Today we have another #FemmeBoss – everyone meet CEO & Founder at On Point Communications, Haniyyah Sharpe-Brown! From balancing her 9-5 job, her family, and her own firm, Haniyyah proves to us that the hustle is always worth the rewards. Keep working hard because you’re inspiring everyone around you Haniyyah! Read more about today’s #30Under30PHL below!
1. How old are you?
I am 30.
2. What do you do?
My background is in journalism with a B.A. in Journalism from Temple University. With over four years of extensive experience (locally, regionally and nationally) in the communications field with a special focus on PR, social media campaigns, community relations and strategic planning I am blessed that my work has garnered countless awards and recognition for my contribution to the field of academics, journalism and media. I currently work as the Executive Assistant to the Regional Vice Presidents of Technical Operations and Engineering at Comcast. My career at Comcast began in the summer of 2010 as a communications intern with their Corporate Communications and Community Investment team. It was while in Community Investment where I identified and produced compelling stories that illustrated the impact Comcast Foundation has on their 1000+ national partners and local organizations that I developed my passion for telling stories through multiple platforms.
I was fascinated and empowered by the messages, the impact, the visibility that I could create simply by being strategic and purposeful in what you want your brand to stand for. And in January 2014, I founded On Point Communications, a Philadelphia-based brand management and communications consultancy firm. I create highly effective and interactive platforms to engage your target audience and potential clients. I am detailed oriented. A strategic thinker; self-motivated and strongly believe that paying it forward is required.
3. What neighborhood in Philly do you call home?
Oxford Circle (Northeast Philadelphia)
4. What is your favorite thing right now about Philly?
I would have to say the entrepreneur scene. There are so many movers and shakers in Philadelphia—and I mean doers! I love my generation!
5. What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far? Graduating college. I was pregnant with my son when I began at Temple University and pregnant with my daughter my last semester of college. I worked full-time, was very active on campus. There were many lectures that my son sat through with me. It was not odd for you to come to a Temple Association of Black Journalists meeting where I served as President from 2012-2013 and my children would be on my hip facilitating a branding workshop or HIV/AIDS Awareness campaign. That moment I walked onto the floor at McGonigle Hall at Temple University and looked up in the stands to see my husband and daughter and my son was waiting in my seat for me with the graduates…that day was more than just college graduation. It was for my family. My children literally supported me through college. They make me a better person.
6. If not yourself, who would you like to be?
My paternal grandmother. I don’t know if all children experience this but I just knew my grandmother was going to be alive forever. She was the most gentle, sweet and soft spoken woman I know. Her strength was truly amazing…and if you had the pleasure of eating Erma Sharpe’s cooking—- then you were truly blessed. Lol. But my grandmother was a warrior. She never complained and family was the most important thing to her.
7. Your idea of happiness.
Happiness…when I get home from work, my children always greet me at the door yelling “mommy!” Happiness for me is my family. No matter what kind of day I am having, my family is consistent. They are supportive and they keep me motivated.
8. Guiltiest pleasure?
Chocolate and Pepsi
9. Favorite inspirational quote?
“Never settle for less than God’s best for your self.” (T.D. Jakes, Instinct)
10. What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
I appreciate that we can pray with one another. I’ve always known that my friends and I pray for one another—but over this last year I am so appreciative of the fact that my friends pray with me. To me that is the most beautiful kind of friendship.
11. Favorite food in Philly?
Talk of the Town Jamaican Restaurant
12. Favorite drink in Philly?
This is a hard one. I’ll go with the fish bowl at Jollies Live. I promise, you only need one.
13. Favorite song right now?
New Flame- Chris Brown ft, Usher. I’ve been an Usher fan since forever! So glad these two finally decided to do a song together. I can watch them dance all day.
14. A book you plan on reading?
Do You!: 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success
15. A book that powerfully impacted your life?
Instinct T.D. Jakes. I have not actually finished the book because I keep starting over. T.D. Jakes really struck a chord with me in this book. He reminds us that the strength and courage within — our instincts when we listen to them—are so powerful and allow us to be who we were created to be.
16. Name one historical figure you would like to have coffee with.
The Little Rock Nine. We are living in a world right now where education is on the back burner; specifically in Philadelphia. Our children— yes our children are dying and access to quality education is defined by your zip code and your income. There are not enough teachers, not enough money to pay teachers, closing down schools, cutting funding for programs that are crucial, beneficial and completely necessary for the advancement of our youth. The Little Rock Nine risked their lives so that they can have a quality education—what are we risking our lives for?
17. How do you like your coffee?
Coffee mate French Vanilla Cream, no sugar
18. Your main fault.
Giving my all for/to someone else and not taking enough time to do the same for myself.
19. What is your most prized material possession?
My wine glasses. Lol In all seriousness, my wedding ring. If I leave the house without it, I will turn around and go back home because I feel weird without it on.
20. Your biggest failure.
Not sure I have hit this and pray that I don’t. Have I had challenges? Absolutely! Going through several right now. Life happens in seasons and we know that there are seasons that you just want to end— where you want the sun to shine all the time. But then that would make life predictable.
21. What you learned from that failure?
What I am learning is that it is okay to say no—or not right now.
22. What is your greatest fear?
I have a 9-5 and then a 5-until when I leave the office for the day which could include meetings with clients or events. Some days I don’t see my babies until the following morning. My son is seven, so he sees that I am constantly working and my daughter, as soon as she sees me at the door she’s like “see you later mommy.” I fear that my children will always remember me working. While I’ve explained to my son that it won’t always be like this, not sure he understands the grind right now.
23. Where will you be in 30 years?
Traveling the world. Enjoying life with my husband, children and grandchildren.
24. Favorite thing to do on a Sunday?
(West & Welaxation) in my Elmer Fudd voice. My Sunday’s typically involve me preparing brunch for my family, watching some cartoons with my children and just enjoying each other’s company.
25. Best date spot?
Penn’s Landing. My husband and I spent many summer evenings there. Just us and the open sky. It’s so relaxing and romantic that I can still date my husband.
26. What does happiness mean to you?
Happiness means that I’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the journey and less time worrying about the journey.
27. Twitter or Instagram?
Twitter: @OnPoint24_7 & @OnPointComms
28. Describe Philly in a Tweet.
Yes, a jawn can be a person, place or thing in Philly.#sophilly
29. Who should everyone follow on Instagram? @OnPoinCommunications & @OnPoint24_7
30. Pats or Genos?
Max’s Germantown & Erie.#30Under30PHL is a month-long series highlighting Philadelphia’s most ambitious women. Created in collaboration with Femme & Fortune and Alex Kacala.
#30Under30PHL is a month-long series highlighting Philadelphia’s most ambitious women. Created in collaboration with Femme & Fortune and Alex Kacala.