Dr. Toscha Dickerson
Purpose: To educate and inspire women on the importance of Self-Care
Mission: Transforming Stress into a Lifestyle of Success
Dr. Toscha L. Dickerson is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, author, and advocate for all things that educate and inspire women to reach their highest potential. Dr. Dickerson has always been a servant leader by volunteering and leading community events. In 2017, she founded nonprofit organization S.T.R.E.S.S.O.U.T. which provided services to previously incarcerated women to help reduce the rate of recidivism. In addition to that, she would provide free coaching services, resume’ writing, and self-care baskets. Dr. Dickerson graduated from Grambling State University with her undergraduate degree and received her Master’s degree from Southern University A&M College. She later earned her Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Capella University. Her passion for education led her to becoming an Assistant Professor and opening a charter school for children Pre-K-8th grade, where she is currently the Board Vice Chairwoman.
In 2018, she decided to write her first book titled Sisterhood: Traveling the Scarlet Road to an Authentic Life. Her candid conversations opened the eyes of so many women who saw themselves in her stories and could resonate with her life. After working in corporate America for over 20 years, Dr. Dickerson felt an inkling that would not go away. She knew it was God speaking to her in a soft whisper to leave her job. She decided to resign and start a new chapter in her life.
Dr. Dickerson was no stranger to hard work, after working on her non-profit; she and her then 5-year-old daughter, Kaleigh, were accustomed to serving the community. She went fulltime in her own company Dickerson Management & Associates and begin working for herself and partnering with her daughter to bring a message to women and girls about the importance of taking care of their bodies. “Self-care is more than getting our hair and nails done, it involves our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being”.
After Dr. Dickerson quit her corporate job, she never looked back and continues to speak to women all over the world advocating for their total well-being. God gave her the vision to have a retreat during Essence Festival Weekend to reach women from all over the world. The Big Easy Retreat was created from this vision. She later wrote the book titled, Finding My Way: 21 Steps to Self-Discovery as a guide to help women navigate through life from a spiritual viewpoint.
As an entrepreneur, she has coached, mentored, and assisted women and young girls in all aspects of their life to move past fear and embrace their authentic self. Dr. Dickerson is looking forward to the future and continuing her journey to inspire and educate black and brown women to change their view of wellness and the importance selfcare.
The Big Easy Retreat will be an annual event where her 11-year-old daughter will be an active participant helping alongside her mom to educate women on the importance of wellness. Dr. Dickerson is an international speaker and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
What is your take on spirituality?
My spirituality plays a major role in my life. I didn’t always have a spiritual connection with God and so I was in a place that wasn’t always the best place for me. It wasn’t until I realized that something was missing from my life and it couldn’t be found in people or things. I knew that I had to find a personal relationship with God and allow him to order my steps. I started seeking God more as I became older and wanted to see a change in my life. I began journaling and writing my thoughts down and writing to God to tell him what I wanted in my life. Being spiritually grounded keeps me humbled and appreciative of how far along I have come in my life.
What is your take on family and business?
My family means the world to me. I am married with two children a 22 year old young man and a 10 year old daughter. I am also blessed with two bonus young men ages 27 and 19 . They keep me on my toes and provide the support that I need as a wife, mother, and entrepreneur. I use to think that I could not have a successful business because I was a wife and mother. I learned how to do it all because of the support I received from my family. We make business trips a family vacation so they can experience what I do and be a part of it. It makes it much easier to have my family with me as I travel and explore new opportunities. I know how it feels to think you aren’t able to achieve everything that you set out to do, but it is attainable. Women are strong and resilient and I didn’t realize the power I had until I was reminded of what I was capable of creating.
What is your take on staying healthy to be successful?
My health is very important to me. I decided to leave my corporate job in 2018 when my health started to fail me. I would have headaches and break out in hives due to the amount of stress I was under. I stopped allowing others to dictate what my life should be and started to make changes that was best for me. I had the support of my husband to leave my job because of the effect it had on my well-being. I advocate to women the importance of mental health and wellness so they too can make the best choices for themselves. I unraveled the myth of women not being able to support a family and a successful business because it would be too stressful for us. When you have the support and tools needed to run your business, it makes life much easier for you mentally, physically and emotionally. My spirituality plays a critical part in my mental health as well. Staying connected to God and knowing he gives me strength allows me to stay healthy and focused.