Shiela Little, LMSW
Shiela Little is the founder and CEO of Shaping Solutions and the Saving Our Students (S.O.S) Initiative. She has a diverse background in mental health, professional development, program development and community services. Driven by her principles as a humanitarian, Shiela has always had a passion for empowering individuals to reach higher heights in their personal and professional lives. She believes that “service to humanity is the best work of life” as a result she was the recipient of the NAACP Young Professionals Achievement Award in support of social justice and equality.
Formally trained to administer Alternative Family Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Shiela graduated from Wayne State University earning a Master of Social Work with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. She furthered her education at Central Michigan University where she completed a certificate in Human Resource Manager and Administration and is currently enrolled at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology pursuing her PhD in Business Psychology, with a concentration on Business Consulting and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She has also served as an Associate Counselor at Delta College and Clinical Therapist at Saginaw Psychological Services.
Shiela has designed and facilitated programs developed to eliminate barriers to personal and professional growth such as academic and career planning, skill building, coping skills, tolerance, self-worth, professionalism, and leadership. Furthering her experience she has provided case management, community outreach and recruitment, crisis intervention, advocacy, and staff development. Additionally, Shiela has experience with policy development, auditing, and management services. She has also helped with curriculum development as a way to aid student success, performance, and retention.
Shiela lends her expertise to her community through her service on various boards: HealthSource of Saginaw, Saginaw Jaycees, Boy Scouts of America, Central Michigan University Global Campus SHRM Organization. Additionally she volunteers at community-based centers and mentors youth.
When it comes to electrifying an audience with a powerful, entertaining motivational speech, Desmon Daniel is one of the most quintessential speakers in the area. With over 17 years in the educational field, his talent and skills have heightened with every powerful and electrifying presentation. As CEO of MOTIVATING FACTOR, an organization focused on motivating individuals to excel, Desmon has dedicated his specialization to: empowering individuals to achieve goals and be successful, diversity training, and leadership development and training. His motto is “Education Is A Liberating Process.”
As a bona fide Saginaw, Michigan resident, Desmon credits St. Mary’s Cathedral High School with providing him with his first opportunity to speak. Even though he played recreational basketball, football, tennis, baseball and track, it was his “gift of gab” that became his passion. After graduating from high school, Desmon attained his Bachelors of Psychology and M.S.A. from Central Michigan University. But he didn’t stop there! Following his own motto, he earned a Masters of Theology from Vanderbilt University and a PhD in Education from Capella University.
Desmon is welcomed throughout corporate America and the educational community. Among his client list are companies and groups such as Dow Corning Chemical, the United Way, Saginaw Community Foundation, Saginaw Valley University, Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency, Midland County Educational Service Agency, Saginaw Intermediate School District, and Michigan State University. His numerous awards and recognitions include the Frederick Douglass award for Meritorious Community Service and Leadership awarded by the Mayor of Saginaw, Robert L. Gordan award, and the King Chavez Parks Fellow bestowed by his alumni CMU. His award winning dissertation: “Strength for the Journey: a portrait of African American Achievers… African American Educational Leaders” was well researched and illustrious.
Desmon retired from the Bridgeport-Spaulding School District, where he served as the Superintendent of Schools. He is the former Principal of Buena Vista High School and Ricker Middle School, and Assistant Principal of Bridgeport-Spaulding Middle School. After retirement Desmon completed another goal and published two books “Giant Slayers” and “Seeing It.”
Notwithstanding his passion as an inspirational coach, he is very active within his community. He is the Executive Minister of Mt. Olive Institutional Missionary Baptist Church. Periodically, his congregation is treated to an inspiring sermon and very potent singing. Additionally, he is the Past Chaplain of the NAACP Saginaw Branch, former Board Member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saginaw/Bay City, Chair of the Advisory Council for St. Mary’s Hospital, a former member of the Saginaw Community Foundation Executive Board, Past President of the Michigan Association of African American Superintendents, and a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., where he is currently serving as the Polemarch of the Northern Province.
As a community leader, Desmon continues to be sought for his leadership, knowledge, and ability to deliver a timely, informative, and whit-filled message. He strives for energizing and leaving his audience craving for more.