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Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D.

Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D.

Keynote Speaker: Ambassador of Inspiration

Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. Biography

Dr. Brenda Combs story is beyond remarkable. Overcoming 10 years of homelessness and addiction she persevered. Found her way back into society to become Dr. Brenda Combs. She currently one of the most sought-after motivational speakers, best-selling authors, an entrepreneur, playwright, actress, and now the founder of BRC Media Group, which has created a much-needed creative outlet and resource for her peers through the same concept she fell in love with when she was a child and now as an adult she found the art of acting, singing, writing, and eventually directing. She has always been fiercely determined to battle against homelessness and substance abuse in her community. She is the CEO and Founder of Making Things Better Sober Living homes with 7 operating in Phoenix, AZ. And as well started The Finding my Shoes Foundation in which she collects blankets, care packages, socks and shoes for the homeless.

She is limitless, immeasurable, and boundless. She is absolutely captivating and her story of resilience, and survival is absolutely breathtaking including that education was the key paramount component that restored and created the woman we now know today as Dr. Brenda Combs.

Dr. Combs now spreads a message of hope wherever she goes. Her journey has not been an easy one, however. Growing up in a middle-class family in Northern Arizona, she fell into a bad crowd, began using drugs, and dropped out of school. Her life continued on a downward spiral, leading to her serving jail time and becoming homeless. During her darkest days on the streets, she endured unspeakable trauma, including being beaten, shot, and raped.

Her journey, which has been called “From Homeless to Hero” by local media, has received tremendous national coverage, including an article in Reader’s Digest and interviews on The Today Show and CNN News. She has also appeared on radio talk shows across the country and been invited to sing and share her message at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

“If I can do it, anybody can do it,” she says. “I believe in myself and my ability to do my best. I’m intelligent and I’m capable of achieving greatness. I think every person has inside of them what it takes to succeed. The day I woke up on the streets and someone had stolen the shoes off my feet was the day I knew I had to change my life. I knew God had a better plan for my life than this.”

Once she set her sights on becoming a teacher, there was no stopping her. As a single mother of a young son who suffered a stroke at birth, she juggled three jobs while earning a bachelor’s degree in human services. She taught at a school for children with special needs and continued to pursue her education at Grand Canyon University, where she earned a master’s degree in special education in 2007. She has since received a doctorate in organizational leadership with an emphasis in education under a scholarship presented to her by Grand Canyon University, becoming one of their first doctoral students. She travels around the country sharing her story as the university’s “ambassador of inspiration & achievement” with a variety of audiences, including youth groups, churches, and professional organizations.

A victim of domestic violence in the past, Dr. Brenda Combs now serves as an advocate for domestic violence awareness. She also lobbies for the rights of the homeless community and, in 2009, was named a national ambassador for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Power to End Stroke" campaign. She was selected by the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury as an “Arizona woman of inspiration” two years in a row and The Martin Luther King Stand Up fo Justice Award!

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Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. Speaking Topics

From Rags to Enrichment

"From Rags to Enrichment" is Dr. Brenda Combs' personal story, which can touch on such topics as domestic violence, the importance of education, stroke awareness and prevention, rebounding from divorce, single parenting, and drug and alcohol abuse and recovery.

Dr. Combs can also facilitate a 45-minute interactive program designed for smaller groups, in which she works individually with each person to help create a vision and life goals.

Maximize Your Net Worth

In "Maximize Your Net Worth," speaker Dr. Brenda Combs provides an inspirational talk on how to use one's gifts and talents to create your own success.

Dr. Combs can also facilitate a 45-minute interactive program designed for smaller groups, in which she works individually with each person to help create a vision and life goals.

I Believe in Myself

A dynamic keynote speaker, Dr. Brenda Combs addresses larger groups in this one-hour presentation on self-esteem and motivation to turn any life around.

Dr. Combs can also facilitate a 45-minute interactive program designed for smaller groups, in which she works individually with each person to help create a vision and life goals.

From Homeless to Hero: Overcoming Trauma & Changing Your Life

A little over a decade ago, speaker Dr. Brenda Combs was a homeless crack addict and criminal who had been shot, beaten, and raped. Today, having completely turned her life around, the media has lauded her journey as being "from homeless to hero." A single mother who successfully obtained a doctorate in organizational leadership, Dr. Combs motivates others with her inspirational story of perseverance. "If I can do it anybody can do it," she says. "I think every person has inside of them what it takes to succeed."

Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. Videos

"It wasn't the program. It was me." | Dr. Brenda Combs
Dr. Brenda Combs | Overcoming 10 years of Addiction
I'm Still Here

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What topics does Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. speak about?

Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Inspirational, Health, Women, Women's Health, Personal Growth, Family & Parenting, Social Activism, Government, Black Heritage, College, Political, Diversity, Motivational, Influential Women, Education, Addiction & Recovery and Culture.

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Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. generally travels from Phoenix, AZ, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances.

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Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Health and Women. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. generally travels from Phoenix, AZ, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Victoria Rowell, Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Malaak Compton. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. for an upcoming event.

Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. Speaking Topics

  • From Rags to Enrichment

    "From Rags to Enrichment" is Dr. Brenda Combs' personal story, which can touch on such topics as domestic violence, the importance of education, stroke awareness and prevention, rebounding from divorce, single parenting, and drug and alcohol abuse and recovery.

    Dr. Combs can also facilitate a 45-minute interactive program designed for smaller groups, in which she works individually with each person to help create a vision and life goals.

  • Maximize Your Net Worth

    In "Maximize Your Net Worth," speaker Dr. Brenda Combs provides an inspirational talk on how to use one's gifts and talents to create your own success.

    Dr. Combs can also facilitate a 45-minute interactive program designed for smaller groups, in which she works individually with each person to help create a vision and life goals.

  • I Believe in Myself

    A dynamic keynote speaker, Dr. Brenda Combs addresses larger groups in this one-hour presentation on self-esteem and motivation to turn any life around.

    Dr. Combs can also facilitate a 45-minute interactive program designed for smaller groups, in which she works individually with each person to help create a vision and life goals.

  • From Homeless to Hero: Overcoming Trauma & Changing Your Life

    A little over a decade ago, speaker Dr. Brenda Combs was a homeless crack addict and criminal who had been shot, beaten, and raped. Today, having completely turned her life around, the media has lauded her journey as being "from homeless to hero." A single mother who successfully obtained a doctorate in organizational leadership, Dr. Combs motivates others with her inspirational story of perseverance. "If I can do it anybody can do it," she says. "I think every person has inside of them what it takes to succeed."

Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. Videos

"It wasn't the program. It was me." | Dr. Brenda Combs
Dr. Brenda Combs | Overcoming 10 years of Addiction
I'm Still Here
CNN Interview Brenda Combs

Dr. Brenda Combs, Ed.D. Reviews

  • Dr. Combs was excellent!
    Equality Health - Dec 12 2022

  • What a pleasure to meet you! Thank you for speaking at the National Title I Conference. "Homeless to Hero" was an important topic for our attendees to hear and aligned perfectly with our "Liberty to Learn" theme. You have a powerful testimony. You lived it -- you don't just talk about it.
    Magnolia Hospitality Group, Inc. dba A+ Events - Feb 12 2018

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