It’s easy to assume Black women are in this state simply because we manage our money poorly. However, money management is only one of the many factors that play a role in our wealth creation. Let’s examine inequality in pay. In 2015, Black women were paid 63% of what nonHispanic White men were paid. This means it takes Black women a full 19 months to make what White men make in 12 months. Does that shock you? When I first learned how bad the wage gap was I was shocked and angry but I’m also passionate about helping change this reality. The saying, “do more with less” is reality for many, many Black women. Imagine what we could do if the playing field were leveled and we knew how to use our money as a tool to work for us? In addition to the wage gap, we must deal with the way many Black women have been taught to give till it hurts, literally. I’m sure you can think of at least one Black women in your family or neighborhood who fits this description. For me, it was my maternal grandmother, Euola Johnson. She actually raised me and I can’t count the number of times that she gave money to others even though she lived on a fixed income and they worked full time jobs. I can still hear her saying, “the Lord will make a way” as she shared what she didn’t have to share. Now to be honest, I also can’t count the number of times, that I saw God do just that. God always came through. But I now know God didn’t call her to live that way. It was her sense of obligation, loyalty and family that caused her to give what she should have kept. My passion is to help other women break free from obligation and build wealth that lasts for generations. I want to personally invite you to join the REVOLUTION!
Shun Strickland is a Jesus lover, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend, pastor, coach and activist. She’s passionate about seeing people, especially women recognize their God given dreams. She believes everyone has received a unique combination of talents, abilities and passions that should be identified, developed and used to improve the world.
Shun has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas, a juris doctorate (law degree) from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a Masters Degree from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is a life long learner who is committed to using her knowledge to equip and empower others.
Shun is the wife of Dr. Edwin Strickland. They have been married for 23 years. She is also the mother of five amazing children: three daughters – Taylor, Jordan and Canaan and two sons – Chase and Caleb.
Shun pastors Fellowship of Champions Church with her husband, Edwin. She also owns Shun Strickland Enterprises a coaching and speaking business. Shun is the author of three faith based personal development workbooks: "Live Free - The Eight Steps to Creating Freedom in Every Area of Life," "Our Amazing Marriage" co-authored with Edwin, and "Arise and Shine: The Black Woman's Guide To A Wealthy Mindset."