Monique Greenwood, a master multi-tasker on a mission, is the former Essencemagazine editor taking the hospitality industry by storm. Launched in 1995, Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Inns is her impressive collection of six historic B&Bs in Brooklyn, NY, Cape May, NJ, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, and the Pocono Mountains in PA. Ranked five-stars on Trip Advisor and selected the winner of The Travel Channel’s Hotel Showdown, Akwaaba’s inns attract guests from all over the world who get spoiled by old-fashioned graciousness and modern-day amenities. Yes, there is wireless internet, but there are also candlelit bubble baths with rose petals. When guests check-out, Monique’s goal is for them to leave pampered and poised to live their best lives.
Monique’s mission to help people “take their joy off layaway” has been evident in every aspect of her professional career, as editor-in-chief of Essence, as author of the best-selling book Having What Matters: The Black Woman’s Guide to Creating the Life You Really Want (Harper Collins), and as developer of a block in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, she and her husband purchased to create an upscale retail strip featuring eateries and shops owned and operated by neighborhood people of color.
A first-generation college grad, Monique earned her BA, magna cum laude, from Howard University’s School of Communications in her hometown of Washington, D.C. The community builder and small business advocate recently served as the inaugural John H. Johnson Endowed Chair for Entrepreneurship at Howard and speaks widely on business ownership and wealth building.
Monique is married to Glenn Pogue, and they consider their 26-year-old daughter Glynn Pogue to be their best work. The family, along with their award-winning Akwaaba hospitality company, are the subject of Checked Inn, their reality television series on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).Now the world gets to see the wonder of Monique Greenwood.