An Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker with The John Maxwell Team

About Anita D Russell

As a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker, I can offer you workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through study and practical application of John’s proven leadership methods. Working together, I will move you and/or your team or organization in the desired direction to reach your goals.

To SOAR is to grow fearlessly with vision, purpose and action.

As an independent consultant and life coach, I am passionate about contributing to the growth and development of people, both youth and adults. I am on a mission to make a BIG impact in three key areas: building community, inspiring change and giving back.

I was born, raised and educated in Pittsburgh PA. My eclectic career spans multiple disciplines, including pharmaceutical R&D, learning and development, computer arts and elearning design, youth and community leadership, ministry and life coaching.

I am a former drug discovery scientist with a biopharma company in New Jersey. After leaving the lab, I took on the role of program manager for the R&D Center for Science Education. I also served as chair of the African American Affinity Group in support of corporate diversity and inclusion.

In 2017, I founded The Place to SOAR LLC, a social enterprise with a vision to invest in the growth and development of people. SOAR is an acronym for Step Out And Redesign You. The Place to SOAR includes the SOAR Coaching Academy and a community-based television show featuring guests who live their lives on purpose and willingly share their experiences and lessons learned for the benefit of others. 

In addition, I am a publised author, with my most recent book, an anthology entitled Empower Your Life made the Amazon #1 Bestseller List. My first publication, Motherhood Dreams and Success: You can Have It All, is an anthology full of inspiration and wisdom from a very diverse group of women from around the world. I am currently working on a third book, a spiritual memoir, to be released in 2018.

Formal Education

University of Pittsburgh – BS, Biology

Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Specialized Technology Degree, Interior Design

Capella University – MEd, Educational Leadership

Contact Me. I am looking forward to assisting you on your journey to becoming a successful leader.