What a Sweet 16!
My heart is full of so much gratitude for 2016. This year seems to be flying by so fast and it has already been bursting with so many surprises and blessings. One of those amazing blessings happened last Thursday when I was one of recipients of the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 awards!
This is such a huge honor and accomplishment. There were over 500 nominations of local business and community leaders from all across DFW, and I am extremely humbled to be one of the 40 people selected to share in this coveted honor for 2016.
Many of you know my journey…. I often say that I did not choose my career…it chose me (but I wouldn’t trade it for anything).
As a teenager, I struggled with self-esteem and body image issues for years, and felt as if I had no one to talk to about my struggles. Due to my insecurities, I made poor choices, my grades suffered, and I just overall played small.
Through guidance, I was able to overcome my challenges, and then when I became an adult I decided to create a program that would empower other girls to overcome their challenges too. So, I started PEARL Girls, a self-esteem organization for girls, in 2007. To date, PEARL Girls has impacted over 3,000 young ladies and has awarded roughly $37,000 worth of college scholarships to DFW High School graduates.
I also started my own private Life Coaching & Mentoring practice, Coach Keisha, where I personally coach girls towards self-acceptance, self-love, and smart decision making skills, while also coaching their mothers on connecting and communicating with their teens (because we all know it’s tough being a girl in today’s crazy digital world). As you can see, empowering girls to gain confidence, set goals, and to make wise choices is my true love, and I am so glad that I was able to turn my own self-esteem pain into my passion.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, to all of the girls,moms, and volunteers who have participated in my girl-empowerment programs over the past 9 years (geesh I’m getting old, lol). My prayer is that all of the girls who have been impacted by either PEARL Girls or my Coach Keisha life-coaching program go out and impact the lives of other girls. Together, they can all rise and become powerful women who continue to impact the next generations! Can I get an amen, girls!? :)
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the other 40 Under 40 Honorees! I feel completely flattered to share this distinction with all of you powerhouses! To read more about the other honorees and the 40 Under 40 awards ceremony, check out this link here.
If you’d like to find out more about how my life coaching programs can support both you and your daughter, please click here to say “Hey Girl” so that we can chat! I’ve got 3 spots open for summer life coaching. If you want your daughter to start the school year on the right foot, give me a shout.