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Youth Motivation | Women's Advocacy & Empowerment | Diversity & Inclusion

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KEYNOTES FOR YOUTH

It's OK to fail, but it's not OK to quit! Shekina leads audiences through the most powerful life principles they need to pursue their dreams and goals--what she terms The 5 F.I.E.R.C.E. Principles for Success. Shekina shares her own remarkable story – no holds barred – connects the dots and shows the audience how her personal journey can positively turn their world around and change their lives forever.

Blah to Fierce
Smart: The New Swag

In this inspirational message, Shekina challenges students to stop living their lives competing with others and, instead, to let their own light shine. Students leave with a new purpose, a new determination to explore their own unique abilities, talents and skills and discover their own criteria of success.

Reality TV, music, sports, even social media super stars have permeated every part of our students’ culture and “microwave” lifestyles. They praise the glitz, idolize the superficial and often fall for the trappings of glamour and fame. Shekina helps students to open their eyes to see the light they each possess and no longer have to hide from the world. The world is ready. Student leave with a greater sense of purpose and a new resolve to explore their own unique talents and aspirations.

Facing Your Greatest Competitor

WORKSHOPS FOR TEENS

Tapping Into Your Greatness: Have You Had Your C.A.R.B.S.?
Blah to Fierce: Navigating Friendships and Peer Pressure
Building Blocks of Success: An Introduction to Resume Writing for Teens

WORKSHOPS FOR WOMEN & WOMEN'S CENTERS

Running in Packs: Women Who Empower Girls

Shekina exposes college women and women in the community to girls empowerment and leadership through partnering with colleges, universities and Centers for Women. She specifically aims to:

  • Explore ways we can come together to empower girls in the community to move into leadership roles

  • Explore and promote volunteerism and community service 

  • Support women's leadership development

Shekina's CARBS™ curriculum is an interactive 4-pronged self-esteem course that focuses on C.ommunication, A.ssertiveness, R.elaxation, and B.lueprints for S.uccess. Ideal for middle and high school girls, CARBS™ is designed to empower participants to be socially and academically successful. Students will leave knowing how to:

  • Recognize the signs of low self-esteem

  • Use the power of self-talk

  • Display non-verbal cues to project confidence

  • Speak up and Show up

  • Journal effectively

  • Breathe through self-consciousness

  • Control negative emotions

  • Focus on achievement

  • Set standards for self

  • Set goals and benchmarks

  • Celebrate achievements and reward self

KEYNOTES FOR ADULTS

WORKSHOPS FOR COLLEGES OF EDUCATION

Still Endangered: Exploring Diversity in the Teaching Ranks

Mentoring, special college recruitment, management-training enrollment, and diversity task forces are rare. Shekina facilitates discussion on the diversity gap in education and ways government agencies and colleges can work together to bridge the gap.

WORKSHOPS FOR CORPORATIONS

Diversity in the Workplace: Establishing A Management 
Taskforce

For teams that wish to improve their facilitation, inter-cultural communication, or conflict resolution skills. Shekina trains corporate leaders on why and how to get managers to serve on diversity task forces that engage them in discussions about recruiting and mentoring programs.