Your Next Public Speaker

Since her own homeless experience, Versandra Kennebrew has spent more than a decade dedicating her life and lending her voice to ending poverty and homelessness. A holistic health professional, speaker, author, and soon-to-be yoga instructor, she has a passion for inspiring people who are experiencing major life transitions to never give up on themselves or their dreams.

She supports other formerly homeless speakers to strengthen their skills in the art of storytelling through the Gateway Center’s Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. She also uses her voice to propel emerging leaders as a Distinguished Toastmaster and coaches entrepreneurs to seek balance in their lives while building their empires.

Kennebrew recently completed a year of national service as an Americorps VISTA where she worked on building capacity to alleviate poverty. She also served on the board of directors for Detroit’s Coalition on Temporary Shelter and was elected as a Community Services Commissioner for the Detroit Department of Human Services.

Author of the memoir on overcoming homelessness, “Thank God for the Shelter,” Kennebrew has shared her story across the nation, including for the Institute for Children In Poverty, the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, the Black Women’s Expo, and many colleges and universities. “Ignite Your Imagination: Discover The Art of Reinventing You” is her most requested speaking topic.

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8 thoughts on “Your Next Public Speaker

  1. Andrea, you are one of my 1st Map Your Success program participants and I am honored to have the opportunity to support you with your business and personal goals. You are a dynamic poet, voice-over and communications expert. I see a great future ahead and we will work together long after your coaching program ends.

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  2. I’ve been in Versandra’s six-month coaching program since July 2014 and it’s been great. I really look forward to our every two-week sessions. What I really appreciate is her holistic approach, and the insights she brings to the sessions. She really helps you see outside your box.

    When I went into the sessions the top two goals were increasing my business income and financial stress reduction, and I’m happy to say those goals have actually been reached! It was the week-to-week discussions that made me more mindful of my goals, plus her business tips.

    My other focus areas were implementing more movement into my days and drinking more water. As a busy entrepreneur, I’m still working on those areas, and Versandra’s gentle yet persistent approach helps to keep me mindful. Our last session is at the end of Dec. and I’m sure I’ll have success in these areas as well.

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