enough money and opportunities available for all of us to eat. We do not have to dim another sister's light for ours to shine. I truly believe we are stronger and can go further together. I am a child of God first, and anyone I collaborate with has to respect that. I want to partner with individuals that are strong, outgoing, passionate and hardworking. They have to have confidence but be willing to learn from others as well.
Jess Mosley: What are your thoughts on taking risks? Making mistakes?
Tee: You have to take risks in life. Shoot, if I didn't take risks I would still be working at my first job at Subway and living in my hometown. Instead I am making my dreams my reality and living another state away, totally out of my comfort zone. Mistakes and failures are a part of life. I have grown to learn from my mistakes and failures and to see them as a necessary part of the journey. They teach us what doesn't work and what not to do.
Jess Mosley: What are three success habits you implement into your daily routine to maintain your success/sanity/peace of mind, etc.?
Tee: I talk and listen to God. I set weekly goals for myself. I strive to get at least 6-8 hours of sleep.
Jess Mosley: What inspires you to show up at work every day?
Tee: I know with everything in me that God has greatness ahead for me. I have felt this ever since I was a little girl, even though back then I didn't realize it was God. That belief and my children inspire me to go hard and never stop. There are women and girls that are looking for and need what I have to offer.
Jess Mosley: Who or what motivates you and why?
Tee: My children are my motivation. I am determined to pass along generational blessings and show them anything and everything is possible when you set your mind to it.
Jess Mosley: How did you determine your career path?
Tee: I started off as a registered nurse because I've always seen myself as a helper. I love helping others. When I was diagnosed with cancer, the path I planned for myself changed. God determines my path, and I'm just walking in it. I was a super shy, a self-professed crybaby. I would have never imagined that I would be an oncology nurse, formulate my own hair care line, be an author or go on to be an international speaker. I didn't see any of this, but God did.
Jessica Mosley is the Steward Owner of The MizCEO Entreprenuerial Brand. She is on a mission to help, aid, and assist the entrepreneurial woman. @mizceo0717