Ms. Hughes became pregnant at the age of 16, and her mother kicked her out of the house.

The birth of her son was the reason she took her life seriously, and she made a promise to herself, to her son and to God that her son would not become a statistic.

Ms. Hughes had the opportunity in 1979 to buy a radio station with her husband. When they separated, the business tumbled but she refused to give up her company.

Cathy Hughes started the largest African-American owned and operated broadcast company in the U.S., and became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded company.

In 2015, Radio One became the only African-American-owned cable television network in the country.

Ms. Hughes has received hundreds of awards and recognition’s from Lifetime Achievement Awards to being inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame.

African-American women entrepreneurs are the fastest-growing segment of entrepreneurs in the U.S., but have more difficulty and face unique challenges in becoming successful business owners. Lisa and Cathy discuss how Cathy navigated entrepreneurialism as a woman, how she built her business, the challenges she faced, and how she reached a level of success.

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Lisa C. Williams

Business Innovators Radio host Lisa C. Williams is an exposure-ist and Chief #Momentum Officer (CMO) of Smart Hustle Agency & Publishing.  Lisa creates Corporate Social Responsibility campaigns that business owners, entrepreneurs and companies participate in that help elevate their brand while being part of the solution to make the world better