Hi there! I’m here to use hard-learned lessons from my life to inspire youth and young adults toward their own personal success.
As a motivational speaker, published author, and S.O. What! Success Coach, I believe youth can achieve their dreams no matter what obstacles they are born into or create for themselves. I’m also the founder and president of S.O. What! LLC and the S.O. What! Foundation (www.thesowhatfoundation.org). My mission is to help youth and young adults overcome obstacles and eliminate excuses hindering individual and family success.
A former teen mom, I’m known for my no-excuses, S.O. What! attitude that has helped me beat the odds and help so many others do the same. I’m the author of Life After Birth-A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother which has been popular with teens and young adults across the country. I’m also the author of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education workbooks which pulls powerful lessons from my memoir and helps improve literacy in schools.
I love my community and helping organizations and individuals serving youth. I serve on several nonprofit boards and was appointed to the mayor’s transition team for youth services. I have been featured in media outlets including CNN HLN and the 700 Club, and I have received several amazing honors. Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40, Outstanding Young Alumna for the University of Memphis, Fogelman College of Business and Economics Outstanding Young Alumna, Memphis Grizzlies & McDonald’s Community Hero Award, Women of Achievement Heroism Award, Dress for Success Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, and the Tri-state Defender Women of Excellence Award.
However, I have been a mother since before I knew myself, and my son is now a young adult himself. My greatest honor is seeing my child, my students, and any youth I can reach beat their challenges and achieve S.O. What! Success too.
With a passion for helping youth see past their challenges and focus on the possibilities for their lives, I have had the opportunity to speak to thousands of youth and college students across the country. I have seen hurt, lack of motivation, confusion, and misdirection destroy the power in so many youth. My goal is to help as many people as possible maintain or restore the power, push themselves, and become the powerhouse they were born to be. I do so through live events, books and workbooks, as well as through my online programs with S.O. What! YOUniversity. My free newsletter offers motivation and practical strategies to parents, educators, and youth workers.