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🦩 Young & Restless: The Honorable Roxy Ndebumadu”


F60 Interview

1. What’s your morning routine like? And what’s the last thing you do before going to bed?

⏰ Wake up: I say a positive affirmation and think about how I’m going to kick ass. To get my day started right, I also drink turmeric and ginger with hot water and a celsius (IYKYK).

🛏️ Before going to bed: I listen to the Argentinian guitarist Dominique Miller and read the Bible.

2. What do you want to be known for?

 I want people to look back in time and say “Damn, all that change came from that little person, wow!”

I also want them to know me as someone who dared to be different and pushed people toward change in the most monumental way. The most insulting thing someone could say to me is that I was normal, the same, or average. 

My favorite quote: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” - George Bernard Shaw

3. What's a lesson you’ve recently learned that’s helped you get better? 

A realization or lightbulb moment I had in 2023 that I’m still taking into 2024, is sonder. Meaning that everyone is equally living a vividly complex life and it’s never about you. You can let go of the misunderstandings, misconceptions and misjudgments.

Sonder (uncountable) (neologism): the profound feeling of realizing that everyone, including strangers passing in the street, has a life as complex as one's own, which they are constantly living despite our personal lack of awareness of it. 

4. What advice would you give to a fellow Black entrepreneur just starting out? 

There is no person on this planet 🌍 who’s going to believe in your idea more than you do. So go forth anyway despite the advice, disbelief, doubt, or discouragement. 

5. What are you most grateful for?

I’m grateful for every single adversity and struggle I’ve faced. It’s enabled me to become this woman, the most authentic and loving version of myself. I'm also thankful for the bright souls that have come into my life during moments of pivot to confirm that I’m on the right path.

6. Name a Black leader you admire (dead or alive)

Shirley Chisholm was the first black person who ran for president in the 1920s. If you’ve followed my time on the City Council then you know baby we are, “Unbought and Unbossed.”

 Fred Humphries, Jr, CVP of Government Affairs at Microsoft and one of the highest-ranking black executives at Microsoft, was my mentor for many years and taught me how to move strategically in high-level positions. His kindness, generosity, and willingness to teach and learn are something I’ll never forget. 

Michael Steele, my political mentor, since the day I met him, has always been in the trenches with me! Sometimes even believe in me more than I do myself and never assign ceilings. He’s protected me. 

Mellody Hobson, the Chairwoman of Starbucks Corporation, is one of my favorite leaders of this lifetime showcasing honesty, grit, and elegance across the brutal landscape of financial services.

7. What book are you reading, or podcast are you listening to? 

I listen 🎧 to a podcast every single day. I listen to the NYT The Daily Podcast every single morning. I also like Artificial from the WSJ a lot.

I read multiple books 📚 at a time. Currently reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel, Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, and The New Map by Daniel Yurgen. One that I read every quarter is The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, and inevitably always learn something new. 

8. Your favorite dish or restaurant:😋 

I really enjoy a dirty chai latte with oat milk and ice cream. And my favorite restaurant is L'AVANT-GARDE because of my love for Paris 🥐👠. But for real my favorite dish is Jellof Rice because I’m a Nigerian Babe at heart 😂. 

 9. Your favorite DC spot to visit: Second Story Books on P Street.

10. Your favorite music artist: Nana Fofie, Dominic Miller, Michel LeGrand, Ckay

11. An app, tool, or gadget you can’t live without: Podcasts, Solidcore, and the Bible app.

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