Speaker & Host
JOY is my JAM!
Faith is my fuel, purpose is where I find power, and I wholly believe that anything is possible once you have clarity in your vision. Whether it's virtual or in-person, I'm here to bring JOY and inspiration to your organization with authenticity, enthusiasm, and expertise!
Let's spread RADICAL JOY to your community, ONE feel-good thing at a time!
It all started with a vision
I graduated during a recession. I was an unemployed college graduate with tons of student loan debt, with big dreams, and a desire to make a difference. No one was hiring, and they certainly weren't paying big bucks. So when I realized that no one was willing to take a chance on me, I figured I'd get comfortable with being uncomfortable, try some new things, use my gifts/talents, and have some fun!
I've always studied what makes "successful people successful," and I always wanted to be an on-air host. So one day (with no experience) I picked up a camera and started interviewing complete strangers on the streets of New York City. Little did I know just how much this seemingly "random" part of my JOYrney (during an "unsuccessful" season of my life) would be a catalyst for discovering my purpose.
I spent the next 6 years learning new ways to harness my gifts and manifest my creative vision – creating content, and conducting countless interviews (with celebrities and everyday people alike). I was receiving self-prompted on-the-job training in my purpose: fostering relationships, actively listening to the dreams and desires of people and the struggles they were encountering, and then coming up with on-the-spot solutions to shift them into action.
Eventually my hustle was noticed, and it led to opportunities to work with EBONY Magazine, Juicy Magazine, Black & Sexy TV, MOM.com, and a number of brands. Now as a JOY Strategist, Creative Consultant, and Speaker, I help individuals and organizations align themselves with JOY-led vision! Through my workshops and presentations I teach attendees how to leverage their gifts, build community , and harness the power of their purpose – all while amplifying JOY across their lives, their relationships, and in their environments.
Discovering JOY Through Purpose
Small Steps: Purpose. People. Power. Peace
The 1st Gen Experience
Coming to America: Positioned for Purpose
Finding Peace Through Faith
FAITH in 5: In Hard Times, Keeping the JOY Alive
Motherhood & Mom-ing Your Business
The Juggle is Real: Babies, Boobs, and Building A Brand
Owning The "Mess" & Creating Success In Your Story
Say It Loud, I'm...
"Just watched your amazing session – and did a 180… I was doom and gloom a wee bit…. but [now] feeling totally inspired! Powerful Session. "
–MICHELLE , Audience Member
Mother Honestly Journey Ahead Summit
"My favorite part was the chat between everyone. It was so fun! It made my introverted self come out of my shell, dance, share things that were near and dear to my heart and just enjoy a Saturday night with friends."
— Virtual Fiesta Participant
"Erica has a special ability to create enthusiasm to create the life you strive for. I just want to tell you how much I’ve gotten out of your fb webinars. You’re the best! Seriously...You’re very talented in what you do. I’ve narrowed down two areas to pursue, and it is largely due to your guidance. "
— ANN, Massage Therapist
"My favorite part of the night was interacting with everyone, people I don't know and just having fun- coming out of my shell. Because I am a format person, I eat, breath and sleep format but I like that there isn't one. I doesn't make me feel uptight. I feel like I am included and having fun.
Thank you Erica for such a wonderful idea, it gets me out of my routine and allows me to move, laugh and enjoy myself. It gave me energy and life."
— Virtual Fiesta Participant