We had the good fortune of connecting with Valéssa L. Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Valéssa L., what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
My military background has instilled in me the discipline, time management, resilience, adaptability, and teamwork skills necessary for success.

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Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
“Empowerment is not a luxury; it is a necessity. In the dynamic world of Go Core Mind Body Soul LLC and Corelicious LLC, I am Valéssa L. Taylor, a fervent advocate for women professionals in Corporate America and women veterans. My mission is crystal clear – to help individuals unlock their core potential, shatter self-limiting beliefs, and reignite their inner power. With over 30 years of expertise as a certified clinical trauma professional, I am dedicated to providing tailored solutions to address the profound challenges of trauma, low self-esteem, aggression, and depression. Through a holistic and transformative journey that harmonizes mind, body, and soul, I am here to guide you towards self-realization, healing, and profound personal growth.”

What sets me apart from others is a path woven through 22 years of military service and personal trials—a narrative of courage amidst a brain aneurysm and victories in the battle of life. Traversing over 300,000 miles and residing in four countries, my journey is a testament to resilience and fortitude. From training akin to Navy SEALs, aviators, and medical professionals at the 37th Training Wing in San Antonio, Texas, Lackland Air Force Base, to escorting White House dignitaries and reporting to C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) where I detailed the equipment and assets during the reduction of military presence in Balad, Iraq. Meeting the Tuskegee Airmen in Balad, Iraq, and hearing their stories of resilience and commitment to sacrifice and service for our country has profoundly shaped my journey. Working under the leadership of four Presidents of the United States and having the esteemed former President Barack Obama sign my retirement certificate has marked each deliberate and impactful step, leaving footprints of commitment and dedication in every endeavor, echoing the valor of the courageous African American pilots of World War II.

What I am most proud of is being raised by two resilient women who faced adversity head-on despite traumatic experiences that could have held them back. My grandmother, born in 1912, and my mother played vital roles in shaping my upbringing. While we encountered some domestic challenges, their unwavering strength and determination to break free from the shadows of the past inspired me to become an influential figure in society and on a global scale. Despite the loss of my husband, I carried on his legacy by embracing the role of a second-chance parent, guiding my children on a journey towards self-awareness, instilling in them a belief in themselves, fostering accountability, and emphasizing that as a family, we are united in a global mission to make a positive difference. Their absence, now eternally present, fuels my determination and unwavering commitment as I continue this powerful journey of transformation and impact.

To get to where I am today in my business endeavors, it was far from an easy journey. The path was filled with numerous challenges and obstacles that tested my resilience and determination. One of the key challenges I faced was establishing myself in a competitive market and gaining recognition for my work. This required a significant amount of effort, perseverance, and a willingness to push through setbacks.

I overcame these challenges by staying focused on my goals, constantly learning and adapting to the changing landscape of the industry. I sought out mentorship and guidance from experienced professionals, networked with like-minded individuals, and never shied away from taking calculated risks. It was essential to remain flexible in my approach, willing to pivot when necessary, and always staying true to my values and vision.

Through perseverance, hard work, and a relentless drive to succeed, I was able to overcome the challenges I faced in my business journey. Each obstacle served as a learning opportunity, strengthening my resolve and shaping me into the successful entrepreneur I am today.

Through my journey of facing challenges and striving for success, I have learned valuable lessons that have shaped my outlook on life. Among these lessons, three key points stand out:

1. Resilience and Determination: The importance of resilience and determination has been a guiding force in my journey, helping me overcome obstacles and navigate the complexities of life and business.

2. Continuous Learning: I have come to understand the significance of continuous learning. Seeking knowledge, acquiring new skills, and remaining adaptable are essential for personal growth and success in a rapidly changing world.

3. Embracing Change: Embracing change as an opportunity for growth and innovation has been transformative. By being open to change, I have been able to adapt to new environments, explore new opportunities, and expand my horizons both personally and professionally.

As I reflect on these lessons, I am reminded that challenges can be stepping stones to growth and that resilience, continuous learning, and embracing change are key components of a fulfilling and successful journey. Embracing these principles can empower us to overcome obstacles, achieve our goals, and make a positive impact in the world.

What I want the world to know about me and my brand is that I am a symbol of resilience, empowerment, and inner strength. Since a young age, I have been driven by an unwavering belief in the transformative power of faith in determination to overcome challenges and inspire positive change. My journey is a testament to the strength and perseverance that have guided me in empowering lives and uplifting others.

Through my voice, storytelling, and coaching, my goal is to ignite a powerful force for change, illuminating paths and inspiring transformation on a global scale. Leveraging my natural gift of speaking, I strive to empower individuals, offer guidance through life’s obstacles, and share light and love with those in need. As the first black woman ever to grace the TEDx Coatzacoalcos stage on Juneteenth 2021, I stand as a pioneer, drawing inspiration from the legacy of Mahalia Jackson and leading the way for others to amplify their voices and create meaningful impact.

At the heart of my brand lies authenticity, resilience, and a deep connection to my inner strength. I aim to make a difference one step at a time, drawing strength from my unyielding belief in personal growth and attributing all resilience and transformation to the divine source. With every spoken word, my mission is to leave a lasting impact, shaping the world through the influential power of storytelling, coaching, and unwavering determination. This is my legacy, my commitment, and my gift to humanity.

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If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area for a week, I would ensure they have an extravagant time exploring the opulent side of the city, including the upscale suburbs like Frisco. Here’s a meticulously crafted itinerary for a week filled with lavish experiences and sumptuous delights:

Day 1: Frisco Welcome and Fine Dining – Arrival: Extend a lavish Texas welcome as they arrive in Frisco, showcasing the city’s opulence and grandeur. – Dinner: Indulge in an extravagant culinary experience at a renowned fine dining establishment like Dee Lincoln Prime, known for its exquisite cuisine and upscale ambiance.

Day 2: Dallas Exploration – Breakfast: Start the day with a decadent breakfast at a luxurious spot like The Ritz-Carlton, offering a gourmet spread fit for royalty. – Visit: Explore the prestigious Dallas Arts District, home to world-class museums like the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. – Lunch: Enjoy an indulgent Tex-Mex feast at a high-end restaurant such as Javier’s Gourmet Mexicano for a sophisticated culinary journey. – Afternoon: Immerse in the rich history of Dallas at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, offering an exclusive look into the city’s past. – Dinner: Dine in elegance at a sophisticated eatery like Al Biernat’s, known for its impeccable service and top-tier steaks.

Day 3: Fort Worth Fun – Breakfast: Begin the day with a lavish breakfast at a prestigious establishment like The Capital Grille in Fort Worth, offering a refined dining experience. – Visit: Dive into the cowboy culture at the Fort Worth Stockyards, where they can witness the authentic western heritage and enjoy upscale shopping. – Lunch: Indulge in a luxurious Texas BBQ experience at a high-end smokehouse like Woodshed Smokehouse for a gourmet twist on traditional barbecue. – Afternoon: Explore the world-class collections at the Kimbell Art Museum, home to priceless works of art and cultural treasures. – Dinner: Treat yourself to a sophisticated dinner at a top-rated restaurant like Saint-Emilion in Fort Worth, known for its French-inspired cuisine and elegant ambiance.

Day 4-7: Extravagant Experiences – Hang Out: Spend a day of luxury at The Star in Frisco, a lavish entertainment complex with upscale shops, fine dining restaurants, and exclusive experiences. – Visit: Discover the opulence of the National Videogame Museum in Frisco, a unique and high-end destination for gaming enthusiasts. – Relax: Unwind in luxury at The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort and Club in Irving, where they can indulge in a pampering session with upscale treatments. – Nightlife: Experience the elite nightlife scene at the Mansion Bar in Dallas, a sophisticated lounge known for its upscale atmosphere and craft cocktails. Throughout the week, we would immerse ourselves in the refined culture, exquisite cuisine, and exclusive experiences that the DFW area and Frisco have to offer, creating unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for luxury living.

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Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I am honored to have been recently featured on prestigious covers like Passion Vista Magazine, Womlead Magazine, NYC Journal, Thoughtful PR, and Women’s Herald Magazine. Each cover represents a significant milestone in my journey as a leader and corepreneur, reflecting my dedication and passion. Being named the top Air Force Veteran of the Year in 2024 by the International Association of Top Professionals underscores my commitment to excellence. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Shout out Dallas for amplifying my voice and influence in the industry, as well as MSN, ABC, FOX, NBC, CBS, CW, and Telemundo for their recognition and support in sharing my story and achievements.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/valessaltaylor-08571962/

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Royal Line Photography-Plano

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