Felicia Shakespeare
Award Winning Author, Educator, International Speaker and Entrepreneur


Felicia Shakespeare is a native Chicagoan who has achieved success in both the business and the education sectors. 

She is an award winning author, educator, international speaker and entrepreneur.

Some of her pivotal business exposure and skill development came while working for fortune 500 companies IBM and Chase and for the third largest school district in America, CPS. 

She is the Founder of A Purpose Driven Woman LLC, created as a safe space for women to receive personal development and professional growth resources through online and offline platforms. 

One of Felicia’s life missions is to inspire others to be intentional about living a life of faith and purpose. 

She is the host of A Purpose Driven Woman Podcast. Her podcast provides motivation, mastery and stories of hope on how to overcome your fears with real people sharing real stories on how to live a life of unlimited possibilities in everyday living, career and entrepreneurship.


Felicia is a dynamic speaker that has spoken locally, nationally and abroad. 

Some of her most memorable opportunities were when she spoke live as keynote speaker for Dress For Success Worldwide Central’ Go Places Network Professional Women’s and Group. Also curating customized branding workshops for fortune 500 company Penske Corporation and Top Ladies of Distinction’s Leadership Conference. 

Felicia has been invited back repeatedly as featured, panelist and moderator for the nationally produced Black Women’s Expo. Her firstLIVE international speaking opportunity came2019 for A Woman’s Narrative in Paris, France. 

She was also a featured for the Global Woman Summit in July 2020 sharing virtually with the likes of Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul Brand), Mirela Sula (Founder of the Global Woman Movement) and Kim Kyosaki (Author of Rich Woman).

List of organizations that Felicia has spoke for or partnered with included but are not limited to:
● Google
● Obama Foundation
● Contexture Media Network
● American Library Association
● Dress For Success Worldwide Central
● Penske Corporation
● Ladies That Lead Summit
● A Woman’s Narrative (Paris)
● Global Woman Summit (London)
● Anita Borg (AnitaB.org)
● Top Ladies of Distinction
● For Women & Diversity (FWD)
● General Assembly (Women in Tech Breakfast, Chicago)
● Creative Tech Expo
● i.c.Stars
● Spelman College
● Elmhurst University
● StartUp Today Business Forum
● Girl Dream Bigger
● Better Love Yourself Youth Conference
● Associated Colleges of Illinois (Diversity at the Blackboard)
● Dream Conference
● CANTv (Chicago Access Network Television)


Felicia a bestelling and award nominated author of the following book projects:
● You Are Your Brand, Building from the Inside Out!

Author of the Year Finalist, Small Business Category
Indie Author Legacy Awards
● A Purpose Driven Woman: 14 Memoirs on Becoming Fearless & Intentional

Amazon Hot New Releases Bestseller List:
#3 in Personal Transformation
#4 in Biographies & Memoirs of Women
#7 in Motivational Self-Help


Felicia is the recipient of the prestigious 2020 Global Woman Inspirational Award, the 2019 FWD Award (For Women and Diversity) and the 2018 WNBA Chicago Sky Redefine Possible Women’s Leadership Award. Felicia is a recent recipient of the 2022 Champion in Co-Teaching Award and is a current nominee for the 2022 Global Woman Honorary Award, London UK.

Other Awards include:
Business Star; The Boss Network,
Dream Award
Shining Example Award
ICE Award (Impacting the Community through Education)
● Global Woman Magazine
● Today’s Purpose Woman Magazine
● FWD Magazine
● Essence Festival Bookstore
● Barbara’s Bookstore
● Real Talk, Real People (WVON Radio)
● Brand Chicago
● Our Voices Chicago, American Library Association
● NBC Chicago
● Fox Chicago
● Chicago Tribune
● Chicago RedEye


● Her Story Podcast
● Mind of Mentor Podcast
● Ossa Collective (Lounge)


● The BOSS Network
● Global Woman Magazine
● The Next Collective
● Chicago NOW


● Chicago Innovation: Women’s Co-op

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