Gessie Belizaire is a debut author of a thought provoking Political & Social Sciences book titled UnMet Potential. Through a comparative analysis, she is able to look at the long-term ramifications of French colonization on present-day Haiti and Guinea in hopes of uncovering the potential that both nations must rise above the conditions of their past. Born in Haiti and raised in the United States, Belizaire uses her writing to break down cultural barriers, inviting her readers to consider crucial questions about history, the black narrative, and self-identification. She hopes that her writing will empower her readers to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Dedicated to a life of service, Belizaire has served as a Taskforce Member on African American Health for the National Medical Association; and was selected as the William Gould award winner for all around outstanding achievement for her community involvement and academics in 2009. As a former contributing writer for Empower Magazine she is most proud that she was able to highlight stories that uplifted the African American community. Belizaire is also the creator and founder of www.thislifeiliveintruth.com, a blog committed to inspiring others to live their most authentic life.
Belizaire is currently a Development Associate at YWCA USA, a non-for-profit dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
In this episode we discuss:
- The process of creating her blog and writing her first book.
- Gessie's role at the YWCA and how the organization serves the community.
- Tips on partnering with organizations to build the community.