Born Accomplishment: Shade Y. Adu

Shade Y. Adu

International Educator, Empowerment Speaker, and Savvy Life Coach

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Bio: Shadé Yaa-Birago Adu is an international educator, empowerment speaker, and Savvy life coach. With nearly a decade of real-world experience, she possesses a unique brand of tested efficiency and professional capability that make her an impressive force in the workplace. Her ultimate goal is to inspire others to dream and explore the world around them.

For three years, Ms. Adu has lived in Kazakhstan and has been instrumental in assisting with minority recruitment, curriculum development, and teacher training. She has traveled throughout Kazakhstan and over two dozen countries conducting workshops, observing schools, and breaking stereotypes of African American women one passport stamp at a time.

Ms. Adu has worked as a lead instructor at Nazerbayeav Intellectual School in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan, where she was recruited immediately after obtaining her Masters of Education degree. In this position, she taught and co-taught courses, developed training programs, collaborated on a school accreditation plan, and assisted in a litany of vital daily activities such as lesson planning, assessment, and classroom management. She has also served as an ESL teacher while in Kazakhstan and has a plethora of teaching experience from graduate and post-graduate positions.


Recently, Ms. Adu was admitted into a Ph.D. program in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and will begin in the fall of 2014. She is also the recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship with up to ten years of academic funding. Ms. Adu attributes her success to a network of mentors and spiritual favor. With a sincere passion for her line of work and a tenacious drive to succeed, she is sure to make even more colossal changes in the world around her.


Interview with Shade Y. Adu


Dhylles Davis: Who is Shade Adu?


Shade Y. Adu: Shadé Y. Adu is a Personal Brand Strategist, Life Coach and Founder of Savvy Solutions Consulting, LLC. Savvy Solutions Consulting is a professional development firm that provides personal branding and coaching and diversity training for individuals, businesses, organizations, and corporations. Ms. Adu specializes in business branding and launching, transformational coaching, social media solutions, and brand diversity. Shadé has spoken at and facilitated numerous workshops in Kazakhstan, Ghana, and universities, high schools,  and institutions throughout the United States. In addition, Shadé I am a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying curriculum and instruction with a concentration in Multicultural Education.


Dhylles: When did you realize you were born an accomplishment?


Shade: After three years of living in Kazakhstan and I knew that I was called to do more. It was time for me to step into my greatness and share my gifts with the world. My goal is to empower, inspire, and encourage women to start their businesses.


Dhylles: When did you discover your shift in energy?


Shade: I discovered my energy shift over a year ago. I am in the process of seeing where this new direction takes me. I am so excited about where life is going to take me. I plan on enjoying each and every moment.


Dhylles: When did you come into your own?


Shade: I believe that coming into my own is a continuous process. The more that I speak and coach others, the more experienced and knowledgeable I become in my field. Growth is continuous and I believe that you can never fully come into your own because at each step, there are new levels to be reached and more to accomplish.


Dhylles: When did you learn to stop holding yourself back and start to take leaps of faith?


Shade: I learned to stop holding myself back when I decide to move overseas for 3 years.  I was afraid of moving around the world by myself because I didn’t know what to expect. I was able to conquer that fear and turn a one year assignment into three years of traveling the world. I was able to learn more about myself by spending ample amount of time with myself. It was refreshing. It also gave me the push to return to the United States and start my coaching business because I wanted to inspire others to step outside of their comfort zone.


Dhylles: When did you stop looking for validation from others and started looking for validation from yourself?


Shade: I think that the self-validation comes from when you are finally ready to give yourself permission to live the life of your dreams. Many of us are looking for validation from others that may never come to pass from others. The turn point comes when we can ask ourselves for permission and go for it. It is so important to just try. You never know where your greatness will take you.


Dhylles: Thanks for sharing Shade!


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