SHE IS THE BRAND.
The original BOSS LADY OF DETROIT.
Born in Brooklyn, Ayanna spent her younger years bouncing between New York City and Detroit, spending split time with her mother and father before settling in Detroit full time. Ayanna recalls, “My dad’s a hustler,” and he instilled that same worth ethic in Ayanna at a young age by bringing her in on his work, like purchasing clothes from the Fashion District and walking around Harlem and Queens, selling those items for a profit. This is where Ayanna learned at a young age that the only way to make your dreams come true was to chase them and she has done just that. By the time she was 18, her own hustler’s spirit kicked in and Ayanna launched her own business. “I started dancing, and then from dancing I started an entertainment service.” From there, Ayanna used her capital to pursue other ventures. She grew interested in real estate—working as a loan officer and later in processing. “Then the recession hit,” she remembers, and she moved back into corporate America as a Fleet Manager for General Motors, managing multi-million-dollar accounts.
Currently, Ayanna Williams-Jones has her hands in multiple businesses. Her consulting firm, Boss Ladies of Detroit, advises other entrepreneurs on how to make it in business with the goal of elevating them to a “Boss Lady” status. In addition, to the launch of her new podcast Love, Sex, Business, Ayanna is currently getting ready to release a book The Detroit Madam, where she details the highs and lows of working in the entertainment industry for nearly a decade.