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Shana Knight, Owner at SOUL Street
Although she is not a native, Shana Knight has lived in Frederick County most of her life and is proudly rooted in this community. She is a Frostburg State University graduate with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism. Her career path took many twists and turns as she went from working at a local news station behind a camera to working in the nonprofit field for seven years. Working in nonprofits allowed Shana to form many new skills, meaningful connections and a new love and appreciation for Frederick County.
In the midst of the pandemic and after the death of Geroge Floyd in 2020, Shana and a group of community members came together to advocate for the Black Community by promoting and uplifting black-owned businesses in Frederick County and surrounding areas through pop-up markets. As a result, the organization SOUL Street was formed. SOUL Street is a local collective of Black business owners and community members in Frederick County who have come together to empower the Black business community through events, outreach, advocacy and education. Inspired by Black Wall Street, “SOUL” is an acronym for Sustaining Our Unique Legacy.
Shana’s advocacy and work through SOUL Street led her to a new career path, working in the government sector while supporting Frederick County’s underrepresented businesses.
Do you ever find yourself dimming your own light so that others can shine? Or shrinking yourself to fit into small spaces? Too often, women struggle with believing in themselves or feeling like they are unworthy of the life they envisioned or meeting the goals they set for themselves. This is called imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome can hold us back from being our highest selves, taking our business to the next level and living the life we deserve to live. It may have stemmed from our upbringing, a toxic workplace environment, or just from the pressure of society to be perfect. All of these things can make us feel like we need validation from others, but truthfully, we don't!
It is so easy to believe things about ourselves that aren't true. How can we get away from this feeling of imposture syndrome? Well, we have to remember who we are and start validating ourselves. It's that simple. There are some tips and tricks that all women can practice in their daily lives to boost their confidence and go after all that they are worthy of.
"Remember who you are and start showing up as her!"