Born and raised in Dallas’ inner city, Garaneisha “GiGi” McDowell has achieved a level of success no one expected for her. GiGi is a graduated of Texas State University with a major in Communication Studies emphasizing in Interpersonal & Organizational Communication with a minor in Leadership Studies; in which she chose to focus her attention on mentoring and leadership development. GiGi left her full time position to start her own company; GiGi McDowell, providing clients with personalized events as well as business development services.. GiGi McDowell's goal is to provide small businesses with consulting to develop programs and processes to enhance productivity, performance, leadership, mentoring, and better communication among team members, while also increasing profitability. GiGi McDowell, is also a full service wedding and event company founded by GiGi after working with a celebrity event planner and starring on an ABC Family television show.
Not bad for a kid whose family depended on public assistance and food stamps growing up. GiGi has come a long way from humble beginnings to achieve the level of success many from her neighborhood only hear about. From being homeless to receiving a college degree, she is one of the few success stories that have emerged out of one of Dallas’ worst neighborhoods, managing to escape the poverty, drugs, gangs and violence all but unusual to the local evening news.
Although young in age, GiGi McDowell has spent years motivating and inspiring audiences to break emotional chains and not be a victim to life situations, consequently finding their true passion. After losing both parents before middle school, she is now seen as a powerful motivational speaker; encouraging & inspiring youth to improve their self-esteem, behavior, and outlook on life. Ultimately not becoming a victim to negative circumstances that tend to hold people down. With her background in communication and mentoring, GiGi honed her skills to motivate audiences who are often hard to motivate. With her engaging, and fun personality, GiGi connects with her audiences immediately and delivers content that they can immediately use in day-to-day life.
In addition to being a motivational keynote speaker, GiGi is also working to develop a non-profit organization titled “CHAINS: Creating Hope and Inspiring New Success”, this program will target youth from disadvantaging situations and provide them with the mentoring, resources, and skills they need to obtain a high school diploma, college degree and career. When not delivering upbeat motivating programs for her audiences, GiGi loves spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandmother.
"Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Garaneisha McDowell; all distinguished female leaders who have changed the world we live in today. You may not be familiar with the last, Garaneisha, but the name will go down in history along with the other great leaders.
Garaneisha McDowell, she will let you call her GiGi, is an amazing leader and well rounded individual. I had the privilege of meeting GiGi at a LeaderShape, a leadership conference where college students from all over the country were in attendance. In just a short week, I was able to interact with GiGi and she completely changed my life. If she could have such a huge impact on me in less than 7 days, there is no limits to what she can do in her life.
GiGi has a smile that lights up a room. She has a true and genuine love for people that is hard to find. GiGi cares for all of humanity, the rich, the poor, the white, the black. GiGi sees people for who they really are. She has an amazing ability to love people in such a way that it forces them to love themselves. No matter what has gone on in the past, or what is happening in the present, GiGi has a special power to block out everything in someone’s mind and help them to find their true self. She has a way of empowering people to see the good instead of the bad. In one day with GiGi I she was able to bring out the true spirit of love in me. She did the same for our whole group, who she lead in such a way that we all fell in love with people. She views people for who they really are and has an amazing ability to bring that view out in others as well.
GiGi has a passion for helping people. Her passion is so real that it radiates among others who are around her. This woman, who I had never met before, came into my life and changed it in less than a week. Give her the opportunity and she will change countless lives. I have been forever changed by the leadership of Garaneisha McDowell and because of her efforts, I am now a better leader and am changing lives of my own.
Garaneisha, you will remember the name. This amazing woman has been a great leader and is still young. Over the many years of her life she will continue to change the lives of people. GiGi is the most amazing and inspirational person that I have ever met. In a leadership conference full of the greatest college student leaders from around the country GiGi stood out. Her leadership abilities were seen over all others and she was able to lead the greatest leaders and build them up to be better leaders than what they already were. GiGi, if you see her smile, see her passion, you will not forget. She will impact any room, any college, any state that she encounters. GiGi is one of the greatest leaders in this current age. She will continue to change the future and impact the world for the better. Garaneisha McDowell will go down in history as one of the greatest leaders of all time. I am just proud to say that I was able to know her and be personally changed by her work."
- Taylor Reed, LeaderShape