Connie’s Crown and Glory Cakes

I was born and raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. As a kid, my days and weekends were filled with school and church, singing in the youth choir, taking piano and dancing lessons, being a Girl Scout, as well as taking part in community help projects. A few years after graduating from Morgan State College (now Morgan State University), I returned to Brooklyn and have enjoyed quite a diverse professional experience. It has been a blessing to have helped so many people along the way, as I have also been the recipient of countless acts of kindness over the years.

During the span of my career years, I was a social worker (counseling youth and adults); a corporate personnel representative in human resources; and a counselor to adult learners in the N.Y.C. Department of Education. I finally retired after working for several years for elected officials, in the New York State Assembly and Senate. The most satisfying part of working in the political arena was being able to help community residents to resolve problems that threatened their quality of life. Throughout most of those years, I also trained and worked as an actor in several wonderful projects.

Nowadays, I am enjoying my retirement. It is a blessing that I am so grateful for! A little over a year ago, with the encouragement of friends, I launched a boutique baking business. When I started, I was completely out of my comfort zone, but over time I have grown to enjoy it. Making people happy trumps everything! I make bundt cakes that encompass six delicious and unique flavors!

As a retiree, it is very important to discover creative ways to increase one’s monthly income. I am so grateful to everyone at Second Act for showing me how to be better and how to do better in growing my business.

But my business isn’t all that I am. In addition to everything else, I sing in two choirs, and I really love it. Recently, I’ve also extended my acting experience to become a professional voiceover narrator, and I hope to do more work in this area as well.

I am blessed to have a wonderful son and two beautiful teenaged grandchildren. I want to set an example for them that life is to be lived to the fullest.

Age is just a number and it is never too late to dream…it is never too late to start something new!

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