Williams, a sixth-grader at Benjamin Tasker Middle School in Bowie, received the Outstanding CEO Award from the Greater Prince George's Business Roundtable in honor of her efforts as an entrepreneur and jewelry maker.
What made you want to become an entrepreneur?
I'm a sixth-generation entrepreneur in my family, so it runs in my family. And also I've always loved jewelry since the time I was really, really tiny. I've always looked at my mom's jewelry stash to see how it was made, and then would go on YouTube to see how different things are made, so I just kind of started with that because I always loved it.
Was it difficult getting the business started?
It was a little difficult at first because I was afraid people weren't going to buy jewelry from me, but I had to kind of shift my mindset and understand that there are people that will help me out because I'm so young. A lot of adults like to help children my age grow and do great things, so I had to keep my mindset that I know this is going to work out, and it did, it's working out now.
Whom do you sell jewelry to?
I use my website to sell my books and my jewelry, and also I market with a newsletter that I send out to people and I go to their events and sell at the events.
What's your book about?
It's about how to become an entrepreneur and even follow your dreams. I think people just need to dream big. You know that a lot of people don't have a big imagination, even with sixth-graders, their imagination is slowly dying, so you have to continue to dream big and you can do great things in life.
What do you want to do as you grow up?
I want to be a top author, and also I want to be an international speaker, and also I want to be a philanthropist and a gemologist.
-- Ben Giles