Venus Opal Reese arrives in LA for speaking tour
Noted advocate of Black women issues
Cory Alexander Haywood OW Staff Writer | 5/31/2018, 9:44 a.m.
From living on the streets of Baltimore in her youth to obtaining a Stanford PhD to becoming a self-made millionaire, Dr. Venus Opal Reese—aka “Dr. Venus”—is nationally renowned for sharing how she became empowered to “monetized her messy” life, that was a byproduct of the historically dysfunctional legacy that plagues what she calls the “financial DNA” of too many Black women—especially entrepreneurs and career professionals.
As part of a national tour that promotes her new book, “The Black Woman Millionaire: A Revolutionary Act that Defies Impossible,” Reese is coming to Los Angeles for a book signing event and teach a seminar on Saturday, June 2 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel beginning at 1 pm. She will speak on the power of Black women healing their “financial DNA,” and to show them how to become 7-figure earners (or as she says, “seven figure sisters”), and beyond. She will also capture footage for her upcoming documentary, “The Black Woman Millionaire: A Revolutionary Act That Defies Impossible,” that’s not only about her life, but takes a deep dive on her overcoming massive obstacles to generate massive opportunities for financial and professional success.
About her own first realization on the impact that the historically dysfunctional legacy of “financial DNA” has on Black women, Reese noted, “I was stressing and failing a French class at Stanford right before my dissertation. My advisor encouraged me to go away for the summer.” On choosing to go to Africa, she stated, “I didn't know I was American until I was in Africa. That's when I realized that identity was a performance of self, rooted in survival. That trip changed my life. I decided to do my dissertation on how survival strategies that were born in American Slavery continue to show up in Black women's money…”
In her new book, Reese breaks down the economic impact that slavery and survival strategies have on Black women’s money, businesses, and overall lives. Ironically, thirty of the top publishing houses turned down her book proposal submitted by her literary agent. The reason: they didn’t believe there was a “market” of Black women who would buy a book about becoming a millionaire. Undaunted, Reese followed in the footsteps of quite a few major writers and decided to self-publish. Which was the right decision, because new readers and her robust and loyal fan base—that also includes non-Black women—shot the book to #1 on Amazon in 3 hours and 11 minutes.
Now in the midst of her national 10-city speaking and book signing tour, “The Black Woman Millionaire: Heal Your Way to 7 Figures On Your OWN Terms,” at each stop Reese is having footage shot for the documentary. While in California, she will also shoot Stanford faculty, staff, classmates and friends, who knew her when she first began to formulate the survival strategies that she now teaches. In fact, former director of the Stanford Women’s Center, Dr. Fabienne Maples, said this about Dr. Venus, “[she] is a part of Stanford’s fabric; an extremely creative force. She was a ray of light on campus…” And to those thinking about attending Dr. Venus’ LA event, Dr. Maples stated, “If you are looking to be healed, made whole, and set free…I will see you on June 2.”
To purchase tickets for the June 2 event, visit TheBlackWomanMillionaire.com/tour. Purchase the book at TheBlackWomanMilllionaire.com.