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Overcoming Adversity with Chitoka Webb

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Raised by her single mother, Chitoka Webb grew up in the Preston Taylor housing projects, landed her first job in a grocery store at only 13 years old. When a senior in High School, she was told by school authorities she couldn’t graduate with her class just a week before the ceremony due to being one point short in her chemistry class. Now, in her mid-30s, Webb owns several businesses—that she founded.

She began her self employed career at 23. In 1999 Webb left Nashville and moved to Atlanta, where she nurtured numerous relationships with professional athletes and successful business leaders. Working as the only female barber alongside 14 other male barbers. Her highlight moment came during Super Bowl XXXIV when she was invited by her client Anthony Dorsett (Son of football great Tony Dorsett) to attend the event as their barber. After much success and accomplishing set goals she returned to Nashville in pursuit of a dream to own her own barbershop, which she opened in October 2001. She worked three full time jobs for three months to make this dream a reality.

Her life and business motto is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” pulling herself up by the bootstraps these humble beginnings brought more success. After developing two health care agencies and a new state-of-the-art barbershop Webb developed Chitoka L.Webb Holdings, Inc. which oversees her professional ventures, and the early development stages of a Foundation which supports her community service projects

Through her impressive business growth, Webb suffered blindness for six months as a result of Behcet’s disease. High doses of Steroidal eye injections and medications corrected her failed eye sight. The Behcet’s diagnosis led Webb to write her memoir, Something Inside of Me.

Join Kelli & Gina as they interview Chitoka Webb on August 31, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. EST