I’m Pamela M. Covington, a speaker, author, and advocate.
I’m single and my children are grown. They might not admit it, but they were my first motivational audience. I live in Virginia in a huge mid-century modern house that’s filled with art, music and books because I enjoy all things literary and artsy. I love cats and dogs too, but don’t have any right now. It would be unfair to bring them into my current whirlwind.
But you came to this page to learn more about me… right? Okay. Here goes.
Communicating has always been my forte. I’ve worked as a radio announcer, newspaper reporter and freelance journalist. But after most recently spending 12 years as a classroom training instructor, I yearned to be of greater good. Six years ago when I was laid off from that job I decided it was the perfect time to somehow begin using my experiences to add even more value to people’s lives.
I’m a Baby Boomer, so it was now or never.
While talking with friends and associates about my unanticipated employment status, I divulged a rather hush-hush part of my life. They were only familiar with the Pamela who always seemed to be doing better than okay. They were surprised to hear from me how I had once fallen into deep poverty and struggled to work my way out of it.
Each of them appeared stirred by what I had revealed, said my story inspired them, and insisted I share it. It would be helpful for other people to hear it too, they said. So I began publicly speaking, sharing my story along with practical personal strategies, and encouraging audiences to forge ahead, just as I had done, rather than adopt futility when faced with difficulty.
Now hearing my audiences’ and clients’ positive responses, I know I am engaged in my right work. Finally, I am making a deeper, positive difference by using my personal experiences and communication skills to personally impact lives.
As an author, I have written an inspirational memoir, “A Day at the Fare: One Woman’s Welfare Passage,” describing my journey through poverty. My second book, “Inspiration for Everyday People” is in the works.
I serve as a poverty advocate in support of issues affecting low-to-moderate income families and also as a literacy advocate, in the knowledge of the common correlation between poverty and illiteracy.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…
WANT TO CONNECT?