Dr. Tererai received her doctorate in interdisciplinary evaluation from Western Michigan University and teaches courses in Global Health at Drexel University. She has published two highly acclaimed children’s books, and is the author of the award winning, The Awakened Woman– Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams (Simon & Schuster). In 2018, Dr. Trent received the NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
Rooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe, in a country known as Rhodesia under colonial rule, where cultural practices and a war that liberated her country charted the course of her life. Despite facing many obstacles, she never lost sight of her dreams for an education.
Dr. Trent is among ten women named the most inspiring women in the world by the Statues for Equality Project of Gillie and Marc. With nine other women, including Oprah Winfrey and Jane Goodall, a life-size bronze figure unveiled by Statues for Equality in the United States, immortalized Tererai on Women’s Equality Day on August 26, 2019.
- University Commencement Speeches
- Empowering Girls Through Education
- Education is a Human Right: Turning Oppression into Opportunities
- The Three Powers of Inspired Women’s Leadership: Passion, Mentorship & Giving Back
- The Power of Great Hunger – How it Defines Us
- Achieving Dreams Against All Odds
- The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting Your Sacred Dreams
Join us to hear from Dr. Tererai Trent, the woman chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her favorite guest of all time and the embodiment of all she tried to convey through her 25 seasons of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Calling on both ancient and present-day knowledge, Dr. Trent leads you through nine essential lessons to uncover the deep well of power hidden within you—the power to forge a brighter path, both for yourself and for the world. You will embark on a deeply personal journey to join the sacred sisterhood and: explore who you are, lift your sisters up and be supported yourself, learn from the collective feminine and share your unique gifts, explore fresh ideas, embrace your tremendous power, step into your role as a leader and become an integral part of the awakened world order. Drawing from both the wisdom of her African roots, her extraordinary experiences in modern America and her travels around the globe, Tererai guides you into the depths of your heart and spirit to: discover (or rediscover) your dreams, identify the greater meaning in your life, tap into your courage and find the resources necessary to make your dreams a reality. Dr. Trent will lead you, encourage you and serve your trusted guide and mentor. The time is now. Let’s begin.
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