Something I know for sure is that life can be hard, and it can be very unfair. My life has taught me that, but it has also taught me that despite the challenges we face—sometimes extreme challenges and even trauma— we can still be successful.
So now I use the hard-learned lessons from my life to educate, inspire, and motivate youth and young adults to overcome their own obstacles and achieve their own S.O. What! Success.
I became a mother when I was 15 after a forced sexual encounter. Although it was hard as a teen mother and I wanted to give up at times, I graduated from high school #8 in my class and with highest honors and was named Most Likely to Succeed. I earned the Emerging Leaders scholarship to college, graduated magna cum laude in four years, and was named Miss University of Memphis.
I started my career and quickly advanced with prestigious companies enjoying an amazing 15-year corporate career. As a single mother, I earned an MBA graduating magna cum laude. When I discovered my purpose and realized my power to inspire youth, young adults, and many others, I dedicated my life to helping others achieve their goals in spite of the obstacles they face.
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
Southwest Community College Carter G. Woodson Award
Women of Achievement Heroism Award
Dress for Success Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Tri-state Defender Women of Excellence Award
Alpha Kappa Alpha Leadership Fellow
City of Memphis Mayor’s Youth Transition team
Vice President for Communications for University of Memphis National Alumni Association
New Memphis Institute Fellow
Member of the National Speakers Association
Today, I am an author, a speaker, a S.O. What! Success Coach, as well as a university professor where I have taught marketing as well as a life skills and personal development course based on my memoir.
I have laughed and cried along the way. I’ve struggled, and I’ve persevered. But I never forget to say, “S.O. What!” then “So NOW what?” and that makes all the difference.
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