I love lifting others up.
Hi, my name is Keri Ledbetter, formerly Owens. I am socially awkward and secretly an introvert (shh), love to read, have two great kids, am a total cat person, I hate being cold, love my heels, & am a complete A-type personality. My top strengths are: Achiever, Responsibility, Restorative, Futuristic, & Focused. I am the queen of creating checklists & am a complete and total chicken who doesn't do roller coasters.
I love lifting others up, I really do, I love it. Whether it's modeling for a brand, writing mission/vision statements or blogging- figuring out the "why" for a client, speaking and empowering a room full of young adults, or empowering young ladies to be the absolute best, strongest versions of themselves possible. I love it when someone's self-worth shoots through the roof after talking with me. I truly feed off that energy- it's a natural high for me. I love knowing that I added something positive to this world.
Fostering self-worth in young ladies is really what Values First is all about. It's my personal mission. I never want a young lady to have to go through what I did. They're worth more. I want to give them all the tools they need to be successful, with our Diamond program, and if they fail, it'll be because they chose not to utilize those tools, not because I didn't try to make a difference. Self-awareness and personal development are the hidden gems to breaking statistics for at risk youth. I know, because I've been through it.
I've never thought of myself as a teacher. I never wanted to be, but as I look back on my life, I know if I didn't share the take away's, it would be an absolute waste. I've been there. I've been lower than low. I didn't believe in myself, didn't like how I looked, was beaten down, my self-esteem felt more like a dried up raisin, not like the diamond I really was. I know how it can impact young ladies lives and I believe, that if your self-worth is strong, it's going to influence too many life decisions, for the better. That's my mission: building young ladies up, so they can make amazing life decisions. Fostering grit and the needed values to achieve a successful life- stomping statistics into the ground.
I love motivational speaking too, it's one of the ways I connect with young ladies. It's receiving the texts or pm's afterwards and taking the time to give advice. It's the pre-meetings and hours of preparation to make sure the girls get my best. I care. I believe in giving young ladies all the tools they need to be successful. Tools I didn't have growing up- not because my Mom didn't care, but because of the circumstances and our environment. People have so much untapped potential within them, I believe you have to have the tools to unearth them and the drive and want to be successful. Most of the girls I work with aren't getting that at home, for one reason or another.
You can absolutely say I wear my heart on my sleeve with Values First, literally and figuratively.
-Keri Ledbetter (Owens)
President & Creative Director
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