Desiree Fleming is a wife, mother, and second oldest of thirteen children. A dynamic storyteller, author, educator, and speaker, she is a survivor of peer bullying. Meeting her, you would not readily know that she has experienced low self-esteem, lack of confidence, and poverty.

 

As a young girl, Desiree was bullied by her peers and older students beginning as early as first grade through eighth grade. Lacking self-confidence, she felt intimidated by others and didn’t know how to speak up for herself.

 

One of Desiree’s core beliefs is that having a good sense of identity is essential to a child’s well-being. Without it, a child’s existence is crippled. She saw this at work in her own life, she believed the negative voices of others towards her.

When her daughter, Elisa, began to face similar challenges relating to her identity, Desiree decided to change the narrative of the story by empowering Elisa to know her voice and confidently be her unique self.

Through the fictional character, Willow struggles with peer pressure, the ability to speak up for herself, and the confidence to be comfortable in her own skin. Through Willow’s experiences, Desiree reveals her passion and desire to empower others, from children to adults, to discover their unique strengths. Willow struggles with peer pressure, the ability to speak up for herself, and the confidence to be comfortable in her own skin. Through Willow’s experiences, Desiree reveals her passion and desire to empower others, from children to adults, to discover their unique strengths. She regularly conducts interactive assemblies for schools, utilizing her “Willow” puppet, music, and discussions on bullying and self-awareness. School audiences have thoroughly enjoyed these presentations and consistently given it rave reviews.

Desiree and Elisa are a dynamic mother-daughter team. They are excited to launch a national tour with their books “Meet Willow” and “Everybody Gets It Except Willow Or So She Thinks” in 2018. Their goal is to spur a positive movement for young students, ages 6 to 13 years old, to resist bullying and to develop self- confidence, self-esteem, and embrace  their unique voice by introducing them to lovable Willow!


 

 











 

Elisa Fleming is a young author, go-getter, and trendsetter.  At thirteen years old, she is full of life and is a joy to be around. Creative and compassionate, Elisa has a big heart to help others. The youngest child in her family, she is the pride and joy of her parents and she absolutely loves her brother and young nieces. Family means the world to Elisa and getting together with them is one her favorite things to do.

As a young girl growing up in a school setting where many students did not look like her, Elisa struggled with accepting her unique identity. In second grade, for example, she asked her mother if she could she paint her face a different color. She did not realize she was perfectly beautiful and normal with her own color. As a result, her mother organized an empowerment group to inspire all “brown girls”  to value their unique ethnic identity.

Together with her mother, Desiree, they are embarking on  a national tour to share positive and motivating messages with children. Elisa is determined to help girls her age to value their uniqueness. Through her peer-led signature “Her-Shops” (workshops), she hopes to inspire each girl to embrace “Her-U-Nique-Self, Her-U-Nique-Voice and Her-U-Nique Esteem.”

As Elisa travels across the country, she shares her story to challenge girls to be their unique selves. She also plans to share her signature “you rock aprons” that she designed and created with all the young girls she meets on tour. Coupled with the experience of her mother, Desiree, Elisa is excited to share her creativity with other students and  promote books and activities for young learners. As a part of a dynamic duo, she and her mom are on a mission to build self esteem, confront peer pressure, enhance self worth, and encourage young students to become young authors in their own right.

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