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Joie Rasberry is a renowned professional speaker, author, speech writer, radio personality, educator, actress and entrepreneur. Founder and principal of Rasberry & Associates, Rasberry is contracted to serve as keynote speaker, speech writer and speech co
Dynamic Professional Speaker, Prolific Author, Radio Personality, Actress, Entrepreneur, Poet, Award-Winning Writer, Educator and ChristianJoie Rasberry has performed on Broadway, spoken at the White House for the President of the United States of America, won the title of Miss Texas Southern University, traveled around the world as keynote speaker for churches, schools, businesses, conferences, seminars and gala affairs, and went on to be labeled one of the greatest young speakers of our time by Ebony Magazine.
Rasberry’s star-studded performances inParis,France,Rome,Italy,Prague,Czechoslovakia,Johannesburg,South Africa,London,England,Madrid,Spain,Munich,Germany,Vancouver,Canadaand abroad have earned her international acclaim and success.
Joie Rasberry graduated fromHouston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and went on to attendSouthwesternChristianCollegeand Texas Southern University, earning degrees in Communications and Broadcast Journalism. Rasberry nurtured her love for public speaking as part of the award-winning internationally renowned Texas Southern University Debate Team, under the tutelage of 60 year esteemed coach, Dr. Thomas F. Freeman.
Rasberry ranked as a local, national and international debater and speaker, with first place wins in speech and debate during her college years. She was and outstanding member of the debate team and former president. Today, Rasberry acts as Assistant Director for theT.F.FreemanCenterfor Forensic Excellence (TSUDebate Team), and serves as one of the Speech and Debate instructors.
Rasberry is a shining example of spectacular triumph against incredible odds. During more turbulent times, Rasberry shared the pain of losing her oldest sister to the hands of domestic violence, how drugs and alcohol gripped the other sister, her only brother sentenced to prison, and the pain associated with the death of the man she loved most, her father.
Rasberry took those trying experiences and catapulted herself above her circumstances. Today, because of her modest, humble, and authentic approach, organizations, businesses, universities and churches call on Rasberry to motivate, inspire, encourage, and empower their audience to achieve their dreams, regardless of the obstacles they face.
In an effort to help other adolescent girls, who just like her sisters, may find themselves in compromising situations, Rasberry established, Young Women of Character, a group home for teenage girls. Rasberry has housed many; helping them to finish high school, enter college, find gainful employment, learn social and life skills, mend relationships with their biological families and become productive citizens.
Although Rasberry would modestly insist otherwise, there has never been anything simple or commonplace about her – not her vision, her life, her faith, her speeches, her book, or her CD. She so eloquently found a way to keep it all together, while things around her were falling apart. Rasberry translates faith and values, knowledge, humor, wit, statistics, research, common sense and belief into a powerful and unforgettable message.
Rasberry’s talents have landed her on programs alongside Tavis Smiley, Dexter Scott King, son of slain civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Condoleezza Rice, President George W. Bush, Dr. Cornel West and others. Rasberry began her broadcast career early as an on-air radio news personality at KTSU 90.9 FM radio station inHoustonand with KRIVFOX26 News.
In Rasberry’s inaugural book and CD, From JENSEN Drive 2 PENNSYLVANIA Avenue , Rasberry delivers some of the most thought-provoking, honest, inspirational, motivational, spiritual, and compelling messages ever. Rasberry continues to serve as keynote speaker and speechwriter globally.
Rasberry’s amazing poetry enthralls audiences and leaves them spellbound. From poetry recitation and keynote addresses to radio/TV broadcasting and acting, Rasberry uses her skills as an effective oral communicator to captivate her audiences.
Rasberry is a member of the American Women in Radio and Television, Toastmasters, National Speakers Association, National Thespian Society, Alpha Lambda Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta Forensic Honor Society, National Parliamentary Debate Association, and The National Association of Black Journalists.
Rasberry’s area of expertise also includes Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing. She was the very first Editor-in-Chief for D-MARS Business Journal, and worked in project development for one of the top advertising firms in the Galleria area in Houston, Yaffe Deutser.
Rasberry’s commentary and writings have appeared in Essence, Ebony, Jet, D-MARS Business Journal, Contemporary Christian Women, The Revivalist Magazine, Style, Gospel Monthly and more.
Rasberry spent a few years in the public school system, teaching Speech, Debate and Theatre to underserved students. Against all odds, her students went on to garner first place wins.
Rasberry also owns Rasberry’s Unique Boutique, a store featuring church suits, dresses, hats, jewelry, handbags and accessories for today’s well dressed and well blessed, full-figured contemporary Christian woman.
Rasberry’s most treasured speaking engagement was in the East Room at the White House, broadcast live in 160 countries. In keeping with a tradition of excellence, Rasberry is the first non-traditional student in the history ofTSUto win the title of Miss Texas Southern University. Rasberry attributes her success to a deep abiding faith in God, along with a willingness not to be afraid to fail her way to success.
Rasberry’s life is a lesson of self-determination and hope. In Joie’s book and CD, From JENSEN
Drive 2 PENNSYLVAVIA Avenue , she shares some of her life experiences, though painful, that eventually and strategically laid the foundation for her to become one of the most highly sought-after speakers on the lecture circuit and best-selling author.
Moreover, Rasberry has been featured three years in a row in Who’s Who in Black Houston, along with Houston’s African-American achievers and prominent citizens.
“I think back upon a childhood longing to do better, to have more, and to make something of myself. Yet, I remember one of my teachers, Mrs. Smith, telling me to think more realistically. She referred to my family as dysfunctional and spoke in limited terms of my success, referring to me as African-American, female, and full-figured.” I said to myself then, “You’ll read about me someday.” I was definitely dreaming then. With no evidence of that ever being possible, I clung to that preposterous vision and with the force of those dreams willed it and made it happen. Not because I needed to be famous, but because I needed Mrs. Smith to be wrong. I needed a world that was sometimes cold and calloused to know that when preparation, education and opportunity meet, amazing things can happen. From that moment on, I’ve lived my life believing in limitless possibilities. I had to succeed, not only for me, but for my family, my neighborhood, my community and the world at-large. I had to arrange my life so that Mrs. Smith never talked down to another student again.”
Rasberry resides inHouston,TXand worships at the Fifth Ward Church of Christ.
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