Some of us are truly gifted with a passion that inspires action to achieve not only success but real change in the things that matter. For Darielle Clark, an 18 year old entrepreneur and aspiring philanthropist, Darielle’s drive to make a difference has led her to build her own business at only 17 and use her platform to help create leaders in entrepreneurship who together, can inspire and intiate real change.
Darielle was born in Southfield, Michigan and raised in Detroit, before moving with her mom and stepdad to West Bloomfield in 2019. Growing up, the entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well in Darielle – from her very first employment working under Mayor Mike Duggan’s campaign, to setting up her own lemonade stands or selling cookies throughout her adolescence, Darielle was a natural born saleswoman.
When discussing how her passion for business was ignited early in life, Darielle says:
I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur. At my old school, I was part of the gifted and talented program, and they would allow us to have a bake sale for all the students. One year, I decided to sell snow cones – no one else was doing that and my business was booming. I think that was the moment where I fell in love with entrepreneurship.
Darielle is currently enrolled at Grambling State University completing a double major in Child Development and History. Despite working towards obtaining her degree, her entrepreneurial proclivities pushed Darielle towards an opportunity to be her own boss – networking marketing and trading in the financial markets. Darielle was introduced to the concept through a friend and knew she could use the business model to capitalize on her strengths in sales and communication, while creating the financial independence needed to fund her passions.
Darielle started her business called Urban Culture Enterprises, and only 2 days later she knew it was time to go all in, quitting her job in true entrepreneurial fashion to dedicate her time to her vision of success. That vision has now been manifested into her reality as Urban Culture Enterprises is thriving, expanding from locally in Michigan to globally, spreading across the United States and as far as New Zealand.
When discussing the concept of her business, Dariele says:
“Through Urban Culture Enterprises, my team is able to learn the valuable skills of sales and growing a business or team, while also learning to invest in the financial markets. I’ve had people on my team quit their jobs because they were able to earn more than they were at their occupation. We’re helping people earn residual income that can be put to use towards their own direction or vision for their future, and providing the tools and resources required to get them there faster and more efficiently.”
Although Darielle has created financial security not only for herself, but for those in her organization, she finds value beyond the monetary gain. Darielle says using her platform to give back to those who need it most is what she truly prides herself on, of all her accomplishments. She works tirelessly to build and grow her business so she is able to make an even bigger impact where it matters the most.
When discussing her philanthropic goals for the future, Darielle says:
For me personally, the goal for my organization is to be able to give back. My mission is to help children in low income communities. I’m studying to become a child advocate attorney, but I want to make a bigger impact than that. Growing up, my mother worked in public schools in Detroit, and I saw a lot of things that really disheartened me. I want to be a vessel in the community that I grew up in to make real change, and I know that this business will take me where I need to be financially in order to do that.
Every entrepreneur has had some setbacks and also pivotal moments on their road to success, and Darielle is no exception. Interestingly enough, Darielle says that the pandemic was an integral part of her journey of actualizing her dreams.
The pandemic impacted all of us in different ways but Darielle was able to draw some positivity from a negative situation, using it to become more intune with herself and her needs and explore other avenues of income-generating aside from a 9-5.
“When the pandemic hit, I was in my senior year and it left me with a lot of time to reflect on myself and my own mental health. I was someone who would always keep myself busy to avoid dealing with my emotions. Being in quarantine forced me to confront whatever emotions I had from past issues that were unresolved. It also gave me the chance to try something different and learn new skills that I can monetize, so I invested in learning to do acrylic nails and cut men and women’s hair. I’m glad I made those investments because it allowed me to express myself and connect with myself more in order to realize that at the job I had at the time, I was working on someone else’s dreams rather than focusing on my own. I knew I needed to work smarter, not harder and that’s when I started my business,” says Darielle.
As an entrepreneur, mentor and philanthropist with a packed schedule, Darielle stays on track through her daily routine consisting of an early start to the day, followed by clarity gained through prayer, reciting affirmations and listening to motivational speakers while in the shower as she says this is where she’s most susceptible to new ideas. The rest of her day revolves around her phone, doing coaching calls with her team, reviewing the markets and finding opportunities for growth.
With Urban Culture Enterprises flourishing and the beginning of her philanthropic endeavours underway, Darielle continues to look for innovative ways to grow and create, sharing a digital way to earn money with the masses and using her platform to create an impact in her community and the world. With a proven track record for success, Darielle is here to achieve her biggest goals and dreams, and she’s taking those of like minds with her.