Until now, most individuals avoided mixing work and religion, as many were taught since grade school to separate their beliefs from public systems. With social media, users are allowed to freely express their opinions, beliefs, and spiritual passions, however, there is still a thin line between what’s appropriate and what isn’t. For those who desire to incorporate both aspects of their life, Dr. Yashima White Azilove has a solution with TRIP Network.
White Azilove is known for working within the healthcare, financial, and entertainment industries for top companies for over 20 years. With each title, she found that her spiritual side and connection to God could not be separated, accepting her call to both business and ministry. In 2019, she held an event titled, Yes! TRIP, a unique experience, and movement designed for women of all backgrounds that aim to be unapologetic in their womanhood, faith, and career. After such a successful event, she launched TRIP Network, a global lifestyle and professional community for women.
“I grew up in the struggle of being both ministerial and a spiritual person, as well as being really apt in business and my professional aptitude. I always saw them as things that were in conflict with one another,” she tells. She further explained that oftentimes she worried one would then take away from the other, nevertheless, she fought against the notion and continued to embrace her spirituality and her career as one. Calling herself a unicorn, she tells why TRIP was created.
“TRIP was birthed out of the affliction. TRIP was birthed out of me feeling ostracized, and feeling that different and that unique, and struggling with how to coexist in myself. I just thought there’s no such thing as a unicorn, there has to be other people who are feeling what it is that I am feeling. I just took a step of faith and put a call out for women who were struggling living in these two places, and really wanting to excel in both and not feeling like you want to compromise any part of yourself in order to grow in one area versus another.”
TRIP is an abbreviation for women who want to trevail in life, family, career, and future; reinvent their career, business, and mindset; and tap into their God-given internal power. Understanding that she is up against years of teaching church and state, and systemic ways of separation from both sides, White Azilove believes she can change the narrative. “We need to expand our horizons and our thinking about those who are called into both of these worlds because you need my influence and my resources in order to maintain ministry in the body of Christ. And yet, the business world needs my ethics, my moral standing, my straight shooter communications. You need my love, my compassion, and my people skills in order for you to excel, corporation,” she explained.
Feeling in her spirit that she was called into this work, she says she has been, “the light in the darkness.” While there have been some challenges, the perks to TRIP Network are endless. The virtual marketplace allows for spiritual and religious women to meet, support, and network in efforts to reach top positions in corporations and more. In the long run, White Azilove only hopes that her initiative grows beyond measure, affording women of all walks an opportunity for advancement.
“I want it to grow. I want it to continue to be global. I would love to have this annual conference to be a traveling conference that travels around the world so that women are getting not just the sense of sisterhood amongst one another, but really appreciate a global dynamic,” says White Azilove. For now, she is working to build three divisions with her TRIP Network, being an entrepreneurial, ministerial, and professional development network to help women get clarity on exactly what they need and how to maximize their potential.
Speaking to changes she’s making in the workspace and her legacy, she desires to push her clients and women of her network to maximize their lives, leaving nothing undone. “I want my epitaph to be, ‘here lies a woman who left it all on the court,’” she stated. “I’m so clear that I fought so long to find my purpose in life and the reason why is because my greatest purpose is in helping people find theirs. So, the greatest legacy that I can leave is that I invested every part of my being in helping others to identify their God-given purpose and to help them walk in their divine destiny so they too can die empty.”
Knowing her purpose, she expressed that at her core, her job is to help people find their “it” factor and push them to pursue it. “That is the ultimate legacy; to die empty. To use every one of the gifts that God has given me to bless the earth with and to be able to teach others how to do this very same thing.”
As she continues to grow and grow her network, her biggest hope is that women begin to understand the divine connection to each other due to their love of God. “That sense of sisterhood, divine sisterhood, that Jesus blood connection, that sense of belonging, where love really is pervasive, I would want that to be the ultimate legacy of TRIP.”
To learn more about TRIP Network and Dr. White Azilove visit www.dryashima.com.