My conversation with Cheri Garcia, founder of Cornbread Hustle was very raw, very vulnerable and opened my eyes to the movement around second chance hiring that’s growing quickly here in America.
Cornbread Hustle is a staffing agency for second chances (people getting out of prison or living in recovery). Cheri is passionate about helping felons, and people in recovery find transformation through employment or entrepreneurship.
Cheri’s story of addiction to methamphetamines, and alcohol resonated with me and her story of finding sobriety is going to be helpful to many people. Cheri talks about how she educated herself as to exactly what the alcohol was doing to her body, and when she realized that it was increasing her anxiety, instead of numbing it, she quickly found the necessary motivation to get help in AA.
Cheri found her own transformation and recovery through starting a business and eventually building a career in the TV news industry. As she progressed along this path, she developed a number of skills in marketing and PR. She now uses those to help individuals getting out of prison re-brand themselves to become the person they want to be and get noticed by the people they want to meet.
Cheri is also a PR consultant for Mark Cuban companies, and provides strategy plans and media opportunities for a variety of Shark Tank companies.
Links: Cornbread Hustle, Cheri’s Twitter, Cheri’s LinkedIn
Here are some of the things we talked about:
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