Shantae J. Edwards


Shantae J. Edwards is a family oriented, sneaker-loving, New York City-based, Chicago native who is dedicated to personal and professional development. She has spent 11 years working in youth education, marketing, and business consulting.

Shantae J.’s May 2016 TED Talk, “You Are Enough” explains exactly how she has been able to spread her message of embracing your own humanity and the humanity of others in order to improve yourself on an individual and community basis.

As a social entrepreneur, empowerment speaker and impact coach, Shantae J. is committed to motivating, facilitating and building relationships for the purposes of accessing equity, education, social and economic sustainability. She applies these concepts in her own businesses and social endeavors. As evidenced by her company, IAMDOPE, Inc., or “I AM Dreaming Of Possibilities Everyday”, Shantae J. has a passion for providing people with opportunities for achievement and showing people how to grab the opportunities given to them without fear. She uses tools like self-actualization to help others see the potential in themselves.

Using her BA in Communications and her MBA with a focus in Marketing, Shantae J. brings her professional and interpersonal skills to the table to give guidance to operate and approach life being in action and using “I WILL” as a motivator to having a productive life. As a force in business development and the owner of SJ Strategies & Consulting, LLC, Shantae J. is able to incorporate her positive energy into practical skills that companies can utilize to open more doors to success. She provides a range of services from marketing strategy, program development, facilitation training and public speaking.

Growing up, Shantae J. learned many of the keys she uses to empower her clients from her mother, Marlene Edwards. These lessons influenced Shantae J. to empower people to improve their lives by being true to themselves and taking ownership of their stories.