DERRICK Interview with Inspirational Jewel Dr. Virginia LeBlanc

October 15, 2018

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Dr. Virginia LeBlanc who is a Speaker, singer, coach, consultant, educator and is the bestselling author of Love the Skin YOU’RE In: How to Conquer Life through Divergent Thinking. A highly sought-after expert with a breadth of experience across industries, she employs knowledge and know-how through her company Defining Paths to transform client circumstances from the inside out.

D is for Dream. What is your dream and what have you achieved?

My dreams are ever changing as I check off the list and have a revelation in my purpose. Perhaps the biggest “dreams” I have achieved to date are:

1) living and loving from the inside out;

2) becoming a published author; and

3) becoming a leader, influencer, and transformer of lives and entities for the better.

E is for Encourage. What encourages you?

My faith, the abundant availability of grace, and the power of love encourage me. Also, knowing that I can and do make a difference on a daily basis gives me encouragement.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out? 

I am a multi-disciplined subject matter expert who has mastered the art of convergence in know-how transference across diverse industries through divergent thinking.

R is for Ready? When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

Are we ever truly ready? As we move in our purpose, we become ready and equipped every day. You will not know until you test the waters. I made the decision to step out in faith when a host of circumstances converged pointing me in that direction, and I could no longer ignore that calling.

I is for Individual. Name at least one person that you know that you feel others should learn about and why?

This answer will always be Jesus. Walking after his example and teachings keep, correct, ground, and sustain me in love, empowerment, and peace that transcends my own understanding. When you understand how to love unconditionally, sacrifice for a greater good, and reach others through servant leadership, your perspective changes, and all of a sudden, life makes sense and is worth living.

C is for Continue. When you fail, things look bleak or are not optimistic what makes you want to continue?

Most importantly, I never fail, only gain lessons learned; it’s a mindset. My faith and the spirit within me mute fear of failure and activates/emboldens the fight in me.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders? 

Keys to success for aspiring entrepreneurs and leaders: Tune into YOUR channel; manage YOUR reality; and think divergently. Follow YOUR path to purpose, do what you were meant to do, and always be you. It may take time to figure it out, but you will figure it out, if you keep trying. Stay in the ring and ALWAYS get up from the mat!

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

A holistic approach to life is a must including the exercising of faith. Let go of fear and jump. You will find the net. It may be a little or a lot lower than you thought but you will find it. If nothing else, and faith scares you, it is the law of attraction.

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6 Things That Can Make Your Network THRIVE

June 23, 2015

CharlesThe Charles A. Archer Story with Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes.

Charles A. Archer is a lawyer, author, speaker, professor, entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of The THRIVE Network. Archer is the author of the “Everybody Paddles” book compilations that provide strategies to building a unified team through leadership. In 2011, Archer served as a Cuba Research Delegate with the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), for which he has also lectured.

Before his CEO assignment for The THRIVE Network, Archer served as an Associate Executive Director to the InterAgency Council of Mental Retardation & Developmental Disability Agencies of New York, where he liaised with state agencies and community and government organizations on behalf of the mentally disabled and disadvantaged. Archer worked closely with local, state and federal legislators and contributed to shaping the programs and policies that directly impacted this group.

During my interview with Charles A. Archer I realized that he is someone who not only wants you to survive, but THRIVE and to help you do so through each letter in the word THRIVE we give you 6 Things That Can Make Your Network THRIVE.

How do you find, develop and share Talent?EvrydayPeoplesBook

(Charles A. Archer) We find talent by being an employer of choice.  Once people are at The THRIVE Network we cultivate learning from orientation throughout their tenure with our organization.  Talent is shared by offering growth opportunities and recognition of performance.

What Habits can make and break you and what habits can help you breakthrough?

(Charles A. Archer) The habit of tenaciousness can propel individuals forward and also exhaust you at the same time. The breakthrough occurs by giving yourself permission to reflect, rejuvenate and refocus.

When you have no Resources what makes you want to turn that dream into something? 

(Charles A. Archer) The human spirit finds resources for the things that support our dreams.  The challenge is dreaming big enough and not accepting the limitations of resources.

How do you find the right Individuals to play their parts in your motion picture?

(Charles A. Archer) The right individuals, or actors in motion pictures, are developed.  People grow, develop and support each other differently based on exposure, experiences and explanation. We would like to believe that we are the right one at various times but if the truth is told, we become the right people over time.

What do you do to keep your Vision from perishing?

(Charles A. Archer) I prime.  Priming is the activity of putting oneself into the proper state of mind.  I live in a state of knowing that my life and work matters and adds value daily.

Why do you do what you do and keep Enduring through the rain and pain?

(Charles A. Archer) As the eldest of eight, there are marginal differences being 15+ years with someone. This makes my life and work an example for them as well as others.

When you have the right Talent, Habits, Resources, Individuals, Vision and Endurance your life will change because you will have the 6 Things That Can Make Your Network THRIVE.

Visit Charles A. Archer for more information.

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit email  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.

Please Remember: Holocaust Remembrance Day

April 15, 2015

KleinFamilyby Gene Klein (with Jill Klein, author of We Got the Water: Tracing my Family’s Path through Auschwitz)

It has been 70 years since I was liberated from a Nazi concentration camp. I was just a teenager then; I’m 87 now.  Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 15th, and I have been thinking about what I want you and your loved ones to remember about the Holocaust. I speak frequently about my experiences, and I am able to remind people about what happened, provide them with vivid descriptions, and answer their questions. But I am among the last of the survivors, and one day—sooner than I would like to think—we will all be gone.

Here is what I want you to remember after we are gone, when our memories must become yours, so that future generations will have the knowledge and compassion to avoid the mistakes of the past:

Please remember the life we had before it all started; before the name-calling, the bricks through the windows, long before the cattle cars and the camps. I was born into a middle class Hungarian family in a small town in the foothills of the Carpathian mountains. Our town was charming. We sat in outdoor cafes on summer evenings, and skated on the river on winter afternoons. My father owned a hardware store, was an avid soccer fan, and loved to tend to his garden. My mother took care of my two sisters and me, and was preoccupied with getting me—a naturally skinny kid—to eat more. We were not wealthy, but we had everything we needed. In the most basic of ways, we were not unlike you and your family. And we felt as secure as you do now.

Please remember that all of this was taken away. Within a few weeks in the spring of 1944, my father’s store was confiscated, my Jewish friends and I were told that we were no longer welcome at school, and we were forced to wear a yellow star. Then we were forced from our home, crowded into cattle cars, and taken to Auschwitz. When we arrived, the men were separated from the women, and then my father was separated from me. My father had been a POW in World War I, and during his years of imprisonment he learned to play the violin and to speak five languages. He was intelligent and humorous. I loved him the way any 16-year-old boy loves a wonderful father. The way you love your father, if you are lucky enough to have a good one. So imagine this: a man in a black uniform sends you to one direction and your father to another. You don’t know why, until the next day a veteran prisoner points up at the smoke coming out of a chimney and says, “Your father is up there.” Please remember my father.

Please remember that it is terribly easy for one group to strike another group off the roster of humanity, to see others as vermin or pests, as an affliction that must be destroyed. It happens again and again. And once it does, people are capable of inflicting terrible hardship and pain on others, and to feel they are righteous in doing so. None of the SS officers who ordered me—a starving teenager—to carry heavy steel rails up a hillside thought of themselves as monsters. They were adhering to their beliefs, and they were serving their country. We must be constantly vigilant for the descent that takes us from self-righteous beliefs, to the dehumanization of others and into the sphere of violence.

Please remember that while we are capable of all of this, we can also rise to amazing heights in the service of others. For two weeks I had the good fortune to have a respite from hard labor while I was assigned to work with a civilian German engineer who was surveying the landscape where future roads would be built. He saw the terrible conditions I was living under and decided to help. Everyday he hid food for me from the SS kitchen where he ate lunch. Chicken, milk, rice, and cheese left under a bench in the back corner of a barracks. He cared, he took a risk, and he saved my life. Please remember him.

And finally, remember that no one should be judged because of his or her nationality, religion or race. We were sent to the camps because propaganda was believed, individuality was erased, and hate was rampant. When asked if I am angry with Germans, I think of the German engineer, and know that individuals must be judged by their own personal actions. If I can hold this as a guiding principle after what happened to my family and me, then you can, too.

Please take my memories as yours, share them, and carry them forward. It is by doing so that you can help keep the next generation from forgetting, and help fill the space that we survivors will leave behind when we are gone.

The DAILY Message for Wednesday March 11th, 2015

March 11, 2015

AskDerrickAboutEach week day Derrick Hayes encourages you through a Derricknym, App and Idea to Lift You.

(Please read, Like, Share, Retweet or Reblog The DAILY Message)

  • Derricknym: You Are a SPEAKER (Share Purpose to Encourage Another to Keep Enduring their Rodeo).
  • App: Today’s word is Perish. We’re on earth for a little while. When it’s your time will your legacy completely die or will what you have done multiply? Do your wish before you perish. Download the Motivation To Your Mobile app on Android or I Phones to receive Today’s word.
  • Idea:  Generate buzz for your business.

Derrick Hayes is known as the “Encouragement Speaker” and is available for speaking engagements and Derricknym signings at meetings, conferences, and events. Please visit email  or call (706) 615-1662 to book Derrick Hayes now.


DERRICK Interview with Entertainment Entrepreneur Jillian Bullock

August 11, 2014

JillianBullockEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Jillian Bullock who is the CEO/President Enterprises, LLC, a wellness and empowerment entertainment company. Jillian is an author, speaker,fitness expert, professional life coach, screenwriter, and award winning filmmaker.  Whether she produces books,articles, fitness programs or film projects, Jillian’s mission is to empower people to obtain success and greatness personally and professionally.

Dis for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

So far in my career I’ve been fortunate to do what I love. My dream has always been to become a filmmaker and screenwriter. Plus, my love of fitness has played a key part in my life, especially my training in martial arts and boxing. After I graduated from college with a B.A. in Communications, I got an internship on the set of Spike Lee’s movie, Malcolm X. From there I went on to work on other people’s films as a producer, fight choreographer and actor. I’ve sold two scripts so far and have directed and produced my own film,Spirit. My dream is to build Jillian Bullock Enterprises, LLC, a wellness and empowerment entertainment company into a multi-million dollar business.

Eis for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have a degree in Communications from La Salle University. I also took several film classes while in college. Currently, I am taking advanced screenwriting classes through Screenwriting U. I use my skills and education to write stories and produce films that empower, entertain, and educate people. As a fitness expert, I have over 30 years experience in fitness, sports, wellness,and health. I have several certifications in fitness and as a life transformation coach. I also hold two black belts; one in Tae Kwon Do and the other in Wing Chun. Currently, I train in boxing and MMA. I put all this experience into a variety of fitness programs, My most successful program is Fighting Spirit Warriors, a fitness for self-defense program for girls and women. I travel the country teaching females why it is vital to be physically fit in order to reduce their chances of becoming a victim of rape, sexual assault or domestic violence.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

Since my memoir, HERE I STAND, was published in 2012, my life story has been my best resource. I have overcome tremendous hardships, including rape, homelessness, drug addiction,  prostitution, and growing up with the Philadelphia Italian Mafia. People often ask me how did I transform my life,and can I help them do the same. In 2013, I got certified as a life transformation coach so I could help people. I also developed a speaking platform entitled, “Straight Talking Truth for Those Who Can Handle the Truth,” where I travel the country conducting lectures and seminars. My main goal is to continue to teach people how to achieve success, happiness and greatness despite the obstacles, hardships or challenges against them. People feel connected to me knowing I understand what they’re going through.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

After I got a letter from a man in prison. He had read my book and wrote me to tell me his story. After 19 years he was getting paroled. He said he made a lot of mistakes when he was young and now that he was getting out he wanted to stay on the path of goodness. He also wanted to give back to the community. He wanted advice on how he could help others when he would be considered an ex-con. I wrote back to him and in my letter I stated, “Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be.” It’s a profound statement because up until that point I wondered whether people really would accept my message of empowerment and transformation considering my past. I knew the time was right and I started my mission to empower others.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

My son, Clinton Bullock. I had Clinton when I was 16. Although he was born two months premature due to my drug use, I was determined to raise a successful, happy and healthy son. Clinton is a miracle baby, not only because he survived when doctors didn’t believe he would, but today he is an amazing person. He has a Master’s degree in International Conflict Resolution, speaks four languages fluently and works for the Department of Defense. He travels the world and often volunteers his time to help provide services for people in third world countries. As a mixed martial artist, Clinton is also a sports journalist. He is always looking for ways to better himself and to help inspire others with his knowledge, education and skills.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

Too many to list here, but my overall biggest challenge has been learning to have faith in myself. I doubted myself for years and didn’t feel worthy of love or respect. This was a direct result of my upbringing and living such a dysfunctional life. Without any real guidance or support I had to rely on myself and my faith in God to help me push through some really dark moments.But by learning to believe in myself and again focus on my motto,” Your past doesn’t dictate what your future will be,” I was able to forgive myself for my past mistakes and use them as learning tools for success.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Here’s a few keys to success:

1) Don’t fear to dream, and dream big
2)  Forget the naysayers, doubters, and haters
3) You must work like you want it really bad
4)Whether your actions are good or bad, they become habits
5) Be mindful of the company you keep. They (friends/family) can either lift you higher or drag you through the mud.

Contact  Jillian Bullock for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Mr. Tycoon Wahid Shakur

February 4, 2014

TycoonEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Mr. Tycoon who is an Internationally renowned Motivational Speaker, Personal Development Coach, Investment Real Estate Guru, and Entrepreneur of Success, Mr. Tycoon is legendary for his “tough but fair” deal-making and negotiation skills. His bestselling book,“Success Is Not A Secret, It’s A System,” extracts the lessons he learned on the road to building his successful real estate investment company and personal fortune, and is the “must-have” guidebook to achieving financial and personal success.

Mr. Tycoon oversees the management of a multimillion dollar real estate investment empire which includes both commercial and residential real estate holdings, educational tools and seminars, private consultation as well as personal coaching. Having been mentored by Ron LeGrand, Tony Robbins, Stephen Pierce and Marshall Sylver, Mr. Tycoon is a true product of  mentorship and success. Mr. Tycoon has developed his own brand and prowess in motivating, educating and inspiring people to achieving their financial freedom.

D is for Dream:  – My Dream aka Mission is to help Create a 100 Millionaires in the Next 10 years with 50% of them using the vehicle of Real Estate.

E is for Education: – School of Doctorate from The School Of Hard Knock and Favor! Plus Self Development

R is for Resource: – Resource is my middle name over 15 years of Wealth Building from Real Estate and Personal Development! Plus I have Mastered the skill of Sell & Marketing.

R is for Ready – It was about 7 years ago when I truly realize I had a gift.

I is for IndividualEric  Ah Ha Anderson – A  Master at marketing and help individuals market their Gift to Corporation to  get a paid a Fee to Speak.

C is for Challenges – Everything from being in the game to getting catch up in a ponzi scheme and loosing it all to facing my own depression.

K is for Keys to Success – Not just keep God – Have a true Relationship and do what you have been instructed by The Father. Become the Best at your Craft and Continue to Work On it to you and it become 1!!! I am Real Estate and Real Estate is Me.

Visit Mr. Tycoon for more information.

DERRICK Interview with Veteran Miyoko Hikiji

October 25, 2013

MiyokoBookCoverEncouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Today’s DERRICK Interview is with Miyoko Hikiji who joined the active duty Army in 1995 and served three years as a supply clerk at military bases in Louisiana and Texas before returning to her home state of Iowa where she attended Iowa State University. While studying journalism and mass communication and psychology, she continued to serve part-time with the Iowa Army National Guard as a supply clerk and truck driver. She deployed to Iraq for a year from 2003-04 and her experience as a female combat veteran is the crux of her memoir titled “All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq.”

Miyoko was honorable discharged after 9 years of service, with 12 military decorations, and since 2005 she has worked as a writer, actress and model.

Miyoko is an advocate for veterans, especially in the areas of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and Suicide. These topics, which effect a large percentage of the military population from the previous decade of wars, are the subjects she is investigating for her second book.

D is for Dream. What is your dream, goals or what have you achieved?

My dream is to be open minded to the gifts of the people and the world around me to live with an attitude of gratitude for the blessings of my life. I want to connect the strengths and talents of people in order to close the gaps and met needs, whether they be business, financial, social or emotional. I want to make a difference, no matter how small, each day, turning negative energy to positive in the world we share.

My goals, more concretely, are to pursue a master’s degree in journalism or creative writing, write a second non-fiction book, a sequel to my deployment memoir about post traumatic stress, military sexual drams, substance abuse and all the related challenges of veterans, especially women veterans, reintegrating to civilian life.

I want to continue to raise the awareness and education of the non-uniformed population about these issues and be a leader in the non-governmental, non-profit initiatives to help struggling veterans now.

Earlier in the year, my first book, “All I Could Be: My Story as a woman in Iraq,” was published by History Publishing.  It was a tremendous undertaking, but I can see now, that writing a book was only the launching pad for a much larger mission. I have joined forces with seven women vets to form the first National Women Veterans Speakers Bureau aimed at promoting a positive image of women and I am also the spokesperson for the military sexual trauma initiative for the Veterans National Recovery Center.

E is for Education. What is your educational background and how do you use it daily?

I have two BS degrees from Iowa State University in Journalism and Mass Communication and Psychology.  My media studies got me in the habit of scanning news stories, asking questions others are uncomfortable asking and many are hesitant to answer in plain truth. It also taught me to be a lifelong student of life to always wonder, search and learn.

My psychology studies helped me to view many mental disorders as challenges instead of illnesses, and many as manageable and treatable. Particularly in the realm of traumatic stress. I saw how the brain and body’s reaction was a normal response to extraordinary circumstances and that social support and help with others stressors, like homelessness or unemployment, can have a significant impact in helping a person win back their best self.

Through both courses of  study, I learned to listen compassionately to the stories of others.  Everyone has a great story inside.

R is for Resource. What resources do you bring to the table that makes you unique or stand out?

My greatest resources are my abilities to communicate with clarity and passion as a writer and a speaker. What is unique about me is the fact that I have lived a soldier’s story, but don’t look like GI Joe. In fact, I now work part-time as an actress, a profession that some would label as quite opposite military life.  I see the two as having similarities life. There’s a different set of skills and a different uniform, but a similar level of commitment and preparedness. Good soldiers don’t miss “mission time”working actresses don’t miss “call time.” Both also require a high level of boldness and ability to think on your feet.

R is for Ready. When did you realize you were ready for what you are doing now?

I knew I was both ready and moving in the direction of my destiny when I got those first few calls for interviews about my book prior to its publication. Some of the interview questions were difficult, complex or personal but I felt comfortable, articulate and in the right place at the right time.  It was time to raise the visibility of women in the military and I suddenly knew I was supposed to be a part of that movement. It was powerful feeling.

I is for Individual. Name at least one individual in your network that others should learn more about and why?

Photographer Ben Easter. I have a soft place in my heart for artists, of all mediums, that use their talents to not only express beauty and emotion, but do so for a greater good. Ben has a beautiful spirit  and easily connects with people through the lens of his camera to tell their stories. He has generously donated his time, talent and resources to create exhibits to raise money for children with Down Syndrome and children with an incarcerated parent. He also photographed my book cover, which I constantly receive compliments for.  Though Ben is already highly successful, I anticipate seeing his name attached to many projects in the future and I look forward to celebrating those with him and hopefully working with him again.

C is for Challenges. What challenges have you had to overcome?

I came from a fairly large family of five brothers and sisters and I was the youngest. So, there was a lot of competition for my parents attention and considerable pressure for me to be as good in sports, music and athletics as my siblings, who were all very talented. My parents were only 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants, so they were hard working, but poor. College savings was not available to me. That’s the biggest reason I joined the military at 18 to earn the GI Bill.

I think there are also challenges embedded in being a minority, especially in a nearly all Caucasian state like Iowa. Many of my peers growing up, and some adults, displayed over discrimination and used racial slurs. Combatting their ignorance and developing thick skin prepared me for the greater challenge of being a woman in the military. My first duty assignment in 1995 was with a combat unit and had only recently opened its ranks to women in the few jobs labeled as “non-combat.” The women made up only about 3% of the unit and we had to overcome stereotypes and unfair treatment. Outside of my deployment to Iraq in 2003-04, that first year in the military was the most physically and mentally challenging experience of my life.

K is for Key. What keys to success can you leave for upcoming entrepreneurs and leaders?

Don’t discount anyone. Many of the connections you make later in your career will originate from some of your first work relationships and friends, Movers and shakers from disparate industries often come together as leaders to promote community prosperity. Everyone is connected; always be professional. Also, a lesson I learned early on from one of my mentors was that it was my responsibility, at each rung of the career ladder that I climb, to reach down and pull someone up. The best position to be in is in the middle using the help of another to climb up while being the help someone else needs to achieve their next goal. Depositing into the dream accounts of others is one of the most rewarding investments you’ll ever make.

Is there anything that we did not touch on that you would like to inspire others with?

Trust yourself. You’ll make mistakes, especially if you take risks, But risks are required to actualize opportunity and the risk is often proportionate to the loss or gain. While we always want to gather information and trusted advice, at the end of the day the decision is yours and your path is unique. You will not get to where you need to go following in anyone else’s precise footsteps. Learn to adapt and don’t forget to enjoy yourself along the way. You must pause and be thankful for the joys and blessings in order to have the emotional fuel required to keep charging ahead.

Visit Miyoko Hikiji for more information.