United States, Georgia, Atlanta - 08/15/2019 (PRDistribution.com)
Randi D. Ward, Educator, Writer, Entrepreneur and Founder of the English Institute, a center in Cairo, Egypt, has just recently been inducted into the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP’s) Hall of Fame.
While inclusion with the International Association of Top Professionals is an honor in itself, only 10 honored IAOTP members are inducted into the exclusive Hall of Fame. These special honorees are distinguished based on their longevity in their fields, their contributions they have made to society and the impact they had on their industries. Randi will be honored at IAOTP’s annual awards gala at the end of this year in Las Vegas for not only this award but also for her selection as Top Female Visionary of the Year for 2020 by IAOTP. www.iaotp.com/award-gala
Randi was just recently honored at IAOTP’s 2018 Annual Awards Gala at the Plaza Hotel in NYC where she was selected as Empowered Woman of the Year, and she was also invited as a speaker. In 2017 she was selected by IAOTP as Top Professional of the Year in Language Arts for her outstanding leadership and dedication to the field in which she was honored at IAOTP’s 2017 Annual Awards Gala at the Ritz Carlton in Battery Park, NYC.
Randi is being inducted into the Hall of Fame for her outstanding leadership, commitment to her profession, her four decades of professional experience in education and the arts, and her community outreach. Randi just recently came back from South Africa and three other African countries, where her mission is to help endangered animals. She has demonstrated success not only throughout her teaching career but also as an award-winning author and successful business entrepreneur.
The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami stated, “Inducting Randi D. Ward into our Hall of Fame was an easy decision for our panel to make. Aside from her long list of achievements, accolades, and humanitarian efforts, Randi is gracious, brilliant, humble and has been supportive of IAOTP since day 1. She is a true visionary of her time and just an incredible person and dear friend. I cannot wait to celebrate all of her achievements at the gala this year.”
Randi began her career as a 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 Mrs. 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 educational institute was forced to close in early 2015, Randi picked up her pen and paper and decided to continue her writing career. Her first book “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 hopes to publish them in the future. 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) and an Administrator for Arabian Online Press on Facebook. Soon she will create her new podcast. 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 husband 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. 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 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 remains active in her community and has been recognized worldwide for her outstanding leadership and commitment to the profession. She is the USA Regional Director of the Africa Nomads Conservation in Kenya and works with founder Noor Santosian, and 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 Asoociation. 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 her. 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. For 2017 she was selected as “Top Professional of the Year in Language Arts” by the International Association of Top Professionals. She was also selected as Top Female Professional of the Year by IAOTP. 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. The profits from this book will be donated to First Book (an organization that gives away free books to children). Randi has received the 2019 IAOTP Empowered Woman of the Year Award and will be inducted into its Hall of Fame. For 2020 she has been selected as Top Female Visionary of the Year by IAOTP. She is also a sought-after speaker and lecturer. Randi has been interviewed in 6 USA radio programs, and her Egyptian adventure memoir was documented in 2 Egyptian newspapers and 2 magazines. In August 2019 she will honored with an article in “Marquis Millennial Magazine” and be highlighted on the magazine cover. By the end of 2019, her new murder short story “A Baker’s Half Dozen” will appear in the future anthology “A Cup of Cyanide” with other writers from her Walton Writers group in Monroe, GA, plus a letter she wrote will appear in the 2019 edition of the book “Letters Never Meant to Be Read”. Her other professional writers’ organizations include Scribblers Christian Writers, Southeastern Writers Association, and Atlanta Writers.
For more information on Randi please visit: www.randidward.com
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