EDUCATOR, AUTHOR, KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Dacia is President/CEO of Second Wind Counseling & Consulting. She is also the Executive Director of GateWay of Hope, a faith based, nonprofit, women's counseling and life coaching center serving women in the greater Kansas City area. Dacia is an educator, author and keynote speaker.
She started her business, Second Wind Counseling & Consulting in 2003, with the specific goal of teaching African Americans about the benefits of mental health counseling.
In addition to her private practice, Dacia hosted a weekly radio show, Winds of Change, where she interviewed local and regional celebrities about timely topics related to mental health. Winds of Change ended in 2015, when Dacia became the Executive Director of GateWay of Hope, but Dacia continues to contribute to her community via her weekly radio guest segment, Mind Therapy Thursday, every Thursday morning at 7:10 am CST on Gospel 1590, KPRT.
Dacia's outstanding speaking gifts have opened the door for her to facilitate training, inspirational workshops and keynote talks around the country for churches, associations, businesses and women's groups.
Dacia uses a mixture of practical experience, professional knowledge and down to earth "real talk" to help her audiences benefit and apply the wisdom she shares.
Dacia has spoken to groups as small as 10 people and as large as 1000 participants.
Dacia particularly enjoys empowering Christian women to be more courageous. Using her Becoming a Fearless Woman framework, she helps women to uncover the beliefs that are holding them captive to fear, anxiety and distress. Next shares with women how to live with more courage and to make choices that will move them in a powerful direction.
Dacia was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Detroit, Michigan and now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her sweetie, H. David Whalen. Dacia has 2 adult daughters, Acacia and Alicia, and 2 grandchildren, Jarrell and De'Mari.
Dacia has developed and customized many workshops and training programs for and women's groups. Recent topics include:
Managing Burnout and Stress
Finding Your Purpose
Developing a Resilient Mindset
Keys to Becoming a FEARLESS Woman!
Living with Courage - One Day at a Time
Be C.L.E.A.R about where you are going.
She has also authored a number of articles and the book, - Why Are So Many Students So Angry? a foundational guide for educators and parents on how to reduce angry, aggressive behavior.
Dacia serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund and on the board of her church, Sheffield Family Life Center.