We thought we were raising the Obama Generation — young people we dreamed would enjoy a level playing field and rightfully take their seat at the table. But from ceaseless police shootings of unarmed African-American children, to the rise of #LivingWhileBlack, to students wearing MAGA hats and the rise of White supremacy on college campuses, many parents of Black youth now worry about their children's safety (as well as their own) and find themselves both tongue-tied and uncertain about what the future holds.
Are you struggling to swallow the sobering reality that racism is alive and well and our Black, African-American and Black/biracial babies are unlikely to experience fairness in their lifetime? Has a racial incident or hate crime in the news, at your kid's school or in your community made it feel like 1965 but with Nikes and iPhones? Do you worry that your son might become another Trayvon Martin 👼🏽?
If so, you’re not alone.
After trying not to burden our children with baggage from our own experiences of racism; after giving them messages like “we all bleed the same color” and “everyone puts their pants on the same way” and perhaps even that it's a "post-racial era"; after speaking into their spirit the promise that they, too, could become the FLOTUS or POTUS — many parents of Black kids find ourselves feeling disgusted, eating our words 🤦🏽♀️ and wondering if what we believed would be the Obama Era will merely end up a moment, a footnote, a fantasy. With powerful bigots clearly out to diminish us, what messages should we be giving our young people about race and racism? And as adults who have only seen the 1950s and '60s on TV 💯, how should we raise our babies in such a dangerous age?
Like you, since Donald Trump became president, I’ve spent time wondering what in the John Brown is going on! I’ve called my Congressional representatives; I’ve participated in protests; I’ve registered and texted voters; and as a professional writer, I've written about what to teach kids about white supremacy and what do if a hate incident takes place at their school.
Then one day, I woke up realizing that I could — I must! — do more. I needed to quit waiting for politicians and civic leaders to stop the rise of the racists, and get off of my blessed assurance to step up more boldly in my own unique way. I had to admit that I had been underestimating my ability to provide solutions to some of these situations. Who am I, I would sometimes ask myself? But then I started to think that, perhaps — like Auntie Maxine, like April Ryan, like Stacy Abrams, and so many other Black women and men I've admired, today and throughout history — I might perform a little #BlackGirlMagic 🧚🏽♀️ beyond my usual circles to empower my community and help prepare our children for the future they deserve. I thought I should pass along what I know to help moms and dads navigate this madness and better equip our youth to assume power in a world that so desperately needs Black and Brown young people's vision, genius, leadership and creativity, even if some people seem not to understand what they're missing.
Who Am I?
My name is Hilary Beard. During my 20-year-plus writing career, I've run four African-American health publications, written 15 books and penned more than 1.5 million words of empowerment about Black women, men, children and communities. I've interviewed hundreds of Black experts about Black people — from pediatricians to psychologists, professors to principals, nonprofit EDs to government powers that be. Specialists each me so I can help spread their expertise. If you read Essence or Ebony, you've likely already read my writing. 💯 I also speak publicly, train and coach.
Two books I’ve written have won NAACP Image Awards: "Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life" and "Health First! The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide". I’ve shared strategies for parenting success and personal wellbeing at national conferences and trained almost 1000 educators in diversity, equity and inclusion skills. I've even penned a report for the White House Initiative on African Americans and Education for the Obama administration, which intended to leave gold-standard research to the incoming administration as well as legislators, policymakers and leaders nationwide. (Under the Trump Department of Education, I don't expect it ever to see the light of day. 💔🙄😤)
Leading authorities have entrusted me with the motherlode of research-based strategies that address questions about race and racism that parents of Black children often grapple with — typically, alone.
For decades, people have been plotting
to turn back the clock to the Jim Crow era.
They are making their move as you read this.
We cannot let them undermine our babies' destiny!
It's time for our children to rise and thrive. But with so many powerful forces against us, but we can't afford to go it alone or wing it! And some of our Obama-era approaches to parenting no longer work. We need new tactics for raising our kids as they come under attack.
Awaken your inner warrior today!
Fight for your children's destiny and
the future of your family as you lay down your legacy.
Raise your babies in ways that empower them not merely
to survive racism's resurgence, but to excel amidst
and from time to time even because of it!
Rise and Thrive:
How to Raise Black Children
Who Shine During These
This 10-week high-level parenting bootcamp consists of 5 modules of research-based strategies delivered live on Zoom videoconference calls every other week, with live Q&A calls held on the alternating weeks. All conversations will be recorded so you can watch at your convenience. Videos, handouts, study guides and self-work will help you learn at lunchtime, in the waiting room, and while waiting for practice to end. You will join a private online community of committed parents as ready for battle as you. The bonuses will support your entire family!
Class begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019.
As a result of taking this course, you will:
What the Course Covers
Module 1: Put on Your Own Mask First
Module 2: Start With The End in Mind
Module 3: Armor Up: Parenting in the Digital Era & During the Rise of Racism
Module 4: Align Your Voice with Your Vision
Module 5: Step Into Your Power
Your Registration Also Includes
Plus These Free Bonuses To Build Up Your Entire Family
A $4500 value
Rise & Thrive Webinar Participants
"The webinar was great! A lot of great info to share with my parents and staff. I especially liked the de-stresser.”
"The webinar was very useful. It gives me insight on how to address certain awkward conversations about race even with my 18-year old son. I liked the strategies on how to de-stress.Great techniques.”
"I was not aware that we Latinos have to do many of the things as African Americans to prepare our children to deal and how to react to racism, colorism. It is even more relevant now with the current administration encouraging racism and white supremacy. Thank you!”
I thoroughly enjoyed listening in. You have filled such an important void in our society. I certainly wish I had such support as I was raising my children.
I am glad I attended. I think this is so valuable. I appreciate so much your stepping forward and becoming a member.
"Ms. Beard used a very conversational approach and presented what can be considered an off-putting topic in a manner that created a lot of thought and dialogue. My entire staff took something away from the conversation and we plan on continuing exploration into the notion of implicit bias in education. Having our staff and families hear the same message will help strengthen the educational bond we need to support our children of all races, but particularly Black and Latino. We were truly honored to have her speak and provide valuable data and suggestions to support our students."
— Kevin E. Boston-Hill, Middle School CEO, Roosevelt Children's Academy Charter School, Roosevelt, NY
We've had some amazing visitors at this school, and you top my list. The faculty and administration are still buzzing, and although not as many students came to lunch as I'd hoped, the ones who did were deeply affected and are still talking to me about you.
— Jim Meyer, (former) Upper School Dean of Students, Friends Select School, Philadelphia, PA
You helped restore my faith in our ability to make a difference.... I finally felt once again that I can do something to move at least some things in the right direction. The concrete actions that will make a difference for the children (and adults) with whom I come into contact have given me hope again. Thank you for your words and inspiration. I have ordered your book for our professional collection at my middle school.
— Lois R. Markiewicz, MLS, EdD, Stetson Middle School, West Chester, PA
Thanks so much for presenting to our families and a few faculty! You have received rave reviews from everyone! My faculty were especially blown away by the data. One faculty member has already shared the data with colleagues. A few have bought the book. My boss would love for you to do ongoing work with our faculty. You made quite an impression.
— Walidah Justice, (former) Diversity Coordinator, Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, PA
Personal-development coaching clients
Incredibly liberating and empowering best describes my coaching experience. Hilary provides you with the knowledge and tools to transform your life!
— M.J., Philadelphia
I'm almost a year into the freelance life and I can't thank you enough for the push. Things are going well and I'm so happy and thankful that I took the leap. Thank you for giving me courage.
— L.H., Long Island
Over and over again, I have tried to formulate an exit plan, but to no avail. As a result, I let myself feel stuck, unappreciated, burnt out, and defeated. But, your seminar last week gave me hope and inspiration….I want to encourage you to keep on following the path God chose for you. You touched many people last week especially me. That is no accident.
— J.D., Philadelphia
Partial List of Clients
In addition to private coaching clients, my institutional clients have included:
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course begin?
The course begins on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8 p.m Eastern Time.
What if I can't make your free webinar to sample what you're offering?
No worries! I'd want to know what I'd be getting and who was offering it as well. Click here to check it out!
What if I can’t make all the Zoom calls?
All calls will be recorded and uploaded in our private Facebook group so you can watch them at any time. If you have a question but can’t make a Q&A call, just post it in the group and I’ll try my best to answer.
Why do you distinguish between Black and African-American?
The term Black is an umbrella term that covers people who trace their ancestry to Africa no matter where in the Diaspora they live now. You can be a Black African, a Black American, a Black Brit, a Black Jamaican, a Black Chinese, or whatever. I use the term African-American to describe people who trace their lineage to slavery in the United States, which had features different from the enslavement of Black people elsewhere.
I'm not Black or African-American but my child is bi- or multi-racial. Can I participate?
Of course! If society will see your child as Black, African-American or Black biracial, the course will definitely support you. People of different racial/ethnic backgrounds who have Black children are welcome to participate. I do want to be clear, however, that the course will center the experiences of Black children and families. I believe that everyone can learn from the lived experiences of Black people, including non-Black people parenting Black and African-American children.
I don't live in the United States. Will the course help me?
Yes. Racism is a global system.
Why are you not addressing the needs of Latinx and other Brown people?
Quite frankly, I would love to and am capable of talking about parenting strategies with Latinx people. However, I honestly am not sure that I have safe and meaningful approaches to offer human beings who have had the police state sicced on them, both whether they are undocumented or are U.S. citizens. That is tragic, but true. Additionally, though I speak publicly very frequently, this is my first online course. I thought I'd start in my sweet spot. That said, I know I have information that will help you. Parents of any Brown children are welcome to participate, I just want to acknowledge my limitations!
Why is the course so expensive?
I understand that you probably weren't planning this purchase and that it may cause you to sacrifice and or have to move your money around. I've offered a good amount of high quality information for free. If this investment is too much, I understand; please take that and run with it! If, on the other hand, you know that you need this and could probably afford it if you pinched in other areas, I'd urge you to consider it. Many of us are not familiar with online education; however, our colleagues are participating in it and upping their skills. It's also true that many of us spend lots of money -- getting our hair and nails done, buying the latest sneakers for our kids, upgrading our electronics, buying new clothes -- but perhaps hadn't considered doing something like this. I'd like to invite you to consider "Rise & Thrive" to be an investment that will pay off for decades to come by protecting the spirit and improving the life chances of the people most precious in your life. It may also be worth the peace of mind that you're certain you have the latest and highest quality information rather than doing what Big Mama said or winging it.
What if I don’t like the course and want my money back?
The last thing I want is dissatisfied customers. There are two options: One, you can let us know what's wrong and we’ll attempt to rectify it. Or, two: If you let us know by the end of the second class, we’ll refund your money. Period.
Need more information?
Contact us here.
More About Me
I run a training and development business that educates people to help them develop to their full potential. I do this as an award-winning writer as well as through public speaking, training and development, and personal-development coaching for both groups and individuals.
In addition to being a health writer for 20 years, I am an expert in book collaborations, partnering with celebrities, experts and public figures to help them birth books to empower and uplift readers. In addition to "Promises Kept" and "Health First," I have written 13 books, including collaborations with Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance, Venus & Serena Williams, NASA mathematician Mrs. Katherine Johnson, and more. I have been also the editor-in-chief of four health publications: Real Health: The Publication of Black Wellness; HealthQuest; the National Medical Association's Healthy Living magazine; and The Black AIDS Weekly, the electronic publication of the Black AIDS Institute. I have written for numerous magazines, including Essence, Ebony, Health, and Heart & Soul.
I conduct professional development sessions on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion for educators, parents and other adults in the village of children’s care and concern. My work empowers educators and school leaders to push past concerns that they’re ineffective or will make a stigmatizing mistake, so they can enjoy human diversity, feel confident during difficulty, and engage children in ways that free them to soar, as they reconnect with the joy that called them into teaching and help train the next generation of citizens and leaders. I also equip parents and other members of the village with the skills they need to rear children of color during the digital era.
I offer personal-development coaching to individuals and groups. As a result of my work, people who are outgrowing their job or career, push past fear, uncover their current passion, and develop strategies to step into their new season professionally. This has been my own path, as I've reinvented myself twice. I obtained my coaching training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and have received coaching and personal-development training from Bill Baren's "Big Shift" and "All-Stars" Coaching Programs, on Lisa Nichols' Motivating the Masses campus (various personal- and business-development offerings), and in Susie Carder's "Global Leadership Program" for entrepreneurs.
For 13 years I worked in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and Pepsi, where I progressed through a series of increasingly responsible positions before stepping out on faith in 1997 to follow my dream of becoming a writer. Back then, people thought I was crazy, but I have owned my own business since 2001. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, I live in Philadelphia, where I am active in my community and church. I graduated with honors from Princeton University, completed some graduate education in organizational dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania before my career change, and have various executive education at the Aresty Institute at Penn, and Center for Creative Leadership.
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