Unveiling Truths, Connecting Communities

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Dr. Marcea Burnette Whitaker Setting Women Up for a Successful Life Without Limits

Moving to a higher level requires taking important steps, and for women, taking those crucial steps does not come naturally. Women are often more easily held back from following through with their passions and interests for numerous reasons. Seasoned and professional health and life coach Dr. Marcea Burnette believes every woman should thrive and, thus, built practices to help women achieve their dreams.

Dr. Marcea Burnette Whitaker is the founder and CEO of In Full Bloom Health and Life Coaching and Women Ready to Move Academy. She is a qualified physician and life coach who has been recognized for her work in business and changing people’s lives. She was named in the “Top 15 Entrepreneurs to Watch” by USA Today and was also featured in Courageous Woman and Columbia Inspired magazines.

With 25 years of experience in public health and as a medical practitioner, Dr. Marcea Burnette Whitaker has recognized the importance of the mind in life and health. She has now dedicated her knowledge and expertise to harnessing the power of the mind to push women to their success and liberate them from their personal life prisons. Dr. Marcea Burnette Whitaker works with professional women and helps them break free to finally live without limits.

Her qualifications and experience as a mother, physician, life coach, former pastor’s wife, and women’s conference speaker have equipped her with diverse knowledge and perspective on different ways to help people live up to their potential. Through the Women Ready to Move Academy, she helps women discover their true selves, decide what they want for themselves, and go all out to achieve it. “I cater to professional women who are highly successful in one or more areas, such as their career, but they struggle silently in other areas,” Dr. Whitaker shared. “Women are known to struggle through it all from the workplace to relationships to finances. We are frequently the mover and shaker in our circles, the one with the answers, but we have reached the ceiling of where we can take ourselves. I teach professional women how to break free and get to their next level.”

Dr. Marcea holds the GroundBreaker Milestone Achievement Award presented by Dr. Sonja Stribling, the #1 Life and Business Strategist for Women. Getting recognized and honored from various fronts for her work gives Dr. Marcea Burnette Whitaker the fuel to keep forging ahead on the path she has chosen. She has also interacted with women from all walks of life and heard their stories firsthand. “When women share their stories, I hear what they say and equally important what they don’t say. I identify their challenges and then draw out the solutions to provide the strategy, the system, and the accountability to get them to their destination.” 

As she continues to grow her coaching practice and build women up, Dr. Marcea sees the next few years as one filled with immense success, not just for herself but also for her clients. She sees herself building a multimillion-dollar brand and business, speaking to thousands, connecting with women through public speaking  and published works, and coaching thousands of women to their next level. In addition, she hopes to continue the work of waking up the mindset that believes “more is possible” in the women that she serves.Learn more about Dr. Marcea Burnette Whitaker and her work at In Full Bloom Health and Life Coaching on the website.

Menifield and Associates LLC: Home of Professional Development and Effective Leadership Training

Leadership often sounds good when listening to motivational speakers expound on its tenets, basic principles, and opportunities for growth. Unknown to many aspiring leaders, however, is the reality of being able to supervise people, operations, and processes alongside applying leadership principles and ideas. Trainer and leadership expert Angela Hooper-Menifield is training today’s most proficient leaders and supervisors through pragmatic lessons that combine principles with an applied application through her company, Menifield and Associates LLC, the home of professional development. 

Angela Hooper-Menifield is the Chief Equipping Officer (CEO) of Menifield and Associates, which is committed to building and equipping supervisors and teams through coaching, training, keynote speaking, and behavioral assessments. She spent more than 28 years as a senior leader in the Federal Government, expanding her understanding and view of creative and positive workspaces that are conducive for productivity. Seeing a pressing need in many industries today, she decided to step out of her comfort zone and help supervisors become more effective in the workplace. 

She is an Independent Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team and also serves as one of its faculty members. Angela is also an adjunct instructor at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, New York. Moreover, she is a Launch Director with Business Network International (BNI) New Jersey and a member of the BNI USA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee. 

To better equip her clients, Angela and her Menifield and Associates team, combine knowledge of rules and regulations with emotional intelligence and performance management in order to empower managers and supervisors to effectively navigate promoting people with potential from within the organization. The process also involves preparing employees to take on greater responsibilities, which often include supervising people they consider as peers. 

Angela Hooper-Menifield had a profound and pragmatic motivation for developing Menifield and Associates. Her perspective has always been to ensure that individuals get the right grasp of leadership and what it necessitates. 

“The Professional Development space is saturated with leadership mantras, almost at the cost of failing to remind leaders that supervision is equally, if not as, important. If one leads when they should supervise or supervises in situations when leading is required, they fail and end up in a situation I refer to as ‘leadership regret.’ I felt it was necessary to amplify and reward the skill of supervision and return it to its proper place,” Angela Hooper-Menifield shared. 

The next couple of years are looking very exciting for Menifield and Associates as Angela makes it her personal goal to reignite a supervisory fire in the hearts of organizations globally through her company’s books, training, and speaking engagements. Angela and her team are determined to empower leaders and managers by giving them the right tools in order to effectively lead and supervise their ranks and businesses. She intends to inspire her clients to become the best version of themselves, so they can impact their respective organizations intentionally and positively. In doing this, they can transform their workplaces into spaces of productivity and excellence. 

With the right amount of coaching and training through Menifield and Associates, Angela hopes to see more supervisors embrace the possibility of leading with greater responsibilities. Through her training, she hopes to see fewer leaders go through what she calls leadership regret. By equipping them, she aspires to see more leaders enjoy their careers as they lead and supervise with joy and high morale. 

Learn more about Menifield and Associates LLC by visiting its website. Follow its Facebook account for updates on its latest programs and projects. 

How Lisa J. Crawford Plans to Solve the Employment Crisis in the Hospitality Industry

A cursory look at the news will bring up reports of a hiring crisis in the work sector. The crisis has been dubbed The Great Resignation, and employers from all sectors have been besieged with a deluge of employees summarily quitting and walking out of their jobs. This has created an unprecedented situation whereby there are tons of jobs available but no one is interested in filling them. However, one person believes she knows what the problem is and has the solution to the unending stalemate.

Lisa J. Crawford, the CEO of LJC Motivations, has diagnosed the situation, especially in the hospitality industry, as a break in communication from the leadership to the employees. According to her, it is true that employees can break or make the company, but most people choose to ignore the fact that it goes both ways. Furthermore, employers can equally break or make their employees; hence, the present work crisis should not rest solely on the employees.

It is pertinent to point out that Lisa can boldly make such claims because she is not an outsider to the hospitality industry. In fact, she holds over twenty years of experience in the industry and has served in various capacities as both an employee and a leader of labor. Having been on both sides of the spectrum, she wants to serve the hospitality industry by creating solid communication from the leadership to the employees.

As she puts it in her own words, “I have walked the path and overcame the trauma. I am transparent and genuine. I offer solutions from experience. So many industries are having a hard time keeping employees, but have we taken the time to see why? I am able to evaluate the situations in the service industry to see if we can acquire and keep good employees. ‘Hospitality Begins from Within.’”  

One thing in particular that Lisa wants leaders to do is to ask themselves the question, “Would you Work for You?” The answer to this question will plainly show them what needs to be fixed in the hospitality industry.

Apart from overseeing LJC Motivations, Lisa J. Crawford is also an Impact speaker, self-love after trauma coach, and International Best-Selling Author. She holds a Business Degree in Organizational Management from Bethel University. Through LJC Motivations, Lisa has impacted souls around the world with her messages of hope, comfort, and inspiration. Speaking on what motivated her to build such a unique brand, Lisa has this to say, “It is my divine assignment to assist people to be a higher version of themselves, but I had to believe it for myself first.”

In spite of the success she has recorded, Lisa is not resting on her oars as she has outlined her huge plans for the future. “In five years from now, I will have spoken to multiple hospitality management companies and trained executives on the value of how to grow their employees by creating a solid culture, vision, and mission. I will also have spoken to women and men on how to use their voice and live past their personal pain.”

To know more about Lisa and the work she does, visit her website.

Inspiring Mentor Michelle Edelen: Advocating for the Empowerment and Excellence of Women

A lot of people fall prey to the assumption that having a lot of money solves all problems. While it is true that gaining wealth can make a person’s life more comfortable, it does not always equate to contentment and joy. Cognizant of this, Excellence Engineer Michelle Edelen has made it her mission to show people how to enhance their lives holistically and achieve excellence.

The remarkable woman is a certified coach, mentor, speaker, and change catalyst who specializes in teaching clients how to operate entirely from a place of excellence. With more than 20 years of experience under her belt, she has helped countless individuals unleash the inner greatness and divine talents of ambitious professionals.

With her guidance, clients have unleashed the inner greatness and divine talents within them. All the while, the insightful individual also encourages people to walk the path God has planned for them.

What makes Michelle Edelen stand out is her unrivaled dedication to her craft. All products and services that she offers are faith-based and rooted in best practices, which she considers crucial. Moreover, she utilizes strategies that are easily applicable to everyday-life situations.

Aside from that, she is also an excellent speaker who has touched many. As the inspiring woman profoundly shared, “I know there’s power in words, and when you commit to being the best you can be, no one or nothing can stop you. So, I live by this motto: ‘Always excel, never settle – excellence is the only option.’ And when you connect with me, I’ll show you how to proclaim that mediocrity has no place in your world and excellence truly is your only option.”

On top of being a motivational speaker, she is also a six-figure executive in State government and a co-pastor of the Fountain of Living Waters Church together with her husband. But what motivated the outstanding life coach to pursue a career that helps others are her firsthand experiences with adversity. 

Like so many women, she used to have self-limiting beliefs and self-doubt. Eventually, she realized how debilitating these negative thoughts are and how these could hold her back from becoming the best version of herself. 

From then on, she has committed to elevating her mindset and pursuing excellence. In addition to her own journey towards success, Michelle Edelen also felt the need to share her learnings with other women and empower them. 

She created Excellence In All, a consulting firm that helps women understand that they do not have to be stuck or held hostage by any of these issues. Instead, by providing actionable strategies and practical tools, clients can activate all of the excellence, God-given abilities, gifts, skills, and talents inside them. 

There is no doubt that Michelle Edelen is an authority in the field of mentoring. Moving forward, the accomplished entrepreneur sees herself retiring from her corporate position and becoming a full-time life coach. She aims that through her guidance, thousands more women can scale their success and achieve massive success.To learn more about Michelle Edelen, visit the official website of Fair Consulting Group.

Shawn Fair Invites Latrea Russ Back Onstage for the Leadership Experience Tour

Shawn Fair has built a platform that enables motivational and inspirational speakers to reach a wider audience. Shawn continues to support people from different backgrounds share their stories and the lessons they have learned through his Leadership Experience Tour. He recently announced the next person to join the roster of accomplished speakers on this tour, and that is none other than Latrea Russ, founder of More Than My Disability.

Latrea Russ was born with Pfeiffer Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes the improper fusion of bones in the skull and other parts of the body. She also has hearing and vision impairments related to this disorder and has undergone over thirty surgeries to address various health concerns. 

Her experience living with a disability inspired Latrea Russ to build More Than My Disability. She shared, “I understand first-hand what people with disabilities experience on a day-to-day basis. Though each of us is unique, we have a lot of similar experiences and problems. I wanted to show people with disabilities and the rest of the world that we are more than some label or diagnosis. We have a voice, and we have a purpose.”

More Than My Disability is a company that caters to the disability population differently. The company does not just work with young adults but also with parents who are disabled or who have children that are disabled. Her company provides job readiness training, self-esteem building, and workshops for parents of children with disabilities. “Navigating the world when you have a disability is always a unique challenge,” Latrea shared, “But with the training and services we provide, I hope that more people are better equipped to handle what life has in store for them.”

Her medical condition was not the only challenge Latrea Russ had to face. Because of drug-addicted parents, Latrea and her sister entered the foster care system when they were twelve and four years old, respectively. Unfortunately, throughout their time in the system, she and her sister encountered abuse. Fortunately, things changed for the better when Latrea turned sixteen, and she and her sister were adopted.

Her experiences have become a part of her, and while Latrea Russ has moved past them, they remain a significant part of her life. Latrea earned a BA in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Education. Later on, she became a Professional Certified Life Coach and certified in disabilities ministries. In addition, Latrea travels all over North Carolina to speak at events hosted by various disability organizations. 

In 2019, she was a panelist on the Crazy Like a Fox Tour, a tour designed to spotlight mental health concerns in the Afro-American community. The following year, Coach Latrea joined The Exposure Network where she was given her own streaming channel Disability Insider, and show Uniquely Designed. “I used these platforms to provide society with an inside look into the lives and experiences of people with disabilities,” this life coach said, “And these shows also served as a platform for people to share their stories and have their voices be heard.” Aside from her speaking engagements and shows, Coach Latrea has also published eight books, one of her books, Intimate Conversations with God. This book was published in 2017 and was highlighted as an influential book at the NAACP convention.

Latrea Russ has had a significant positive impact on the disability community, using her story and experiences to uplift others. And her efforts to shed light on different disabilities have not gone unnoticed. Shawn Fair has trained over 300,000 leaders in the United States and abroad. His methods put him at the top of the training industry, and he has delivered hundreds of award-winning presentations. His coaching methods emphasize leading by example, mutual respect, establishing trust-based relationships, and giving praise where praise is due. 

Shawn Fair founded the Leadership Experience Tour to help connect speakers with valuable knowledge and insight to a broader audience. So naturally, he only invites the best for these tours, and Latrea is the newest speaker on the roster. Latrea Russ is a life coach and disabilities advocate. She was recently chosen to join Shawn Fair’s Leadership Experience Tour program, one of the first persons with disability on this tour. For more information, you can check Coach Latrea’s website and Instagram page.