Myra Armstead is a law school graduate of Miles School of Law in Fairfield, Alabama. She has served as a volunteer and assisted women victims of domestic violence in her local community. She donates clothing and shoes on a monthly basis to needy single mothers in the Bessemer area and surrounding communities as my personal ministry towards empowering women (The Trunk Ministry). She provides free notary services to senior citizens and poverty-stricken individuals in surrounding communities.
Myra served as the president of Miles Law School Student Bar Association (SBA) and will always be an ambassador for Miles Law School. She worked hard to increase establish and maintain student morale. Under her administration, she reinstated student Identification cards, tremendously increase student involvement within the community, increase student membership and involvement within the Alabama Lawyer’s Association, Magic City Bar Association, National Black Law Student Association as well as Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. She established and maintained an ongoing relationship with Miles Law School Alumni Association, developed and maintain relationships with Miles College administrative staff. She organized and developed a law student volunteer cadre for the Selma Jubilee Festival. As the SBA President, she sought out to represent the Student Bar Association in the most dignified and professional manner possible.
Myra currently serves as the District Chancellor (president) for the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, a non-lawyer member of the Alabama Lawyers Association, a past recipient of the Joseph M. Perry, Jr Award for Parliamentary Advocacy. She is a non-lawyer member of the Birmingham Magic City Bar Association and the National Black Law Student Association (BSLA). Myra is also a member of the prestigious women’s association P.O.W.E.R. She is also a proud member and supporter of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Myra has been privileged and publicly recognized as the past recipient of the Women Lawyers Service Award receiving a financial scholarship. She was the recipient of the Atlanta Regional Commissioner’s citation award for exceptional contributions and achievement.
Myra’s most recent and major accomplishment was becoming an author. She wrote and published her FIRST book, “Divine Purpose” and this is only the beginning for Myra. She has recently launched a new venture “Sisters Let’s Talk”. This organization focuses on addressing the needs of young girls, teenage girls, and women of all ages.
LM: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
MA: I enjoy doing outreach and serving others. My purpose is to inspire and uplift others specifically women. I am a willing vessel that’s being used to encourage anyone who’s dealing with brokenness and feeling insufficient due to their life’s encounters. As mentioned in my bio, I have developed other outreach avenues in an effort to become more effective in my mission.
LM: Tell us about your business.
MA: I am a self-published author, inspirational speaker, co-founder of Sister’s Lets Talks, women’s advocate, License and bonded notary, and recently became the owner of Deunique Pieces Jewelry.
LM: What prompted you to start your business?
MA: I can honestly say that every venture I have embarked upon has been spirit lead. There have been some distinct connections in every venture/business opportunity. There have been opportunities that I have walked away from because the connection, energy and genuineness did not feel right.
LM: Have you always aspired to be an entrepreneur? Why or why not?
MA: No, this definitely was not my choice. That’s how I know its all spirit lead and orchestrated for my purpose.
LM: What’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
MA: Meeting, connecting, networking, and inspiring others more on a personal level through a direct connection.
LM: What’s the worst part of being an entrepreneur?
MA: Finances… having to depend so much on finances in order to effectively operate a business. In most cases, limited finances could reduce the services provided.
LM: Who’s your inspiration? Why?
MA: My mother, who now has dementia. Because of her strength and mindset to never give up no matter what obstacles you are faced with.
LM: List some of your greatest achievements
MA: Being a mother to my daughters, Completing law school and becoming an author… just to name a few
LM: Name a time when things didn’t go right. What happened and how did you get past it?
MA: There were many times things did not go right, each I felt defeated. I had to eventually realize that God allows things to happen for a reason. For some strange reason, I value those times more so than the good times. Because it is those not so good times that keep me humble and appreciative.
LM: Where do you see your business in 3 years?
MA: I see a new business venture in 3yrs. I see myself having multiple employees running various business operations. I see me working on a more public scale, perhaps platform making changes for people of color and specifically women.
LM: What advice would you give a new entrepreneur?
MA: I encourage them to tune in to God’s divine plan and to pursue their business with purpose. I would encourage them to work their vision into reality and do not become distracted by others. Your vision is yours to manifest not anyone else.