cademic Author, Administrator, Community Activist, and Entrepreneur
Gessie Belizaire is a debut author of a thought provoking Political & Social Sciences book titled UnMet Potential. Through a comparative analysis, she is able to look at the long-term ramifications of French colonization on present-day Haiti and Guinea in hopes of uncovering the potential that both nations must rise above the conditions of their past. Born in Haiti and raised in the United States, Belizaire uses her writing to break down cultural barriers, inviting her readers to consider crucial questions about history, the black narrative, and self-identification. She hopes that her writing will empower her readers to be the change they wish to see in the world.
Belizaire is leading the charge with her years of experience driving impactful initiatives across multiple areas of advocacy. Among some of those initiatives are issues pertaining to development on a national level where strong emphasis is placed on neighborhood stabilization, equitable treatment of women and the disabled as well as the health and wellness in the African American community.
Belizare was academically trained at one of the best National Universities, Howard University, a historically black college located in the heart of the District of Columbia. She earned her master's degree in African Studies and Research with a concentration in Public Policy and Development.
Dedicated to a life of service, Belizaire has served as a Taskforce Member on African American Health for the National Medical Association; and was selected as the William Gould award winner for all around outstanding achievement for her community involvement and academics in 2009. As a former contributing writer for Empower Magazine she is most proud that she was able to highlight stories that uplifted the African American community. Belizaire is also the creator and founder of www.thislifeiliveintruth.com, a blog committed to inspiring others to live their most authentic life.
Belizaire is currently a Development Associate at YWCA USA, a non-for-profit dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
In 2010, in her role as the Program Administrator at the National Organization of Black County officials, she conceptualized and actualized a survey for a major project with Freddie Mac on Neighborhood Stabilization. This assignment resulted in recommendations that improved program effectiveness during the housing foreclosure crisis in America.
In 2011, Belizaire co-wrote a winning grant proposal for the National African American Tobacco Prevention Network that outlined key methods on the prevention of tobacco related deaths among the African American population.
From 2014 to 2017, she wrote for the do (-) good section of EmPower Magazine, an online publication, that not only discussed issues facing people of color but that also challenged readers to become activist and volunteers. She has interviewed the likes of Commissioner Salim Adofo, and activists Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour, to name a few.
In 2019, She added to her list of titles Entrepreneur. On the 25th of June She founded GB Consulting Group, LLC. which operates under the brand "This Life I Live in truth" to promote authentic living. The products and services that are offered include: Life Coaching, Public Speaking, Operational and Programmatic Consulting for i.e. grants, events, and content creation i.e. webinars, books, e-courses, workshops, blog posts, Facebook and Instagram Lives, etc.
Belizaire added in that same calendar year to her list of titles, podcast host. She offers a platform for others to tell their story and hopefully inform and inspire people about how they were able to get unstuck and to journey through this thing called life with intention.
Throughout her career, Belizaire has influenced the development landscape both nationally and internationally through her research, writing and advocacy. As a graduate student researcher at Howard University she would often write about policy and development related issues that directly impacted the African and African American populations. Following her work as a Program Administrator at NOBCO in 2010 where she co-wrote a survey on neighborhood stabilization that improved program effectiveness during the housing foreclosure crisis. She later went on to serve as an Executive Business Administrator to the Executive Director at the National Black Nurses Association, providing administrative and marketing support to the membership-based nursing organization's program objectives from 2012 to 2017. While in that role Belizaire helped provide the administrative support needed for many black nurses to maximize their profession.
As an administrator, academic author, community activist and Entrepreneur, Gessie Belizaire has helped to define policy issues affecting the disadvantaged, and dispossessed groups in America and around the world. She has been invited to speak on topics related to diversity and inclusion, advocacy, and international development. As a native of Haiti, she is fiercely committed to family, friends, and faith. Belizaire has a passion for social justice, a deep commitment to improving the human condition of all people, and for living life authentically.