After attending public schools in Orlando, Dionne went on to attend and graduate from Florida A&M University, earning a BA in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Speaking. She then went on to be enrolled in the inaugural class of the FAMU College of Law.  During law school, she had the pleasure of doing her internship with famed attorney L. Londell McMillan, of the McMillan Firm, who is famously known for changing the artist formally known as Prince’s name to “the symbol” which was a ground breaking case earning him the rights the Master recording’s back to the artist.  That internship with Londell provided her the opportunity to work with many celebrities including Prince, Oprah Winfrey and many more. It’s no coincidence that this amazing woman to do greater things. We had a small chit chat with her and got to

Why are you so passionate about helping others?

I am passionate about helping others because I have always had a great support system that has helped me, as well as the fact that I have had others help me as well.  Without that help I would not be here, and now I need to give back.

What would the 21 year old Dionne tell the Dionne of today?

21 year old Dionne would say to current Dionne enjoy life and have fun. Stop being an introverted extrovert, and learn to not judge everyone based on what one or two individuals have done.

Tell us about your business Body Essence by Dionne.

I hand make skincare products including but not limited to body butter, sugar scrubs, soaps and more.  My skincare products help to heal, repair and prevent skin issues from acne, eczema, psoriasis, hyperpigmentation and so much more.

Where do you see yourself in the next 2 years? 5 years?

Within 2 years I see myself having a distribution deal for my business.  Within 5 years I see myself having my products in stores nationwide, married with a family and being able to employ family members.

What’s next on the agenda for Dionne?

What’s next for me personally is moving to Atlanta, getting married and living life with freedom and happiness.

What is the one thing that you know for sure?

One thing I know for sure is that I am blessed to be where I am, especially coming from a time when I couldn’t afford to feed my son, faced eviction and even had my car repossessed…but God!

Tell us how you handle setbacks.

There was a time that I suffered from depression and anxiety.  I’ve been in therapy and learned ways to cope and even natural alternatives to deal with stress.

What advice would you give to that person who’s business is no doing so great and wants to give up?

Never give up, just regroup and revamp the process and procedures of the business.

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