Meet Angela N. Marshall, Public Figure-Keynote Speaker, Public Service sector Influencer, Motivational Presenter
Tell us a little bit about what your career in public service and why you chose this path in the first place? I’m a former NFL (National Football League) Wife that has been in the spotlight for various reasons as it relates to celebrity lifestyles. I decided to use my platform, “The Story & Life of an Ex-NFL Wife” to encourage people to live vicariously through themselves. Human nature is to compare ourselves, stories, and lives against others that are perceived to have it much better. I was determined to inspire folks to be free and confident in their reality instead of caving in to societal illusional standards.
At what age did you first decide that public service was something you might like to pursue? I was in my mid-thirties when I started encouraging and motivating others through my words, work and wisdom however I wasn’t fully invested until age 40.
What do you think are some of the qualities a woman needs to be successful in public service? Transparency, compassion and the sincere ability to be a connector.
Skills? I believe the skill sets should be diversity, drive, determination, endurance, growth mindset and willingness to learn.
What are some of the drawbacks to being in public service? You become a target for bullies, highly opinionated people and pessimistic folks that do not want to respect the perspective and rights of others.
What opportunities do you see for women who would like to pursue public service as a career choice? There are many paths to public service. Activists, advocate roles, educators, mentoring, life coach, etc. The world is hurting for more people to be in service to assist others through challenging and difficult times.
Who has been a role model to you and why? My fourth-grade educator, Mrs. Susie Smith was instrumental in my journey to public service. While I have many that invested in me along the way, the seeds she planted when I was her student, are now blossoming and blooming. I am a published and bestselling author because she encouraged me at an early age to write and to be an exceptional storyteller.
What are some of the needs in public service that you see are lacking leadership or need a “woman’s touch?” Programs for girls that show a more diverse path for them to succeed. I think it’s important to show women in all sectors as it relates to public service. It will give the girls a broader view of a potential career path for them.
What is your Mission in public service? Main mission is to eradicate the “cookie-cutter” societal stigmas and stereotypes. My secondary mission is to inspire people to live vicariously through themselves. Both missions are designed to provide inspiration in mental health.
What has been your greatest moment or achievement in public service to date? Having the honor to speak at my grandsons elementary after-school assembly. I did a presentation for my L.E.A.D (Listen, Education, Ambition & Determination) program. It was for 1st through 5th graders. I actually held their attention! When I see the students out and about around my hometown, they repeat the acronym to me!
If someone reading this article were interested in going into public service what is the first thing you would advise her to do? Be a volunteer first in whatever arena she is thinking about offering services. I would speak for free. Do seminars and forums for free. Anything that energized the passion for my journey. I authentically joined organizations to network and build relationships with others in public service.
What resources do you recommend to anyone interested in pursuing public service as a career choice? Join public service clubs and organizations. (People are always a great first hand resource.) I also read, “It’s Not About the Coffee” by Howard Behar. A dynamic book!
What is your favorite quote and why? “Shine bright, the world needs your light.” An original quote from my quotes & sayings that I use when autographing books and speaking to others in need of uplifting. It reaffirms that their life matters regardless of what they may be facing or going through.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Traveling around the globe on the Find A Way speaker tour. It will be a memorable way to secure my legacy while living vicariously through myself!
What do you like to do in your leisure time? Read and apply knowledge from various genre books and absorb motivational videos. I also completely disconnect from technology and meditate.
What’s next for you? Creating a value-added YouTube channel with tips and tools for personal and professional success. It will also have lots of transparency about my struggles!
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