BIO: I am a force for leadership, feminine power, social progress and change. I am a speaker, speaking power and courage into people and organizations to find their soul and know their force to actualize their vision of their best selves and dreams. I am an activist working to create a world where all have the power and promise to rise up and step into the fullness of their humanity. I run an online community to ignite women to lead called thatbitchwho.com. I speak, write, and serve to give women tools, thinking and confidence for women and women of color to lead in the 21st century and to challenge the status quo. I am a leader in my community focused on bringing opportunities and access to the underrepresented to build more diverse and equitable communities.
I help organizations and people find their souls and know their force. I excel at this not only because I’m deeply curious about the dynamics of human interaction and relationships, but because I was once part of a soulless career that left me drained, confused, and unfulfilled in my work and most important relationships. I also know what it’s like to surrender one’s power in the hope that conformity would bring comfort and community.
I understand how people and organizations can have the appearance of success while crumbling internally with conflict and inauthenticity. I was able to breakthrough these challenges and pursue my most authentic self. With many failures, some private and others very public, came deep soul searching, more failures, many trials, errors and finally, my force! Thus, my passion, mission, and purpose in life—to help others find their soul and know their own force.
My career began in Silicon Valley as the only African-American woman at my tech company. Here, I honed my learning and development skills coaching, managing and facilitating learning and development programs for techies and executives.
I went from speaking in front of techies to facilitating national conversations in television and media where I was a talk radio show host on KLBJ for twelve years, a renowned public speaker, and television commentator with appearances on Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN and BET. Writing also a passion, I’ve been featured and published in notable publications including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Dallas Morning News, The Austin American Statesman, Madame Noire, American Thinker, World Net Daily, The Houston Chronicle, The Washington Times. Perhaps most interesting is my political plat-form that led me to step forward to be the type of candidate I wanted to elect. In 2014, I ran against Greg Abbott in the Republican Primary for Governor of Texas. (You can read all about it at thatbitch-who.com where I blog on refusing the status quo.)
This journey corrected me spiritually and politically, calling me to effect change, equity, and humanity in a different way. I actively speak and work to represent the underrepresented and to negate negative stereotypes that bully women into silence and conformity. See the start of this with my TEDx talk on being an Angry Black Woman. I’m an active advocate for diversity in tech and equity in my community. I served as a commissioner on the African-American Resource Advisory Commission under the appointment of councilwoman Sheri Gallo. Additionally, I serve as the Executive Director of Team Austin’s scholarship foundation, a mentor at Galvanize, and as an advisor of the Austin Community Foundation’s Women’s Fund.
I use the culmination of these experiences, my training, decades of research—along with my natural joy and gift of speaking power and inspiration into your soul—to get you and/or your organization to your NEXT BEST VISION FOR YOUR LIFE and WORK. FORCE.
May your force be with you!
Austin American Statesman — the problem with lesser schools for minorities
The Dallas Morning News
The New York Times
The Huffington Post
BET – why they run
World Net Daily
Those People on Medium