Rough start to Dreamstart
Pro counsels millennial entrepreneurs from underserved communities.
In addition to owning his own business, Ramond Walker teaches courses at Community Care College on a range of life skills and leadership topics.
After graduating as high school valedictorian in Memphis, Tennessee, Ramond Walker moved to California in 2003.
“I was raised in an impoverished neighborhood,” Walker says. “I was also overweight when I was younger, so I had a mindset of rejection. I went to California with a goal that things would be better.”
After three months of living on the streets or on government assistance, Walker moved to Ohio, where a godmother encouraged him to apply to college. He ended up studying graphic design and marketing at Oral Roberts University, graduating summa cum laude in 2010.
Walker worked for Community Spirit magazine for three years before realizing that his true passion was training young professionals from underserved communities. The first step in this new career was developing the Dreamstart Entrepreneurship Conference, which ran from 2013-16.
At 32, Walker now owns Dreamstart LLC, which allows him to travel and speak as well as counsel clients whose average age is 25. “My clients either want to start a business or develop a career,” Walker says. “For the first, I walk them through the business process. For the second, I help them identify their unique strengths and abilities.”
Walker self-published a workbook, “LifeScript,” on Amazon in 2015 that is designed to help readers create “an intentional script” for their life when they are feeling stuck or confused about the future.
One of Walker’s recommendations to his clients is to quit fearing both failure and success. “When you fail, adjust your expectations and do better next time,” he says. “Also, people are afraid of losing themselves in success. But success is just a natural part of thriving.”