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Simona Badger’s S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC is nothing short of brilliant

WOMAN ON THE MOVE

MAKING MAJOR MOVES — Simona Badger’s S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC, a credible, progressive Newark, New Jersey-based venture that customarily provides what is known as culturally sensitive, trauma focused psychotherapy, and professional education to the communities she serves.

DALLAS — To her distinctly unique credit, Simona Badger can be appropriately described as an empowerment extradionaire.

Consider, for instance, how Badger had gone about establishing S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC, a credible, progressive Newark, New Jersey-based venture that customarily provides what is known as culturally sensitive, trauma focused psychotherapy, and professional education to the communities she serves.
“I’ve always known as a child that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” Badger, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, said, explaining how her competitive drive in life has greatly propelled her for her business venture.
“Growing up, I was interested in social issues such as inequality, women’s rights, and racism. Starting my own business gave me the freedom to serve my community on a deeper level than if I was working for someone. A lot of the things that I accomplished in my life — degrees, marriage, children, business and finding my purpose — are all things I wanted to achieve before I turned 40.”

Because of the purpose for which God has created her, Badger has accomplished that and more — this for a thriving, 39-year-old businesswoman.

Armed with over a decade of experience in her chosen industry — most notably through treating survivors of domestic and sexual violence — Badger’s mission is centered largely on (but isn’t limited to) educating and supporting teens and adults about unhealthy relationships.

Interestingly, her upcoming book will provide a more in-depth and strategic emphasis on assisting teens and young adults, particularly with regards to healing from unhealthy relationships.

“Simona believes that her gift is to educate and support as many lives plagued by inter-generational and trans- generational trauma, and she believes her work would be incomplete unless she is able to give back to her native country (Jamaica) through her volunteering work,” said a spokesperson for Badger’s S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services LLC.


MORE ON BADGER’S VENTURE: https://www.sbempowerment.org/

Much to her delight, Badger will be afforded the golden opportunity to share with the masses her longstanding mission through her organization when she host the Changing The Language of Men’s Health Conference on June 22, at Newark’s Source of Knowledge Bookstore, located at 867 Broad Street.

A conference that will be highlighted by what organizers have dubbed, “Real Talk With A Dynamic Panel Of Men,” tickets for this event can be purchased by calling 973.392.9473 or by paying via PayPal at: http://paypal.me/simonabadger.

“The reason why I’m hosting this conference and focusing on men’s mental health is because for far too long, men have suffered in silence, which has negatively impacted families and communities,” Badger said. “I grew up seeing how toxic masculinity affected males in my own family of origin. I remember seeing the males in my family drink away their problems, gamble away their money and date multiple women at a time due to being stressed.”

For what it’s worth, she credits her immeasurable experiences as a foster care caseworker and New York City Administration for Children Services clinical consultant through The Child Center of New York for her notable accomplishments of becoming what she refers to as a “momprenuer,” as well as a psychotherapist, educator, and advocate.

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Her empowerment and consulting firm, in fact, provides holistic mental health treatment, as well as prevention and education services to women, men, families, children and adolescents, and under-served populations affected by health disparities, trauma, self-identity issues and poverty.

Widely regarded as a compassionate, professional and culturally competent therapist, who provides what it known as a “strengths based” perspective to therapy, Badger strongly believes that in working together through a trusting collaborative relationship, one can gain support to alleviate emotional pain and begin the journey of self-acceptance.

To her credit, her extensive experience includes — but isn’t limited to — helping clients with traumatic experiences, divorce, relationship problems, sleep problems, grief, work-related stress, family stress, and immigration concerns, among others.

A native of Jamaica (West Indies), Badger Simona Badger attended Ferncourt High School in her native establishment before reuniting with her parents in the United States at 15 years of age.

Consequently, she attended Harry S. Truman High in the Bronx, New York, where and graduated in 1998.


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For what it’s worth, Badger credits her immeasurable experiences as a foster care caseworker and New York City Administration for Children Services clinical consultant through The Child Center of New York for her notable accomplishments of becoming what she refers to as a “momprenuer,” as well as a psychotherapist, educator, and advocate.

Badger advanced her education at Herbert H. Lehman College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology (she minored in Black Studies) in 2003.

Then in 2008, she earned a Master of Social Work Degree from Fordham University. During her graduate studies, she majored in Clinical social Work with a certification in Law and Social Work Practice.

Interestingly, in 2013, Badger completed a post-graduate program at New Jersey Institute for Psychoanalysis-Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Certificate Program in nearby Teaneck.

“I love empowering people to reach their full potential,” Badger said. “We are all resilient, but that’s easily forgotten when we are going through hard times.”


For more information about Newark, New Jerssey Businesswoman Simona Badger of S Badger Empowerment and Consulting Services, LLC, or to schedule her for a speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: https://www.facebook.com/sb.empowerment.37. Also send email to: badgersimona@gmail.com.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

The WORD Network to air Prophetess Maria Vaughn’s 4th Annual Eagle Excellence Awards in September 2019


MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES PROPHETESS MARIA VAUGHN AND THE WORD NETWORK 


Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. (1 Timothy 5:17)


Dr. Maria Vaughn wasn’t just born and raised in the church.

Because of who she is and because of where God is taking her, her reputation is such that she routinely goes to great lengths to advance the kingdom.

In remarkably impressive fashion for the most part.

“My mother is an evangelist and my father is a deacon,” Dr. Vaughn told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “I have great support from my family, which I draw strength from.”

THE PROVERBS 31 FACTOR — Widely known throughout the Body of Christ as Prophetess Maria Vaughn, this Crisfield, Maryland native is not only the proud Founder and CEO of Exodus Deliverance Outreach Ministries, Inc., her Lakewood, New Jersey-based non-profit organization — which has sponsored an assortment of community-related events and awarded scholarships to prospective college students — but she has gained widespread respect amongst her peers for having organized the Eagle Excellence Awards Ceremony.

Such unyielding family support, coupled with the massive divine calling on her life, have benefited Dr. Vaughn mightily, considering her ministry is steadily attracting more of global presence.

Widely known throughout the Body of Christ as Prophetess Vaughn, this Crisfield, Maryland native is not only the proud Founder and CEO of Exodus Deliverance Outreach Ministries, Inc., her Lakewood, New Jersey-based non-profit organization that has sponsored an assortment of community-related events and awarded scholarships to prospective college students, but she has gained widespread respect amongst her peers for having organized the Eagle Excellence Awards Ceremony.


MORE ON THE EAGLE EXCELLENCE AWARDS: https://www.eagleawards.org

NATIONAL IMPACT — Next year’s Eagle Excellence Awards Ceremony, which will be nationally televised by The WORD Network, will be hosted by Bishop Greg Davis and will take place on September 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST from Lakewood, New Jersey.

An event that is entering its fourth year of existence, the Eagle Excellence Awards is widely regarded as a mandate, of sorts, whereby organizers deem it essential to honor, celebrate, and encourage Pastors, reminding them, among other things, that their immeasurable kingdom-based work is not being executed in vain.

“Although their ultimate reward will come from God, we deem it necessary to give thanks to them for the years of selfless service that they give to the Kingdom of God,” said a spokesperson for the Eagle Excellence Awards in a synopsis at https://www.eagleawards.org/.


MORE ON THE WORD NETWORK: http://www.thewordnetwork.org/

Roughly a month removed from the latest awards ceremony, Dr. Vaughn’s Fourth Annual Eagle Excellence Awards Show figures to be just as adventurous, thus attracting more of a universal presence.

That’s because next year’s event, which will be nationally televised by The WORD Network, will be hosted by Bishop Greg Davis, and will take place on September 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. EST from Lakewood, New Jersey.

Available in over 200 countries while reaching millions of viewers in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and appearing in nearly 93 million homes in the United States, The WORD Network is widely regarded as largest African-American religious network in the world. 

A venue for the next year’s Eagle Excellence Awards has yet to be determined.

CONNECT WITH THE EAGLE EXCELLENCE AWARDS VIA INSTAGRAM: @Eagleexcellenceawards_


WORTHY OF DOUBLE HONOR — Interestingly, Eagle Excellence Awards organizers have had the luxury of paying homage to more than 150 Pastors from around the country, in part because a number of them haven’t gotten the respect and exposure they rightfully deserve, Dr. Vaughn emphasized.

If the previous three years are any indication, it’s safe to assume that next year’s event figures to attract a slew of prominent personalities throughout the Body of Christ.

“We have been able to host many ministry leaders in the communities to bless the Body of Christ,” Dr. Vaughn said.

Amongst those leaders are Bishop Hezekiah Walker, Pastor Tye Tribbett, Evangelist Vicki Winans, Evangelist Karen Clark Sheard, Evangelist Dorinda Clark Cole, Bishop Jason Nelson, Charles Butler & Trinity, the Mann’s Tour, the Bloody Win Tour, Bishop Marvin Sapp, Le’Andria Johnson, and Tasha Page Lockhart, just to name a few.


STAY CONNECTED WITH THE 2019 EAGLE EXCELLENCE AWARDS: https://www.facebook.com/EagleExcellenceAwards/


Interestingly, Eagle Excellence Awards organizers have had the luxury of paying homage to more than 150 Pastors from around the country, in part because a number of them haven’t gotten the respect and exposure they rightfully deserve, Dr. Vaughn emphasized.


“Many leaders have been overlooked for their sacrifices and endeavors. During our Eagle Excellence Awards ceremony, we have let the leaders know that their work is not being done in vain. Our desire is to be a blessing by giving back to our youth and communities.” — Prophetess Maria Vaughn 


MUCH SPIRITUAL HOOPLA — If the previous three years are any indication, it’s safe to assume that the 2019 Eagle Excellence Awards figure to attract a slew of prominent personalities throughout the Body of Christ.

Also, next year’s Eagle Excellence Awards will be comprised of what Dr. Vaughn said are “specific changes,” most notably a newly-established production team, a variety of commercials and promos months leading to the event, as well as new marketing strategies that will enable organizers to enhance the event’s vision.

In addition, Dr. Vaughn and her staff are devising more effective and strategic ways to implement networking and continuing long-term relationships, all the while adding more volunteers and community involvement, particularly as it relates to creating more activities to brand the forthcoming Eagle Excellence Awards, she said.

For more information about Prophetess Maria Vaughn, or to inquire about the Fourth Annual Eagle Excellence Awards Ceremony, connect with her via Facebook under: Maria Vaughn at through the Eagle Excellence Awards Facebook Page. Also, send email to: eaglesawards@gmail.com.


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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Delaware entrepreneur Charlotte Robinson living her best life, courtesy of her new empowerment blog

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES CHARLOTTE ROBINSON


She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. (Proverbs 31:17 NIV)


As it relates to above Biblical passage, Charlotte Robinson can be appropriately described as one who goes about walking in her purpose rather purposely.

Consider, for instance, Robinson’s eloquent response when asked recently to provide some pertinent information about her latest business-related endeavor.

“Giving advice and uplifting women, either based on the things I’ve been through, or conversations I have had with other women gaining their perspective,” Robinson said during an interview with Making Headline News.

WHAT ABOUT DIVA2DIVATALKS? https://www.diva2divatalks.com/

STRAIGHT DIVA MODE — A native of Camden, New Jersey, Charlotte Robinson recently raised the curtain on Diva2DivaTalks, her much-anticipated informational blog that is centered largely on empowering women, particularly those ranging in ages 40 and over.

To her credit, Robinson has gone to great lengths to establish an enterprise that figures to empower and enhance the lives of whom she describes as seasoned women.

A native of Camden, New Jersey, Robinson recently raised the curtain on Diva2DivaTalks, her much-anticipated informational blog that is centered largely on empowering women, particularly those ranging in ages 40 and over.

In essence, Diva2DivaTalks was strategically designed to greatly enable the total woman to live out her unique experiences, thus bask in the majesty of God’s glory and splendor once even in the midst of her seasoned years.

THE PROVERBS 31 FACTOR — As it relates to this familiar Biblical passage, Robinson can be appropriately described as one who goes about walking in her purpose rather purposely.

“Using my voice, expertise and broad unbiased perspective, I will give women a platform to feel free to discuss, engage, vent a little, and cry a little. Whatever it takes, (I will help) put you in a good head space and at ease in whatever time of your life.” — Charlotte Robinson 


Having evolved mightily as a Newark, Delaware-based businesswoman in recent years, Robinson’s featured business venture is A Design by Diva, a credible and full fledge fashion design company, whereby she customarily assembles rhinestone and screen print designed tees (T-shirts) as well as affordable clothing for plus size women.

GOD’S LEADING LADIES — To her credit, Robinson has gone to great lengths to establish an enterprise that figures to empower and enhance the lives of whom she describes as seasoned women.

Earlier this month, a host of Robinson’s friends, close acquaintances, and local businesswomen were on hand celebrate the official launch of her blog, which she said caters to women nationwide.

“I cater to women over 40, but I believe it’s a benefit to younger women who will know what to expect during those seasoned years to come,” Robinson said.

Oh, but wait. There are also opportunities for men to acquire some wholeness knowledge, thus adopt a newfound perspective on life, courtesy Robinson’s blog.

SOLID SUPPORTING CAST — Having evolved mightily as a Newark, Delaware-based businesswoman in recent years, Robinson’s featured business venture is A Design by Diva, a credible and full fledge fashion design company, whereby she customarily assembles rhinestone and screen print designed tees (T-shirts) as well as affordable clothing for plus size women.

“In addition, men can gain some in site as to what their spouse or significant other may be experiencing and help with understanding,” Robinson said. “Where I haven’t physically ventured out yet to get my ideas and information to others, I have engaged in conversation with women from all (over), up and down the East coast and some out west as well. I look forward to seeing when and where I may be a help to others.”

Arguably her greatest motivation for deeming it necessary to establish Diva2DivaTalks was women whom, like her, have had to press and navigate their way past a slew of life’s challenges and obstacles.

VISION UNFOLDED — Robinson’s Diva2DivaTalks is in full operations and, much to the delight of array of women — and men, of course — countless lives are being empowered and impacted.

“I was inspired by many women,” Robinson said. “I would sit back and listen to stories and think to myself, ‘I’m sure there are other women some places going through the same things, but no one is talking about it.’ So why not help anyone I can? This idea has been on my heart for the last two years, and I wasn’t sure how to proceed or how it would be accepted. Situations just kept arising, and I would say, ‘Okay, God I hear You.’ And this year, I took that leap.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Robinson’s Diva2DivaTalks is in full operations and, much to the delight of array of women — and men, of course — countless lives are being empowered and impacted.

A RELATED CHARLOTTE ROBINSON STORY: https://makingheadlinenews.com/2018/06/23/delaware-fashion-designer-charlotte-robinson-creating-a-renewed-sense-of-confidence-for-plus-size-women-nationwide/

HER SISTER’S KEEPER — Arguably her greatest motivation for deeming it necessary to establish Diva2DivaTalks was women whom, like her, have had to press and navigate their way past a slew of life’s challenges and obstacles.

One life at a time.

“I believe in bridging the gap for women of a seasoned age that need and want a sister’s keeper,” Robinson said. “As we enter different phases of our lives at different ages, it’s always good to know that someone, somewhere has your back and can stand up in it with you when and how you need it.”


For more information about Newark, Delaware-based Businesswoman Charlotte (Char) Robinson, to subscribe to Diva2DivaTalks, or inquire about ordering her custom made products, call 202.491.1327 or 302-286-7301. Also, send email to: adesignbydiva@gmail.com, and connect with her via Instagram @design.by.diva and @adesignbydiva and on Twitter @adesignbydiva.


EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Chesapeake, Virginia author Charmin Y. Anderson writes awe-inspiring book, quickly emerges on Amazon Best Seller list

We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)

 

For what’s it worth, Charmin Y. Anderson is widely regarded as a person who goes to great lengths to reach back and diligently aid others to reconnect with their God-given worth, all while maximizing their full potential.

VISION UNFOLDING — Once a domestic abuse victim who can fully attest what it’s like to defy arguably the toughest of odds, author Charmin Y. Anderson, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke in detail about how God had strategically given her the vision to make her much-anticipated authorship debut, one that was culminated with the inspiring book entitled, Behind My Smile: Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare.

Credit her emotional, life-enhancing testimony as the single, most underlying reason why.

Once a domestic abuse victim who can fully attest what it’s like to defy arguably the toughest of odds, Anderson, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, spoke in great detail about how God had strategically given her the vision to make her much-anticipated authorship debut, one that was culminated with the  inspiring book entitled, Behind My Smile: Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare.

Powered by Cannon Publishing, Anderson’s Behind My Smile: Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare depicts this writer’s assortment of tear-jerking experiences, most notably those whereby the victims’ gruesome and dreaded circumstances could potentially lead to them making the kind of choices that could ultimately cause their paths in life to change substantially, as mentioned in a detailed description of Anderson’s book at Amazon.com.

“Regardless, it takes unwavering courage to be able to admit that the choices you chose that impacted the lives of the people you love the most were wrong,” said a spokesperson for Anderson’s book that was officially released in September 2017.

All things considered, what’s so astounding about Anderson’s Behind My Smile: Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare is that her 68-page written document is dominated by an array of transparency, a trend she’s persuaded will enrich and inspire others mightily, especially those who share similar encounters as this New Jersey-born writer and businesswoman.

“Truth is, hiding behind my choices caused more pain than being honest,” Anderson explained. “I allowed fear to marinate and take root in places in my life because keeping secrets was a program that was embedded in me years ago. However, every program can be rewritten and updated.”

BUY CHARMIN ANDERSON’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Behind-My-Smile-Womans-Nightmare-ebook/dp/B074ZN4NFX

KEEPIN’ IT REAL — All things considered, what’s so astounding about Anderson’s Behind My Smile: Every Woman’s Worst Nightmare is that her 68-page written document is dominated by an array of transparency, a trend she’s persuaded will aid and inspire others mightily, especially those who share similar encounters as this New Jersey-born writer.

Regardless, Anderson, even to this very day, can boldly profess that she has reaped the favorable results she so desperately sought, thanks in large part to her quest to conquer and outlast the spirit of fear.

“Program Fear has been terminated and replaced with the program called Freedom,” Anderson customarily says with such humility and humbleness.

More than anything, Anderson emphasized, she’s destined to help impact lives through her new book — you know, to bear the infirmities of the weak, as God’s commands us through His life-enhancing word.

“I want to let every woman who has been through domestic violence or any form of abuse to know that they are not alone,” said Anderson, who currently resides in Chesapeake, Virginia. “In my book, I opened up and became vulnerable to the world by standing up against fear.”

As for the feedback she’s garnered since the release of her new project, it’s safe to assume that Anderson surely did not disappoint, considering she was thrust upon the Amazon Best Seller list within a span of roughly 15 minutes after the release of her book.

“Everyone who has given me feedback loved it,” Anderson said. “(And) I have been booked multiple times for speaking engagements.”

Interestingly, Anderson announced that her second book is presently in the works. The title: When Dead Flowers Still Bloom.

YOU GO GIRL!!! As for the feedback she’s garnered since the release of her new project, well, it’s safe to assume that Anderson surely did not disappoint, considering she was thrust upon the Amazon Best Seller list within a span of roughly 15 minutes after the release of her book.

Also, her latest speaking engagement pertaining to her book is scheduled for this weekend in Charlotte at the Unmasking The Truth About Domestic Violence event.

“My assignment is to help others help others by sharing my story,” Anderson said. “Telling my story is a struggle and I still cry sometimes. But if I can inspire and empower someone to help someone else, then a community of movement takes place. What would happen if we could activate and build a movement of movement?”

Not to mention bear the infirmities of the weak, as God’s commands us through His life-enhancing word?

 

For more information about Author Charmin Y. Anderson or to purchase her book, connect with her via social media under: Charmin Anderson.

 

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Virginia-based businesswoman Dr. Sabrina Watson impacting lives as a developmental relationship expert, motivational speaker

WALKING IN HER DESTINY — A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Dr. Sabrina Watson is an accomplished Developmental Relationship Expert, a venture that has afforded her with the golden opportunity to function as a life coach and motivational speaker, a researcher, as well as put her notable gifts through authorship on display. In addition, Dr. Watson’s business venture allows her to operate as a  Positive Youth Development Expert and as a Parenting Coach.

If, in fact, experience is the best teacher, surely, Dr. Sabrina Watson can greatly attest to this intriguing notion.

Consider, for instance, how Dr. Watson, 46, was brought up in a single-parent home only to find herself encountering a similar trend as a devoted single mother of two.

What was the strategic, most effective attribute that has greatly enabled Dr. Watson to persevere and enjoy sustained success as a single mom?

“My faith through the years provided me with the wisdom I needed to make the right decisions for my family as a single mother,” Dr. Watson told Making Headline News this week.

REMEMBERING DAD — While she undoubtedly has the qualifications to bask in the glory of what has evolved as a progressive and thriving business venture, amongst the things about which Dr. Watson can greatly attest is that she’s aware of what it is like to endure situations in which she had no choice but to demonstrate strength under pressure. Consider, once again, how Dr. Watson had endured arguably the darkest hours of her life when her husband passed away, a disheartening development that swiftly gave way to her assuming the single mother label, all while exhausting every options to pick up the broken pieces in the lives of her then 10-and-five-year-old children.

Add to the fact that Dr. Watson is armed with a wealth of experience as a former educator, coupled with the influential and effective single-parent environment in which she grew up, and it’s no wonder this Virginia Beach-based businesswoman has become a fixture in a venture that has proven to have an resourceful impact on countless individuals, particularly those who share similar experiences.

A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Dr. Watson is an accomplished Developmental Relationship Expert, a venture that has afforded her with the golden opportunity to function as a life coach and motivational speaker, a researcher, as well as put her notable gifts through authorship on display.

In addition, Dr. Watson’s business venture allows her to operate as a  Positive Youth Development Expert and as a Parenting Coach.

A business that is a little more than five years removed since its inception, Dr. Watson’s venture accommodates mostly individuals and groups ranging in ages 28-to-65. Also, she assists educators ranging in ages 30-to-60, as well as church youth leaders, community leaders, and a variety of other organizations.

Widely known as the Founder of Family Resources for Positive Youth Development, Dr. Watson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience through a business she began organizing in 2012.

Amongst her notable responsibilities and objectives through her profession is to provide consultation, training, speaking, and coaching on youth development to parents, schools, youth-serving organizations, foundations, and governmental agencies, among others.

“It is my desire to generate a movement that will redirect our nation’s attitude about our youth,” Dr. Watson explained. “My mission is to empower parents, youth leaders, and educators with my online courses, live webinars, and speaking.”

Interesting enough, this former public school instructor is armed with the educational credentials that have contributed mightily to her knowledge and continuous success as a resourceful businesswoman.

Dr. Watson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, a Master’s in Early Childhood Education, and a doctorate on in Human Services with a special emphasis in Family Studies and Intervention strategies.

While she undoubtedly has the qualifications to bask in the glory of what has evolved as a progressive and thriving business venture, amongst the things about which Dr. Watson can greatly attest is that she’s fully aware of what it is like to endure situations in which she had no choice but to demonstrate strength under pressure.

Consider, once again, how Dr. Watson had endured arguably the darkest hours of her life when her husband passed away, a disheartening development that swiftly gave way to her assuming the single mother label — all while exhausting every option to pick up the broken pieces in the lives of her then-10-and-five-year-old children.

Dr. Watson served as an ambassador for the initial John Maxwell Youth Leadership Impact Summit, during which she helped assemble thousands of youth nationwide ranging in ages 12-to-18 whereby she was afforded the opportunity to equip them with leadership and self-confidence skills to increase their capabilities in the four key areas: Bullying, Positive Self-Image, Personal Character, and Unity.

Besides her relentless and bend-but-don’t-break faith, Dr. Watson credits her years of experience in the classroom and as a youth advocate for greatly enabling her to keep her household intact.

“These experiences influenced my decision to utilize my expert knowledge and practical experience in child development and parenting to inspire others through success coaching, speaking, and educational training,” Dr. Watson said.

MOM KNOWS BEST — Widely known as the Founder of Family Resources for Positive Youth Development, Dr. Watson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience through her business venture she began organizing in 2012. Amongst her notable responsibilities and objectives through her profession is to provide consultation, training, speaking, and coaching on youth development to parents, schools, youth-serving organizations, foundations, and governmental agencies, among others.

A business that is a little more than five years removed since its inception, Dr. Watson’s venture accommodates mostly individuals and groups ranging in ages 28-to-65. Also, she assists educators ranging in ages 30-to-60, as well as church youth leaders, community leaders, and a variety of other organizations, she said.

To her credit, Dr. Watson’s experience extends far beyond the walls of the classroom, considering she has worked on the John Maxwell Youth Leadership International Committee of Professional Speakers, Teachers, and Coaches in 2012.

FAMILY FOCUS — Add to the fact that Dr. Watson is armed with a wealth of experience as a former educator, coupled with the single-parent environment in which she grew up, and it’s no wonder this Virginia Beach-based businesswoman has become a fixture in a venture that has proven to have an influential impact on countless individuals, particularly those who share a similar experiences.

Moreover, she served as an ambassador for the initial John Maxwell Youth Leadership Impact Summit, during which she helped assemble thousands of youth nationwide ranging in ages 12-to-18, whereby she was afforded the opportunity to equip them with leadership and self-confidence skills to increase their capabilities in the four key areas: Bullying, Positive Self-Image, Personal Character, and Unity.

All things considered, Dr. Watson’s has enjoyed sustained success through her venture, in large part because her reputation is such that she is committed to helping establishing healthy homes — one home at time.

A TRUE INSPIRATION — All things considered, Dr. Watson’s has enjoyed sustained success through her venture, in large part because her reputation is such that she is committed to helping establishing healthy homes – one home at time.

“My mission is the development of healthy families, schools, and communities where children and youth can thrive,” said Dr. Watson, whose current itinerary includes a speaking engagement at the January 2018 Black CEO Womanpreneur Event in Tampa, Florida. “(My mission is) helping young people reach their full potential by providing critical skills and information that will equip and empower the professional adults who lead them.

“I aim to reach the coming generation of leaders by creating conditions for success so that all young people have the opportunity to succeed in school and life,” Dr. Watson added. “My mission is to help give communities and individuals the tools and knowledge to effectively work together to support young people.”

Because after all, she reiterated, “Life experiences have been my greatest teachers.”

Which, to her distinctly credit, sums up why she has become the influential, big-hearted figure for which she is widely known.

 

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Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Howard University alumna Shawna Johnson’s has emerged as a flourishing internationally-acclaimed speaker, business coach

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3 NIV)

 

WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE — A credible and resourceful businesswoman, Atlanta-area entrepreneur Shawna Johnson is an accomplished Business Coach, Corporate Trainer, and International Speaker, a progressively thriving venture that has allowed her to make her presence felt across the country.

One attribute undoubtedly rings true as it pertains to Shawna Johnson.

She is a fixture when it comes to esteeming others highly than herself.

“People want to be seen and heard,” Johnson, an Atlanta-area businesswoman, told Making Headline News this week. “When it’s all said and done, what will your legacy be and how many people will you impact?”

To her distinctly unique credit, Johnson’s entrepreneurship reputation is such that she customarily answers this notable question virtually daily.

A credible and resourceful businesswoman, Johnson is an accomplished Business Coach, Corporate Trainer, and Motivational Speaker, a progressively thriving venture that has allowed her to make her presence felt across the country, even in establishments around the globe.

How else to explain why this longtime Corporate America professional’s remarkable career has allowed her to put her immense entrepreneurship talents on display in more than 300 seminars throughout the United States and abroad?

Most importantly and for what it’s worth, Johnson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she undoubtedly is walking in the divine purpose for which God has created her.

PRODUCT OF AN ILLUSTRIOUS HBCU — A native of Oakland, California and a proud alumna of the historic Howard University, amongst Johnson’s key objective through her nationally-acclaimed business venture is teaching entrepreneurs, coaches, and consultants how to strategically monetize their gifts and talents so they can have what she describes as a leveraged and lucrative business.

A native of Oakland, California and a proud alumna of the historic Howard University, amongst Johnson’s key objective through her nationally-acclaimed business venture is teaching entrepreneurs, coaches, and consultants how to strategically monetize their gifts and talents so they can have what she describes as a leveraged and lucrative business.

WHAT ABOUT SHAWNA JOHNSON?   www.shawnajohnsonspeaks.com

Having acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Johnson also holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Howard, where graduated Suma Cum Laude. Also, Johnson is founder of a non-profit organization called Positive Young Teens (www.positiveyoungteens.org), whereby she assist disadvantaged youths in middle and high school, stressing, among other things, the importance of civic responsibility, leadership entrepreneurship, and academic excellence.

As far her biggest inspiration for electing to delve off into the competitive world of entrepreneurship, Johnson recalls like yesterday when one of her high school counselors suggested that she wasn’t a suitable fit to pursue higher education.

AS GOOD AS ADVERTISED — Fortunately for Johnson, she has been nothing short of impressive during an entrepreneurship tenure that spans more than 12 years — and counting.

Interesting enough, that proved to be just the motivation she needed to help steer her toward her destiny.

Look at her today, a former Rutgers University Corporate Trainer who is the mastermind behind having established three successful businesses, all while aiding thousands of professionals launch lucrative careers.

“When I was in high school my counselor told me I wasn’t college material,” Johnson recalled. “She suggested I get a job instead. That one incident has been a driving force in my life…not to prove her wrong, but to prove to myself that I could achieve anything I put my mind to.”

IMPRESSIVE RESUME — Having acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from California State University, Johnson also holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Howard, where graduated Suma Cum Laude.

Fortunately for Johnson, she has been nothing short of impressive during an entrepreneurship tenure that spans more than 12 years — and counting.

And given the immense strides she’s made over the years, it’s safe to assume that her best and brightest days in her element are well ahead of her.

How clever for a Corporate America sensation whose venture also has afforded her the golden opportunities to speak in Ghana in February of this year, during which she spoke to the women of Ghana about empowerment and restoration .

As if that isn’t enough to turn head globally, Johnson is scheduled to make appearances in South Korea in November. Also, she will be thrust upon the main stage for the Black CEO Womanpreneur Conference in January 2018.

“My biggest influence is my mother,” Johnson said. “She raised eight children by herself. She taught me the importance of hard work, commitment and perseverance.”

DEFYING THE ODDS — As far her biggest inspiration for electing to delve off into the competitive world of entrepreneurship, Johnson recalls like yesterday when one of high school counselors suggested that she wasn’t a suitable fit to pursue higher education.

All of which essentially sums up why Johnson has steadfastly defied life’s biggest of obstacles while ensuring that her dreams become a reality.

“My personal mission is to help people understand their worth…to believe in themselves and know they have something of value to share with the world,” Johnson, a lifetime member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., said.

What it all boils down to, Johnson emphasized, is routinely esteeming others and impacting lives — one life at a time.

“If one person can say I made them feel worthy, valued, cared for,” said Johnson, “I’ve done my job.”

Which, to her credit, is one of the things that undoubtedly ring true as it pertains to Shawna Johnson.

 

For more information about Atlanta-area Businesswoman Shawna Johnson or to book her for a speaking engagement, log on to www.shawnajohnsonspeaks.com. Also, follow her on social media at: Facebook:  www.facebook.com/shawnajohnsonspeaks and Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/shawnajohnsonspeaks/. Check out her ebook at:  http://shawnajohnsonspeaks. com/shop

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Washington, D. C.-area author Melikia Gaino overcomes array of past criticism, writes ninth book in two years

WRITING ON A NATIONAL STAGE — An accomplished, credible author who began writing professionally a little less than a decade ago, Melikia Gaino has evolved masterfully as a fixture for True Glory Publications as one of its best and brightest writers.

You best believe that Melikia Gaino remembers those negative comments.

She remembers them as if they were told to her yesterday.

“In high school, I was told I wasn’t a good writer,” Gaino told Making Headline News Thursday afternoon during an interview from Washington, D. C. “I spoke and wrote with too much Ebonics.”

At least, that is how people had perceived Gaino’s verbal and written communications skills back then.

Today, unlike never before, Gaino has gone to great lengths to silence her critics by way of her notable tenure in the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

An accomplished, credible author who began writing professionally a little less than a decade ago, Gaino has evolved masterfully as a fixture for True Glory Publications as one of its best and brightest writers.

So much for all the negative backlash way back when.

“When I went to college, I used the negative comments and begin to write,” Gaino explained. “After the (release of my) first book, I received (positive) feedback from my friends, who encouraged me to keep writing.”

She did just that.

And, on May 13, this talented, progressive author who is a proud native of the nation’s capital will reach yet another milestone in her stellar professional writing career when she witnesses the official release of her latest book, “Born Killer 2.”

For Gaino, her forthcoming written document will be her ninth book in a span of two years and her first since the release of her project, “Church Girls,” which hit the market in February.

MAKING MAJOR PROGRESS — For Gaino, her forthcoming written document will be her ninth book in a span of two years and her first since the release of her project, “Church Girls,” which hit the market in February.

Each of Gaino’s books can be purchased at Amazon.com.

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Last year, Gaino composed a career-best four books, eclipsing her mark from 2015 year when she wrote three books.

Her first book, “Falling For a Drug Dealer,” was released in May 2015.

As Gaino — a self-proclaimed soft-spoken, humble and modest individual acknowledged — she’s grateful of the continuous strides she’s made in such a brief time in a popular and competitive industry.

“I read so many books growing up, from Zane all the way to Kwan,” Gaino said. “I was so in tuned to urban fiction books. I felt as I could write one myself. I took the steps in publishing my books for my family and friends, who have been my first and biggest supporters.”

Interesting enough, Gaino’s intrigue for becoming an author began to heighten considerably, particularly during her sophomore year at Johnson C. Smith University in 2007.

That is when she began writing consistently, a trend that, to her credit, still exists to this very day.

“I began writing one day during work study duty,” Gaino explained. “I didn’t have any homework and was bored. A few of my friends were keeping me company as I was at work and I decided to write a book for us. One chapter led to another and so on. When the book was completed two months later, they wanted to know what happened next, leading me to write a lot of books for them.”

So much for all that criticism she fielded way back when.

Fortunately for Gaino, though, such negative backlash only fueled her desire to write in such a way that even her detractors would someday come to embrace her craft as an accomplished author.

“I look at feedback as you can’t please everyone, but I have been getting some great feedback as well as gained a lot of fans from my books,” Gaino said. “I’m the type of person who always want to help someone else. I feel God made me a writer who could write about (about a variety of) topics.”

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN — Interesting enough, Gaino’s intrigue for becoming an author began to heighten considerably, particularly during her sophomore year at Johnson C. Smith University in 2007. That is when she began writing consistently, a trend that, to her credit, still exists to this very day.

As for her past and present critics, well, they are who they are and they will be who they will be.

And Gaino, who’s managed to appropriately silence them, is very much okay with that.

“I also think God purposed me (for writing) to show me that He has the last say so,” Gaino said. “Growing up and hearing you never will be a good writer, or will never succeed if you don’t change the way you write or speak, God showed me that I have a talent and that Ebonics can take you places and help you relate to the readers.”

For what it’s worth, you best believe that Gaino remembers those negative comments.

She remembers them as if they were told to her yesterday.

As it stands, she’s currently nine books into her profession.

Who’s talking now?

 

For more information about Melikia Gaino’s books or to schedule her for a book signing, email her at: authormelikiagaino@gmail.com.

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Chicago-area businesswoman Darvece Monson defies greatest of odds, becomes inspired to start a progressive non-profit organization

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)

 

A LIVING TESTIMONY — Once stricken by what doctors described as a chronic kidney disease (or CKD), Darvece Monson consequently was reduced to being a hemodialysis patient for nearly two years — or 21 months to be exact.

Without question, Darvece Antoinette Monson is savoring the abundant life Jesus came to give her.

“My will to survive for my daughter and maintain health and wellness despite my chronic illness and disability trumped goals for future success in business in that I have always maintained that health is wealth,”  Monson told Making Headline News this week. This premise of living life abundantly and optimally has been my mantra for years as a lifelong health nut, athlete, marathoner, triathlete, nutrition counselor, personal trainer, and fitness instructor.”

In order to grasp a thorough understanding of why Monson, a native of Chicago, has become downright passionate about living and enjoying a life full of abundance, look no further than the tumultuous, challenging occurrences about which she endured prior to witnessing the progression of her overall health.

Once stricken by what doctors described as a chronic kidney disease (or CKD), Monson consequently was reduced to being a hemodialysis patient for nearly two years — or 21 months to be exact.

According to a report at www.mayoclinic.org, when patients undergo hemodialysis, a machine filters wastes, salts and fluid from their blood when their kidneys are no longer healthy enough to do the work adequately. In addition, hemodialysis is one way to treat advanced kidney failure and can help patients carry on an active life despite their failing kidneys.

According to a report at www.mayoclinic.org, when patients such as Monson undergo hemodialysis, a machine filters wastes, salts and fluid from their blood when their kidneys are no longer healthy enough to do the work adequately. In addition, hemodialysis is one way to treat advanced kidney failure and can help patients carry on an active life despite their failing kidneys.

Moreover, with hemodialysis, patients would be required to follow a strict treatment schedule, take medications regularly, and make changes in their diet.

For Monson, a young, vibrant, 36-year-old businesswoman, once she had become saddled by her illness, she undoubtedly needed a miracle — like yesterday.

Because of the divine calling on her life, what she had ultimately discovered was that God would orchestrate a miraculously epic comeback on her behalf, one that came to fruition amid an array of sadness and heartache.

After 21 consecutive months of undergoing hemodialysis, Monson fielded the much-needed breakthrough she needed, but not before countless tears were shed amongst her family members.

Monson’s 11-year-old niece, Takiya Holmes, was killed back on February 11 as a result of a stray bullet in inner city Chicago.

Despite having funeralized their loved one amid senseless gun violence, Holmes’ family decided after her death to donate her organs to patients in need.

In a nutshell, that was the beginning of Monson — even while being hampered by her illness — adopting a newfound disposition on life.

A life-changing development that generated local and national media attention, Monson sensed that even before much-needed health breakthrough, it was a foregone conclusion that she gives back after finding herself on the right end of arguably the biggest miracle of her life.

A TRUE GOD-APPOINTED ANGEL — After 21 consecutive months of undergoing hemodialysis, Monson fielded the much-needed breakthrough she needed, but not before countless tears were shed amongst her family members. Monson’s 11-year-old niece, Takiya Holmes, was killed back on February 11 as a result of a stray bullet in inner city Chicago. Despite having funeralized their loved one amid senseless gun violence, Holmes’ family decided after her death to donate her organs to patients in need.

Widely known as a nurse educator, health promoter, an advocate, and legislator, Monson, prior to receiving her new kidney, founded “More Than Your Kidneys,” a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that focuses largely on inspiring and empowering the lives of patients and family members affected by CKD, dialysis, and kidney transplantation.

“Through health promotion, advocacy, awareness, education, prevention, research and wellness modalities we offer a community of hope dedicated to coping with the complexities associated with this chronic illness,” Monson explained.

CHECK OUT DARVECE MONSON ONLINE: http://www.morethanyourkidneys.org/.

A business venture that caters to individuals of all ages, Monson, to her credit, as quickly become a motivational speaker, of sorts, considering her itinerary is starting to fill up with engagements, most notably several scheduled appearances in her native homeland of Chicago this month and in Cocoa Beach, Florida in mid-May.

Having frequently said, “I have an angel with me,” because of her kidney transplant, Monson acknowledged that it was due in large part to her competitive drive to succeed in life that greatly inspired her to establish what figures to a “soaring” nonprofit organization.

“By fine-tuning the core elements of my being while simultaneously maintaining my faith in God, I knew that I would be able to succeed in anything and everything,” Monson said. “I know no other options, thus I prioritized accordingly, resulting in my manifestations becoming realities.

“I enjoy the edge that my organization has in that it was founded by a nurse and healthy individual turned CKD/Hemodialysis Patient of 21Months who is now an 11-week kidney transplant recipient,” Monson continued. “This is not only my business. Rather, it is and has always has been a God-appointed life-assigned mission.”

NEWFOUND OUTLOOK ON LIFE — A life-changing development that generated local and national media attention, Monson sensed it was a foregone conclusion that she gives back after finding herself on the right end of arguably the biggest miracle of her life.

A business venture that caters to individuals of all ages, Monson, to her credit, has quickly become a motivational speaker, of sorts, considering her itinerary is starting to fill up with engagements, most notably several scheduled appearances in her native homeland of Chicago this month and in Cocoa Beach, Florida in mid-May.

A WOMAN OF BEAUTY — In order to grasp a thorough understanding of why Monson, a native of Chicago, has become downright passionate about living and enjoying a life full of abundance, look no further than the tumultuous, challenging occurrences about which she endured prior to witnessing the progression of her overall health.

“Individuals should seek others that are achieving, succeeding, and setting an example to not be complacent, to not be reactive instead of being proactive, and to witness others not making excuses as a means of being held accountable for them choosing to do the opposite,” Monson said. “There’s an old adage that states, ‘If you knew better, you’d do better.’ After following my journey, one can’t say that they weren’t offered a better alternative when it comes to living with the plights of CKD, which makes all of the difference. “More Than Your Kidneys” has created and become the change, but as are all success stories. The variable lies within the individual. It’s not what happens to you, it’s what happens inside of you that dictate the results.”

Talk about living and savoring the abundant life Christ came to give her.

 

For more information on Darvece Monson or to schedule her for a speaking engagement: 

Also, write her at:
More Than Your Kidneys
3400 West 111th Street Unit 447
Chicago, Illinois 60655
Hashtags: #MTYK #MoreThanYourKidneys
Facebook: morethanyourkidneys
Twitter: morethanyourkidneys
Instagram: morethanyourkidneys

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphis entrepreneur Libby Campo defies the greatest of educational odds before establishing a successful downtown business

CAMP-O YOGA — A 35-year-old mother of three, Libby Campo is well-established entrepreneur as owner and chief operating officer of Your Inner Yogi.

Libby Campo and her family have been residing in Memphis for approximately 12 years.

Not only has Campo, a proud product of the East Coast — she’s a native of Newark, New Jersey but was raised in nearby East Orange — become thoroughly familiar with life in the South but, to her credit, she’s making some pretty major moves in the process.

A 35-year-old mother of three, Campo is a well-established entrepreneur as owner and chief operating officer of Your Inner Yogi.

Located at 10 North Second Street across from the famous Court Square in the heart of downtown Memphis, Campo — with the solid support of her husband, Hector Campo — is believed to be the only minority yoga business owner in the Memphis metropolitan area.

MAKING MAJOR MOVES — As Libby Campo acknowledged, her regular yoga routine started out as a personal strategy before she was inspired to start up what she described as a 30-day trial on Facebook.

A business that officially opened for operations last year, Libby Campo, during an interview with Making Headline News this week, explained in great detail how she had become passionate about yoga — a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that were originated in ancient India — which consequently inspired her to organize a full fledge business.

“I became fond of yoga through meditation to help me find balance in my life,” Libby Campo said. “I was going to school, working full time, being a great wife and taking care of three kids.”

As Libby Campo acknowledged, her regular yoga routine started out as a personal strategy before she was inspired to start up what she described as a 30-day trial on Facebook.

A business that officially opened for operations in last year, Libby Campo, during an interview with Making Headline News this week, explained in great detail how she had become passionate about yoga — a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines that were originated in ancient India — which consequently inspired her to organize a full fledge business.

All things considered, though, none of this likely would not have come to fruition if Libby Campo had not cleared arguably one of the greatest hurdles of her life.

That’s because nearly two decades ago, Libby Campo surprisingly dropped out of high school following her junior year because, as she forthrightly acknowledged, “I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing.”

Still clinging to hopes of getting a good education, Libby Campo — who would have been a fifth-year senior had she stayed in school, she said — chose to attend an Edison, New Jersey-area Job Corps.

Located at 10 North Second Street across from the famous Court Square in the heart of downtown Memphis, Campo — with the solid support of her husband, Hector Campo — is believed to be the only minority-owned yoga business in the Memphis metropolitan area.

That is when her life began to change for all the right reasons.

“I went to Job Corps to see if I’d like it and I ended up loving it,” Libby Campo said. “That was my first time being away from home and I stayed on campus and I met all different kinds of people from all walks of life. I just loved it.”

She loved it so much, in fact, that she earned her GED in 1998, or less than six months after enrolling in Job Corps, a program administered by the United States Department of Labor that offers free-of-charge education and vocational training to young men and women ages 16 to 24.

“It was a sense of accomplishment in that I can achieve anything,” Libby Campo said of having earned her diploma. “I got my diploma, but for a while, I was stuck working two jobs, making minimum wage. I wanted a college degree. I wanted to prove that I wasn’t just another statistic from the hood.”

CHECK OUT YOUR INNER YOGI ONLINE: www.yourinneryogi.com

Just like she steadfastly embraced Jobs Corps, she essentially took it up a notch when she ultimately enrolled part-time at Southwest Tennessee Community College.

Then in 2012, she enrolled at the University of Memphis, and that is when things became more remarkable for this brilliantly talented young lady who was raised in inner city East Orange.

“(My husband)  encouraged me to go to school, but I felt I wasn’t smart enough,” Libby Campo explained. “He kept me encouraged.”

And, as a result to the unyielding support of Hector, coupled with his wife’s past success at Job Corps, Libby Campo pulled the unthinkable. Once again.

Not only has Campo, a proud product of the East Coast — she’s a native of Newark, New Jersey but was raised in nearby East Orange — become thoroughly familiar with life in the South but, to her credit, she’s making the most of it.

She eventually earned her undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership and Behavior Science in Spring 2014.

As she tells it, her desire to delve off into entrepreneurship was discovered back in Jersey.

Because of whom she is and because of where God had predestined to take her, she has only mastered entrepreneurship in mighty Memphis.

Talk about defying the toughest of odds.

MORE THAN A CONQUEROR — All things considered, though, none of this likely would not have come to fruition if Libby Campo had not overcome arguably one of the greatest challenges of her life. That’s because nearly three decades ago, Libby Campo surprisingly dropped out of high school following her junior year because, as she forthrightly acknowledged, “I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing.”

“The first thing that comes to mind is that I strive to lead by example for my children,” Libby Campo — whose newly-established business can hold up to 30 individuals — said of her past accomplishments that have led to her becoming a business owner. “My mom is my biggest inspiration. She never gave up on her kids. She always supported us and never gave up on us.”

And because of who she is and because of where God had predestined to take her, she thought it necessary to never to give up on education.

Look at her now, living out her long-awaited dream.

All because she was determined to never place hers by the wayside.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.