Dr. Kristen Guillory believes in the power of stories and that it’s OK not to be OK. She is the owner of a consulting firm, an executive and leadership coach, renowned professor, aunt, mental health specialist with the Second Chance Community Improvement Program and founder of many community initiatives including Cruisin with Cozy Convos. As an international speaker and trainer she uses her signature method that incorporates her own life experiences, contagious enthusiasm, dance and a touch of humor. She is also the author of Walking Through the Fog, Holding on to Hope When you Can't See the Sun and It's ok to take A Break: 52 tips on Self care and Mental Wellness.
A Dallas native, she discovered her gift to encourage at the age of 14. Since then, she has created (or assisted in creating) over 60 youth and adult programs, had been a grant writer, professor at 4 universities, director of programs, program evaluator and more. She has mentored/coached/counseled hundreds and has been invited to present her research in Europe. Dr. Guillory has spoken to over 50,000 people and provided professional development training to Fortune 500 companies, Non profits, school districts and universities. And recently she has taken her trainings to Colombia.
Dr. Guillory has broken many barriers from earning a PhD at 27 years old, being the only African American and woman who graduated with a PhD from her department that year, to teaching her first graduate class at 24 years old, to positions being created just for her and much more!
She thought she knew where life would like her. And then 2013 happened.
After experiencing a tragedy in 2013, her life changed and so did her goals. In 2014 she stepped away from an amazing professor position in faith. And the journey continues as she strives to be a catalyst for Healing, Hope and Purpose.
She earned bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University, her masters degree and PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington.