DR. TERERAI TRENT, Activist, Named Oprah's #1 guest
Dr. Tererai Trent is one of the most internationally acclaimed voices for women’s empowerment and quality education. Hailed by Oprah Winfrey as her “all-time favorite guest,” Dr. Trent is an inspiring and dynamic scholar, educator, humanitarian, motivational speaker, author, and the founder of Tererai International. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, SuperSoul Sessions, CNN-Voice of Africa, CNBC, and has spoken at the United Nations, TEDx, the Women in the World Summit, and this year’s Emerging Women summit, among others. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University and holds Master’s degrees in Public Health and Plant Pathology.
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Gifted with natural charisma that inspires people from all walks of life, Dr. Tererai Trent’s compelling story inspires people to dream big. Her book, The Awakened Woman - Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams (Atria/Enliven Books), outlines her unique step-by-step approach with actionable strategies to discover and achieve one’s dreams.
Winner of the 2018 NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work, and with a rare appearance of a foreward written by Oprah Winfrey herself, The Awakened Woman is quickly becoming beloved by many around the globe.
Tererai grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe, where she dreamed of getting an education, but was married at a young age and had three children by the time she was eighteen. Undeterred by traditional women’s roles and cultural norms, Tererai determinedly taught herself to read and write from her brother’s schoolbooks.
As a young mother without a high school diploma, Tererai met a woman who profoundly impacted her life: Jo Luck (who later became president and CEO of Heifer International). She told Tererai, “If you believe in your dreams, they are achievable” With Jo Luck’s inspiration and her mother’s encouragement, Tererai wrote down her dreams of going to America for higher education, sealed them in a tin can, and buried them under a rock, ultimately redesigning the blueprint of her life.
Tererai could not have imagined that her steadfast determination, hard work, and belief in her dreams would eventually earn her multiple degrees and a prominent global platform with world leaders and international businesses where she advocates for quality education and women’s rights. She is also thrilled to inspire people around the globe to dream with purpose.