Twyla Garrett is an extraordinary entrepreneur, corporate speaker, and compelling author who has been personally invited to speak at The Whitehouse on the issues of creating jobs, economic growth and the controversial fiscal cliff of 2012. Garrett is known for her notable (sometimes 100% self-funded) business deals as much as she is for providing excellent opportunities to individuals facing immense challenges.
An Ohio native, Ms. Garrett attended John Marshall High School, Ursuline College (BA), and University of Phoenix (MA). While in high school Twyla learned to prepare complex tax returns and used her mathematical intuition to advance her business curiosity in college. She started off working for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in downtown Cleveland and move to San Diego, California and held positions of deputy controller NADEP and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Manager for Space and Naval Warfare System Command (SPAWAR). Feeling that entrepreneur itch, she left the federal government and started her own management consulting firm, Investment Management Enterprise (IME). IME employs people in three states and also overseas. The company provides homeland security and disaster preparedness and IT innovation services. IME is currently work on several inaugural preparation exercises.
As business took flight. Twyla Garrett provide a give back to Cleveland, a 1.5 million dollar entertainment complex designed to single-handily add to the improvement of Cleveland’s economic culture. Her entertainment complex has hired formally homeless individuals, provided musicians and artists with actual moneymaking opportunities, and served the community by supporting American goods and services. Always involved in the food and beverage industry, and with an upscale shopping plaza is the project currently in the works.
On a personal note, Twyla Garrett is an abuse survivor who has successfully disabled all the challenges associated with how and where she grew up. Isolated from her mother and siblings at the age of fourteen, Garrett was supported by a single father. Before the court-order to live with her father, Twyla had to endure psychological, sexual, and verbal abuse. Her strong will to thrive (not just survive) instilled a fighters-instinct. This “instinct” is why Twyla is able to use her positive drive as a motivator to start and grow many businesses. It is also what allows her to share insight (including that of her venture failures) with others who share an enthusiasm for business ownership. Mentoring young adults on the subject of business is a top priority for Ms. Garrett.
Twyla’s memoir will be published in 2016 and it will be followed by a series of “how-to” business books. Currently, Twyla’s business blog and social media accounts furnish motivational quotes and an over-the-shoulder view of her unique perspective on profiting in business while helping others.