Meet Dr. Janice Ellis

Awesome Purse-onality 2021 Event Chair

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Dr. Ellis grew up on a cotton farm in Mississippi and had a front seat to the Civil Rights Movement. Her first hand accounts of racial injustices, specifically and not limited to voter suppression by intimidation, cemented her path for her to become the fierce woman she is today. She eventually pursued degrees in communication and political science and wears many hats including commentator, speaker, advocate, and award winning author.

Awesome Ambitions has spent this last year focusing on social justice, career planning and life skills, entrepreneurship, and health and wellness. In this political climate, Dr. Ellis' expertise and compassion makes her an excellent choice to chair Purse-onality 2021, which will take place June 12.

“Being Chair of the Awesome Purse-onality 2021 Event means a lot to me personally. It was in high school that two teachers took an interest in me, encouraged me to continue to make good grades and assured me that if I did I could go to college or pursue whatever career I wanted. They exposed me to various college prep programs and too me on campus visits. Having them take an interest in me opened horizons, and that was the beginning of me achieving degrees, and pursuing a career that I love. I know firsthand how mentors and programs, like those in Awesome Ambitions, can impact a young girl’s life.” - Dr. Janice Ellis