4 things to know about Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant has made a career on empowering women and drawing from her experiences to inspire others and soon she will be sharing those experiences with people in Dayton.

The acclaimed author, public defender and Brooklyn-native will speak at the Schuster Center on Tuesday, June 16, at 7 p.m., courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association

“Iyanla helps people find their best self,” said Shannon Isom, CEO of YWCA Dayton. “She offers a stewardship of people. She really feels she is serving and ministering the spirit of people, and she does all of this with love, which automatically draws people in."

YWCA Dayton, the community partner for this event, will hold a private reception following Vanzant’s lecture.

Here are four things to know about Vanzant:

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1. She was given the name “Iyanla,” meaning “great mother,” upon being initiated and ordained as a priestess in the Yoruba tradition.

2. Vanzant has appeared on numerous shows, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” “Katie,” “Joy Behar: Say Anything!,” and “Anderson Live.”

3. She was named one of the most 100 influential black people by Ebony magazine, has published 15 books, including five New York Times best-sellers with sales exceeding $8 million copies.

4. Vanzant attended Medgar Evers College and Virginia Union University, and holds a Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from the City University of New York School of Law.

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