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Forgiving For Living, Inc. 5th Annual, "Healthy, Wealthy & Wise" Conference

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 10/08/16

Forgiving For Living is a nonprofit organization with the mission to help at-risk girls between the ages of 12-18 overcome issues of low self-esteem due to abuse and or abandonment.  We are able to achieve this by providing them with tools and skills to live a productive and healthy life.  Our Ambassador Program is taught in schools and after school programs such as the Boys and Girls Club. We’ve served over 3,000 girls since 1999.

For the past five years Forgiving For Living has held their annual “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise Conference,” where close to 150 girls from across Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties attend for free and receive information to help them make better choices around their health, finances and preparing for college.  They will also receive swag bags full of stuff for school and to help them love being a girl. There will also be lots of fun and music!

This year’s conference will be held on Saturday, October 15th at the USC Radisson Hotel in Los Angeles.  The day will consist of classes for both the girls and the adults that work with youth.  The goal is to equip all of the attendees to leave refreshed and empowered to make better choices and decisions for their life. The opening speaker is Entrepreneur Stacey McBride-Irby and the keynote lunch speaker is KJLH Radio Personality Dominique DiPrima.  Workshop speakers include Dr. Theresa Price, Founder and Executive Director, National College Resources Foundation; Dr. Eileen Aranda, President Claremont Lincoln University; Dr. Michael Flores, Professor Cypress College; Wenonah Valentine, IDream Now; Actress Christina Ford; Financial Advisor Rosanna Manzano; Life Coach Gingi Montes; Certified Financial Planner Rene Nourse; Sonya Young Aadam, CEO California Black Women Health Project and Poet Oran Smith & Crew.

Forgiving For Living, Inc.’s goal is to have every girl receive information that will encourage them to make the best choices and decisions for their life.  We are thankful for all of those that volunteer their time and support our work. Vendors will also be on hand to provide information that will help the attendees learn more about college, making healthy choices, and making wise decisions for their life.

Healing Without Hate:  It’s a Choice.  It’s a Lifestyle.  Pass it On!

Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.ForgivingForLiving.org.  Wendy is a Coach, Consultant and Speaker.



A Letter of Gratitude to Dominique DiPrima

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/19/16

As a little girl growing up in Riverside, California I was the product of the community.  My mother left when I was just a few years old and I was raised by my father and my paternal grandmother.  My grandmother wanted to make sure that I didn’t fall to the streets and so she kept me busy and active in both church and the community.  My grandmother taught me the importance of keeping Christ first in all that I do, to love family and to always give back to the community. 


Most people know the work I do around events and community relations, as well as the work I am involved with helping young girls build positive self-esteem through the non-profit organization Forgiving For Living, has all been centered around giving back and building up the community. However, none of us can do what we do without the help and support of others.  There are several outlets, including the Los Angeles Sentinel,  that have given me a voice over the years to tell my story, and hopefully share pearls of wisdom to those who embrace what I have to say.  One of those outlets has also been, “Front Page With Dominique DiPrima” on 102.3 KJLH Radio. 


This past week while I was in Washington, D. C. attending the 46th Annual Legislative Conference presented by the Congressional Black Caucus, I signed off and did my last Thursday morning show on Dominique’s Front Page.  I am truly grateful that I had the privilege of being part of the Front Page Family for over six years.  During those years Dominique allowed me to grow from sharing about what’s happening in the community to also include uplifting thoughts and comments around the theme of forgiveness.  We grew together as friends and sisters in the work we both do to hopefully impact the community in a positive way.


In life change is inevitable. Life has also taught me that change is not always a bad thing.  Change makes us stretch and try things that we may have avoided if things stay the same.  I am always stretching and growing and each day I wake up with new expectations of what God has next for me to do.  What is important to remember are the lessons we’ve learned along our journey so we can take them with us and continue to improve along the way. 


Maya Angelou once said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”  Dominique, thank you for your generosity and giving me the opportunity over six years ago to touch our community through the power of radio.  You allowed me to thrive while living out my passion of helping others.  I wish you continued grace and success! #Community #CoachWendy #DominiqueDiPrima


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation 40 Years Later

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/12/16

During the late 1970’s and 1980’s African American students thrived with opportunity to attend public and private educational institutions.  After graduation from high school in 1979 I was accepted to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and my major field of study was Political Science.  During my college days I was involved with many organizations including participating in an internship in Washington, D.C. working for Congressman Julian C. Dixon.  Congressman Dixon represented California and through his office I was exposed to many activities on the hill, as well as being introduced to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.


The Congressional Black Caucus was founded in 1971 and the Foundation was established in 1976 as a non-partisan research institute.  While working as an intern in Washington in 1981 I had no idea the Foundation was in its infancy stage.  For me as a young African American woman I was excited and proud to be exposed to such leaders and see the great work they were doing.  The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) is an educational foundation that conducts research on issues affecting African Americans.  The CBCF run programs in education, healthcare and economic development. Throughout the year they sponsor forums, leadership seminars and provide scholarships to students. 


As with most Foundations and nonprofits they must raise funds in order to do the work of their mission.  Each year the CBCF host the Annual Legislative Conference in Washington where they bring together thought leaders, gatekeepers and Congressional Members to share information through workshops, seminars and various forms of presentations.  There are also various receptions, parties and the famous Phoenix Dinner all for the purpose of raising money and bringing people together to network and form new relationships. 


I have attended the Legislative Weekend several times over the years in various capacities. I will have the opportunity to support again this year and it brings on a new meaning.  I am a strong believer in the importance of legacy and exposing the next generation to our history and opportunities.  This year my daughter Courtney will be joining me for her first year at the Caucus.  We will support others traveling from California such as Barbara Perkins, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Cynthia Heard from the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, as well as, Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital as she speaks on a panel presented by the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce Prosper Your Issues. Your Voice discussing what is sustainability in underrepresented communities around health.  This year will also be monumental because it will be the last year where President Obama will be in office. Hope to see you there!  #CBCFALC16


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com.

Dare To Take The Limits Off

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 09/05/16

September has always been a time where I do a lot of reflection.  It is a time where the weather begins to turn a bit crisp, children go back to school and I set goals to achieve new things. September also represents my birthday month.  This past week I celebrated turning 55.  I am grateful to have the opportunity to still be here and live a life of purpose.  I believe we all have meaning and can do our part to make the world a better place.  In order to live a life of purpose and achieve great things we have to be willing to get out of our comfort zone and reach for more.  Another way to think of it would be to dare to take off the limits we’ve placed on ourselves.


There are many things that can hold us back from achieving our best.  One thing that really stands tall is fear.  All fear represents is false evidence appearing real.  Most of the time we fear the unknown or territory we’ve never tread.  Oftentimes once we step out and try something new or different we realize what is really possible.  Sometimes we feel a little blocked and we need help taking the next step.  When we realize we need help the first thing we should ask ourselves is what do we think is holding us back from really doing our best. There’s nothing wrong in admitting we need a little help.


I feel there’s so much to learn and things change so fast, especially in the world of technology, as soon as I accomplish learning something new it becomes outdated.  The world also continues to get smaller and it is becoming easier and easier to do things on a global platform, but we need to understand how it all comes together.  I used to feel so intimidated by the internet and what goes on in “cyber space,” but the more I stepped out and dared to take the limits off of my thinking, I’ve seen how I can grow and take my life and career to another level.


On Saturday, September 10th Joseph Business School with present a one day meet up event that will inform, inspire and help unlock the potential that lies within all of us.  It will have something for everyone including, Innovative Trends in Media & Technology, How to Get Started, Growing Global:  Opportunities & Pitfalls, Various Business Opportunities, Managing a Social Enterprise Well, Entertainment, and Growing Your Public Speaking & Life Coaching Business. I will share with other fellow panelists what helped me and how you can grow from the experience of others. There are possibilities are all around us.  It is up to us to take advantage of learning new things and thinking out the box.  


As summer fades and we get our minds wrapped around learning new things, dare to take the limits off your life so that you can achieve results and really see what’s possible for your next chapter. #CoachWendy


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am. 

Should a Lie Be Rewarded?

by Wendy Gladney Dean on 08/28/16

The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio may be over, but many had concerns and doubts before the games even started.   Brazil was the first South American nation to host the Olympics, but out the gate there was skepticism if they had the infrastructure to handle such an event. Although they hosted the Pan American Games in 2007 and the World Cup in 2014, Brazil still had lots of work to do to improve their roads, water systems, housing, and many other necessary components to make the world feel they were ready to host the granddaddy of all games.  Crime in Rio was also a concern. The international community wanted to make sure that Rio would be safe for the athletes and guests coming from around the world.  With all of these issues this small country in South America did not need an athlete from North America putting fuel on the fire of doubt. 


During the Olympics, American swimmer Ryan Lochte and three of his teammates fabricated a lie and said they were confronted and robbed at gun point by a group of citizens from Brazil.  News coverage went out internationally sharing this story before it was actually even validated.  What I found interesting as I read stories that were put out across various media outlets is how Lochte was taken at face value and believed without anyone understanding what really went down.  Over time as the officials in Rio began doing an intensive search into the matter it surfaced that the four swimmers from America shared different versions of the story.  Somewhere in all of this the truth surfaced, but at what cost.


The swimmers finally admitted they lied and fabricated the story.  Although there was some sort of altercation that occurred, the American athletes lied in an attempt to cover up their own bad behavior. The lies told by Ryan Lochte and his teammates put a stain on the Olympics and embarrassed Brazil.  This situation put a damper not only on the Olympics, but also on a small country of color that was doing their best to fulfill a dream of hosting the international games.  In the beginning many ran to the aid of Lochte over the word of officials from Brazil.  Is this because Lochte and his team members represented America?  Was it because it was the word of four white boys over the word of men of color? Would things have turned out differently if the people involved were different? This is a question we all need to assess in our own hearts. 


The fallout from all of this has taken an interesting turn.  After Ryan Lochte admitted he lied, although he is still twisted in scandal, he signed an endorsement deal with Pine Bros. Softish Throat Drops.  It is said that the campaign will be focused around forgiveness.  Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops: Forgiving on Your Throat.” Really?  So in the end, Lochte will still profit from his misbehavior and lies. Is this the message we want to send to the world on how someone can discredit a country and still come out on top.  Is this really an act of forgiveness?  The definition of forgiveness means the action or process of forgiving or being forgiven. How do the people of Brazil fit into this campaign or process?  Should a lie be rewarded?  Something to think about.


Healing Without Hate:  It's a choice. It's a lifestyle. Pass it on!


Visit www.WendyEnterprises.com and www.forgivingforliving.org.  Wendy is a coach, consultant and speaker. You may email her at wendy@wendyenterprises.com. Wendy is featured on Radio Free 102.3 KJLH on Front Page with Dominique DiPrima Thursday Mornings @ 4:30am.