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“Dream bigger than you ever thought possible and don’t let anyone tell you it can’t be done.”

That statement defines Stephanie Hester and how she approaches life.

Often described as anti-status quo, resilient, and generous, Stephanie has an amazing heart for people and a laugh that both engages entire restaurants and clears the room.

When you meet Stephanie in person, you will quickly understand that her heart for people is the catalyst for everything she does – in business and in life.

Stephanie has been speaking and hosting team building workshops for over 20 years. She has worked with Fortune 500 and Inc. 500 companies including IBM, Genworth Financial, and iContact, and has been a keynote speaker at regional and national conferences.

Stephanie started painting to help process her PTSD. She soon discovered a new means of creativity that was just waiting to be unleashed.

Now her abstract artwork is displayed in homes and businesses from Coast to Coast. Along her creative journey she found a path of healing and discovery, about herself and others.

Now living in a place where passion, joy, and freedom collide, she shares this with others through speaking and Paint Your Story and other endeavors.

An advocate for our military, she is involved with several organizations that support this community and their families.

One of Stephanie’s favorite quotes … we need to shine!

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Marianne Williamson