WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH EXCLUSIVE: Well-respected Georgia empowerment professional Dr. Estella Dior Washington is on a fervent quest of transitioning ‘from prison to philanthropist working in purpose’
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March is recognized annually as Women’s History Month.
Dr. Estella Dior Washington, to her credit, is creating history in her own unique way.
The face of W.E.E H.O.P.E Inc., her rising Brunswick, Georgia-based nonprofit organization, Dr. Dior’s empowerment track record is such that she’s steadfastly fulfilling her destiny which, much to her delight, is centered largely on her fervent quest of transitioning “from prison to philanthropist working in purpose,” the longtime businesswoman told Making Headline News during a recent interview.
W.E.E. is an acronym that stands for Women Empowering Each Other, particularly by of Different Walks, Common Paths, United Voice, and Same Vision, according to detailed synopsis of Dr. Washington’s organization via its Facebook page.
SALUTING WOMEN WHO SHAPE OUR WORLD
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In commemorating Making Headline News Salute To Women’s History Month, Dr. Dior emphasized, among other things, she’s destined to serve as an advocate for returning citizens — women especially —who have been affected by what she describes as life’s “trails and hiccups,” particularly as a strategic way to help focus on education, financial literacy, social and economic equity to end poverty, and mass incarceration.
“Well, life pushed me in the direction of having to be a survivor,” Dr. Dior told MHN. “I was molested, raped and homeless with four small kids. Yes, I was a teenage mom, so I had to figure things out. So, to be able to help eliminate the barriers that causes most of the issues, I want to be proactive in doing so.”
Generally, Dr. Dior’s solid philanthropy work is centered on her personal mission, which includes — but aren’t limited to — changing the dynamics and policies that will bring change and equality for all women, she said.
IN A LEAGUE OF HER OWN
Moreover, Dr. Dior’s organization has developed a keen commitment to bringing women together globally, she said.
Just recently, Dr. Dior announced that she acquired a contract with the Brunswick Housing Authority, a development that will allow her to facilitate her P.A.C.E program, which recently introduced her first graduating class.
Interestingly enough, Dr. Dior has expressed her desire to partner with renowned actress and reality television star La La Anthony, citing that she’s appreciative of Anthony’s philanthropy work during which she volunteered her time by speaking with The RNDC jail on Rikers Island in October 2022.
Considered one of the most dangerous of its kind, Rikers Island houses 18-to21-year-old men, many of whom arrive with built-in beefs with other detainees.
According to an October 20 report by Fox 5 New York, Anthony served a volunteer and brought a special guest for their final session, rapper Lil Baby.
The 11 detainees who completed the program had questions for hip-hop superstar Lil Baby, who was once incarcerated. He decided to turn his life around and focus exclusively on his music career, and it paid off in a big way.
To her credit, Dr. Dior is determined to meet Anthony in hopes of building a working rapport and sharing of her life-altering story that involves surviving prison life for one in which she is praised for her nationally-acclaimed philanthropy body of work.
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“I have been speaking for over 18 years, and it’s imperative that I be the example and change that my daughter and grandchildren see, the one that women who look like me see,” Dr. Dior said. “(Just because) they know your past doesn’t determine your future. See, I may have been behind federal prison walls. However, we have people walking around allowing self-doubt, fear , and self-sabotage to hinder them. I want to insure and inspire their bounce back… respectfully…The Bounce Back Queen.”
For what it’s worth, Dr. Dior feels a sense of gratitude whenever she witnesses the transformation others receive.
“When I can witness a person bounce back from life trauma, heart ache, and depression, it’s a feeling I can’t explain,” Dr. Dior said.
IN GREAT COMPANY
A featured business endeavor that customarily work with ladies between the ages of 18-to-46, Dr. Dior’s nonprofit organization mentors children ranging in ages six-to-17. Also, her immeasurable body of work through her program has afforded her the golden opportunity to travel to number of places globally, most notably Dubai and Mexico, among other establishments.
And, just recently, Dr. Dior — who’s seeking to partner and be contracted with other agencies and organizations she emphasized — was invited to be a speaker on a stage powered by Essence.
A TRUE INSPIRATION
She also announced she will appear at major event in Atlanta: The Power of (5) M’s When Women Connect, Mountains Move Millions Are Made.
“I stand on the shoulders of many who have come before me that are doing the work, those who have personally been an inspiration,” said Dr. Dior, referring specifically to Ms. Syrita Steib, founder of Operation Restoration (OR). “There’s a host of others, but the drive comes from within.”
For more information about Brunswick, Georgia-based Author/Businesswoman Dr. Estella Dior Washington, to inquire about her books, a public appearance, speaking engagement or book signing, call 912.215.1657 or connect with her via social media at: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheWeeNetwork?mibextid=LQQJ4d; Instagram: @coachestelladior; TikTok: EstellaDior; Snapchat: Coachestelladior. Also, send email to: email@example.com.
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