Anna Walker teaches our “Navigating Life Transitions” class.
Tell us more about yourself?
I am a native Nashvillian- which is becoming very rare these days. I have four siblings, three of whom I recently connected. I graduated from St. Cecilia Academy and Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. I have a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in Cosa Mesa, CA. My passions are the arts, fashion, teaching, and connecting with people. My favorite color is green. One of my favorite quotes is by Marion Wright Edelman, 'Service is the rent we pay for living." I have traveled to Europe, Asia, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and just about every state in the U.S. I love helping especially women over 40 find purpose and fulfillment and become who they were meant to be.
How did you get started in your business?
I started The Total You Image Consulting in 1997. It was birthed from a desire to know my purpose and find meaning in my life. After a focused time of soul searching and prayer, I identified the things I loved to do all my life- teach women about the importance of inner and outer image. My clients included corporations, small organizations, at-home moms transitioning to the workforce, college graduates seeking jobs, television personalities, artists, socialites, and women in ministry. I started out doing wardrobing, stylist work, personal shopping and Image Management, which was vital during the transition to business casual.
Why did you decide to share your business expertise with Nashville Community Education?
I started working with NCE over 15 years ago. I conducted Dress for Success workshops helping people understand personal and corporate image. I felt that there was a need for people to understand the model of success in the workplace culture and how their image impacts their lives.
Fast forward to 2016. I reconnected with NCE after I relaunched my coaching business. I felt that many of the clients I worked with had needs that went deeper than outer image- they were at a crossroad in their lives and needed help and encouragement. Focus shifted from the WHAT (the "package" of a person), to the WHO (the real person).
The vision of NCE, to enrich the community's personal and professional skills with diverse offerings, is congruent with my personal mission to teach people who desire to grow and continuously improve. This environment fosters mutual support and encouragement.
What inspires you about the Nashville entrepreneurship/business community?
My students are from all walks of life and have encountered a myriad of life experiences, yet there is one common denominator- the desire and commitment to learn something new, expand their horizons, and broaden their network. They want to be more well-rounded and connected to new people.
What is a takeaway you love students/clients/customers to take from what you do?
No matter where you are in life, you can start a new trajectory towards purpose and re-imagine your life.
What’s your favorite business quote?
"The journey of one thousand miles begins with a single step." - The business quote referenced is by LAO TZU
This saying teaches that even the longest and most difficult ventures have a starting point; something which begins with one first step.
What’s one thing you wish people knew about you?
I am a true foodie! I absolutely love experiencing the new restaurants in Nashville.
If you could give any personal business advice what would it be?
Be true to yourself. Live a life oriented around what you value most and in alignment with your purpose. Live the way you want to be known. When you invest in a high quality of life for yourself, others will reap the dividends.