Profile: Creative, knowledgeable, and dedicated, Koereyelle DuBose is an educator and entrepreneur whose goal is to empower women worldwide. In addition to founding The Single Wives Club, she is also host of a weekly Blog Talk Radio Show, R.E.A.L. Single Wives Radio where they Reveal Everything About Love. Koereyelle is also the Lead Brand Strategist + Creative Consultant for ReadyToWERK.com, a branding boutique that provides business resources and branding tools for Entrepreneurs.
Koereyelle’s choice of work stems from her deeply rooted desire to help create change in the lives of others. A former educator, Koereyelle holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Tennessee State University and a Master of Education degree from Central Michigan University, which have provided a foundation in curriculum design and creating workshops and programs.
Currently based in Atlanta, GA, Koereyelle has her hand in a number of projects across the city and is best known for her work with The Single Wives Club, an innovative organization dedicated to preparing women to become wives, nurturing femininity and protecting family, which was born as a result of Koereyelle’s own life experiences with life and love. After a failed engagement, Koereyelle realized that in order to prepare for Mr. Right, she needed to become Mrs. Right. Her goal is to educate and empower single ladies to become better women before becoming a wife. Through her organization, Koereyelle encourages, educates, and provides resources for “single wives” to sharpen skills in the areas such as health, beauty, finance, and spirituality.
EmpireLifeMag.Com got the chance to catch Koereyelle as she prepares for her amazing conference that will be taking place in October. Read about the woman behind the WERK below!
Empire Life: Before we discuss the fabulousness of WERK. Pray. Slay, please tell us a little of the story behind The Single Wives Club.
Koereyelle DuBose: I started the Single Wives Club in my living room in 2011, after I ended an abusive engagement. When I decided to leave the relationship, I was completely lost. I didn’t know what to do next. I didn’t even know who I was anymore. So, I spent quite a bit of time “soul searching”, where I read several self-help books, watched a bunch of documentaries, went to therapy and finally decided what needed to happen next: if I wanted to be a wife, I needed to get ready. One thing I realized when the relationship ended is that I thought I was ready for marriage but I had no idea what it was really going to take to be a happy wife. So, that’s where it began. It was a monthly dinner party where my girlfriends would bring a dish and a recipe in hopes of teaching one another a new dish. (You know what they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach). The dinner parties turned into conversation parties and workshops. Once we got on social media, things got real, LOL. I started hosting public events, eventually created the membership program and the rest is history… we are now supporting and educating single women around the world through our classes, study groups, mentoring program and events.
EL: Before The Single Wives Club, what was your career focus? When did you know it was time to take on SWC full time?
KB: I was an elementary school teacher! I knew God had something bigger and better for me when I started feeling unappreciated. Not only was I under-appreciated, I was also underpaid which was totally unacceptable. It didn’t take me long to realize that I could never be paid what I was worth while I was working for someone. So, although I absolutely LOVED teaching- I had to step out on faith and see what else God had for me.
EL: Women’s Empowerment is a recurring value between your two brands, why is this meaningful to you?
KB: Women need encouragement. We (especially as black women) were taught that we have to be strong enough to handle “it all” on our own and that we’re lacking if we ask for help. That’s simply not true. It’s okay to need one another, it’s okay to help one another and it’s alright to celebrate one another. We have to get rid of the competitiveness and create a collaborative community, which is what we do with The Single Wives Club as well as ReadyToWERK, my branding boutique.
EL: Why is entrepreneurship important as women?
KB: Entrepreneurship is important for everyone. I truly believe we deserve to be our own boss–define our own destiny and write our own paycheck and the only way we can do that is through entrepreneurship. Wealthy people don’t work for people. I’ve lived the 9-5, one paycheck per month life and I don’t know how I ever survived! You would be surprised by the things that people get paid to do these days. If there’s a market for it, there’s money to be made. All it takes it a little creativity and a whole lot of hard WERK. But, I would much rather work for myself and see the fruits of my labor than work for someone else and get what they choose to give me.
EL: Ok. Werk. Pray. Slay. Why did you choose these three words to define your signature weekend?
KB: These three words summarize the three fundamentals that WERKing women must live by:
WERK– dedicate your life to your dreams
PRAY– ground yourself in faith
SLAY– show out in celebration of your success
EL: Providing a FULL weekend of programming is definitely a feat. Explain to us how you selected the topics and speakers you featured for Werk. Pray. Slay.
KB: When we’re creating the programming for our annual conference, our goal is to incorporate as many relevant topics as possible because we truly believe wives should be well-rounded women. Our resources, werkshops and speakers topics this year include: entrepreneurship, relationship readiness, dating, finding faith and the business of being a wife. Each topic is equally important for women who want to create happy relationships with themselves in order to create a healthy relationship with their mate. This year, I finally got the nerve to add myself to the agenda since I’ll be releasing my very first book! My werkshop is entitled WERKaholic 101 and I’m sharing success secrets for werking women. We’re also honored to have a keynote presentation by Reverend Kim Pothier aka Real Talk Kim and werkshops with Author Lakia Brandenburg and ESSENCE Magazine’s Relationship Editor Charreah Jackson! Then, we’re honoring Patrice C. Washington of the Steve Harvey Radio Show with the 2015 Clair Huxtable Award for being the epitomizing a well-balanced happy wife life.
EL: The Weekend takes place in Atlanta, a booming city of young Black professionals. Give us a glimpse of the city and the people in it from the eyes of a Black entrepreneurial woman.
KB: If you’re a black woman with a brand, this is the place to be! ATL is definitely a booming city that’s the perfect launching pad for entrepreneurs! The city is full of educated women who are moving and shaking, so there’s definitely no shortage of opportunities for anyone who’s ready to WERK.
EL: What would be the greatest lesson that you’ve learned, that you’d like to share with our readers?
KB: Forget what looks good, do what feels good. Go with your gut and tune in to your intuition..it will never fail you.
EL: Please leave us with a bit of advice you’d like to give to young women on their journey to build their empires.
KB: The best advice I can give is to always do what you love. Forget what is “comfortable” and throw out the idea of “security.” The road less traveled is always worth the trip. Also, forget what “they” say and never let small minded people convince you that your dreams are too big.
Meet Koereyelle in Atlanta October 30-November 1 for WERK. Pray. Slay Weekend! Events include: a toast to werking women, business conference and big hat brunch! Plus, this year they’ve added a community service initiative to feed your soul! Learn more at WerkPraySlay.Com