Read to Serve on Pearland City Council

by Dr. Sheila Pope

On January 18, 2019, I felt empowered and ready to take my life in a new direction. I attended Brazoria County Democrats Executive Committee Meeting and I looked around the room and realized I needed to do more. I have served as a Brazoria County Precinct Chair, Election Judge, and I have been a delegate to several Texas Democratic Conventions, including the 2018 convention.

To be honest, I never saw myself as a politician. Instead, I identified as a Community Leader! Yet something was stirred in me when I watched Houston City Council member Amanda Edward’s video about the issues that I cared deeply about. She created opportunities for female business owners in Houston. She held a Senior Empowerment Expo. I love advocating for seniors. When I watched the videos, I saw myself doing the same thing in Pearland. We do not have a female serving on the City Council and I can solve that issue by volunteering to serve.

In order for me to make those changes in Pearland, I would have to run for a position on the City Council. On January 18, 2019, I decided to add my name to the ballot for Pearland City Council Position 5. This was a huge leap of faith! I will keep you posted on my next steps.

Adding My Name to the Ballot

Attending Brazoria County Democrats Executive Committee Meeting

Refuel You First!

By Dr. Sheila Pope

As I attempt to run my first campaign, I am quickly figuring out my leadership skills are my best assets. I spent an entire day on Saturday working with other strong female leaders who are running for office or planning to run for office. During the meeting, we were described as outliers. I agreed with the Program Director’s assessment of me. I am not a normal mom and small business owner. I am walking out my fears and trying to reach a higher level of service for others.

I quickly realized around 1:00 pm I was mentally drained. After the training, I had nothing left to give my children nor my campaign team. I had planned to share my next steps in organizing my team, but that did not happen. I could not process clearly. I could not effectively communicate. As a leader, you must understand when you need to stop and refuel. My tank was so depleted after all of the new information from Run to Lead: Greater Houston, I needed my bed and Netflix.

If you decide to run for office, remember you cannot lead others if you are drained. Rest and get your juice back before addressing the team and your family.

My First Luncheon As Candidate for Pearland City Council

By Dr. Sheila Pope

While I Attending my first luncheon with the Pantsuit Republic of Pearland, I had a great time sharing with the Pantsuit Republic Pearland! I am grateful for the information and strategies provided by the members of the group. Luckily, I know most of the members of the group. I learned what members felt was important for me to do to help serve their communities and agendas.

Darcy Bryan-Wilson, the founder of the group, has always been passionate and honest about her thoughts for change in Pearland. I respect her. Moreover, I love her honesty. I will get to work on the suggestions she gave me. I am honored to know and serve with this strong progressive group of powerful women. We are all different, but we understand what it takes to impact Pearland in a positive way. Women should be represented and their voices should be heard on Pearland City Council.

Lockout!

by Dr. Sheila Pope

It has been some time since I blogged. Today, I wanted to share my latest Boss Lady Podcast. I added music and I finally recorded in an area without distracting noises. In this podcast, I share my experience with being locked out of my commercial lease space. Yes, if you failed to read the fine print of a commercial lease, you can be locked out! I love being an entrepreneur but there are several challenges. Each day I learn more about how to handle crises. Moreover, I learn every day to keep my integrity regardless of the cost.

Second Episode of Conversations with Dr. Pope: The Candidate Robin Burgess.

By Dr. Sheila Pope

Wow! I am so excited to announce the second episode of my television show Conversations with Dr. Pope is currently airing on Houston Media Source Television Show.

During the filming of my first episode, I had issues with an extremely bright sun. I was outside during the filming but I did not have the camera on auto. This time, I filmed this episode in Studio B at Houston Media Source. As a producer, I had to make sure everything was set up properly. I wanted to ensure my client was comfortable and was seen in her best light.

I am becoming a better producer with each episode. This episode is my first sponsored project! Judicial candidate for County Courts Law #4 Robin Burgess sponsored this show. I am so glad she used me as her producer. She is hoping to be the first African American judge I’m Brazoria County.

I learned so much about her during this interview. I know you will too. Enjoy the full episode! Get to the polls during early voting to let your voice be heard!

Episode 2 of Conversations with Dr. Pope

Sneak Peek into Conversations with Dr. Pope: The Candidate Robin Burgess

By Dr. Sheila Pope

I had a wonderful opportunity to speak with the judicial candidate for County Court Law #4, Robin Burgess. We had an outstanding conversation about her decision to run for judge in Brazoria County. She could be the first African American female judge in Brazoria County. Here is a little sneak peek. I will post air dates for Houston Media Source Television later!

Burgess 22

Building Takes Time

Building Takes Time!

A year ago, I drove to Austin, TX to create my first Offender Education Program. I was nervous to start the program because my money was low and I did not know what to expect. At the time, I had two people on board to partner with me.

Road to Austin

Stepping Out on Faith!

My sister Michelle Batise allowed me to stay on her couch, my son Christopher Pope kept my young children, and Allen Provost and Peoples United Summit partnered with me to attend classes. Today, Mr. Allen Provost serves as a community Partner with Next Move Re-entry Program.

Today, I am proud to announce, my nonprofit celebrated its first year of existence. The purpose of The Next Move Re-entry Program 501c3 to help ex-offenders meet the legal requirement for DWI Court Required Classes, start their own companies, and to reconnect with their families. My company, The Resource Center, provides Texas State approved DWI Education Program. I am the administrator and administer for two programs.

Thank you to everyone who beloved in me a year ago. This year, I am focused on serving ex-offenders and making money to expand our services.