Connect and Collaborate with Anita

Are you ready to connect and collaborate to grow yourself? Your business? Or expand your reach? Imagine connecting and collaborating with a virtual community designed to inspire women to be seen and heard.

“As the Global Business Connector for Women Speakers Association Pittsburgh PA, I’m always excited to meet other women business owners, professionals, and especially authors.”Anita, Founder & principal of The Place to SOAR

Upcoming Events
3 – 4:30 PM ET Wednesday October 28
6 – 7:30 PM ET Wednesday November 11

$75 Value
Request your complimentary invitation to experience Women Speakers Association peer-to-peer support, wisdom, and insight in an upcoming Connect & Collaborate Event.

Like Having Coffee with a Friend

Imagine you have scheduled a 30 minute complimentary coaching session with me. In that initial meeting, I have two intended outcomes in mind. First, develop an understanding of what you hope to gain from coaching. Second, nurture the relationship in a way that makes coaching feel like having coffee with a friend.

But not like having coffee with phone in hand, with no conversation, or faces buried in laptops. Rather, we engage in meaningful conversation. You enjoy coaching sessions as you become comfortable with my coaching style. I work diligently to ask just the right questions to help you discover the person you aspire to be by examining the person that you are.

ICF (International Coach Federation) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential”. Asking the right questions is a primary rule of engagement when it comes to fulfilling this requirement. Questions probe for insight into your mindset; your attitude towards accountability and responsibility; daily growth and personal development; and your bend towards survival, success or significance. It’s all designed to reflect the principle that says you must know yourself to grow yourself.

As you can see, the relationship between the coach and client is one of discovery. Conversations sets the stage for moving through the appreciative coaching roadmap in four distinct phases. The result: you meet your coaching goal.

  • Discovery – reflecting and celebrating
  • Dream – articulating potential
  • Design – directing attention and action
  • Destiny – being and becoming
Coaching with Anita…like having a coffee with a friend.

SpeakerChat with Anita Russell: Growth from Within

“Growth from Within: Be Uniquely You”

On this #SpeakerChat Tracey Ehman interviews Anita Russell at Women’s Speaker Association Live. Anita is the author of the autobiography, I Wanna See Laney’s House: A Sibling Story, and co-author of the bestseller, Voices of the 21st Century: Bold, Brave and Brilliant Women Who Make a Difference.

On the topic of growth from within and being uniquely you, Anita shares her insight on the importance of knowing yourself and taking action so you can grow in your own “becoming space”. Find out more about Anita Russell at and

Watch the Interview Below

Reflect on Four Key Takeaways So You Can Begin Your Own Growth from Within Journey

» Know your inner-personal self.
» Take action in your “becoming space”.
» Own your voice.
» Share your message.

Read the Full Q&A Below and Get More Details

Cultivating Change from Within: A Transformational Journey Towards Anti-racism

OMA Pittsburgh is Hosting
Cultivating Change from Within: A Transformational Journey Towards Antiracism

Join OMA Pittsburgh and Anita D Russell, facilitator, life coach, speaker, and 3x bestselling author, in this thought-provoking journey towards antiracism. Participants explore racism (systemic, structural, institutional) through the multiple lenses—history, personal experience, and transformational strategy.

“The only way to undo racism is to consistently identify and describe it—and then dismantle it.”

Professor Ibram X. Kendi, Historian & Author
How to Be an Antiracist
Stamped from the Beginning

Anita D Russell, Workshop Designer/Facilitator

Life Coach | Speaker | 3x Bestselling Author | Change Cultivator

Anita D Russell, MEd, CPLC

It’s a true blessing to work with OMA Pittsburgh as the host for this program. I created this program specifically to address the issue of systemic racism at an individual level. It is geared towards in-depth conversations into the hearts, minds and beliefs of participants. They are invited to embark upon a journey towards embracing anti-racism as a transformational strategy in their own lives. I deliver the program in a mastermind format that reflects my commitment to cultivating change from within for the purpose of unleashing human potential for the good of all.

Program Description

This program is intended to be a transformational journey towards anti-racism. As the facilitator I will guide participants on a deep dive into the concept of racism—historically, socially, and personally. The program is dedicated to the proposition that systemic racism is not spontaneously generated or self-created; rather it flows generationally from the hearts and minds of people; it flows from thoughts, ideas, and beliefs that undermine our value as human beings. The program is divided into a series of mastermind workshops and forum discussions.

Who Should Attend

The program is specifically designed for individual transformation. It is specifically designed as a journey for those who desire a deeper understanding of themselves and their connection to others in a systemic racialized society.

Program Objectives

During the course of the program, delivered in a series of mastermind workshops, participants will explore four topical areas. Participants will ultimately create a plan for their own transformational journey towards anti-racism.

  1. The roots of racism (systemic, structural, institutional)
  2. Transformational strategies
  3. Identity markers
  4. Change from within

Setup & Schedule

Mastermind workshop sessions are delivered via the Zoom platform with resources and workshop materials provided by the facilitator. Participants are provided with reading materials and other resources in preparation for each workshop session and forum. This program is interactive with full group discussions, breakout sessions and a forum for deeper contemplation.

Each session is 90 minutes, occurring every other week for four sessions. An additional open forum serves as an opportunity for deeper discussion, contemplation, and peer-to-peer support. Forums are scheduled in between each workshop session. Participants are encouraged to attend all workshop sessions. The forum is optional yet recommended.

Workshop Dates – 90 Minutes
7-8:30 PM ET
Open Forum Dates – 60 Minutes
7-8 PM ET
Workshop 1 Oct 8
Systems Are Created From the Hearts and Minds of People
Forum 1 Oct 15
Roots of Racism: Systemic, Structural, Institutional
Workshop 2 Oct 22
The Ones Who Walked Away From Omelas
Forum 2 Oct 29
Transformational Strategies
Workshop 3 Nov 5
Am I an Ally? It Starts with Identity
Forum 3 Nov 12
Identity Markers
Workshop 4 Nov 19
Cultivating Change from Within: My Transformational Journey
Forum Dec 3 (Closing)
Change from Within

Mobilizing Equity, A Gem of an Idea

Hosted by U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses
“We must become our own job creators, job innovators, and entrepreneurial disruptors in a world that is not colorblind.”, says Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle on mobilizing equity.

Join us as Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle shares her exceptional wisdom and leadership in this discussion of mobilizing equity for Black women business owners.

Moderated by Anita Russell, Principal at The Place to SOAR


Where in the world are Black economists? Turns out that Black women economists are here, in quiet places unseen. Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle is a rare gem indeed as one of very few Black economists, and even fewer Black women economists in the United States. 

As the Dean of the School of Business at Medgar Evers College, she brings extensive executive leadership experience in higher education, corporate and federal government operations. In 2015 she was awarded recognition by the Network Journal as one of the 25 influential African American women in Business. 

Join us as Dr. Rolle shares her exceptional wisdom and leadership in this discussion of mobilizing equity for Black women business owners. Topics include developing and leveraging strategic partnerships, small business development, and disadvantaged business development in spite of the pandemic.

“Sometimes They Think I’m the Help”

Black CEOs Speak Up about Discrimination on Long Island,
Saying They’re Often Made to Feel Like Outsiders

Black business owners on Long Island say that regardless of their years of experience or achievements, they are often made to feel like outsiders. In excerpts from a conversation hosted by Newsday, four Black CEOs discuss the impact of race and racism on their careers.   Credit: Newsday / Jeffrey Basinger

Deidre Helberg. One of the featured guests is Deidre Helberg. She is the CEO for her family business, Helberg Electrical Supply. She is also the President to the U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses (USCBWB), founded in February 2020.

As a Black woman business owner, I am proud to be a member of the USCBWB. I also serve as the USCBWB Northeast Regional Partner, residing in Pittsburgh PA.
—Anita D Russell, Founder/Principal at The Place to SOAR

USCBWB is a Hub for Resources and Staying Connected 

  • Networking. Become a part of a community. Entrepreneurs, practitioners, educators, and policymakers committed to ensuring that our businesses and communities are valued, resourceful. Supported with regularly scheduled networking events
  • Social Media. Engage with our community online, in webinars and events. Receive resources that intersect communities around the country through various social media platforms.
  • Partners. Join one of the Regional Partners in communities across the country. Access a local network of leaders and resources.

USCBWB Supports Your Health and Your Business

  • Resources. Online and direct access to industry-specific resources that support business growth.
  • Business Development. Find opportunities to grow your business. Procurement partnerships, new business with corporations, and member-enterprises.
  • Professional Growth. Take advantage of dynamic opportunities, including our Health & Social Equity Series. Expand your knowledge on topics that promote the health and wealth of our businesses and communities.
  • Advocacy.  Attend national, state and local trainings, events, collaborations and activities. Ensure that policymakers are making positive and equitable decisions that support the wellbeing of ourselves, our businesses, and communities.  

Homeless Teens & Children

Homeless Children’s Education Fund Asks How do We Fix This?

Education is the key. I spent a couple of years volunteering for the Homeless Children’s Education Fund supporting the Teen Outreach Program known as TOP. The aim of the program is to confront the challenges teenage youth face when experiencing homelessness and to offer a college and career road map to success for each individual identified through HCEF’s partnerships in Allegheny County. I served as a mentor trainer and supported the targeted high school outreach working with students within schools (Brashear and Westinghouse High Schools in the Pittsburgh Public School system). I also volunteered at the summer camp program for children in a local shelter.

The mission of HCEF is to advance the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness, guiding them to be productive, empowered citizens. As a national model for addressing the educational needs of unstably-housed children and youth, HCEF leads a collaborative effort among regional partners by providing educational programs and services in Allegheny County and advocating for policy and system improvement.

Anita Speaks with Dr. Ram Raju

May 7 | 1 PM ET
Increasing Health and Social Equity: Preparing Our Communities to Be Healthy in Post-Covid-19

Featuring Dr. Ram Raju, Northwell Health
Moderated by Anita Russell, Principal at The Place to SOAR

Click to Read Dr. Raju’s Article:
“Thanks To COVID-19, We Can No Longer Sweep Healthcare Disparities Under The Rug”

The U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses (USCBWB) hosted Part 1 of its Virtual Health & Wellness Series, bringing together businesswomen, government officials, educators, and practitioners to discuss topics that promote greater health and economic wellbeing in Communities of Color.

Key Takeaways for Dr. Raju’s Discussion
We are committed to continuing the conversation and converting lessons learned into key action plans. Stay tuned for more.
  1. There can be no health equity without social equity—building awareness of this fundamental truth is a necessity.
  2. Increase multi-sector community-based collaboration and partnerships with efforts to build and support businesses that meet broader needs.
  3. Examine critical social determinants—such as income and wealth, physical environment, transportation and public safety—through the eyes of the community.
  4. Implement multi-level, multi-modality, community-based health literacy to increase the ability to obtain, read, understand, and use healthcare information to make informed decisions.

Your Message Has the Ability to Transform Lives

Watch and listen as Anita Russell brings her wisdom to Speaker Success Training

How to Use Your Book as
Speaker & Business Owner

Learn How Members can Market, Monetize, Leverage, and Scale their Business Using Women Speakers Association with Charmaine Hammond and special guests

Panelists, Kamini Wood, Anita D Russell, and Carrie Kohan were exquisite and wow, did they share some amazing tips to help authors make their book a business! I can’t wait to see your book become a business, and impact people around the world!

Hosted by Charmaine Hammond, 5x best selling and award-winning author, published by 5 publishers, featured in 8 other published books.
Learn more about Premiere Membership with Women Speakers Association.

Invitation to Connect & Collaborate with Anita

You’re invited to connect & collaborate with Anita
Women business professionals, experts and authors are invited to attend online Connect & Collaborate Events hosted by Anita, Global Business Connector for Women Speakers Association Pittsburgh PA. 

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Growing Global Influence

Women Speakers Association (WSA) features expert advice from women leaders on #WSATV shows and #SpeakerChat on Facebook. When we began recruiting Global Business Connectors to bring local communities together we had no idea that an outbreak of the coronavirus would occur. What we found is that our Global Business Connector community continues to grow even with this pandemic.


We put out the word that you can have a global organization to fuel your local influence and women leaders around the globe got excited. Since our organization is an online organization, we are well poised to support local communities virtually. We will be hosting Virtual Connect and Collaborate meetings for both local and global gatherings. Our sisterhood is stronger today because of this common contagion that everyone is dealing with. Though our intention was to have live meetings (and we will do so once we can do that safely), we are here supporting you and now have the leaders to guide you through this. Nonetheless, like you we are finding ways to serve women and continuously bring their healing, productive and life changing messages out.

U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses

Anita Russell, founder/creator of The Place to SOAR, has been a proud member of the U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses (USCBWB) since its inception in 2020.

The USCBWB Message

U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses wants to spread our message of empowerment, hope, and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team works tirelessly each day to contribute their part to the greater good.