Hi! I’m Yolando
As a creator, I create. There are times when I’m scared but I do it anyway.
In 2004, I launched my first talk show Every Way Woman in my living room. By 2010, I was able to secure a permanent studio location for the next four years. As the show grew so did the cost. I realized that I needed to branch out on my own. I needed to space to grow and monetize. In 2015, I launched Inavizion Media.
After three years I decided to relocate and open My Creative Space. A coworking space that was affordable and included access to meeting rooms. As a creator myself, I believe that creators should not only have creative freedom but financial freedom.
Wife and Dreamer
I Was Born To Create
I’m just a girl with a dream. As a young woman who grew up in E. St. Louis, Illinois, I spent my time daydreaming about building, creating, learning, teaching, and exploring the world. I spent a lot of energy wondering if I would have enough time to do all the things I wanted to accomplish in life.
About 27 years ago my husband and I made a decision to move to the West Coast. We both took turns supporting each other goals for higher education. While attending community college and working as a server, I decided to co-create a talk show. One of my dreams as a child was to create a talk show. I felt that the needs of everyday women were not being meet on television.
I love creating content. I remembering thinking I had to chase Hollywood.The Internet has open up the playing field for creators. I no longer feel that way. They can chase me.
I love producing. I can produce in my sleep. I believe that the best stories are told by everyday people.
I’ve been volunteering and donating to different organizations as long as I can remember. While attending LAVC, I organized clothing drives for a local orphanage. My production company supports a variety of charities.
(2015- Present) VOH Food Pantry- Volunteer
(2008-2012) School on Wheels – Tutor
(2005-2008) Day of the Child – Volunteer
My “Official” Bio
From an early age, Yolando Mitchell Brown knew she wanted more than she was given. Born and raised in East St. Louis, Illinois— once dubbed “America’s most dangerous city”—Yolando saw a lot she didn’t like: crime, poverty and, perhaps worst of all, acceptance. Fortunately, she had a grandmother who stressed the importance of education and hard work as a way to change her circumstances. Though she knew education was a way out, Yolando, the eldest of three girls from a teen mother who struggled to raise her daughters and a father who wasn’t in the picture, often had to stay home and take care of her siblings. But her grandmother’s insistence to “not becomes a statistic,” drove Yolando to refuse to settle for being a victim.
Repeating to herself “many successful people start with nothing” she began the hard work that has distinguished her in all aspects of her life. The day she graduated from high school, Yolando packed up the car and left East St. Louis behind because “I wanted more. I wanted to do more, see more …”
Yolando earned an Associate of Arts degree from Los Angeles Valley College. As Commissioner of Environmental Affairs, Yolando was an elected official to the student government. Just one year later she resigned after the newly elected President of the ASU openly voice his concerns about a candidate Native American heritage. Disappointed that this type of behavior was allowed Yolando cast her vote in favor of the candidate and she stepped down. Yolando refuses to be apart of an organization that openly allow discrimination. She graduated Magna Cum Laude.
On a Presidential Scholarship, she attended California State University, Dominguez Hills where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Yolando earned her Masters degree in Educational Multimedia at California State Polytechnic University of Pomona where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was also selected as one of the 50 Fabulous Women of Pasadena. A strong believer in women having a voice, she is an advocate for women’s rights, education, children and the homeless. In her free time, she enjoys staying home with her husband and reading. Yolando loves spending time at the library, volunteering, talking, cooking, laughing and producing Every Way Woman.
Awards and Honors
(2013) Recipient 50 Fabulous Women of Pasadena, Top 3 Finalist Google Wave Award
(2010-2012) Volunteer Of The Month Award, The President’s Volunteer Service Award
(2007-2012) Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Masters of Arts, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
(2007) Graduated with Honors, Magna Cum Laude, California State University Dominguez Hills, Dean’s List Recipient
(2005-2007) Presidential Scholar Recipient, California State University Dominguez Hills
(2003) President’s distinguished honor award, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Los Angeles Valley College
(2002-2003) Elected Commissioner of Campus and Environmental Affairs, President’s List Recipient, Los Angeles Valley College
(2001-2003) One of three recipients to receive an Outstanding Student Award, Dean’s List Recipient, Los Angeles Valley College