Karlecia Swan (K-Swan) is a social worker in Huntsville, Alabama. After completing her graduate studies, Karlecia decided that she wanted to give back to her community by way of a non-profit organization. 1st Lady Empowerment Foundation, Inc. was birthed out of a passion to help young girls build their self-esteem and self- worth in 2008 and focuses on the empowerment of young girls who deal with self-esteem. For many years, Karlecia struggled with loving herself. It was hard for her to love what she saw in the mirror as a child and into adulthood. Karlecia finally decided enough is enough and worked on herself from the inside first. For 11 years, Karlecia spent her time as manager at an elderly housing facility. After seeing firsthand the effects of not living your best life, Karlecia decided to include empowerment efforts for adult women. After 14 years at that job, Karlecia was unexpectedly released from her duties and suddenly found herself in a ‘what am I supposed to do now’ moment. Prior to this in 2013, Karlecia became a certified life coach. Karlecia felt something was missing as she conducted workshops and mentored young girls on how to love themselves and follow their dreams. She knew she was not heeding to her own words. At this realization, she fearfully and courageously enrolled in acting classes. Karlecia currently lends her time as a behavioral specialist for a company who provides services to families and children in the foster care system. After feeling an enormous amount of sadness for these children when leaving a visit with their moms and/or dads, Karlecia tried to make the car ride fun to take their minds off their pain. As a result, ‘Kar-Rides w/ K-Swan’ was created to reinforce positive affirmations in the children. Karlecia realizes that they may not understand what they are saying now, but she believes that they will remember and believe in themselves despite their circumstances when they get older. When she is not mentoring foster children and adolescent girls in the community, she spends time filming short films, television shows, filming commercials and recording a podcast/talk show. She created and launched Dreamers Preparatory for Girls ages 8-17, in October 2017. Karlecia and her team are preparing a year of empowering celebrations, events, activities, and programs for the10-year anniversary of the organization in 2018. In February 2018, Karlecia was named host/creator/producer of her first radio show, 'Praise Unplugged w/ K-Swan' on Praise 90.1FM WJOU that premiered March 4th, 2018. Karlecia believes that it is a choice to live your best life. CHOOSE TO LIVE. In the past, Karlecia allowed fear to stop her from fulfilling her true calling and passions. Today, she believes she deserves the life she dreamed of, pushes past fear, and lives by her mantra #DOITSCARED. She has inspired so many to do it scared in their own lives!