Sometimes, numbers do lie! Statistics say, children who are raised in domestically violent homes and/or homes filled with substance abuse and poverty are less likely to succeed and more likely to become products of their environment.
However, this wasn’t the case for Rahkal C. D. Shelton. Those were her statistics; but, the self-proclaimed “rose from concrete” triumphed over them. Rahkal is a 3x published author, dynamic speaker, inspiration enthusiast, workplace peace advocate, and the CEO of Be The Inspired You. She is a first-generation college graduate whose resume is lined with accomplishments and work histories with well-known corporate entities. She holds a Master's degree in Media Communications and Training from Governors State University.
Her BA is in Radio/TV/Film (from her beloved HBCU) Texas Southern University, where she was the lead sideline sports reporter, Miss Senior, and a multiple scholarship recipient. Rahkal has over 12 years of experience working for conglomerates, including CNN, Warner Media (formerly Turner Broadcasting System Inc.), iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel Communications), and Fox Chicago News. Her work and expertise have been highlighted in Forbes, Huffington Post, WGN, Voyage Atl, The Talk of Chicago, and Radio One.
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"YOUR PAST DOESN’T HAVE TO DICTATE YOUR FUTURE, AND MANIFESTATION IS THE PRODUCT OF A HEALTHY MINDSET AND TAKING ACTION.”
- Rahkal C. D. Shelton
The Story Behind Be The Inspired You:
2017, I lost four of the closest people in my entire life within eight months. If this wasn't challenging enough, I started a new career and took in two children (as a result of one of the deaths). Battling grief, the stress of instant single motherhood, life, workplace pressures, and anxiety, my health declined rapidly! It felt as if I lost a fifth life: my own. I found myself in an unfamiliar dark space and clinically depressed. Guess what? I still had to show up to work and in life. So instead of rolling over, I started doing more of what I'm passionate about and love—serving and inspiring others! I changed my perspective and learned that you could change your life if you can change your mind. This mindset shift began to nurse me back to health. Using my passion, story, and pain as motivation, I created Be The Inspired You as a tool to empower others personally and professionally.
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