Thank you to National Association of Haitian Professionals for recognizing me as with this feature on their site.
What is your occupation and academic background and how did you come to work in this field?
My name is Wanda Tima-Gilles and I am the Owner/CEO of L’union Creative LLC. CEO the culture, society and entertainment site Lunionsuite.com, Owner/Writer of The Haitian American Facebook Fan Page and as of September 24th, 2015 the owner of the new Haitian Business Directory LunionHaitianpro.com.
I’ve always been in love with pictures, , storytelling, digital media and the entertainment industry for as long as I can remember. I graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with a degree in Mass Communication. In undergrad I did everything I could to get as much experience as possible learning digital media and marketing. In college I worked for the school television station as a reporter, I created a weekly relationship radio show and worked with various entertainment companies like Daytona and Orlando’s WESH-Channel 2 in and interned with BET and their Spring Bling spring break event.
What is the biggest challenge of your work?
My biggest and most rewarding challenge is staying true to my visions pushing my projects whether people are on immediately on board on not. Four years ago when I launched Lunionsuite.com many people said it wouldn’t work, no one would pay attention and no one cared about Haiti. 4 years later we have over 100,000 followers and subscribers between the site and our social networks.
Identify one or two of your proudest achievements?
The last 4 years have been nothing but one notable achievement after another. My proudest achievement was being invited to cover Showtime’s recent Floyd Mayweather and Andre Berto boxing match. I started my site as a hobby before it turned into a business and sitting in a media room amongst ESPN, Washington Post, New York Times and other leading publications was a very proud and self-assuring moment for me. The week reminded me anything is possible and my 14 – 18 hour workdays in front of a computer is worth it.