From Inside Business, originally published December 8, 2017
Monique Adams, executive director, 757 Angels
2017 Women in Business honoree
At work: At 757 Angels, every day we work to make Hampton Roads a better place for entrepreneurs to do business. We need great innovators, investors, mentors, corporate partners and other contributors to achieve a truly supportive innovative culture that will not only retain existing businesses but also attract businesses to our region.
Home and family: I have been blessed with a very supportive family. My parents were 1st generation European immigrants that had an incredible work ethic and valued family above all else. I have always been surrounded by incredible family role models. My 2 grown daughters are attending college and give me hope for a promising future. My husband inspires me every day with his ability to live a balanced life – leading a large company, prioritizing family and giving back — all with total humility.
Volunteer activities: I am a firm believer in giving back to our community through volunteerism, mentorship and financial support. We are active supporters of military, academia, sports and the arts. Paying it forward is what all this is about.
Motivating factor: Knowing that an entrepreneur needs capital to grow their business and 757 Angels can be the difference between that company making it big or not.
Advice for women in business: Show up, stand up and get involved. We are better off when your voices are heard! Our future is very bright.
Professional goal in five years: Success will be a 757 Angels’ portfolio company having a successful exit. Hampton Roads will create a thriving and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem that leverages our regional assets and diversifies our economy.
The one thing I’d change about Hampton Roads: All our great cities figuring out how to cooperate rather than compete. We are stronger together.
Region’s biggest asset: I can’t pick one! Our 400,000-plus military community brings an incredible discipline, work ethic, patriotism and teamwork that separates Hampton Roads from other areas. We have so many special attributes including our incredible port, broadband, oceanfront as well as NASA/Langley and Jefferson Labs on the Peninsula. All our assets will require innovation to continue to be relevant. The key will be identifying innovation and commercializing it in order to have the largest impact on our region and the world.
Downtime: What’s that?
What really gets under my skin: Talk rather than action. We can make incredible things happen if we all roll up our sleeves!
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