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In a Nutshell

I am a Growth and Impact Strategist, Motivational Speaker, Instructor, CEO of the Engagement Group, Founder of Monique Inc., and curator of Make It Happen Mondays. I have overcome many childhood adversities and successfully navigated a non-profit career working in disinvested communities, as well as providing strategy and engagement services to the civic and public sector.

In addition, I have been called to minister to women, and over the course of my life I have helped many overcome their own limitations and experience transformative change.

The Whole Story

I grew up in poverty in a single parent household, and I saw how my mom struggled to take care of my brother and me. On top of the poverty, I was sexually abused by my father, leaving wounds I carried from the moment he decided to take my innocence away. 

I faced many obstacles throughout high school as I spiraled out of control. I will never forget the moment that I made a critical life decision. It was after I settled into my fourth high school my 9th grade year. I told myself, “He has already taken so much from me. I am not going to let him destroy the rest of my life.”

Fast forward, I was the first of my family to get accepted to and graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from Kent State University, a Master of Science in Social Administration (social work), and a Nonprofit Management Certification from Case Western Reserve University. Choosing to be an advocate for my community, I began a career in the non-profit sector. For over 15 years, I have worked to create change as a family support worker, community organizer, and by leading community development strategy and engagement efforts. I even started a consulting agency working with nonprofits, philanthropic organizations, and the public sector, generating over six figures within six months of its inception. 

My greatest joy…

Outside of helping people, especially Black women, I absolutely love my three sons. The pride and admiration I carry for them is too big for words. They are my life’s greatest work.

But it’s not enough.

My story is not unique, especially among Black women. As a Black woman, raised by Black women, with Black friends, and living as a Black woman in America, I have experienced, seen, and heard the stories – the environments, experiences, and trauma that have tried to break us.

I am taking my lived experience, education, and the strategic tools I use in my consulting practice to help Black women activate the greatness inside of them and realize their dreams deferred. Sometimes this means I must remind you of the truth of who you are and what God designed you to be before this world got its hands on you. This is my purpose.