Dr. Tureka Louis is a passionate educator who believes in being educated, awake, and ready, while acquiring necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and awareness (KSAAs) to impact the world around us and fulfill our potential. She has applied these beliefs in corporate, government, and religious settings while providing leadership. Through experience she learned that we cannot own anything until we own ourselves. So she set out to do just that and is dedicated to helping others do the same.
“We cannot own anything until we own ourselves.” -Dr. Tureka Louis
Dr. Louis began to understand the power of education as a young child. She always learned in her own way and quickly learned to excel in school and in the world around her. She set herself apart as a student graduating at the top of her class. She noticed and understood that everyone learned differently very early in life. She also grasped the unfairness and inequity that made it much easier for some to excel than others just because of uneven terrain and disenfranchisement.
“There are things too valuable to risk losing in life, dignity is very one of the most important.” -Dr. Tureka Louis
As a young adult, Dr. Louis set her sights on corporate America. As a young mother, she was determined to do things her own way and be there for her family. This meant facing many challenges trying to find the right balance between work and the rest of her life. She made it a point to always set boundaries and standards. She believed that a person could always replace belongings and live without most things, but she says of things too valuable to lose in life, dignity is one of the most important.
Refusing to compromise her values or allow herself to be lost on the corporate ladder, Dr. Louis still carved out a space of esteem and leadership in the following organizations:
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Volusia County Schools
- The Centers for Disease Control
- The State of Georgia
- The US Navy
- The Veterans Benefits Administration
- Charles Schwab
- The Florida Department of Children and Families
During her dissertation studies, Dr. Louis applied education and instructional design principles to develop the IAP Financial Literacy Program. Through this work, Dr. Louis sought to highlight the existence of the often-overlooked working poor and to bring attention to the need for more effective approaches to eradicating poverty. Dr. Louis asserted that it is only through sound Financial Literacy and empowerment that we can support the emancipation of the working poor and those who feel trapped in generational poverty.
Through her research and experience with the Florida Department of Children and Families as well as personal experiences, Dr. Louis realized that most programs set participants up to fail in numerous ways including poor instructional design, a focus on alleviating the symptoms of poverty as opposed to the causes, and helping participant to get a job. Instead, Dr. Louis felt the focus should be on helping people discover themselves, select a career path and find work in their aligned vocational field. She felt that this would produce longevity and career growth instead of job-hopping and a lifetime of soul-sucking, mind-numbing work for survival’s sake.
This was the first of many programs designed to help students achieve success through wealth building, career growth, better relationships, and more. Dr. Louis is currently establishing the E & E Academy and Learning Center to provide K-12 students, adults, and families a space to grow, learn, thrive, evolve, and expand.