Tell us more about yourself, like where you are from and what you do.
My name is Ceiffawn Wetherspoon, I was born and raised in Miami, Richmond Heights to be exact (yes native Miamians do exist). I attended FAMU where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Legal Studies and Sociology. After working for a private firm in Miami, I obtained a Masters’s Degree in Legal Studies from the University of Illinois and a second master’s in Law and Policy from NOVA Southeastern University. I have worked as a corporate paralegal for 11 years and I currently hold a position with Johnson Controls as a Legal Contract Analyst on their M&A team.
What is one of your greatest achievements?
One of my greatest achievements to date has been starting my own company. Outside of working in corporate America, I operate a business consulting firm, The Reality of Dreams. In the past, I casually assisted friends and family with an assortment of things from negotiating contracts to managing event operations, so it was only natural that I formalize my skillset. I had no idea where to start but I STARTED and for that, I am truly proud of myself for what my company has accomplished!
Who or what inspires you?
My parents are the reason why I am determined to be successful and never give up. If I do nothing else in this life, I want to give my parents a life of leisure. They gave me any and everything I could have imagined as a child and I will work 50 jobs if I have to in order to provide them with a soft life. Their sacrifices are my source of inspiration for everything I have done, am doing, and will do.
How would you like to be remembered?
I hope that people remember me as someone that found joy in knowing that something I did made someone smile, that I never wanted anything in return for the love I gave, and that knowing me felt like an ice-cold drink on a warm summer day…refreshing!
How did you get involved with BPN and why?
I got involved with BPN because I was navigating the corporate landscape with people that did not look like me. I wanted/needed to connect with people of color that could share insight on how to navigate a space that was not built for us while also establishing relationships with business professionals whose current and future goals aligned with where I saw myself.