Divine Empowerment: A Journey to To Create
Darlene Brown, CEO of Divine Empowerment, is an author, certified personal development and business leadership coach, poet, inspirational speaker and certified training facilitator with over 25 years of professional experience in business with emphasis on technology.
In 2007 she created Divine Empowerment, a company providing personal development and leadership coaching, keynote speaking and professional training to individuals, small businesses and large organizations across the world.
Darlene is the recipient of the 2013 Black Wall Street Harlem “The Joe Mann Black Capital Award”, the 2015 “Outstanding Women’s Award” from Play Time is Over, the 2015 “Metro Phenomenal Women’s Award”; the 2015 Best Speakers Award recognized in the Examiner; and the 2017 Community Involvement Award from DC Nitelife.
She holds a B.S. in Information Systems, and is an advocate for life-long learning. Darlene received a Leadership Certificate in 2013 from the Leadership Institute at Prince George’s Community College. She is also certified through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) and her coaching curriculum provides successful methodologies on harnessing and implementing your personal power thru healing and transformation. Darlene is certified in the Yale Curriculum – ‘Coping with Work and Family Stress: A Workplace Preventive Intervention’; Stephen Covey’s – ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ and Tracom Social Styles, an Emotional Intelligence and Behavioral Leadership training module.
Darlene is a former advisory Board Member for the ‘Diverse Male Student Institute’ (DMSI), and a founding board member for the ‘Women of Wisdom’ program at Prince George’s Community College. She believes in helping others thru sharing her knowledge and leadership expertise. Ms. Brown was a former committee member for the Women’s Legislative Council for Prince George’s County and former advisory board member for Women of Prince George’s organization, and the Global Women Peace Foundation. Darlene is an active life-time member for the Power Networking Conference strategic planning committee and the Director of Communications and Philanthropy for the Family Justice Center Foundation in Prince George’s County.
Darlene is certain to enlighten, empower and inspire any audience with her charismatic personality. She has delivered dynamic speeches to diverse audiences throughout the country on accountability, healing, transformation, strategic planning and leadership. Her presence has captivated and touched the hearts of a myriad of people from all walks of life. Her powerful messages are engaging to all age groups and has helped others take immediate action to improve the quality of their personal and professional lives. Her corporate clients have experienced an increase in productivity and employee engagement from her professional trainings. The ‘Life-Skills Development’ curriculum on healing, transformation and resilience has improved the lives of men and women for more than 8 years at “Adam’s House” – a successful grass-roots community based program designed to assist families thru the Prince George’s County Health Department. The participants of the program learn success strategies and tools for anger management, effective communication, critical thinking and understanding behaviors that support and maintain healthy relationships.
Her published articles on health and business leadership have been featured in Today’s Black Woman, Prince George’s Suite Magazine and The Evolution online publication. In the “HLIC – Head Ladies in Charge” book, currently available on Amazon, Darlene candidly shares her own personal trials and triumphs about the most valuable lessons in her life. In her chapter “Leading by Example” she talks about persevering through the pains and perils of her childhood. The “HLIC – Head Ladies in Charge” film provides an intimate look on how pivotal moments in her life strengthened her faith, increased her self-esteem which ultimately helped her to discipline her thoughts, words and actions. Her first solo book, which details her transition to true freedom through the application of forgiveness in her own life will be released in 2018.
Ms. Brown has a long list of professional business expertise that ranges from entertainment, to technology, to finance. In 2001 Darlene created an entertainment production company, BrownIzes Productions, where she released her debut spoken-word CD, “Love Sick Lessons”. Produced by international jazz pianist Bob Baldwin, the poetry CD shares the pain of going thru a divorce and reassembling the pieces of her life after a broken heart. The inspirational poems are delivered against a backdrop of classic and soulful jazz music as she lyrically expresses her experience of lessons learned through the journey of learning how to love herself. Her debut riveting live stage performance with Bob Baldwin and his band was seen at the famous “Blues Alley” in Washington, DC. She later went on to write and produce the “Kings and Queens of Poetry” in 2003 at the University of the District of Columbia.
That same year Darlene produced the weekly open-mic poetry show, “What’s the Word” featuring poets from across the world at the sultry Sugar Shack Café located in Harlem, New York. The executive producer and host of “The Next Level” TV-show, which aired to an audience of 1.5 million in New York City in 2003 thru 2005 allowed her to do on-camera interviews with such notable artist as Carl Thomas, Queen Latifah, Eryka Badu, Common, Deborah Cox, Jaheim, Bob Baldwin, Marcus Johnson, Percy Miller aka Master P, Heather Headley and the late Chuck Brown to name a few. Darlene was also the co-executive producer of the “Mic-Check” artist showcase where notable artist such as John Legend performed.
The electric sound of Darlene’s voice has inspired many on topics ranging from ‘Managing Change’, ‘Power of Positive Thinking’, ‘Seven Success Principles for Leaders’, ‘Designing Your Destiny’, ‘Plans to Prosper thru your Purpose’ to ‘Excellence without Excuses’. She has graced the stages of institutions and professional organizations in New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, DC, Maryland, Texas, Florida, Turks & Caicos, Arizona, Atlanta, Colorado and California to name a few.
Her speaking roster includes Milford Mills Academy, The College of New Rochelle, New York City Department of Education, Coppin State University, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Loyola University Maryland, Bowie State University, Eastern Shore University, University of Maryland at College Park, Prince George’s Community College, Delaware State University, Prince George’s Public Schools, New Vision Church, New David Baptist Church, Endodontic Consulting Group, The American Classic Association, She Matters Organization, United States Department of Justice , International Peach Foundation, Black Data Processing Associates of Washington, D.C. (BDPA), The Black and Male in America Conference in New York with Kevin Powell, Speak Life Enterprises and numerous grassroots community based organizations and The Training Source.
Sharing the stage with speaking greats such as Les Brown, Dr. George Fraser, Dr. Willie Jolly, Mrs. Cheryl Wood, Dr. Emma Fraser-Pendleton and Dr. Jewel Diamond Taylor to name just a few, Darlene walks in her divine purpose daily and humbly accepts her role as a servant and leader to empower others to become the best person they can be and ultimately fulfill their divine destiny in life.