CHAVONNY TILLOTSON

What is the name of your company, organization, or product?

CPT Investments, LLC

One of the biggest challenges I have had to overcome as a male entrepreneur of color is?

I am continuously challenged by my own disempowering context regarding my capabilities and talents. I have had to constantly give up interacting with the negative feedback I received as a child, and tune all of that out as I move forward in life. So the biggest challenge is letting go of the automatic conversation that takes place in my head about myself.

In the past, how has your identity informed your entrepreneurial endeavors?

I've been fearful of putting myself out there and calling myself an entrepreneur due to the fact that I've put a lot of stock into what others think of me. It's safe and comfortable for me to hide. So I would take the action of educating myself, but I was afraid to really apply what I learned because I didn't want to fail, or I didn't want to have success, and then have to sustain that success.

"I am an entrepreneur of color and I am also…

A proud, non-heterosexual man born to two African American, young parents. I am from Indiana, but I have lived in North Carolina, San Francisco and Los Angeles. And I am thrilled to use my talents and skills to make social impact around issues important to me.

DWYNE WICKLIFFE

What is the name of your company, organization, or product?

Wickliffe Los Angeles

One of the biggest challenges I have had to overcome as a male entrepreneur of color is?

Sharing my story to the world and not concealing details that I felt didn’t present me in the best light. Sharing some of the not-so-perfect parts of my story helps to connect with others on a more authentic level

In the past, how has your identity informed your entrepreneurial endeavors?

Being a man of color I’ve always stressed and tried to promote more men of color through my marketing and design aesthetic.

I am an entrepreneur of color and I am also…

A proud homosexual, multi-racial man. I am a former supportive military dependent who was born in Okinawa, Japan and raised in San Diego, CA. I am thrilled to use my talents and skills in designing apparel for all individuals to help them feel confident and excited to be who they are. 

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