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Episode 186: The Sky is the Limit When You Know Your “Why” w/ Juanita Ingram

Giving yourself permission to dream bigger than one job is of equal importance to pursuing your dream job. Juanita Ingram, CEO of Purpose Production Inc., has found that her roles as an attorney, author, and actress all serve her to fulfill her life’s purpose of empowering women. Further, hard work and self-efficacy have proved integral to each of her endeavors. Join us as Juanita shares words of inspiration that drive her forward.

Bio: Vegan enthusiast Juanita Ingram is an American licensed attorney, filmmaker, author, and actress currently living in Taipei, Taiwan, and formerly residing in London.

She is a wife, mother of two, and is the Founder and CEO of Purpose Productions Inc., a 501(c)3 women-led production company. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Tennessee State University and her MBA and Jurist Doctorate degree from the University of Memphis. She is also the founder of Dress for Success Greater London and Dress for Success Chattanooga.

Actress/Filmmaker: Juanita grew up performing in local theater productions and has several IMBD credits as an actress, and Indie film director, writer, and producer in the US, UK, and Hungary. In 2019 she launched PURPOSE Productions as President & Founder producing two award-winning short films, BXAUTIFUL NIGHTMARX and TABLXS and received numerous film festival awards.

She is the creator, star, and EP of the hit Telly Award-winning smart-reality docu-series The Expats International Ingrams which debuted with 2.3 million streams it’s the first month (Dec 2020) on Amazon and is currently under distribution negotiations. (You can see her awards/nominations on the bio I sent.)

Juanita has been featured on COnde’ Nast LUXE, BBC Radio, Madam Noire, BlackLove, PRIDE UK, Colorful Radio, Premiere Radio UK, and Travel Noire. Juanita has also provided legal commentary for SKY News TV, NewsMaxx, and Focus Today.

The Author: Juanita created a multi-cultural Christian children’s series – The Wonderfully Made Pals Presents which is a series of books with a mission of introducing the word of God to kids. The series currently includes Kind Kinsley, Wonderfully Made Wanita, Confident Keynan, and Generous Gregerio and her two newest additions– Heng and the Holy Spirit & Carisa’s Curls! She also published three Christian inspirational books for women, Winning with Christ – Finding the Victory in Every Experience, Beauty for Ashes – Transforming Testimonies for Every Woman, and Fabulous, Faithful, & Free. In 2019 Juanita released Fabulous, Faithful & Free: The Workbook. It is an 8 week comprehensive guide to a journey of self discovery and reflection. Juanita recently finished an international multi-city book tour with Barnes and Noble. Her latest book is Peace over Panic – a 14-day devotional workbook offering tips to women and moms during the COVD-19 crisis with proceeds benefiting charity.

The Attorney: As a Tennessee and Indiana licensed attorney with over 18 years of experience, Juanita has been recognized by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2018 and 2019 as an Attorney For Justice Award. She was also recognized in the Dai’namic Women series in2017; awarded the Power of Women in Law Award in 2016, received the Up and Coming Leadership in Law Award in 2007; and was named Top 40 under 40 in 2004. As an advocate for young girls and women, Juanita travels internationally speaking on various topics regarding female empowerment and self-worth; delivering motivational messages to women and children throughout the US, Europe & the UK. She has competed and won numerous regional and international pageant titles in the past (including Mrs. UK World 2011, Mrs. UK Universe 2013, and Ms. World International 2012) and was recognized by the Madame Noire publication as one of the Top 7 Black Women in Pageantry to turn Beauty into Business along with Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, and Vanessa Williams.

Juanita uses her legal skills, philanthropic passion, business tenacity, and impeccable style as the Founder and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Dress For Success Greater London and Chattanooga; organizations that help disadvantaged women become economically independent by styling them and giving them interview attire, career training, and on-going support. As a recognized Fashion Philanthropist, she skillfully uses fashion to empower women to succeed and thrive. She is also the creator of the Power of Women Celebration with Dress For Success Greater London which takes place annually during International Women’s Day in London and consists of an awards ceremony highlighting the achievements of inspirational women leaders; as well as a panel discussion of issues addressing women in the workplace.

Juanita’s Something Extra: Leaning into your uniqueness.

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Credits:

– Lisa Nichols, Host
– Scott Crosby, Executive Producer
– Daniel Williams, Recording Engineer

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