We had the good fortune of connecting with Simone D. Ross and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Simone D., can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Angela Davis said “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” My thought process behind all of my businesses and philanthropic work, which are inclusive of Simone D. Ross Consulting, SDR Events, Youth United University, and my partnership in S+V Partners is rooted in my passion for catalyzing change. The entities and organizations I’ve formed are in response to the overwhelming sense of accountability I feel to dismantle inequitable systems.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I possess over 15 years of corporate experience, specifically in market expansion, operations, business development, and mergers and acquisitions. I’ve successfully navigated bureaucratic corporate terrains to achieve my professional goals. However, this achievement wasn’t without reminder of my personal intersections. I am a Black Woman, and there were many barriers to success placed before me because of these intersections. This is my story, and this is the value I bring to those I collaborate with. I am an expert practitioner in existing corporate systems, culture, and operations. My ability to be an advisor and thought partner in taking an intersectional approach to solving intricate business problems, while creating systems of equity provide my clients great value.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite activity is brunch! I’d get a reservation at Denver’s newest locally owned brunch restaurant, Mimosa’s, the food and ambiance is impeccable. Following brunch we’d do some shopping, and because I am passionate about supporting our local businesses, Lawrence &nd Larimer Clothing and Supply is the 1st place we’d go. Because fitness is VERY important to me, we’d go to a boxing class at Bodies by Perseverance, another phenomenal and local business owned by Courtney and Jennifer Samuel. Following our workout we’d deserve facials, I only trust Tasha Madison, owner of On the Go Wellness Spa. I wouldn’t let my friend leave without walking around Five Points to marvel at the murals and amazing work of artists both local and worldwide.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My grandfather, George Morrison Jr., and grandmother Marjorie Morrison played a critical role in my upbringing. My grandfather was a servant leader, with the ability to activate his heart chakra to lead with strength and love. My grandmother is an astute business woman, and activist. She possesses next level savvy and is before her time in all respects. I carry the values they instilled in me throughout my work, tapping into the deposits they made in my life.
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