Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country. This is your democracy. Make it. Protect it. Pass it on. – Thurgood Marshall
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When I first decided to create my company, Upliftology™, I wondered if it would be helpful to anyone if I taught and told my story of how I graduated college debt-free and how others could do the same. The little me (aka negative, unbelieving, doubting me) would ask myself, “Who really needs a college and scholarship coach?” … “Who is going to take me seriously?” … “How can I really help people in this business?”
The doubt was extremely real and present. But then – my first client received a full scholarship for college to Columbia University. Not just any college – but an Ivy league university. Then my second client to Syracuse University, third to Howard University, fourth to The George Washington University – my alma mater two times over. I realized what I initially thought would not be useful and beneficial to people was and is still very much so needed. People need coaches to help them see what their own eyes cannot see – to seeing the entire playing field.
That’s why I am so honored and privileged to tell my story on the TEDxWilmington stage for the 7th Annual Conference – to give my talk “Education for All.” When I received the invitation, I read the email from beginning to end on my phone, and simply closed my Gmail app. When I was able to get on my laptop a short while later, I reopened and reread the email because I was in complete and total shock that I was asked to give a talk on such a great platform.
I am excited to tell the story for the many children for generations to come who have yet to discover and understand the blessings and power of a debt-free education versus the detriment and burden of student-loan ridden education. I am excited to have the opportunity to explore the idea of what happens if we provide our children with all the options possible and allow them to choose the best path of success for themselves instead of building lives indebted to the dreams of others.
Visit TEDxWilmington’s website to learn more information about the event and to purchase your tickets.
In this post, I am wearing a beautiful, [optional] off the shoulder dress from Nigeria my sister friend, Tayo, gifted me. It has so easily become my go to, any type of occasion, every day dress; I wear it with heels or flats. The best part of it – it has pockets!
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