Royalty in Action (December Spotlight)
Stephanie Bryant, Visionary founder and Executive Director of Unveil Your Crown, Incorporated, was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She received her B.S. in Biology from Stevenson University where she was also initiated into the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Tau Theta chapter. She is currently pursuing her MPH degree in Public Health Practice and Policy at the University of Maryland College Park.
Stephanie has a passion for empowering, encouraging, and inspiring young women to walk boldly in their purpose. It is her desire to provide them with the tools and confidence that they need to be positive change agents in the world. Additionally, she seeks to help alleviate health disparities that disproportionately affect women and children in under-served communities.
Stephanie is passionate about enhancing her community and ultimately desires to leave a positive impact in the lives of others.
What was your inspiration to start such an awesome organization?
I have always had a heart to enhance the lives of others within my community, particularly young women of color. I decided to start UYC because I wanted to create a platform to encourage, inspire, and empower young women to discover their God-given purpose and expose them to enrichment activities that would enhance their lives. So, UYC is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to all of the women who inspired me and my paying it forward to the next generation.
Where did the name of your organization come from?
Several years ago, when I embarked on my journey of self-discovery and deepening my relationship with God, I equated the process to an unveiling. It literally felt as if all of the things that I had used to conceal and hide who I was, were being peeled away to reveal something greater within me. I felt like God was showing me who He created me to be and that I no longer needed to listen to who the world said I was or should be. In that search for God, and myself I decided to look up what my name meant and I was surprised to find that it was of Greek origin and meant “crown”.
So, when I decided to be obedient to God and trust Him with establishing this organization, it seemed fitting to name it, Unveil Your Crown. The name blended seamlessly with the vision He had given me and I knew that it was something that other young women could identify with as they embarked on their own process of unveiling.
What is one characteristic you believe every leader should possess?
I believe there are so many important characteristics that a leader should possess—so it is definitely difficult to narrow it down to just one. However, when I reflect on the leaders that I most admire, the common thread shared between them is humility. I think that is one of the key ingredients of a great and impactful leader.
What is one of the biggest challenges you believe women in leadership face?
Leadership in itself is challenging but being a woman in leadership definitely adds an additional layer of difficulty. I think the biggest challenge that women in leadership face is the need to compete with one another. I believe in many ways society has conditioned us to believe that only one of us can ‘win’ at a time so consequently we criticize, compare, and compete with each other instead of uplift, encourage, and inspire one another.
That need to compete is extremely detrimental and counterproductive. I believe we could be more effective if we had a greater willingness to help one another and build up each other instead of worrying about whether someone else was going to take ‘our spot’.
Can you share a defining moment in your role as the founder of your organization?
The most defining moment for me thus far as a founder occurred when I planned and hosted my first conference this past August. Two weeks prior to the event, I was encouraged to cancel it and in that moment, I began to doubt my ability as well as, God’s in the execution of the event. However, it was my Pastor and my dad who urged me to follow-through with hosting the event—and I am so grateful that they did. This was a defining moment for me on both a personal and professional level because it made the scripture 2 Corinthians 5:7 “for we walk by faith and not by sight” become extremely real for me. In spite of me being afraid and feeling discouraged with how things were looking at the moment, I was able to press through the discomfort and uncertainty in order to host a successful event. I definitely grew in my relationship with God because of this event and I am beyond grateful for that.
Where can we find more information about your organization?
To get in contact with us and stay up to date with what we are doing, please follow us on Instagram @unveilyourcrown , Facebook.com/UnveilYourCrown, or via our website www.unveilyourcrown.org .