Spotlight Feature: Crystal Ngumezi and The Proverbs 31 Women's Organization
I am honored to shed the spotlight on Ms. Crystal and The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization. Crystal and her amazing company are impact young women in their community and around the world. We linked up for a virtual interview and I am so excited to share her journey with you all.
Biography: My name is Crystal Ngumezi, I am the CEO & Founder of The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization. I have a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and have worked in engineering and management for companies such as Hope Personal Assistance Services, Union Pacific, Pratt & Whitney, and Dow Chemical Company. I started The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization because I felt there was a need for an organization that supplied underserved young women with proper mentors to help lead and guide them through life.
I have a passion to serve, inspire and teach young women, as well as individuals looking to start their own nonprofit organizations. You can learn more about me and what I do through my website at www.crystalngumezi.com
1. When was The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization founded?
The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization was founded on December 19, 2016 in Austin, TX.
2. Is there a meaning behind "The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization”?
There is a personal meaning behind The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization. My experience as a minority woman, coming from an underserved community and advancing to a career in mechanical engineering, sparked an idea to create an organization that would offer underserved young women equal opportunity to pursue professional careers. I thought to myself, “What if disadvantaged young women could receive free mentorship and professional etiquette training that would help them through school, encourage them to pursue college, and inspire them to pursue professional careers?” It is because of this question, that the vision for The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization was birthed. God gave the name of the organization to me, to create an organization that would raise up young women in the image of The Proverbs 31 Woman. Someone who is wise, articulate, business savvy and well respected within her community.
The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides free mentorship and professional etiquette training classes to disadvantaged middle school and high school female students in the state of Texas. Our mission and purpose as an organization is to motivate, inspire and teach young girls, edifying the youth with enrichment programs through free mentorship and professional etiquette training. We are committed to serving our underserved communities, one girl at a time.
3. What do you want your customers to know when they are buying items from your online store?
When customers but items from www.p31womenstore.org 100% of all proceeds go to The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization to provide free mentorship and professional etiquette training to underserved young girls. Our customers become partners with us on our mission to change the lives of young women!
4. What is your favorite piece of clothing in your online store? My favorite piece of clothing from our collection is our original P31 t-shirt, with our logo on the front and our full name on the back. This was the first original piece I created for the organization, and it holds a special place in my heart. It is also our #1 best seller.
5. What has been your biggest highlight or monumental moment since you started The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization?
My biggest highlight to date with the organization was having the opportunity to expand to the Houston, TX market to partner with the Houston Texans Teen Club of The Boys & Girls Club of Houston. I am a huge supporter of The Boys & Girls Club, and it was a great honor partnering with them this year.
6. How does The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization impact your community?
The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization impacts the community by providing free enrichment programs to underserved young girls, pairing them with mentors to help them succeed through middle school and high school, and setting them up for future success through our professional etiquette training program.
Students from our program experienced a boost in self-confidence, more experience with presenting and speaking in front of people, a better understanding of what it takes to excel in high school and college, and more information on interview preparedness and how to dress professionally. Our students also participated in community service events and team building exercises with fellow mentors and volunteers of the organization, which taught them about the importance of giving back and working together as a team.
7. How can others become involved with The Proverbs 31 Women’s Organization that are not living locally?
Individuals looking to get involved with the organization who do not live in our current servicing cities (Austin, Houston) can partner with us through donation giving on our website www.p31women.org or through our Store Site. We are able to provide our free services to underserved young girls through the contributions we receive through our community partners. By donating to our organization, we are able to expand to other cities looking to have our organization service in their area! Individuals can also join our email list by visiting our website and signing up to become a volunteer, as well as by liking our Facebook page @P31WomenOrg (Facebook ) to help us spread our online reach.
8. How can others stay in contact with you?
We can be reached through our Email, as well as through our social media handles @p31womenorg on Instagram and Facebook (Facebook).