Lifetime Achievement Award Winner’s Book Helps Divorced Women and Widows Avoid Poverty (int Opp) with Dr. Ellis


Dr. Sabrina J. Ellis


After receiving the prestigious 2016 President Barack Obama’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Sabrina J. Ellis became the Chief Visionary Officer of Free to Thrive, which was developed to “challenge the leader within for positive transformations without.”

Free to Thrive focuses on guiding organizations through meaningful change for the greatest impact to employee satisfaction, improved leadership, better resource, and financial management, and heightened awareness for the best customer service.  As part of this initiative, she established Recherché Mentoring Program to influence the lives of adolescent females to reach their potential through philosophical approaches to mental, physical, and spiritual change.

Dr. Ellis, the author of three books, is a proven organizational development and leadership transformation change agent for corporations and not-for-profit organizations, as well as individuals who desire personal growth coaching.  Dr. Ellis, a John Maxwell certified coach, is highly regarded.

She has served as an Executive Pastor and a Senior Pastor for more than 20 years. Dr. Ellis has  served as Chaplain for the Western Reserve Section of the National Council of Negro Women and the Cleveland Chapter of Top Ladies of Distinction.  These experiences led her to form Living in Victory Ministries, Inc., to impart this knowledge to women to enhance their emotional development through spiritual awakening.

She authored the following books: And the Women Came First, The Advancement of Renewal in the African American Pentecostal Church, and Wife Life: Securing Your Future.  She is also the editor of a book of women’s testimonies entitled And They Overcame.

A native of Ohio, she is a graduate of Notre Dame College of Cleveland, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She also earned a Master of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary, with an emphasis in Clinical Pastoral Counseling.  Dr. Ellis  earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Transformational Leadership.

She has served as the keynote speaker for several conferences and organizations, including The Black Women’s Political Action Committee’s 31st Annual Fundraiser in Cleveland, and has served as host on Total Christian Television (TCT), a network with over 70 million viewers.

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