Snapshot: A. Nicole Campbell
Occupation: I just started my own business in February of this year. It’s called Build Up Advisory Group, which is an advisory firm that specializes in infrastructure design. Essentially what that means is that I am the legally trained architect of the nonprofit sector. I design, build, and turn around entities for social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, philanthropies, and nonprofit organizations.
Family: I’m married. My husband’s name is Kevin. I have two little girls: Kayden, who is 4 years old, and Nova, who is 16 months.
Pets: We have two cats. A girl, Soleil, who is going to be 13 this year; and a boy, Helios, who is going to be 9. Both have names related to the sun.
How long have you lived in Newtown? Since January 2017. We were living in New York City, and we knew we wanted to get a house in Connecticut. We initially looked into moving to Stamford thinking I’d be commuting to New York, but then I got an opportunity to work at Dalio Philanthropies in Westport. We chose Newtown because we still wanted to be close to the city and to my family in The Bronx.
What do you like to do in your free time? Hanging out with my family is so much fun, and now I’m getting to see the world through my girls’ eyes with every new experience. I also love writing, reading, listening to business podcasts, and visualizing what my business can be. I want to grow it from scratch to where 50 years from now, it is still around.
Do you have a favorite book? Beloved by Toni Morrison and Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall. As for a favorite business book, I’d say The E Myth by Michael E. Gerber.
What is your favorite travel destination? I have three. Barbados, because that’s where I’m from. I love the ocean, and it has that feeling of home. Second is Paris, because it feels like a second home and the architecture there is so stunning. Third is Senegal, because to me it is like a combination of Barbados and Paris — you have the beauty of the ocean, but also the feel of the city. All three feel very welcoming.
What is the best part about Newtown? It feels like home with a community where people are really friendly and helpful. I have great neighbors who have become friends. In New York, you live very close to people, but I couldn’t tell you what my neighbors names were when I was there or have picked them out on the street.
What has been the greatest influence in your life? The experience of becoming a mother. It transformed the way I think, the way I love, and the way I visualize and dream. Lots of experiences change you, but becoming a mother made clear what my priorities are. For me, everything I do is for my children. I live my life to be the best provider, protector, and mom for them. They also inspire me to work hard to grow my business and to be the best friend I can be to others, because I want them to see how I am treating people.
If you could spend the day with one person, who would you choose and why? It would have to be two — my parents, because they both passed away. I’d want to have an adult conversation with them, not only to share what I’m doing but to hear from them how they felt at my age. That conversation would be invaluable.
What is your favorite musical genre? Dance hall reggae. I also like to listen to soca, classical, and gospel.
Do you have a favorite TV show? Shark Tank.
What is your favorite food? Cou cou. It’s a Bajan dish.
What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever been given? One of my mentors told me to lean into who I am more, and that people want to work with me because of who I am.
What is your proudest accomplishment? Going out and starting my businesses, getting over my fears, and believing in myself.