CEO Michel Sproles is the ultimate definition of a PYNK Girl. She is strong, fearless, and a true go getter. This savy, intelligent business woman took the time out of her busy life to speak with us about the many hats she wears. In between running her own business, and managing her husbands foundation, she’s studying to get her Masters, all while being a loving wife and mother. Check out our conversation with Michel and find out how she does it all.
You certainly wear many hats, what are some of the things you do?
Well I am a certified image consultant, which I like to refer to as styling people from the inside out. Really, I kind of help people develop their goals and whatever kind of life plans they have and try to assist them in executing that and whatever it is that they’re set out to do. I hold a Bachelors degree in Journalism studies, which I don’t really do anything with that degree other than the fact that I write. I’m in the Masters program at the University of San Diego. I decided to go back and get my Masters in leadership studies and I have about a semester and a half left. In the midst of all that I have two kids, I got married, and I opened a hair salon in August 2013, I actually opened my doors August 31. And those are all the things that I do, Oh, on top of running my husband’s foundation. We have a foundation called Sproles Empowered Youth. Basically we put on life skills camps for at risk youth ages 9-17. With these camps we have different workshops where people come and volunteer in special fields that they specialize in. For example, we have a financial literacy workshop and our personal financial advisor runs that workshop. Then, we have a business education workshop where we teach kids how to fill out job applications, college applications, how to apply for FASFA, and create resumes. We have a sex and health education course, which is taught by an RN, and we also have a beauty how to course for the girls and for the guys we have a football fundamentals portion. So we do like two camps, girls camp ,which is the one that I run and boys camp, which my husband runs, but I kind of run that too (Laughs).
You’re really inspirational, but what or who was your biggest inspiration growing up?
I would definitely say my mother. My mother has always been a really hard worker. I’ve seen her work several jobs at one time, she’s always made sure me and my sister had the things that we needed, she just always went the extra mile and gave 110%. She balanced and juggled so many different things. So I can definitely say my mom is my biggest inspiration.
Professionally, what has been your biggest struggle?
I would say balancing everything and making sure that I have enough time for my family, for my children, and for my husband because they are my priority .So I guess my biggest struggle is making sure that I’m giving 100% to all these different things,as well as fulfilling my duties as a wife and as a mother and just making sure that I’m there for my family first.
What is the best advice you would give teenagers facing adversity?
I would say as cliché and redundant as it may sound actually seeing your goals everyday is important, whether you write it on paper, hang it up on your mirror and you see it there everyday. It’s important because it reminds you why you’re working so hard and what you’re working towards. That visual and being able to see it is important. Sometimes when things are out of sight they’re out of mind, but when you see it you’re reminded what you’re working for. So I would definitely tell a young person set goals and plan because my mom always told me and I’m a firm believer that if you don’t plan, you plan to fail ,so I definitely think that’s important.
What has driven you to help so much, from your foundations to your passion for teaching?
I think ultimately I wanted to do something that helps people. So I think that’s what drives me, my will to always help people. I was always the friend in school that everybody told their problems to, I was always the one that everyone called and came to. Even in my family, being young, I had a really old soul. Everyone always came to me for advice to help them, so it was just kind of natural for me to follow this calling for me to help people.
Who is your biggest support system?
My husband for sure. My husband definitely supports me even though he’s in a position to take care of me and our kids, though I can just be an at home mom and not really do much, he still allows me the freedom to explore and do the things that I want to do. He knows that I have goals that I want to meet and he allows me that space and that room to do the things that I want to do. So I definitely would say my husband is my biggest supporter.
What is your biggest achievement to date?
I would say getting a scholarship to school.I actually went to UNLV (University of Nevada Las Vegas) on a track scholarship and I definitely feel like that was one of my biggest accomplishments. As a kid, I started running track at 7 years old and to be so young (I ran for an organization called the LA Jets) they took it so serious and at an early age I didn’t understand the bigger picture, I didn’t understand why they pushed us so hard and made us take it so serious. But all the way from then to signing my letter of intent to go to college ,it just showed that hard work pays off, perseverance pays off. It pays off to persevere and follow through so I definitely think that is my biggest accomplishment.
Why is woman empowerment so important to you?
It’s important because I definitely think women, well how do I say this, they say that men are the ones that support the family but the women are the ones that make it go round. I think it’s important that as women we uplift and support one another. Unfortunately, in our society now we have a lot of negativity on TV, we have all these reality shows where people are not being so supportive of one another so I think it’s important for everyone to support one another and encourage one another. I think empowering each other is important we’re really the ones kind of making this go round and we’re the ones who are setting examples for future generations and for our children and so it’s imperative that we uplift one another and we’re pushing each other to be better and not tearing each other down and being messy and negative. All that stuff is just crazy.
What future endeavors can we look forward to seeing from you?
Well (excitedly), I’m actually working on a project. I’m a stage 0 cancer survivor which a lot of people don’t really know. There are five stages to cancer. You have stage 0, and then you have stages 1-4. With my stage there were cancer cells in my breast, so it was not an invasive cancer, but if left there it could have potentially become invasive and a life threatening form of cancer. I underwent a mastectomy in October of 2012. I was 28. I said all of that to say this, I currently have a hairline that is connected with my salon. I’m working on what is called “The Pink Line” basically which is a division of the 7 Image Premium Indian hair line (my salon is called 7 Image Salon). Portions of the proceeds are going towards making wigs for chemotherapy patient’s and breast cancer survivors. It is going to be geared more towards underserved communities. I’m teaming up with different breast clinics and different doctors to try and get the word out about the wigs, but they’re going to be free, so that’s my next project. That’s my new endeavor I’m working on “The Pink Line” campaign to get the word out about breast cancer. I want young people to know that it’s important to be diligent in their health.
What is your definition of a PYNK Girl?
I would say a PYNK girl is bold, fearless, strong, a go getter, hard worker, yeah, that pretty much covers it .