A vibrant, heartfelt, and successful, International Speaker, Author, Social Worker, Mentor, and “Shines Specialist” helping others shine bright in dark places. Dr. Starr is the Founder and Head of Schools of Ladies of Favor Dream Academy educating girls academically, spiritually, emotionally, and socially. This vision was birthed after operating as the Founder and Executive Director of the award-winning agency, Ladies of Favor Mentoring Program, assisting girls in promoting abstinence, embracing spiritual guidance, increasing self-esteem, and building leadership. She also serves as the Human Trafficking Program Coordinator advocating for foster care youth involved in sex trafficking. She is a proud alum of Albany State University and Clark Atlanta University where she received her Ph.D. in Social Work Policy & Planning Administration, & Social Sciences.
Dr. Starr is the author of three inspirational books entitled For My Good, She Matters: A Girls Guide to Greatness, and Standards. Dr. Starr has traveled extensively for outreach efforts to touch the lives of girls from Ghana, West Africa, Panama, to the Bahamas, and throughout the United States. She volunteers her time in the community with countless organizations and has received various awards and honors. Dr. Starr and program efforts have been featured on CNN, Nickelodeon, AIB, and other media outlets. She is a faithful member of Upper Room Ministries, where she serves in various auxiliaries and she is also a member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Based on Dr. Starr’s professional experience in Social Work, she saw the level of need for a systems of care approach in the educational system. Several concerns were recognized that did not address issues facing girls in and outside of the classroom. Through years of mentoring and counseling, she saw first- hand how those problems impacted their lives, which created a distraction preventing them from operating in their full potential. She identified the problem and formulated a solution to bridge the gap between social issues within education. As a result, Ladies of Favor Dream Academy was birthed.
Dr. Starr truly stands out as a star shedding light wherever she goes. She realizes life test and trials have produced a beautiful testimony and she is the woman she is today because of her faith. Her desire to start Ladies of Favor Dream Academy stemmed from seeing so many young girls with potential lack motivation. She realized not only did these girls need guidance and support but a solid educational foundation. Dr. Starr is on a quest to educate, empower, and expose girls to greatness.