Meet my new SHE-RO Guest: Venetia James
Who was referred to me by another she-ro Mersadez Hogan. She is the Founder & Lead Choreographer, Hundreds Unit - Owner, The Loc’Room Natural Hair Salon
Her energy is amazing and what she is doing to empower women is a movement you should be a part of. I had a chance to speak with Venetia on her story and how she was inspired to start hundreds unit which is "a network of HUNDREDS™ of women committed to creating an environment that is supportive, inspiring, HEALTHY, and fun through dance and fitness"
Venetia is a proud single mother of two sons and along with living out her passion for empowering women, she enjoys staying actively involved in her community. She dreams to one day open an all-inclusive health and wellness community gym catering towards the needs of women. She is often heard telling other women “You Can Do It, Never Quit.
Venetia James is currently the founder and lead choreographer of The Hundreds Unit®, a women’s health and wellness empowerment organization, that aims to transform lives through fitness, and dance. Venetia is a renowned natural hair expert with more than twenty years of being an entrepreneur in that industry. Throughout her career, Ms. James has had a passion for inspiring women to capitalize on their strengths to maximize personal performance and realize their potential. Raised in several states across the US, Venetia was born of parents of Jamaican decent. Whilst embracing her Caribbean heritage and culture, she has indeed benefited from global experiences that have shaped her into the woman she is today. Completing her high school years in Germany further cemented values that included respect for all people, a love for community, and servant leadership. These values are manifested in her passion for issues related to motherhood and women’s upliftment. Venetia studied Communications and Dance at California State University, Sacramento. She has served as a professor at Epic Bible College and runs numerous dance programs throughout the region for various educational institutions. As a renowned performing artist, she was a founding member of the dance troupes S.O.U.L, G.L.O.W, and the very popular Spiritual Dance Group Ascension. It was while performing with the latter group that Ms. James developed Theography—a novel derivative of praise dancing that emphasizes the study of God and dance combined, a catalyst to visually spread the gospel. The Ascension dance group was featured on the BET Bobby Jones Gospel show for nearly a decade consecutively by the time the show ended after 35 years. In 2016, Venetia then pursued one of her dreams of empowering women through dance and founded Hundreds Unit. This empowerment health and wellness organization is a network of hundreds of women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities, who perform at professional events attracting audiences by the hundreds of thousands. Ms. James leverages her expertise as a choreographer and her savvy as a businesswoman to prepare diverse groups referred to as “UNITS” to perform first class choreography at major professional sporting events (NBA, MLS, NFL) and in support of top performing artists at concerts, arenas and amphitheaters around the nation. To date, she has conducted performances with well over 3,000 women, providing opportunities reserved for professionals, to any and every woman. Venetia is a proud single mother of two sons and along with living out her passion for empowering women, she enjoys staying actively involved in her community. She dreams to one day open an all-inclusive health and wellness community gym catering towards the needs of women. She is often heard telling other women “You Can Do It, Never Quit.”