How To Be An Author and Empowerment Coach for Millennial Women: Meet Kelley Green

“I find it to be a truly incredible experience being able to share parts of myself to the world so that I can help or touch at least one person. When I actually do it’s even more amazing. “

Current City & Hometown: Queens, NY

What is your full time job?: Director of Communications at Whose Your Landlord, Inc.

Hi Kelley! I am so glad that you are here to share your story.  I love everything that you’re doing. Tell me about your business and what you do. 

Hi Nkay! Thank you for this opportunity to share my story and for creating this amazing platform for Girl Bosses! 

The purpose of my coaching business and essentially, every loving piece of content that I create, is to help millennial women step out of their struggle so they can step into a life that they love. Far too often in my life, I’ve seen women, myself included, settle for a life that didn’t light them up. I also noticed these women didn’t know where to start on their journey or how to navigate creating a life that they’re proud of. 

Therefore, after studying the practice of life coaching and hiring my own coach, I began offering empowering coaching sessions that focus on mindset, self-love, and various healing practices. After the development of my brand and the increasing number of people who asked me to teach them how I created my brand, I began offering branding and business coaching for those who wanted to become their own inspirational influence for others. Having graduated Cum Laude, from the University of Bridgeport’s Honors Program with a degree in Business Administration, was a great addition to my skillset too. 

Since I began coaching 2 years ago, I’ve had international clients from places like South Africa and London, and clients who repeatedly book me after their coaching program is finished.

Talk to me a bit more about your book, ‘Perfectly Imperfect.’ 

My book is my baby. It’s my debut book that I published on October 7, 2017 and I’m still in awe over the support I’m receiving. Perfectly Imperfect takes the reader on an alliterative journey to the intricate depths of the human psyche. From childhood hardships and ever-pervading self-doubt to the tumultuous waves of both love and hate, my collection of gripping poems and inspirational tidbits invites you to join me in a reflective and just as cathartic experience. Infused with valuable wisdom, each piece reminds the reader of life’s only constant: change and life’s key to happiness: self-love.

I wrote this book because I wanted to create something that resonated with people who have experienced the pain and joys of love and heartache. The introduction of my book says “I have to be open. Open in a way that heals the hearts of those left broken.” I’m so grateful that so many people have supported my book and I look forward to it finding it’s way to even more hearts and homes.

Today’s age is all about ‘The Digital Age’ Your Instagram feed is full of inspiring quotes and millennium women inspiration. Also, you take the best selfies! How do you use Instagram to help build your brand?

Lol, thank you so much! My Instagram is a huge component when building my brand. It’s essentially a visual representation of me, my beliefs, and how I help people. It’s like an aesthetic extension of my website and twitter. I want people to feel inspired and empowered when they are greeted with anything I’ve created and that’s what I’ve aimed to do and continue to provide with my Instagram. If you follow me at @kelleygreen_ you’ll see a variety of pictures, videos, and quotes that are paired with empowering “find you at the right time” “get your life” captions. 

Also, as a coach who specializes in helping brands, solo proprietorships, and corporations, I feel I should note, having a pretty Instagram is cute, but for anyone looking to Build a brand, make sure you’re also providing your followers with value and posts with substance. That’s what gets people to hit that follow button and keeps them coming back for more. 

Besides Instagram, what other social media platforms do you use? Which platform do you find the most appealing for your brand?

Aside from my Instagram, I’m very active on twitter, posting several times per day every day. I’m fortunate enough to be creative enough to do all the branding for my social media platforms, including my website and my book cover. I’ve got a thing for graphics lol. I say that to say I find each platform appealing in their own way. Instagram and YouTube are more visual, and twitter is mostly words with my tweets but I feel there’s a sort of aesthetic beauty to them as well. My tweets are usually short poems, lessons, inspiration, and encouragement, for women and creatives that people seem to love.

Tell me about the most recent collaboration you’ve done. And are there any creatives in NYC (or outside of the city) that you’d like to work with?

The most recent collaboration was one that I honestly didn’t see coming. I have to take a moment to thank God because he’s always looking out for me and I’m forever grateful for that. Mid-January of 2018, I was approached by a company called Whose Your Landlord, Inc., it’s a startup company, owned and founded by Ofo Ezeugwu a black 25-year-old, who thought of the idea for his company while in college at Temple University in 2013. Crazy enough, him and I met while working on the set of 50 cent’s TV show Power and after meeting, I had worked for them twice over the years. Once was for a photo shoot and again for a campaign with Allstate (seen here.)

Long story short, Ofo, the CEO, reached out to me in mid-January, to inquire about my professional background and to learn more about what I do online. What started as a discussion, turned into an interview, and he told me that he created a role for me as the Director of Communications at his company. All I had to do was accept the job and it would be mine. After careful consideration, cause you should always weigh the pros and cons of any opportunity before leaping, I excitedly accepted! 

Since then, I’ve already assisted them in major ways. They are already a phenomenally solid company but I’ve been helping them revamp their social media strategy, website and blog, set up live events, I’ve been interviewed for print and digital media, and interviewed for on-air broadcast for CBS news as well. May I remind you, it’s only been 3 weeks! It just goes to show you that even when you’re not looking for a specific blessing, God is still out here looking to bless you.

In the future I’d like to collaborate with @fiercecatherine, @curlsandcouture @crwnmag @blavity, and @blackgirlinom just to name a few. 

Who are your favorite Influencers/Creatives that inspire your work?

I can say my audience inspires my work the most. I listen to them and read what they write, blog about, talk about, rant about, etc. I pay attention to their pain and their triumphs and my work stems from that. I follow some popular accounts for the sake of showing support and knowing who else to recommend to people I know, but when you study and favorite someone too much, one may risk unintentionally mimicking them and as you know, that’s a dangerous move as an artist/creative/influencer.

Tell me one thing that most people may not know about you

When I was 10 years old, I spent my birthday with my family at our villa in Florida. On my actual 10th birthday I went to the community pool to enter a hoola-hoop contest, and I won! I don’t think I’ve won a contest that I’ve entered since then lol. I hold that near to me and remind myself, that if I choose to call life a contest, I can consider myself a winner every day. And literally just now I also realized, if I enter a contest again, I should make sure it falls on my birthday. ☺

Are there any projects you are working on, and/or upcoming events that we should know about? 

At the moment, I’m working on creating and launching my online Master classes for branding and blogging, so you can stay tuned for that and anyone reading this can follow me so they don’t miss out when it launches. For now, I have plenty of Free resources on my websites that are my gifts to you, which you can access here.

What is your most proud moment you have achieved as a Coach and Author?

My most proud moment as an author was receiving my copyright approval letter in the mail and then receiving my first proof of my book. Both were amazing experiences that literally had me jumping up and down, screaming in my house, like a maniac lol. 

Then, both of my most other proudest moments, as a Coach and also as an author, is whenever I receive thankful feedback. It’s when someone says they can relate to something I said, or “it hit them right when they needed to hear it”, or they love what I said, or they’ve even framed what I said or wrote. I find it to be a truly incredible experience being able to share parts of myself to the world so that I can help or touch at least one person. When I actually do it’s even more amazing. 

Do you have any short or long term goals for the New Year?

One of my goals for this year is to get my book, ‘Perfectly Imperfect’ in stores. Another goal is to provide my audience with online Master classes to help those who can’t afford or are unavailable to invest in my 1:1 coaching sessions. All of my other goals are locked in a vault, sorry. xo

Now let’s get a little more personal! Tell me your favorite:

  • Instagram account you follow: Will Smith! Have you seen it? He came out of no where and is killing it on the gram ☺!
  • Dish you cook: Do Pancakes count as a dish? lol
  • Band or music artist: Ahh, too hard to choose one.
  • Restaurant in New York: Again, too hard to choose.
  • Clothing boutique: Anything that makes me look good and doesn’t break the bank.
  • Lipstick: Anything by the NYX brand. 
  • Netflix show or movie: My favorite movies are Love and Basketball and The Notebook. Favorite Shows are How To Get Away With Murder and Power (a show I was a featured extra on)

And let’s get a little more personal, shall we:

  • If you had the chance to meet and have lunch with anyone in the world, who would it be? Auntie O for sure! Aka Oprah Winfrey 
  • How would you describe your best friend in 3 words? Ambitious, Caring, Fun
  • What is the last good book that you’ve read? Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • What’s your favorite song on your current dance playlist? Finesse by Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B
  • New York or LA?  New York for sure! NY is home. I did live in Cali for a few months though and do enjoy visiting.
  • Who is your male celebrity crush? Michael B Jordan
  • 3 things on your bucket list? Purchase a beautiful home that I love and feels like home, Pay for a trip for my entire family to go on (parents, siblings, future children, and future husband, included), Meet Oprah Winfrey.

Instagram|Twitter|Periscope: @kelleygreen_