National African American Read-In Day to feature alumna Dianne Langford James

January 29, 2023
By: Deborah Alvarez O'Neil

Worcester State alumna, entrepreneur and women’s life coach Dianne Langford James ’03 will present “Finding Your Purpose and Passion,” on Feb 8 during National African American Read-In Day and annual ALANA Preview Day.

James is the author of “Breaking Cycles and Building Your Legacy,” and is the founder of Cycle Breakers, Inc. LLC, an organization that supports women to break negative and destructive cycles and patterns so they can live their best lives. Her book is described as the account of “an unrelenting woman whose choices led her from the valleys of recovery to the mountain tops of redemption.” She is also the president of BravHEry, a global women’s empowerment two-day workshop.

In addition, James serves as the East Coast Executive Director of the Torch Foundation, which provides training to support teens with social-emotional intelligence and leadership tools for self-awareness, resilience, coping and resolution skills to develop healthy relationships and success in life. 

James said her talk will be “a personal journey of experiences and education so powerful that you live life to the fullest and leave a lasting legacy.”

The African American Read-In was established 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to encourage the reading of Black authors. Worcester State has hosted a Read-In since 2014, and welcomes local high school students to campus that day for ALANA Preview Day, an opportunity for them to preview university life and engage with a national speaker. 

The event will be at 10:30 a.m. in the May Street Auditorium and is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Admissions and MassEdCO.


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