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Solanges Vivens discusses her road to success at Voorhees Black History Convocation

Denmark, S.C. – Solanges Vivens, a nursing professional, entrepreneur and educator, told the audience that to be successful in life, one has to take calculated risks like the turtle, rather than uncalculated risks like the deer. Vivens spoke at the Voorhees College Black History Convocation Feb. 17 in Massachusetts Hall.

She likened her career path to that of a turtle because the turtle is deliberate, thoughtful and calculated, unlike the deer who leaps and darts about. She encouraged the audience of faculty, staff and students to be like the turtle. 

“In your professional and family life, you can be like the turtle and encourage the deer in your life to become turtles,” she said.

Vivens, a visionary business leader, talked about her career in healthcare administration and the road to entrepreneurship. She is CEO of Vivens Media Group, a multimedia company that takes her talents beyond the healthcare profession to generating entertainment content through books, short films, podcasts and feature films. However, her first entrepreneurial experience was owning a nursing home. 

“I founded a company with two white men and eventually bought them out and became 100 percent owner of the business,” she said. 

Vivens, originally from Haiti, said that when she came to the US at a young age, she worked in the home of a white family, where she came to understand the concept of the “haves and have-nots” and decided she wanted to be among the “haves.”

“I felt like a princess working for that family. I had my own suite in their large home, which was far better than my room at my sister’s home,” she said. 

Vivens enrolled in nursing school, achieved several degrees and enjoyed a 40-year career in healthcare.

She is the author of two books: “A Revelation: Walking Backwards into the Footsteps of St. Solange” and “Girls Can Move Mountains: Rewriting the Rules of Female Entrepreneurship.”

After her speech, Vivens was presented the Voorhees College Presidential Citation by Damara Hightower Mitchell, vice president for academic affairs and provost. 

An image of Hightower Mitchell (left) presenting the citation to Vivens can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/2vkc24t8.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.

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