Alicia Ward is a 49 yr. old, wife and mother of two adorable
children who now resides just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She is a “Native New
Yorker” who as a teenager, relocated to South Florida with her family where she
attended high school and developed a love for sports. Upon graduation, Alicia
continued her education and was successful at graduating with honors from the
historically renowned Tuskegee University with a Bachelor of Science degree in
After graduating from Tuskegee, Alicia pursued her professional career by relocating to Atlanta, after securing a position as a Commercial Production Underwriter. It was while working in this capacity, that Alicia encountered her first experience with being laid off. After only four years, the company announced that they planned to consolidate offices and as a result of this decision, she was out of a job. Needless to say, Alicia was devastated and didn’t know what to do or where to turn. It took a little over a year, before she was able to secure employment and pick up the pieces of her life and move forward. During this long, hard road to get back on her feet, it left her feeling broken and with low self-esteem. However, it was Alicia's love for sports that helped her to regain her self-worth, when she made the decision to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a competitive bodybuilder. Following and accomplishing this dream, allowed Alicia to not only transform her body, but also to transform her entire outlook on what it takes to live a balanced life (physically, emotionally and spiritually).
After fighting her way back, Alicia worked throughout various industries ranging from non-profit to education, which brings us to the present. As life oftentimes repeats itself, once again, and with no advanced notice, Alicia found herself being laid off from her job of almost fourteen years as the Transfer Credit Coordinator and Commencement Coordinator at a major post-secondary college, for the second time in her professional career. However, there was one major difference about this particular time and it was that Alicia felt an almost instantaneous PEACE about her layoff and accepted it with a positive outlook.
Understanding that the peace that she had was a blessing and a sign from God, she decided to use this experience as way to not only re-discover who she is, but to also follow her life's purpose, which is to inspire and empower others to use their gifts and talents to walk in their true purpose or passion. This realization resulted in her being divinely inspired to use of one of her longtime passions, of writing, to create her blog “There is Life After Layoff® (www.thereislifeafterlayoff.com)." The success of the blog resulted in her hosting a weekly blog talk radio show of the same name. It is her journey of truth, transparency and growth through the experience of a layoff while giving a voice to others experiencing similar circumstances.
Walking in her life's purpose has also afforded Alicia with the opportunities to use her gifts and talents in such areas as: Life Coaching/Mentoring, Motivational Speaking, Guest Writing (on other blogs), Book Editing, Website Design, and Product Review just to name a few. She is a proud member of The National Association of Professional Women and the National Alliance of Women in Media. She also continues to run daily and participates in local road races and aspires to run her second half marathon in the near future.
Alicia's life is a true testimony of how keeping "God First" and being obedient will guide you towards your life's purpose. However, she continues to grow and learn more about herself each day and if asked to sum her life up in three words, her response is, "WORK IN PROGRESS!"
Alicia's life is a true testimony of how keeping God
First and being obedient will guide you towards your life's purpose. However, she continues to grow and learn more about herself each day and if
asked to sum her life up in three words, her response is, "WORK IN