A product of teen pregnancy, L.Y. grew up in a drug and crime infested project in Philadelphia, PA; escaped an unspeakable abusive relationship and put herself through 16 years of night school (sometimes with baby in tow) to earn multiple degrees including a MBA which served as the catalyst for her leadership in corporate America. Years later, when a health crisis threatened her work and life balance, L.Y. threw herself into the research of her first book Color Me Butterfly — a book that has not only won ten awards, but one of the highest literary awards, the National ‘Best Books’ Award.
The Manhattan Mercury refers to L.Y.’s work as “lyrical . . . thought provoking and emotionally wrenching.”
Her story would be notable enough given her tenacity to shatter the status quo. But it would be her courageous decision to walk away from a highly coveted, stellar 20+ year corporate career to found Saving Promise, a national nonprofit organization inspired by her family’s story of five generations of domestic violence, including her granddaughter, a little girl named Promise.
She shares this heartfelt and captivating journey of tragedy to triumph in her engaging and compelling memoir entitled: “Don’t Look at the Monster: One Woman’s Journey to Embrace a Purposeful Life.”
L.Y.’s commitment to overcoming the proverbial shows that she is the epitome of courage, determination and prosperity. Now, L.Y. combines practical and positive energy to empower other women to confront their own monsters and embrace a meaningful and purposeful life.
Her moving and timely message, infectious charm and authentic voice—an ordinary woman with an extraordinary story—has made L.Y. sought-after by mass media and multiple public and private groups, organizations and conferences. A testament to the transformative power that will inspire audiences alike to tap into their passion, purpose and power.