30 Days of Dreamers & Doers | Kara Warner
Kara Warner is currently the President and CEO of Manifested Purpose, LLC. Manifested Purpose is a consulting and coaching firm developed to assist leaders and guide entrepreneurs in creating and understanding their own personal mission. Tools and resources are also provided to assist in propelling clients into the next phase of their leadership and/or entrepreneurship journey.
Kara is also the co-partner of Afrikeen Apparel, which is an African inspired clothing line that provides all shapes and sizes for both men and women. Afrikeen Apparel is the experience of authentic apparel made in the Ivory Coast, Ghana, and Kenya.
What is your earliest memory being involved in your business?
In 2009 my mother passed away from a stroke; I was 25 at the time. I instantly felt that I needed to somehow carry on the legacy of my mother’s strength and leadership in some capacity. I always felt a strong need to give back to others through my gifts and talents, and while going through the grieving process, I felt an even stronger sense to pour into my community. I founded Beauty is Skin Deep Movement, Inc., which is now a program I implement underneath the umbrella of Manifested Purpose, LLC. The program provides young girls of color the training and education needed in order to gain the proper self-esteem and self-efficacy it takes to become a leader. The program has been implemented in programs and organizations throughout the city such as Solomon Girls, Girls Incorporated, Urban League of Nebraska’s STEM program, and Partnership 4 Kids.
What about this lane makes you so passionate about it?
One day a while back, I was working on developing my own personal mission. As I begin to list and number the things I knew I was passionate about, I started to write out personal mission #19 which was, “I love to see people grow and smile while in the process of learning who they are”. It was then that I became overwhelmed with emotion. Tears started to run down my face, and from that moment on, I knew that my passion and my purpose was to assist others in their growth and development, specifically in the area of leadership. Manifested Purpose, LLC was birthed from that particular exercise and since then, I have been given the most fulfillment from seeing others begin their personal journey and finding peace and gratitude while doing so.
KW: My journey hit a lot of peaks and valleys, but every junction was well worth it. I remember experiencing a lot of procrastination, a lot of doubt, a lot of fear, wondering if people would take me seriously due to the person I used to be. Yet, at the same time I did a lot of maturing through self-examination and knew that I had it in me to become the entrepreneur and leader that I envisioned I would eventually become. At one point, I just stopped caring what others thought about me, then prayed and meditated on what God thought of me. I saw that, what was planned for me was REALLY good, and I had to manifest my purpose so that others could benefit from the work commissioned for me to do.
10 years ago would you have pictured yourself in this position?
Yes. I always knew that I would be in a leadership position, but did not know in what capacity. I didn’t quite know what field I would be in or how I would get there, but there was always a lingering voice telling me that I would go far beyond the expectations I had for myself.
After working with me, i hope people feel encouraged, empowered and free to be themselves. i hope they adopt a better understanding of what they are purposed to become.
Can you name a highlight of your career?
One highlight of my career is being recognized as an influential entrepreneur by those in my community. I received this award through a community Kwanzaa Celebration. I felt very humbled and thankful that others felt led to honor me in such an amazing way. I am also thankful and grateful that my 5 year old son, Zaccai, was able to witness such an honor.
Anything you’d go back and change?
I don’t think I would change anything. Everything that has happened in my life and everything that I have gone through helped to mold and shape the destiny I am living out today.
Encourage yourself when others have nothing good to say about, or to you. Believe in the greatness you possess and push yourself to become the person you dream of being. Do not allow others the opportunity to define you, you define yourself to others. Know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you are worth every blessing and every good thing that God has for you. Live out your purpose and your passion with no regrets; with unwavering faith that all that your heart desires WILL COME TO PASS!
To learn more about Kara or to work with her, you can visit her site at www.manifestedpurposellc.com as well as her Facebook page. If you'd like to freshen up your wardrobe with an Ivory Coast feel, drop onto the Afrikeen Apparel page.