My name is Dr. Shanelle R. Benson Reid and I am the President and CEO of ACCESS Global: The Coaching and Consulting Organization. I think I always wanted to be a business owner but I was not sure about the specifics. I started ACCESS on January 5th, 2011. My plan was to start my business when I graduated with my doctorate degree, January 2010. I worked on my business plan at the local, women’s business center and was ready to launch January 2011.
But let’s talk about how I came to have a Coaching and Consulting Business. I have a son who is in his mid twenties and school has always been difficult for him. At the time, I was finishing up my first degree and on my way to a doctorate program in Sociology of Education with an emphasis on minority studies. However, at the last minute, I made a decision to become a teacher. I do not believe the current school system is designed for African American males and I could not allow my son to be another statistic, so I decided to change my major and apply to a teacher education program. My cause is all things, education, encouragement, and empowerment. My goal is to share the stories of the seldom heard and give a voice to the silenced. I began this journey because of my son's struggles but I stay because this is my purpose.