The creative journey of Zakiyyah Claybron, known as Karamel, began back in the late 90’s when her interest in computer technology provided an innovative platform for her to utilize her technical abilities. This passion for learning about new and challenging technologies would place her into a position to be an asset to budding entrepreneurs and small business owners. She was able to advise them on how to grow and market their personal brands by utilizing new computer technology. Zakiyyah’s flare for being creative assisted her in providing advice to family and friends also. This knowledge, experience, and passion of seeing others achieve their visions of personal business growth would lead her to going into the field of Web Design and Development.
Zakiyyah would pursue her creative endeavors by attending Chicago State University where she would begin the pursuit of obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Concentration in Managing Information Systems. While attending Chicago State University Zakiyyah would take on the duties as the lead Marketing and Promotions Coordinator for WCSU Radio Station, Chicago States Internet radio and on campus radio station, also while taking on independent client consultations. Zakiyyah would continue to gain valuable classroom education and business experience by building her portfolio by working with local Chicago music artists who she met through various networking events that were organized by WCSU Radio Station. Upon achieving her goal of a Bachelors of Art from Chicago State University she would start up her own full-fledged business U-Nique Solutions in 2003 taking on small projects in web design and logo creations.
Through continuous hard work, networking and client satisfaction Zakiyyah would land an opportunity working for Crawford Broadcasting Corporation one of the nation’s largest media outlets and Chicago’s top Radio Station networks. She worked in their Promotions department as a Promotions Assistant that handled the web content for all three associated radio stations Power 92, Soul 106.3 and Rejoice 102.3. Zakiyyah would work with the sales department in providing up to date web content, contest promotions and upcoming events that were sponsored by Crawford Broadcasting and its business affiliates. In the pursuit to remain relevant and up to date on the latest technological and educational advancements, she would continue her education by attending DePaul University where she would diligently pursue her Master’s Degree in Information Systems with a Concertation in Managing E-Commerce in which she obtained in 2014.
With her extensive personal business experiences, higher education achievements Zakiyyah would expand the focus of U-Nique Solutions to offer a wide range of marketing solutions that would involve web, print, design, research and social media content. She would also go on to teach at Dusable Leadership Academy from 2014-2015, where she instructed students on how to create websites, business marketing, and how to use Microsoft Applications. She is also a full-time instructor at 2 of the Illinois Center for Broadcasting schools of education. Zakiyyah has also taken on various business ventures such as working for Carter Consulting Group, Mentoring Youth Through Technology (MYTT), Victory Christian International Ministries, and Health Care Research Associates. Her business savvy, creative and innovative ideas help to bring many visons to life. She provides more than 15 years of in the field experience in the content area of Information Technology.
Beyond all of Zakiyyah’s business and educational accomplishments, her greatest impact and dedication is to her family, she considers this to be her greatest achievements. She is a wife of 12 years, the mother of 5 beautiful children (3 boys and 2 girls) she and her husband work with the Mega Church youth ministry of Cornerstone Christian Center under the leadership of Pastors Greg and Karen Howse, where she and her family have been devoted members for over 7 years. For the past 4 years Zakiyyah has lead a Reading Ministry where she has most recently been working with wives and praying for their marriages. If you would like to join the Wives That Pray Ministry, please send a request so that you may be added to the private group. Also Zakiyyah currently does a radio show with her husband on WCSU, Chicago State University Radio Station, and you can listen to the show on the iHeart Radio App on Thursdays from 4 pm to 6pm, search keyword WCSU on the app.