I have seen too many young people succumb to the challenges in their lives and other create challenges they could have avoided. I want your students to see and believe that can be successful in life no matter what they go through.
Like most students, I faced a lot of challenges growing up. I understand how it feels to be judged and doubted and to even doubt yourself. I know what it’s like to feel tired, overwhelmed, hurt, lost, unsupported, and confused. I know what it’s like to struggle and want to just give up. I could have given up and people would have understood why, but instead, I chose to pursue success in spite of my obstacles.
I learned how to overcome my obstacles, eliminate my excuses, and calculate my choices to achieve the S.O. What! Success I have had in my life.
From getting pregnant at 15 and still voted Most Likely to Succeed, being a student leader, graduating magna cum laude, earning an MBA, having a successful corporate and entrepreneurial career, and being a single mother…I know what it’s like to face huge challenges without losing sight of success. And the mindset and actions that it takes to get there.
My speaking engagements can be tailored to fit your school’s needs. From virtual to in-person, I offer multi-day, full-day and half-day workshops as well as one-time keynotes and programs. My programs are flexible in delivery and in content. I work with you to determine how your students can benefit the most from my message so that they can apply it to their own lives immediately.
Being a parent longer than I’ve been an adult, I have learned a lot about caring for a child— no matter how hard it gets. I have that same heart of compassion for and see the potential in any young person that I encounter. My S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum has been included in the one of the top five school districts in the country for nearly a decade. Because of my story, I was asked to create a college life skills and change management course that filled quickly and students rarely missed. My work has been featured nationally and internationally, and I have received lots of awards and recognition. But my greatest reward is the impact I’ve seen in the lives of the students I’m honored to serve.
My passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. I am most excited about how the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum has improved literacy levels, motivation, and post-secondary education aspirations in some of our most vulnerable students. This includes elementary life skills curriculum and middle school curriculum. As a youth keynote speaker, author, and success coach, I love using life’s challenges to provide youth and young adults useful strategies around the country.
I’m a college motivational speaker that gets results! My extensive leadership and involvement experience in high school and in college, as a teen mother, laid the foundation for helping me to realize her S.O. What! Success- success in spite of any challenges. After publishing my memoir, I left a 15-year corporate career with the Memphis Grizzlies, ServiceMaster, and FedEx to speak full-time using my experience and unique ability to connect with youth and young adults to help them excel in college, careers, and life. Based in Memphis, Tennessee, I also work as an empowerment speaker for women.
Let’s talk about how I can serve your students too.