“How do you pronounce Kawania?”

Whenever I meet someone new, the first question I’m typically asked is, “How do you pronounce your name?”  It’s “Kah Won Nee Ah.”  As a little girl, I learned to help people pronounce my name by explaining that, “every letter in my name is pronounced.” I found that little tip did the trick.

By the way, I used to go by the nickname of “Kay,” but I decided to stop using it a couple of years ago. I didn’t make some big “P Diddy” announcement — I just stopped using it.

Hey! The next time we’re together, remind me to tell you a funny story about my name.  (I love a good story and I cannot wait to hear yours.)

Kawania with Brothers
That's me hanging out with my brothers D.A. and Cornell.
By the way, Beyonce keeps hot sauce in her bag. You can find Old Bay in mine.

It All Started With a Phone Call . . .

I advised new business owners for YEARS without asking for a dime.

In 2017, I received a call from an event planner. Business was good for her, but she was ready to quit. Why? Well, she had been under the advisement of a business coach who essentially made her feel small for her choices. So, I spent the next three hours giving this planner a big pep talk and some solid business advice. She shared our exchange with her industry friends and the next thing you know, my phone began to ring off the hook.

I launched the Enlightened Creative because I wanted to create a safe space for business owners needing advice. Here is where you will receive trustworthy education based on decades of successful business management experience. And, this is where you will receive counsel without judgment. 

Some of My Credentials.

“The stuff you find on my resume.”

Principal consultant of Howerton+Wooten Events.

Adjunct professor in the hospitality and tourism industry.

Invited guest speaker at numerous colleges and universities.

Guest author of articles for various event industry magazines.

Featured guest on radio shows, podcasts and in publications.

I am a proud alumna of Hampton University. My "home by the sea."

What I Believe

Or as Oprah says, “What I Know for Sure!”

  • YOU are not an accident nor a coincidence, my friend. You are an intentional design with a divine, definitive purpose.
  • If you allow it, fear will determine your outcome. So, hold onto your FAITH and push through until you reach your greatness.
  • Always try to keep your mind and your heart open so that you can LEARN SOMETHING NEW every day.
  • Meetings (especially budget meetings) run so much better if you serve GOOD FOOD and a bottle of RED WINE.
  • Jersey tomatoes will always be THE BEST in the U.S.
  • Praying and cursing are not mutually EXCLUSIVE.
  • Marrying CHRIS WOOTEN is one of the best decisions I ever made.
  • Your hospitality defines your energy. Always choose to be kind.

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