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Hello my friend!














My "why" is rooted in the knowledge that overcoming trauma, choosing triumph over victimhood, has allowed me to create a remarkable life professionally, personally, as a wife, and as a parent. My personal and professional experiences converge as I advocate for understanding one's narrative, maximizing emotional intelligence, and achieving success on personal and professional fronts. Through my podcast and speaking engagements, I encourage others to stand on their stories, highlighting the power of emotional maturity.

For me, peace lies in the ability to respond appropriately and realign with one's North Star. My message is one of confidence, determination, and self-responsibility — a refreshing blend of composure and authenticity. I invite you to join my journey from trauma to tranquility, where I lead with grace, empathy, and a commitment to empowering others.


What started as a typical day in my role as a Human Resources Director turned into a pivotal moment in my career when I confronted the VP of Finance at my job, unraveling a stream of emotions I hadn't realized were stored within me.

Having grown up in an environment of emotional chaos, this professional breakdown marked the beginning of my breakthrough journey toward emotional intelligence. Delving into my own personal awareness ignited a desire to foster healthier relationships for everyone.

In 2006, I took a significant step by founding JMS Creative Leadership Solutions. Drawing on my background in Learning and Development, I pursued a Master's in Education in 2011, swiftly becoming a sought-after speaker and coach.


So here I am!

My background led me to become a #1 best-selling author of a quick, easy read book called 20 Golden Leadership Nuggets. I share lessons learned in my 26 years of servant, authentic leadership and craft them in practical tips that can be applied today helping you on your leadership journey!

With my love of speaking, I have designed, hosted, and facilitated many educational events, conferences, workshops, and seminars for over 20,000 attendees. I engage audiences on a variety of leadership, motivation topics such as emotional intelligence, diversity, inclusion and equity, unconscious bias, employee engagement, and the list continues. I am passionate about motivating, speaking, teaching, and I strive to help people enjoy the journey of becoming the best version of themselves.


I am a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach & Practitioner and a certified Professional Life Coach. In addition, I am a certified DISC behavior consultant. My certifications allow me to administer, interpret, train, and coach on the Emotional Intelligence Assessment and the DISC Behavior Profile Assessments. I also obtained my Certificate of Mastery in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Cultivating Cultures of Inclusion & High Performance.

Along with receiving two Bachelor of Art degrees, one in Psychology and the other in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I received a Master of Education from the University of Phoenix focusing on adult training and development. I love learning and sharing what I learn! In fact, it is one of my strengths from Strength Finders 2.0: Learner| Focus| Activator| Discipline| Communication.

I have served in the community, winning service awards and serving in positions such as the Education & Training Council Manager, Vice-Chair of the Training and Development committee, and Co-Chair of Diversity & Inclusion Committee. I currently am a board member of the University of NC at Charlotte Black Alumni Committee.

In 2022, I gained the Cornell Women's Entrepreneurial Certification and I have been selected to be a TORY BURCH FOUNDATION FELLOW  for 2023-2024. This is a huge game changer for me, my business and the expertise I will provide to my clients!







I live in the thriving city of Charlotte, NC with my husband of 25 years raising two awesome children, both whom are already great speakers and leaders!

Cannot wait to meet you!

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