Dr. Randi D. Ward, Educator, Writer, Coach, Master Editor, Entrepreneur, and Founder of Rise Up and 6 October Institute, two English centers in Cairo, Egypt, was recently chosen by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) as the Top Inspirational Entrepreneur of the Year for 2022.
Inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor, and only 5 members are selected for this distinction. Dr. Ward is being recognized for her exemplary efforts and genuine dedication to inspire and empower professionals all over the world while enhancing society through her service. She has more than 50 years of professional experience educating others, and she is an award-winning author and successful entrepreneur. She will receive this distinction at IAOTP’s 2022 Annual Awards Gala being held at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas this December. www.iaotp.com/award-gala
The President of IAOTP Stephanie Cirami stated, “We are honored to have Dr. Ward as part of the IAOTP family. She is an inspirational leader, who uses her educational expertise and entrepreneurial drive in each role she has served. Being recognized by IAOTP as a unique individual, she has maintained her commitments to her community and shows extraordinary efforts in all she is affiliated with. We know we will continue to see great things from this amazing woman. This is what makes Dr. Ward so phenomenal.”
Dr. Randi D. Ward is the recipient of seven previous prestigious awards given by IAOTP including the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2021, Educator of the Decade for 2020, and Top Female Visionary of the Year. Randi will be featured in IAOTP’s Top 50 Fearless Leaders Publication, and she was featured on the famous Reuters billboard in Times Square NYC. In 2019, IAOTP acknowledged Dr. Ward with the Empowered Woman of the Year Award, and she was inducted into their exclusive Hall of Fame. For 2018 Randi was named as Top Female Professional of the Year, and she had the honor of speaking at IAOTP’s Annual Award Gala. She was selected as Top Professional of the Year in Language Arts for 2017 by IAOTP.
Randi graduated valedictorian of the Moundsville High School Class of 1967. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts and her Master of Arts Degree in Education for teaching Gifted and Talented for Grades K through 12 from Marshall University. Randi began her career as a Remedial Reading and Language Arts Teacher and was one of the first gifted/talented teachers in West Virginia. After retiring from the Gwinnett County Public Schools in Metro-Atlanta, Georgia, she went on to work as an ESL educator in Cairo, Egypt, teaching English to Egyptian university students, university graduates, and professionals seeking to become fluent in English.
Once retired from teaching, Randi founded “Rise Up” an adult English Language Center with partners Ahmed Mohamed and Ehab Mohamed (former students of hers in Cairo) and then opened a second English center in Cairo with her partner Samar Farouk. 6 October English Institute taught Egyptian students from ages 5 months to 5 years old as well as offered classes to Egyptian parents and adults. Randi taught these classes via Skype from her home in Georgia. This role was fitting for Dr. Ward because she was able to utilize her diverse background and experience, her creative talents, her imagination, and her writing and language skills. When the two educational institutes were forced to close in early 2015, Randi picked up her pen and paper and decided to continue her writing career. Her first book, her memoir, “Because I Believed in Me (My Egyptian Fantasy Came True),” a true life-changing adventure filled with terror, enchantment, joy and magical rebirth, was published in 2012. Randi has completed three other books: “Dream Bigger” which is a collection of adult reading level short stories, a collection of children’s short stories entitled “Fables and Rhymes for All Times”, and her world travel adventure novel entitled “Random Wanderings.” She recently completed this novel’s sequel “Wandering No More”. She plans to publish some of these this year, including an Arabic translation of her Egyptian memoir.
This fascinating woman is also working on her poetry, creating motivational videos for YouTube, writing blogs, and designing motivational t-shirts while writing lyrics to her first song. Randi is the Chief Editor and a Contributing Writer for “Morocco Pens” (an online magazine founded by Ayoub Elkadi), Editor-in-Chief/Writer of “Inspirations for Better Living” magazine with Johnny Tan dedicated to help millennial mothers, and the Co-Owner/Editor of the future magazine “Unlimited---Reaching Beyond Boundaries” with Dr. Caroline Makaka and her fiancé Chaudhry Masood Mahmood Bhalli. She dreams of creating her new podcast when time permits. It is her desire to introduce the world to other “big dreamers” like her and to recognize and highlight the amazing work they are doing to help their communities and/or humanity. She also enjoys helping Facebook friends (now considered like family) who have moved to the USA as legal immigrants.
Having traveled with her deceased husband Bill to 60 countries in four continents, she has seen how some people sadly struggle in various parts of the world. Being a proud American, she wants others to experience the incredible lifestyle with which she has been blessed. Thus, she and her husband Bill (along with their Saint Bernard Savannah) have hosted six Egyptian and two Moroccan immigrants in their home over the past eight years. An Egyptian family of three currently resides with her. Her life philosophy is reflected in her copyrighted quote: “Believe! Don’t dream big; dream bigger! The sky is the limit so reach for the stars!”
Randi remains active in her community and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. She recently came back from South Africa and three other African countries, where her mission is to help endangered animals. She is the USA Regional Director of the Africa Nomads Conservation in Kenya and works with founder Noor Santosian. She is also a Coordinator and Honorary President of World Peace Forest (Africa) in Egypt founded by Ambassador/Doctor Mahmoud Hassouna. In 2014 she was selected as Entrepreneur of the Year by Worldwide Who’s Who and was highlighted in its annual calendar for the month of March. In 2015 she was honored as this organization’s Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian of the Year and as a Top Female Executive in 2014 as well an Inductee, Elite American Artist (2015). Later that year Randi was named a Pinnacle Professional member of Continental Who’s Who. In 2015 she was inducted into the National Association of Professional Women (now IAW) and honored as “Woman of the Year”. In 2016 she was named “Professional of the Year” by the International Association of Who’s Who and became a Delegate for International Women’s Leadership Association. IWLA published her article “Taking the Needed Risks” in its “Choices” magazine in June 2016 on which she appeared on the cover and did a YouTube video interview with IWLA. She appeared in the magazine “Women of Distinction” in October 2016 and was interviewed in a podcast. International Society of Business Leaders selected her as Editor of 2016. She is highlighted in the 2017 book edition of Strathmore’s Who’s Who as a VIP member. In 2018 she was selected by Marquis Who’s Who as a Top Female Executive and as an Outstanding Author for its sister organization Women of Excellence. She was recognized in a 2018 article in POWER magazine and was also featured in TIP (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine. One of her short stories “Isabella’s Undying Love” was launched in a Valentine Anthology book called “A Cup of Love” along with 29 other award-winning authors and members of Walton Writers in Monroe, GA, founded by Barbara Barth. The profits from this book are donated to First Book (an organization that gives away free books to children). In 2019 she received an award from Top 100 Registry as Woman of the Year in Writing and Woman of the Year for Language Arts in 2020. In 2021 and 2022, she received the following honors/awards: GIA Honorary Doctorate in Humanitarianism (connected with the United Nations); Nelson Mandela Medal of Honor for Humanitarianism; Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award for Volunteer Service from Biden and Harris; 2020 and 2022 Beautiful Survivor Awards and 2021 Global Change Maker from LOANI and appeared in 2 articles in LOANI magazine in 2021 (UK); Women Appreciating Women Hall of Fame Award (UK); 2020 “She Inspires Me” award and 2022 SIMA Special Love Award from Ada Gartenmann in the UK; 100 Most Successful Women in Business around the World 2021 Award, speaker at the award ceremony, featured in its book on June 30, 2021, as a Co-Author and its Editor, too, and is an Advisory Board Member; 2021 Humanitarian Award and 2021 Vision Builder Award from GSFE --- Global Society of Female Entrepreneurs founded by Robbie Motter (USA); 2022 Hoinser Inspirational Leader of Excellence Award; 2022 Women of Heart (WOHA) Selfless Servant Award; 2022 World Record of the Earth Inspirational Woman (India); 2022 International Human Rights Ambassadors Award; 2022 Hoinser Top 20 Inspirational Woman Award (Algeria); 2022 Leading Woman from Egyptian International Organization of Ambassadors; 2022 HERA Award (South Africa); 2022 World Records of the Universe Most Influential/Inspiring/Iconic Woman of the Universe from IDYM Group of Companies; and 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide.
Dr. Ward is an international best-selling author in 4 books. “Keeping My Promise to Dream Bigger” is in the international 6 category best-selling anthology Quarentina published in December 2020. Other anthologies in which she was featured: 2021 Global Achievers, Vol. 1 (also its editor); Finding Joy in the Journey, Vol. 2 (Best-seller); The Red Blazers (Best-seller and Editor); 100 Successful Women in Business (Best-seller and editor); 2021 Hoinser Queens Book; Hoinser 2022 Book; World Leaders Book (to be published in August 2022-also its editor).She has edited seven books for individual authors since she began her third career in July 2020 as a Visionary Book Writing Coach and Master Editor after becoming certified in four coaching categories: Life Harmony, Holistic Emotional Intelligence, NLP, and Communication Mastery earlier in 2020. Featured with the Co-Authors of Finding Joy in the Journey, she was once again on a Times Square NYC Billboard as well as one in Atlanta, GA.
She is also a sought-after international speaker and lecturer. Randi has been interviewed in over 60 USA and International radio and video programs, and her Egyptian adventure memoir was documented in 2 Egyptian newspapers and 2 magazines. In 2019 she appeared in “Voyage ATL Magazine”. In August 2019 she was honored with an article in “Marquis Millennial Magazine” and was highlighted on the magazine cover. She has also been featured in the 2021 IAOTP’s T.I.P magazine, 2022 Sarastar Magazine, 2021 Marshall University’s Alumni Magazine, 2022 MakinghHeadlineNews.com, and 2022 Voiceasianews.com. Her professional writers’ organizations include Walton Writers, Scribblers Christian Writers, Southeastern Writers Association, and Atlanta Writers. Her current professional organizations include WWCA, WPN, LOANI, and GSFE.
Looking back, Randi credits her success to her drive and passion for learning and her tremendous foresight and perseverance. In the future she hopes to continue providing educational tools to people internationally and to entertain and educate people through her various works of literature.
For more information on Randi please visit: www.randidward.com
View her Video Biography: https://youtu.be/z2Ih2tAZ32Q
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