Championing Change: Deneen L Garrett on Women’s Empowerment

This month’s profile spotlight is Deneen L Garrett, a dynamic USA based international speaker, podcast creator & host, and empowerment coach dedicated to uplifting women. Deneen focuses on empowering women to live their dream lifestyles through empowerment speaking, coaching, and her podcast, “Women of Color: An Intimate Conversation”. Deneen is also an emerging bi-coastal Art curator whose mission is to inspire 100 Black art collectors and to promote Detroit artists.

In this interview, Deneen reflects on the concept of women’s empowerment, challenges, results and the right way to approach empowerment.

What initially drew you to become a women’s empowerment coach? I was drawn to women’s empowerment coaching by my desire to help women navigate the challenges they face and to achieve their fullest potential. Witnessing the transformation that occurs when women are empowered to pursue their dreams are incredibly fulfilling and drive my passion for this work.

What are the biggest challenges you see women facing today, and how does your coaching address them? Women today face numerous challenges, including balancing or my preference, integrating career and personal life, overcoming societal stereotypes, and breaking through glass ceilings. I designed My 3+ D’s, Dream, Decide/Design, Drive coaching program to address these challenges by providing tailored strategies, confidence building exercises, and practical tools that empower women to overcome obstacles and to thrive.

Can you describe your coaching philosophy? What makes your approach unique? My coaching philosophy centres on the belief that every woman has the potential to live her dream life. My approach is unique because it combines motivational speaking with personalised coaching plans, focusing on actionable steps and mindset shifts that drive real, sustainable change.

What are some of the most significant transformations you’ve witnessed in your clients? One significant transformation involved a client who lacked confidence in her leadership abilities. Through our coaching sessions, she developed the confidence to apply for and secure a senior management position, greatly enhancing her career and personal fulfilment.

How do you measure success for your clients? Success is measured by the achievement of personal and professional goals set during our sessions. This includes career advancements, personal growth milestones, and overall improvements in quality of life and self-confidence.

Can you share any example of how you helped a client overcome a challenge and achieve greater empowerment? I once worked with a client struggling with public speaking anxiety, which was hindering her career progress. By using targeted techniques and consistent practice, she overcame her fears and went on to deliver a successful presentation at a major industry conference, significantly boosting her career prospects.

What are some practical tools or strategies you recommend for women who want to feel more empowered in their daily lives? I recommend setting clear, achievable goals, practising self-care routines, and seeking mentorship or coaching. Additionally, engaging in activities that build confidence, such as public speaking or networking, can greatly enhance a woman’s sense of empowerment. The key is to keep the life you want or goal top of mind and ensure you say “yes” to everything that leads you there.

What are some common myths or misconceptions about empowerment that you encounter? A common misconception is that empowerment is a one-time event rather than a continuous journey. True empowerment involves ongoing personal development and the consistent application of learned strategies and tools. Pivoting, pausing and pursuing are part of the journey So it’s okay to pause, change how you get there and often where there is.

In your view, what role does women’s empowerment play in creating a more equitable society?Women’s empowerment is crucial for creating a more equitable society as it ensures that women have the confidence, skills, and opportunities to contribute fully to all areas of life. This leads to diverse perspectives, innovative solutions, and a more balanced approach to societal development.

What advice would you give to young women who are just starting their journeys towards empowerment? My advice is to stay true to your values, seek out supportive networks, and never be afraid to ask for help or guidance. Believe in your potential and take actionable steps towards your goals every day. Also, imperative to your self-care and success to find and connect with your tribe.

What resources (books, podcasts, etc.) would you recommend to our readers who are interested in learning more about women’s empowerment? I recommend books like 

  • “No Thanks: 7 Ways to Say I’ll Just Include Myself: A Guide to Rockstar Leadership for Women of Color in the Workplace” by L. Michelle Smith,
  • The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table”, 
  • My podcast, “Women of Color: An Intimate Conversation,” where I discuss various empowerment topics with inspiring women.
  • Check out my Amazon store for more book recommendations.

What is your ultimate hope for the future of women’s empowerment? My ultimate hope is that women everywhere can live authentically and confidently, free from societal constraints, and contribute meaningfully to their communities and professions. My wish is that Women Live a Dream Lifestyle™ .

Is there a final message you’d like to share with our readers, particularly those seeking to feel more empowered? Remember, empowerment starts from within. Trust in your abilities, embrace your unique journey, and don’t be afraid to dream big. You have the power to create the life you desire. Live your Dream life, NOW!

Deneen L Garrett’s delivery at the International Women’s Festival on Living The Dream Life Style.