AnitaSpeaks: May 2020

Come as my guest…
Whether you self-published, used a traditional publisher, or have been a part of a collaborative book (or want to be!), this event is for you! 

I can’t wait to see your book become a business, and impact people around the world!


May 5 | 4 PM ET
SpeakerChat:
“Be Uniquely You”

SpeakerChat hosted by Women Speakers Association
Anita shares her approach to coaching others to grow from within. Her theme for the chat, “Growth from Within: Be Uniquely You”, offers three key messages:
1. Know your inner-personal self
2. Take action in your “becoming gap”.
3. Own your voice. Share your message.


May 7 | 1 PM ET
Increasing Health and Social Equity: Preparing Our Communities to Be Healthy in Post-Covid-19

Join the U.S. Coalition of Black Women Businesses (USCBWB) in Part 1 of our Health & Wellness Series. This virtual event will take place on the GoToMeeting platform. This session will bring together businesswomen, government officials, educators, and practitioners to discuss topics that promote greater health and economic wellbeing in Communities of Color. Anita Russell, VP of the Eastern Region of USCBWB, will moderate the discussion. Registration is required.


May 13 | 4 PM ET
Anita Russell
Panelist for Speaker Success Training

What is Speaker Success Training?

It’s a monthly gathering of women speakers of all levels of expertise — from all over the world — who come together with a desire to increase their impact by sharing their message. 

Our Speaker Success Training features global experts who have been specifically selected because of their proven track record in their own speaking and training, as well as an affinity for WSA and our members!

Each training is 90 minutes long, has a LIVE Q&A with the guest training and includes the recording so you can add it to your training library. But plan to be there LIVE as you’ll have access to time-sensitive resources!

Reviews: I Wanna See Laney’s House

WONDERFUL BOOK!
Great read with a relatable story full of inspiration and overcoming allowing yourself to grow.
—Yasmin Brown


ONE OF THE GREATEST HEARTFELT STORIES EVER WRITTEN!!
To have written about such a deep and personal experience is both challenging and freeing in many ways, and it’s just as so for the reader. Wonderful read, beautifully written. Definitely a must!
—Alicia Young


WONDERFUL WRITING STYLE
I met the author several months ago and wanted to support her writing effort; besides I wanted to know what the title referred to. Anita’s writing style drew me in and made me feel like I was experiencing the events of her childhood along with her. I found it difficult to put the book down. Her chapter titles, often references to the Bible, were spot on. I wish I had the ability to remember even half as many events from my youth as she does from hers.
C Schelle


A MUST READ
The author, Anita D. Russell and I were high school classmates at the then newly merged Steel Valley High School in Pennsylvania. I Loved her book! For anyone from our area, from our times, this is a MUST READ. Anyone else could certainly learn from Anita’s well-written journey and wisdom. The book tells her personal story, (which could have been enough), and threads the story of integration, family, life and death, and her spiritual relationship with God. Enjoy and tell your friends and family!
— Joanne Rego


DON’T STOP READING
I would definitely recommend everyone pick up this book and read. I was in tears and joy of remembering my childhood. The author bought life to the words on the pages.
Jean Thompson


Reviews: Voices of the 21st Century

A BOOK EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO READ.
This is definitely an extraordinary work. You rarely get this kind of opportunity to hear from 50 powerful women all at once. The Author Gail Watson brings the teachings, encouragements, and inspirations of these 50 women all in one place. You have no excuses not to have a copy of this book. I love the fact that each woman in this book has a voice of her own and not like 50 people talking over the same idea. Above all, this book really inspired me and opened my eyes to a lot of things I never knew in the past. When I read some of the chapters, it felt as if though I was the one been addressed to. I can’t wait to introduce this book to my daughter when she comes home for a holiday.
—KarynH

YOU, TOO, ARE A DIAMOND WHO IS HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
Author Gail Watson, founder of Women Speakers Association, is joined by Deb Coman, an editor, copywriter, and marketer, in presenting this valuable and inspiring collection of women who have made a difference and share their messages to aid other women in empowering themselves.This fine book is published by the Women Speakers Association and as an opener, Gail shares the vision of that group: ‘Our vision is of a world in which women are empowered to authentically express themselves; to build a thriving, prosperous business; and feel a part of something greater. A world in which women take ownership of and step into being the leaders they are; using their voice to powerfully inspire others, thus causing transformation in the lives of their clients, their companies, communities and the world.
—Grady Harp

A COLLECTION OF INSPIRATION FROM WOMEN OF THE WORLD.
This book is a collection of stories from women of different backgrounds who have shared personal experiences and how they overcame the adversity to prosper and be successful. One of my favorites was I tore off my Superhero costume. This was a powerful story from a successful business woman, wife, and mother who one day decided to stop trying to be perfect. The methods she used were inspiring and can benefit anyone in that situation. This is a great collection of advice from some very successful women with inspiring stories and action plans. This is a great read for anyone looking to make a positive change in life, personal or work. Check this one out and let me know what you think.
—Jimmy ray

Solo Debut Release: I Wanna See Laney’s House

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Take a Walk in a Decades-long Spiritual  Journey Towards Mental Wellness. Anita immerses you in her life story from tragedy and grief to triumph and peace. She divides her life into five main seasons of growth and cultivated change from a broken little girl to an awakening adolescent, a nurturing young adult, and an evolving grown woman. As a result, she stands today speaking of her yearnings as a liberated woman.

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Advocacy, Health and Wellness

Overcoming Decades of Childhood Grief

My recent debut as a solo author, “I Wanna See Laney’s House”, reveals a decades-long journey towards spiritual growth and mental wellness. It begins with a tragic moment at the family home on Linden Avenue in East Pittsburgh. A dark night of the soul unfolds when one sister is hit by a car and the other hit by depression.

I have a riddle for you: How does a 5-year-old girl recover from depression? Click to read the full article on Kidsburgh online magazine to find the answer. . .

Author Talk Session & Book Signing: A Community Success

I have a question for you: What do you do when you have a vision with little time to pull it off, not sure who will come, and not sure if it will even work? I’m sure you know the answer…you do it anyway

God dropped a vision into my spirit recently to bring together 10 authors living in the city of Pittsburgh, along with members of the community, to engage with one another, to learn from one another, and to bless one another. The event was billed as “Building Community through Literary Arts”. I began by reaching out to authors I had met through daily living—on Uber rides, attending bookstore events, and social media.

It was the same with the guests. I just put it out there and got some folks in attendance who were just the right people to be there; even had some young people there! The venue was spot on for how I set up the “Meet the Artist” activity. The idea was to have the authors behind the scenes until everyone had eaten. Then unleash the guests to find the authors using a raffle card showing only pictures of their books. The authors were waiting in two separate areas designated as Author Alley 1 & 2. The guests who participated and filled their card were then put in the raffle drawing for individual gift bags that had been donated by the authors themselves—including tee shirts, mugs, bookmarks, books and more. 

Partial list of authors: View the Author Gallery for the complete lineup.

  1. Devantae Butler (Breakthrough from Isolation to Elevation)
  2. Kyosho John Morgan Hamilton (Participation)
  3. Mark Craven (Karyeator)
  4. Rick Claypool (Leech Girl Lives)

I also invited a visual artist by the name of Tranikka Powell, an incredibly gifted young woman who showcased many of her pieces for the amazement of the guests as part of the “Meet the Artist” raffle. We auctioned off one piece called the “Lion Queen”. What I absolutely love about Tranikka’s work is that there is a life story behind each piece; about family, God, relationships, etc. She also presented us with a live event sketch at the end of the evening.

And there was the hospitality crew: hostess Victoria Dorsett (a local high school student) and caterer Vickey Giddens of Vickey Soul Grill Takeout and Catering in Mckeesport PA, a new startup supported by the Mon Valley Launch Box (a business incubator) and Idea Foundry (a business accelerator). The venue, The Beauty Shoppe Pitt Building, provided support as well with a staff member by the name of Sophia. I loved her spirit as she jumped right in, joined the conversation with the authors, and even helped with the cleanup. A young man by the name of Tacumba Turner was the photographer/videographer. One of the things he did was interview each author separately. (Can’t with to see what he produces!)

The highlight of the evening was the moderated Author Panel Discussion where we dived right into the topic of building community through literary arts. Each author gave a bit of their personal story and their writing testimony. Several moderated questions were presented which made for a dynamic, transparent and authentic discussion. The guest participated by asking their own questions, adding comments, and sharing some of their own personal experiences. Breakthroughs were made, prayers were sent up, and new relationships forged. Everyone contributed to building the community conversation. It was an amazing sight to behold!

The next step in the vision is twofold. First, launch a quarterly series of similar events in 2020 (Feb, May, Aug, Nov). And second, officially launch the “Write Source Community Book Club”, which will include a Facebook community for others to participate. Additional details will follow soon.

If you would like to be informed of what’s happening next, please join our mailing list. You can also visit my website, The Place to SOAR, to see what else is on the horizon.

“Always do more to SOAR!”

Author Anita D Russell: Voices of the 21st Century

Big things are coming! 
The release of Voices of the 21st Century is just around the corner.  Stay tuned for how you can read these powerful stories for navigating modern life. Published by Women Speakers Association.

LIVESTREAM ON LAUNCH DAY SEPT 10!
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Meet the women who are featured in this book releasing on Sept 10  VoicesOfThe21CenturyBook.com.

LAUNCH DATE SEPTEMBER 10, 2019