We’re so pumped about our conversation with Regina Sunshine Robinson. Regina is an Author, STEM Educator, Talk Show Host & Empowerment Coach (Specializing in working with Women & Girls) and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Regina Sunshine below.
Regina, it’s been too long since we last connected. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with our community again. Some readers might have missed our prior conversations, so maybe you can kick things off for us with a quick intro?
I’m Regina Sunshine, and I love people. It’s who I am. It’s how most people know me and how I got the name Sunshine. I’ve spent my life serving, giving and supporting the efforts of so many organizations that are doing great hands on the groundwork in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. I am an Author, Educator, Motivational Speaker, Empowerment Coach and Talk Show Host. I am a proud graduate of North Carolina A&T where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. In 2008 my baby-sister, Pamelia Stanley, and I founded EWATE, a women’s empowerment organization. Soon after in 2010 we launched Fiercely SASSY LLC, a motivational product line. In 2017, Regina Sunshine Global Network was created for the sole purpose of leaving the community better than we found it. It is my dream and the culmination of my life’s work. It is also the parent company to those companies that came before and all things Regina Sunshine. RSGN is on a mission to provide Education, Media, and Community Initiatives that deliver a positive message and create lasting change. Under Education, we provide Coaching, Classes and Content for personal growth, i.e., Public Speaking Classes, Self-Image Coaching, Personal Development Books, etc. Under Media, we provide Production Services and Programming that is community building and family friendly, i.e. The Regina Sunshine Show, Sunflowers in Motion Line Dance & Health Awareness Show, Focus Forward with Robin, etc. Under Community Initiatives, we host Programs and Events that target specific demographics for empowerment and growth, i.e. The Awesome Girl Project, Curvy & Confident Empowerment Week, etc. Our future plans include a physical location for the Awesome Girl Academy and a Community Co-Sharing Space for collaborations and events. Get more information on RSGN at www.ReginaSunshine.com. My personal motto is It’s Not Over Til I Win, and I win when I see others winning. Be blessed. Keep Winning!
You’ve previously said that 2021 is about Peace, Purpose & Progress. What does that mean to you?
2020 was about Peace and Purpose. The Pandemic forced us to be still and spend time with ourselves. It was a time of great self-examination and personal growth. There was much time to focus on whether we were living on purpose or just living. We also had to find peace in the chaos of our new reality. Coming in to 2021, things began to shift. We still need the Peace and Purpose we found in 2020 but now it’s time to move. It’s time to make Progress.
What current projects are you most passionate about?
At the heart of Regina Sunshine Global Network is my love for people and my desire to create a space to help others live their dream while fulfilling their God given purpose. The Awesome Girl Project is my very heartbeat, and it feels like what I was put here to do. In our schools, our girls are celebrated for Academics or Athletics. But what about the girls that are community servants, inventors, entrepreneurs, etc. I created the Awesome Girl Awards program to celebrate girls that were excelling in whatever their gifting is. What started as an Award Show has developed into a full girls’ empowerment program called the Awesome Girl Academy. Currently we are hosting virtual workshops through the Awesome Girl Academy that give our girls exposure to a variety of speakers, activities, and empowerment opportunities. In 2019 we launched our first collaboration book, “I Am An Awesome Girl!” This book gave 25 girls aged 5 to 18 the opportunity to tell the world why she believes she is an Awesome Girl with the hope that every girl reader will find a girl in the book she identifies with so that she too recognizes that she is an Awesome Girl. In 2020, we published our second Awesome Girl book, “When Girls Dream.” in 2021 we are launching the 3rd Book in the Awesome Girl Book Series, “Beautiful Just Like Me,” along with our first full color art book for our girl creatives, “You’re All That Girl”. It’s a beautiful thing to see these girls shine and my long-term goal to start a brick and mortar Awesome Girl Academy, gives me hope that there will always be a place that our girls can go to find encouragement and tools to be just who she was created to be.
What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
I hope I leave a legacy of love. Love is an action word. I’ve often said that Real Love always makes the difference. I hope that my actions of love towards others will inspire others to love the same way.
What woman dead or alive would you love to have a 1-hour meeting with?
Maya Angelou…she is one of my hero’s. I had always dreamed we would spend a Sunday afternoon sitting on her front porch talking and drinking lemonade. I’ve read all the books in her autobiographical series, and she lived a full and adventurous life. I would love to draw even more wisdom from her experiences.
Tell us about the Awesome Girl Academy.
What started as an Award Show has developed into a full girls’ empowerment program called the Awesome Girl Academy. Currently we are hosting virtual workshops through the Awesome Girl Academy that give our girls exposure to a variety of speakers, activities, and empowerment opportunities. It’s a beautiful thing to see these girls shine and my long-term goal to start a brick and mortar Awesome Girl Academy, gives me hope that there will always be a place that our girls can go to find encouragement and tools to be just who she was created to be.
They call you Regina Sunshine. Where did that come from? What is your real name?
My real name is Regina Elizabeth Robinson. I am named after my maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Allen Alford. When I was teaching math at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC, a student started calling me Sunshine. He told me, “You are like Sunshine. Everything is better when you are around.” The other students heard him calling me Sunshine and joined it. The name stuck and now everyone calls me Sunshine. I am often asked if it has anything to do with Harlem Nights. LOL. No put I appreciate the humor.
It was so great to reconnect. One last question – how can our readers connect with you, learn more or support you?