MN Daily Salute: Iyanla Vanzant

February 1, 2013  |  


Iyanla Vanzant

Calling: Life Coach

Why we’re saluting her: 

Iyanla Vanzant has long proven herself to be a woman of purpose, using her platform as a television personality, inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher, and author to help others live out their true purpose and establish healthy relationships with themselves and others.

Vanzant, who is both a Yoruba priestess an ordained New Thought minister, has done the work she puts her clients through. The Brooklyn, NY, native and founder of Inner Visions Institute for Spiritual Development was motherless at age 3,  raped at the young age of 9, and became a single mother at just 16 years of age. By 21, Vanzant had three children and in the nine years that followed she suffered through a physically violent marriage.

Fortunately, her story didn’t end there. At 34, Vanzant became a college graduate and went on to earn a law degree at 38. Not long after, she became the spiritual force we now know her to be, publishing 15 books, five of which are New York Time’s Best-Sellers. She’s also frequented a number of television shows from Oprah to The View, and starred in her own NBC daytime drama, Starting Over, where she helped women move on from their hurtful pasts and begin to live again without guilt and shame.

Nowadays, we watch Vanzant dissect broken souls on her OWN series, Iyanla Fix My Life, challenging every day men and women and celebrities alike to address their demons and right their wrongs. Her work inspires us to examine our own selves and heal our wounds, and for that we salute her this month.

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