“Once you make the unequivocal internal commitment to do something – when you absolutely know this is the time and the place to act – the world around you will shift in all sorts of apparently miraculous ways to make it happen.” – Sarah Susanka
Welcome to the Happy Black Woman Inner Circle! This training and mentorship program is for YOU if you want to build a location-independent business helping others, all while creating a freedom-based lifestyle. The Happy Black Woman Inner Circle Program will provide you with all the information, motivation, support and accountability you need to start and grow an online business doing what you love.
*** Meet the 2015-2016 Inner Circle Members ***
Veronica Richardson | arenewedmindtoday.com
Veronica Richardson MS, CLC is an expert in the field of counseling and coaching. As the author of Take A.C.T.I.O.N & Live Life By Your OWN Design, a certified life coach and mental health counselor she has provided vast opportunities for women to discover and reach their life goals. Veronica has hosted and spoken at women’s conferences and on radio.
With over 15 years of experience, she has opened her practice to the masses through script. Within the arena of life coaching, she founded A Renewed Mind to Empower. Inspire. & Motivate. women who are ready to set their lives on fire. Veronica uses her own personal experiences to bring truth and perspective to the topics that place limitations on women. She is both personable and professional, allowing you to learn and grow with someone you can trust.
Prior to becoming a certified life coach, Veronica earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Old Dominion University and her Master’s Degree in Study of Human Behaviors from Capella University. Professionally, she has served as an Adult Protective Investigator, Mental Health Counselor, In Home Counselor and Therapeutic Day Counselor (School Based) as well as a Social Worker.
Veronica’s desire to improve the lives of others has been molded through both her personal experiences and her professional training. She is passionate about helping women recognize their potential to live their lives by their own design. She is the friend that everyone calls to clarify which direction they should take when tough issues arise. Now you can have access to her insight as well.
Veronica loves to travel and has created a life that allows her to visit a new island every summer. She is a foodie, loving all things food related. She enjoys a good book, time with family and friends and a good glass of wine.
Dr. Ruby Thomas | theplantbasedpediatrician.com
Dr. Ruby Thomas, MD, MPH, FAAP is a board certified pediatrician with specialized training in public health and preventive medicine. She received her medical degree and completed her medical training at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
She is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the AAP Section on Integrative Medicine, AAP Section on Obesity, and the American College of Preventive Medicine. Throughout her career, Dr. Thomas has pursued training in nutrition, integrative medicine, and health coaching.
She is passionate about empowering families to transform their lives and heal from chronic illness through plant based nutrition.
Cynthia Crockett | CynthiaEmpowers.com
Cynthia Crockett is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Coach. She has never been married and has no children. Since 2006, she has conducted workshops, retreats and growth groups for Teens, Women and Singles to encourage them to achieve their God given purpose.
She has over 30 years of federal government service. Cynthia coaches and counsels singles and conducts workshops specifically designed to help singles learn to develop healthy relationship patterns.
She loves the Lord and continually seeks His will. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have foryou,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Some of her workshop titles include “Avoiding Mr. Wrong and Finding Mr. Right,” “Boundaries in Dating,” “Sexual Integrity in Ministry,” and “Successful Living for Singles.” Her groups include “Healing is a Choice” and “Singles Desiring Godly Marriage.”
Cynthia enjoys helping people improve their relationships with God, themselves, and others.
Kimberly Davis | KimDavisForTheOne.com
Kim Davis is a normal woman who, in a moment of desperation, asked God for help. In fact, the only reason she’s even here to tell her story is because she was presented with two choices:
1. Hold on to anger and resentment and guilt that was eating away at her, or
2. Give it all up, put all her faith in God and focus on solutions instead of problems.
It was literally a choice between life and death and she chose life.
She’s created this space for other imperfect people so she could tell her story in spite of her past and encourage others to do the same. She strives to tell the truth and show by example that others can also walk in their own truth and still be loved by God. Her message is raw and sometimes difficult to share. It’s not for everyone. It’s for The One and the one: The One True and Living God and that one person out there who is ready for change.
Sharmie Williams | digitalsphinxdesigns.com
Sharmie Williams provides visual art creations that will inspire you to use art as an expression of exploration, healing, growth, and empowerment. She started this journey as a passion for designing quilts as personal family heirlooms.
Along the way, she found designing and producing art provided an outlet for stress and healing emotional wounds and frustrating thoughts.
Art refreshes us in so many ways, and Sharmie wants to share that passion with her community.
In her spare time, Sharmie loves to travel and run (literally) all across the world and she is a whiz at computer security, too!
Jennifer LaFrance | jaelynnconsulting.com
Jennifer is a life and career coach that specializes in assisting women to discover their essential self and release the limiting beliefs that’s blocking their true intent. Her passion for this group is a result of her own journey.
Jennifer was a career banker for over 20 years in various positions and while successful in the corporate world, felt that she was meant to be more. As she searched for her purpose, she discovered her niche in training and development. Assisting managers to be less task focused but people focused was very satisfying.
After she lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, she wanted a deeper connection to her work and not just showing up for a job. Following the spiritual GPS that has been a constant in her life, Jennifer realized the job layoff in 2012 was her sign to become an entrepreneur and utilize her experiences and training skills to help others; she is known for guiding individuals to the answers they have within, but have blocked due to social beliefs.
Jennifer is a Martha Beck trained life coach with a M.S. in psychology. She currently resides in New Orleans.
Heidi Harris | heidiharrismba.wordpress.com
Heidi H. Harris is a native of Norfolk, Virginia. A self-proclaimed cheerleader for all things positive, her greatest attributes are her approachable nature, listening ear and the ability to laugh at almost any joke you tell her.
She is a graduate of Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a graduate of Strayer University earning a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management. Heidi has worked in the corporate world for several years in the areas of Finance and Insurance. Even though she consistently reached goals of success in these areas, she always felt she was destined to do more.
Ultimately, Heidi realized that she could better serve humanity by being an advocate for mental health awareness and suicide prevention. This epiphany came years after losing her older brother to suicide in 1987. After being inspired to participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Community Walk, it became obvious that she should champion to address the stigma of mental health and speak from her own experience.
Heidi has had her own own bouts with depression and her intention is to marry my two degrees and focus on mental health awareness in not only in the Black community, but in all communities. However, there needs to be an intent focus on the Black community where the mental health stigma seems to be the strongest. Heidi believes a significant percentage of the population has a similar story regarding mental health that must be expressed to emphasize the commonality among us.
Heidi’s personal passions include exploring other cultures, travel, art appreciation, reading, painting and writing…..and most importantly, getting to know YOU!
Karla Hampton | Sensual Body Wisdom Facebook Page
Karla Hampton is a women’s health and sexual wellness coach and founder of Sensual Body Wisdom. Through speaking, coaching and training workshops she helps women to transform their lives thru self-care, sexual wellness, and sensual movement. By reconnecting with Self and their truest desires, women can become a powerful creatrix in their life, business, and play.
As a Pleasure Practice Mentor, Karla knows that the path to pleasure can be a challenging one. Even as a successful attorney and health advocate, Karla struggled to find fulfillment and felt that something was missing, but continued doing what she was “supposed” to do. Until her world was turned upside down with the diagnosis of a chronic autoimmune disorder. She reevaluated her life and was ready to take a leap. So, she changed her diet, started to do self-help work, and got into the best shape of her life.
The loss of her dad and her toxic work environment worsened her health – weight gain, sugar addiction, and autoimmune disorder flare-ups. It was time to change. To take another leap. So, she quit her job and struck out on her own as a consultant. Yet, she still felt lost, disconnected, and sad. Memories of past sexual trauma and other woundings started to resurface. Karla came to the realization that she had been living “above the neck” and disconnected from her female body and sexuality. But she found self-love, compassion and healing through feminine embodiment practices, sensual body movement and sacred sensuality.
After creating a 30-day pleasure practice, she began to reclaim herself as a fully embodied sensual woman. She deepened her self-care and sexual wellness practices. And she found inspiration and strength to forgive and love deeply again. Now, what sets Karla on fire is her work to help other women heal and to know their own bodies through self-study and movement, to live a passion-fueled life using feminine embodiment practices, and to embrace feminine leadership qualities – ALL to help women realize their goals and dreams.
When Karla is not studying the latest in women’s health and sexual wellness, you can find her practicing her Spanish, hula hooping, or curled up with a good book and cup of tea.
Adriene Webster | AdrieneWebsterFitness.com
Adriene Webster is a dynamic health and fitness coach.
She is also a happy black woman who wants to inspire women to be healthy inside and out.
As a result of her own dramatic transformation, Adriene’s goal is to give women the inspiration and moral support they need to become healthy and happy.
Interested in joining the Happy Black Woman Inner Circle?
The next cohort of the Happy Black Woman Inner Circle Mentorship Program begins on June 1, 2016. If you have any questions about the program in the meantime, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.