I am so happy that you’re here. Thank you for taking time to visit. I am so grateful.
I became an entrepreneur because I believe that entrepreneurship is the path to freedom and the best personal development tool on the planet.
Through my work I have been able to take businesses from 7 to multi-seven figures in revenue, help individuals and companies create plans brands that felt completely aligned and brought them thousands of ideal customers and devised a strategy for clients to secure the legal foundation of their business and protect the assets of their business like their intellectual property.
I was given the divine blessing of knowing how to look at a business or an individual’s goals and visions for their business and give them ideas, tools, strategies and craft a plan for their next level of growth.
However, to do this requires a solid foundation in all areas, your vision, business, legal & tax, branding, marketing and personally. Through the guidance I have given my clients and my own story (that includes lots of wins and a ton of mistakes) I’ve been able to infuse all of this in a philosophy and way of guidance I call holistic.
After having so much success working with amazing entrepreneurs and business owners around the world, having travelled the country speaking, being interviewed and able to lend my gifts as a lawyer and business strategist to make my clients millions of dollars (which I am so grateful to have the opportunity to do) I started to hate my law firm. I love helping my clients, but the freedom that most entrepreneurs said they had, I didn’t feel.
Legal services are NOT easy to sell (have you heard of the wrap that lawyers have?), and while I’d made over 700K in gross revenue over the course of my businesses (both through Artist Empowerment and my law firm) over the past 6 years, I still felt like I was not in control of my life and had more pressure than ever to produce more, be more, do more, give more and I was exhausted.
This culminated in a breakdown and a reinvention. I had to admit, I was a workaholic. It was an addiction and I didn’t know any other way to be. The breakdown manifested in extreme physical burn-out and a financially paralyzed business. In my recovery, I realized that in order to live a vibrant and full life I had to create the foundation that incorporated and cared for all aspects of my life (my connection to myself, spiritual, relationships, my passion, my pleasure, my financial health and my business) in a way that continued to allow innovation, creativity and revenue. I had been teaching this to my clients for years and had incorporated it but didn’t adjust these practices and the need for them as my business grew.
So I let go. I started over and reoriented my life in a whole new way. I created the foundation for my own definition of success and that of my company. I let go of the sense of security I thought I needed and the expectations I’d built up around myself and that of my clients, entrepreneur friends and my audience of supporters and I can now say I am living my dream and doing so on MY terms.
The basis of my individual consulting is to create or expand businesses by setting them up on the foundation to thrive on all levels including revenue. This includes, business foundation assessments, brand creation, sales and marketing strategy, legal audits and a customized business growth strategy.
Specifically, Artist Empowerment is an online program with an amazing community dedicated providing a space for creative people (you don’t have to be “traditional artist”) to learn about the kind of entrepreneurship that will not only help you create a thriving, sustainable business but also how to expand and grow your business while still staying committed to your personal development and growth. It’s my honor and passion to do this work.
I hope that you find something here for you. Whether it’s simply identifying with my story or perhaps you need our help or simply want me to come and share my knowledge at your next event, please know that whatever it is, I can’t thank you enough for being here and sharing this journey with me. It’s an honor and a pleasure to serve you in this way.
Thank you being here.
Love You Fiercely,
To learn more your can check out my work here.
Jo-Ná A. Williams, Esq. – Speaker, Author, Business & Legal Affairs Advisor, Brand and Marketing Strategy Consultant
Jo-Ná’s life in entertainment began 15 years ago as background vocalist for artists and it took a fortuitous turn when she was not credited or compensated for her work. As a result, she committed her life to educating and protecting creative people, and entrepreneurs through her work as lawyer, consultant, speaker, writer and business advisor on entrepreneurship.
She founded J.A. Williams Law – The Artist Empowerment Firm, to provide artists and entrepreneurs with ways to successfully navigate their businesses by providing assistance with entertainment, business, Internet and intellectual property matters. She is dedicated to issues regarding the rights of entrepreneurs because she believes they are a population highly vulnerable to exploitation without proper knowledge.
She then founded Artist Empowerment in 2013 to advise artists, innovators and creative-minded entrepreneurs on entrepreneurship, branding and marketing. She believes that entrepreneurship is the path to freedom and is fierce advocate for creative people starting their own businesses. Some of her client have written best-selling books, created award-winning blogs, been nominated for Grammys, listed in the Billboard Top 100, Amazon and ITunes Top Album Charts and received local and International acclaim.
She’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Black Enterprise, Fortune, MarieTV, Huffington Post, The Vocalist Magazine, Women In Music, Cyber PR, Harlem Trends, Sonic Eclectic and Artist’s First Radio. She also was named “Alumni Innovator” by Suffolk University’s Institute of Law Practice Technology and Innovation. She has written several articles in publications including Entrepreneur, YFS, ReverbNation, CD Baby, Women In Music, Artistpreneurs.com, ABA’s intellectual property magazine, Landslide and The New York State Bar Association’s, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal. She was also one of editors of the American Bar Association’s Annual Review of Intellectual Property Law Developments, 1st edition. She has spoken at conferences and conducted workshops around the world including the following venues: NYU, Rent the Runway Foundation’s “Project Entrepreneur” Summit, Summit at Sea, Barnard College, Brooklyn Museum, MoCADA, and Brooklyn College. She is licensed to practice law in New York.
On a personal note, she is a yogi, pole dance enthusiast, a student of the womanly arts and loves a good bottle of red wine.
Jo-Ná A. Williams, Esq. is a business strategist, consultant, legal advisor and speaker who founded J.A. Williams Law – The Artist Empowerment Firm in 2011 to provide artists entrepreneurs and thought leaders with ways to successfully navigate their careers and provide assistance with business and intellectual property matters. She is dedicated to issues regarding the rights of content creators because she believes they are a population highly vulnerable to exploitation without proper knowledge. She founded Artist Empowerment in 2013 to advise artists on entrepreneurship, branding and sales. Some of her clients have written best-selling books, created award-winning blogs, been nominated for Grammys, listed in the Billboard Top 100, Amazon and ITunes Top Album Charts and received local and International acclaim. She’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fortune, Black Enterprise, Marie TV, The Root and has spoken at NYU, Rent The Runway and Summit at Sea amongst others.