“I am fully aware that obstacles are inevitable down the road, but I refuse to give up.” – Riddick

When her high school classmates were thinking about prom dates, seventh period diversions, and senior prank ideas, 17-year-old Francesca Riddick had other things in mind: creating a self-made business. What originated as a childhood hobby has now segued into Sweet’s Talk. With its official launch in 2013, The Woodlands, TX-based dessert business beats the surrounding competition by specializing in mini-cakes, Riddick’s modern interpretation of cupcakes.

A self-taught baker, Riddick balances both school and her business with poise and professionalism. While college application deadlines, schoolwork and work orders seem like a handful for most teenagers, Riddick continuously strives and excels in everything she sets her mind to.

“My life is hectic since Sweet’s Talk’s launch,” Riddick admits. “But I enjoy every second of it.” With her rising senior status at the John Cooper School, her workload has significantly increased. From Advanced Placement assignments and SAT preparatory workshops to large mini-cake orders for weddings, proms, and sweet-sixteen parties, Riddick is prepared for another successful academic and profitable year. “I am fully aware that obstacles are inevitable down the road, but I refuse to give up.”

The fearless path forged by Francesca opens doors of inspiration for teenagers. Her success as both an honor student and business owner proves that young women are capable of using their knowledge to become confident global citizens.

For more information about Riddick’s business, check out its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sweetstalk

Written by Joanne Ma