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Spiritual Mentor and Mindset Coach
I am a spiritual mentor and mindset coach.
I help people, especially women, find the courage and confidence they need to take their next leap of faith. When we work together, we spend time getting past the inner blocks that are holding you back. As you face your fears and self-doubts you will discover new tools of transforming your mind so that you can move toward the person you are meant to be. You will love who you become, what you accomplish when you are unhooked from those limiting beliefs. Trust me... I know first hand.
Personally, I struggled for so many years with not feeling ____ enough (you know what goes in the blank). There are times I knew I was meant for more but struggled to believe I was ready. There were times I doubted what was possible. I wrestled with fear and self-doubt. I was successful on the outside but I knew there was "more." I was playing a small game. Answering my heart's calling and taking risks took so much emotional energy that I would shrink back, hiding my greatness. I wouldn't wish the long, painful road on anyone and yet, I know we all struggle with that inner mean girl that tries to keep us away from the fullness of life that awaits. I want to take what I've learned through years of hard inner work, the love and patience of friends and mentors, and ongoing practice, and help as many women as I can. I can't wait to share these breakthroughs with you and guide you on your own journey to freedom.
I’ve done this work for over 20 years. I’ve traveled extensively teaching the inner and outer transformation that I learned from the best consulting firms, leaders, and spiritual teachers---and of course, the school of hard knocks.
I believe we can change the world by quiet-ing the noise in our head and connecting with God. Are you ready to unlock the dreams that lie dormant within your heart and mind? I believe God has gifted me to remind you of your true identity and help you awaken to your calling. Change your mind and you will change your world. You were meant to make a meaningful difference in the world. I’m honored to partner with you on the journey; it’s the work I was created to do!
Born and raised in America’s paradise, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Brenda Bertrand came to the U.S. mainland to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She also completed graduate degrees at the University of Texas and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Brenda's diverse career spans the worlds of media, ministry, higher education, and the political world in the nation’s capital. She live overseas, learn a new language (aka scratch the surface) in mainland China. Today, she speaks, writes and leads online groups and in person events dedicated to women's transformation. She's also a seminary and military chaplain.
On Wednesdays, aka WednesPray (thanks, Lily Kim), I pray for friends and strangers on Facebook.
It's pretty simple:
You post a prayer request and I 'like' the prayer after I've prayed.
Other people pray for you too. It's pretty cool.
See you next WednesPray on Facebook. And please 'friend' me, while you're there.
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What my clients say...in their own words.
I was on a job for 12 years that no longer met my financial needs, was affecting my physical health, and there was no more room for growth, but I was scared and became comfortable in the discomfort. After attending Brenda’s Career Clarity workshop and Getting Unstuck boot camp I gained the confidence to “faith it until I believed it” and to live past my fears. I recently finished 8 months on a new job and have experienced tremendous personal growth and have witnessed God’s continued blessing and favor on my life!
Marcelle, Los Angeles
I have met many "life coaches" in the past, however, neither left an impression on me as Brenda did. She is a true coach. She understands how your past experiences affect you when trying to move forward or feeling stuck. She helps you work through that and empowers you with specific ways and direction to do so. She not only helped me work through my career goals but strengthened my faith. It does not matter what your background or current role or position is as a woman in your life, Brenda is relatable and showed passion for us all in Career Clarity Bootcamp.
Maria Maissian, Owner, Velvet Hanger
I can't begin to describe just how powerful my coaching sessions with Brenda have been. I am more confident and have more clarity than ever before. It was one of the most empowering things I could have ever done for myself.
Allison C, doTerra Wellness Advocate, www.mydoterra.com/allisoncoble
Brenda's ability to hear what you're saying is outmatched only by her ability to hear what you're not saying. Both skills led to her uncovering deeper insights into my situation to help me see a pathway forward.
Tanya Elshahawi Style-nod.com
I reached out to Brenda when I was thinking of starting my own company. Needless to say I was filled with excitement, anxiety, concern, and passion all at the same time. Brenda was able to listen to my story, extrapolate what was most important to me, provided me the courage to take that leap of faith and provided tactical next steps for me to do the very next day. Thank you Brenda for helping me through that difficult transition in my career! I am now 2 years strong into owning my own company and loving every minute! :)
- Laura Mendelow, Founder of Mendelow Consulting, www.mendelowconsulting.com
Brenda has helped me think of myself and my capabilities in new ways and present myself with more clarity and confidence! --Anonymous
Working with Brenda was amazing! Her coaching was right on time and gave me exactly what I needed, not what I wanted to hear. Working with her I was able to take a honest look at my business and answer some tough questions. I highly recommend you invest in working with her! - Dr. Cori Cooper, New Orleans
I feel like Brenda gives a lot of herself in coaching. She is a psychologist, a business leader, a minister, a challenger, an encourager, a friend...you name it, she takes on that role in her understand of me, the situation, and how to help me improve. I like that Brenda "keeps it real," by asking questions to make you think and evaluate the situation without attributing right or wrong to anything. -- Ayodola
Brenda has insight and wisdom beyond her years. She helped me navigate through some tumultuous issues I was having with relational difficulties in ministry. She listened to a very complicated situation and broke it down simply - giving compassionate, truthful and insightful feedback. She offered practical and spiritual solutions that were greatly beneficial. I'm so grateful for her counsel; it was spot on! Months later, I have followed her counsel and not only has the situation dramatically improved, but I personally have been transformed. I am very thankful for Brenda and would recommend her coaching to anyone in any situation!
-Anonymous, Ministry Leader at large church
Brenda is very easy to talk to and I always feel that I am safe with her. She has such an ingenious style of probing and getting to the bottom of my issues and concerns. Each time I have had a session with her it has improved confidence, deepen my insights and moved me towards successful outcomes.
-Assistant Professor and Director of Leadership Programs, Taylor University
I've known Brenda for many years and she has always been passionate about helping women succeed - in their faith, in relationships, in business, in all aspects of life. When I lived in DC and was adjusting to a new city and to being an introvert in a very extroverted profession, Brenda was an incredible mentor and friend. She listened, challenged, and encouraged me to be confident in who God created me to be. She was a huge help to me during that time of insane transition. She has a gift for knowing when to listen, what questions to ask, and when to challenge the person she is trying to help.When you work with Brenda, you know she's in your corner and dedicated to seeing you succeed.
- Deborah Wipf, President & Founder, Velocity Ministry Management, velocityministrymanagement.com
Brenda has provided timely insight and wisdom enabling me to make informed and empowered choices at critical moments in my life. Hersincere, compassionate, and intentional coaching has equipped me to not just make the "right" choice once, but learn the process of being my best self, over and over again.
- Ashley S, Community Engagement Coordinator
Brenda encouraged me to use my gift to serve others while being business savvy. Within 15 minutes of talking to her I had a stronger and more focused business plan. Furthermore, she broke down complex ideas in a way that made it easy for me to understand and apply. From "number crunching" to observing the competition Brenda B covered it all. My business is up and running thanks to her guidance.
-Brenea Fairchild, Founder B-Fair Tutoring, http://bfairtutoring.com
I can't begin to describe just how powerful my coaching sessions with Brenda have been. I am more confident and have more clarity than ever before. It was one of the most empowering things I could have ever done for myself. - Allison
Working with Brenda was amazing! Her coaching was right on time and gave me exactly what I needed, not what I wanted to hear. Working with her I was able to take a honest look at my business and answer some tough questions. I highly recommend you invest in working with her! - Dr. Cori Cooper, New Orleans, LA
Years ago, I was overwhelmed with a demanding job. My language and behavior started to reflect my mindset; I felt defeated. I met with Brenda to tell her about my "Crazy Tuesdays!" Brenda immediately zoned in on my use of powerless language that was defining my work and life. With a couple sessions, we turned my perspective from one of a victim to powerful creator of my days and career. Since then I've consistently lived into this shift in my psychology; moving from a crazy career outlook to an amazing one. I have Brenda to thank for influencing this habit and what it has produced in my life.
-Lincois A., Social Worker
The future women leaders of the United States Air Force LOVED your presentation! You have an innate ability to connect with people of all walks of life, cultures, and creeds. You bring an energy to your seminars that engages women and moves them with you until they capture that energy for themselves. The retreat that you created for us was one of those defining moments that the Cadets will never forget. It has helped them as they now use those techniques to bolster their confidence as military officers in this very difficult time of war. Thank you for the investment you made in our Nation’s greatest treasure!
- Chaplain, Captain Crystal M. Jones, United States Air Force
Brenda Bertrand speaks directly into the heart. Her message is clear, clean and powerful. She packs a punch with her knowledge of spiritual truths applied to proven methods for positive change. Brenda stands out among speakers, coaches and trainers as she cuts to the core – enlightening, inspiring and providing impactful tools for dynamic growth and true freedom.
- Renee Scobel, former Executive Director, INJOY’s THRiVE! and The National Women’s Ministry Association
Your message was honest, informative, and biblically relevant. I have been greatly impacted after applying the concepts from your presentation to my life. As a result, I am a better leader and woman, and am excited to see how your speaking will change the lives of others.
- Tamara S, Former Student Body President, Taylor University,
Amazing training! Brenda was terrific and really connected with the audience. I was so impressed. She made it look so easy.
- Susan M. Hovanec, CFP Vice President, Investments Ferris, Baker Watts Inc.
In just three short hours, you challenged our staff to recognize and start to overcome the communication barriers that have hindered our success. We are now working more cohesively as a team and understand our next steps for achieving full interdependence.
- Amy Shopkorn, Senior Director, Training and Operations , National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Brenda’s ability to engage students ignited them to envision their leadership roles as service that is obtainable and manageable. Although Brenda was here less than a month ago, students have already inquired when she will return to campus. My colleagues mentioned that her leadership points were easy to review during post-sessions with student leaders in specialized positions. Another colleague felt that the quality of the day, equated with conferences that associations pay hundreds of dollars to attend, “she is definitely top-notch!” It is evident that she loves students and is passionate about student leadership development, is approachable and exudes inclusiveness across the board. Choosing Brenda as our speaker was the best way to begin the year.
- Cathy Weatherspoon, MSM, Director of Leadership Development, Taylor University
Her dynamic delivery brought the room to life and left the audience inspired and ready to take action. She motivated the members of our organization to a new level of service and dedication. Again, we really appreciate how you helped us this Fall.
- Damitra Jackson, Student Leader, Towson University
Brenda Bertrand was a riveting speaker at our Brother to Brother Conference at Howard University. She inspired us all with her gift to relate to people of a wide range of ages as she spoke to an audience of young African-American men in junior high and their teachers. She has an uncanny ability to make you feel as if you can take on the world no matter how old you are. Anyone who is graced with the opportunity to have her present is in for a wonderful treat!
- Sean Mickens, Co-Chair Brother 2 Brother Conference, Howard University
Brenda is a motivational speaker like no other. She has excellent presentation skills and the rare capacity to communicate complex points in a simple and understandable manner. She spoke with such a passion at our annual Mass Communication Career Conference and commanded the full attention of the entire audience, academicians, practitioners and students alike.
- Rama M. Tunuguntla, Professor of Mass Communication, Grambling State University
Your ability to bring together our conference into an energetic closing session has inspired our officers to generate a new buzz this year about NSCS on 225 campuses at colleges and universities nationwide. Though the next conference is nine months away, they already are asking if you’ll be back!
- Steve Loflin, Founder and Executive Director, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, nscs.org
Brenda has helped me think about myself and my capabilities in new ways and present myself with more clarity and confidence!
Brenda's insightfulness is incredible! I was impressed with how she was hearing things at a deeper level, stuff I never vocalized but that were completely true. I was blown away by that. I loved that she declared that I would receive revelation, that really rose my level of expectation.
I would very easily and highly recommend Brenda to anyone looking for coaching. One strength of Brenda's was sifting through my comments and thoughts of what to focus on and then helping me to distil those things to the most common denominator or elevating those thoughts to more substantive areas. Ayodola
The focus on God's involvement in the process (prayer, insight from Holy Spirit), etc. Also, Brenda created a very welcoming and accepting atmosphere that was definitely appreciated.
Brenda was able to connect different parts of my life together. I never realized how much one event can influence your life and your decisions. I like how she can connect with the individual on a deeper level than they expected.
I feel like Brenda gives a lot of herself in coaching. She is a psychologist, a business leader, a minister, a challenger, an encourager, a friend...you name it, she takes on that role in her understand of me, the situation, and how to help me improve. I like that Brenda "keeps it real," by asking questions to make you think and evaluate the situation without attributing right or wrong to anything.
Before coaching: timid, afraid, unclear, frustrated, stuck, discouraged Now: I am seeing possibilities as exciting. I am continuing to receive revelation because I'm much more open to it! I'm not afraid anymore. I'm hopeful and believe I can do it!
Before coaching I experienced a lot of anxiety and insecurity because of some father wounds. As a result of coaching with Brenda and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, I let go of things that inhibited the healing process and feel free to move forward now. This is translating into healthier relationships with my spouse and coworkers, and a confidence to move forward in my career.
After hearing my story, Brenda was able to help me find clarity in my life. She was able to ask the right questions to face things head on instead of looking to others for advice or clarity. I felt every single emotion possible.
I felt Frustrated and confused before our sessions. Now I am clear and motivated
Before coaching I felt stalled in my pursuit of my next level; now, because of coaching, I have clarity on the internal dialogue that was keeping me from my next level.
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BRENDA BERTRAND - Spiritual Mentor and Mindset Coach