Read About Joie Rasberry
• She was labeled by Ebony Magazine as “one of the best young speakers of our time.”
• She has spoken in the East Room at the White House for the President of the United States of America, broadcast live in 160 countries.
• She is an author of two award-winning books, ‘From Jensen Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue’ and ‘More Than Half a Century.’
• She has worked as an On-Air News Radio Co-Host at KTSU 90.9 FM Radio Station and trained at KRIV Fox 26 News.
• She has more than 30 years on the lecture circuit as keynote speaker for corporations, businesses, professional organizations, colleges & universities, government & federal agencies, labor unions, and faith-based institutions.
• She is a prolific writer, having written award-winning articles and commentary, as well as having conducted celebrity interviews.
• She garnered first place team and individual wins globally as a collegiate debater as a part of the internationally acclaimed Texas Southern University Debate Team, under the tutelage of the legendary, Dr. Thomas F. Freeman.
• She has received hundreds of honors, medals and awards for dazzling her audiences by way of keynote presentations and performances.
• Each year Rasberry speaks to more than 100,000 women in private and public sectors, in the United States and internationally.
• Her client list includes, but is not limited to, Internal Revenue Service, Wal-mart/Sams Club, Black McDonalds Operator’s Association, General Motors, ExxonMobil, AT&T, The United States Postal Service, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Fifth Ward Church of Christ, Church Without Walls, McGee Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church and hundreds of others.
Joie Rasberry’s Humble Beginnings
Rasberry is a shining example of spectacular triumph against incredible odds. During more turbulent times, Rasberry shared the pain of losing her oldest sister who was a victim of domestic violence, how drugs and alcohol gripped another sister, her only brother sentenced to prison, and the pain associated with the death of the man she loved most, her father.
Rasberry took those trying experiences and catapulted herself above her circumstances. Today, because of her modest, humble, and authentic approach, corporations, businesses, organizations, colleges & universities and faith-based institutions call on Rasberry to motivate, inspire, encourage, and empower their audiences to defy every impossibility and achieve their dreams, regardless of the obstacles they face.
In an effort to help other adolescent girls, who just like her sisters, may find themselves in compromising situations, Rasberry established Rasberry’s House of Hope, a residential group home for adolescent girls shattered by abandonment, abuse and neglect. Rasberry has housed many; helping them to finish high school, enter college, find gainful employment, learn social and life skills, mend relationships with their biological families and become productive citizens.
Although Rasberry would modestly insist otherwise, there has never been anything simple or commonplace about her – not her hope, her vision, her life, and certainly not her faith. She so eloquently found a way to keep it all together, while things around her were falling apart. Rasberry translates faith and values, knowledge, humor, wit, statistics, research, common sense and belief into a powerful and unforgettable keynote experience.
Rasberry’s talents have landed her on programs alongside Dexter Scott King - son of slain civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, Former President of the United States of America President George W. Bush, Cissy & Whitney Houston, and countless others.
“I think back upon a childhood longing to do better, to have more, and to make something of myself. Yet, I remember one of my teachers, Mrs. Smith, telling me to think more realistically. She referred to my family as dysfunctional and spoke in limited terms of my success, referring to me as African-American, female, and full-figured.” I said to myself then, “You’ll read about me someday.” I was definitely dreaming then. With no evidence of that ever being possible, I clung to that preposterous vision and with the force of those dreams willed it and made it happen. Not because I needed to be famous, but because I needed Mrs. Smith to be wrong. I needed a world that was sometimes cold and calloused to know that when preparation, education and opportunity meet, amazing things can happen. From that moment on, I’ve lived my life believing in limitless possibilities. I had to succeed, not only for me, but for my family, my neighborhood, my community and the world at-large. I had to arrange my life so that Mrs. Smith never talked down to another student again.”
Rasberry's career as a professional speaker & orator, author & commentary writer, Public Affairs news radio co-host, and entrepreneur, was birthed from pain that she turned into provision, profit and prosperity.
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Joie Rasberry is an extraordinary orator, author, educator, lecturer, on-air public affairs news radio host and entrepreneur. With more than 25 years on the lecture circuit, she was categorized by Ebony Magazine as being one of the greatest young speakers of our time.'
Her speaking style is bold, courageous, engaging, highly-substantive, well-researched, pertinent to her audiences and entertaining, whether for the public or private sector. She captures the business, education and spiritual arenas with messages that empower, inspire, motivate, enthrall and offer hope to her audiences.
With each presentation she demonstrates, yet again, that she is a master at her craft as she artfully and theatrically belts out the spoken word. She specializes in ascertaining the organization's culture, interests and challenges. The client, in turn, receives the value-add of the experience and exposure to this qualitatively measurable speaker who is, in one word - unforgettable.
Each year Rasberry speaks to more than 100,000 people in private and public organizations, both in the United States and internationally.
She encourages her listeners to surmount every obstacle that stands between them and what they deserve and want. Her client list includes, but is not limited to, ExxonMobil, The Black McDonalds Operator's Association, Anheuser Busch, United States Postal Service, AIMS – Internal Revenue Service, Xerox, Proctor & Gamble and countless other companies.
She has spoken at New York University: Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University, Florida Community College, University of Texas in Austin, Clark Atlanta University, Morgan State University, University of Houston and hundreds of other colleges and universities.
She has also serves as keynote speaker for faith-based organizations such as Texas Women Empowerment Conference, Church of Christ Ladies Lectureship, Texas State Lectureship, Brookhollow Baptist Church: Church Without Walls, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church and thousands of others.
Rasberry studied theatre at the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, biblical studies at Southwestern Christian College, and Speech Communication and Broadcast Journalism at Texas Southern University.
She traveled the world with the renowned and infamous Texas Southern University Speech & Debate Team, garnering is place wins in Paris, France, Rome, Italy, Johannesburg, South Africa, Prague, Czech Republic and more. Rasberry spoke in the East Room of the White House in 2002 and that same year was the first non-traditional student in the history of TSU to win the title of Miss Texas Southern University.
Labeled a social commentary critic extraordinaire, Rasberry's writings continue to garner national attention as she pens award-winning content that peaks the interest of the media. She writes compelling, intriguing, thought-provoking and strategic content that was originally design to empower women, but has thus spread, tapping into the power and greatness of students and men as well.
She is the author of two books, ‘From Jensen Drive to Pennsylvania Avenue’ and ‘More Than Half a Century.' Her third book, ‘Undeniable Grace' is soon to be released. Rasberry has taught on the high school level and consulted on the collegiate level in the areas of Speech, Debate and Theatre.
She is a highly sought-after communications expert, with a focus on Public Speaking, Presentational Effectiveness, Executive Presence, Accent & Reduction Modification, and Voice & Diction. She is also a Voice-Over Artist for narration, commercials, audiobooks, documentaries, and industrial/corporate films.
She serves as speech coach and speech writer to celebrities, entertainers, business executives, professional athletes and rising politicians.
For 15 years, Rasberry founded and established Rasberry's House of Hope, a State of Texas Licensed Residential Group Home for adolescent, teen and young adult females who were victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. She vowed to suspend all judgement and to show them that life can be surprisingly different with being able to make right choices, right decisions, having a right self-image and serving a right God.
Women's Ministry is still one of her greatest joys, thought here gifts and talents as a professional educator of speech has catapulted her in so many different directions.
In her spare time, Rasberry works in chaplaincy with the Houston Medical Center offering hope to those who are in hospice care.
In addition, she uses studies done in Mortuary Science to assist local funeral homes. Rasberry takes a special interest in those who are transitioning and their family members. She states this is her behind-the-scenes most crucial work.
Rasberry is a resident of Houston, Texas. She travels the globe extensively bringing hope to the hopeless, love to the loveless, mercy to the merciless, and grace to the graceless.
Though she has tapped into radio, television, print media, performing arts, education and more, Rasberry remains humble and grounded. She doesn't boast or brag. She simply continues to quietly use the gifts God has given her to make a difference in the world.
Rasberry worships at Trinity Gardens Church of Christ in Houston, TX but speaks for women ministry groups of different cultural, ethnic, social and spiritual backgrounds all over the world.
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