• About Divinity

    Divinity is an entrepreneur, thought leader and career mom who is passionate about the destigmatization and decriminalization of cannabis, racial equity, gender equity, startups, tech and social impact. She is a creative problem solver and independent thinker with an entrepreneurial spirit and dynamic leadership skills. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

    Creative Entrepreneur

    Creative problem solver with entrepreneurial spirit

    Divinity is the Founder and CEO of Exodus Edibles, a health and wellness cannabis infusion brand that manufactures gourmet Southern-style desserts infused with high quality medical grade cannabis and CBD oil. Since 2010, she has managed Matovu Consulting where she hustles, innovates, strategizes and executes to help her clients achieve their business goals. Divinity has experience in law, impact investing, consulting, education, entertainment, non-profit management, and community organizing in local and national politics. Her functional experience includes strategy and operations, branding, marketing and communications, fundraising, corporate social responsibility, human resources and general management.

    Motherhood

    I got loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA. ~ Kendrick Lamar

    Divinity is a mother to two children: her adopted son Shafiq who lives in Uganda and her daughter Nyah. She is an advocate for career moms and the empowerment of women globally. She created the MBA Mama blog in 2015 to increase the visibility of MBA moms and help women navigate family and career planning. She founded Watotolly in 2016 to provide busy parents with affordable, convenient, and trustworthy childcare. Sh had to close the business after failing to secure venture capital funding. Divinity is a 2010 recipient of Glamour Magazine’s Annual Woman of the Year Awards where she was recognized as one of twenty women in their 20s changing the world.

    Education

    1st Generation College Graduate

    Originally from Wisconsin, Divinity is a 2017 MBA graduate of The Wharton School where she focused on finance and entrepreneurial management. As a Wharton student, she led a team that advocated for the installation of lactation rooms at The Wharton School's Jon M. Huntsman Hall. She completed her undergraduate studies Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude at the University of Southern California in 2008, becoming the 1st person in her family to graduate from a four-year college. She spent a semester in Kenya and Tanzania studying post-colonial history and KiSwahili. She left Kenya shortly after the 2007 post-election violence

    Social Impact & Sustainability

    "In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams." ~ Nigerian proverb

    Divinity is passionate about sustainability, ending mass incarceration, decriminalizing cannabis, and teaching kids how to swim. She has an ambitious social impact and corporate giving strategy for Exodus Edibles and she has opted to take an Afro-centric, cooperative economics approach to funding her business. She currently serves on the Toigo Foundation SoCal Alumni Board. After a transformational experience studying in Kenya and Tanzania, Divinity co-founded the Amagezi Gemaanyi Youth Association (AGYA) in Uganda in 2008 to address issues facing urban youth. Under her leadership, AGYA provided outreach, education, and services to more than 2,000 youth living in urban poverty.

    Love & Relationships

    All skinfolk aint kinfolk - African American proverb

    Divinity - pictured here with her grandmother and her daughter - is proud to come from a lineage of dynamic, innovative and resourceful female entrepreneurs and mothers who had multiple side hustles. These women were deeply spiritual and they brought joy to their families and friends by baking sweet treats like peach cobbler and banana pudding. All recipes for Divinity's company Exodus Edibles are adapted from family recipes that have been passed down orally through generations of matriarchal ancestors dating back to Divinity’s foremothers Gertrude and Winnie who were both born in the late 1800s in Mississippi. Divinity's philosophy on love and relationships is to do good, spread love and take care of yourself and your tribe. As part of her desire to live a liberated, integrated life focused on her happiness, thriving relationships and good health, Divinity is committed to spreading love and positivity. The knowledge Divinity gained from elder Queen Afua's books "Heal Thyself" and "Sacred Woman" have been instrumental to her personal wellness journey and her decision to embrace her nurturing, healing spirit by studying plant medicine and midwifery in 2022. Divinity is in a loving polyamorous relationship and she is planning to have more children in

    Culture & Community

    "Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable."

    ~ African proverb from the Tanzanian Bondei tribe

    Divinity is a Pan-Africanist who was raised in Racine's 6th ward neighborhood - a stronghold of the Gangster Disciplines street gang. Divinity has studied, lived and worked in East Africa and Jamaica. A Millennial hip-hop aficionado, Divinity has a deep reverence for Black culture globally. Kanye's classic "College Dropout" album debuted in 2004, just 6 months before Divinity's... At some point in the 1990s, both her parents sold weed although her father still calls it "reefer." She learned how to count by playing Dominoes and she learned strategy (and how to bluff) by playing Spades with her siblings and cousins and the occasional shot at challenging her elders at the "grown folks table." She learned a lot by watching and listening as her elders shared stories, advice and jokes during private, intimate community gatherings. At mom's house, she grew up listening to artists like Earth, Wind and Fire, the Isley Brothers, Mary J Blige, Lil Kim, Jay-Z, Biggie, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Mobb Deep and Foxy Brown. On weekend visits to her dad's house, Divinity would listen to artists like Run DMC, Kool and the Gang, Erik B. and Rakim and Big Daddy Kane. As a teen, Divinity's favorite artists were Bob Marley, Eminem and DMX and her favorite group was Destiny's Child.

    In 2022 and beyond, Divinity wants to elevate and celebrate the best of Black culture by hosting Exodus-branded wellness retreats, kinfolk kickbacks and community education events.

    Health & Wellness

    Then God said, “I give you every herb-bearing seed on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” Genesis 1:29

    Cannabis the cornerstone of Divinity's health and wellness routine. Divinity is committed to living a holistic, healthy life with herbal remedies like homemade cannabis-infused butters, oils and baked goods. Divinity a survivor of childhood trauma rooted in poverty and she suffered from an intense bout with depression beginning in 2015 when her mother committed suicide. As a child, Divinity experienced periods of housing and food insecurity, safety concerns due to police brutality, intra-community gang violence and drug turf wars. She witnessed her mother be a victim of domestic violence and in 2021, Divinity broke her silence by sharing her own domestic violence survivor story. As an ambitious young professional working in corporate America, Divinity experienced pay inequity, biased performance reviews, gender discrimination, and racist micro-aggressions that caused her to suffer insomnia and depression. In summer 2019, Divinity suffered psychosis after overdosing on a potent cannabis-infused edible. Shortly thereafter, Divinity sought treatment to heal past traumas and take care of her mental health. Over the last 10 years, Divinity has been misdiagnosed several times but her current and correct diagnosis is complex post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She is supported with consistent therapy with her amazing therapist of 3 years Dr. Bettye Ford, a psychologist specializing in intergenerational trauma, grief and loss. Divinity also practices self care by booking regular spa days to get a relaxing massage, manicures, pedicures or scheduling a session with a professional makeup artist or hair stylist. Gardening, journaling, scrapbooking, meditation, sensual yoga, swimming, sunbathing, and baking are also therapeutic activities that Divinity enjoys.

    Polyamory & Ethnical Non-Monogamy

    Where there is love, there is no darkness. ~ Burundi proverb

    Fairytale love is for children. Polyamory is for grown folks. Ethical non-monogamy is the practice of taking part in romantic relationships that are not completely exclusive between two people. Divinity calls it inclusive love. Divinity (age 35) and Jermaine (age 28) are kindred spirits who reject eros love and choose agape love. With the proper boundaries, communication, transparency and radical candor, polyamory can be fun, fulfilling and liberating. Divinity has been polyamorous since 2016 and she is partnered with Jermaine, CEO of Liberated Tribe, Jermaine is from Jamaica and has lived in Brooklyn and Miami. Jermaine is a former soldier who served for 5 years in Jamaica's Defense Force and Coast Guard. Divinity and Jermaine met on day two of a 3 week trip and spent the remainder of the trip chasing waterfalls in Portland Parish and snorkeling, hiking, swimming, dancing, vibing, exchanging energy, sharing ideas, smoking ganja, listening to music, learning each other's stories and making love in Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Divinity left an abusive marriage in 2014 and spent two years practicing celibacy and healing from the trauma of divorce before making the decision to study and learn more about polyamory and ENM relationships. Divinity enjoys the security Jermaine provides as her primary romantic partner but she also cherishes the freedom that comes with the agency to take new short-term lovers and forge longer term intimate connections with new people. Polyamory has it’s challenges especially when you’re living in a patriarchal society where monogamy, trauma bonding, ownership over your partner, jealousy, insecurity and unhealthy attachments are the norm. Nevertheless, they've also made the collective decision to reject the nuclear family structure as the only/best way to build a family. They are actively working on building a liberated life and a blended, extended family unit that is rooted in collective responsibility and ancient African cultural practices.

  • Cannabis Advocacy

    Divinity is a vocal advocate for the legalization of cannabis federally. Divinity's mother was a cannabis entrepreneur in the legacy market in the 1990's and was unfortunately the target of a federal DEA raid when Divinity was a young child. Divinity witnessed her mother get arrested for distributing cannabis, a drug that’s now legal for medicinal use in 36 states and recreational use in 15 states.The experience inspired Divinity to launch Exodus Edibles and catalyzed her activism in the area of decriminalization and destigmatization of cannabis.

  • Exodus Edibles

    Divinity's latest venture is Exodus Edibles, a health and wellness cannabis infusion brand that manufactures gourmet Southern-style desserts infused with high quality medical grade cannabis and CBD oil. Visit the website and follow Exodus Edibles on TikTok, Twitter, Vimeo and Instagram for updates.
    Divinity's love for baking developed as a child spending time with her mother, aunties and grandmothers in the kitchen making decadent sweet treats.
     
    While searching for a solution for stress, insomnia and anxiety, Divinity discovered edibles in 2018 and fell in love. Since 2020, she has been researching and experimenting with cannabis cooking and ingesting various types of edibles - from gummies to chocolate bars to herbal teas. She strongly believes in the healing power of cannabis and expects that adult cannabis use will be mainstream in North America 100 years from now. By then, she hopes the Exodus Brownie will be just as recognizable in 2121 as Little Debbie Snack cakes are now.
     
    Exodus Edibles' flagship product - the Exodus Brownie infused with Premium OG Kush - is a gooey, fudgy brownie full of rich chocolate sourced from pure Jamaican cacao. It will give you that smooth, relaxed, euphoric feeling. Perfect for winding down from a long day or getting in the mood for a frisky night with your partner. We work with pharmaceutical chemists, medical cannabis experts, and clinical compound herbalists to perfect the cannabis infusion process and proper dosage of our edibles.
     
    Divinity is a vocal advocate for the legalization of cannabis federally. Divinity's mother was a cannabis entrepreneur in the legacy market in the 1990's and was unfortunately the target of a federal Drug Enforcement Agency raid when Divinity was a young child. The experience traumatized Divinity and catalyzed her activism in the area of decriminalization and destigmatization of cannabis.
    Our Southern-style, cannabis-infused gourmet desserts will be available to customers in California soon.

    Are you interested in investing in Exodus Edibles through our cooperative economics Ujaama Freedom Fund?

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  • MBA Mama

    MBA Mama is an online platform that provides ambitious women with tools and resources to leverage an MBA and strategically navigate family/career planning. Founded by Divinity in 2015, MBA Mama is now the world's largest professional network dedicated exclusively to MBA moms.

  • Divinity has experience in tech, law, impact investing, consulting, education, entertainment, non-profit management, and community organizing in local and national politics. Her functional experience includes strategy and operations, branding, marketing and communications, fundraising, corporate social responsibility, human resources and general management. Client testimonials are available upon request.

     

    Divinity founded Matovu Consulting in 2010 while living in Uganda. Since then, she has helps a diverse group of clients achieve their business goals. If you'd like to work with Divinity, you can enter into a monthly retainer agreement where Divinity is available to work on your deliverables on a regular basis (3 month minimum) or you can hire Divinity for project-based work (10 hour minimum).

     

    Divinity offers 1:1 coaching to help clients develop a game plan to accomplish their entrepreneurial and creative business goals. Whether you need an accountability partner, help strategizing for a career pivot or promotion, help prepping for MBA applications, Divinity is here to be of service. Divinity's 1:1 coaching rate is $300 per hour. Customized coaching packages can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis depending on your income-level, family size and financial need.

     

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  • Barbara Goss Gonzalez Memorial Fund

    Divinity set up the BGG Memorial Fund to honor the memory and legacy of her mother who took her life by suicide on April 25, 2015. The fund provides scholarships to mothers pursuing a degree at any level from trade school to community college to PhD programs.

  • Blog

    "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." - Zora Neale Hurston

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  • Musings & Thought Leadership

    Divinity is a cultural influencer and thought leader on topics like: motherhood, entrepreneurship and cannabis. Click below for Divinity's thoughts on relevant topics and scroll down to submit an inquiry to book Divinity for a speaking engagement or podcast interview.

    May 2016

    Published By: Accepted.Com 

    [Podcast Episode 152]

    August 2015

    Written For MBA Mama

  • Book Divinity

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