DEBRENA JACKSON GANDY is a national best-selling author (Sacred Pampering Principles, and All the Joy You Can Stand), international transformational speaker, business consultant, trainer, national seminar leader, strategic marketing coach, and self-care consultant.
Ms. Debrena Jacson Gandy has been featured in magazines and publications such as Oprah’s O, Essence, Black Enterprise, Empowering Women, Today’s Black Woman, Emerge, Heart & Soul, Empowering Women, Woman’s Day, Family Digest, the Seattle Times, the Olympian, the New York Daily News, and the Atlanta Metro. In addition to being a popular guest on over 35 radio shows, she also guest hosts a radio show focusing on personal growth, spiritual development and transformation.
She has spoken for organizations and conferences nationally and internationally, including in Kenya, West Africa; Jamaica; Antigua, West Indies, Canada, and London, England.
She has appeared on TV on CNN, CNN Live, Good Day New York, Good Morning Texes, the Wisdom Channel, and numerous regional and local news stations. And she has shared the stage with greats such as Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, Gladys Knight, CeCe Winans, Susan L. Taylor, Lynn Whitfield, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Julianne Malveaux.
She has been named in Who’s Who, as one of the top motivational authors by BET.com; nominated for a Golden Pen Writer’s Award, is a frequently-quoted personal growth expert for Essence magazine. With a commitment to empowering women of color, she has founded or co-founded numerous signature events and retreats that uplift and inspire.
These include Sharing, Healing and Renewal Retreat; Sistahs Jammin’ in Jamaica Retreat; the Enlightened Women’s Circle (Seattle/Tacoma chapter); The Empowered Woman’s Breakthrough Weekend; the ARISE Women’s Empowerment Breakfast; Black Gold; and the Luminous Woman’s Circle. She also conducts tele-seminars on prosperity, joyful living, inner renewal, entrepreneurship, and healthy love relationships. She has also designed and facilitated ground-breaking tele-courses, Aligning Your Life with Joy, and The Art of Becoming a Juicy Woman.
Her impressive client diversity includes small businesses, non-profit and community- based organizations such as the United Way, and the YWCA; Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, AT&T; FedEx/Kinko’s; Nordstrom, Leo Burnett; Century 21; city, state and federal government clients such the City of Seattle, the Washington State departments of Transportation, Personnel, and Social & Health Services; and the United States Department of Education; and educational institutions such as the University of Washington, University of Ohio; Ohio State University; Washington State University, Evergreen State College; and community colleges such as Seattle Central, Edmonds, Shoreline, North Seattle, Highline, Olympic, and Tacoma.
She lives in Seattle with her three amazing daughters and wonderful husband. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a major in business administration and a minor in marketing.
Gandy’s personal mission is to awaken, inspire and empower others to create the lives they desire and deserve.
She is also a recipient of the extraordinary Women Appreciation Award.
A NASA Astronaut who flew on all three Space Shuttles and went on to become an Senior Advisor at Elon Musk’s SpaceX
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