“If you ask me, any woman in leadership is a FIRST LADY.”

Penda L. James, “First, Lady: Called, Confident & Committed Woman in Leadership”


  • Penda will strive to bring out the best in you. She is a motivator and endeavors to empower you as the author. As your Scribe coach, Penda will challenge you and push you to another level of excellence in your gift as a writer.

    Rachel Armstead Author
  • Penda helped me become a better writer by helping me tell my story succinctly. My writing was all over the place. She taught me about being Unpluckable and held me accountable. I had a barrier of fear, but through her retreats she created a place for me to lay my burdens down. I have learned to move on with God at the helm. BE teachable, and be able to accept constructive criticism. It will only make you better. I know Penda did this for me.  

    Danada Beckwith Author
  • “When my ideas were just ideas Penda helped me manifest them into reality. . . Penda stands by me and wills me rise from ashes.  

    Taurus Blannon Author and Screenwriter
  • “Penda is a source of inspiration and persistence. . . a planter of seed that blossoms to life because she is rooted in praise and a good foundation. She inspired, paved the way, planted and believed in me. I may have taken it from there, but she was the first leg which helped me see the vision.”  

    M. Michele George, M.Sci Author of The Knotty Truth, Book Series
  • “I am a good writer but I am horrible at punctuation. Having Penda as a coach makes my writing seem polished. From the day Penda learned I was a writer, she has stayed on me about not only about completing what I start but to go beyond. Do more! She makes me reach past the stars. Penda will pull every ounce of greatness you have to offer the world out of you. She's the my diamond!!!!"

    Jaquan Postell Author and Playwright
  • "The number one problem Penda helped me resolved is my lack of proper writing etiquette. I have a lot to say and write, she always tells me, “just write it and I will take care of the rest.” Working with Penda allowed me to compile a collection from women to form an Anthology. I've also been able to start a blog for my non-profit. When Penda believes in you she works just as hard as you to see it all come to pass."    

    Kia Richardson Founder, No More Blows (Domestic Violence Awareness Advocate)

Calling Women and Girls in Leadership

Be my guest at “The Power of a Lady: By Faith” symposium and book launch. This event is specially designed for mothers, ministry leaders, minister’s wives, entrepreneurs and all women who feel the weight that mentoring, nurturing, inspiring and encouraging others brings. Come and experience an immersion into authentic content, hear powerful speakers, discuss the importance of Selah moments, define your leadership philosophy and strengthen your faith. It’s also an opportunity to network with other leaders and commune in a safe place.  

I am excited to share this moment with my daughter, who will be hosting “The Power of a Little Lady: By Faith” for girls in sixth through eighth grade. Bring your daughters, nieces and mentees and allow them to be empowered while you get refreshed.

Why is the symposium necessary? In 2016, my husband was called to be senior pastor of a church nearly 700 miles from where we called home. This elevation was an answer to our prayers but it came in the midst of my own deep personal grief – my mother and mother in law passed within six months of each other that same year. I was sure of who I was – a minister’s wife and a mother – and then immediately I had to transition my family from one state to another and step into the role of “First Lady”, leaving behind everything familiar and walking into everything unknown. For the first year, I remained still, intentionally committing myself to listen to the community, learn about the culture, and love the people in my new “home”. Everything about me collided with each other forcing me to reassess, reevaluate and reconfirm what I was really made of. To my surprise, I relearned myself and my leadership philosophy was defined. The result of my reflections became my fifth book, First, Lady: Called, Confident & Committed Woman in Leadership.

I wholeheartedly believe that every woman in leadership goes through similar transitions and insecurities at various points in her journey. It’s time we come together and talk about it.

InSCRIBE Me Planner

Inscribe. Impact. Inspire

The InSCRIBE Me Planner allows you to visualize, strategize and reflect on the implementation of one short-term goal. Users will be able to identify their motivation for change with action steps, weekly planning and journal reflection space.

A Self-Care Plan is included to assist users with rewarding themselves for small success along the way. The ideal user is a young professional, a person reconnecting with an unfinished goal, or a leader motivating a group to accomplish a short-term goal together.

One goal. Thirty days. Are you ready?


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