C. Denise Richardson is one who’s known for being transparent, particularly as it relates to maximizing her potential, thus enabling others to follow suit.
Take, for instance, how years ago when Richardson had embarked upon cheerleading, an activity about which she had never envisioned doing.
“I didn’t feel good about myself,” Richardson, displaying a sense of transparency, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.
Fortunately for Richardson, there was a silver lining to her unlikely, yet dazzling cheerleading stint.
“My interest in cheering was a self-challenge and confidence builder,” Richardson explained.
The rest, as they say, was history.
For what it’s worth, it was because Richardson’s dauntless desire, coupled with her wealth of poise and confidence that greatly enabled her to adopt a newfound disposition on life, especially from a career standpoint.
Today, unlike never before, this Helena, Arkansas native and has delved off into entrepreneurship and, given the immense strides she’s made in recent years, it’s safe to assume that because of her relentless, unyielding faith, her latter days undoubtedly will be greater than her former days.
Don’t believe it?
A longtime businesswoman and educator who’s known amongst her peers as “Dr. C.,” Richardson, 47, is owner and chief executive officer of CDR Unlimited, an up-and-coming venture that is widely known as a subsidiary, or a Mid-South-based nonprofit organization.
CDR, which stands for, Creating Definite Results — “without limits,” according to a spokesperson for the rising organization —is multifaceted, in large part because it is geared primarily toward enhancing the education sector, most notably from a spiritual, financial, and mental angle.
In addition, CDR Unlimited has become a fixture, Richardson — a longtime author and life coach — acknowledged, for the “empowerment of all women.”
“While still another component delves into advocacy against the sexual abuse of children, (CDR) has an added (dimension) that focuses on girls,” Richardson said.
In addition, the primary objective for CDR Unlimited undoubtedly remains the same. That is, both segments, Richardson said, strive mightily to end generational curses such as poverty, deficiencies in education and all forms of abuse.
Moreover, because CDR Unlimited is multifaceted, which means the variety of segments of this business cater to what Richardson describes as a “comprehensive age group” that is comprised mostly of girls and women, depending on the service they seek.
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“I enjoy being a catalyst for broken women…to transform them to be those of prayer, power, purpose and prosperity,” said Richardson who, along with her husband, Cedric Richardson, oversee both Life Changers Outreach Ministries Corporation (or LCOMC), a 501(c)3 organization, and Life Changers Church International (or LCCI), both of which are based in Memphis.
As for promoting the overall landscape of CDR Unlimited, Richardson has been afforded the golden opportunity to travel to a slew of establishments throughout the United States, and plans are in the works to travel abroad, most notably to the United Kingdom, South Africa, and France sometime in 2017, she said.
In essence, from her seemingly shy days as a cheerleader to her current tenure in the world of entrepreneurship, Richardson would be the first to admit that God’s countenance is shining upon her.
Now more than ever before.
How clever for someone who’s known for being transparent, particularly as it relates to maximizing her potential, thus enabling others to follow suit.
“It’s who I am and what I’ve been chosen to do,” Richardson said. “I was an only child and, (many) think that I must have experienced a better-than-average childhood. Quite the contrary. In fact, my childhood, for the most part, was extremely burdensome, dysfunctional and lonely. I knew then as I know now that I am but one of many women who have experienced painful pasts that hindered my progress. Invariably, I accepted my mandate to mentor…both globally and professionally.”
The rest, as they say, was history.
With no limits, of course.
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