We had the good fortune of connecting with Linnita Hosten and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linnita, what matters most to you?
Excellence in everything, every time is my personal motto. I’ve adapted this principle that is rooted in scripture (Ecclesiastes 9:10) to guide my everyday interactions, behaviors, and performance. It ultimately sets the bar for how I show up in the world- even when i may not be feeling my best.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
After conducting over 700+ hours of workshops, keynotes, and educating families on the importance of advanced education with an Investment Plan, I realized there was a greater need.
High school students were lacking an understanding of the connection between degree attainment and career development.
With me at the helm, Excellence Brainery was formed to provide college and career coaching services to high school and college students, partnering with families, and community groups.
With the support of curriculum writers and part-time student coaches we now deliver in-person and virtual workshops and group coaching to help students prepare for college and career success.
We strongly feel that students must understand the importance of earning career-related skills (outside of the classroom) while concurrently earning their degree; and proactively and consciously building relevant and competitive skills; and we are passionate about helping them devise and implement an actionable plan to do so.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We are definitely stopping by Creole at 14 for brunch. The Park at 14th for Dinner. On Sunday we are squeezing by Provost DC for their amazing organic southern classics. Hot spots to visit would also be the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Wellspring Manor & Spa, Calabash Tea & Coffee, The Spice Suite, and the Brown Beauty Co-op.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to shoutout my mom, Juanita Sherman. She is my biggest supporter and the number one advocate for my success. The best advice my mom has given is to “Love yourself enough to make good decisions. People have their own agenda.”
Linnita Hosten keynoting Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Black Girls Rock event