A little bit about Candace
From the outside looking in, Candace Cox-Wimberley is a gracious go-getter, an enlightened entrepreneur, a proud author, and the spirit-filled CEO of I Am A Genius, formerly known as Ingenuity College Preparatory Inst., LLC. Whether mentoring the girl next door or spearheading international environmental reform, Candace is the embodiment of poise and passion. As a fierce youth advocate, internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and gifted leader, Candace believes that the best successes are meant to be shared.
What’s her secret? She works from the inside out.
Throughout her proud Detroit upbringing, Candace encountered and enhanced a series of tight-knit communities. Her role with the city of Detroit in the 7th grade jump-started Candace’s interest in civic engagement. After graduating from the illustrious Cass Technical High School, Candace graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in human services. Upon graduation, Candace furthered her knowledge in graduate school at University of Michigan where she studied public administration. Drawing from her exceptional ability to manage people and projects, Candace secured a role with the Michigan House of Representatives directly after college. She uses her experiences of working with nationally recognized brands like Ford, General Motors and United Way to teach others about the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Ready to follow her lead? Not so fast, she would rather walk the path with you.
Candace’s most cherished moments are spent as she encourages entrepreneurship, explores post-secondary options, skill trades, life skills and college readiness with youth. Through unwavering dedication and insight, Candace has become a sought-after resource for schools, colleges and universities around the world. She has been a featured guest on national television and radio outlets including PBS.
Candace founded I Am A Genius, an inspirational brand that motivates individuals to cultivate the genius within. I Am A Genius’ inaugural mentorship program, Young Ladies Finding Their Genius Within, supports young ladies with goal setting, building healthy self-esteem and the development of entrepreneurship skill sets. Candace’s I Am A Genius imprint includes apparel, mentorship programming, training workshops and speaking engagements. Candace Cox- Wimberley wields her razor-sharp focus as a tool instead of a weapon, drawing others near and guiding them toward their divine purpose. In a word, she is ingenious.