Today we’d like to introduce you to Loronda C. Giddens.
Loronda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Sure, I would love to share my story. I was born and raised in South Florida and moved to Atlanta in 1998. I came here on a business trip and the vibe and energy was so great, I knew it was somewhere I had to be. I went home and immediately started searching for a job in order to relocate. I saw a position in the newspaper that was similar to what I was doing and immediately applied. Back then we were still doing job searches in the newspaper and not online. I received a job offer within a short period of time and had to make decisions fairly quickly. I didn’t know anyone in Atlanta but decided it didn’t matter. I stepped out on faith and 21 years later I’m still here. Atlanta is my second home. I love this city!
I’m an Army veteran who worked as a corporate professional for 13 years before transitioning to state government. I’ve worked with at-risk youth since 2001 in the area of mental health counseling, case management, and substance abuse prevention. I have an extensive background working in group homes and the juvenile justice system. I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
One of the biggest struggles I faced was being diagnosed with breast cancer during my final year of graduate school. Although it was one of my greatest challenges, it changed the trajectory of my life. I was doing way too much and need to slow down. I was working two full-time jobs and going to graduate school. I felt like I was slowly dying when breast cancer saved my life. I was diagnosed with Ductal carcinoma in sutu (DCIS), Stage 0. The abnormal cancer cells were the size of a pea in my milk ducts. Early detection saved my life. It was caught early enough to where I could make decisions about how I wanted to proceed with my treatment. I immediately decided to have a bilateral mastectomy because I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life in and out of the doctor’s office. I could have had a lumpectomy but my quality of life along with my health was the most important. I encourage every woman to get their annual mammogram and to follow up if something is detected in their screening. I’ve heard too many stories of something found on the screening and the person was too afraid to follow up. Being fearful won’t change the results.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m the Founder and CEO of EnerPeace Creations, LLC and we provide training and speaking services to an array of organizations. Additionally, we teach 9 to 5ers how to follow their dreams and reveal their greatness using personal and professional development strategies. I’m a Certified Instructor with over 30 years in adult education. I’m also a national conference speaker who educates on diversity and inclusion, domestic minor sex trafficking, LGBTQ awareness, teen dating violence, bullying, child sexual abuse prevention personal development, professional development, and women’s empowerment. Lately, my focus has been bringing words of inspiration to the workplace. In addition to being a business owner, I’m also a full-time employee. I feel it’s important for employees to get a recharge of inspiration because oftentimes they may get burned out and feel stuck. I come in and give inspiring keynotes speeches, or conduct a vision board workshop to get them focused on the personal and professional goals. I feel that what makes me a unique business owner.
What sets me apart is I focus on what’s happening with the individual as it relates to their personal and professional life. I feel like when a person grows personally, they will inevitably grow professionally. You can’t have one without the other. We also offer personal one to one coaching for those employees who may want more than a few hours from a workshop. I will be hosting a vision board party with a Fortune 500 software company next month to get their employees geared up for the new year and to set the stage for their success. I’m also conducting vision board workshops at two local libraries in Decatur. The one thing I’m most proud of as a company is that I get the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s a great feeling to see the light bulb go off and they can see how to implement the strategies I’ve taught them.
I recently added the title of Podcast Creator and Host to the list of many things I do. I believe in using all of my gifts skills and talents. My first podcast is called Loronda Inspires Greatness and it’s a 3 – 5 minute thought-provoking inspirational message to brighten people’s day. My second podcast is called Peeling Back the Layers of Your Life®. It’s a place where ordinary people go to reveal their greatness. I interview ordinary people who become extraordinary when they share their greatness with the world. It’s a conversational style format that gives guest a comfortable space to share how they transformed their life to reveal their greatness. Both podcasts can be found on my website and all of the places where people listen to their favorite podcasts.
What were you like growing up?
I was a quiet, shy kid who loved music and flying kites with my dad. I’m an only child, so I spent a lot of time by myself reading.
- Discovery call (15 minutes) – $25
- Strategy session (1 hour) – $1297
- One to one coaching (45 days) – $3497
- One to one coaching (90 days) – $5497
- Website: www.lorondacgiddens.com
- Phone: 678-310-6828
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Twitter: https://twitter.com/l
- Other: http://lorondainspires.
Tyrone Webb, Jr.