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After Earning Over a Quarter Million Dollars in Scholarships for College and Getting Denied For Jobs, This Founder Launched Her Own Successful Company
“The universe will do its best to remove all distractions from you until you realize your purpose” – Unknown
Like many people, we sometimes position our lives and make choices based on what’s popular, or what the world, the media, or pop culture says we should do. Instead of listening to our own hearts, we let other things and people lead our way.
However, sometimes the universe will get in your way of you trying to live your life based on the approval or decisions of others, and guess what happens – things tend to not work out, or at least not like you imagined.
This is the story of W.E. Da’Cruz.
W.E. Da’Cruz is an economic strategist in global entrepreneurship. Known as The Digital Diplomat, she co-founded the Virtual Global Consultant (VGC) Group in 2016, which designs and develops eCommerce systems that help generate revenue online for companies, and customizes digital platforms and software that make shipping and collecting payment easier for businesses in emerging markets.
Before she was helping generate millions of dollars a year in at-will donations and business sales for her clients, W.E. experienced setbacks and heartache while trying to enter the workforce.
W.E. never imagined that she would be the leader of a game-changing, company that has grossed a million dollars in gross sales since inception. But, because of a few unexpected twists and turns in her life, she’s emerged as a Mogul Millennial and is one of the most prominent Black females in her lane.
Outside of VGC, W.E. sits on the board of the United Nations Associations Greater Detroit Chapter and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.
Recently, we were able to chat with the W.E. and she shared more about her journey into entrepreneurship, and one of her main strategies in building her brand and growing her company.
What experiences led you to create the VGC Group?
I got started because I couldn’t believe that I had raised over a quarter-million-dollars in scholarships for school, but after graduation, I’m filling out social services paperwork because I couldn’t find a job.
It blew my mind.
I didn’t understand how I could all of a sudden now be a statistic when I had gone to school and did everything my parents said, but now I needed to use WIC checks.
At 24, I had a BA in English, and the two masters in Diplomacy, international relations, all from Seton Hall University. I had also been on a lot of diplomatic missions in Ethiopia, Ghana, and so forth. Unfortunately, after graduating, even with all my achievements, my accolades, all of my degrees on full scholarships, I still couldn’t find a job.
No one would hire me.
It was the weirdest thing. I feel like it was destiny.
At the same time, I had just gotten married and had given birth to a newborn. Unlike my classmates, I couldn’t keep taking internships; I had mouths to feed, a family to build.
I never in a million years thought that I would be in that seat. But I needed to kind of go through that humility because I needed to get convicted. It was that dichotomy that God made me realize the trap of poverty is not a requirement for life. And ultimately, that’s how I got started.
I could not get a job. I’ve never been hired. I never had a corporate job. No one ever hired me. Like, I don’t understand what it means to get a job. So I decided that if they will not hire me, I will hire myself, and that’s how I got started.