Stephanie Caudle is a publicist, ghostwriter, and D&I agency CEO. She is a results-driven Writer & Public Relations professional with over 10 years of experience in SEO, search engine marketing, media relations, & outreach, social media marketing, content writing, content marketing strategy, and consulting. Stephanie is the Founder of Black Girl Group, an online freelance marketplace that connects African American women freelance creatives to companies seeking to create innovative and engaging content for African American audiences.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in a small town called Bear Creek, NC. Growing up in a small town gave me more ambition because I wanted to reach a point in my life where I could show other small children where I am from that if I can obtain big dreams they can too.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

I wish I would’ve realized earlier in life that nobody’s life is perfect and that we all experience obstacles that have the opportunity to either make us or break us.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

I have often heard that in order to be successful you have to live in a much larger place like NY or CA.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

In 2016, I was laid off from my full-time job. As a new mom and the primary breadwinner for my family at the time I had no clue how we would make it. I quickly learned the importance of using the tribe around you and being willing and open to letting people help you along the way.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Being willing to put others before myself.

What is your morning routine?

Prior to the pandemic, I would wake up every day around 5 am. Since the pandemic, I have become a work-from-home parent as well as the teacher and everything in between. I wake up around 6:30 each day. I pray, read the news for the day, run 3-5 miles on my treadmill, shower, get dressed, and then I start my da which typically includes emails, contracts, calls oh and teaching 1st grade.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Running.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

Scheduling emails the night before I go to bed. I know you should never work at night but scheduling emails in advance has helped me regain my mornings.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

If You Have To Cry Go Outside by Kelly Cutrone and Meredith Bryan

Relational Intelligence by Dharius Daniels

Why Leaders Fail by Ronald Godbee

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

Even if we don’t feel at ease, God is greater
than our feelings and he knows everything.