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It’s an honor to speak with you today. Why don’t you give us some details about you and your story. How did you get to where you are today?
Metaphorically my life has been filled with doors, bridges, and choices that called for action on my part to either move forward or risk being stuck in limbo. When I dissect my life, I recognize that as I moved from one season to another, the key was formulating my own definition of success. In my journey through doors and across bridges, I passed through five distinct seasons of my life: a traumatized little girl, an awakening adolescent, a nurturing young adult, an evolving grown woman, and the liberated woman I see in myself today.
These seasons have all been stepping stones to a higher purpose. Along the way I came to terms with trauma, guilt, and depression, a boulder that had blocked my path for decades. Along the way I made career decisions that moved me from a scientist in basic research to pharmaceutical R&D. From pharmaceutical R&D, I moved into learning and development, leadership in diversity and inclusion, and project leadership. On the last leg of my corporate career, things began to change in my work environment, and I came to realize that I was being called into a different purpose for my life going forward.
So, I walked away and began to build The Place to SOAR, a social enterprise dedicated to cultivating change through daily growth and personal development for the purpose of unleashing human potential. Hence, my work as a life coach.
I wrote this book in response to a question my daughter asked me as she and her sister prepared for a Black Lives Metter protest in Pittsburgh PA, shortly after the murder of George Floyd. She asked me the question after realizing that our family represented three generations of protesting for the same thing—our birthright to freely exist in the melanized skin in which we were born.
She asked me if I thought her son, Cairo, just three months old at the time, would have to protest in his lifetime, again for the same exact thing. So, I wrote the book as a contribution to the call for antiracism action through personal transformation. Race as a social construct is based on the ideas and beliefs that lie in people’s hearts and minds. For this reason, overcoming systemic racism and miseducation requires systemic and institutional change, as well as self-reflection and personal transformation.
The book is presented as a self-help guide to dismantling racism by cultivating true change from the inside out using personal development, sustainable relationships, and transformational living.
A Series of Conversations
Leading up to the launch of the book, I did a series of conversations providing a deeper glimpse into the book content. The entire series is available on my YouTube Channel .The Place to SOAR