Welcome to the Wake Up Everybody Virtual Community!


Where We Choose to Awaken, Transform and Ascend


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Choose to Awaken with the WUE Nation!

On March 29, 2020, Spirit of A Woman, LLC, launched the Wake Up Everybody (WUE) Virtual series in partnership with community healers, thought leaders, coaches, medical and mental health professionals, educators and artists from across the nation. WUE was created to provide community members, from across the country and abroad, with an opportunity to keep their mental, emotional,  physical and spiritual well beings balanced and whole as they navigated the impact of the devastating impact of the COVID-19 global health crisis. 

WUE was¬† originally designed as a 30 day offering that would provide ‚Äútemporary‚ÄĚ covering and support for participants until the quarantine period ended, however, the producers and community members quickly realized that the WUE journey would last much longer than they originally anticipated.¬†

The series was created by Shawnee Benton Gibson, CEO, of Spirit of A Woman (SOW) Leadership Development Institute, who was inspired by the lyrics of the song¬† ‚ÄúWake Up Everybody‚ÄĚ by Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. The song, which was popular in the 70s, speaks of issues that we are still glaringly relevant today; (racism, war, poverty, sickness, political strife, corruption, etc). The WUE Virtual series was designed to ‚ÄúWAKE UP‚ÄĚ the masses by providing empowering messaging, holistic healing tools, guidance for daily living and strategies for addressing the injustices, pain and imbalance that exists in the world.¬†

All of the ‚ÄúWake Up Everybody‚ÄĚ sessions take place 5 days a week (every Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday from 7:00am - 8:30am EST and every Monday and Wednesday from 7:00am -7:30am EST.) over Zoom and Facebook Live. Every session is facilitated by powerful and prolific presenters from various backgrounds and areas of discipline. Each facilitator guides participants through an interactive experience that fosters education, conversation, new insights, empowerment¬† and expansion.¬†

The WUE Family invites you to join our phenomenal community so that you can share, heal and grow as part of the collective. You are free to join as a community participant, as a session facilitator and/or a member of the admin team to support the magic that happens behind the scenes. We hope to hear from you. 


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Sunday, May 12th - "Think and Grow Rich Chapter 2"

Facilitated By: Dr. Lavonya Douglas

Chapter 2 of "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill focuses on the importance of having a definite, clear goal or purpose in life. Hill emphasizes that success begins with a burning desire to achieve a specific objective. He explains that this desire should be so strong that it becomes an obsession, driving one to take persistent action toward its realization. The chapter highlights the significance of setting goals and how having a well-defined purpose can align one's thoughts and actions, ultimately leading to success. Hill stresses that clarity of purpose is essential for achieving wealth and success in any endeavor.


Monday, May 13th - "Becoming Your Own Bank"

Facilitated By: David German

Join Licensed Real Estate and Insurance Broker, David Germain, to learn wealth strategies high net worth people use to accumulate and preserve wealth by leveraging cash value life insurance.


Tuesday, May 14th - "Confronting and Overcoming Insecurities"

Facilitated By: Tirza Barnes

Our insecurities often lurk in the shadows, manifesting as shame, blame, and guilt‚ÄĒfeelings that are deeply uncomfortable and difficult to address. But what if we chose to confront them head-on?¬†

This session will equip you with the tools to face your insecurities, understand them, and ultimately, release the burdens of secrecy and embarrassment they create, setting the stage for healing and growth.


Wednesday, May 15th- "The Wisdom of Trauma/ Lessons Learned"

Facilitated By: Lora Clarke

Tune in as our beloved WUE community member, Retired RN and Story Teller, Lora Clarke, shares her wisdom from lessons learned from a traumatic childhood experience.


Thursday, May 16th - "The Abundance We Seek"

Facilitated By: Marilyn Douglas-Jones

Tune in with Chamber of Commerce President, Marilyn Douglas-Jones, for a journey of growth and empowerment as we explore pathways to wealth as wellness.

Upcoming Facilitators!   


Dr. Lavonya Douglas is a distinguished scholar who holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership Psychology with a specialization in African and Caribbean Mental Health. Her expertise lies at the intersection of psychology, leadership, and cultural diversity. With a strong commitment to enhancing individual and community well-being, Dr. Douglas specializes in developing professional development and leadership programs. Through her research and studies, she has gained profound insights into the psychological dynamics within these communities, enabling her to design impactful initiatives that foster personal growth, leadership skills, and mental health awareness. Dr. Douglas' work not only advances the field of organizational leadership psychology but also addresses the crucial requirement for culturally sensitive approaches to professional development and mental health support. Dr. Douglas is a leader, mentor, mother, and energy producer! She is a leader of leaders who leverages individual strength. She’s a coach and mentor to her colleagues and teams. She helps transform lives, create a sense of purpose, and instill a passion for excellence in individuals and organizations.


David Germain's mother passed away from breast cancer on March 5, 2011 and his father, a Vietnam War veteran, passed away on October 30, 2022. He personally knows the pain, financial stress, and heartache it causes families when the breadwinner of the family gets either sick in the hospital or passes away. Because of this first hand knowledge, David didn’t want families to go through what he went through. If it wasn’t for Life Insurance, his family would have lost all of their properties to Foreclosure and the hard earned sacrifices his family worked so hard to build to leave generational wealth, would have vanished.

David¬†was a former High School teacher and PSAL Championship basketball coach for 15 years in Brooklyn, NYC before getting his Real Estate Brokers License in 2013 until present. He now has a 6 year old son and recently relocated to Connecticut where he operates a faith-based, mission driven company,¬†Family First Life (Proven Winners Realty, Inc.), whose focus goes well beyond just selling life insurance.¬†David¬†has sold¬†many homes¬†during his¬†real estate career and realized that many families sold their homes because they didn‚Äôt have the proper life insurance plan in place or they were¬†underinsured to prevent their homes from being sold, which caused many families to grow apart or fight over the home. His company now¬†works to break generational financial curses and keep families together and avoid disputes over assets that have been left behind. The team also provides ‚ÄúLIFE‚ÄĚ insurance that¬†clients can use while they are ALIVE in the event they get sick, called ‚ÄúLIVING BENEFITS‚ÄĚ, which¬†David¬†wishes someone would of told¬†his¬†mother about when getting life insurance.¬†

¬†‚ÄúYou know, a man‚Äôs life is the most precious thing in the world, isn‚Äôt it? So, isn‚Äôt it odd that a man will insure EVERYTHING but his own life?‚ÄĚ



Tirza Barne is the CEO of Tirza Motivates, LLC., a people development, employee training, and leadership consulting company. She also produces in-person and virtual events for women and is a frequent conference keynote speaker. Her mission is to support women on their life journeys by helping them do the inner work often overlooked so they recognize and own their power. Tirza's online course "More of Me: Embrace Your Divinity, Turn Setbacks Into Comebacks and Create the Life You Love" reinforces this mission with a five-module program designed for women to uncover their authenticity, raise their standards, and stop settling for less. Connect with Tirza on IG @TirzaMotivates




Marilyn Douglas-Jones is a retired college professor and a licensed financial professional. She’s an international business consultant, chamber of commerce executive, a financial coach specializing in college and retirement planning, and a philanthropist in the global African Diaspora communities.


Lora Clarke was born in Jamaica and currently lives in Brooklyn! Lora has served others all of her life through a number of roles that included; child laborer, teacher, customs officer, restaurateur, companion, nanny, and a registered nurse. Now, she is currently enjoying the adventures of retirement!

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