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Here to Inspire
Carissa (cka “Riss”), is a Houston native and world traveler who has been able to attract, inspire and influence a global audience ever since she began her YouTube channel (NaturallyGG) in 2011. She is now taking the blogosphere by storm with her launch of She’s ChaRISSmatic, a Lifestyle Blog to inspiring the charismatic person in all of us! Here on She’s ChaRISSmatic, Carissa blogs about natural and DIY beauty for a charismatic lifestyle.
In addition to being a blogger, she is the Director of Business Development for her family owned commercial Law Firm with a niche in commercial litigation and an Independent Marketing Consultant. She has been featured in numerous publications (Black Enterprise, Voyage Houston, Who’s Who in Black Houston, Woman of Houston, NaturallyCurly, HoneyBeNatural and more) for her achievements both as a blogger and as a business professional. She has worked with reputable companies to host live events and broadcasts such as ESSENCE and Ch. 2 KPRC Houston Life TV.
Carissa earned a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Sam Houston State University and is certified in accountancy and taxation from the University of Houston. She’s recently held city wide designations such as a Committee Chair for the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and is an appointed Industry Champion for the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce.
“I worked in corporate America for a Fortune 100 Energy company. I enjoyed the job for a couple of years before I realized it was no longer fulfilling me. While working full time, I’d come home from a long day of work and work on my blog. I did this for months. I barely slept. I knew I wanted something different, something greater for myself… and I worked towards it. I took a leap of faith and decided I owed it to myself to pursue my passions full time. Once I realized my true income potential and the opportunities that could be made available for me if I made myself available for them… I jumped! I’d always known I wanted to pursue entrepreneurship in the long run and am grateful to God for allowing me to discover a pathway for entrepreneurial success. One thing about success, it’s a journey not a destination! It’s full of twists and turns. My advice for anyone in pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams is to embrace the journey. There is so much beauty and humility in the WORK that is required.”
Carissa also enjoys mentoring young girls and is active with select non-profit organizations in this space.
“I wish I had more accessible role models who looked like me when I was growing up. My goal in mentoring is to be who I needed when I was younger. I’m here to represent to girls and women, you can be whoever you want to be. Design the life you want to live!”
What does the word ‘charismatic’ mean for you?
“For me, being charismatic means possessing a divine energy that propels me towards achieving my personal best in everything that I do. From my home life, to my businesses/ career, maintaining a healthy body and strong sense of personal style, seeking new adventures whenever possible and pursuing my passions! It is also about being my authentic self, confidently and unapologetically. I am BLESSED to have you along this journey with me!” xo Riss