There’s no other way to put it.
Shenna Thomas Walker is a woman on the move.
A woman of devout, relentless faith, one who customarily seeks and consults Almighty God in virtually all she does.
A woman whose reputation is such that she’s committed to esteeming others highly than herself, as God admonishes us, according to Philippians 2:3.
A woman who, given her wealth of success in her assortment of endeavors and achievements and accolades, devises ways daily to exercise her faith by steadfastly seeing from beyond where she is, thus maximizing her potential in the process.
In other words, it’s safe to assume that whenever Walker emerges as the center of conversation or generates headlines through the mainstream media, the familiar question lingers: If there anything this progressive woman of color can’t do?
A 33-year-old native of Palestine, Arkansas, Walker is widely known throughout the Mid-South for her notable, well-publicized achievements as a rising author, singer, mental health specialist, and life coach/motivational speaker.
In assessing her stellar career to date, amongst the things about which Walker acknowledged during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson is that she sensed for the longest that God had anointed her to help enrich, revive, and impact the lives of people from various walks of life.
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Without question, now, more than ever before, she undoubtedly is walking in her God-mandated purpose.
“In my early childhood, I knew that I was positioned on this earth by God to counsel the broken, hurt, dead, and lost,” Walker explained. “I also knew from the many barriers that I encountered and conquered that it was solely my responsibility to minister through song, writing, and speaking.”
Especially writing which, to her credit, has become yet another remarkable trend to Walker’s life coaching repertoire.
It is, by all accounts, because of the slew of trials and hurdles during which she had to clear that has greatly empowered and equipped this Henderson State University alum to produce her novel debut entitled, “My Life Story,” an awe-inspiring, internationally acclaimed book that is translated in more than 10 different languages.
“My life Story is a book of resilience that teaches and encourages people to speak out about closet events and embarrassing adventurers through his/her life span,” Walker explained. “Overall, it introduces life in dead places.”
A former prep multisport athlete who was named homecoming and prom queen during her days at Palenstine (Ark.) Wheatley High School, Walker’s notable counseling tenure spans more than 10 years, most notably in the mental health sector.
Having also acquired a master’s degree in counseling, Walker doesn’t shy away from the notion that her life has always centered on her ability to compete at the highest of levels.
Now we know why.
“I have been competitive all my life, which provoked me to never quit when approached with challenges,” Walker said. “I had the honor of witnessing my mother, Pamila Thomas, and father, Bishop Michael Thomas, facilitate community work, counseling, and introducing people to God all of my life, which provoked me to take the mantle and run with it.”
Fortunately for this vibrant, assertive, thriving preacher’s kid — or PK — and woman of beauty, it seemed she has diligently gone to great lengths not to just follow in the footsteps of her parents. Rather, it seemed she has added her own dazzling twist to such a remarkable legacy.
For starters, she established a 5o1c3-credited nonprofit organization that assists women and children to become self-involved while challenging obstacles head on within their lives.
“The nonprofit house ages 10 and older females and males now,” said Walker, adding that Shenna’s Mentorship Giving Back to the Delta has allowed her to put her immense talents on display in various parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, even as far as California.
Her next speaking engagement is later this week in Helena, Arkansas, where she and husband, Arkansas-based attorney Jamaal Walker, currently reside.
Aside from her notable career as a counselor, Shenna runs an online business called, Shenna Products, which feature an array of products such as T-shirts, body oils and lotions, perfumes and air fresheners.
Her products can be purchased on www.shopshenna.com, or on a site during which she vendors in different states, she said. In addition, Walker is scheduled to produce a video that will be collaborated with her hit single entitled, “Favor,” later this week.
Her album entitled, My Life, is scheduled to be released sometime in September.
Jamaal Walker said he’s appreciative and blessed of the array of opportunities for which his wife has been afforded in recent years.
“I’m very proud to be Shenna’s husband,” Jamaal Walker said. “She is very gifted. She is a blessing to our family as well as others. When she puts her mind to it, there’s nothing she can’t do.”
Now we know why.
Heck, she sensed for the longest that God had anointed her to help enrich, revive, and impact the lives of people from various walks of life.
There’s no other way to put it.
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