Empowering Individuals to Excel Against All Odds
Bernada Nicole Baker is one of the most up and coming influential, inspirational and trailblazing leaders of her generation. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Bernada’s dedication to education and her service to community has helped her to chart an accomplished and well-rounded career.
As a Community Psychologist, Bernada has been most recognized for her passion for establishing relationships in disenfranchised communities, building bridges for underserved populations and serving as an advocate for those whose voices will never be heard. Bernada has conducted extensive research on social issues among minority groups and has a proven track record of developing, implementing and evaluating action-oriented community-based programs. Her dissertation title is “The Impact of Father Involvement on Women’s Self-Esteem and Ability to Sustain Healthy Relationships.”
As an Educator, Bernada is intentional in her efforts to provoke the greatness within her students, challenging them to think critically and to always soar beyond the limitations of the boundaries that society imposes upon them. She aims to get students to think “outside of the box” and encourages them to always go beyond the call of duty both personally and professionally.
As a Motivational Speaker, Bernada’s ability to captivate the attention of her audiences is remarkable. Bernada has a proven track record of provoking the passion in others by empowering, educating and equipping individuals with the tools needed to succeed in life.
As a Pastoral Counselor, Bernada utilizes a strengths based approach that empowers individuals to overcome the adversities of life and live in the fullness of peace, joy and tranquility. She works to equip individuals with the strategies needed to create work/life balance, cultivate self- esteem & achieve internal peace & emotional stability.
Bernada’s personal journey led her to commit to helping young, at-risk girls overcome hardships and excel academically. In 2004, Baker founded The Princess Within Foundation (TPWF- www.theprincesswithin.org), a faith-based, non-profit self-esteem initiative dedicated to African-American and Hispanic girls aged, eight to 18 in Chicago, and nationwide.
Bernada earned her Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health degrees from St. Xavier University in Chicago at the tender age of 23. She was also awarded her Master of Divinity degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Bernada is a Ph.D. candidate in the Community Psychology program at National Louis University. She is a member of The Association for Pastoral Counselors, The National Black MBA Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She also serves as an adjunct professor at The City Colleges of Chicago and Kendall College in the River North area. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States motivating individuals to eliminate excuses and maximize their potential, and has been afforded opportunities to travel internationally. Bernada has conducted research in Ghana, West Africa on “The Church & Community’s Response to the Global Spread of HIV/AIDS. She is also the author of Unlock the Treasure: Discover the Princess Within & When You Walk With Purpose You Collide With Destiny.