Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)
GOD’S PURPOSE PUSHER
DALLAS — For Dr. A’Londa L. Barber-Kusimo, it took quite a while — nearly four decades to be technical.
Still, all that matters, really, is that she acted out of obedience unto God.
“It took me 38 years to own up to who I was and the life God has for me, because I spent so much time trying to live up to other’s expectations of me and who I should be,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo, 51, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, recalling the rash of development that have ultimately led to her accepting the divine calling on her life.
“I want to help others find their purpose and passion sooner than later, as well as I want to empower them to be their own voice and not let others determine the outcome of their life and future.”
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To her distinctly unique credit, Dr. Barber-Kusimo can greatly attest to the notion that she is functioning fervently in her God-manifested element as a serial entrepreneur who is the mastermind of Percibility, LLC, the parent company to LonnieB Creative Designs, Optic Tea With LonnieB, Morning Tea With LonnieB, and I Am LonnieB.
In essence, Dr. Barber-Kusimo could be appropriately described as a woman of many hats.
Suitably known as “Dr. AB Kusimo aka LonnieB,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo’s Percibility, LLC is centered largely on her serving as a motivational speaker, author, an expansive thinking coach, graphic designer, and “brandologist,” the Texas native told MHN.
“I am the complete package of taking your business to the next level,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo said.
Widely regarded as “one of the most sought-after speakers today,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo has become a fixture for her engaging talks, many of which have influenced leaders and teams in the professional, business, healthcare, and education sectors. Generally, Dr. Barber-Kusimo speaks on a variety of topics, most notably leadership, teamwork, culture, and service, among others.
As an accomplished international best-selling author, Dr. Barber-Kusimo’s written works, by all accounts, “will touch each of your hearts, as well as keep you on your seat,” she said.
Much to her delight, Dr. Barber-Kusimo has garnered high praise as an expansive thinking coach, one who has become a fixture for empowering others see beyond what she refers to as the “black and white” of their business.
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“Simply stated, I help you think outside the box, sometimes push you off the edge, but never let you hit bottom,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo said.
And there’s Dr. Barber-Kusimo, the graphic designer and brandologist, an endeavor that customarily affords her to take clients’ ideas and vision, create the concept, and brand it to become a reality.
As Dr. Barber-Kusimo acknowledged, her rise to sustained entrepreneurial success comes amid humble beginnings.
FULFILLING HER PURPOSE
“I have always done graphic design as it was a gift given by God,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo said. “It has always been a passion of mine and I love to see the excitement and happiness on clients’ faces when they see the finished product.”
Interestingly enough, Dr. Barber-Kusimo had become greatly inspired to delve into the ever-evolving world of entrepreneurship full-time some three years ago amid a stroke she suffered in 2019 due to stress.
“I said to myself, ‘If I am going to go through this much stress — which almost ended my life for someone else’s company — then I would rather fulfill my passion, make others happy, and live a stress-free life on my terms,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo explained. “I realized when operating in your passion, there is stress, but it is not stress, because God has positioned me to handle what comes my way. I call it walking in favor, which is led by God.”
A native of El Paso, Texas who was raised in Dallas, Dr. Barber-Kusimo doesn’t shy away from the notion that she finds pleasure in functioning as a servant leader, one can strategically empower and help people from various walks of life find their own voice.
“I also love assisting individuals and businesses brand themselves by thinking outside the box while making a bold statement, which sets them apart from their competitors,” she said.
BEAUTY FOR ASHES
A well-respected entrepreneur and philanthropist whose expertise has attracted a global presence — most notably Barbados, Canada, Dubai, Ghana, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom — Dr. Barber-Kusimo’s business endeavors customarily service individuals and groups ranging in ages 14-and-up.
“My personal mission for doing this is it took me 38 years to own up to who I was and accept the life God has for me because I spent so much time trying to live up to other’s expectations of me and who I should be,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo recalls. “So if I can be a blessing to someone, to help to accept who they are while empowering them to walk in their truth, then I am fulfilling a portion of my purpose here on earth.”
To her credit, Dr. Barber-Kusimo’s entrepreneurial experience spans some two-and-a-half decades, although she added the consultant and coaching services to Percibility, LLC in 2022.
SET ASIDE FOR GOD’S USE
“With over 50 years of life, there are so many people who have planted, watered, nurtured, and watch God increase and do the increase in my life,” Dr. Barber-Kusimo said. “To answer your question today, ‘Who was among those who inspired me to do this?’ I would have to say it was and are my supporters and my haters.
“For they are the ones who push me to do better, they allow me to see my flaws and definitely let me know when I am not doing the work for the kingdom. Seeing both your supporters and haters are necessary as they both keep you rooted, grounded, and, most of all, humble. The only difference is the messenger and how the message is delivered.”
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For more information about Businesswoman Dr. A’Londa L. Barber-Kusimo of Percibility, LLC, to inquire about her services, her books, a public appearance, speaking engagement, interview requests or book signing, call 971.50.300.7982 or connect with her via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ALONDABARBER1/; Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/i_am_lonnieb/; LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alondalbarber?trk=public_profile_browsemap; YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYRZzK7bUDwby6yCvDmZHjA. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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