Entrepreneur and marketer gives voice to her generation.
Occupation: CEO of Blueprint Creative Group, a marketing and branding agency
Family status: Single
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Lives in: Miami
Fabiola Fleuranvil was born with a briefcase.
The eldest of three children whose parents emigrated from Haiti, Fleuranvil showed entrepreneurial skills as early as the seventh grade, when she sold candy to earn spending money. As an undergraduate studying business at Florida A&M University, she styled the hair of friends in her home and made more money in tips then she would have charged, she says. While earning her MBA at Clark Atlanta University, she started an online business selling women’s shoes, teaching herself eCommerce and website design.
Bill Diggs, former president and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce and alumnus of Clark Atlanta, credits Fleuranvil with helping stem the brain drain of black professionals from South Florida through her work as a board member with the chamber’s Young Professionals Network. Fleuranvil also chairs the Beacon Council’s New Leaders Taskforce.
A Miami native who is ahead of her time, Fleuranvil attended North Miami High School, skipping her senior year to begin attending college. By age 24, she founded Blueprint Creative Group, which is flourishing at home and abroad.
In early November, she traveled to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to assist its culture and media department. Later in the month, she will see the fruits of her marketing efforts for the Florida Classic at Orlando’s Florida Citrus Bowl. The annual grudge match between Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University brings in $30million in the two-day weekend, according to Fleuranvil. “I’m managing the entire marketing, multimedia, fan engagement, advertising, PR, everything that it takes to sell out a 55,000-seat stadium,” she says.
From Fleuranvil: “My business philosophy is: Find a way or make one. Also, when I see a problem, I fix it. I don’t wait for someone to tell me about the problem.”
About Fleuranvil: “I am a huge fan of this young lady. I am fighting tooth and nail so that she gets all the accolades that she deserves. I keep telling her that eventually I’m either going to work for her or my kids will.” — Bill Diggs, president of the Mourning Family Foundation