Jan 10

by Kim Anthony

As a young adult aging out of the foster care system with an infant and no family support, Nadine’s early life was particularly challenging. She spent 28 successful years in corporate America as an Organizational Manager but had a burning passion to be a positive force in the lives of children.

She became a foster parent and volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) when she realized that helping children is her life’s purpose and Speak The Dream Foundation was born. She is an effective speaker with compassion and a presence that will disarm and capture any audience. Nadine’s vision is to ignite a fire and inspire every young person that she comes in contact with and encourage them to always SPEAK the dream and most importantly, LIVE IT!!

Within her vision, Nadine also believes that the parents/guardians of our youth can be very pivotal to their success. Therefore, support, encouragement and inclusion of parents/guardians must be built into our programs. For more information or to support her wonderful organization visit:



Jan 5

by Kim Anthony

G’morning! This Urban Angel was nominated by the wonderful (angel on earth, herself) Lena Cole Dennis. (www.Facebook.com/LenaColeDennis) Today’s Urban Angel Profile’s sheer courage and commitment absolutely confounds me! Her name is Mary Ann Nicholson, Founder and Director of Healings in Motion!

Mary Ann Nicolson is a twenty-five year broadcast veteran including television, radio and new media in major markets.   Her professional experiences include radio production, media sales, management and radio station ownership in Los Angeles and Sacramento, CA.

She has served on many boards throughout her career. However, she is especially pleased at the work that was accomplished while serving over 13 years as a board member for Ability’s First , an agency that serves people with special needs through-out  Southern California. Little did she know that this experience would prepare her for this phase of her life.

After being married just over a year, her husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Flabbergasted at the unexpected role she assumed as a caregiver, her quest for information became paramount.    Offered no hope for recovery for her husband, Ms. Nicholson’s exhaustive search for treatment led to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  Unfortunately it was too late.  She has since met over 40 survivors who are thriving beyond pancreatic cancer, all recognizing the power of hope, a lesson she needed on her next journey.

While mourning her loss, Mary suffered a hemorrhagic stroke, a fierce grand mal seizure along with other neurological disabilities. Her symptoms were not recognized by Paramedics or hospital staff.  She became a baby again in many ways needing the assistance for personal care and she had to re-learn basic skills.

Today Mary utilizes her broadcast communication background to increase stroke awareness, prevention and enhance acute stroke therapy in San Joaquin County. In addition, Mar also serves on the Mayor’s Task Force for Person with Disabilities for the city of Stockton and is a board director for the Recreational Sports Club of San Joaquin, an agency provides social and recreational activities for people with disabilities.

For more information about Mary Ann Nicholson and Healings in Motion visit:



Dec 27

By Kim Anthony

G’morning! Today’s Urban Angel Profile the walking, talking, living, breathing example of doing well by doing good! She is Wendy Gladney, Founder of Forgiving for Living, Inc.

Author, motivational speaker, talk-show host, entrepreneur, philanthropist and mother of two – just to name a few; Wendy Gladney is living proof that attitude is everything. As a child, Wendy was abandoned by her mother and sexually abused by her father. However, a firm believer that we all must do the best with what life hands us, Wendy has gone from “victim” to “victorious” and shares how to embrace happiness, experience joy, and live a fulfilled life without hatred. From her experiences, Wendy has written two books. Her first, “Healing Without Hate: How to Forgive to Live,” provides uplifting strategies to overcome obstacles and find personal fulfillment. The topic of “Forgiveness” is also the center of Wendy’s second book, “The Preacher’s Daughter: A Memory.” Wendy’s success with both books has sent her on many speaking engagements. Topics include: rising above abuse and abandonment, bi-racial understanding, overcoming adversity, cancer, divorce, single parenting, and building a business/balancing a life, Personal Development & Management.

A professional consultant and event manager for more than seventeen years, Wendy started with a concept for a single business that has matured into a conglomerate of companies known as Wendy’s Enterprises. Wendy’s companies include:

  • Personal Services Plus, an event management company known for its unique approach, attention to detail, and personal service;
  • Forgiving For Living, Inc., a nonprofit organization that offers solutions related to issues that require forgiveness;
  • and the PLUS Awards, focusing on those that truly go above and beyond in the community helping others to be their best.

No stranger to the media world, Wendy is a guest writer for many publications. She’s the Event Essentials Editor for SuiteEvents.com and is a regular columnist for the Los Angeles SentinelREJOICE (a multicultural Christian magazine based in South Carolina) and Black Business News (the official publication of the Black Business Association).

Contributing to her diverse background, Wendy has also worked in the entertainment industry as an actress and local talk show host. Her local cable talk show, “Building Bridges with Wendy Gladney,” is in syndication and every Friday morning, Wendy can be heard as a guest speaker on KJLH 102.3 FM’s Front Page with Dominique DiPrima.

Very active in the community, Wendy believes in giving back. She accomplishes her philanthropic quest through her nonprofit foundation, Forgiving for Living, Inc. Annually, the foundation hosts the PLUS Awards, honoring individuals committed to their communities in the areas of healing and forgiveness. For her own achievements and commitment to community, she has been the recipient of several honors, including the nationally recognized Curvations tribute presented by spokesperson, Queen Latifah in 2007.

Wendy’s professionalism is extended through her membership in many notable organizations including: International Special Events Society (ISES), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), National Speakers Association (NSA), Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), and National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) among others.

A native of Southern California, Wendy received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Committed to service through community, faith and family Wendy resides in Southern California today and is the proud mother of Courtney and Freddy.

For more information on Wendy Gladney and Forgiving for Living visit:







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