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Believing In Myself is based on a dark-skinned, African American girl who refuses to give up on her dream despite rejections from multiple auditions. This little girl is determined to keep her head up high and succeed just like Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift.
\Imagine what it’s like to be a child who believes there’s no place where they are accepted, or even a place where they can feel good about themselves. You’re too dark, too fat, too short, and the list goes on! Imagine trying to negotiate those feelings when you’re just a child. Who do you share your insecurities with? How do you even articulate what you’re feeling?
Author, Erica L. Pullen knows all too well what that feels like. As a child living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she bore the insults from others (especially friends) regarding how dark her skin was. She was called, “blacky, ugly, etc.” She understands the pain that words cause and how that pain follows you into adulthood no matter how accomplished you become.
Author Pullen has taken that understanding to pen and authored a book that encourages and inspires children, to Believe in Themselves! She has successfully traveled around the nation talking to children and encouraging them to look in the mirror and audibly confess that they “Believe in Themselves”. The effect for children has been astonishing and as a result, school districts across the nation have invited her to come and share her book and message with their students. She has also been recognized by local magazines, newspapers, and radio stations.
Education and work background:
Pullen received in 2009 a BA in Liberal Studies, specializing in social work and psychology. However that was not enough for this ambitious young woman who was determined to make a difference in the lives of her community. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Phoenix with a MA in Management Public Administration. She eventually held a position as the Chief of Staff for Maryland Department of Social Services and other executive positions throught her professional years.
Pullen has 20+ years of successful experience in collaborating with other state agencies to provide benefit program participants with job training, workforce development and education training and resources to become self-sufficient; 10+ years providing customer service training for over 600 employees and developing a conflict resolution Standard Operation Procedures (SOP); 5+ years in teaching diverse subjects to adult learners; Expert with the Affordable Care Act, the most at-risk children, single mothers, and re-entry in low-income communities and the list goes on.
Author Pullen’s message is heartfelt and real and resonates with children and adults. It’s a message that is shared through a fictional character (i.e. Ciara) that speaks to the heart of those who suffer insecurities and heartache. It’s a message that needs to be shared. For that reason and many more, I encourage you to help her share this simple but powerful message by promoting her book and inviting to her to speak to children across the nation.