Today we’d like to introduce you to Donnisia Tibbs. Them and their team share their story with us below:
Donnisia Tibbs is a master connector, philanthropist, and overall creative.
Growing up in a family rich in cultural diversity and artistic influences, Donnisia’s passions are a creative melting pot. Her father, a band director, and saxophonist, and mother, a pianist and educator, recognized her artistic interests at an early age. They exposed her to concerts, theater, and cultural festivals where art was displayed and celebrated.
Her love for curating social events, providing cool and interesting spaces for creatives to create using their specific platforms, media and talents, exploring entrepreneurship, participating in community engagement activities, volunteering, modeling, public speaking, art initiatives, and art photography.
This foundation provided the framework for what would later manifest into the creation of her company Heavenly Engagements Event Planning & Decor LLC and opened opportunities for her to community impact the community. Her fun approach to creating atmospheres that unify across cultures, ages, and interests spread across a total of five Little Black Dress Events and served to support several non-profit organizations.
As an event planner/decorator, her company has been featured in Tennessee Valley brides magazine and her work has been seen on Huffpost.com and the Steve Harvey show. Donnisia also displays leadership in her community through her philanthropic support of local charities.
Her company’s dinner series provided donations for the J’Isaiahs Butterfly home for homeless and pregnant teens and the Jarrod M Lockett foundation for mentoring young boys and teens. She gives of her time volunteering with the North Alabama Heart Walk and serves as a community panelist for the Women EMpower segment of the 2nd Chance Radio show on WJOU Oakwood 90.1.
She has created and hosted annual events during Black History Month beginning in 2020 through Heavenly Engagements including The Power to the People Black Author Pop-Up Shop, Catch A Vibe Live DJ Battle and Listening Party, and the Self Care Sunday Health and Wellness Expo. Donnisia was selected as Rural Leader magazine’s 2019 40 under 40.
She served as a panelist at the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority incorporated, Omicron Zeta Chapter Young, Gifted and Black business expo; she was a featured business owner for the Start Now motivational lifestyle brand and blog; she has been featured during women’s history month by 98.1 the beat and 94.1 WHRP in Huntsville.
She has been a featured guest on National and local podcasts including PBN Broadcast Radio, Fit & Fierce Entrepreneurship spotlight, Meekel’s Happy Hour, and Keepin it Real Conversations. Donnisia has shared the stage on Clubhouse speaking on mentorship and business and had the pleasure of serving as a brand ambassador most recently for the Developing a Spiritual Money Mindset entrepreneurship summit at the Gaylord Opryland resort in Nashville, TN.
Now with the creation of AJA Social, Donnisia’s goal is to create a space that houses all of her personal interests. Her love for curating social events, providing cool and interesting spaces for creatives to create using their specific platforms, media and talents, exploring entrepreneurship, participating in community engagement activities, volunteering, modeling, public speaking, art initiatives, and art photography.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The road has not always been smooth.
Over the last 15 years, lots of lessons were learned about working with people. I would say the largest part of running a service-based business is to remember why you started and to treat others the way you would want to be treated.
Some additional struggles have been burnout, creative block, work-life balance, and even the fight against perfectionism. Along the way, I’ve found the importance of building relationships with other entrepreneurs and like-minded individuals to help navigate these struggles.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
What sets me apart from others is my ability to incorporate my clients or my own unique personality into an event.
I specialize in providing concepts for events that elevate the overall experience and make them memorable for all who attend.
I am most proud when my clients tell me that their friends still talk about their event even years later.
- Website: Ajasocial.com
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/ajasocial?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajasocial1/
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