The power of entrepreneurship

J. Archer Insurance reached their goal of 500 votes + shares and won a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance for She is a CEO to further their mission of creating opportunities for young girls facing poverty. Congrats to the team and thank you for supporting them! 

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The J. Archer Insurance Agency & SHE IS A CEO partnered with the Ashley & Adrian Peterson Foundation to give away 10 laptops to deserving girls during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For much of her life, Johnte’ Archer was afraid to tell her story.

Her mother was a drug addict. Her father was murdered when she was 16. And growing up in the poorest part of Houston, she was always caring for either her mom or her siblings—including a brother who was born prematurely and came home from the hospital addicted to drugs.

At that point, Archer essentially became a mom. She was 8.

After years of fighting to keep everything together for everyone else, and doing well in school for herself, the chaotic environment finally caught up her with around 7th grade. “I was hanging with the wrong crowds, doing the wrong things,” she said. “It took some special people to grab me and tell me I was different.”

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Johnte' Archer receiving a Congressional proclamation (on behalf of the SHE IS A CEO Foundation) from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and former City Council Member, Amanda Edwards for the organization's positive impact on young girls and the community.

The power of her story

Today, she owns J. Archer Insurance Group in Houston—and through her She Is A CEO Foundation, she does the same thing for other girls that those special people did for her.

“It wasn’t until these last few years that I started to realize how much power was in my story,” Archer said. “I founded She Is A CEO to provide opportunity to young girls with stories like mine, and to those who just needed to be inspired to dream again.”

‘I founded She Is A CEO to provide opportunity to young girls with stories like mine.’

—Johnte’ Archer, owner of J. Archer Insurance Group

The nonprofit—and the agency, which is heavily involved in both fundraising and programs—works with girls in 6th through 8th grades at schools that have a large percentage of students facing poverty. She Is A CEO offers a full entrepreneurship academy, fellowship with inspiring CEOs of color, and the chance for girls to be mentored by some of the most successful women in the country. Thousands have been exposed to the programs since 2015.

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The She is a CEO organization was founded to encourage entrepreneurship, build self-esteem, independence and the love of charity among young girls and women. Founder and independent agent Johnte' Archer, (front row, third from left), has helped mentor hundreds of middle school girls in the Houston area.

‘They can dream bigger’

“They are able to see beyond their circumstances and know that they can dream bigger than they ever thought possible,” Archer said.

She Is A CEO had to see beyond its own circumstances in 2020, when COVID-19 changed everything, according to Angela Newkirk, program director.

“Little did I know that the pandemic was just the beginning of a new way to do something remarkable and meaningful,” Newkirk said. “It gave us an important lesson in resilience right along with the girls.”

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In spite of the pandemic She is a CEO was able to graduate the 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls from the SHE IS A CEO Entrepreneurship Academy - and awarded each student with a minimum of $1000 for their dynamic business pitches!

A virtual transformation

The nonprofit held its annual pitch competition virtually, giving a new wave of little entrepreneurs $1,000 each to start their first small business. A partnership with the Ashley & Adrian Peterson Foundation provided laptops so girls could attend school online. And this year, She Is A CEO has created a full virtual entrepreneurship academy.

A 2021 Make More Happen Award will help She Is A CEO continue this powerful momentum. The award includes a donation of up to $10,000 from Liberty Mutual and Safeco on behalf of J. Archer Insurance Group—money that will be used to provide scholarships and investments for participants.

“The greatest gift I can give these girls is the spirit of entrepreneurship, from the passion to the freedom it provides and everything in between,” Archer said. “I want to bottle it up and hand it out to every girl I meet.”

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Erin McClarty
1 year ago

This is so amazing to see.

William
1 year ago

Best wishes for the future!

Sonya
1 year ago

Peel & Holland has my vote! Keep up the great work with Soup for the Soul!

Lynn Lee
1 year ago

She is a CEO is an incredible and inspirational organization; it truly empowers young women to achieve their goals and fosters their entrepreneurial spirit and confidence.

Michael Thornton
1 year ago

Thank you so much for making the world a better place!

Anabel
1 year ago

Great mission to empower your girls to dream big!

Dewaynna Horn
1 year ago

This is an awesome endeavor! Keep making a difference for our future leaders!

Arthur Raymond Jr
1 year ago

This is a great value to every community to see such diversity. The benefits will be seen and felt for generations now and in the future.

Bonita Y Green
1 year ago

This is the perfect age range to initiate change. These formative years are crucial!

Rachael
1 year ago

What a blessing!

Tracy Akinade
1 year ago

I love to see this, so inspired

Laurie Robinson
1 year ago

I wish She is a CEO was around when I was a young lady. This is some thing every entrepreneur should be a part of. I am looking forward to assisting in anyway I can. Both with my time and money Because understanding what it’s like to be an entrepreneur before you become an entrepreneur is the key to success. My mother always said if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Let’s all help these girls plan their futures.

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Holly
1 year ago

Well deserving organization. Johnte is so genuine and warm and truly walking epitome of the sky is the limit!!

Delphina Salazar
1 year ago

Best wishes you deserve it!!!!

Carmen Schwartz
1 year ago

What an inspiration this story is to all young girls. I hope the She is A CEO lives on forever!

Wendy Lewis Armstrong
1 year ago

Simply love when we invest in our young women! Kudos for promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship!

Brandi Brown
1 year ago

What a powerful story where our girls can see what they can be through the lens of She Is A CEO!

Gaston Salazar
1 year ago

Guidance is what these young ladies need. Thank you for your program.

Ezequiel Perez
1 year ago

Johnte I hope you reach your goal because what your doing is a beautiful blessing

April Bu
1 year ago

Such an awesome program. What a way to pave the way for these young ladies!

Tonya
1 year ago

Phenomenal work

Lance Purnell
1 year ago

This is a great program! Teaching young girls to become entrepreneurs will not only enrich their lives but all those around them.

Tameka
1 year ago

Great program for young girls to learn about themselves

Anita Barksdale
1 year ago

Wonderful organization with a stellar mission and purpose!

Creshema Murray
1 year ago

What a transformative organization helping so many young women!

Nicole R. Coleman
1 year ago

Phenomenal organization helping to uplift the next class of women leaders in a positive and purpose driven way!

Darrell Groves
1 year ago

Good works are a blessing that inspires others…thank you for your story!

Rachel Breeden
1 year ago

What an amazing organization

James Sanders
1 year ago

Cheering on this transformational vision and work!

Rabia S.
1 year ago

Nothing better than giving people an opportunity to excel and thrive!

Jenera
1 year ago

Amazing!

Sally
1 year ago

What a wonderful program providing opportunities and inspiring young women to excel.

Tanner
1 year ago

Excellent job providing opportunities for the next generation!

Traci
1 year ago

What an amazing thing you are doing, Johnte’! Women empowering women! Thank you for being a role model for others and reaching beyond yourself to help other young women see the opportunities in front and ahead of them.

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Danielle Clayton
1 year ago

Truely an amazing story and what you are doing is so touching. We need more women to strive for the stars and reaching out to those that may not be reached in other ways is inspiring. Thank you!!!

Stefanie J
1 year ago

What a great way to encourage young women and inspire them to be successful, leaders and the best human beings they can be……and a beautiful testimony!

Danielle Scott
1 year ago

What an amazing non-profit. Something I would send my own daughter to. Great work! Thank you for all you’re doing!

Pam
1 year ago

Love to hear African American women using their life stories to motivate! Congratulations already!

Chyrel Thornton
1 year ago

Awesomeness!!! Blessings!!!

Dianne Hall
1 year ago

Ms. Archer… go change the world!!

Jamea Harper-Foy
1 year ago

Great Job Ladies we need more mentors like you in the community. Keep up the good work.

Kiara Craft
1 year ago

Keep up the good work, Johnte’!!

Kevin
1 year ago

This is outstanding!

Kenneth
1 year ago

This is fantastic!

Cynthia
1 year ago

Awesome!!

Priscilla D
1 year ago

Great job!

Jinniesha Thornton
1 year ago

This is an awesome organization!!

Frank
1 year ago

A truly inspiring program that will change lives! This is great!

Michael Moore
1 year ago

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this, what a caring spirit you have, Angela this is so exhilarating, we need more of this.

Corliss Byrd
1 year ago

I am so proud of her

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