Sign Up Now for June 2017 Online Sessions on Racial Issues

With Psychologist Dr. Mary Ann Canty Merrill & Psychotherapist Fannie LeFlore

DESCRIPTION: These sessions, facilitated via video conference in real time, will explore how modern racial issues impact mental health – for those victimized by racism and those complicit in maintaining it. The lie of inherent white superiority (the false ideology that fuels systemic racism) is taking a toll of different people in tremendous ways. Racism distorts thinking and how people view reality. Racism prevents reasoning well about who diverse people really are at their core. It results in trying to force-fit people into categories of superiority and inferiority that simply do not make sense. Beliefs rooted in lies strain human relationships due to power struggles, and contribute to conflicting approaches, misunderstandings and miscommunication in ways that prevent positive connections from evolving.


Focus on Issues Impacting Black America

CONTENT: Socialization, Identity and Inherited Trauma – Sorting through  misinformation for individual healing and collective understanding

3-hour Webinar with questions and answers after presentations (up to 100 diverse participants) | June 21, 2017 | 5 to 8 pm CST

3-hour Discussion Group to process Webinar concepts and information
(up to 25 diverse participants per group) | June 23, 2017 | 5 to 8 pm CST

COSTS: Webinar Only (WO) – $60 | Webinar & Group (W&G) – $100


Focus on Issues Impacting White America

CONTENT: Socialization, Identity and Inherited Trauma – Sorting through  misinformation for individual healing and collective understanding

3-hour Webinar with questions and answers after presentations (up to 100 diverse participants) | June 28, 2017 | 5 to 8 pm CST

3-hour Discussion Group to process Webinar concepts and information
(up to 25 diverse participants per group) | June 30, 2017 | 5 to 8 pm CST

COSTS: Webinar Only (WO) – $60 | Webinar & Group (W&G) – $100


You must register one week (7 days) in advance of scheduled program by making payment via PayPal to Total paid will indicate WO or W&G, but please specify session dates when registering. Check time zones for compatibility with Central Standard Time (CST). You will receive a confirmation email with a link to access session(s) via both audio and visual options.


Mary Ann Canty Merrill, PhD has spent more than 25 years motivating and inspiring audiences across the country to step out of their comfort zone and into their personal power. She is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Consulting Associates, an organizational consulting firm based in Denver, CO. Serving humanity in a variety of roles, as a psychologist, educator, life strategist, human rights advocate, author and speaker, she is known for her thought-provoking messages, high-energy delivery, and dynamic work in unleashing human potential and inspiring new levels of confidence, performance and success. Mary has co-authored three books: The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet, Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation, and Why Black Lives Matter (Too): A Revolutionary Call to Action. She also pens a professional blog, The Inside Out with Dr. Mary Canty Merrill to stimulate engaging commentary on a broad range of topics, encourage dynamic thinking and transform individual experiences. Contact info:

Fannie LeFlore, MS, LPC, SAC, EAP, Developer of Healing From Racism Programs, is a Writer/Editor, Psychotherapist and Social Entrepreneur. Fannie started her small business, LeFlore Communications, in August 2005 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has 30 years of combined professional experience in the fields of Writing/Editing/Corporate Communications, Education/Health/Social Services and Business/Social Entrepreneurship. Her subject areas of expertise include crisis intervention, suicide and violence prevention, dynamics of narcissistic abuse and toxic relationships, conflict resolution, communications skills, and the impact of racism, sexism and cultural diversity issues, with emphasis on personal growth. Fannie, who grew up in Chicago, has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism (1985) from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in Education/Community Mental Health Counseling (1993) from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 1995 and Substance Abuse Counselor in 2005. Working in human services with diverse populations across the lifespan, Fannie has provided trainings for business, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies. She also accumulated over 30 years of research on racism, as reflected in a series of in-depth articles she published at HuffPost: A former, award-winning journalist (10 years in mainstream media), Fannie had a major role as freelance Co-Writer/Editor of “The Road Less Traveled and Beyond” (1997), a book by the late psychiatrist and author, M. Scott Peck, MD. She also periodically taught writing and counseling courses for college-level students over the years. In addition, Fannie is the inventor of a consumer product, Toothbrush Hygiene Helper (TBH), introduced on the market in Fall 2008. Contact info:


Connecting through Authenticity

Today, I’m feeling blessed to have the opportunity to observe and participate in the crisis points of my clients’ lives. As a student of human suffering, I’ve learned the many ways in which we cope with and rise above the dark moments of our existence. I’ve also learned that when we reach the end of life, it’s not the superficial occurrences that will give us depth and meaning, but having embraced the core of our being and crushed and dismantled those strongholds that threatened to destroy us.

When I meet you, I don’t care about your title, alma mater, profession, socioeconomic status, or list of contacts. I don’t care about your race, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or religion. I don’t care whether you’re short or tall, thick or thin. I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, identify with any other political party, or even if you vote at all. What I do care and feel most compassionate about is YOU – a living, breathing, imperfect, and unique human being with unlimited potential. So tell me about the aspects of your life that really matter.

Tell me why you believe what you believe, behave as you behave, and do the things that you do. Tell me about your dreams, visions, and passions. Tell me about your fears, frustrations, and failures. Tell me what motivates you to get up, brush yourself off, and try again after you’ve suffered a mighty blow. Tell me what makes you laugh and what reduces you to tears. Tell me what keeps you up thinking late at night. Tell me what you’re tolerating, and haven’t yet mustered the courage to release. Tell me what keeps you going when the chips are down and you’re feeling all alone. Tell me what you’ve read that changed your life or provoked you to think differently.

Tell me how you’ve challenged your assumptions to draw more informed conclusions. Tell me who you love, who loves you back, and what that genuine love feels like. Tell me about a time when you were ready to give up, but someone cared enough to invest in you. Tell me what you’ve learned about yourself as you travel this journey called life. Tell me what excites and gives you hope for a better and brighter tomorrow. Finally, tell me what you’ve done or what you’re doing to help win a victory for humanity.

Living from within is what makes us human, nurtures our soul, and strengthens our purpose. It’s only when you and I have connected at this level of authenticity that we will have something meaningful to talk about.

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Zondria Merrill I can totally relate to this 💗
Paula Miller
Paula Miller This. Right here. Is off the chain.
Kesha Pepin
Kesha Pepin I have survived things many folks never experience. I did not allow them to make me hard. I do struggle to show my vulnerabilities, but I’m sincerely moved when someone genuinely wants to know. You are changing the world, Mary Ann Canty Merrill. I appreciate your guidance as I challenge all my remaining assumptions.
JL Bryant
JL Bryant Well said. Amen.
Jaz Kins
Jaz Kins You give me so much hope.
Kay Shatzer-Kerr Raypholtz
Kay Shatzer-Kerr Raypholtz Love this. I work as a counselor/family counselor in a correctional facility. People tell me that they couldn’t do what I do, and that’s okay. They weren’t called. I hear the most terrible things, but I count it as an honor that they trust me enough toSee More
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Tahesha Knapp Christensen
Tahesha Knapp Christensen Beautiful words from someone who deeply cares. Thank you.
Teresa Chase
Teresa Chase Beautiful.❤️
Andrea Ruehrwein Raynor
Andrea Ruehrwein Raynor Wow. Thank you Mary! So beautifully said from your beautiful heart. Sitting with your words and bowing to the wisdom.
Katherine Moss
Katherine Moss You are a very inspiring person.
Sandy Grunden Holland
Sandy Grunden Holland If we all could take this approach toward each other what a wonderful world it would be.
Maybe because of my personal life experiences I approach everyone with this attitude…
I have no right to judge or condemn someone I know nothing about.See More
Jacki Chuculate
Jacki Chuculate Ohhhh this… for activists and marginalized.. with a crowdfunding for access….
Stacy Olum M
Stacy Olum M Invaluable piece!
Kerry Bray
Kerry Bray Amen 🙏💗
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“Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation” Launches October 29, 2014


My second co-authored book launches on Tuesday, October 29th, and here’s a quick summary:  Depression can cripple us; miracles will save us! Brave, courageous women are stepping out to create a ripple effect! In “Momentum, Miracles and Manifestation,” they are determined to show a different pathway for a world where, quite frankly, life happens… their message is: YOU can happen to life! In an empowering anthology, co-authors share their super successful Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation concepts… as dynamic and transformational experts – all leading to a better place in what we call an intentional LIFE! The stories here fill their mission and message, which is paramount to other women, leaders, professionals and other entrepreneurs during this time.

Advance Praise: ~ TR Stearns — This empowering writer shares with you exactly what miracles, momentum and manifestation mean to her… those improbable events that defy the laws of science and nature, which surpass all human logic because they occur through Divine intervention. She in a beautiful example of gaining momentum in a life challenge… the strength and forward movement that compels and propels her to higher ground. There is no doubt of her manifesting a life shift… showing physical evidence of the seeds she planted and the things she desired for her life. Vulnerability and transparency are evident throughout her story; it is a public display of Merrill’s testimony – a signaling that she arrived in a new and different place.

I deeply appreciate your continuous support, and please share with those individuals whom you believe could use a miracle in their lives.



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“The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet” is Now Live!

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that our anthology, “The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet” is now live! After Monday, April 7, 2014, you can order a copy of the book for yourself or as a gift for someone special (Mother’s Day is just around the corner) directly from the publisher at — ISBN: 978-1-4918-7085-3 (SC). The cost is $23.95, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. A special thanks to Author, Mirthell Bayliss-Bazemore for inviting me to participate as a co-author in this wonderful book collaboration!

“The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet” is Live!

Dear Friends,

I’m pleased to announce that our anthology, “The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet” is now live (you can view the promotional video below)! After Monday, April 7, 2014, you can order a copy of the book for yourself or as a gift for someone special (Mother’s Day is just around the corner) directly from the publisher at — ISBN: 978-1-4918-7085-3 (SC). The cost is $23.95, and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Oakland. A special thanks to Author, Mirthell Bayliss-Bazemore for inviting me to participate as a co-author in this wonderful book collaboration!

Blog Tour: My Writing Process

Dear Friends,

I was invited to join this blog tour by Elizabeth Cassidy ( I am to answer four questions about my writing process and introduce you to three new bloggers, who will do the same next week and on it goes.

1.  What am I working on?

I have written blogs and published newsletters and articles for several years, and I am excited to now be achieving a long-time aspiration of becoming a published book author.  I have just submitted two literary pieces for my first book in which I am a co-author. The Daughters and Spirit of Harriet, an anthology of accomplished women and men nationwide who are honored for their roles as entrepreneurs or for service in their organizations and communities, all in memory of the late Harriet Tubman, Nelson Mandela and Thomas Garrett. The book is scheduled to launch on April 1, 2014.  One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, California.

I am in the process of working on a second collaborative book project, Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation: Unleash the Secret Powers to Having the Life You Desire.  Along with eight passionate, focused, high-consciousness and high-vibrational women, we share our stories and how-to’s on the secrets of manifesting the life you desire and deserve.

2.  How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My writing is a reflection of my voice, personality, feelings and attitude about a particular subject.  My style remains the same, but is tailored in terms of context, purpose, audience and setting.  Other factors that contribute to my distinctive voice are my experiences, cultural perspective, world view and my message.  All are a reflection of my thinking and speaking habits and are aligned with my delivery technique.  Finally, I’m very meticulous about clarity, accuracy and precision.

3.  Why do I write what I do?

I have always enjoyed learning, growing, creating and writing, which make me come alive, draw me into the moment and extract meaning from ordinary experiences.  Writing provides me the opportunity to get still, sit with my thoughts and reflect. I was created to inspire transformation and serve as a catalyst for change.  Writing is one of the platforms that I enjoy using to honor my purpose and creativity and share my story while inspiring others to share theirs.

4.   How does my writing process work?

I believe that writing is a craft that needs to be continuously nurtured, so am always seeking new ways to improve my style and process.  I read and write – a LOT – and am acutely aware of inspiration and ideas.  My ideas mostly emerge from observation, personal experiences, reading, and problem solving.  I also engage in self-reflection by asking myself key questions, such as “Why am I writing this?” “Who am I writing this for?”  What do I want the reader to know, learn or do?”  “Where would I publish this, and in what form?”

My writing process varies, depending upon the context.  Sometimes I create and follow an outline.  Other times, I don’t because it stifles my thoughts and creativity.  Either way, I generally follow a five-step process : (1) Plan – choose a topic, brainstorm ideas, collect necessary information and organize my thoughts; (2) Compose – begin writing a first draft without focusing on perfection; (3) Evaluate & Revise – evaluate the initial draft, solicit feedback, rework organization and details, and make style changes and improvements, as needed; (4) Edit – review for grammar, spelling and punctuation; and (5) Publish – determine how I am going to present my work to an audience.

Well, that’s enough about my writing process!  Please allow me to introduce the next writers on our blog tour:

Image    Kerry Connelly

Kerry Connelly is a Certified Christian Life Coach, writer, and speaker.  She’s also the founder of She*s ELEVATED, a company whose mission is to elevate women to their higher purpose through visionary coaching.  As a coach, Kerry works with busy visionaries who struggle to fulfill their dreams.  She helps them to focus and prioritize so they can go out and live the life God dreams for them!  As a writer, Kerry works out her messy faith in her blog,, where she might also occasionally write about the exploits of her two children and her long-suffering husband. She lives in New Jersey and has the attitude to prove it.  Also, she has no idea how to pump her own gas.  You can learn about Kerry’s coaching at and her blog at

Image   Leslie Lane Peabody

Leslie Lane Peabody is a single Mom with three teenage boys and a growing ‘family’ business.  She is the author of the forthcoming book “Lead Like a Muther – or is it Mother?” which shares practical advice on parenting —  in your business!   Leslie’s business is called Ninjas in High Heels and she coaches people just like us to make our business work – even when we aren’t!  Visit Leslie’s web page at, or her blog at  See you there!

Image Antoinette Sykes

Antoinette Sykes, MBA, Transformation Life & Success Coach, Author and Speaker. With her wit, passion and infectious personality, Antoinette is leading the way for women leaders to break barriers in life through claiming their voice and experiencing paradigm shifts in thinking for massive transformation in life and developing heart-centered business for purposeful profits. Antoinette coaches and consults under her flagship program and system entitled Leadership is H.O.T™ created for Corporate America, leaders and entrepreneurs. Additionally, Antoinette is spearheading a new coaching movement entitled #IDoLife for women who are ready to boldly live at a higher level of performance and consciousness.

Antoinette is also Dean & Founder of the Abundantly You! Life Coaching Academy™. A fan of positive psychology, self-empowerment and business marketing with a knack for living by faith for maximum success, Antoinette gives 100% of herself to you in each conversation and interaction. You can always find her offering a warm smile and even chuckling at her own jokes. Her high energy level can be attributed to her sheer love of life, fitness regimen, spiritual practice and always looking to serve someone else. Learn more at

Until Next Time,


Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation

Dear Friends,

Friends, intention is the starting point of every dream, and I am pleased to announce my second book collaboration project of 2014: “Miracles, Momentum and Manifestation!” I am co-authoring along with life strategist and author Antoinette Sykes, other spiritual writers and transformation experts. We anticipate a summer 2014 launch, so stay tuned for updates!