Dr. Carlene Randolph is the Founder and CEO of both Caism, LLC, as well as Women Ignite Now, LLC. She is a provocative Life Coach and Business Strategist, Author, Chaplain, Inspirational Speaker, TV, and Radio Host. Dr. Cai aka Coach Cai started hosting the Dropping the Knowledge with Cai Randolph on Blog Talk Radio. In 2018, she moved the radio show to Atlanta and Kentucky to expand her audience base. She has earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Howard University, Master of Science in Business Administration, a certificate in Executive Leadership, Doctorate of philosophy. She has studied under a number of amazing mentors in the field of business strategy, relationship building, and life coaching for her certification. Dr. Carlene Randolph has authored, “Green Tea and Donuts: Six Simple Steps for Living Your Best Life” and new release Total B: An Unapologetic Embrace of Boss-like Femininity.” Cai has also co-authored LOVE MONEY POWER: Proven 21st Century Money Methods to Cultivate Successful Relationships, and Soulful Prayers.

LM: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
CR: I am a social entrepreneur. Solving problems that impact communities on a social and economic level is my thing. I am a Chaplain and Blogger covering everything from the bedroom to the boardroom. I like to get to the heart of what others think but won’t say.

LM: Tell us about your business.
CR: I have a couple of businesses. Caism, LLC which provides personal and professional coaching services. I am a certified Life Coach and help others see life in provocative strategic ways to give them decision making options for living their best life. The second business is Women Ignite Now, LLC provides women business owners who are startups or in business less than 6 years in urban communities to build systematically successful businesses that thrive and support their communities.

LM: What prompted you to start your business?
CR: Tired of the routine of working for others and feeling marginalized and underestimated.

LM: Have you always aspired to be an entrepreneur? Why or why not?
CR: Always, even as young as 12— I wanted to make my mark on the world & empower other women.
LM: What’s the best part of being an entrepreneur?
CR: Charting my own path and building a legacy won my own terms
LM: What’s the worst part of being an entrepreneur?
CR: Being the Boss can be stressful: taking a financial risk, facing uncertainty and finding the flaws in my own ideas
LM: Who’s your inspiration? Why?
CR: Harper Reed, who sold his company to PayPal. Know when to make a power move and know when it aligns with social responsibility.
LM: List some of your greatest achievements
CR: 1) Creation of the POWER Up Accelerator program for a select group of female entrepreneurs seeking to build their own empires on their terms. 2) Receiving Doctorate. 3) Making a decision to become a serial entrepreneur.
LM: Name a time when things didn’t go right. What happened and how did you get past it?
CR: COVID-19 stopped my plan to go on tour throughout the US and abroad; so I had to rethink the activities and move ideas in new directions for the company. 
LM: Where do you see your business in 3 years?
CR: I’m not entirely sure that I want to hire a team but I will contract out lots more of my business activities; the business will be closer to a fortune 1000. That’s likely an unnerving thought for some.
LM: What advice would you give a new entrepreneur?
CR: Follow your instincts but be open to what the experts say.