With mounds of paperwork and a laptop in hand, Ora Alise Greely walked into our interview. I’d soon understand that living life like Ora often requires bringing work wherever you go. She is the real life embodiment of the lyrics of Kevin Gate’s song “I Don’t Get Tired.”
A typical day in the life of Ora consists of client visits with her day job as mental health professional. From there she will put on her Life Coach hat, virtually coaching clients into the evenings. At some point, you can find her at choir rehearsals for her role as a worship leader or with her singing group, The Main Event. On top of all of this, Ora makes it a point to empower her many followers with an encouraging post on social media. And let’s not forget that she is always thinking of her next big thing.
How does she do it all? Ora understands that a motivator must always take time to fill their own cup with motivation themselves. She starts her mornings off with a daily dose of her favorite Pandora station, Todd Dulaney, before following up with podcasts from TD Jakes and Steven Furtick.
If you ever have a moment with this self-proclaimed “Opened Book”, Ms. Greely will show you glimpses into her life that leave you motivated to tackle more. You’d soon find that this always perky and loving sister started off with a not so smooth start that eventually led her to her purpose.
As we talked, Ora shared her truth about growing up with an absent mother and other traumatic experiences which altered her young life. Yet despite it all, Ora has worked hard for noteworthy accomplishments that have dubbed her a woman to watch.
Five years ago, Ora would not have pictured herself a professional singer. Yet her amazing journey from a competitor on the gospel singing competition Sunday Best to background singer for Grammy award winning artist, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, ultimately led her to an even higher calling.
Ora traded her dreams of professional singing for a community initiative which is now touching the lives of women everywhere. She founded Girl Talk, LLC to address the void that she felt from her own past. Ora understands the importance of providing other women with the encouragement and empowerment she craved from a young age. She started with the thought that she could be a positive voice and resource to women. Before she knew it, Ora had created a movement which was gaining astounding traction and making an impact in a major way.
Ora launched a Facebook group in October of 2016. Its purpose was to create a safe haven for like-minded women to network and share their experiences with a community who would rally around them and encourage them to overcome.
Overnight, the transparency of the group took off. Ora says, “Next thing I knew, KNOE was sitting in my living room, D.L. Hugley was shouting me out on his radio show, and I was looking at 15,000+ group members.” Today, Ora continues to grow the footprint of her organization through hosted events and networking opportunities.
This past January Girl Talk hosted “Roots: Why Women Hate Women”, a women empowerment event that discussed the lack of support in our communities for each other and how we can work together to change the narrative. The outcome was an amazing night of fellowship which touched participants, motivating them to reevaluate the importance of sisterhood and collaboration.
So what’s next for Ora Alise Greely? We can expect to see more hosted events which empower women. The ultimate goal of Girl Talk, LLC to establish its own venue – a place for life coaching, prayer, a conference room, and the whole works.
Ora says that with anything that you do, it is essential to get the proper certifications and credentials. More than an influencer, Ora received a life coaching certification and two degrees which are relevant to her life’s mission.
Her advice for other goal-getters? “Be patient with yourself. Coming to self is no easy task, so allow yourself that time to be in the incubator”.
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