Michelle Obama, Necole Kane and Beyonce are just a few of the Queens that we look up to. However there are so many women who aren’t as well-known, but are just as admirable. We’re excited to present our monthly #KudosQueen spotlight, which pays homage to brilliant women in various industries that we look up to!
I landed my first internship the summer after my freshman year of college, and those three months at Radio One Atlanta were LIT 🔥 🔥 🔥 to say the least. I learned the latest dance moves during promo events at summer camps, rode the elevator with Brian McKnight, and kept my composure watching Chris Brown and Lloyd (my husband in my head) walk backstage during Birthday Bash, Atlanta’s biggest annual hip hop concert. But the highlight of my summer wasn’t being in the presence of celebrities or staffing radio events, it was working under an amazing, powerful, God-fearing woman named Ms. Coriya… our first Kudos Queen Spotlight!
Coriya Burns Falker, also known as C. Burns, has worked at Radio One Atlanta for more than 21 years as a sales and media specialist. Aside from her work in radio, she wears many hats as a business owner, motivational speaker, wife and mother to her ambitious son Bryce. She is also a Minister at the Light & Salvation Outreach Church in Douglasville, GA where she primarily works with youth and single women.
Surprisingly, Coriya’s roles at work and church aren’t as different as one might think. “In each role I’m still taking care of people’s needs. Every client’s goals may differ, but whether you’re in ministry or media, the most critical part is to listen.”
The importance of listening was instilled in Coriya early on by her biggest inspiration, her mother, who also taught her not to make excuses. While growing up in Memphis, Coriya and her siblings never felt like they didn’t have much — even if their single mom was actually struggling.
“My mom took what she had and made so much out of it,” she says. “She never allowed us to make excuses. Her philosophy was GET IT DONE! That shaped me more than anything because she showed me how to find a way.”
That GET IT DONE mentality is what helped Coriya launch #FaithBoard. Through social media, events and conference calls, Coriya’s business encourages people to seek the visionary before casting the vision.
“#FaithBoard is trusting God more than you trust yourself. It’s about asking God what it is He has for your life versus you telling Him what you want,” she says. “And this way is fail-proof. It’s a guarantee that whatever it is you set out to do will happen because it’s His plan and He can’t fail.”
One of her signature events is the #FaithBoardExperience, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 at 10 a.m. Coriya will be discussing “5 Keys to Achieving Your Dreams,” and sharing how in just a few short years she was able to tune in to the voice of God, launch a business with her son, marry the man God had for her, book numerous speaking engagements, run a 1/2 marathon and be recognized as one of the country’s top radio sellers in multiple national publications. If you’re in the Atlanta area, get your ticket to the free event here.
I asked Coriya to finish the sentence … a queen is _________, and without hesitation she said “flexible.”
“Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods,” she says. “Roads change all of the time, so be flexible about the path you’re taking to get to your destination.”
This was one of the biggest lessons that Coriya learned from being married over the last five years.
“As women we’ve been forced into a survival mode that was never meant for us. We’ve had to take care of ourselves. So when people are sent to help us, sometimes we don’t know how to receive that.”
Coriya adjusted to being married and letting her husband help her throughout life as God intended.
As a single woman waiting for a man to put a ring on it, I asked Coriya if she had any advice for a Queen that’s trying to find her King, and she replied:
“Don’t look– let him find you! It’s not our job to look for a man, but you should look the part by carrying yourself like a wife.”
For Coriya that meant working on every aspect of herself and ensuring that she was worthy (and ready) to be found. She dropped another gem as a final response to the question — “Remember, no boyfriend deserves wife privileges!” — and I shook my head in agreement. So often we as women give the guys in our lives benefits that should be reserved for our future husband, if commitment is what we seek.
This purposeful woman lives by 1 Peter 5:10, which says:
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (New International Version)
Coriya’s journey has been full of twists and turns — from studying Forestry in undergrad to taking a temp job that she hated after moving to Atlanta to making an impact on the music industry with her humble and kind spirit. But the one thing that remained consistent is her faith in the man upstairs. Without a doubt, Coriya is answering God’s calling for her life, and inspiring everyone she meets to do the same.